Behind what looks like a normal cottage door is hidden Aldeburgh's Old Library. High ceilings, a galleried sleeping platform, tastefully decorated and superbly finished. The Old Library is in a great position just yards from the beach - a wonderful retreat.
SNAPE 5 miles (8 km), ORFORD 12 miles (17 km), WOODBRIDGE 20 miles (33 km), SOUTHWOLD 24 miles (39 km)
The Old Library is utterly unique, beautifully furnished and with all sorts of little extras so helpful to holidaymakers, including wifi and an iPod dock. Set in the heart of the delightful seaside town of Aldeburgh and just yards from the beach, this exquisite building, once the local library and more recently an artist's studio, has been lovingly and tastefully restored to create the perfect state-of-the-art retreat for a really comfortable self catering holiday at any time of the year.
About the Property: An open plan sitting room and comfortable dining area accommodates a large table and six chairs. The kitchen is well equipped, perfect for anyone who enjoys cooking, with an island prep area separating the kitchen from the sitting area.
There are several options when it comes to bed time; as well as the sleeping platform (where there is 4' headroom) reached by a fixed ladder to access the Double Bed, you can also opt to sleep on the lovely sofa bed on the ground floor.
The Surroundings: The Old Library is just a few yards from the beach so an early morning swim is always an option. There is free parking in the street, or you might prefer to purchase a weekly parking ticket which gives you access to two large car parks in Aldeburgh.
Ideal for: A couple looking for something a little unusual!
Aldeburgh, a favourite seaside escape for artists, musicians and families yearning for those special holiday breaks of yesteryear, is a pretty Victorian coastal resort. The inspiration for much of Benjamin Britten's music and centre for his creation, The Aldeburgh Festival, the little town still plays host to concerts, film, theatre and poetry festivals. In the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Aldeburgh is an ideal location for bird watchers, walkers and of course sailors.
The estuary, marshes and shingle banks are home to a wide variety of wildlife and there are sailing and yacht clubs at nearby Slaughden as well as the famous Aldeburgh and Thorpeness heathland golf courses, just a few minutes' drive from The Old Library.
Eating and drinking out: There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and tearooms to choose from, all within a stones throw of The Old Library. The White Lion Hotel has enjoys views and a traditional menu, and Prezzo provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for all ages. For slightly more formal dining, make sure to visit Regatta or The Lighthouse. No trip to Suffolk would be complete however without trying the world-class Aldeburgh fish and chips; there are two great shops on the High Street... you may have to queue but it will be well worth the wait.
Self catering eating: In the High Street you will find all the holiday provisions and treats you need; butchers, bakers, greengrocers, Lawson's Delicatessen, a Co-op general store and, of course, no shortage of fish sheds dotted along the beach, selling freshly-caught seafood throughout the day.
The pretty little town of Orford, situated on the rivers Alde and Ore, is a 20-minute pleasant drive through rural Suffolk and well worth a visit. Pinney's of Orford have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s, and the award winning Pump Street Bakery has the most amazing breads and pastries. Snape Maltings is only a few miles away with The Food Hall and Farmers Market.
Alternatively, most of the major supermarkets will deliver to this address. For more ideas on places to visit and things to do, please see our information websites Visit Aldeburgh, Visit Orford and Visit Southwold.
- Sleeps 2
- 1 Bedroom
- 1 Bathroom
- Sorry, no pets
- No private parking
- WiFi available
- Saturday changeover
- Open fire/woodburner
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
- No smoking
- Nearest shop 0.1 mile
- Nearest pub 0.1 mile
- 0.1 mile from the coast
- Ground floor bathroom
- The front door leads into a small entrance area with coat hooks.
- Open plan 'loft-style' living throughout, the kitchen is fully fitted and very well equipped with gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer and microwave. There is a breakfast bar with seating for two.
- Contemporary dining table with six chairs
- Sitting room with sofa which convert to a double bed for those not wishing to use the sleeping platform, nest of occasional tables, open gas coal effect fire, fitted cupboards and drawers, bookcase with lots of books, flatscreen TV/DVD, radio/CD player, wifi and iPod dock.
- Large marble tiled shower room with heated towel rail, double shower, wash hand basin and w.c.
A ladder takes you to the sleeping platform
- Stripped pine floor and rugs with king sized double bed, single bed, bedside tables with lamps and alarm clock - 4 foot headroom (or you can sleep downstairs on the sofabed if you do not want to use the ladder and sleeping platform).
- Central heating, bed linen and towels included
- Open coal-effect gas fire
- Telephone for in-coming and emergency calls only.
- Parking in the street and adjacent car park. Parking permits for the surrounding car parks can be purchased from Suffolk Coastal District Council. There are offices in Woodbridge and Felixstowe if you wish to purchase and collect in person. These can be ordered over the phone by calling 01394 383789 and posted to you second class, we therefore recommend that you book these well in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8.45 am - 5 pm, Thurs 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Fri 8.45 am - 4.30 pm.
- THIS PROPERTY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 8 YEARS
- A limited 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. Excessive use of the internet will be charged at cost.
- The White Hart - tel. 01728 453205
- The Mill Inn - tel. 01728 452563.
- The Cross Keys Inn - tel. 01728 452637. Please note some rural pubs have closed down in recent months with little or no notice - so please do check the status if this is a criteria for your choice of property
|Date Range||7 night price *|
|2 Sep 17 - 30 Sep 17||£531|
|30 Sep 17 - 21 Oct 17||£471|
|21 Oct 17 - 28 Oct 17||£531|
|28 Oct 17 - 23 Dec 17||£417|
|23 Dec 17 - 6 Jan 18||£603|
* Please note: The prices displayed are guide prices and do not include optional items such as pet charges.
I had a lovely time at the Old Library and particularly appreciated the fast, reliable Wifi. I look forward to visiting Aldeburgh again soon. Ms Judith Bunting - 14th August 2017
A lovely break in our favourite place. Beer, chips, sleep - what more could we need?Alan and Lorraine, Tringham - 24th March 2015
A beautiful location and a terrific stay. Well appointed accommodation. Fulfilled all my expectations from the internet research I had done to find the property & the surrounding area.A previous customer - 2nd February 2015