Shoemakers Cottage, Friston

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets? YES

Main Features


Dating back to the 1850s, there were 9 Shoemakers in Friston. This charming little cottage, built-in 1800, takes its name from where one such shoe mender used to live and work. Shoemakers Cottage is a beautiful pet friendly holiday home which has been beautifully restored since and retains many of the original period features, including the bread oven, inglenook fireplace and cast iron kitchen range.

Sleeps 2+2 | 1 King| 1 Twin | 1 En-Suite Shower Room | 1 Shower Room

What our guests say

Snug and warm
Happy memories made here
Our 2nd visit - can’t wait for the 3rd
Excellent bike ride to Snape Maltings
Making the most of the sun in the beautiful garden
Aldeburgh’s fish and chips - The best!
Kitchen well-equipped for home cooking
Everything spotlessly clean and of a high quality
Rest and relaxation - so peaceful here
Southwold - an exhilarating walk from Walberswick

Comfortable beds - a great nights sleep
Orford - one of our favourite places. Food at the beach cafe
Thank you to Julie for the welcome gifts
Tunstall Forest - don’t get lost
And follow the Sandlings signposts
Great beaches close by

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Shoemakers Cottage at Friston

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 flat-screen TV 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 Sabatier 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, 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.

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.

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 and bike rack. The rear garden is partly enclosed with timber panelled fencing, mature hedging, and fragrant lavender borders.

Whats Included?

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.

The property is equipped with oil-fired central heating throughout, flat screen TV, DVD player, wood burning stove, integrated 4 ring ceramic hob/oven, slimline dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and microwave. Wifi is available.

A travel cot and a high chair are available from the property owners on request at the tim

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Friston enjoys a village Green and is within easy driving distance of Snape Maltings, home of the famous Maltings Concert Hall and the seaside towns of Aldeburgh, Orford and Southwold, providing fantastic shopping, sailing and walking facilities. The nearby market town of Saxmundham is approximately 3 miles to the north west and benefits from having a Waitrose and train station offering links to London Liverpool Street. Shoemakers Cottage is located nearby some beautiful walks and is approximately a mile and a half away from the newly restored ancient Sailors Path, a fantastic walk from Snape to Aldeburgh. Friston is a 30 minute walk away from Snape and also offers some brilliant cycling routes and a lovely pub - The Old Chequers.

Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers are permitted at this property.

A well-behaved dogs 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.

Children are welcome.

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 is 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.

The bikes in the bike rack are not included.
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