The West Ring Middleton

Sleeps 10+2 | 1 super king, 3 king, 1 twin, 2 optional singles, 2 bath/shower rooms, 1 en-suite

Property Summary


This chic and stylish large five bedroom self-catering Suffolk country holiday cottage is an ideal venue for bringing together families and friends, with masses of indoor and outdoor space for your group to enjoy! It is unusual to find a self-catering Suffolk country holiday cottage with so many distinct living areas, allowing guests of all ages to fan out and read, eat, play or watch movies in peace. The house is packed with art books and board games, furnished with mid-century gems and lovingly decorated with original art and a designer's eye.

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“The gardens are gorgeous and the house is massive. We all want to know where the owners got their ideas for the decor of the house as it really is beautiful. Hats off to this house – anyone who stays here would have nothing to complain about.”

"The house is so beautiful it makes you want to stay in rather than explore this glorious part of Suffolk. The attention to detail and comfort in the house is exceptional."

"it is absolutely gorgeous!! You have such style! I came equipped with everything and you had it all and more….who lives in a place like this? We'll be back."

The West Ring sits in large southerly gardens in the pretty village of Middleton, a short walk from an award-winning pub and acclaimed Reckford Farm Shop.

Inside you'll find three large living areas, spacious bedrooms and lots of space to play, whilst outside there's a 1¼ acre garden with mature trees and a vast lawn and patio, ideal for lazy summer's days. This self-catering Suffolk country holiday cottage is tucked down a quiet lane, in the heart of picturesque Middleton. Adjoining the south-facing garden is the village rec, with a full-sized soccer pitch and mini adventure playground for the young-hearted. The owners also have access to a members-only tennis court in nearby yoxford, should you tire of ping pong at the house.

On the ground floor there are three large living areas: a stunning open plan kitchen/dining/living room, a spacious 'snug' separate living room with an open fire, and a huge conservatory with a big screen and colourful chillout zone. There are two ground floor bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), a shower room and a cloakroom. Upstairs are three bedrooms (2 double, 1 king), an en-suite bath/shower room and a family bathroom. Outside is a vast, south-facing enclosed lawned garden under fruit trees, a triple garage with ping pong table and plenty of space for further off-road parking in the drive-in drive-out front garden. The West Ring also has access to a nearby members-only tennis court.

The West Ring is very close to the Minsmere bird reserve and the presenters of Springwatch stay each year at The West Ring to film this, and love the property! The West Ring has been featured in the media and blogs because of this.


The front door leads in to a large, light-filled hallway with an Ercol chair and well-stocked games cupboard.

OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/DINING/LIVING ROOM: This south-facing space has three separate areas, a kitchen, dining area and a living area.

"Everyone loved the space, the layout, the abundance of kitchen utensils, cushions and throws etc. Loved the eclectic collection of art. Fab!"

KITCHEN AREA: This large room has a Boffi kitchen with granite work surfaces and a solid wood topped island with Tolix designer stools. A classic wooden Ercol sofa lets friends sit close and chat while you cook. Appliances include a large Maytag American fridge-freezer, a professional Viking range cooker with six gas rings and electric oven, an integrated microwave and a dishwasher. (There’s a washing machine in the garage which is connected to the house). The cook's kitchen is fabulously equipped to take advantage of Suffolk's great produce, with tips on where to shop and eat listed in the house manual.

DINING AREA: There’s a wonderful 2.7 metre long dining table that has been made from a single solid piece of oak, it’s almost a work of art! Windows look out to the large garden. Chairs are a mix of matt-black, wooden Ercols and tubular steel and cream leather P.E.L. classics designed in the 1930s for Broadcasting House.

LIVING ROOM AREA: There’s a wood-burning stove, a luxurious six-seater leather corner sofa commissioned from Matthew Hilton, a giant bean bag, G-plan recliner, black American rocker and a handmade 2.8m coffee table made from a single piece of elm. There’s also a flat-screen TV with Freeview.

HALLWAY: The wide sloping hallway has Travertine floor tiles and floor to ceiling windows. Decorated with hand-made African looms, rugs, beads and Calabashes. It leads down to the second living room, a cloakroom and the huge conservatory games room.

THE ‘SNUG’ LIVING ROOM: This large yet cosy room has a wood-burning stove in a large Inglenook – ideal for evenings spent curled up reading the papers. It has two large sofas, oak floorboards, Moroccan, hand-made wool rugs, countless art books and a central coffee table. There’s a flat screen TV with Freeview and a DVD player.

