The Suffolk Countryside Specialists

Akenfield Cottage, Letheringham

Letheringham - Heart of Suffolk

Situated on the bank of the river Deben and boasting three quarters of an acre of gorgeous, landscaped gardens, Akenfield Cottage is without a doubt one of the most relaxing holiday situations in Suffolk.  NOW WELCOMING DOGS!
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Well-behaved pets allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
SFAKE
£408 - £785 per week *

Description

Rowing down the river or coarse fishing on the bank - both activities are available at Akenfield Cottage, Letheringham. Sitting on the bank of the river Deben, close to the Suffolk coast, Akenfield enjoys three quarters of an acre of beautifully landscaped terraced gardens leading down to a private inlet and your own rowing boat. The setting for the film 'Akenfield', based on Ronald Blythe's book 'A Portrait of an English (Suffolk) Village', this truly is an unspoilt location for a self catering holiday. Suffice to say, you would certainly be pushed to find a more relaxing situation.

WOODBRIDGE 9.5 miles, FRAMLINGHAM 4.5 miles, SNAPE 11 miles, ALDEBURGH 15 miles, ORFORD 13 miles, LAVENHAM 29 miles

Akenfield Cottage has been available for holiday letting since 2013, and we are proud to say that guests are unanimous in their praise for this delightful property; "Beyond our wildest dreams" is a frequent comment.

This beautiful, contemporary home, constructed in oak and glass, provides a generous, bright living space. Featuring views of the country cottage garden to the south and over landscaped lawns down to the meandering river Deben to the East, the narrow stretch of the river is alive with wildlife and plants. Coarse fishing is permitted from the inlet area and the owners are even happy to lend visitors a rod. Otters, perch, and tench all frequent the river, and whilst kingfisher sweep through the trees by day, owls can be heard and sometimes seen hunting at night. Visitors may also catch glimpses of Brown Hare and small herds of deer in the adjacent field. 

The sitting area centres around a Swedish style wood burning stove, ensuring that the cottage is warm and homely in all seasons with plenty of room to relax. If you ever tire of the stunning views there is an HD LED TV/DVD/Radio combi with Freeview, radio and an iPod dock to keep you entertained. The kitchen is well equipped so you can enjoy dining at home, with a breakfast bar for informal meals and dining table for candlelit suppers. The bedroom is spacious with luxurious carpeting, plenty of storage and TV for a lazy start to your day. The shower room is designed with easy access to a wet room style shower, with an external boiler providing hot water on demand.

*Returning guests are offered a 10% discount of their next stay at Akenfield Cottage if they re-book 30 days after departure. Please call 01394 389189 to redeem*

Property description

  • All accommodation is on the ground floor.
  • Front door leads into a tiled lobby with coat stand, shoe rack and access to the bedroom, shower room and open plan living area.
  • The bedroom is spacious with a king sized bed, wardrobe, drawer unit, TV showing Freeview, cheval mirror, armchair and bedside tables with lamps and hair dryer. The room is carpeted and has views to the east over the garden.
  • The shower room is fully tiled with stylish fittings including basin, wc, glass shelving, mirror and wet room style shower, with instant hot water.
  • The open plan living area includes a modern fitted kitchen with storage cupboards, a slimline gas oven with grill and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, microwave and a dining bar with stools. For more formal dining, there is an oak dining table and 4 chairs. The sitting area includes two 2-seater sofas, a classic 'poang' chair, coffee table, iPod dock, Swedish wood burning stove and a corner unit with freeview TV DVD/TV/radio combi - CDs can be played through the DVD on the TV. The west facing wall is entirely glass including french doors onto an outside sitting area.

Outside

  • The property is accessed via a private shingle driveway, which is gated, with space for one car.
  • Beyond the gate is a path to the front of the property and shingled sitting area where guests are welcome to use the charcoal barbecue. The landscaped gardens extend all around the property, the front garden being laid to lawn with flower borders. The rear garden rolls gently down to the river and small wooden deck area, complete with rowing boat for guests to use (at their own risk). There are also seats to view the river and fish if desired.
  • Seating in the garden includes: Wooden armchairs, sleeper bench by river, steamer chairs and coffee table, resin table and chairs, patio table and chairs and two wooden benches.
  • There is a lockable storage facility for bicycles. 

