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Upper Lodge, Shotley

Shotley Near Chelmondiston, Essex (Ref. 1116876)

4.3

Best of Suffolk rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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14 Customer Review(s)

  • Steve

    “Having stayed at Upper lodge for the last seven years, March 2023 was the first time we felt the need to write a review.”

    The owners apologised and asked us to give it another go. So in March 2024 we did. On arrival we found the waste bins were not emptied and were left in the main bedroom. The bathroom and en suite bins were full to the brim with the previous occupants rubbish and still in their respective rooms.After emptying the bins we could not find any replacement bin bags in the kitchen drawer at all. Once again we found dog hair on the furniture and seating area floor downstairs. The towels and quilt ...

    The owners apologised and asked us to give it another go. So in March 2024 we did. On arrival we found the waste bins were not emptied and were left in the main bedroom. The bathroom and en suite bins were full to the brim with the previous occupants rubbish and still in their respective rooms.After emptying the bins we could not find any replacement bin bags in the kitchen drawer at all. Once again we found dog hair on the furniture and seating area floor downstairs. The towels and quilt covers and pillowslips in both double rooms had some dubious stains on them. Some of these stains could have been from the washing machine door rubber which was disgusting and really needed cleaning,which we did before we used it..The tea towels had been washed but still looked grubby. We could not start to enjoy our stay until we had vacuumed the lodge right through with a hoover that desperately needs new floor tools and cleaning out and a new bag fitted. Upper lodge is a stunning property in a beautiful location and we understand that it is a holiday let that is in need of some TLC but it should be CLEAN! We are sorry to say that we are very disappointed as we really look forward to holidaying there.

    - Steve, March 2024

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • First-floor viewing gallery
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and grill, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV with FreeSat, iPod docking station, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • A travel cot is available
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Gardens, decking, patio furniture, charcoal barbecue
  • One well-behaved dog welcome downstairs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 2 miles Note: Whilst the majority of the accommodation is ground-floor there are some small steps in the property so please bear this in mind when booking

The property

This iconic holiday home, designed by local architects Andrew Hughes in collaboration with David Gibson Architects, is sympathetic to its context and reflects current concerns of sustainability. Primarily single storey, it’s wonderfully configured with the three large bedrooms and bathrooms at the back of the house, allowing the roomy open plan living space to enjoy views of fields and the river through a wall of windows and doors opening onto the deck and garden. The lookout, on the first floor, has exceptional views of the River Orwell and Harwich Harbour and is a great place to relax with a book, watch the TV or enjoy the surrounding wildlife, sailing boats and cargo ships. Upper Lodge is located on a quiet rural lane and has off road parking at the side for three cars. The informal garden, with ample space to kick a ball, wraps around three sides of the house with a long deck at the front for relaxing in the sun and a shed where bikes or sailing gear can be stored. Ground floor The front door opens into a long hallway with the living space and all bedrooms opening off; wooden stairs rise to the lookout. A bank of cupboards conceal a washing machine and dryer as well as ample hanging and shelf space for storing clothing and footwear. Kitchen/Living/Dining Space Ideal for relaxing with family and friends, this wonderfully light open plan living space with wall of windows, has a well equipped kitchen at one end with refectory table, benches and chairs for meals at home, a sitting area in the centre and table football at the far end to keep guests of any age amused! Equipment includes a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, double oven, five ring gas hob with extractor hood, free standing microwave and iPod docking station. Double Bedroom Decorated in restful colours you’re sure to have a good night’s sleep in the king size zip link bed, which can be set up as a twin on request, and there are bedside units and a chest of drawers. Family Bathroom A large and modern bathroom conveniently located for bedrooms and the living area, with bath, corner shower, wash basin set in a vanity unity, WC, window and heated towel rail. Twin bedroom A spacious room with windows to the west, furnished with sturdy twin beds and a couple of storage units with a selection of books for younger guests and space for you to store your clothes. Master Bedroom This lovely sunny double aspect bedroom with windows facing south to the garden and west has a king size bed, with attractive matching units and bags of hanging and shelf space. Ensuite shower room Cleverly concealed amid the cupboard doors, this chic shower room has a double shower, wash basin set into a vanity unit, WC, heated towel rail and window. Lookout Superbly designed with high windows looking north-west up the River Orwell and across towards the villages of Nacton and Levington to the other bank of the river. There is a wall of windows looking south and east over the fields where you may spot a Marsh Harrier and plenty of hares frolicking. In the distance is the port of Felixstowe so you can watch the enormous container ships during the day or stargaze using the telescope provided at night. This is also the ideal place relax with a book in the supremely comfortable sofa or chair and for the kids to escape with TV and DVD player provided. Outside Upper Lodge is perfectly designed so that you can enjoy the views to the east from the living area and the lookout on the top floor. There's off road parking at the side for three cars and the informal garden wraps around two sides of the house with space to kick a ball or relax on the deck at the front where there's outdoor furniture and a BBQ provided for you to enjoy meals outside.

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Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

CHELMONDISTON

Pin Mill 0.4 miles; Ipswich 6.7 miles; Felixstowe 17.5 miles.

Chelmondiston is a quaint town resting between Ipswich and Felixstowe in Suffolk. The town is well-known for its historic church and offers the welcoming Red Lion pub for dining out, a well-stocked convenience store for stocking up on essentials, and the Hill Farm Equestrian Centre. The lovely hamlet of Pin Mill is just moments away, where you’ll find the popular Butt & Oyster, The Sunshine Store, and a beautiful National Trust Walk where you can wander through idyllic woodlands with views of the bay. Next stop is Ipswich, where you will find a wide variety of amenities and attractions, including the Ipswich Transport Museum, Holywells Park, The Smokehouse which offers live music, the Ipswich Regent Theatre, and a wealth of pubs and restaurants. Further afield, you can enjoy the coastal delights of Felixstowe, home to Mannings Amuseuments, Felixstowe Pier, Felixstowe Beach, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, and the seafront restaurants of The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie, Steak Lobster & Co, and Alba Chiara.

Note: Whilst the majority of the accommodation is ground-floor there are some small steps in the property so please bear this in mind when booking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas