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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 1 - 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

Property Manager
Penny Jones
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

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
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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.


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Suffolk cottage close to Pin Mill and the coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews

Well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped cottage, warm and spacious. Owner helpful and friendly. Would recommend. Loved the pellet stove!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the pellet stove too. So easy, efficient and eco friendly.
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Cosy character cottage in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four nights. The cottage was immaculate and clean and very well equipped. Penny made sure everything was in place and the welcome pack was very much appreciated. Thank you Penny. The cottage was very warm as the weather was not that good. Spent a lot of evenings sitting round the dining table eating and drinking! Lovely garden with patio and barbecue. Plenty of lovely walks. Butt and Oyster is well worth a visit and the Red Lion is lovely. More of a restaurant but you can still get a drink there and staff very friendly. Cottage plenty big enough for six people. Would highly recommend Elm Cottage. A hidden gem.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A charming cosy cottage hidden away in the countryside. Beautifully furnished and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place to spend a family Xmas. The cottage had character and space. Excellent lay out for 8 of us to socialise. Great wood burner. So well equipped in the kitchen and overall a lovely homely feel - lots of games, cds and books. We even had a Xmas tree. We would love to return in the summer to make use of the large garden and patio area.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Leigh On Sea

Cosy cottage with lovely garden and home from home touches

  • 5 of 5

Great size garden and bedrooms plus two bathrooms, this cosy cottage has a snug and kitchen / diner/ lounge too. Great corner of Suffolk to explore and fabulous walks and pubs on your doorstep . Owners couldn’t be more helpful .

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Elm Cottage Pin Mill

  • 5 of 5

4 generations of our family plus Barnie the dog enjoyed the lovely cottage & the surrounding countryside (with plenty to explore) and seaside. Our ages ranged from age 8 weeks up to 87 years old. We had a relaxing holiday, plent of fresh air, good restaurants near by.

Children loved the garden, the toys & games at the cottage, the Cycle hire, foot ferry to Harwich & Jimmy's Farm.

Altogether a brilliant holiday !

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, lovely, comfy cottage

  • 5 of 5

It's a beautiful and well equipped cottage. We really enjoyed there.

Garden was so pretty with flowers and wild strawberry , specially BBQ area was just perfect.

We wish we could go there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had a good time. The wild strawberries are so pretty, glad you spotted them. We are very lucky to have inherited such a lovely cottage garden, we just try to keep it in order.
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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