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Cocketts - pretty in pink

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Cocketts is a 16th century listed cottage nestled along a country lane in the heart of Suffolk. It has oak beams, wonky floors and a large inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. However it is equipped to a high standard with all mod-cons expected these days; comfy seating, quality linen, an attic den with PS3 and games and toys for all ages. There is an acre of garden, with an enclosed 'safe' area for little ones which has the benefit of a wooden playhouse and outdoor toys. There is a patio and seating to enjoy the evening sun, a large grassy area and an old orchard with tree swing and picnic table, which provides for further adventure or relaxation. The garden is visited by a wide variety of bird and wildlife, and in season provides apples, pears, sloes, quince, walnuts and damsons. There are walks from the door, perfect if you are bringing the dog, and it is easy and flat for cycling. The owners live next door and keep chickens and friendly pygmy goats.

Despite a feeling of being 'in the middle of nowhere', Cocketts is easy to get to , and is well placed for exploring the many local picturesque villages, the Suffolk heritage coast, Constable Country, as well as Norwich, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk has a wealth of farmers' markets, pubs and restaurants that pride themselves on high class local produce that will keep you well fed. There are plenty of places of interest to visit, and books, maps and information is kept up to date to help you make the most of your stay. Cocketts itself has an interesting history with links to the early Quakers and the English Civil War.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Felixstowe 40 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Stansted 100 km, Nearest railway: Stowmarket 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The ground floor comprises the sitting room with inglenook fireplace and wood burner, large flat screen TV, DVD player and comfy seating; the well equipped kitchen with large fridge/freezer, double oven, dishwasher and farmhouse table easily seating 8; the utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, and a cloakroom with toilet and handbasin.

The first floor comprises the master bedroom with kingsize bed, large stone fireplace, and plenty of storage space; a second bedroom which can be made up as a twin or as a kingsize; and the modern family bathroom with power shower over the bath. The landing is home to Brandy, the rocking horse.

The attic floor includes a twin bedroom set in the impressively beamed roof which is accessed via the den that houses PS3, TV, DVDs and games books and puzzles for all ages. The den has a futon which can be made up as double bed, sleeping an extra 2, making 8 in total.

The cottage has unusually large windows which flood the house with light and provide great views of the garden and the farmland beyond.

Further details outdoors

The front garden is made of a lawn and 2 large beds stocked with cottage garden plants and flowers. There is a large pond between the orchard and grassy play area. Small children will enjoy playing in the play house and with outdoor toys, whilst older children will enjoy the swing, perhaps cycling through the orchard and outdoor games. There is a secure outhouse for storage of bikes, and a barbecue is available too. You are welcome to come and meet the goats or feed the hens!

The cottage is at the end of a no-through road, and so there is no passing traffic apart from horses and walkers or cyclists. There is parking for up to 3 cars.

Further details

We provide a welcome pack on your arrival.

The East Anglia region

Visit Suffolk and your senses will be brought to life. From the wetland Broads in the north to the beautiful Wool Towns in the south; the shimmering greenery of the west to the stunning Suffolk Coast in the east - Suffolk offers some incredible sights. A holiday in Suffolk is all about sheer indulgence in wide open countryside and beautiful coastline, savouring incredible local food and drink and a wonderful range of luxury accommodation.

Enjoy a family break in Suffolk and explore a UK county that has so much happening, from hidden walking and cycle routes to festivals, events and farmers' markets. In Suffolk, tourism is all about fun, indulgence and creating experiences to remember.

You've probably seen countless pictures and paintings of Suffolk. But we want you to go one step further - to experience our beautiful, vibrant county. To smell the flowers that line the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Taste the finest fish and chips as the tide creeps in at Aldeburgh. Or hear the thunderous last furlong at Newmarket.


The local historic village of Mendlesham offers a pub, shop and fish and chips, as well as a medieval church that hosts a rare collection of ancient weaponry, and an annual May Fayre with stalls and Morris men etc. The area is mainly agricultural with many pretty villages that are worth a visit. Stowmarket (5 miles) provides for all day to day needs in terms of large supermarkets. There is easy access to Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Constable Country and the Suffolk Heritage coast, and a little further afield is Cambridge, Norwich and the Norfolk Broads. Farm parks, zoos, castles, museums, NT properties and the beach are all about a half hour drive away.

The area is good for walking and cycling, there are 2 leisure centres (1 with a swimming pool) within 6 miles, and 2 golf courses within 20 minutes.

