Belchamp Walter, Suffolk
Stunning and tranquil watermill conversion on the Suffolk-Essex boundary with a private tennis court.
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
Right on the shore of the glassy millpond, a beautiful vista in all four seasons, stands Lovejoys Mill, a former watermill which has been lovingly converted into a peaceful and romantic self-catering holiday cottage. Replete with everything you need to get away from it all and spend a long weekend or mini-break in the picturesque countryside of Southeast England, Lovejoys Mill is a truly unique house which is guaranteed to leave you with a deep sense of peace and delight.
This high-ceilinged, airy space started life as a mill, and has been painstakingly renovated into a cottage surrounded by foliage, sky, and water, making it the perfect place for couples and individuals looking for a secluded and peaceful holiday in a countryside paradise barely an hour and a half from London by train. No expense has been spared and no detail overlooked in this architecturally fascinating cottage, with its aged timber floorboards and artfully exposed brickwork.
The main living space-come-dining room is heated by an engineered woodburning stove, and everything from the leather sofa to the antique chest suggests domestic comfort and boho-chic cosiness. Light pours into the space from the large windows, and vintage carpets rest on the hardwood floors. In the adjoining kitchen space, a top of the range cooker and amenities plus ample preparation surfaces ensure that eager cooks will have everything they need to cook up a feast. With tiles, timber, a butler sink and warm, understated tones, the kitchen benefits from a rustic, farmhouse-style aesthetic.
Downstairs, the bedroom is a real treat, with gorgeous views out over the local topography, as well as overhead beams, a tiled floor, and painted brick walls. An en-suite bathroom with clean, confident lines and minimalist design is accessed through a domed arch. Outside, between the private gardens, millpond views, and your very own private tennis court, you’ll want to spend every waking hour in the open air.
While Lovejoys Mill offers a tranquil, back-to-nature experience, you’ll be pleased to find that there is no compromise when it comes to amenities. A Smart TV is found in the living room, and there is Wi-Fi throughout the cottage. Regardless of the weather, the washing machine and dryer will see that you’re ready to get out and explore, while a barbecue is the perfect way to prepare an al fresco meal in the warmer months.
Guests with a creative flair will be delighted by a trip to a local artist’s studio, where watercolour courses can be arranged with notice there or back at the cottage. Alternatively, for those pursuing a more active time away, a day’s sailing can be organised nearby, while discounts are available for guests wishing to spend a day indulging themselves at the nearby spa. With a number of pubs and restaurants close by, there are multiple dining options, although many guests find it difficult to leave this idyll.
The mill was given the name due to its location on the Belcham Hall Estate, where the famous TV series Lovejoy was filmed. Belchamp Hall itself was Felsham Hall in the series. This cottage sits just 100 metres from the gates to the Hall. Lovejoys Mill is at the end of a small single track lane ensuring it remains peaceful and quiet at all times.
If you’re a fan of Lovejoy then make sure you curl up on the sofa and watch the box set, which is provided by the owners.
Lovejoys Mill sits near one of Suffolk’s most famous medieval villages, the unspoilt Long Melford. Again, many of the location shots for Lovejoy were filmed here, and the village also has a fantastic antiques warehouse where 250 dealers sell their wares. There are also two stately homes - Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall. Melford Hall is a National Trust location, and Kentwell Hall is famous for staging Tudor re-enactments. The village also has plenty of nice restaurants and some excellent pubs.
Lovejoys Mill is situated at the dead end of a tiny rural lane overlooking its own Mill Pond with views over meadows and woodland: it is blissfully rural.
Ideal for walking, cycling and exploring the surrounding unspoilt Medieval Villages like Long Melford & Lavenham
Stansted Airport - 45 Minutes
Short midweek and weekend breaks are available all year except Christmas - prices range from £300 for 3 nights in November/January - £403 for 2 nights in August.
The price include evrything plus bikes and a generous Breakfast Basket - pets are an 'Extra' charged at £25 pw or £15 for less than a week.
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