There are no word combinations that can explain how I feel about this place.
Usually we stay in cities and in chain hotels. I now know what we’ve been missing. I’ve never felt so welcome anywhere I have stayed.
We stayed for two nights in mid July 2011 with some family renting the other room; this meant that we had the whole place to ourselves.
The whole cottage oozes character and comfort, none more so than Aly. A welcome with as much coffee as you can drink and the deepest most delicious cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting!
We stayed in the Elm room, which has the wonkiest floor I’ve seen. (you lay in bed and the other end of the floor is higher than you are, but at least its downhill to bed at the end of the day). Inside the cupboard is some very old wallpaper and the bathroom is great too (watch out for the top of the doorway, ouch!). Our family stayed in the other room (Oak), which is just as nice but totally different.
There is something great about being in the middle of nowhere, no mobile signal and waking up hearing what you can only describe as ‘nothing’. It’s the small touches that make this cottage so special. You don’t get tea and coffee in your room – Aly knocks on the door at your chosen time with a soft “good morning”. Nothing has been overlooked, and whilst other places might scrimp on quality of some items such as crockery or bed sheets – this is not the case here everything is beautiful.
The lounge area is homely and fabulous, with books, guides, a fascinating collection of lovely ‘things’, a log burner and even a photo album of refurbishing the cottage. There is also a TV, but why you’d want to watch it, I don’t know. There is a log burner too, and we’re determined to come back in the winter to use it (hopefully get snowed in, too)
The kitchen is open for you to use. There’s tea (special teas too), coffee etc.
The breakfast is unimaginable – the effort that Tim and Aly run to for up to four people is phenomenal and the quality of what is put out is just beautiful (‘finest’ yoghurts and fresh, de-stalked berries). The breakfast table is in another beautiful room and is always set the night before. As you’d expect of Aly, it’s exacting and thoughtful. We started moving things late at night, giggling like children and turning bowls round etc – but she knows and it’s corrected before you come down!
The breakfast is the best breakfast I think I have ever had anywhere, which is also served up with another massive dose of warm hospitality. I’ve tried to match their eggs benedict at home, but just can’t.
This isn’t just a bed and breakfast. Tim and Aly are a captivating, interesting, warm and welcoming couple. It felt like meeting old friends and it’s impossible to be a guest in their home without feeling special and relaxed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alastair Sawday's Best Newcomer Winner 2013/14.Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels Award 2013.Situated in the heart of East Anglia with easy access to Lavenham, Southwold, Cambridge and Norwich. Awarded 4 Star Silver by the Tourist Board we provide a private luxury B&B experience in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. A maximum of only 4 guests at any time ensures your comfort is our first aim. All rooms are furnished with antiques, have exposed beams and rural views. Guests have a private and comfortable lounge with real fire and are welcome to relax in the large gardens. ... more less