£132 / night
Price for guests, Nights

The Old Reading Rooms,Wrentham nr.Southwold. – Home 297877 Converted Chapel

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Old Reading Rooms,Wrentham nr.Southwold. – Home 297877

  • Converted Chapel
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 58 reviews

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Converted Chapel / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Welcome to Triple TA EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNING - The Old Reading Rooms , Wrentham near to the ever popular coastal Town of Southwold - A unique Grade 2 Listed Victorian Reading Room conversion situated within the Suffolk Heritage Coastal area of outstanding natural beauty.

If you read through our 50+ guests comments most of them comment on the unusual OPEN PLAN living which means families get family time, no-one is 'stuck in the kitchen' and groups get time and space to interact in a homely cottage environment.

The other major feature is the LOCATION of the ORR , its a perfect base to explore the Suffolk coast situated close to direct road links to the major attractions listed nearby - first and foremost Southwold , the nations favourite seaside Victorian town ; Minsmere Nature reserve; Africa Alive Wildlife Park , The Norfolk Broads , The market towns of Beccles ( 5 miles) and Halesworth as well as the larger port of Lowestoft ( 6 miles) and the amusement of Great Yarmouth with all that it offers. The area is extremely popular with families , dog walkers , twitchers and lovers of the English countryside

The property offers a spacious open plan living accommodation with plentiful sofas ,dining table for 8 guests ,digital free-view flat screen 42" plasma TV , CD player and very easy to use in-house FREE 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 the ORR has 2 off road parking spaces with security lighting a small gated patio/garden area set separately to the rear of the property.

We welcome up to 2 well behaved dogs ( conditions apply*)

The village of Wrentham offers a village shop open 6 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. Wifi is provided by a dedicated access hub and is free at point of use after a very simple log-in process that is clearly shown at the ORR.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 up to 8 adults , if you have toddlers/travel cots these can be in addition to the 8 guests stated, so please officially book the 8 adults and advise of the additional toddlers/babies when booking.

*We accept pets , mainly dogs charged at £20 each per stay. Pets are not allowed upstairs in the property or on the furniture and must have up to date flea control please.

We are usually very 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 personally 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 and offer any further assistance or advice you might need.

We understandably require credit cards details as security deposit for your stay at the ORR with the simple requirement of 'Leave as you find' which is pretty standard for most self-catering accommodation in our experience.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed Single Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Single Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Wrentham has a number of Bus routes connecting to nearby Lowestoft, Beccles and Southwold, the Bus stop is 70M north on the road through the village. Taxis are available both locally and from Lowestoft and Beccles.

Interaction with guest

Hayley always contact our guests before their scheduled arrival day to confirm their estimated time of arrival and any needs they might have or questions they might ask. We personally welcome our guest to the ORR and show them the amenities and again answer any questions they might have. We are available by text or call for any emergencies or even simple recommendations to local amenities, restaurants, walks etc so do not hesitate to ask anything. When your stay is over we will return to collect the keys, ask for feedback and say goodbye.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

We operate a common "Leave as you find" policy, ie leave the ORR generally as you find it with the exception of the beds being left stripped on your last day. This suits most of our guests but if you prefer to not tidy up prior to departure you can opt to pay for cleaning if preferred, that's £40 for short or £50 for longer stays.
Pets are charged at £20 per,PLEASE ensure they do not go upstairs, nor sit/sleep on the furniture; any damage is your liability, all must have up to date flea control.


About the owner

Andy W.
Average reply time:
2 hours 25 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
14 Jun 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Converted chapel has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 08 Mar 2013. Located in Suffolk, it has 58 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from $580 to $1306.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 14 Jun 2019.


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Guest reviews

58 reviews

Very Good

“A well located property with character”

Reviewed 13 Apr 2017

Enjoyed a short break at the Old Reading Rooms. Ideally located for Southwold, Dunwich and Aldburgh. Great weather, lovely house and great hospitality from the owners. Would recommend.

Owner's reply: Thanks for the kind review and recommendation. Hope you return to the ORR , Hayley & Andy

“Stylish Holiday Property”

Reviewed 11 Mar 2013

Easy to find, situated on the Main Road and ideally situated for Southwold, Africa Live at Kessingland, Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, Great Yarmouth beyond. Good parking facilities and Pubs, Takeaway Food, and both small general store and larger supermarkets in easy reach. That’s the accessibility dealt with but this is nothing compared to the warm welcome given by the owners nor how stunning this property is. Fantastically converted into an elegant but cosy holiday let, this has everything a visitor could need. Comfy beds, great shower and roll top bath, a lovely open plan downstairs with huge dining table ideal for entertaining. All the fittings are top notch, lovely fabrics, excellent quality appliances and some lovely homely welcoming touches. When the weather is nice, it's great to wander into the little garden and have the first coffee of the morning. We love it so much we have been back on numerous occasions (8 or 9 times!!!) The owners have thought of everything from toiletries, cleaning bits and even dog bowls and a bed. A perfect holiday destination.

Owner's reply: As the ORR's most frequent Guest this review speaks volumes and we sincerely appreciate your continued support and visits with our favourite Greyhound.See you again soon.

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Andy the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Andy (the owner) a message.

If Andy (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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