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Sleeps 10 adults Bedrooms 5 Pets 1 Welcome Region Suffolk Town/village Thrandeston

Spacious Group Retreat, near Thrandeston (SFWHMSF)

A traditional Suffolk beamed detached house - the jury is out as to whether it is a Suffolk Long House or Hall House - set in a couple of acres of private garden in a charming countryside setting, perfect for walkers and cyclists alike. A house full of history, The Property is both spacious and cosy - with three log burning stoves it has to be. Very much a country house, The Property is just a couple of miles from Diss and within a very short drive of five wedding venues.

Diss 2 miles, Framlingham 19 miles, Beccles and the Broads 22 miles, Norwich 24 miles, Bury St Edmunds 22 miles, Southwold 30 miles

Trains - Diss is just a few minutes drive away; on the main line from Norwich to London, there are train services every 30 minutes.

This Suffolk Cottage Holiday Property:
A traditional old Suffolk house, The Property is in a rural location on the edge of the tiny hamlet of Thrandeston. The property has all the hall marks of a traditional Suffolk Long House. Beamed throughout, taller guests will have to duck to get through some doorways. A stunning inglenook fireplace in the sitting room with log burning stove, a contemporary log burner in the ground floor bedroom and a Romesse pot belly stove, dating back to World War II, in the kitchen, you are unlikely to be cold. As well as a solid oak front door, floor boards throughout are the original broad boards once so common in traditional properties in Suffolk. The house has been tastefully refurbished and includes two new bathrooms.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, one with king sized bed, a small double and a bunk bedroom; all decorated and furnished in keeping with the feel of the house; they are light and airy with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The upstairs family bathroom is extremely spacious and includes from a large bedroom and includes a bath and large walk in shower, wash basin, and w.c.
The ground floor bedroom is perfect for guests who either don't want to cope with stairs or would like their own relaxing space (large comfortable sofa and wood burning stove).

Grounds and Surrounds:
The Property has a large garden with drive for at least 4 cars. The garden is hedged on one side, fenced on another and separated from the fields on one side by a shallow hedged ditch. The garden includes large areas of lawn, shrub borders, flowering trees and an ancient order with some quite rare species of apple and pear and a mulberry.
There are several seating areas as well as a veranda at the back with table and chairs and charcoal barbecue, a delightful sun trap terrace for outside eating.

There is a deep pond in the neighbouring garden which could be accessed by a determined child or inquisitive dog - when out in the garden please do supervise small children at all times.

A perfect location for walkers, cyclists or anyone with an interest in history or wildlife The Property is close to the Suffolk Norfolk border in an area rich in historic treasure and wildlife sanctuaries including Redgrave and Lopham Fen, a wild watery landscape of sedge, rush, heath and hundreds of pools created over many centuries by local people as they eked out a living, digging peat for fuel and cutting reed and sedge for thatching. With well over 270 plant species, including many national or regional rarities, the fen boasts a diversity of plant life to satisfy even the keenest of botanists. Thornham Walks is a delight, there are paths suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs and lots of other delightful walks - dogs are welcome if kept on their lead.
Animal lovers of all ages will love a day out at Banham Zoo, just a 9 mile drive from the house whilst West Stow Saxon Village is a must for all ages.
Eye is a very small town. Dating back to Roman times it was once strategically important, thus the fascinating Eye Castle and splendid church; the town hall is Italianate and there are many fascinating old buildings throughout Eye. There is a good choice of shops, all of which are within a very easy walk of The Thatched House.

Sleeps: 9-10 in two bedrooms with king sized beds, two double bedded rooms (access to one of the doubles from one side only) and 1 bunk bedroom with full sized bunks.

This property is ideal for:
With accommodation for up to 10 and a ground floor bedroom and shower room The Property would be ideal for a larger family, a group of friends or indeed wedding groups - it is close to five excellent wedding venues. For shopping Diss has a good selection of supermarkets and some really excellent local shops offering a wide choice of local foods. Many will want to make the most of the fantastic facilities of Eye, make a visit to the castle but allow time for a visit to Cocoa Mama, the chocolate is divine.

Minimum hire: Three nights; except at Christmas and Easter when it is a week. Friday changeover in high season.

Please note smoking is not permitted. One well behaved dog is welcome and can have the run of the utility room and kitchen

Self-catering eating and drinking: Grocery deliveries are available and there is a great selection of catering options for your stay at The Property. You can walk from the house to Diss via Lows Lane in Palgrave (this brings you out in the middle of Diss avoiding the two narrow roads with no footpath).
A traditional market is held at Diss Market Place every Friday from 09:30 until 15:00 and the Diss Farmer's Market comes to town on the second Saturday of each month from 09:00 until 13:00. Diss has a choice of 3 supermarkets. Eye too has a great selection of shops including two Co-op supermarkets, two butchers, a flower shop, a delicatessen, a bakery and a chocolate shop. There is an award-winning, weekly Country Market in the Town Hall (Wednesdays) where fresh produce and home made cakes and preserves are available.

Eating out:
Diss has an excellent selection of eateries, from super tea shops to restaurants; there is even a vegetarian restaurant. There are around half a dozen local cafes and several eateries in Eye including three pubs, the nearest being the Queen's Head and there is a good fish and chip shop - we have yet to try them all, but we are working on it.

For more information on the local area, please see our Visit North Suffolk website.


  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Open Fire
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Garden

Conditions

Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 1 pet is welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

LocationSuffolk

The somewhat curious county of Suffolk forms a part of the region known as East Anglia. Its eastern edge is bounded by the North Sea, with neighbouring Norfolk to the north and Essex to the south. The county of Cambridgeshire lies to the west. It has no cities and no motorways, but it does have many gardens and ruins and history in spades, from the Magna Carta to the Saxon relics of Sutton Hoo.

Unusual (for Britain) timber-framed buildings, dating back to the 16th century, vie with Tudor mansions in the attractive streets of market towns. In common with Norfolk, it is a fairly flat county, with much of its area devoted to farming and other rural pursuits. Its coastal geology of sand and clay, combined with the longshore drift current of the sea, means that the land is eroding constantly. Sea defences protect many of the towns but, equally, a good deal of property has been lost as the cliffs are worn away, and more is threatened.

Suffolk is famous throughout the UK for its distinctive dialect, horse racing (the town of Newmarket is the epicentre of British racing) and the arts. Festivals and other shows are common, and fish and chips and Adnam's ale are the order of the day.

East of England

This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.

Area Suffolk

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