The Old Post Office
Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Completely refurbished in the spring of 2013. We are taking our first bookings from July.
The Old Post office Geldeston is situated in the picturesque Waveney valley on the Suffolk Norfolk borders. Built around 1820, it formed part of the Dowson brewery and was home to the Master Brewer. When the brewery closed in 1858 it became a small village shop and later the sub Post office, until its closure in 2005.
Across the road you will find the River Waveney with riverside walks, idyllic course fishing and bird watching. Rowan Craft boatyard have canoe and electric day boat hire, enabling you to enjoy the quiet and natural beauty of the Broads. If you have your own craft there are two slipways to gain access to the river
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 30 km, Nearest railway: Beccles 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The East Anglia region
Local Area Information
Geldeston boasts two pubs. The Wherry Inn just a stone's throw. The historic Locks Inn which is a twenty minute walk away; it can also be reached by car or boat. Both offer live music, real ales and good food with themed food evenings. Just a few minutes stroll there is an excellent Farm shop selling a large range of fresh fruit & vegetables, pickles, chutneys, jams, and other produce.
The market town of Beccles is just three miles away, the city of Norwich fifteen. There are countless attractions within easy reach of Geldeston for you and your family to enjoy.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Walking Distance (WD)
Driving Distance (DD)
The Wherry Inn - (Adnams Ales) Pub & restaurant, regular music & quiz nights. 100 yard stumble (WD)
The Boat Yard - (Rowan craft) small family run boatyard & moorings, small day boat for hire and canoes, 500 yards (WD) walk down “Big Row” opposite The Old Post Office this is the most beautiful stretch of the River Waveney, why not canoe to the Locks Inn or Beccles
Footpath - Turn right just inside the boatyard entrance and walk for miles along the Waveney riverbank. No limit to how far you can walk. Beccles market town is approx. 60 – 70 mins (WD) or shorter circular walk – follow the same footpath sign, walk the riverbank & turn left at the next footpath sign, at the top of hill turn left and you are heading back into Geldeston Village approx. 1 hour (WD)
Village Green – Picnic area, next to the Wherry Inn, 200 yards (WD)
Village Hall – Active village events, various events including Thursday coffee mornings, monthly film snows. (WD)
The Park – Turn right out of the OPO, right at the crossroads, first left, its tucked around the back of the houses, large open area for ball games. 5 - 10 mins (WD)
The Church – Opening times unconfirmed, but the walk is nice. Left out of the OPO, first left up Heath Rd, half way up Heath Road, turn right onto the path/bridle way (small entrance) at the path end turn left, through the cattle gates, onto open scrub land leading to the Church yard. Come back by different route, out through the parking area of the Church along the roadside footpath, turn left into Heath Rd again and directly right, follow the off road footpath, left at the end and left down Geldeston Hill, left into the Street. OPO in left. 60 min slow amble (WD)
The Geldeston Locks Inn - (Green Jack Ales) Pub & restaurant , regular mid week music nights(including winter), sat evening events & sunday on the lawn. 30 – 40 minute amble (WD) a nice peaceful walk, beautiful marshland scenery & wildlife or 10 min (DD)
***Long circular walk - By crossing the river bridge at the Locks Inn, you cross the field footpath, left into Beccles. Beccles to Geldeston back along the River. A map would be adviseable for this walk though not essential. I would give this walk a full day (WD), bearing in mind the, watering holes en route and Beccles town itself has many attractions.
Beccles Town, 10 mins (DD)
Mandys Pickles/Riding School – 10 mins (WD) left up the street
Beat the Bounds - Annually the Villagers walk the local boundary footpaths known as “Beat the Bounds” This tradition started many years ago, it is said that in the 50's Villagers walked through a cottage built, in March Lane, on the boundary of Geldeston! MAP Good walk 4 hours (WD)
***GELDESTON LOCKS INN WALK
The Angles Way follows paths and tracks to the south of the River Waveny. Just beyond Barsham Hall there is a footpath across the meadows to the Geldeston Locks pub and return follows the public footpath alongside the river.
A Circular walk to Geldeston Locks from Beccles
An 7 mile circular walk along the Angles Way from Beccles to Geldeston Locks
A recommended short walk along the Angles Way to the outstanding Geldeston Locks pub, returning via the riverside path to Beccles. This walk passes the location of the historic Barsham Hall, source of the ghostly legend of Old Blunderhazard who is said to ride in his coach drawn by four fire breathing headless horses to Norwich and back each Christmas Eve.
Beccles to Geldeston Locks
From Beccles Quay walk up Northgate and then right into Pudding Moor. Continue through to the main road. Turn right and follow the road, past Roos Hall and then right down a track. Keep to this track until just past the wood beyond Barsham Hall where it turns to a footpath. As the path enters a grassed field, turn right and over a stile and follow the field boundary with the wood, going onto the wood side as the boundary curves round to the left. The footpath descends down alongside the meadows. There is a marker post for the Geledeston Locks on the right, take this, walking alongside the dyke and across the wooden bridge and onto the metal footbridge which leads into the ground of the Geldeston Locks pub.
Geldeston Locks to Beccles
Take the track from the pub up to the road, Turn right and follow the road round, taking the right junction into Geldeston. Turn right opposite the Wherry Inn pub and then follow the path down the side of Geldeston Dyke, continuing along the riverside all the way through to Beccles. Cross over Beccles Old Bridge and turn left back down to the Quay.
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