Services

  • The property is newly constructed and very well insulated. There is a log burning stove in the living room and an initial supply of logs is provided. There is an oil filled electric radiator in the bedroom and heated towel rail in the bathroom.
  • Bed linen and towels are included. If using the travel cot, please provide your own bedding for it.
  • Towels, dog bowls, poo bags and treats are all provided for dogs. 
  • In consideration of other visitors, please do not smoke in the property.
  • An unlimited broadband/wifi service is provided. We are located in a rural location and the level of broadband service can fluctuate from time to time.
  • Hot water on demand supplied by an external boiler. Water softening treatment.
  • There is a charcoal barbecue available. There is also an iron and ironing board and hairdryer.


Please note: A travel cot is available for small babies although the property is not really suitable for crawling babies or toddlers.

Looking for a 2 stay? Akenfield Cottage has reduced pricing for bookings lasting two nights out of peak season, making it the perfect option for a weekend away in the country.

This property is ideal for: A romantic weekend, or longer, for two plus two dogs. The surrounding countryside is stunning with narrow lanes weaving through open farmland; this is classic rural Suffolk. Walking or cycling are great ways to explore the picturesque local villages of Easton, Wickham Market and Kettleburgh.

The neighbouring estate of Easton Farm Park was built in the late 1800s and has retained the original, now listed, farm buildings. There are 'Green Trails' across the water meadows, home to kingfishers, otters, water voles and herons, though most of the activities are designed for families with younger children.
 
A little further afield are the market towns of Framlingham; with its impressive Castle, individual shops, tearooms and bistros, and Woodbridge, tucked away on the beautiful river Deben with one of the last working Tide Mills. The Thoroughfare and Market Hill are charming, unspoilt and full of historic buildings, galleries, boutiques and plenty of excellent restaurants.

The Suffolk Heritage Coast is only a short drive away with great coastal walks and towns to explore along the way from Orford and Aldeburgh to Dunwich and Southwold.
 
You may prefer to relax in the beautiful landscaped gardens of Akenfield Cottage and gently paddle up stream in the rowing boat moored at your own private jetty. In July each year, the river can attract a build up of duck weed, particularly if we have a long hot dry spell, and the river may have some fallen branches which need to be negotiated when rowing up and down stream. The river can be navigated upstream as far as Abbey Farm Bridge (about 1/4 of a mile) and downstream as far as Letheringham Mill. This alluring and tranquil location will inspire poets, writers and artists. You will be truly surrounded by wildlife, with frequent sightings of Kingfishers and Otters, Red Kite and Buzzards - a great way to see some of the gems of Suffolk.  

For sport and leisure, there is a championship golf course in Ufford, Suffolk Golf Club with spa and bar facilities and at Cretingham, a 18 hole golf course, pool and tennis courts, where daily and weekly membership is available. Seckford Hall also has swimming, golf and spa and is set in 34 acres of stunning parkland, great for lunches or formal suppers too.

For more information on the area please take a look at our online guides, Visit Framlingham and Visit Woodbridge

Features

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Well-behaved pets allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot
  • Washing machine
  • No smoking
  • Nearest shop 3 miles
  • Nearest pub 1.2 miles
  • 14.7 miles from the coast
  • Barbecue
  • Detached
  • Ground floor bathroom
  • Ground floor bedroom

Facilities

Property description

  • All accommodation is on the ground floor.
  • Front door leads into a tiled lobby with coat stand, shoe rack and access to the bedroom, shower room and open plan living area.
  • The bedroom is spacious with a king sized bed, wardrobe, drawer unit, TV showing Freeview, cheval mirror, armchair and bedside tables with lamps and hair dryer. The room is carpeted and has views to the east over the garden.
  • The shower room is fully tiled with stylish fittings including basin, wc, glass shelving, mirror and wet room style shower, with instant hot water.
  • The open plan living area includes a modern fitted kitchen with storage cupboards, a slimline gas oven with grill and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, microwave and a dining bar with stools. For more formal dining, there is an oak dining table and 4 chairs. The sitting area includes two 2-seater sofas, a classic 'poang' chair, coffee table, iPod dock, Swedish wood burning stove and a corner unit with freeview TV DVD/TV/radio combi - CDs can be played through the DVD on the TV. The west facing wall is entirely glass including french doors onto an outside sitting area.

