Fordley Cottage is a traditional Suffolk pink Edwardian farmworkers' cottage built in 1903 and sensitively renovated into a family holiday cottage for all seasons. Set within grounds of half an acre, near a working farm and overlooking open fields, it offers an ideal base from which to explore the immediate countryside, coast and heathlands, for "getting on your bike" or for getting away from it all.
The cottage sleeps six people comfortably in two double and one twin bedded rooms all of which have stripped pine floors with rugs, feature original fireplaces and overlook open countryside. The more recently added kitchen and diner is well equipped and finished to a high standard with hand built units and stylish granite work surfaces. The dining area overlooks the garden and is a great place to watch the sunrise and garden wildlife. The adjacent sitting room has a log burner and leather sofas for cosy nights in. There is a separate TV room which also has an open fire. The bathroom is also located downstairs, within easy reach of the bedrooms, and comprises and Edwardian style suite with power shower over the bath together with a hand held shower (ideal for keeping little ones sand free after a day at the beach). A second toilet is located in the cloakroom just off the kitchen, within easy access of the garden.
The cottage is regularly used by its owners and has a real "home from home" feel to it. It's ideal for families of all ages, any time of the year, and offers lots of space outside for children to play and for adults to find a quiet corner to relax and read (or nod off).
This owner/agency has featured on countrycottagesonline.com since 2008
The cottage is 20 miles away from Ipswich, just outside the pretty village of Middleton, in a peaceful country lane just 10 minutes east of the A12, and only 4 miles from the coast. Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Minsmere, Walberswick, Thorpeness and Southwold are within easy reach by car or cycle!
10% deposit when booking; balance to be settled 4 weeks before stay
Suffolk is a historic county, famous for its market towns and ancient churches and you will be spoilt for choice with Theberton, Blythburgh, Wenhaston pretty much on the doorstep. There are lots of antique shops to browse in, tea shops to rest in and good restaurants for special dinners. Good beaches for swimming and walks are at nearby Thorpeness and Walberswick. Our lovely pink cottage is an excellent base for visits to the Suffolk heritage coast and its heathlands. The following towns are all within easy reach by car and some by bicycle if you're a good cyclist. Dunwich - 4 miles, Minsmere - 4 miles, Aldeburgh - 8 miles, Walberswick - 7 miles, Thorpeness - 4 miles, Southwold - 9 miles, Snape - 7 miles and Orford - 10 miles. To the West you can explore the market towns of Framlingham, Bungay and Beccles.
Nearest Train Station or Airport: Darsham
Recommended Places to Visit: Beaches on the doorstep: Aldburgh, Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich, Thorpeness; Nature reserves at: Minsmere; Covehithe and Benacre; Historical Sutton Hoo, Orford, Shingle Street, Bawdsey, Lavenham and Flatford Mill; A plethora of churches including, Blythburgh and Wenhaston. Cultural centres such as Snape, the Open Air Summer theatre now at Jummy's Farm, The Cut at Halesworth. Picturesque villages such as Clare, Long Melford, Woodbridge. Be more adventurous and explore further afield in East Anglia - all places are possible for day trips, including Norwich, Bungay, Beccles, The Norfolk Broads, Ipswich,Thetford Forest, the north Norfolk Coast, Roman Colchester, Cambridge.
Annual Events: English Heritage castles for visits and historical reinactments can be found at Framlingham and Orford. These have annual programmes of events. There are also numerous antique fairs in Suffolk. Details available locally. Suffolk annual events include the Suffolk Show for the farming community, Crab fishing championships at Walberswick, Suffolk Churches cycle ride, the Westleton Barrel Fayre and Aldburgh festival, plus various local village summer fetes, art exhibitions and concerts. There are annual proms at Aldburgh and Snape and the Suffolk Food Festival in September.
Recommended Places to Eat Out: For families: The local - Middleton Bell; Mains in Yoxford; The Bell in Sax; The Plough and Sail, Snape; The Dophin, Thorpeness; The Anchor, Walberswick; The Harbour Inn, Southwold; The wood fired pizza oven at the White Hart, Aldburgh..... to name but a few - Suffolk is a foodie place!
Local Sports: Sailing at Southwold, Aldburgh, Woodbridge; Tennis courts in Yoxford and Saxmundham; Horse riding at Knodishall; Cycle hire locally - delivered to the door. Walkers might be interested in the Suffolk Coastal path, the Sandlings walk, or forest trails at R
Middleton is a substantial and picturesquye village in east Suffolk, midway between Aldeburgh and Southwold and 3 miles from the coast. The Minsmere River runs through the village on its way to the partially drained coastal marshland that now forms the Minsmere bird sanctuary. The village has an award-winning pub, The Bell, which serves top value meals using local meat and fish and has open fires, gardens, a traditional country bar and a friendly welcome. There's also an excellent Reckford Farm Shop selling a wide range of local produce and fresh ready meals. Children of all ages will love the well-kept village rec, with a zip wire, wobbly tyre walk, soccer nets and all the usual playground equipment
Please visit the Owner's website to find out more about the holiday cottage, amenities, surrounding area and places to visit in Suffolk.