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Blackbirds Singing At Dusk

  • 2 guests

  • 1 bedroom

  • 1 bathroom

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With farmland to the front and the owner’s beautiful private nature reserve behind – this gorgeous home, part of a cluster of mill buildings, is in an idyllic spot. Take a stroll through winding footpaths of the reserve that meander through meadows and forests of giant cedars and ancient oaks. In spring, you’ll see enchanting carpets of bluebells, primroses and daffodils, but whatever time of year you come, you’ll be treated to an array of wildlife, from chaffinches to woodpeckers. There are maps to find the footpaths going onwards to Snape Maltings, just over two miles away, and to the sea at Aldeburgh (or it’s seven minutes in the car). You can borrow some bikes too if you prefer to cycle. You don’t have to go anywhere to get some fresh air, though. There’s a lovely old cobbled, sunny courtyard where clematis and wisteria clamber up the walls – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the welcome hamper of breakfast goodies. There’s another patio area, too, with fragrant rambling roses – ideal for a glass of wine. The home itself is a sympathetic conversion of a stable and grain store. We adore the character features inside, such as the traditional 17th Century Suffolk white brick flooring, wood-panelled walls and old oak floorboards. Part of the original manger has been incorporated into the wall dividing the kitchen and the living space area – a lovely touch. Open the stable doors here and listen to the blackbirds singing at dusk. Furnished with antiques, this cottage will appeal to couples and pet owners looking for a luxurious country bolthole.


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What to expect


Highlights

Buy some fresh seafood straight from the fishermen’s huts at Aldeburgh, a seven-minute drive away

Buy some fresh seafood straight from the fishermen’s huts at Aldeburgh, a seven-minute drive away

Enjoy a glass of Suffolk wine on the patio surrounded by rambling roses

Enjoy a glass of Suffolk wine on the patio surrounded by rambling roses

Stroll through the meandering footpaths of the shared nature reserve

Stroll through the meandering footpaths of the shared nature reserve

Picnic at the tables dotted around the reserve

Picnic at the tables dotted around the reserve

Relax in the romantic bedroom with its antique French bed and fabulous, gilded canopy in a dramatic toile fabric

Relax in the romantic bedroom with its antique French bed and fabulous, gilded canopy in a dramatic toile fabric

Get some warmth from the log burner when the Suffolk weather turns chilly

Get some warmth from the log burner when the Suffolk weather turns chilly

Have a soak in the claw-footed bath after a long walk

Have a soak in the claw-footed bath after a long walk

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Home truths

    The nature reserve is shared with the other guests

    The welcome basket includes local bacon, sausages, eggs and bread – in season there are fresh herbs including mint, bay, lemon verbena and sage

    There's a mulberry bush in the grounds which guest are welcome to pick fruit from

    Please check with your host that the bikes are available before you arrive

    A cot and highchair are available upon request

    There are another two cottages available to book if you have a larger group

    A water bowl and treat per dog is provided

    London Liverpool Street station to Saxmundham station (change at Ipswich) is around one hour and fifty-one minutes

    There's off-road parking

    Norwich International Airport is just over 34 miles away

About this stay


Amenities

Desk / workplace

Wi-fi

Pets allowed

Parking available

Washing machine

Dryer

Bedrooms & bathrooms

1 bedroom, 1 bed

1 bathroom

Extras


Additional fees

  • Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome to join you for an additional fee of £20 per pet, per week (for up to 7 days). Breed restrictions apply – please check with the host before booking to discuss the suitability of this home for you and your pet.

  • Your host provides a starter supply of logs for the wood burner – extra logs can be supplied for an extra fee

Additional fees subject to a 3.5% handling charge.

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Saxmundham

Life moves at a slower pace in this quiet Suffolk town. But despite its sleepy vibe, Saxmundham still boasts a successful weekly market, strong local identity and thriving sense of community. The characterful market town packs a lot of history into a small space, with buildings from the Victorian, Georgian and Tudor periods to be found. The town centre offers an eclectic mix of independent shops, art galleries, cafes and...

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Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Explore Snape Maltings

Explore Snape Maltings

A cultural hub with an excellent auditorium, art galleries, and independent shops. Enjoy a walk along the river and indulge in a delicious meal at the lovely cafe.

5 min
Savour Fresh Fish & Chips at Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Savour Fresh Fish & Chips at Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Indulge in mouthwatering fish and chips at this top-class restaurant. The fish is incredibly fresh, the batter light and crisp, and the chips perfectly crispy. The friendly service adds to the enjoyable dining experience.

14 min
Explore Aldeburgh Beach's Charming Seaside Atmosphere

Explore Aldeburgh Beach's Charming Seaside Atmosphere

Immaculate and picturesque, Aldeburgh Beach offers a unique feeling with its beautiful architecture, fresh fish huts, cosy pubs, and sailing opportunities. A must-visit for a delightful afternoon by the Suffolk coast.

13 min

Get around

Airport

Norwich

1 hr 15 min

London Stansted

1 hr 56 min

London Southend

1 hr 45 min

Train station

Saxmundham

6 min

Bus stop

Old Station

8 min

Local shops & services

Supermarket

6 min

Cafe

5 min

Pharmacy

5 min

Points of interest

Beach

Thorpeness Beach

14 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

Not suitable for children under age 12

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 10:00

Wifi

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    30

    days

    Cancel at least 30 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Up until

    7

    days

    Cancel at least 7 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 7 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Mark

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. For over twenty years, Mark has been providing guests with a lovely collection of hand-picked, characterful cottages in Suffolk and Essex. Each home has authentic five-star charm on the inside, and idyllic rural settings on the outside. He'll go the extra mile to make sure you have a fantastic stay, so whatever you need, don't hesitate to ask.

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