SELF-CATERING GRADE II LISTED SUFFOLK HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AT ORFORD
This detached thatched Suffolk holiday cottage is wonderfully 'higgledy piggledy' and feels like stepping back in time to a simpler way of life. It is full of homely character and period features and is ideal for people who love the quirky unpolished nature of a little-changed and fascinating historic building.
The front door opens directly into a charming living room featuring a stone floor, brick hearth, two fireplaces, original timber posts and beams. The room flows through to the tiled dining area with French doors opening onto the spacious garden. Brace and ledge doors divide the dining room from the spacious kitchen with more stunning views of the fields. There is also a shower/utility room on the ground floor.
The king size and twin bedrooms are totally separate at either side of the house with their own steep staircases, the main bathroom being on the first floor of one side.
Outside there is a large private garden laid to lawn at the back with a glimpse of sailing boats on Orford's river in the distance. There is ample parking on the quiet road in front of the cottage which is set back from the road by another large lawn.
LIVING AREA – There is a step down from front door into the charming, double aspect, living room featuring stone floor, brick hearth and fireplace (in use from 1st October to 1st April only) and a second fireplace with mantle and tiled surround, original timber posts and beams. The room is partially divided by timber posts to create two seating areas, one area has a wicker sofa and wicker armchairs, the other has a day bed/chaise longue. There is also blanket chest, coffee tables, an antique corner cupboard, occasional tables and flat screen TV. Doors open from the living area to the stairs on either of the house which lead to the bedrooms; another door opens to the utility room/cloakroom. A door from the living room opens onto the shower/utility room.
DINING AREA – Partially divided from the living area with period timber posts, this room is beautifully light and spacious with part conservatory roof and glass doors along the length of one wall opening onto the patio and garden beyond. There is a kitchen style table which comfortably seats six and a bookcase. There is a door to the utility/cloakroom and brace and ledger double doors opening into the kitchen. From here there is another door opening onto the shower/utility room.
KITCHEN – A spacious kitchen with ample storage space, tiled floor and lovely view through the garden to the river beyond. There is a traditional butler’s sink and the wooden units have scrubbed wooden surfaces giving it a rustic feel. There is an electric oven and hob, microwave, Dualit toaster and kettle and dishwasher.
SHOWER ROOM/UTILITY ROOM – Accessed through doors from the living room and the dining room, this room doubles up as a shower room with shower which is quirkily hidden away behind a wooden door. There is also a toilet and basin. This room is conveniently located at the bottom of the stairs leading to the twin bedroom; as well as a utility area with a washing machine and tumble dryer.
FIRST FLOOR – One side of the first floor can be accessed from a door beside the fireplace which opens straight onto steep narrow width wooden stairs which curve up and around to open up into a twin bedroom. On the other side of the living room there is a small passageway to a second set of steep narrow width stairs which lead onto a landing with a bathroom leading off and a double bedroom with super-kingsize bed. Please note that there is a set of bunk beds at the bottom of the stairs to the double bedroom which is not in use.
MASTER BEDROOM – Accessed from the landing, this charming double aspect room has exposed beams, leaded windows and views over the front and rear gardens. There is a super-kingsize bed made up of two single mattresses with cushions, beautiful art work, antique bedside tables with lamps, mahogany chest and Victorian towel rail.
BATHROOM – This fully carpeted room is full of quirky character with beams and a brick chimney breast forming one wall. There is a bath, basin set into a storage cabinet, low level wc, mirror and shaver socket.
TWIN BEDROOM – A door from the living room opens directly onto the steep carpeted stairs winding up to the bedroom. This charming double aspect room has exposed beams and leaded windows. The furniture reflects the period of the house with a bedside table, dressing table and chair, built in wardrobe and fire place.
All prices include bed linen and towels, heating and electricity plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits.
This detached self-catering Suffolk holiday cottage in the countryside is equipped with underfloor heating downstairs, individually-controlled electric heating in the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There is an open fire in the living room which is only in use from 1st October to 1st April; a flat screen TV, electric hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge, a freezer in the utility room, microwave, a combined washer/dryer machine, and WiFi broadband access.
A travel cot and a high chair are available on request at the time of booking from the owner of the property.
The exceptional position of this cottage is its central location in the village of Orford, while simultaneously looking out on an uninhabited view of the estuary and walking access to the sea and to the pubs and shops. Equidistant between the town square and the quay, you can choose to walk towards or away from civilisation. Orford is on the River Ore and boasts a 'English Heritage' Norman castle and a working river quay that serves sailors, fishermen and sightseers.
Because of the flat landscape and the low ceiling cottages, a view is an extremely rare commodity in Orford, and Mallets Cottage is lucky to have beautiful views of Orford.
The village has a fantastic choice of places to eat and drink, including The Trinity at the Crown and Castle, the Kings Head pub, the Butley Oysterage, the Jolly Sailor and a café by the quay with lovely views over the river.
Across the river is the National Trust's Orford Ness, the site of mysterious research projects in the 1950's and 60's but now a nature reserve.
River trips can be booked from Orford Quay down the river to see the area's famous avocets at the RSPB's Havergate Island. If you are eating in, good food can be purchased in the village from an award-winning butchers, Richardson's Smokery, Pinneys and also the Village Stores.
Bookings made within 15 days of travelling discounted by 10%
This wonderfully quirky old house is ideal for those who love to step back in time to a simpler way of life. It has an unpolished, rustic feel to it which may not suit those looking for more modern luxury lifestyle comforts.
Sorry, no smoking, pets or unaccompanied teenagers.
There are no allocated parking spaces, however Broad Street is a quiet road and there are usually places to park by the lawn at the front of the cottage.
Please note that the bedrooms are accessed by different staircases which may not be suitable for young children. The stairs to both bedrooms are very steep and of a narrow width and therefore not suitable for those with mobility problems or very young children. The house is thatched and has an open fire, both of which will create some natural dust. There is an extra bunk bed at the bottom of one of the stairs in a hallway. This is not in use for guests, but is kept there for the owners' own personal use.
Once you have filled out the online booking form, you will be given the option to pay by credit or debit card, or by BACs transfer. A 25% deposit is requested at the time of your booking to secure your booking. The balance and a returnable good housekeeping deposit are due six weeks before your holiday commences. Please click here to see our full terms and conditions of booking http://www.bestofsuffolk.co.uk/terms-and-conditions
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