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Shoemakers Cottage, Friston

Friston, Suffolk (Ref. 1117150)


Best of Suffolk rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Review(s)

  • Julianne

    “Beautiful cosy, very well equipped cottage in a lovely location, perfect base for exploring the Suffolk countryside.”

    The cottage had everything you could want and much more. Pretty enclosed garden, safe for us and our dogs. Stairs very steep but manageable. Lovely break away for 2 adults and 2 cocker spaniels :)

    The cottage had everything you could want and much more. Pretty enclosed garden, safe for us and our dogs. Stairs very steep but manageable. Lovely break away for 2 adults and 2 cocker spaniels :)

    - Julianne, April 2024


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and low suite WC, 1 x twin zip-link (can be set up as a double on request)
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and low suite WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Study
  • Oil heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, slim-line dishwasher, Kettle
  • Smart TV with NowTV subscription, DVD player, WiFi, iPod docking station
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front garden with lawn, rear enclosed garden with decking, terrace, furniture and lawn
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking
  • Note: Please contact us to advise whether you would like the day bed set up as a single, twin or double
  • Note: Guests receive a welcome gift on arrival
  • Note: The property has steep stairs

The property

This welcoming property offers gorgeously presented accommodation, including exposed beams, latched wooden doors and the original brick flooring. Leading from the hallway is the large sitting room, study, a ground floor shower room and kitchen/dining room. Stairs from the sitting room lead to the landing bedroom with a single/double bed, with a further door opening to the master bedroom with en suite bathroom. The old anvil, shoe lasts, tools and vice featured throughout the rooms in this property are the original shoemaking artefacts. These were found buried within the earth closet which stood where the garden summer house now stands. Outside, the property is approached over a private driveway providing parking for two cars. There is also a small, secluded front lawn. A gate to the side of the property provides access to the delightfully sunny garden which features a lovely sun terrace, two round paved seating areas, one of which was the site of the original well, summer house with bike rack and a further stretch of lawn. Ground Floor The hallway features a part glazed door, a window offering views over the front aspect, tiled flooring, coat hooks and wooden shelving for shoes etc. Sitting Room The sitting room features a comfortable 2 seater sofa, a plush armchair, a Smart TV with NowTV subscription and DVD player, an inglenook fireplace housing a Yeoman wood burning stove, a coffee table and a dresser. There is original brick flooring throughout with classic exposed wooden beams. Here you can see great views over the front aspect. Kitchen/Dining Room The kitchen features modern furniture with ample storage space and granite effect work surfaces. Also featured here is a panda half bowl sink unit with mixer tap, an integrated Neff oven with 4 ring ceramic hob, a Hotpoint slimline dishwasher, a Daewoo microwave, Zanussi washing machine, Joseph Joseph chopping boards, Dualit toaster, a large fridge/freezer and ProChef kitchen knives. Here you can see great views of the back garden. The dining room features a dining table (lovingly made from the original back door) with seating for up to four guests, iPod docking station and radio, a charming Victorian cooking range and original bread oven, complete with the old poker found alongside the other artefacts, and with access to it from the old cupboard in the sitting room. Study The study was originally the shoemaker's workroom and features a desk with a chair and side lamp, a Pure iPod/radio station. Brick flooring and exposed beams are featured throughout, whilst views of the front aspect can be seen here too. Ground Floor Shower Room The ground floor shower room features a shower cubicle with an electric shower, a pedestal washbasin, a heated towel rail, and a Low Suite W.C. Exposed beams and brick flooring are featured throughout. First Floor Typical cottage stairs with a turn at the top, which are slightly steep from the sitting room lead to Bedroom One The master bedroom features a king-size bed, a built-in wardrobe cupboard, a free-standing double wardrobe and a chest of drawers for storage and a red brick Victorian feature fireplace. En-Suite Bathroom The en-suite bathroom for bedroom 1 features a timber fronted panel bath with an overhead electric shower, a pedestal washbasin, a Low suite WC., and a heated towel rail Bedroom Two A dual aspect room with rear views towards the post mill, the Landing bedroom has a comfortable Laura Ashley day bed that can be made up to either a single, twin beds or double bed. It also features a stair gate and polished wooden flooring throughout. Outside The property is approached over a private, fully paved drive providing parking for two cars. The remaining front garden is laid to lawn and bordered by attractive flowers. The side boundaries are defined by panel fencing with a gate opening to the rear. The rear garden features a fully paved and decked sun terrace which runs along the back of the property with steps leading to a raised stretch of lawn. At the foot of the garden, there is a summerhouse with tumble dryer and bike rack. The rear garden is partly enclosed with timber panelled fencing, mature hedging, and fragrant lavender borders.




Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Saxmundham 3 miles; Aldeburgh 5 miles.

The quiet Suffolk village of Friston is ideally placed to explore the beautiful Suffolk heritage coastline, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including several nature reserves. Friston is also great for the attractive popular coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold, with an excellent choice of pubs, restaurants, independent shops, galleries and tea rooms. Two miles from Friston is the well-known Snape Maltings Concert Hall, offering world class concerts and musical events throughout the year, and home of the annual Aldeburgh Festival held in June. The Maltings also has interesting shops and galleries as well as an RSPB nature reserve with lovely riverside walks and river boat trips along the estuary. Family fun can be found at nearby Leiston Long Shop Museum with 200 years of local history, or with the animals at Easton Park Farm or Africa Alive, while history is on display at Framlingham and Orford castles or the Anglo-Saxon site of Sutton Hoo.

Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking.
Note: Please contact us to advise whether you would like the day bed set up as a single, twin or double.
Note: Sorry, no unaccompanied teenagers please

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas