"What a fantastic house! Love the bedrooms and the garden full of birds. The riding at Valley Farm riding centre was amazing. I can't wait to come back, Five Star!"
"I have had a brilliant time! It was cool being so close to the market place and also going to an awesome riding centre called Valley Farm. It has been the perfect stay! I'd like to come back to Bank House this time next year."
"A fabulous week enjoying the beaches of Suffolk and the castles and villages too. Great day at Sutton Hoo and then Bawdsey. Good bread and meat from the shop two doors down and super seafood at Aldeburgh. The house and garden are gorgeous and the outside space is great for seeing shooting stars. A memorable trip to celebrate my brothers 60th birthday."
"It was such a pleasure to walk into such a beautiful, quirky house and see photos of it previously as well as experience gorgeous comfy beds, wonderful showers and lovely white company toiletries. Cupboards full of games helped on typically British rainy days!"
"We have had a glorious few days in this beautiful old house. We have been really comfortable, we have especially enjoyed the garden, but the weather was too good for us to enjoy the dining room! Also we have been spoilt by being looked after by our lovely niece and her husband. Perfect destination for dogs - walks from the door"
"What a fabulous holiday home! All of the home comforts, cosy and stylish - we have loved staying at Bank House. We hope to return! P.S. The beds are so comfortable, we have all slept very well."
"Enjoyed our stay at this beautiful house - well equipped and very comfortable. Had some lovely days out at National Trust properties and various seaside resorts. Good food from pie and cheese man at Wickham Market. had good meals at Chinese and Indian restaurants"
This is an exceptionally large house for six guests, with ample space throughout for guests to socialise or enjoy a degree of privacy. The entrance hall is furnished for use as a more formal dining area, study or sitting room with TV; there's a comfortable living room with the huge inglenook fireplace housing a wood burner; as well as a wonderful and well-equipped kitchen - a great place for entertaining or simply relaxing. There's a single room on the ground floor with en-suite shower room and access to the garden; suitable for a Grandparent or Nanny. The other three charming bedrooms are up a quirky wooden staircase, two with king size bed and the third with a double; all with easy access to the large family bathroom and one with an en-suite shower room.
To the rear of Bank House is a lovely private area of garden which is an ideal sun trap, with a table and chairs for dining and a long bench. The garden path, bordered by lawn, fruit trees and shrubs, stretches down to an enclosed parking area for three cars.
Floors are hard in the living room and kitchen with carpet in the entrance hall and bedroom. The ground floor bedroom is off the hall/dining/study, with en-suite shower room beyond and door to the WC with washbasin. There are doors to the garden from the single room and kitchen.
Exquisite homely kitchen with a perfect mix of old and new; a distinctive herringbone brick floor, ornate fireplace, solid oak kitchen cabinets and modern appliances, including an electric oven and separate grill, warming drawer, five ring gas hob with extractor, large fridge, 2.5 drawer freezer, and dishwasher.
The breakfast table, with six wheel back chairs, sits to one side of the room, next to a door to the garden, making al fresco eating easy!
Accessed from the garden, great for storing footwear, coats, pushchairs etc. and housing a washing machine, dryer and sink.
The inglenook fireplace with wood burner takes pride of place in this traditional living room with exposed beams, unique original stone and tiled floor, and bay window overlooking the market square. Doors give access to the entrance hall and kitchen, stairs rise to the first floor. The room’s furnished with a sofa and four chairs, with an eclectic mix of antique occasional tables and dressers.
Entrance Hall/Dining Room/Study
There’s a warm welcome as you open the door into the spacious multi-purpose entrance hall of this unique house with a wealth of period features reflecting its history. An extendable dining table sits to one side with six chairs for guests who like more formal dining. A couple of comfy leather chairs, coffee table and TV make this space good for relaxing, with a step up and curtain giving privacy from the study/reading area, which has a good choice of books and desk with chair for those needing to do a spot of work or studying.
Effectively self-contained with access through the entrance hall in the house, and a door to the garden so you can sit and enjoy morning coffee in the sun. There’s a single bed and ample storage with drawers, shelves and hooks.
En-Suite Shower Room
With natural light, corner shower and separate WC and basin through a second door.
Steep wooden stairs (with handrail) wind up to the first-floor landing where there are doors to the three double bedrooms and the bathroom.
A grand bedroom, full of character with double glazed windows overlooking the market square. The king size bed has bedside cabinets; there’s a blanket chest, an assortment of chairs (including an armchair positioned so you can watch the world go by) and ample storage in a large chest of drawers and curtained hanging area.
Overlooking the garden, this sunny room also has a king size bed with bedside cabinets, a dressing table with stool, chest of drawers and built-in wardrobe.
En-Suite Shower Room
A modern en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and window giving natural light.
Pretty light bedroom with oak floor, sitting at the front of the house with sash window, furnished with a double bed, bedside cabinets, large chest of drawers, well-stocked bookcase and suitcase stand.
A beautiful bathroom with oak floor overlooking the garden. The claw foot roll top bath is a key feature with hand shower; there’s also a shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and chair.
The attractive south facing walled garden and off road parking are an added bonus at this charming holiday home.
Doors open from the kitchen and the single bedroom into the garden which has a brick patio area, furnished for outside dining, a small area of lawn with some beautiful ornate and fruit trees and shrubs, and a path leading down to the utility room and bike store. There's also a long gravel driveway, accessed from Crown Lane off the High Street which provides secure parking for three cars with the long path leading through the garden to the front door.
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 self-catering holiday cottage is equipped with central heating and appliances include a TV in the entrance hall/sitting area and Wifi. The kitchen is well equipped with an electric oven and separate grill, warming drawer, five ring gas hob with extractor, large fridge, 2.5 drawer freezer and dishwasher. There's also a washing machine and dryer in the utility room off the garden.
A travel cot and high chair are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.
Wickham Market provides an excellent range of shopping and local facilities including E.W Revett and Son; a quality butcher (birthplace to award-winning traditional sausages), baker, wine merchant and delicatessen; a local convenience store (open till 8pm on most days); a bustling open-air monthly market; and Inspirations – a treasure trove of a shop providing a wide selection of inspiring gift ideas. The adjacent village of Pettistree (just over a mile away) has a beautiful 14th Century Village Inn where you can enjoy pub classics alongside local game, with local ales.
Bank House is in an ideal location for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast with the picturesque coastal town of Aldeburgh just 12 miles away, popular Orford ten miles and Snape Maltings holding internationally renowned cultural events throughout the year such as the Aldeburgh Festival, just eight miles. The Estuaries of the Deben and Alde provide water sports facilities and leisure activities such as sailing, cycling, golf and walking.
Woodbridge lies some 5 miles to the south and is set on the banks of the River Deben. The county town of Ipswich lies nine miles to the south with regular train services to London Liverpool Street. Campsea Ashe (1.5 miles) also provides rail links to London Liverpool Street.
A well-behaved dog is welcome downstairs. If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking on the booking form and is subject to our conditions of booking.
Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers.
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
Bank Cottage is an exceptional quirky period property, full of charm but, as you'd expect, there are some uneven floors and the stairs are steep, narrow, and turn with a handrail to steady you.
Whilst there are three double beds as well as the single, effectively sleeping seven guests, the kitchen is a little tight for seven so the owners prefer to accommodate six guests.