In the very heart of the beautiful market town of Woodbridge, this stunning property has views of St Mary's Church in one direction and the Shire Hall in the other. This wonderful old town house retains many original features; its charming and spacious sitting room is a delight, enjoying lovely views over the roof tops to the Deben River. Enhanced and augmented by lovely contemporary features, including a superbly equipped kitchen, Church Close is a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Suffolk coast; a joy to return to after a busy day.
ORFORD 12miles (19km) BAWDSEY 11miles (16km) SNAPE 13miles (21km) ALDEBURGH 20miles (33km)
This Suffolk Cottage Holiday Property: It is hard to date the properties around Market Hill, Woodbridge. Many are much older than their facades suggest and with the Shire Hall to one side and Thomas Seckford's House to the other, Church Close almost certainly dates back to the Elizabethan period or earlier. Exposed beams and the occasional low doorway combine with spacious and well proportioned rooms, which were obviously built for entertaining. Beautifully decorated throughout, the current owners have upgraded the appartment to reflect both their love of cooking and interest in books and art. There is a superb collection of prints and pictures and several wonderful sculptures in the house.
Today Church Close boasts two lovely double bedrooms (both with en suite bathrooms), a delightful sitting room complete with log burning stove and views down towards the river, and a kitchen that is again both spacious and well equipped - a place in which anyone would be happy to cook and eat. Church Close takes up the right hand side of what was once a much bigger town house and shares an outer door with the neighbouring property. Daily or mid-stay cleans can be arranged.
The grounds: A gate leads from Market Hill to the front door of the property, surrounded by delightful planting which provides year round colour. To one side of the property is a sheltered outside dining area with table and chairs, An unfenced lawn leads down to the church yard and the church of St Mary's, Woodbridge.
Ideal for: One or two couples with a desire for a relaxing break in historic surroundings. In the very heart of the wonderful old centre of Woodbridge, the immediate neighbourhood is made up of fascinating ancient buildings, including St Mary's Church, Thomas Seckford's house, the alms houses and of course The Shire Hall. Several very fine restaurants are within short reach, and with a super choice of organic local produce just a five minute walk away, this is the perfect holiday property for anyone with an interest in food.
Church Close's proximity to the town's marvellous selection of shops, traditional pubs and wonderful restaurants, theatre/cinema and delightful river make it a place to visit time and again. Situated on the banks of the River Deben just a mile from Sutton Hoo and the Sandlings (rare and wildlife rich heathlands, which stretch all the way to the coast at Bawdsey on Suffolk's heritage coast), Woodbridge is the ideal centre from which to explore the Suffolk coast and countryside.
This is a great location for walkers, cyclists and anyone with an interest in boats - there are sailing, cruising and canoe clubs in Woodbridge as well as a super boating lake - the experts are there at the weekend! Take a gentle stroll along Woodbridge's glorious river bank to Kyson Point, or stride out across the heaths to Sutton.
Despite its proximity to rail links to London, Norwich and Cambridge, Woodbridge still retains that pleasant sleepy feel which pervades the Suffolk coast.
Please note that whilst teenagers are most welcome to accompany their parents, Church Close is not suitable for children under the age of 12.
For more information on the Woodbridge area, including restaurants, pubs, cafes, shopping facilities, and things to do, please see our online guide, Visit Woodbridge.
- Sleeps 4
- 2 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- Sorry, no pets
- No private parking
- WiFi available
- Friday 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
- Three steps lead to the outer door. The front door opens into a spacious hall with coat hooks and room for outdoor shoes and large bookcase with an eclectic choice of books on the right. From here a short flight of stairs leads to the inner door and the apartment.
- Here is a further hall with more coat hooks, occasional tables, a delightful sculpture and doors to
- The sitting room: Spacious and comfortable, perfect for entertaining. There is a window seat in front of the bay window from which you have wonderful views of the church, Thomas Seckford's house and beyond that the river Deben (somewhat obscured in the summer when the trees are in full leaf). The sitting room has two large sofas, occasional and coffee tables, lamps, a wonderful collection of pictures and books, flat screen TV, with freeview, a DVD. Wi fi and telephone for local calls only is provided.
- The kitchen / dining room is superbly equipped with large gas range (5 burner hob and 2 large ovens), large fridge and freezer with ice maker, microwave, dishwasher and a wonderful range of cooking equipment - this is a cook's kitchen. A breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the dining area which includes a large table and 4 chairs and further storage space.
- Double bedroom with queen sized brass bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and built in cupboard. A door leads to the en suite bathroom with bath and hand held shower, heated towel rail, wash basin and under floor heating
- Cloakroom with w.c. and wash basin
- A door leads to a staircase, straight but without a rail, to the top floor
- The stairs lead directly to the large eaves bedroom. A Japanese bed (roughly king sized) is situated on a raised platform with bedside chests and lamps, a flat screen TV with DVD and free view, easy chair, chest of drawers,and a hanging rail. Wooden shutters at the two windows which have views over Market Hill and the Shire Hall. This is an old building and the entrance to the en suite bathroom has a low ceiling. The bathroom is quite spacious and has a shower, wash basin, w.c. and towel rail. The washing machine and boiler are in this bathroom.
- There is a pathway with planting and pots, a south west facing area with garden table and chairs and an open slopping lawn leading down towards the church.
- A gated area to one side with dustbins etc shared with closest neighbours
- Centrally heated with log burning stove in the sitting room; there is a small log store in the area where the dustbins are kept
- Bed linen and towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.
- There is wi fi and a telephone which can be used for local and emergency calls only.
- In consideration of other visitors, please do not smoke in the property
- Parking in the street is on a first come, first served basis. There is a car park around the corner on Theatre Street (free parking from 6:00 pm to 8:00 am) as well as plenty of others in Woodbridge, and free parking on the streets nearby, in particular, Castle Street. Weekly permits can be purchased from the Woodbridge Library for around £10 per week.
|Date Range||7 night price *|
|1 Sep 17 - 29 Sep 17||£627|
|29 Sep 17 - 20 Oct 17||£489|
|20 Oct 17 - 27 Oct 17||£627|
|27 Oct 17 - 22 Dec 17||£489|
|22 Dec 17 - 6 Jan 18||£735|
|6 Jan 18 - 9 Feb 18||£520|
|9 Feb 18 - 23 Feb 18||£630|
|23 Feb 18 - 23 Mar 18||£520|
|23 Mar 18 - 13 Apr 18||£710|
|13 Apr 18 - 25 May 18||£630|
|25 May 18 - 1 Jun 18||£780|
|1 Jun 18 - 15 Jun 18||£710|
|15 Jun 18 - 22 Jun 18||£760|
|22 Jun 18 - 13 Jul 18||£710|
|13 Jul 18 - 20 Jul 18||£760|
|20 Jul 18 - 7 Sep 18||£780|
|7 Sep 18 - 14 Sep 18||£760|
|14 Sep 18 - 21 Sep 18||£710|
|21 Sep 18 - 19 Oct 18||£630|
|19 Oct 18 - 2 Nov 18||£710|
|2 Nov 18 - 21 Dec 18||£520|
|21 Dec 18 - 6 Jan 19||£780|
* Please note: The prices displayed are guide prices and do not include optional items such as pet charges.