About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Four Firs cottage is a delightful, country cottage on the edge of the village of Trimley St Martin, set in a large garden surrounded by open countryside. It is just a ten minute walk to the Orwell estuary, a spot perfect for nature lovers, bird watchers, fishing and for sailing enthusiasts yet the village and two pubs are only a short walk away along a country lane. The cottage is family and dog friendly.
The cottage is one of a pair with parts dating back to the mid/late 18th century but with all modern amenities and comforts for a relaxing time away. The lounge has a large inglenook fireplace with a contemporary wood burning stove. From its windows and garden there are wonderful views across farmland. The cottage and gardens are child and pet friendly being fully enclosed and gated.
The main town of Felixstowe is about 4 miles away and here you can find several restaurants, a theatre, shops, Leisure Centre and enjoy a walk along the promenade.
Although in a rural setting the cottage is within easy reach of the A 14 and A 12 so is well-located for touring Suffolk and Essex. Many places are worth a visit including the picturesque towns of Aldeburgh, Southwold, Dunwich, Walberswick and Orford. Snape Malting’s, a half an hour’s drive away, is a place of energy and inspiration, one of the world's leading centres of music, with boutique shops and galleries in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Further inland is Framlingham, a quaint old town with a cobbled market square, tea shops, good eating houses and a castle. Flatford Mill at East Bergholt in Constable Country and the village of Dedham are nearby.
This lovely cottage is available for a couple at a 10% discount outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only.
The interior of the cottage is spacious and light. Entry is through a large light porch room with coat pegs and lots of space for stowing outdoor gear and pushchairs. The cottage has a cosy sitting room with French windows and a wood burning stove set in a large inglenook fireplace. Next to the sitting room is a small office that has lovely views up the garden. Broadband is connected. There is an open plan kitchen and dining room with the French doors of the dining room opening onto a patio and garden for enjoying sunny, warm days.
At the end of the cottage is a shower room, hand basin and loo. Next to the kitchen is a useful utility room with washing machine and further space to stow wellies and boots.
Upstairs are three good-sized bedrooms all with double beds. The largest bedroom also has the space for a cot and has a brick chimney feature from the inglenook below. The bathroom has a bath, basin and loo.
Outside the cottage are extensive gardens which were part of an ancient orchard. The grounds are kept well mowed. There is a great variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. At one end of the garden is a large walnut tree and at the other near the double garage and house is a magnificent weeping willow tree. In the centre of the garden is a sheltered secret garden surrounded by a clipped yew hedge.
There are swings and a variety of toys for children. A gas BBQ is available for use along with plenty of outside chairs and tables. The driveway to the cottage is generous and can park at least four cars.
Things to do around Four Firs cottage
The cottage garden provides a perfect setting for relaxing and enjoying a different pace of life. There are many walks straight from the cottage and most provide wide, sweeping views of the Orwell estuary.
Just in front of the cottage are the loom pit lakes which are fresh water and a favourite with local anglers. They were formed from the mining of coprolite.
Whether it is rafts of duck, colonies of avocet or the razor-like wings of a peregrine in stooping flight, the sheer number of birds that the nearby nature reserve of Trimley Marshes attracts with its string of hides overlooking the reservoir is nothing short of spectacular. These marshes make for a wonderful day out with some beautiful scenery, fascinating history and one of the best wildlife sites in the county.
In the other direction a walk along the Orwell takes you past Levington Marina to The Ship public house. This is one of the easiest marinas on the East Coast to access and is only four miles from the entrance to Harwich Harbour.
Further afield are Old Felixstowe, The Spa Pavilion, Sutton Hoo, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich Waterfront and a great day out for the children is Jimmy’s Farm.
Arts and culture in Suffolk
These are as varied and inspiring as anywhere in the country, combining new and original theatre, dance, festivals, and numerous galleries and museums – all with a Suffolk twist. Suffolk was the birthplace of Benjamin Britten and The Snape Maltings Concert Hall is home to several Suffolk festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival founded by Britten.
Latitude festival, twice winner of the UK festival award for best line-up features an eclectic mix of literature, comedy, theatre, dance, poetry and some of the world’s greatest musicians.
Suffolk has a rich fine art heritage as the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable , Alfred Munnings, and Maggi Hambling. Their legacies live on through Hambling’s controversial sculpture on Aldeburgh beach, Gainsborough House museum in Sudbury, and the landscape of Constable Country. Of the many art galleries in Suffolk, Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich is a must-visit, boasting the largest collection of Constable and Gainsborough works outside of London.
Ipswich is also home to Dance East – the best place to see dance in the East of England – and no less than four excellent theatres. Other theatres in Suffolk include the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmends, a restored Regency theatre and one of the oldest three playhouses in Britain, and theatres at Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Bungay, Sudbury, and Halesworth.
The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art was recently opened in Newmarket celebrating the town’s status as an historic home of horseracing and sporting art.
The Nitty Gritty
Wood burner (logs supplied, with first basket included and further baskets charged at £5.00 each)
Private off-lane parking for four cars.