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Review 1-9 of 9

12 Apr 2014


"Excellent quiet area, easy to get to beaches, towns and pretty villages"

Just had a great week at Cocketts. Lovel house with good facilities and well equipped kitchen. We all slept so well. WIFI was good, my daughter needed it for A level revision. Our dog was secure i… More

We are glad you enjoyed your stay ad grateful that you took the time to comment.
All the best
Doug and Alison

20 Sep 2013


"Great character cottage and so peaceful"

Such a beautiful cottage with so much character (oak beams, slopy creaking floors). Well equipped with everything you could need. We didn't use the top floor games/play room and twin room, but wo… More

Thanks for taking the time to respond. We are really happy that you enjoyed your break in Cocketts.

12 May 2013


"Beautiful and tranquil setting"

Just come back from a week at Cocketts. What can I say? To be honest I wish we'd made more of the peaceful setting listening to the birds each morning. Now we're back in suburbia and awakene… More

Thanks for taking the time to respond - I am glad you enjoyed your stay in Cocketts. I'm sorry about the long grass, that was really rather unfortunate. My old mower has been mended and I did manage to cut the grass before our next visitors.

We have placed at least two corkscrews in the property so I am sorry you couldn't find one. I wonder what happens to them? We shall make sure there is one in the house at the next changeover.

Broadband is surprisingly good here. It may not compare to the experience in more built up areas (there's no sign of fibre yet...) but I know many people have been able to connect to the WiFi easliy - others clearly don't - I will look into it to see if I can make it more reliable.

Thanks again for the comments.

All the best,

Doug and Alison

29 Mar 2013


"One of the best kept secrets in Suffolk"

We arrived at the cottage with snow imminent for our usual family Easter get together, a party of six adults and two young children. The short trip down the lane to Tan Office had left us somewhat app… More

I'm really glad you enjoyed the experience - it was a shame the weather was so cold! Thanks for the feedback.
Doug and Ali

23 Jan 2013


"Just what we wanted!"

Some girlfriends and I chose Cocketts for our weekend away as it was in the beautiful area where we had all grown up. It promised and delivered a quiet break in the heart of rural Suffolk. As friends… More

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will come back!

Doug and Alison

11 Nov 2012



I have just returned from a weekend stay at Cocketts with a group of girlfriends. We regularly have weekends away to catch up as we are scattered across the country, this cottage has been the best we… More

Thankyou for the review - we are glad you enjoyed it.

27 Aug 2012


"Idyllic spot - lovely cottage"

I simply cannot credit that the first reviewer of Cocketts stayed in the same place that we did.The cottage is in a lovely secluded setting down a remote country lane. While the owners live next door … More

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. I'm glad you enjoyed staying in Cocketts and I'm really please you saw the deer - they can be a bit elusive. Thanks for the advice about the dishwasher and the cafetiere - we have replaced both of these now. We also recognise that having a second bathroom would make Cocketts easier for large parties. Addressing this is in our "mid term plan"!

Hope to se you again.

Doug and Alison

27 Jul 2012


"Great If you want a concentration camp experience"

False advertising has never applied to a property more then 'Cocketts' (The best of Suffolk)The property is advertised with the Best of Suffolk, as being - 'Cocketts is a delightful and… More


This is quite hurtful so I'd like to respond to give some balance.

I think these visitors, who brought with them a powerful American bulldog, believed that they would be able allow their dog to roam outside Cocketts but found they could not do so as Cocketts shares a garden with Duncons and our dogs (a Springer and a Sprocker) spend some of their time outside.

We did not know this was their expectation. The Google map on the Best of Suffolk site does show the two properties in relation to one another and our dog is visible in the photographs of Cocketts.

We find the comments about the rule book quite bizarre. We do provide information about Cocketts and some of its foibles (it is a 16th century house). These are written in what we hoped was a chatty and friendly manner; it includes information on how the local authority request rubbish is separated for recycling.

It also advises that our dogs (like any dogs) should be approached with care as, if surprised or threateneed they can snap. They aren't vicious, quite the reverse.

Be assured that the dishes are not greasy and neither is the cooker.

I hope you will not be put off by this review.

As I write this, I can hear pigeons cooing, jackdaws cawing, and horses hooves clip-clopping. Cocketts remains "a delightful and peaceful retreat in the heart of Suffolk. Tucked away at the end of a lane, it is set in an acre of mature garden and is surrounded by trees and foliage. It provides a fantastic rural getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life."

I wish these visitors well and hope that all their future holidays exceed their expectations.

21 May 2012


"Utter bliss."

What a beautiful cottage, perfect break, lovely friendly owners and serene surroundings. As a family who visits Suffolk frequently we have stayed in various cottages but this one has proved to be the best. We came across this cottage by accident, but we are so glad we did. It is perfect for families of all ages and also couples. Our children didn't want to leave the cottage it was a dream come true.we will definatly return and spread the word of where to stay.

Louise - thanks for the review. I hope to see you back here soon.


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