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The Old Reading Rooms

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from £57 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5 Score from 20 reviews

from £57 /night help Price for guests, Nights

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Welcome to the ORR a Grade 2 listed property with a modern design finish & spacious open plan li

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Converted Chapel / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Welcome to The Old Reading Rooms , Wrentham near Southwold - A unique Grade 2 Listed Victorian Reading Room conversion situated within the Suffolk Heritage Coast area of outstanding natural beauty. The property offers a spacious open plan living accommodation with plentiful sofas ,dining table for 6-8 guests ,digital free-view flat screen 42" plasma TV , CD player and BTOpenzone Wifi access; the original open log fire offers a homely welcome at any time of the year while the property benefits from full modern central heating to ensure the levels of expected comfort. The well equipped kitchen offers solid oak worktops with a deep Butler sink, Neff Cooker , Washing machine , dishwasher , fridge and freezer. The 3 seperate guest bedrooms - 1 with double and 2 with small double and single beds are well presented with period solid wooden furniture and iron bedsteads equipped with modern mattresses. Downstairs a roll-top bath fitted bathroom and WC are complemented by a 1st floor power shower room & WC . Externally 2 off road parking spaces with security lighting a small gated patio/garden area set to the rear of the property and we welcome up to 2 well behaved dogs ( conditions apply*)

The village of Wrentham offers a village shop open 7 days per week , an excellent chinese take-away , rural cafe , 2 excellent Adnams Public houses and a small Fish and Chip ship all within walking distance of the ORR as well as other local shops and businesses. Nearby are the Minsmere Nature reserve , Africa Alive Wildlife Park , The Norfolk Broads , The market towns of Beccles and Halesworth as well as the larger port of Lowestoft. The area is extremely popular with families , dog walkers , twitchers and lovers of the English countryside.

The Old Reading Rooms is VERY close to Wood Farm Barns on Benacre Estate, a popular Wedding venue, and we have had many Bridal parties and or guests choosing to stay with us for their Weddings. There are some good photo opportunities to be had at the ORR while you are getting ready.

Please note we list as accepting 6 adults , if you have toddlers/travel cots these can be in addition to the 6 guests stated, so please officially book the 6 adults and advise of the additional toddlers/babies when booking.

If you wish to leave the ORR without cleaning the property we can accommodate this with an additional serviced cleaning charge of £40 for a short break or £50 for a week long stay - please advise us if you require this service in advance of your arrival.

*We accept pets , mainly dogs at £20 each per stay , these need to be kept securely , are not allowed upstairs in the property or on the furniture and must have new flea collars fitted at all times. If any of these rules are broken the security deposit will be retained to cover additional cleaning etc.

We understandably require a security deposit for your stay at the ORR with the simple requirement of 'Leave as you find', the deposit is refunded 1 week after departure automatically - providing of course there is no damage etc. in which case you will be advised of any deductions.

We are usually quite flexible with our changeover times when we have the time to be , BUT when we are busy i.e parties arriving immediately before or after we will need you to arrive around 3pm and depart by 10am. We call all our guests before you are due to arrive and can confirm all of these details with you then and note any other details and requirements you might have.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Southwold 5 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Norwich 60 km, Nearest railway: Beccles or Lowestoft 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The East Anglia region

Famous Suffolk sons include the painter Constable , the composer Benjamin Britten and indeed Lord Nelson had close links with the immediate area. The 'Big Sky' landscape , wild open and secluded beaches , acres of rolling farmland dotted with historic churches and small pubs in equal measure give a unique charm to one of England's most beautiful counties. Key tourist areas within a short distance of The Old Reading Rooms would include Southwold , Suffolks most famous Victorian Seaside town ; Beccles , the Southern gateway to the Norfolk Broads ; Aldeburgh , a charming seaside town rivaling Southwold ; ThorpeNess , an Edwardian folly ; Framlingham , with an impressive Castle and market ; Norwich , Britain's finest City if you believe the signs ; Gt.Yarmouth , all the fun of the Funfair and Seaside amusements ; Dunwich Forest ; Minsmere renowned Nature Reserve.

With rainfall averages lower than parts of Spain and being the 1st place to get the Sun in the morning in the UK , the area around the ORR is also known as the Sunrise Coast. Thel Latitude Festival is within 3 miles of the ORR and a regular annual event with the locals. World renowned brewery Adnams is the main local supplier of beer and Pubs to the area around the ORR and their HQ is within 5 miles , so the beer is certainly fresh.


A medium sized village with plenty of local amenity including 2 Adnams pubs , Chinese take-away , Fish and Chip shop, local Cafe and Village store. A factory outlet store with designer bargains is a regular attraction and can be used to purchase any essential items you have forgotten to pack. Both pubs have garden areas and offer decent food as well as the local brew.

