Cottage in Eye, Nr. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England - Idyllic Peaceful Location With Walks From Doorstep, Free Range Eggs And Fresh Baked Bread
About Jean Taylor
My husband and I moved here from London in the summer of 2008 having planned our early retirement for many years and we have not been disappointed. We wanted an old house in a rural location with enough grounds to build a holiday cottage, grow our own organic vegetables, have a few chickens and a small fishing lake. We wanted plenty of "projects" and we certainly have that. We worried about settling in to village life and if we would be accepted, but we needn't have worried. We joined in local activities, youd be surprised what goes on in villages and were welcomed very warmly. Our heating/cooker packed up christmas eve and some locals turned up with wood, chain saw and coal and told us it was a "Christmas Present" how is that for kindness, thats what life is about. We live the good life.
Jean Taylor purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Jean Taylor chose Thrandeston
We wanted a rural location to watch wild life and grow our own veg, also where I could do my walking and my husband golf which we love. As soon as we read about the village on-line we fell in love with it before coming here. It was like going back in time. The village pond, old church and village hall with the cute cottages around it. Even the first person I had to phone was so friendly. There are so many walks on the doorstep, horseriders going by, cyclists and even the ocassional motorist, and when walking the dog you get to know them all. We sell our free range eggs at verge and there are lots of other wares to buy. It is away from the maddening crowds, and after city life it is such a welcome contrast. Having Diss Railway Station means easy access directly to London and Norwich.
What makes this Cottage unique
We enjoy walks with the dog on our doorstep. Also we can walk to the local pub and go regularly for meals. We are convenient for Diss Town only 10 mins in car for all our groceries and theatre/shows/restaurants, and only 15 mins by train to Norwich and 1.1/2 hours to London. The roads are great and if need be can drive to London in under 2 hours, unusual to have long traffic jams. We offer 4.1/2 acres of grounds to walk around, chickens, ducks and their babies in summer to see, organic vegetable when in season, and pick your own fruit from our peach, apple, damson, goosberry, redberries etc trees. We have free range eggs, and home baked bread, maybe this year Ill make cider. There are 2 games rooms with table tennis, snooker, darts and golf clubs for 5 hole chipping green.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Lake view lived up to our expectation. It was spotless, the hosts were really friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
Beautiful cottage and surroundings, very peaceful.
Our little boy loved watching all the different animals out on the grounds like chickens, ducks and rabbits. Thanks to Jean and Brian for a great stay
Lovely little lodge cottage the grounds were just fab. The little treats that were left on arrival gave it that extra special touch. We really enjoyed it and are looking to book a return trip.
One downside our stay just wasn't long enough.
Lovely cottage for a weekend away
Spacious, fully equipped cottage made a very comfortable stay. The whole family (including our mini dachshund) were made to feel very welcome.
Very comfortable stay with a lovely host and the fresh bread and jam we were given on the first day were to die for . Can highly recommend
A Truly Fantastic Property
This place is fantastic! From the neatly trimmed lawns to the wild bullrushes at the side of the lake. There is lots of wildlife around and the scenery is relaxing and peaceful. The fenced garden is ideal for dog owners and there is an enormous amount of activities for youngsters from table football to golf, table tennis to darts, fishing to playing pool. This place has got the lot, and the cottage has been built to a pretty high specification too. We adored it here and would return just to have more of Jean's quiche!
The famous Southwold beach and tourist attraction is about 38 miles away (40 minutes drive) with pretty town and sandy beach. Aldeburgh is on the same coast and about the same distance with art facilities and the famous "hairy bikers" delicatessan. Great Yarmouth with children's amusements is under an hours drive and lots of lovely coves to pull in to. There are also nature reserves towards the coast and many interesting towns and castles.
Stansted Airport is 65 miles away with car hire available and it is an easy drive to here (about 1.1/2 hours). Harwich Ferry is 51 miles away. Diss train station is 3.5 miles away (10 minutes with taxi rank outside) with direct line to London Liverpool Street (1.30 hours) and Norwich (15 minutes). Nearest Motorway is M11 at 35 miles away. A car is recommended unless you just want to do a walking holiday, then you can get a taxi from Diss Station or arrange for us to pick you up/drop you off.
We are in the village of Thrandeston with the nearest pub about 1 mile in Mellis. Diss town is about 5 miles away (10 minutes by car) with all you need in supermakets (Tesco, Morrison) chemists, cafes, take-aways and restaurants. There is also the Corn Hall with entertainment in the way of theatre, live music, comedy, cinema. Also the Park Hotel in Diss shows movies. Norwich is about an hours drive with Cathedral and city, Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham within driving distance. Eye 3 miles.
Nearest shop is in Wortham (10 minutes drive) with post office/store rooms/Wi-Fi and excellent tea room. Also Yaxley (5 minutes drive) has pub/PO/store room. Local pub at top of our road about 10 minutes walk, good food, can be ordered and taken out. Friday fish/chip night, Tuesday quiz night etc. Closed on Mondays. Leisure Centre in Diss. Famous local Thornham Walks with 12 miles of woodland walks. Coffee house and restaurant. Orford Castle, Working windmills, Dunwich nature reserve, Banham Zoo (huge car boot sale on Sunday), Bressingham Steam Railway with gardens and Thetford Forest all nearby. Numerous walking paths in Harleston and Waveney Valley for all abilities between 2.5 and 11 miles in length. Series of walks around Diss, you will need a good pair or legs, and boots! There is the Four Horseshoes pub in Thornham Magna (15 minutes drive) a grade II listed thatched bar/diner reputed to be haunted. The Cornwallis Hotel (10 minutes drive) set in 20 acres of gardens with 15th century tudor bar and AA rosette of cuisine. In summer in our village we have a local hog roast which anyone can come to, we also have village fetes etc.