Outside

  • The property is accessed via a private shingle driveway, which is gated, with space for one car.
  • Beyond the gate is a path to the front of the property and shingled sitting area where guests are welcome to use the charcoal barbecue. The landscaped gardens extend all around the property, the front garden being laid to lawn with flower borders. The rear garden rolls gently down to the river and small wooden deck area, complete with rowing boat for guests to use (at their own risk). There are also seats to view the river and fish if desired.
  • Seating in the garden includes: wooden armchairs, wooden picnic bench, table and 4 chairs.
  • There is a lockable storage facility for bicycles. 

Services

  • The property is newly constructed and very well insulated. There is a log burning stove in the living room and an initial supply of logs is provided. There is an oil filled electric radiator in the bedroom and heated towel rail in the bathroom.
  • Bed linen and towels are included. If using the travel cot, please provide your own bedding for it.
  • Towels, dog bowls, poo bags and treats are all provided for dogs. 
  • In consideration of other visitors, please do not smoke in the property.
  • An unlimited broadband/wifi service is provided. 
  • Hot water on demand supplied by an external boiler. Water softening treatment.
  • There is a charcoal barbecue available. There is also an iron and ironing board and hairdryer.

Prices

Reviews

Beautiful location and lovely cosy property with gorgeous garden and views. The rowing boats added a little fun and the provision of quality garden furniture and deck by the river was ideal for sitting in the early evening shade with a glass of wine as well as lounging in the sun. If you love nature it’s easy to absorb all that it offers hereMrs Beverley Williams - 24th September 2018
We have booked for the next year 2019 so think that will say it all , thank you for a lovely holidayMrs Jennifer Steddy - 17th September 2018
Booked for September 2019 already, I think this says it all. Do try Fridays farm shop just off the A12 on the road to Aldeburgh, very good. Also recommend the Fish n Chips in Aldeburgh. Many thanks for a lovely holiday.John & Jen Steddy - 14th September 2018
Very relaxing, Lovely gardens, so peaceful. White Horse 20mins walk away served lovely fish. Thanks you both, perfect place.Terry & Gill - 31st August 2018
Lovely cottage and surroundings in such a peaceful spot. Overjoyed at seeing Hares in the adjacent field. Thank you for being so welcoming.Terry & Gillian - 24th August 2018
Very comfortable cottage with a lovely garden and helpful friendly owners next door. Thoroughly recommended.Mrs Rose-Anna Higgins - 21st August 2018
Another comfortable stay in Akenfield Cottage. Letheringham is such a beautiful area of Suffolk, we just love it here. Thank you David & RuthMark & Gill - 20th August 2018
Lovely comfortable cottage - stunning garden despite the drought. Loved the river, saw Kingfisher & Jays and caught a few minuscule fish. Enjoyed tomatoes and Cucumber from the greenhouse, thanks. Great cycling country, even for us as occasional cyclists. Lovely meal at the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell and the Butley Oysterage in Orford on the coast. Also a nice sandwich lunch at the Crown in Great Glemham, easy cycling distance. Many thanks to David & Ruth for a relaxing holiday & to Molly of course. Steve & Rosa - 10th August 2018
Our 2nd time staying at Akenfield cottage, still as lovely and peaceful as ever!Miss Georgie Nash - 25th July 2018
Nothing much changes here, we holidayed here same week last year. Still brilliant, still peaceful, still everything we loved the last time. Had a great week, weather was amazing,. Loved the tomatoes!Nigel & Georgia - 20th July 2018
From finding the cottage on the website, to booking, paying deposit etc everything went incredibly smoothly. Updates via email came through on time and we were able to contact the cottage owner to ask a question too! Had a lovely time in a lovely cottage which lived up to expectations - bed and pillows wonderfully comfy too!Mrs G Russell - 15th July 2018
