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Beautiful 4 Star Rural Suffolk Cottage Overlooking Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Eye, Nr. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England - Idyllic Peaceful Location With Walks From Doorstep, Free Range Eggs And Fresh Baked Bread

Lake View was converted in June 2010 from our stables to the highest of standards being awarded 4 stars by the English tourist board and with great reviews. Kiln Farm has the Mary Ley Line running through the grounds, for anyone interested in ancient pathways. The cottage has every modern convenience, with the added benefit of 2 games rooms for guests "sole use". One with snooker and table top football and other small outdoor games, plus a library with adult and children books. The other has table tennis and darts. We also have a small carp fishing lake. We have a 5 hole chipping green and golf clubs supplied. Our chickens roam freely with their young in summer as do the ducks and their ducklings. We have visiting Canadian and Egyptian geese at certain times of year, which have been known to nest on our small lake island. Well behaved dogs welcome, but must be kept on lead and can be walked around lake walkway. Small enclosed garden with french windows from lounge and en-suite bedroom. Garden table with chairs. barbecue and loungers also available from our fishing hut. Walks abundant from doorstep. Pub nearby, dogs welcome. Home made bread and fresh eggs.

We now also have a caravan if you want to invite a couple of guests for £25 per night. (only for friends of guests staying in cottage).

More Details

Property Manager
Jean Taylor
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2017

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have had excellent reviews from Charlie in Kent - delightfully equipped, converted stables has something for everyone. Lakeview is a special place to stay.

Monst in London - Fab holiday, just come back and we cant rave about it enough. Cottage new and beautifully maintained. Jean and Brian amazingly hospitable and helpful but very respectful. Our boys enjoyed immensely.

Jordi in Barcelona - We recommend this lodge, the perfect place to stay for lovely holidays. The lodge is fantastic for children and adults.

Paul & Chris North Yorkshire - Lovely detached cottage in a peaceful location with large garden, and first class accommodation including en-suite shower room. Ideal base for exploring the area with walks from door into local villages. Superbly equipped, dog friendly. Jean and Brian perfect hosts very welcoming and every detail was thought of to ensure a perfect holiday. Would highly recommend this property to friends and family to explore or just stay on site.
Feb 2011
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Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Thrandeston Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Bathroom 1 has bath with overhead shower, WC and sink, electric shaving point. En-suite to bedroom 1 has power shower, sink, WC, electric shaving point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite shower room, sink WC, electric shaving point, built in wardrobe and bedside cabinets. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Travel cot and high chair can be supplied + rocker. (free)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Accommodation is kept spotless with tiled floors and rugs for easy cleaning. We have double glazing throughout and central heating, as well as log burner for any chilly nights. The accommodation has excellent access with wide driveways into property and large car park beside property. Steps as well as ramp up to wide entrance hall, for pushchairs or hard of walking. All rooms are off the hallway, which gives you more privacy. The kitchen is off the lounge. The accommodation is off a quiet country road and walks are on your doorstep, with ordinance survey maps and brochure of things to do and places to go, left in lounge. You can walk to the pub at top of Mellis Road (about 15 minutes) with entertainment/food. Plenty to do for children, adults and animals. Feel free to wander round grounds and look at chickens and ducks, we also have our polytunnel where we grow organic vegetables and a small orchard. Pick peaches, apples, damsons. Outside: Lake View has a small enclosed grass with patio garden (dog fencing around). It has wooden garden table/umbrella with 6 chairs. Garden overlooks the small carp lake with ducks. In our fishing hut there is a BBQ and sun loungers. We have 4.1/2 acres of grounds which you can walk around, 4 hole golf chipping green on far field or use any of our two games rooms for table tennis, snooker, darts etc. We are surrounded by fields with a small woodland next door which has badgers and other wildlife, lots of rabbits. Also we have large March hares and deer which may be spotted if your rise early. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bath/hand towels and linen are provided for use within the cottage only. The property is cleaned and towels/linen changed on changeover day, normally Saturday. If staying longer than 1 week fresh towels and bed linen can be requested. Other: There are two games rooms within the grounds for sole use of guests. One is a log cabin with table tennis/darts. The other is a Nissan hut with snooker/table top football and library. Also a selection of small outdoor games and football. Indoor games too.


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Beautiful 4 Star Rural Suffolk Cottage Overlooking Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Fabulous spot

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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A Truly Fantastic Property

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location. Great hosts, the cottage was immaculate and we had a few treats waiting for us, home made bread and eggs from the chickens that run free on the farm.

Great place for couples and families, table tennis, mini golf and fishing all on the farm.

I highly recommend, I'm so glad I made the booking to stay at Kiln Farm. Looking forward to my next return.

Thank you Jean and Brian.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Quiet, perfectly maintained cottage in a delightful part of the country.

  • 5 of 5

The landscape and villages nearby are lovely. The churches at Thrandeston, Roydon, Eye and (of course) Bury were new discoveries for us. We were absorbed by the distinctive ecology of the fens at Roydon, Redgrave & Lopham and Minsmere. We heard a bittern booming and saw marsh harriers. Altogether a most enjoyable holiday. The cottage itself is ideally situated for walking, and from the window we could glimpse moorhens feeding their five newly hatched chicks.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Fantastic cottage, really relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for another lovely visit, we actually saw the duck and her babies leave the nest this morning, it made our trip really special, i even managed to get photo's as they were making their way from the nest!

Everything you need for a relaxing break in such a beautiful setting.

Look forward to our next visit!

Kim & Marc xx

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this amazing place, Friends who came with us loved it. It is truly peaceful, lots of things to do, or just relax and watch the chicken,ducks,geese and birds entertain you, while you sip your wine. Played , Darts, Football, Pool and Golf, had such good fun. Jean and Brian are such good hosts. Loved the goodies we were left.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $6.66

Booking Notes:
We may do short bookings out of season, we will always try to accommodate, please call and speak to us. It is our aim to please. £5 per night per dog. Arrival after 4pm Departure by 10am

Changeover Day:
Changeover Day is normally Saturday in peak season. We can be flexible out of season. Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am, but can be flexible if not occupied.

Notes on prices:
Payment in British Pounds, either by cheque or money transfer.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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