A 17th century thatched cottage and barn, now delightfully converted into a rural retreat just minutes from the sea. Ideal for a group of friends or extended family, the barn-annexe provides a wonderful sanctuary for anyone wanting some space to themselves.
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Close to the Suffolk coast amidst farmland, in the heart of the Suffolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and thought to be the oldest property in the village, Thatched Cottage retains all the very best features of a bygone age including a large inglenook fireplace with open fire perfect for winter breaks and the original bread oven (no longer functional but converted instead to a stunning lit feature). Picture-postcard pretty, Thatched Cottage has a traditional charm second-to-none and stacks of character, perfectly furnished and gently modernised in all the right places.
The large hedged garden with the small village stream running at the end provides plenty of space for children to play and explore. Lovely circular walks over surrounding farmland and woods are accessed from the quiet lane adjoining the cottage. Thatched Cottage provides a great base for visiting the attractive seaside towns and villages of the Suffolk coast including Thorpeness and Aldeburgh, both of which are within just a few picturesque miles. The international concert hall at Snape Maltings is within ten minutes' drive.
The tiny village has its claims to fame; the 18th century Sternfield House was the meeting place for Churchill and Eisenhower when they were discussing how to defend the East coast against Nazi invasion. Also as the post-war home of the Queen's Equerry, Sternfield was a frequent weekend retreat both for Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret.
A door from the patio leads into a small hallway and from there into the kitchen
Well equipped, the kitchen has a good sized electric oven, ceramic hob and extractor, a double sink, dishwasher, two integral fridges with freezer compartment, toaster and cafetiere and microwave.
The original brick floored dining room has a dining table and six chairs, serving table, chest and lamps and a corner cupboard where you will find plenty of glasses. In one corner is the original bread oven with lighting inside.
The comfortable sitting room is characterised by a lovely inglenook fireplace, with tiled floor and rugs one can sit and relax in front of a blazing fire, playing backgammon, chess or draughts at the lovely games table. Comfortable sofas, arm chairs, coffee and side tables make this a really pleasant room at any time of year. A garden door opens onto the terrace.
Beyond the sitting room is a further sitting room ideal for reading, watching the 42" flatscreen TV (with inbuilt DVD player) , listening to music or writing. Easy chairs, side tables and lamps make this another comfortable room in which to relax.
•There is a ground floor bathroom with spa bath, hand held shower, wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail.
Adjacent to the cottage is a barn, now delightfully converted, its ancient beams still decorate the walls and ceiling.
The cottage stairs (with handrail) take you to a beamed first floor carpeted landing room, ideal for youngsters with sofa and cushions, a rocking horse and TV.
The twin bedroom has two single beds, bedside table and lamps, chest of drawers and loads of hanging hooks.
The door to the double bedroom is just over four feet in height with an The door to the double bedroom is just over four feet in height with an 18The door to the double bedroom is just over four feet in height with an 18 inch step which takes you over one of the original beams. Once inside there is an antique brass double bed, bedside tables and antique chest as well as alcove hanging space
French doors open from the garden into a sitting area with sofa and chair, coffee table and lamps, TV and video.
Beyond the sitting area is the sleeping area with four poster bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and hanging rack, top opening large windows and velux window.
The elegant tiled en-suite facilities include a shower, wash basin and w.c. with side window.
To the right of the barn is a utility area with washing machine.
A spacious terrace with table and chairs connects from the sitting room. A large private lawned area with hedges, trees and shrubs leads down to the tiny village stream. Swingball and badminton kit provided. Small side gate onto adjoining lane.
Parking for two cars in the gated drive which is fenced off from the road.
Oil central heating throughout.
Bed linen and towels provided - please bring beach towels.
In the interest of other visitors please smoke only outside the property.
As this is a thatched cottage we do ask holidaymakers not to light candles in the house and ensure that any barbecues are kept well away from the house.
A limited broadband / wi fi service is provided. Internet reception can be patchy and the connection provided should NOT be relied on for work use and is unsuitable for games or downloading of films. Please bring connection cables as you may have to attach your laptop to the router. Excessive use of the internet will be charged at cost.