When in the Village you are never more than a street away from open countryside , Wrentham offers a local tennis and lawn bowls club as well as day ticket fishing with ponds to suit all levels of expertise and concentration including a great pond where even novice youngsters are guaranteed to catch a fish , great for Dads and kids to spend a little time. The Village sports a number of Historic houses and offers a number of 'circular' walks around the village following various roads. The Church is an excellent example of local Suffolk churches and well worth a visit. Adjacent to the ORR itself is a small shop unit where Jackie runs a sewing business , so if you have any items of clothing you have thought of getting taken in or adjusted why not bring them with you and pop in and see her during your visit. Likewise the owners of the ORR operate a reclamation and salvage business in nearby Lowestoft and also a traditional upholstery business in the Village, see their web sites and

Major attractions nearby Southwold with award winning brewery Adnams , Suffolk Heritage Coast - miles of unspoilt coastline and walks, Norfolk Broads via the nearby Oulton Broad with its Wine Bars and restaurants , Africa Alive Wildlife Park - BIG game in Suffolk including Lions and Rhino's , Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park - New ride Hobbs Pit 2014 , Great Yarmouth PleasureBeach and Sea Front including other attractions including the Sea-Life Centre, Horse Racing , Greyhound Racing and Stockcars weekly in the Summer , Minsmere Nature Reserve , Lowestoft's award winning South Beach, excellent day-ticket Fishing within 5 minutes of the ORR

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12 Nov 2014


"Perfect half-term holiday!"

Perfect holiday from start to finish. Hayley, the owner personally greeted us at the Old Reading Rooms with a warm welcome and the kettle on! I couldn't fault her hospitality as she was there at… More

Thanks for the kind review and so glad you found the ORR suited your needs and making the most of its great location as a base to explore the Suffolk heritage Coast, sounds like you covered most of it ! Feel free to come back anytime !!

8 Sep 2014


"The Old Reading Rooms, Wrentham, Suffolk"

A very well appointed and refurbished period holiday property ideally located for exploring the local areas of Norfolk and Suffolk including the nearby beaches, walks and of course the Broads. We tho… More

Thank you all for a great review and so glad that you enjoyed the Suffolk Coast and all it has to offer. Feel free to return whenever the opportunity may arise and thanks in advance for any recommendations you might pass on to family and friends , we will do our best to live up to them. Cheers Again.

17 Aug 2014


"Holiday for the children"

The place was lovely,couldn't fault it-the only problem was it was very near the main road and not very good for dogs. The owner was very obliging and helpful,couldn't have asked for more!!!… More

Glad you enjoyed your stay and apologies that the small garden is detached at the rear of the property meaning that dog owners have to walk their dogs in the open countryside, many seem to find this satisfactory but indeed some do not, depends on the type and age of dog and the enthusiasm of the dog walker i guess.

23 Jul 2014


"Fantastic week spending time together."

I decided to get away with the children and the dog and needed somewhere that slept 6 and I was very pleased with the open plan living area.One evening I was able to interact with all the children at … More

Thanks for your kind review , very much appreciated ! Your family really used the unique layout at the ORR to its absolutely best effect, well done. WE try and keep the Calendar up to date and already have a couple of weeks gone in 2015 but plenty remaining for a return visit which we would love to see, thanks again.

11 Jul 2014


""A Gem"!"

I would be very surprised if anyone could find fault with this lovely property.The kitchen is extremely well equipped - great quality crockery, glasses etc.We had taken out own tea and coffee - which … More

Thanks for the Great review , we appreciate your kind comments and we hope you remember the ORR and the Suffolk Coastal area as a great holiday destination. We really value recommendation as future guests can really gauge what they should expect when deciding where to book. You will be very welcome to return.

11 Jun 2014


"A Gem of a Holiday Home near the North Suffolk coast"

Used the Old Reading Rooms (ORR) for a weekend as a base for our daughter's wedding at Wood Farm Barn, Benacre. The ORR was ideal for this purpose and only about one mile from the wedding venue. … More

Thanks for your kind review , we are so glad your stay was enjoyable especially given the special occasion. You will be very welcome back at the ORR for a pure relaxation vacation , see you soon, cheers Hayley and Andy

12 May 2014


"perfect holiday home"

From the outset we were welcomed in by the unbelieveably friendly owner to the holiday home that was to be our base during our stay in Wrentham for my sister's wedding. Despite not having it for … More

Hey Guys, glad the Wedding went well and you enjoyed the ORR for the course of the celebrations, we've a few this year so hopefully they will all do as well! If you ever feel like returning for a proper vacation you know where to find us and we'll keep the wine chilled. atb Hayley and Andy

29 Apr 2014


"Cosy and comfortable"

An excellent base for exploring Suffolk by car or walking.Old Reading rooms was well presented and had everything we needed,including lots of towels!Lovely large open plan ground floor room,just righ… More

Thanks for a great review and it seems you got the most out of the ORR living layout. Great to see the new BIG plasma TV was appreciated. Thanks for the recommendation about the walk maps , there should be some in the desk BUT they do have a tendency to go walking themselves , will replace ASAP. We'd love to see you return to the ORR so drop us a line if you get any unexpected free time and i'm sure we'll fit you in somehow. Cheers !

25 Apr 2014


"Great place to explore Suffolk"

We had a really nice break here. Liked the area and the cottage was really great. We loved the big room downstairs with big comfy sofas and the fireplace. It was very well equipped, everything we need… More

Thanks for the great review and we are so pleased the ORR's unique open-plan living room layout suited your group so well, glad you enjoyed the Sunshine Coast and we know both the ORR and the surrounding area would love to see you return, Cheers !

19 Mar 2014



We've just got back from a 3 night stay at The ORR. Was a great situation with easy access to everywhere.The house was well kitted out particularly the kitchen with everything you could want, it&… More

Thank you so much for your kind review , its greatly appreciated. We would love to see you back at the ORR , please get in touch before booking to see if we can ensure you get the best possible deal as a return guest !

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