CONSERVATORY: The light-filled huge conservatory is a colourful chill-out zone with views over the back garden. It’s a fun room for adults and kids alike with three sofas, a low bed, two giant swivelling hand chairs, ipod dock, drapes and fun. The ceiling is festooned with Chinese silk voiles; African rugs and Asian carpets cover the travertine floor and enhance the atmosphere. Tucked away at the end of the house, the rest of your group can relax in the living rooms without being disturbed by your play! Think Mororccan Souk rather than English conservatory….

CLOAKROOM: In the hallway between the living rooms and the conservatory, this room has a w.c. and a hand basin.

HALLWAY: The entrance hallway leads past the stairs and to the two ground floor bedrooms:

BEDROOM 1: This ground floor bedroom has a super king bed with bedside tables, a built-in wardrobe, shaker-style cupboard, ercol easy chair and pine floor boards.

BEDROOM 2: A twin bedroom with bedside tables, a Shaker tallboy, cowhorn chair, and pine floor boards. Patio doors lead out to a terrace and the drive.

SHOWER ROOM: There’s a shower, a hand basin and a w.c. It’s conveniently situated opposite the two downstairs bedrooms.

GARAGE: Connected to the house, the large garage has room for two cars. There’s also a washing machine. You’ll find the ping pong table set up and ready to go; lego/farm animals etc. for smaller hands.


Striped sisal-clad stairs, overlooked by vibrant hangings and art, lead from the ground floor to the first floor landing.

BEDROOM 3 (MASTER BEDROOM): This large room has a king size bed, funky bedside tables, a fitted wardrobe with drawers and oatmeal colour carpet. There’s a Juliet balcony with lovely views across the large back garden.

EN-SUITE TO BEDROOM 3: This tiled room has both a bath and a large, separate shower, a w.c. and a hand basin.

BEDROOM 4: This has a king size bed with bedside tables with drawers for clothes, wooden easy chair and behind-door hanging.

BEDROOM 5: A king size bedroom with a Juliet-style balcony looking out across the south-facing garden. There’s a large chest of drawers and bedside tables.

BATHROOM: This tiled room has a hand basin, a bath, a w.c. and a heated towel rail.

OUTSIDE: This large self-catering Suffolk country holiday cottage is situated on a quiet lane and has a large enclosed garden with many mature trees and shrubs. A Weber barbecue is available.

There’s off-road parking for several cars in addition to the triple garage.

All prices include 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.

This detached self-catering Suffolk country holiday cottage is equipped with oil-fired central heating throughout and additional wood-burning stoves in the two living rooms. Appliances include WiFi internet access, two flat screen TVs, DVD player, ipod dock to conservatory, Harman Kardon ipod dock to main rooms, Bush radio, Viking range cooker, dishwasher, double fridge/freezer, washing machine and a microwave/mini oven. A Weber barbecue is available outside. A travel cot and high chair are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.

Guests also have access to a nearby members only tennis court.

Middleton is a picturesque village situated halfway between Southwold and Aldeburgh and so it's an ideal base to explore the beautiful Suffolk Coast. The centre of the pretty village of Middleton is less than a 5 minute walk down lanes and through the pretty grounds of the historic parish church where a single sheep often mows the lawn during the summer months! The village has an award-winning pub, The Bell, which serves top value meals using local meat and fish and has open fires, gardens, a traditional country bar and a friendly welcome. There's also an excellent Reckford Farm Shop selling a wide range of local produce and fresh ready meals – click here to read a review of the farm shop by The Guardian newspaper. The west ring adjoins the well-kept village rec, with a zip wire, wobbly tyre walk, soccer nets and all the usual playground equipment.

Our Top Five Tips for exploring the area:

1. Spend the afternoon walking around the perimeter of RSPB Minsmere, one of the UK’s premier bird-watching sites. Pass through woods, along the beach and through heathland, visiting the National Trust’s tea rooms on Dunwich cliffs along the way.

2. Take a drive to seaside Aldeburgh to sample the famous fish and chips on the beach.

3. Walk along footpaths to the pretty village of Middleton, stopping at the pub for lunch. Part of Adnams stable, the bell won "value pub of the year" in the 2012 Good Pub gGide.

4. Visit the historic seaside town of Southwold and take a stroll down Southwold Pier for coffee and stunning views back of the town.

5. Hire bicycles from Darsham (3.5 miles) and explore the network of country lanes in the area – fuelled by Flora's iconic seafront fish and chips.

Bookings made within 15 days of travelling discounted by 10%

Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers at this property. A well-behaved dog is welcome on request on the booking form at the time of booking, subject to our terms and conditions of booking. The garage and conservatory can be cold in the depths of winter. Not all rooms have wardrobe hanging space.

Please be advised that permission needs to be granted by the owner for any parties to take place at this property.

The property can sleep up to 12 people with the use of 2 additional beds. If you would like one or both of these additional beds, at a cost of £50 per bed, please contact our office.

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
All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions which you can read by clicking here.