In the heart of the peaceful Suffolk countryside sits the delightful Marlborough House Forge. This charming retreat has all the ingredients for a truly memorable holiday in this wonderful county. Offering ground floor accommodation throughout, Marlborough House Forge has been completely renovated by the owners to provide a luxurious yet welcoming bolt-hole just a short drive away from the bustling market towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge and the picturesque Suffolk coastline. As the name suggests, the cottage was formerly the village forge and many of its original features are still visible today including the original bellows which are mounted in the open plan living area.
If you're looking for something extra special we guarantee you will not be disappointed with Marlborough House Forge. Nestled on a field edge the scenery changes from season to season; be it the misty horizons in the winter, or changing crops in the summer. A rich variety of wildlife can be spotted from the doorstep; keep your eyes peeled for barn owls, deer and hare if you are lucky! Perhaps one of the most stunning features are the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. No two the same, all equally breathtaking and you can experience this all for yourself here at Marlborough House Forge.
From the private parking area a short garden path leads you to the front door via the enclosed garden. The raised patio looks out over the surrounding fields - a great spot to sit out with a morning coffee or simply to read or paint. On entering the building you walk into the bright and welcoming open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast bar and inviting seating area. Cleverly positioned furniture, window seats and a stable door mean that the countryside views are truly optimised. You can enjoy the stunning view from many the angle here! Walking down the hallway you will find the modern shower room, reaching the master bedroom at the rear of the property. You really will feel instantly at home waking up to the views of the countryside from the comfort of a King sized bed. Perfection.
Ideal for: couples or friends looking for a countryside getaway. Marlborough House Forge lies on the same site as the owners property but it is not overlooked and has it's own private entrance and parking area.
Sleeps: 2 in one kingsize bed. The three-seater sofa in the living area converts to a double bed if required. This is a great option for 2 singles who may prefer separate beds or couples bringing single parents or children. Please specify at time of booking - an additional £50 will be charged.
1 small well behaved dog allowed by request.
Exploring: Saxtead is a truly fantastic location for exploring all that Suffolk has to offer. For keen walkers, there are plenty of footpaths and bridleways to explore just outside the door of Marlborough House Forge. Be sure to pack your walking boots and your camera! Just a 5 minute drive takes you to Framlingham where you too could explore the 'Castle on the Hill' made famous by Suffolk born and bred Ed Sheeran. A 30 minute drive in the opposite direction takes you to Woodbridge. A delightful market town on the banks of the river Deben, there is plenty to see and do here; be it a stroll along the riverbank, an amble through the bustling thoroughfare, or a tour around the Tide Mill Museum, one of the first and last working tide mills in the country. If the shoreline of the coast is calling you, then head to Aldeburgh, again, just half an hour by car, be amazed by the pastel painted buildings, breath in the fresh sea air and of course, sample the renowned fish and chips with lashings of salt and vinegar. En route to Aldeburgh you will find Snape Maltings the leading Suffolk arts venue with concert hall where the Aldeburg Festival and Proms and Concerts are held all year round. With boutiques, cafes, walks and wildlife. Bird lovers will be happy to know that RSPB Minsmere is just 35 minutes drive away.
Self Catering: For local produce you need look no further than next door. The owners, who live on site, are in the process of setting up a small charcuterie and associated foods business. Holidaymakers are very welcome to discover more about the process, sample the goods and even purchase should they wish to enjoy at home. (Subject to availability). A small taster may also be included in a welcome pack on arrival, in addition to locally sourced hen's eggs or homemade goodies. For other locally sourced produce be sure to head to the Saturday farmers market in Framlingham or the Co-Op store and deli in the town. Of course most big name supermarkets will also deliver to Marlborough House Forge.
Eating and Drinking out: The local pub in the village, The Old Mill House, is just under a mile away, so you could walk there from Marlborough House Forge should you choose. Serving a typical selection of pub favourites and a hearty carvery. In the next village of Earl Soham you will find The Victoria, again, very popular with locals. For a wider selection, do be sure to visit both Framlingham and Woodbridge.
For more information on what to do in the area, please head to our sister site Visit Framlingham.
