Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Pottage is an attractive modern conversion of an old beamed potting shed. It faces South across a three acre walled garden built in 1829. Outside the walled garden there is a further five acres of open space and woodland (fun for children). There are many excellent walks through the surrounding countryside, and ancient churches and attractive pubs to visit. The historic towns of Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds are all about 25 miles away. The sea can be reached at the Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Not far away are the great houses of Holkham, Houghton, Blickling, Felbrigg, Ickworth and Somerleyton. At Bresssingham nearby there is a steam museum and railway, a famous year round garden and a garden centre. At Banham there is a well-kept zoo. At Duxford (one hour 15 minutes by car) there is an amazing plane and land warfare museum.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southwold, Suffolk 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 40 km, Nearest railway: Diss, Norfolk 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The view from all the windows are of grassland and woods. Wildlife - a great variety of birds, far too many rabbits, moles, muntjacs, and squirrels(all grey), the occasional fox and badger, and sometimes red deer
Indoors: an ample stock of DVDs, and a Nespresso coffee machine.
|Further details outdoors|
The house and adjacent cottage are in 8 acres of their own grounds, including the three acre walled garden, one of the largest in East Anglia. The woods ,containing almost every species of English native tree, are a pleasure at all times of the year. There is a half mile walk through the woods, modelled on Darwin's "think walk". It is for exercize and serious thought. It passes the summer house in which King Edward 7th was entertained, when he stayed at neighbouring Oakley Park, a gigantic mansion demolished in the 1920s.
The cottage has a private terrace, but visitors have access to all the rest of the grounds.
For children there are a trampoline, play station and a cottage on stilts
The East Anglia region
Suffolk is largely unspoilt English countryside, with many delightful villages and fascinating churches.
There are many good pubs, including The Swan in Hoxne, four minutes walk away. Nearby historic houses include Somerleyton and Ickworth, with their gardens and grounds. Excellent places to eat include the Lindsay House in Eye, the Leaping Hare at Stanton, the Fox and Goose at Fressingfield, the Bull Auberge at Brome, the Beaconsfield at Occold. For gardeners, Blooms of Bressingham is a 10 minute drive. Beales for roses is not much further. At Blooms there is also a steam engine museum (for adults and children), an old fashioned merry-go-round, miniature trains and train rides, and usually an exhibition or two.
Eye, three miles away, is the best possible place for local shopping. Everything is within walking distane and parking is easy. There are cafes, restaurants, a fine chuch and a ruined castle, where outdoor plays are held in summer. There are two co-ops, one open usually to 8pm, and a fish van in the market place every Friday morning
Diss station is 10 minutes drive away, with trains to London usually every half hour.