A CHARMING SUFFOLK HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN LONG MELFORD
A quintessential Suffolk holiday cottage, ideal for weekends away or a holiday, located in a prime position in the medieval village of Long Melford, one of the county's famous 'Wool Towns' with award-winning restaurants, pubs and all the joys of independent bakeries and butchers, galleries and boutiques plus two large antique emporiums and a garden centre.
Gate Cottage is a great place to stay for a holiday or weekend away at any time of the year – cosy in the winter and with an extraordinary garden to enjoy and explore when the days get longer.
"Thankyou so much for our lovely stay in your beautifully decorated and well-equipped cottage with magical and peaceful garden"
Guests arriving at Gate Cottage can park right outside and will enter the property via its front door into the warm and welcoming sitting room with a cosy open fire, beyond which lie the kitchen and bathroom. Up the cottage stairs are the two charming bedrooms (one double, one single), both overlooking the front of the property. Outside is a courtyard sitting area and large garden, mainly laid to lawn, with herb and vegetable plots beyond.
The front door opens directly into the living room which leads through to the rest of the cottage and secluded garden at the back through the kitchen door.
This cosy room may be small, but its décor and atmosphere make it a relaxing place to rest and unwind. There’s a two-seater sofa and a matching armchair, an original open fireplace, a flat screen TV wth FreeSat, DVD player and an iPod docking station.
HALLWAY AND CUPBOARD
The hallway runs past the stairs to the kitchen/dining room and has an under stairs cupboard where you’ll find a washing machine tucked out of the way.
A traditional cottage style kitchen which features include an original fire surround and framed historic documents about the history of the house. Equipment includes an electric hob, oven and grill, a fridge with a freezer compartment and a microwave. There’s a circular table and three chairs for you to enjoy meals at home and, beyond this, is a lobby leading to the bathroom and back door giving access to the garden.
There is a bath with a shower over it, a W.C. and a hand basin.
Steep stairs with a rope handrail lead from the hallway, with two turns, one to the left and one to the right leading up to a little first floor landing.
A lovely double aspect bedroom with a small double bed at one end, an antique chest of drawers, a dressing table and a rail with coat hangers. It has views over the garden and fields beyond to the rear, and over the street to the front of the property.
This good size bedroom has a single bed, a chest of drawers, a chair, and a large walk-in wardrobe.
This charming Suffolk holiday cottage has several garden areas for you to enjoy: a charming courtyard which is enclosed with a table and chairs just outside the back door (with a BBQ for the warmer months), a larger courtyard with a table and chairs and many plants including fragrant herbs; and a spacious garden mostly laid to lawn with a vegetable garden – great for games, however this area can be a little uneven due to some holes made by local rabbits! There is also a practical storage area where bicycles can be stored. Beyond this are several public footpaths across fields to Long Melford and Liston.
There is off-road parking immediately outside the front of the cottage by the road. The parking is shared with neighbouring cottages but there is usually plenty of space to park. The discreet owners live next door to the property,
All prices include 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity plus welcome gifts to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.
This self-catering Suffolk holiday cottage is equipped with electric storage heaters and equipment includes a TV with FreeSat channels, a DVD player, and an iPod docking station. The kitchen appliances include an electric hob, grill and oven, a fridge with freezer compartment, a washing machine, microwave and a BBQ for summer months. The living room, stairs and bedrooms are carpeted.
Long Melford is rightly popular for its glorious historic buildings and magnificent wool church, antique shops, good restaurants, takeaways, art galleries and fashion boutiques.
For eating in, there’s a Co-op supermarket, the highly renowned Ruse & Son butchers, a bakers, a Deli and traditional fish & chip shop. Several takeaways will deliver to the holiday cottage. You are spoilt for choice when eating out too, with The Black Lion, two Indian restaurants all close by, pubs and hotels and a Chinese just 3 miles away in Sudbury. The nearest train station is at Sudbury, just over 3 miles away.
Our five top tips for exploring and enjoying the area:
1. Enjoy a walk across fields and lanes to Long Melford and have lunch in one of the excellent pubs and restaurants.
2. Spend a day at the historic moated Tudor Kentwell Hall. Through the summer there are re-creations of everyday life in Tudor times, where Kentwell is inhabited by up to 250 men, women and children who live, act, talk and dress as if still living in Tudor times.
3. Take a trip to the beautiful ‘Wool Towns’ of Clare, and Cavendish and enjoy lunch in The George pub on The Green at Cavendish.
4. Visit the magnificent Elizabethan house Melford Hall, owned by the National Trust. The children’s writer Beatrix Potter visited here on several occasions and painted some of her paintings here, a collection of which can still be seen here. The annual fireworks display in the grounds is a very popular event.
5. Enjoy a stroll around the historic medieval wool town of Lavenham and enjoy afternoon tea at The Swan Hotel.
Bookings made within 15 days of travelling discounted by 10%
A well-behaved dog is most welcome downstairs! If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking on the online booking form, Gate Cottage can only accommodate 2 small dogs or 1 medium size dog.
There is no dishwasher, but with some many good pubs and restaurants within a short walk we hope you won’t mind!
The stairs are quite steep so may be unsuitable for the elderly or young children.
The master bedroom has a 4-foot wide bed; this is just 6 inches less than a standard double.
This Suffolk holiday cottage is on the Long Melford to Cavendish Road and so, in common with many of our period cottages with original sash windows in towns and villages, there's some ttraffic noise at the front but peace and quiet in the kitchen and gardens at the back of the cottage.
Please note that the two courtyard gardens & cottage garden are shared with the owners who will respect your privacy. All have gates – the larger acre garden beyond is big and ideal for games of football or catch but please note it's not fully fenced and the gates aren't secured; it can also be a little uneven due to some holes made by local rabbits!
Sorry, no smoking, or unaccompanied teenagers .