- Sleeps 2
- 1 Bedroom
- 1 Bathroom
- 1 Well-behaved pet allowed
- WiFi available
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Travel cot
- Washing machine
- No smoking
- Enclosed garden
- Nearest shop 3.2 miles
- Nearest pub 1 mile
- 18.3 miles from the coast
- Ground floor bathroom
- Ground floor bedroom
- The front door opens onto the open plan living area. To the right, is the seating area with comfy three seater sofa, bucket chair and beautifully dressed window seats which all look out and enjoy the views over the garden and fields beyond. The sofa converts to a double bed, but please specify at time of booking if you would like to use this (available to rent at an additional £50 per booking).
- Flatscreen SmartTV with FreeSat and Amazon Firestick with access to music and films. USB plug sockets are provided in the living area and bedroom so that you can charge your smartphone, tablet, cameras etc.
- A fully fitted kitchen with breakfast bar and two roll back upholstered bar stools includes a fridge, electric oven and four ring hob, microwave and dishwasher.
- A hallway connects the living area to the master bedroom and has hooks for hanging coats.
- Shower room with window allowing lots of natural light. There is a large, walk-in double width shower with twin head mixer drench shower, heated towel rail, w.c., basin. and shaver point.
- Master bedroom with king sized bed, bedside tables and lamps, freestanding hanging rail with shelf, console/dressing table with wall mounted mirror. The window is east facing so you can enjoy the early morning sunrise as you look out over the garden and fields beyond.
- A fully enclosed garden laid to lawn. There is a raised sun trap patio area with furniture for enjoying the countryside views.
- A front gate leads from the private off-street parking space. The rear gate leads to the owners utility area (freezer, washing machine, iron, ironing board, vacuum) which you are welcome to use on request.
- Oil central heating is provided.
- There is a no smoking policy in the property.
- All bed linen and towels are provided, but please bring your own beach and dog towels.
Our thanks to Peter & Cathy for providing an excellent venue for our New Year break - nothing is too much trouble for them and we particularly appreciated the facility for charging our electric car. Peters smoked bacon is the best we've tasted in some time. Sheila & Jeff - 2nd January 2019
Lovely place, lovely hosts, lovely stay! Recommend Peter's lovely smoked produce - its a must. Had great Ale in Aldeburgh and the Dennington Queen. Many thanks to Peter & CathyJohn & Annie - 27th December 2018
We had a great time in the beautiful property. Everything is provided for a marvellous stay. We wish we could have been here longer. We enjoyed Woodbridge, Framlingham, its Castle, Aldeburgh and the walk to Thorpeness.Des & Paul - 17th December 2018
Lovely warm, cosy cottage with everything you need for a relaxing stay. We recommend you visit Beccles, Southwold, Aldeburgh and if you have time, head to mid Suffolk for Lavenham, Long Melford & Monks Eleigh. Looking forward to visiting again.Suzanne & Mark - 26th November 2018
What a beautiful little cottage. We had everything we needed. Definitely 10 out of 10! Shower brilliant, bed comfy, Kitchen/living area all so beautifully clean. Would imagine outside patio area would be very relaxing in the summer months. Visited Aldeburgh & Southwold and had some lovely walks locally with Monty. Everyone appeared very dog friendly, welcomed into most pubs and shops. Thanks for Scones, milk, eggs etc and flowers, lovely surprise. Thank you to Cathy & Peter for making our stay so relaxing, really nice, helpful owners. Nothing was too much trouble. Wish we could have stayed longer but hope to return again next year. Joan, David & Monty - 13th November 2018
A lovely cottage. Thank you for the Scones etc. We were very lucky and had sunshine every day. Can recommend Mains Restaurant, Yoxford, and the White Horse in Badingham. Jan &Mike - 26th October 2018
Thank you, we have really enjoyed our stay at The Forge and have had a lovely holiday. We recommend Snape Malting, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Framlingham, Woodrbidge, The Landguard Fort, Bentwaters War Museum, the Aviation Museum at Flixton and Dunwich Heath for lovely walks. Also Friday Street Farm shop, the Smoked Fish Hut opposite the Moot Hall, and the Harbour Inn at Blackshore Southwold for food.Pat & Phillip - 16th October 2018
