The Curious Oyster, Orford

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets? YES

Main Features


The Curious Oyster is a fabulous single-storey holiday cottage in the heart of historic Orford. Located in a secluded spot with views of Orford’s twelfth-century castle, couples can retreat to the tranquil town and enjoy walks, bird watching, river cruises and tasting the exquisite choice of seafood delights that Pinney’s the famous smokehouse has to offer. Off road parking for at least two cars leads through a gate to the private garden with double doors into this chic property; perfect for a holiday or short break with an exceptional welcome gift to get your break off to a great start!

Sleeps 2 | 1 King | 1 Bathroom

What our guests say

"We have really enjoyed our week here, even if it was the hottest week of the year!  We have had plenty to do, walks around the area, day trips out and we've eaten some lovely food, the Butley Orford Oysterage being our particular favourite.  Thanks very much for your hospitality."
"What a fantastic place to stay! We loved the cottage, so comfy and well equipped. Thank you for the very generous welcome pack! Orford is a lovely place, great food, great walks. We hope to return!"
"Perfect bolthole, amazing use of the space, light but cosy and such a treat to be able to bring our Westie with us.... Thank you. Orford wonderful, good to see it at both a busy end of term w/e and a quiet Monday, what a contrast. We hope to return."
"The Curious Oyster has a very stylish interior and we were very pleased with all the goodies provided, loved the flowers. Thank you."

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Covid-19 Restrictions
If Covid-19 restrictions mean travel is no longer permitted, we will issue you with either a voucher credit, valid for a new booking at the same property for use before 31 December 2022 or a full refund, if preferred.

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No Covid-19 Restrictions
If there are no restrictions, but you feel you don’t want to travel, we will try to re-sell the dates for you. If we fully resell the dates, you will then receive a refund for the amount you have paid minus the booking and admin fee.

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The Curious Oyster at Orford

“We’ve so enjoyed our time here. What a super ‘Cottage’, beautifully & thoughtfully designed and equipped. Orford is a great place to stay, especially with the oysterage and the Bakery, we’ve hardly left the village!”

"Beautiful cottage thank you - so well equipped mad it a fabulous stress-free environment. Thank you for your attention to detail. Great area for walking - bakery fab and the Oysterage"

“What a good choice for a last minute anniversary weekend. Amazingly equipped holiday cottage – really appreciated the little luxuries – and such a treat to have a decent knife and equipment to use. Excellent meal at the Oysterage, amazing bedding. We were lucky enough to get to Orford Ness – wow, what an amazing place – a definite must if you get the chance. Ickworth House was fantastic on-route. Orford is such a special place, we will think of you every time we have some fantastic Pinney’s produce – yum!”

Ground floor
Enter up a step through the wide double glass doors into the sophisticated open plan living space, with high ceilings and oak flooring which leads through to the chic spacious bedroom with attractive en-suite bathroom.

Living Space
You’ll enjoy preparing meals in the contemporary kitchen of this great living space. Equipment includes a feature white SMEG fridge/freezer, Bosche dishwasher and single oven/grill with four-ring NEFF ceramic hob, beautifully integrated into the wooden worktops, with a built-in wine rack. There are two tall white stools at the breakfast bar, making this kitchen a super place to socialise and cook together.

To the side of the kitchen, next to the patio doors with linen voiles, is a drop leaf dining table and two chairs and to the other side of the double doors is a comfortable modern living area. Underfoot is a large, thick pile rug and you can take is easy on the huge couch after a long day of mooching around wonderful Orford, perhaps making use of the SKY channels on the wall mounted flat screen TV.

Down a small step through a doorway from the living space is a bright and airy elegant bedroom with high ceiling, feature colour wall with a window, and additional high velux window with a blind and soft woollen carpet underfoot.

This room offers a peaceful ambience with a calming mix of textures and colours. It is furnished with a king size bed, bedside tables, wall fixed bedside lamps and a double wardrobe with hanging rail, drawers and shelves.

A door from the bedroom leads through to the bathroom, which has a bath with fixed rain shower over plus an additional hand shower and folding glass screen.

The Victorian style floor tiles and white bathroom suite give this room a contemporary feel whilst the large velux and wall window with blinds allow the natural light to flood in.

With a slight step out of the kitchen/living area there is generous sized cottage garden, with table and chairs to enjoy alfresco dining next to the outstanding view of the keep of Orford Castle. There is also a BBQ for guests to use. Just a short walk takes you to either the market square with its bounty of excellent local food, or to the picturesque quay offering river cruises and the home of Pinney's delicious smoked fish, where you can enjoy a 25% discount courtesy of the owners of The Curious Oyster.

Whats Included?

The owner of The Curious Oyster leaves a very generous welcome gift consisting of a bottle of wine, biscuits, two bottles of Adnams dry hop lager, small pack of Pump Street chocolate, 114g pack Pinney's smoked salmon, selection of Stokes sauces in sachets ( ketchup, mayo and brown sauce) and a pack of Union ground coffee. There is also a selection of Pukka herbal teas, English breakfast tea and Hillfarm rapeseed oil in the cupboard.
All prices include 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity.

This self-catering holiday cottage is equipped with central heating and appliances include a TV with FreeSat and Sky and Wifi. The kitchen is well equipped with single electric oven/grill with four ring ceramic hob, SMEG fridge and two shelf freezer and an integrated dishwasher. Please note there isn’t a microwave.

Outside in the garden is a BBQ for guests to use.

A travel cot and high chair are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.

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This detached holiday property is in a wonderful position just minutes from the ‘English Heritage’ Norman castle and equidistant between the market square and the quay so you can choose to walk towards or away from civilisation.

The village has a fantastic choice of places to eat and drink, including The Trinity at the Crown and Castle, the Kings Head pub, the Butley Oysterage, the Jolly Sailor and a café by the quay with lovely views over the river. If you are eating in, good food can be purchased in the village from an award-winning butchers, the Pump Street bakery, Pinneys and also the Village Stores.

Orford is on the River Ore and boasts a working river quay that serves sailors, fishermen and sightseers. Across the river is the National Trust’s Orford Ness, the site of mysterious research projects in the 1950’s and 60’s but now a nature reserve, Havergate Island, managed by the RSPB and river trips to visit it can be booked from Orford Quay.

There is additional parking at the Castle for a minimal charge per day.

Please note there are building works taking place on an adjacent plot, this is due to take place throughout 2021.

Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers.

A well-behaved dog is welcome. 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.

Please note there is a step down into the bedroom and step over the door frame of the patio doors.

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.
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