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A Charming, Spacious Two Bedroom Victorian Boutique Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4. 2 Bedrooms. 1 Bathroom.

The size and feel of a village, Eye in North Suffolk, has a rich history that is reflected in the diverse architecture and other features in this quiet and pleasant little market town. Ideally situated in the heart of East Anglia, it is an ideal base for exploring the region's attractive villages, countryside, beaches, amenities and attractions.

The cottage blends both period charm with modern day living and features (mostly) recently installed double glazed timber windows and full gas central heating. The deceptively spacious accommodation comprises a comfortable dual aspect sitting room with wood burning stove and original Victorian pine dresser, spacious dining room with large round dining table with six chairs and pretty windows overlooking the adjoining gardens (the neighbouring property's communal gardens), excellent size kitchen with feature brick floor and range of 'Habitat' units with solid wood work tops, splendid full-size Range master cooker and retro style SMEG fridge freezer (additional fridge and Hotpoint washer/dryer, microwave also ), first floor landing with skylight window leads to: Main Bedroom with distressed rustic style waxed bedroom furniture including king size bed, tallboy chest of drawers, double wardrobe, mirrors and bedside cabinets, Bedroom Two features chic white decor with matching bedroom furniture including double bed and built in double wardrobe and the bathroom features a contemporary white suite with wenge effect porcelain tiles and contrasting duck-egg blue painted walls. The bathroom benefits from underfloor heating and a power shower over the extra wide bath. Flat screen TVs in the sitting room, dining room and main bedroom. Unlimited WIFI. A travel cot can be found neatly stored in the base of the wardrobe in the second bedroom and a high chair can be found in the lounge. The owners supply kitchen hand towels, tea towels, bathroom towels and bed linen with four pillows in each bedroom. Guests are kindly asked to take their own child's bed linen if they wish to use the travel cot.

The property was bought and refurbished as a second home by the current owners and, as such, is fitted to an excellent standard. The owners bought the cottage after being frequent visitors to Eye for many years and spent four nights a week there until they started a family five years ago and now sadly don't have the time to spend there. The charm and the feel of the town were important factors in deciding to buy a cottage in Eye, but so was its excellent central location, being almost equidistant to Norwich, the coast (Southwold and Aldeburgh), Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and all of the beautiful villages and towns in between.

Eye has a great variety of shops including a bakers, TWO butchers, TWO Co Ops, a newsagents, a deli, a pub (The Queens Head which serves fantastic Spanish tapas), a hardware store, various antique and gift shops, beauty salon, hairdressers, post office, two restaurants and a number of cafes/tea rooms.

The nearest 'big' town is Diss, just over the Suffolk/Norfolk border, around five miles away (5-10 minutes by car). Diss has a bustling pedestrianized quaint high street with shops such as Boots, Superdrug, Costa Coffee, Co Op supermarket, chocolaterie and a number of wonderful independent shops (Carnells the butchers is highly recommended!). Diss also has a Morrisons and a Tesco for the 'bigger shops' not to mention a choice of restaurants. You will also find a great park in Diss for the children with a large play area (which has had huge investment over recent years), a stunning Mere with lots of ducks and swans waiting to be fed, a large soft play centre (Monsters) and a swimming pool.

Thornham Country Park is just 5 minutes by car and has approximately 12 miles of marked footpaths on the Thornham Estate and offers some surfaced paths, suitable for push chairs and wheel chairs, which leads for half a mile to the Thornham Walled Garden and takes walkers past birds hides, a pets cemetery, along the Thornham Rock Trail to the Victorian Foll. There is a cosy tea room at one end together with a children's play and picnic area and a restaurant at the other end.

The Ruins of Eye Castle in Castle Street is less than 5 mins walk from the cottage (seasonal opening)

Eye has its own equestrian centre who are happy to arrange lessons for complete beginners right through to advanced riders.

Banham Zoo sits just outside Diss and also makes a great day out for the little ones.