Thank you for the welcome tray and the lovely posy - some of the flowers lasted all week. Weather has been great - dry & warm. Tide Mill at Woodbridge was very interesting & informative. Cottage really well appointed and very comfortable - many thanksAnne & Tony, East Sussex - 6th October 2018
J & H Very very lovely, cottage renovation done beautifully. We were very lucky with the weather and the area is great. Thank you so much for the Welcome pack, very much appreciated. - 29th September 2018
We have really enjoyed our week in this beautiful cottage, it has been a pleasure to return each evening from lovely days out. Thank youHeather & Alan - 22nd September 2018
Lovely Welcome, lovely place, dry sunny weather, just perfect for exploring in our first stay in Suffolk. Thanks very much. Ann & Dave - 15th September 2018
We've had a wonderful holiday thanks to the many comforts of the Forge which is a beautiful place, beautifully done and with the best bed and shower we have experienced in any holiday property we have visited. Cathy and Peter are warm and friendly hosts - nothing too much trouble. Lovely meals in the Badingham White Horse, The Crown Hotel Framlingham, and The Castle Framlingham. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack when we arrived after a long journey. Thank you!Keith & Kathryn - 8th September 2018
Really delighted with our stay - a lovely place, very calming and in beautiful surroundings. Hosts so helpful - sorted TV very quickly. Little extras, eggs, milk, scones etc so much appreciated. A very good location to explore Suffolk, would recommend Aldeburgh and the fish n chips, Dunwich Heath and beach, and Thorpeness. The Dennington Queen is good for food - a lovely meal. We will be leaving very chilled with fond memories of our stay and hope to return.Richard & Lyn - 30th August 2018
Just wonderful, how often can you sit in bed with your first cup of tea of the day, and look out at such fantastic scenery, so relaxing and a beautiful spot in the Suffolk Countryside. Cathy is a very friendly and helpful host. Would love to come back.Gwen & Bill Cason - 8th August 2018
First class property, ideal location, helpful and caring hosts.Mr David Mallinson - 31st July 2018
Gorgeous well situated property with everything you could possibly want provided and an extremely warm welcome from Cathy & Peter. We will be back.Sam, Charley & Gilbert - 20th July 2018
Marlborough Forge is a beautiful place, it’s extremely clean and very well decorated. Very cosy at night and the views are lovely. Very quiet and relaxing and the owners are lovely, very friendly and helpful.Mrs Gemma Sausman - 17th July 2018
Such a beautiful cottage! I visited here with my little boy and our dog Eddie and we had a fantastic time. The cottage has been decorated to a high standard and its very well equipped. Very comfy bed, brilliant shower and it’s so cosy at night when snuggled on the sofa watching a film! The views are just perfect, waking up in the morning and having a coffee outside in the garden surrounded by fields and the only noise you can hear are the birds tweeting away. The owners are lovely, very friendly and helpful. We visited many places whilst there as it’s a great location and only about 30 min drive to all the lovely Suffolk beaches. I would highly recommend Marlborough House Forge..…you won’t be disappointed. We were sad to leave but we hope to return again soon.Gem, Ridley & Eddie the Greyhound - 15th July 2018
This was just the most magical little cottage, thoroughly enjoyed our stay away from the rest of the world. The cottage was beautiful, well equipped and ideal for 2 people and a puppy. Everything was new and well taken care of, waking up to the sun rising over the fields was just lovely. The country roads were so much fun and a trip to the beach was only down the road. Highly recommend. Miss Amie Chan - 11th July 2018
Lovely cottage, a very enjoyable stay. Dexter also enjoyed his holiday.John & Isobel - 20th June 2018
Beautiful accommodation and lovely friendly host. Sue & Dave - 15th June 2018
Beautiful cottage in the middle of the Suffolk countryside . Lovely stay thank you Mr Chris Poole - 13th June 2018
Lovely cottage, a very relaxing stay - a wonderful location. Thank you very much.Harwich - 11th June 2018
Lovely cottage, very comfortable. We enjoyed it a lot! Great Weather!Loek & Nellie, Holland - 2nd June 2018
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