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16th C Period House in beautiful historic Village. One minutes walk from beach.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Dunwich, Near Southwold, Suffolk, England - Breathtaking walks. Historic village, forest, heath, ruins, beach and cliffs.

'The Ferns' is very spacious, some say like the 'tardis'. Beautifully furnished and positioned in this lovely village. Two sitting rooms, a garden room and large dining room with aga and a kitchen. There are numerous original features, throughout including the pamment floor. We have taken great pride in the house and have made it a place where we want to spend time with our friends. We have not furnished it with 'rentals' or children in mind but as a place for us and everyone to enjoy and hopefully keep enjoying over the coming years. Children are welcome, however please bear in mind that their are numerous antiques in the house which you, and we do not want broken so it may not be ideal.

The house may potentially be able to cater to wheel chair user/s. Please contact us for further information to confirm your requirements.

A fantastic pub minutes walk away. The sea can be heard from our lovely gardens. The front garden is enclosed by a wooden picket fence with gravel pathway leading to the front door and side, with mature shrub borders and rose garden. Gated access leading round to the rear with a secret brickweave patio area and raised beds. There is a brick wall enclosing the garden with hedging above. An enchanting garden to the rear mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and shrub borders. Please help yourselves to the bountiful figs when ready to eat.

A further secluded gravelled area with pergola provides ideal secluded dining area.

More Details

Henry Tomlinson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2018

About Henry Tomlinson

We live in London with our three children. We have always loved this area and have been staying here for twenty years or more. When this house became available we had no choice but to buy it.

Henry Tomlinson purchased this house in 2014

Why Henry Tomlinson chose Dunwich

Hopefully the area will speak for itself. There are innumerable walks. Fantastic sea fishing off the beach. Fantastic pubs all walking distance. Huge 'Constable' Mackerel skies. Incredible wild life. All just too perfect.


Dunwich House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath. Main bathroom with bath. Walk in shower room with 'rain head'.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King size bedroom with ensuite. Bedroom 2. King size bedroom. Bedroom 3. Small double bed. Bedroom 4.Single french day bed with another 'single' pull out bed. This can be made the same height as other single if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: There is a spiral staircase which some may find tricky although my 83 yr old Mother is fine ! NO PETS. Sorry. Whereas we have older kids of our own, the house has been furnished with our own needs in mind to a high standard with some antiques etc, hence would not want a holiday maker to spend their time worrying about breakages etc. Outside: We have a large garden with eating table for eight. Utility Room: Washing machine. Dryer. Butlers sink in shower room and also garden to wash swimming things etc ...... Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Quality bedlinen included Towels included (not beach) Electricity included Oil included 1 bag of logs for woodburners/central heating included Full linen and end of tenancy house cleaning included Other: Snug/Garden room with woodburner, desk looking out over garden and sofa. Dining room with Aga


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16th C Period House in beautiful historic Village. One minutes walk from beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Just perfect! A very memorable seaside holiday

  • 5 of 5

Staying for a week in Henry and Molly’s house by the sea in Dunwich was absolutely blissful. We came in February half term with friends and the house couldn’t have been more stylish, cosy and comfortable. It is such a thoughtfully put together home from the well equipped kitchen, cosy aga, several living rooms with masses of comfortable fireside seating and super comfortable beds. But the setting which is minutes away from the huge empty beach at Dunwich was amazing and every morning we would head to the beach for a walk. Absolutely a five star experience and Henry and Molly were very easy to communicate with.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped property in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

Henry is a superb landlord from the moment you book.The house is exactly as described and is furnished as a home not a holiday let hence quality furnishings and equipment.Walks along the beach or in the countryside start from your front door and you can reward yourself afterwards at either The Ship or the cafe by the church which are both excellent or stay in and cook in a well equipped kitchen having stocked up with the freshest of fish just off the boat.We will be back in summer !

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely warm cottage ideally situated .

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful homely , obviously loved property.

Owners were very friendly and helpful in all aspects .