Many people also enjoy visiting Bressingham Steam & Gardens which is located just a little west of Diss, but please do check on line to ensure you are happy with the prices first as some consider it to be a little expensive.

The cottage is is also well positioned for access by car for Thetford Forest, Newmarket, The River Deben and The Norfolk Broads.

The Norfolk Broads makes a truly lovely day out and is recommended for all ages, lots of places to eat overlooking the water and boats for hire.

Thetford Forest is home to 'Go Ape' and is also a super place for walking, cycling (bike hire available), playing, picnic's and simply enjoying the natural beauty of the forest and all it has to offer

Recommended beaches :

Adleburgh – well renowned for serving the UK's best fish and chips

Gorleston – great for children with a lovely long golden sandy beech with children's paddling pool set on the beech itself

Great Yarmouth – lovely beeches, donkey rides, amusement parks



And finally:

The owners personal recommendations for local pubs and restaurants

The Bull Auberge, Yaxley (fine dining at its best – a little dearer but outstanding food and service)

Lindsay House Restaurant, Eye (offering a menu of local, seasonal produce)

The Queens Head, Eye : (village pub offering traditional food and Tapas)

The Swan Inn, Hoxne (character pub in with great food)

The Black Horse, Thorndon (traditional Suffolk pub offering typical pub food and good value for money

Sorry it is not possible to accommodate any pets. This is also a non smoking property.

More Details

Owner / Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018


Eye Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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A Charming, Spacious Two Bedroom Victorian Boutique Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Lovely last minute family get away!

  • 5 of 5

Such a fantastic little get away for us. Orange Tree cottage is as gorgeous as it looks in the photos, if not better. We booked last minute and predominantly used it as a base to explore the surrounding areas but had a lovely time doing the local little walk as well as longer ones at Thornham walks when we just wanted to stay nearby. There is a playground and cafe for the baby, and a pub on route for the grown ups! The Norfolk broads are only 40 mins away (we hired a boat and stopped for a pub lunch which was great!) Bressingham Steam trains was also a fun day out and again, great for baby and adults alike.

The cottage is in a brilliant, but very quiet, location opposite the Co-op for basics but also near some local gems - the Butcher in the village did some lovely bits for dinner and the Deli just down the road is fantastic for some cheese and wine too.

The house is full of all the little things you need when away but unusually end up buying a huge pack of unnecessarily-washing up sponges, salt and pepper, tea towels etc. A great and helpful touch! And the two big boxes of toys kept the baby entertained giving us some much needed down time too.

We all had a fantastic time and can see why so many people come back time and time again in the visitors book. I bet the log fire in the winter is lovely. Would be great for a family, or just a couple/a group of friends looking to get away from it all.

If you are reading this and wondering whether to book, do it!

Thank you Sarah, we had a great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful Home awy from home

  • 5 of 5

This is a beutiful little cottage and has everything a small family would need.

plenty of downstairs space. they have stair gate, bed guard available and travel cot too.

the kitchen is lovely and spaciour and everything was lovely and clean.

i would highly recommend this cottage.

There are also plenty of activities to do within 1 hours drive for kids from Jimmy farms, pleasurewood hills, bewilderwood, horsey beach, great yarmouth, eye castle...

Just perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Outstanding Vacation Rental in Eye

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I visited the UK from the USA for 3 weeks and stayed for 3 nights in this lovely rental in the small town of Eye. The rental is very nicely appointed and well-furnished. The beds are comfortable and everything works as advertised. Street parking was available and the little market about 50 yards away was very convenient. If I had to do it over again, I would have stayed longer in fewer places, and East Anglia was worth a longer stay as there's lots to see and do within a short drive. Eye is well-located for driving tours of East Anglia and the rental was a great place to come home to. The only drawback we found was a lack of a good place to eat on a Sunday night, I didn't realize that most places are closed, though we did find an excellent Turkish restaurant (Turkuoz) in the nearby town of Diss. Our host Sarah was easy to work with and I would highly recommend this rental. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $140

Short terms let of three nights available at 75% of weekly rental cost (subject to dates)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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