We've had a lovely stay and walked our socks off! The book on walks in Suffolk at the cottage was invaluable. Great long walk around the boundary of Minsmere with the dog. Another lovely one around Walberswick to Southwold, followed by fish n chips in Southwold at Mr T's. Be sure to get cakes and sour dough bread at the Two Magpies bakery in Southwold - amazing. Roo our dog has loved chasing Rabbits and fell in the River once. Great cottage, lovely and quiet, gutted we didn't see a Kingfisher! Comfy Bed and sofas, thank you. Mr & Mrs Russell - 13th July 2018
Thank you both very much , we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your lovely cottage on our first visit to Suffolk.John & Patricia Smith - 29th June 2018
This is an idyllic cottage and perfect weather enabled us to get the best of it. The river with its beautiful lilies, is marvellous. The local lanes are great for cycling. In 15 consecutive years of visiting this wonderful part of Suffolk, this is the best accommodation we've discovered yet. Mr & Mrs Harper - 22nd June 2018
The greeting and warmth received upon our arrival continued throughout our two weeks stay. The accommodation etc lived up to our expectations in that it proved to be very relaxing, comfortable and set in a tranquil part of Suffolk. No stone had been left un-turned to make our stay as enjoyable as can be. We thoroughly enjoyed going through the 'air lock' (inner and outer gate) to both enter and exit the premises, with Molly chasing around trying to avoid capture. Doubtless we shall return one day! Thank you Ruth & David & MollyMo & Reg - 15th June 2018
Thank you so much for the warm welcome is has been lovely meeting yourself and Molly. This was our first holiday with Holly & Zima and I am so please we spent it at Akenfield Cottage. Thank you for the supply of extra towels and treats,. We had the entire spectrum in terms of weather during our stay but nothing that prevented us from doing what we planned, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Felixstowe, Dunwich Woodbridge, we have two very tired and fulfilled puppies. Your gardens are stunning and it has been wonderful hearing/seeing nature you rarely do in the City (including a Jay on our last morning) Thanks again, hope to see you again in the future.Steph & Mari, Holly & Zima - 4th May 2018
Idyllic Cottage in fantastic surroundingsMr Gary Norris - 25th April 2018
We had a fantastic weekend to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary at Akenfield Cottage. So quiet and peaceful and we have been so lucky with the weather. The Cottage and gardens are so idyllic and tranquil, everything you could want for a relaxing break, with so much to see and do nearby. Thank you Ruth & David for a memorable stay and for being the perfect hosts. - 23rd April 2018
Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. Whilst here we spotted buzzards, rabbits, deer and hares. We enjoyed visits to the coast and exploring the surrounding villages and castles. Thank you for being great hosts. P.S loved the garden! - 2nd August 2017
Lucky people, we saw the otter and kingfisher several times. Beautiful place, very relaxing, great hosts. Thank you - 28th July 2017
Our first ever time in Suffolk, but not our last! Lovely, quiet accommodation, very peaceful surroundings. Garden is fantastically maintained, a real credit to the owner. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable holiday, thanks. - 20th July 2017
Great property in a beautiful location with lots to see and do.Mr R Holmes - 10th July 2017
A lovely cottage in a stunning location. David and Ruth (and Molly) are wonderful hosts offering lots of helpful information. We have had a lovely week relaxing and exploring the local area. The gardens are beautiful and it is very peaceful.Nicky, Sam and James, Leicestershire - 16th June 2017
Akenfield Cottage was lovely, as were the gardens and the owners were very friendly too.A previous customer - 22nd July 2016
The cottage was very well presented and equipped.Karl S, Wiltshire - 22nd August 2015
It is a comfortable cottage in a lovely location. The cottages you offer seem of a high standard.Rita A, Buckinghamshire - 29th April 2015
It was perfect. Wonderful location, done out to such a high standard, comfortable, clean, peaceful, and I just want to turn round and go straight back!Judy E, Enfield - 18th April 2015
Akenfield Cottage was just what we were looking for.Robert R, London - 18th March 2015

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