T.V. with Freeview and DVD
Fast broadband wifi
Well equipped kitchen
Four burner ceramic electric hob
Range cooker with double oven
Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil)
Utility room with washing machine and all equipment needed for laundering clothes (washing line, pegs, washing basket, clothes airers, iron and ironing board)
Electricity ,hot water and oil included
First bedroom has a standard double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers
Second bedroom has a standard double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers
Third bedroom has a standard double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers plus an extra cupboard
There is a bathroom with bath, basin and loo.
Bedding, towels, hot water bottles and all basics included (loo paper, soap, cleaning materials etc.)
Books and board games available
Baby friendly – cot, high chair and pushchair provided on request
Dog friendly – one good dog is welcome but please exclude from upstairs and from going on furniture.
Large fully enclosed garden with plenty of lawn.
Local pub just a 10 minute walk away.
Plenty of excellent places to eat out in the area.
Levington marina is a twenty minute walk away.
Easy access to Suffolk coast and inland historic Suffolk villages.
Easy access to Dedham vale and Constable Country
There is a 10% discount available for a couple outside the school holidays, based on the use of one double bed only.
No smoking inside
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
a well equipped comfortable house
The house is well equipped especially for babies and children. The garden is very large and the children liked running around it.
Lovely holiday cottage for a family holiday
We spent a week here with our two small children. The cottage is very well equipped, having everything we would need for our stay. The garden is beautiful and huge and wish we had better weather to make more use of it but my two year old son had a great time running around and hiding and going on the swing. We had the fire going most evenings which gave off great heat and was very cosy.
Graham was there on the end of the phone when we needed him.
There is lots around the area to explore. A short walk away is a pub and a farm shop with a cafe. We had a great day at Jimmys farm which is about 10 mins drive. Explored further afield to Southwold, Framlingham, Aldeburgh and there is even a huge soft play centre about 15/20 mins away which my two little ones enjoyed. There are some local walks too but we unfortunately we didn't get round to doing these.
Overall we enjoyed our first trip away as a family. We didn't want too long a drive with a two year old and a 9 month old but we felt that we had got away from it all for a bit. We all had a lovely time.
Dear Jade and family
Thank-you for a lovely review. Our little grandchildren love the garden too. A great place to play hide and seek.
Lindsay and Graham Panton
Had a great time, quaint and homely cottage
Great cottage for our family stay. Pity it was during winter as I'm sure we would have enjoyed the lovely garden more over the summer months.
Nice relaxing stay in a quiet location, even saw some deer in the fields adjacent the property.
Lovely house in lovely location
We had such a great time on our stay here! The house is one of the best equipped places I have been too, the rooms are warm and bright and it generally just feels like a calm and peaceful place to hang out in. We particularly loved spending time in the evenings in front of the wood burning stove.
While the house is not far away from the main link road to Felixstowe, with stunning views over the surrounding fields and a only a short walk down to the water, you feel like a million miles away from the busyness of every day life. It's also perfectly located for trips out to places like Aldborough and we enjoyed a great walk along the beach complete with fish and chips.
At the end of the trip, all of us said that we would have no hesitation about coming to the house again and I'm sure in the near future we will!
A home from home in the country
We spent 3 nights in Four Firs in chilly November, but it was was cosy, especially with the wood burner alight. Some parts of the house were a little worn, but it was bright, clean and homely. It was very well equipped indeed - two teapots, no less, and even a tea cosy! The plumbing worked well, the bed (we slept in the middle room) was comfortable and the garden was lovely, even though it was well past its summer glory. We enjoyed browsing through the owner's eclectic book collection and wished we had had the time to read a few properly.
The house is in a great spot for walking and birdwatching as well as for exploring some wonderful Suffolk beauty spots further afield. We will definitely return to Four Firs, hopefully for a longer visit next time.
Though the property is overall adequate, it is let down by the amount of dead flies that greeted us on arrival in the bedrooms and hallway.
We were not the first to comment about this.
On hoovering them up, come the morning it is apparent that there is an issue as more were found were we had cleaned.
Unfortunately leaves you feeling that the place is dirty though it isn’t.
Just had the overall appearance of being tired and in need of some decorating.
Also noted that drawers in the bedroom for our use still had underclothes in them from who knows where!
Dear Peter and family
We are very sorry to hear that you had various issues with our cottage. Having read your review we are disappointed that you did not contact us about them. We ask guests to contact us within 24 hours if they have any concerns and we always endeavour to do our best to rectify them.
We sincerely hope the flies did not spoil your holiday. They have been a real nuisance this year and we thought we had got rid of them. They are called cluster flies and are not a health concern as they do not lay their eggs in human food. Apparently they live outside in the warmer months and then in late August they enter homes in search of warmth and may settle in lofts and attics. We have treated them and thought we had got rid of them but clearly not.
We will employ a pest control operator to see if that will do the trick. Meanwhile until they have been eradicated we plan to inform guests that there may be an issue so they have the choice of booking elsewhere.
With regards to other's property we will remind the housekeeper to check for this and we apologise for this oversight. It is the first time this has happened.
Finally most of the reviews we receive are very positive and describe our cottage as homely and comfortable so we are disappointed that you did not find it so.