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.
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.
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.
Decorated in restful colours you’re sure to have a good night’s sleep in the king size bed; there are bedside units and a chest of drawers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 contemporary detached single storey house is equipped with gas central heating and appliances include a TV with FreeSat, Wifi and iPod docking station. The kitchen is well equipped with a fridge with freezer compartment, electric oven and grill, gas hob with five rings, dishwasher and a microwave. There's a BBQ for use in the summer months and a washi/dryer in a cupboard in the hallway.
A travel cot, stair gate and high chair are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.
Upper Lodge sits on Wades Lane, a country lane within easy walking distance of picturesque Pin Mill and one of the best known public houses in East Suffolk, the Butt and Oyster, offering Suffolk ales, global food and views of barges and swans.
This superb self-catering holiday house is close to the tip of Shotley Peninsula, an awe-inspiring location between the River Orwell and the River Stour, this is an ideal destination for those who enjoy watching cargo ships and sailing boats. The Docks at Felixstowe can be seen on the north bank and Harwich Harbour to the south and the views from the lookout at the top of this holiday house are particularly spectacular.
There are a lot of well-marked cycle paths and walks around the Peninsula including a coastal footpath that starts from the Orwell Bridge, and a short walk from nearby Woolverstone Marina to Pin Mill. Yachtsmen can explore these rivers or access the open sea and plot trips to local harbours. Another great pub and restaurant, The Shipwreck, is on the Marina, offering excellent food & drink plus fantastic views.
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.
Upper Lodge is suitable for guests with mobility problems, however, whilst the majority of the accommodation is on one level and there are double doors from the deck into the main living area, there is a step from the drive to the front door and the inner doors are a standard width; there are also lips on the shower cubicles.
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