Thrift cottage is our quirky Grade 2 listed cottage in the small market town of Saxmundham, 8 miles from the sea, 4 miles from Snape Maltings concert halls, 6 miles from the bird reserve at Minsmere. Ideal for anyone wanting an affordable and old-fashioned escape to the Suffolk coast.
The cottage is clean and comfortable but has no frills. There is a beamed sitting room with sofa, armchairs and a gas fire. The dining room seats 6 to 8 people and there is a small kitchen with cooker, fridge, sink, kettle, and toaster.
The cottage has 3 bedrooms; the attic bedroom has a double bed, the middle bedroom has twin beds, and the small bedroom has bunk beds. There is also a spare futon and mattress. The bedrooms and small bathroom all open off each other so privacy is minimal. A steep winding staircase links the three floors, so may be challenging for the very young or very old.
There is a long back garden with lavender, pinks and sea thrift on the patio area.
We have gas central heating and a gas fire in the sitting room and the cottage warms up quickly. The cottage is high on character but has few mod cons, so you won't find a phone, TV, WiFi, dishwasher, or washing machine, but there are lots of books, games and jigsaws.
Thrift Cottage is our much loved but eccentric family cottage that also gets used as a writer's retreat. It won't be right for everyone but it might be for you.
It is our first time of renting out so late bookings may well be available.
Perfectly placed for exploring the Suffolk Heritage coast.
An old-fashioned escape for the thrifty
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Disabled Facilities: No.
Linen Provided: Yes. Bed linen provided. Please bring own towels.
Pets Allowed: Yes. Well behaved dogs welcome.
Central Heating: Yes. Fuel type: Gas
Open Fire: No.
Smoking Allowed: No.
Outdoor Facilities: Yes. Long back garden with patio dining area.
Local Services: Saxmundham is a great base for exploring the Suffolk Heritage coast, with Aldeburgh, Orford, Thorpeness, Southwold and Walberswick all within easy reach. The town itself has an old-fashioned High Street with independent butchers, bakers, haberdashers and ironmongers, but also a handy Waitrose tucked behind it, and a small market on Wednesdays. There are good local pubs, restaurants and take aways. A small children's playground is right opposite the cottage and there is a lovely large one in the Recreation Ground across town.
Less than 1 mile from the A12 (between Ipswich and Lowestoft). You can approach from either end of town on the B 1121 then turn west onto Chantry Road at the town's only traffic light, or along the B1119 then right onto Mill Road which becomes Chantry Road. Approx 70 miles from the M25 J28 (1 1/2 hours journey time). Parking is roadside, and it is usually possible to park within 50-100 yards of the cottage. (Visitors can park directly outside to unload bags, etc., before parking up).
There is a direct rail service from London-Liverpool Street (journey-time approximately 1 1/2 hours) and from other parts of the country. Saxmundham railway station is approximately 100 yards away.