A postcard perfect traditional thatched cottage at the top of the hill overlooking the picturesque village of Kersey and the surrounding countryside. A real treat.
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The property: Tudor, beamed and thatched with a large inglenook fireplace and log burning stove. You may have to duck your head under the odd beam but it is definitely worthwhile in order to holiday in this charming cottage.
Broad wooden oak floorboards upstairs with windows under the thatch. The staircase is relatively straight and you have a choice of 3 bedrooms: 2 upstairs: twin and double (with en suite w.c. and washbasin) and a ground floor double with sofabed (en suite shower room with w.c. and basin). The family bathroom is on the ground floor. Traditional well equipped kitchen, sitting room with large dining area, and further sitting room/bedroom with wel-stocked bookshelves for adults and children: this is a cottage in which to curl up with a book in front of the fire, or in the shade of a honeysuckly-covered arch.
The grounds: Steps lead across the charming cottage garden to the old oak front door and the porch. To the rear of the cottage is a large and very attractive sunny garden with several private seating areas each with lovely views either over the rooftops of Kersey or the surrounding countryside. There is an area of orchard as well as lawns and a small fishpond with water lillies.
Kersey is a quintessential medieval village. In the heart of the Suffolk countryside just a couple of miles from Hadleigh, Kersey is one of England's finest chocolate box villages with a stunning hilltop church at one end, and an ancient ford running through its centre. Walk gently up the road past The Bell and at the other end of this tiny village you will find Priory Holme which has the most perfect views you could wish for.
Surrounding Kersey are miles of quiet country lanes, ideal for walkers, cyclists and country lovers. Maps of local walks, guide books and other local information are available for guests.
Kersey is in the centre of the area known as the wool towns. Step back to the 15th century, Kersey was made famous and prosperous with the production of "Kersey cloth". Stroll around the village of Kersey and you will see large first floor windows on the early Tudor houses; these were created to provide as much light as possible for the weavers who worked in their own homes.
The ford, or 'the Splash' as the locals call it, is a tributary of the River Brett which flows through Hadleigh. It's a lovely spot in the summer and great for children who can paddle or feed the ducks. Do look out for the fox's tail hanging outside one of the cottages - this indicated the horse doctor's house in past centuries. If you continue up the hill, past the church, and then turn right you will also discover Kersey's well-stocked children's playground.
But pause, if you can, at St Mary's, one of the loveliest of the Suffolk "wool" town churches. Inside, don't miss the remnant of its painted medieval Rood Screen, which was displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum's 'Gothic' Exhibition.
The Kersey Bell is your local. Just 50 yards down the road, it is a great pub for a drink, a meal and a chat with the locals and staff, a really friendly lot. The Landlord has kindly allowed guests of Priory Holme to use the parking facilities during their stay but please do call to check availability or pop in for a drink or supper on arrival.
The cottage displays many examples of Kersey Pottery which until 2013 produced its distinctive and very attractive stoneware in the heart of the village.
The front door opens into a porch with hanging hooks and space for boots, shoes etc
The sitting room has a large inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. A sofa and armchairs, bureau and bookcase, coffee tables and lamps, flat screen TV with DVD, stereo are all provided
The dining room has a large table and eight chairs. A staircase leads from the dining area to the stairs.
From the sitting room a door opens into the kitchen which is cottage style with fitted units under the windows and freestanding antique dresser and corner cupboard for storage. There is an electric cooker, fridge, freezer, washer-dryer, toaster, microwave, juicer and handmixer; the kitchen is very well equipped with china, cutlery, pots and pans
The brand new ground floor bathroom has bath with overhead shower, wash basin and wc, towel rail
A second sitting room overlooking the stunning rear garden has a comfortable sofa bed, small Eavestaff piano and bookshelves - fantastic collection of books - and works well as a quiet sitting room or bedroom. The sofa bed sleeps 2
There is an en-suite shower room with basin and w.c. to the second sitting room
After a few wide turns, a straight staircase leads to the first floor
Bedroom 1: A double bedded room bedside tables, hanging cupboard, chest of drawers, small dressing table and Victorian fireplace (no longer in use). There is an en-suite washroom with basin and w.c.
Bedroom 2: A twin bedded room with bedside table and lamps, chest of drawers, cupboard and small coat stand for hanging clothes. Chest of toys and games to borrow
Six shallow steps lead up from the gate to the front door. To either side is a perfect walled cottage garden.
A couple of steps lead up from the paved terrace with dining table and chairs to the large back garden. Beautifully landscaped there are many areas of planting with flowers emerging through most of the year. Various seating areas for different seasons and times of day. There is a small covered fishpond and a lovely orchard area with views of the magnificent countryside around Kersey.
Bed linen and towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels
Central heating throughout. Logs are available for the log burning stove.
The cottage has a phone for incoming and emergency calls
Parking/unloading is available in the Street (where visitors are reqeusted to avoid blocking the footpath and the village view from the seat by the water-pump). Alternatively guests are warmly encouraged to use the car park behind the nearby Bell Inn, which is available to holidaymakers at Prior Holme free of charge, by proor arrangement with the Landlords, David and Alison. Please email email@example.com or call on 01473 823229.