Delightful rustic cottage offering a romantic retreat in the Suffolk countryside with an open fire and expansive orchard
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 2 nights
The Bakery is a charming and authentic self-catering cottage in the heart of Suffolk with a cosy, farmhouse-style aesthetic. A favourite with honeymooners, The Bakery is a quaint brick one bedroom house surrounded by tranquil greenery. This delightful building dates back to the 1720’s.
Step through a set of French doors and you’ll find yourself in the main living space of The Bakery, an open plan room with an exposed brick wall and an antique open fireplace. Benefitting from the French doors and beautiful windows, this room is bathed in light, and offers views out over the garden beyond. As you relax on the comfy sofa you can watch the sun set. The aesthetic in this room feels rustic and immediately homely, while inside the adjoining kitchen the workmanship of local craftsmanship is on display. All of the cabinets, cupboards, and fixtures are characterful and individual, suggesting an understated and classic elegance.
The floor downstairs is a traditional farm cottage floor that is made from a hardened white brick known as ‘Suffolk Whites’. The walls are made from brick or lime plaster and lime wash paint, giving the entire property a truly rural, rustic feel.
Upstairs, a high ceiling of unpainted rafters and cross beams make this a truly wonderful bedroom, while floorboards run underneath, and white and mustard walls complete this rural space. A heavy vintage curtain divides the space in two, with ample room for dressing, working, and enjoying the later afternoon Suffolk light as you gaze out over the orchard.
Coming off the bedroom space, the en-suite bathroom uses individual pieces and freestanding furniture to create a well-designed and unique room, where every item and finish is a delight to behold. Wherever you find yourself in this peaceful and romantic house and gardens, you’re guaranteed to feel a sense of calm and joy at the artistry which has been utilised. As you step from the cosy interior to the orchards outside, you’ll find it unbelievable that London is just sixty miles away.
Visitors from all over the UK and overseas are drawn to the rolling hills, rugged coastline, and inspirational light of Suffolk. At The Bakery you’re in the heart of an unspoiled parcel of nature, replete with a hen filled orchard and private dappled stream to explore. While guests choose The Bakery for its seclusion and beauty, there is no need to be a hermit during your stay. Suffolk’s celebrated artisan food and drink industries means that there are a number of gastropubs close to the cottage, with The Anchor in Nayland deserving a special mention for its River Stour views. The White Horse Edwardstone has its own Microbrewery and is also just a 15 minute walk across the fields.
For a more formal dining space, the award winning Crown is excellent, as is The Swan Hotel in nearby Lavenham. The locality abounds in extraordinarily well-preserved medieval hamlets, villages and towns; history buffs and those interested in architecture will find it fascinating. Beholding the natural and built environment of the region, you’ll understand why the celebrated artist John Constable returned throughout his career to painting the River Stour.
The artist John Constable lived at Flatford Mill on the Stour and painted ‘The Haywain’ there, and this spot is now a well managed site celebrating his birthplace and art, that's well worth a visit. Thomas Gainsborough was also born nearby in the town of Sudbury, and there's a museum to his work there.
The nearest village to The Bakery is Lavenham. It is England’s best preserved medieval village. The Guildhall was used as the backdrop for the iconic 60’s movie Witchfinder General with Vincent Price, and the house next door was where he carried out many of his dastardly deeds. However, these days it has a much better atmosphere as a leading Suffolk Restaurant ‘The Great House’
Short Weekend breaks and midweek breaks are available all year except Christmas, prices range from £236 for 3 nights in December/January to £316 for 2 nights In August.
There is a Pet charge of £25 pw per pet (up to 2 large dogs are accepted) or £15 for less than a week.
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