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Beautiful Suffolk cottage close to Pin Mill and the coast

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps six(+2) in three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Large kitchen/living room

Elm Cottage is in the heart of the thriving village of Chelmondiston, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just ten minutes walk from the riverside hamlet of Pin Mill. This Victorian semi-detached cottage has been fully refurbished. It comfortably sleeps six adults in one double and two twin bedrooms, plus two more adults on sofa beds. There is a bathroom upstairs and a shower room downstairs. The main living area includes a kitchen with granite work surfaces, range cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. There is a dining table, sofas and armchairs, and a TV/DVD. Also downstairs is a cosy sitting room with an open fireplace. There is a separate utility room. The cottage is at the end of a 100-yard path from the road so, while being convenient for local shops and services, it is also quiet and safe for children.

We want Elm Cottage to offer you a bit of luxury while you are on holiday. You will find crisp 100% Egyptian cotton linen on the beds, bubble bath and fluffy towels in the bathrooms. The furniture is carefully chosen for comfort and style, there are original local paintings on the walls. We leave up to date DVDs for the flat screen TV/DVD. The kitchen has dualit appliances and just to make sure your stay gets off to the right start you'll find a bottle of wine, a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Chelmondiston and the hamlet of Pin Mill are on the Shotley peninsula, just one hour from the M25 junction with the A12 and one hour along the A14 from Cambridge. The peninsula is about eight miles long and four miles wide and is bordered by the Rivers Orwell and Stour. At the tip of the peninsula at Shotley just a couple of miles from Elm Cottage you can look out to sea past the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich. This is a fabulous area for watersports..with marinas at the neighbouring villages Woolvestone and Shotley. Pin Mill itself has a long association with seafaring, and particularly the magnificence Thames barges. You can watch these beautiful red sailed boats from the world famous Butt and Oyster pub has been feeding and watering sailors for hundreds of years. In the centre of the Shotley peninsular is Alton reservoir, here you can hire smaller dinghies, canoes and windsurfers for the day or even enrol in RYA courses to learn to sail .

Wheat, bean, potato and onion fields surround Chelmondiston and Pin Mill, this is an area which prides itself on the quality of the food it produces. Jimmy's Farm is a couple of miles away, with its rare breed pigs and butterfly trails it's a great authentic outdoor adventure for children. For the grown ups there's a fabulous restuarant and shop. A little closer to Elm Cottage is The Suffolk Food Hall, a new and expanding venture but one of Suffolk oldest farming families. This is like the Harrods Food Hall in the country. A fantastic butcher, fishmonger...fresh bread baked every day, a restaurant, cafe and garden centre, plus a outstanding view of the river make this a very easy way to wile a way few hours., and the simplest way to stock up for barbecuing at Elm Cottage. The Butt and Oyster serves food all day, the Pin Mill gallery has a resident cordon bleu trained cake maker and a cappuccino machine.

More Details

Penny Jones
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Made lots of use of the open fire. We will be back in the summer
Oct 2013
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Chelmondiston Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 cots and child's bed available
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All three bedrooms are spacious enough for a travel cot and a child's matress which can be provided. There is a double futon in the living room, and a double sofa bed in the sitting room. Due to the size of the seating and dining areas we consider 8 people the maximum for comfort.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We welcome well behaved dogs. The back door open directly into a utility/boot room with a sink and space to clean dirty paws. We are happy to provide washable covers to protect furniture.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Suffolk cottage close to Pin Mill and the coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

What a wonderful spot!😄

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for my sons wedding and had a great time. The cottage was very clean and well equipped.. The bedrooms are a very good size and there are lots of towels to use in the 2 bathrooms The kitchen diner was a fab place to chill and even with 7 adults did not seem crowded. The garden was beautiful and immaculately kept.

Penny and Tim were great hosts and were helpful and knowledgeable about the area.

One of the best places I have stayed!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. Elm Cottage is a great place for a family get together, plenty of space and privacy. We aim to provide all the little things you need so you can concentrate on having a good time.
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  • 5 of 5

Beautifully mantained cottage in an idyllic garden, everything clean, fresh and top quality, and the owner went the extra mile to be helpful.

Cannot recommend highly enough.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, clean, quiet & well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a most enjoyable stay at the cottage. Situated at the end of a pathway meant the cottage was very quiet and secluded. The cottage is equipped to a high standard and has everything you need for a very comfortable stay. The area has lots to offer with local pubs a village store and plenty of scenic walks.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage, lovely people

  • 5 of 5

I booked this cottage for my husband and his 3 landscaping engineers - thought I'd give them a treat as they normally get booked in to cheap b&bs when they work away. It was a treat as well - I came down and stayed on the last evening. The little village of Chelmondiston is idyllic. Lovely cottage, very nicely decorated with first class appliances and touches. There were two very nice lounges with log fires/burners. The large open kitchen was really nice. All of the bedrooms were spacious and nicely furnished and the power shower in the bathroom downstairs was great. The wifi connection was excellent also. Tim was great to deal with and couldn't do enough for us. We really recommend this place unreservedly and wouldn't hesitate to return again next time we have a job in the greater Ipswich area.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hervorragende Ausstattung und Lage

  • 5 of 5

Ende September 2012 wohnten wir mit vier Personen in Elm cottage. Das cottage bietet reichlich Platz für acht Personen. Die Lage ist sehr ruhig mit herrlichen Moeglichkeiten die naehere Umgebung und Ostkueste zu erkunden. Die Ausstattung des Hauses ist hervorragend. Es fehlt an nichts!!! Ein herrlicher großer Garten, mit schönem Sitzplatz, rundet das Ganze ab.

Sehr empfehlenswert!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our Christmas stay in Elm Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very comfortable, warm and cosy week in Elm Cottage over Christmas. The property was very well maintained and clean and each room was tastefully decorated with lots of little extras. The owners even kindly put in a lovely real Christmas tree and decorations by the side of the log fire.

There are lots of lovely local walks and a superb pub right on the river Orwell who serve delicious meals a few minutes walk away.

We will definitely return,

The Lord Family from Chichester

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Red Lion
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Ipwich Golf Club
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
A14 Junction 56
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Butt and Oyster
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Suffolk Dry Ski Centre
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Pin Mill
Car: not necessary

Elm Cottage lies at the heart of the beautiful and thriving village of Chelmondiston in the south east corner of Suffolk. The village has a butcher and general store, a post office, a newsagents and a pub. Ten minutes walk away is the hamlet of Pin Mill on the River Orwell estuary. At this famous picturesque spot there are boat yards, a sailing club, an art gallery and the Butt and Oyster Pub. This is Arthur Ransome and John Constable country and there are dozens of walks from the front door of Elm Cottage, with fabulous opportunities for bird watching, sailing and just relaxing. The County Town of Ipswich is five miles away, with its docks and waterfront , restaurants, dance centre, theatre and cinemas.


Rates & Availability

Chelmondiston Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
Apr 21 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 26 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jul 28 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We ask 20% to make the booking and the balance 6 weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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