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

The Ferns is a truly magical house and we spent five glorious days there at the end of February. From the moment we walked through the front door we felt completely happy and relaxed; the house is wonderfully spacious and filled with such beautiful things. The bed in the master bedroom is certainly one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in, and the ensuite bathroom is a delight. If you're a keen cook, you'll be in your element - the kitchen is incredibly well equipped and looks out over the marshes, which are teeming with birdlife and completely mesmerising. Step outside and you're five minutes walk from the beach and across the road from the pub. Jump into the car and there are any number of brilliant places to explore; we loved the Antiques Centre at Yoxford, the farm shop, Walberswick and Southwold, to name but a few. Henry couldn't have been kinder or more helpful and we certainly plan to go back as soon as we possibly can. Having stayed in many holiday rentals over the years, The Ferns is up there with the best. Can't fault it - a fully deserved 5 star rating on all fronts.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect cottage near pub, beach and country walks

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, historic cottage in the heart of Dunwich. It is moments from the beach with is great for walks or fishing, opposite a pub that serves great beer and good food, and has easy access to walks through open countryside and woodland. The village is well located for visiting Aldeburgh and Southwold, but best of all for us was the access to the beautiful coastline and countryside.

The owners have decorated the cottage beautifully with antique furniture, artwork and objects that all add to the character and comfort of the place. The kitchen is well equipped, and we enjoyed the warmth of the Aga for drying off wet boots after walks.

We've stayed in many cottages over the years, this is without doubt one of the best we've found.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A spoonful of Dunwich delightful holiday medicine!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic family holiday for 2 weeks of sunshine (yes unbelievable in the UK). We were a party of 7 including 3 young children and 2 over 70s and there was plenty of space for all. The location is perfect, opposite the pub and next to the beach and there is everything you could possibly want within the gorgeous property. This is definitely a family home rather than a holiday let so everything is lovely. As you would expect in a property of this period there is a spiral staircase and small level differences between some rooms so appropriate consideration for the oldest and youngest in our party was required. The surrounding area is absolutely idyllic and there is plenty to do and see within easy reach of the house either by foot or by car. We must give a special mention to the owner Henry as he really is a first class gent and can’t do enough to help you enjoy your stay. We can report that we quite thoroughly tested his fortitude as we found a wasps nest early in our stay; he diligently had a man around first thing to deal with the little pests. All thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and frequent swimming in the sea; thankfully it was hotter than the med when we visited but caution may be necessary in December! Highly recommend everybody should call Henry and enjoy his fabulous house and Dunwich. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
The Ship Pub
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Southwold / Walberswick
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
70 Metres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Dunwich is in a conservation area, enjoying views across the marsh and sea towards Walberswick and Southwold adjoining Dingle Marshes Nature Reserve, Dunwich Heath (cliff top is National Trust owned) and Minsmere RSPB. Its an ideal location for enjoying bird watching, walking, riding, cycling and sailing etc. Today it is a small village with a large shingle beach, a Heath & Forest stretching to Westleton in one direction and Walberswick in the other.

During the Autumn months, come along to the Heath during October and November and enjoy deer safaris in the area.

There is a very attractive Coastal Path walk running paralell to the coast which runs for about 3 miles to Walberswick.

There is a Trail you can follow around the local sites including the Greyfriars friary and Church ruins five minutes walk from the house.


We are less than 100 yards from beach.


A car is recommended but not essential.


Darsham is the nearest stain approx four miles away.

Westleton post office and shop is two miles by car.

Walberswick is a two mile walk in land or along the beach at low tide.

The more adventurous can take the two minute rowing ferry over from Walberswick to Southwold which has plentiful shops.

Waitrose is in Saxmundham five miles away ?!! Sainsburys and Waitrose will do a home delivery to the house.

Further Details:

Ship Inn excellent food - a one minute walk.

The Crown at Westleton a three mile walk across the Heath.

The Anchor and The Bell at Walberswick both excellent.

Numerous eateries in Southwold.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $553.94

Booking Notes:
Upon booking fifty percent deposit . Balance is due 8 weeks prior to your holiday. Dep time is 10.00 and arr is 4pm. Further refundable deposit of 400 pounds, for unreasonable breakages or damage. Linen and end of tenancy house cleaning is included. Please leave house clean and tidy, which includes all kitchen equipment and utensils used, rubbish into wheelie bins and strip the beds. High and low season short breaks may be booked as a late-availability request.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is officially Friday - this can be negotiable depending on bookings.
Departure is 10 AM and arrival is 4.00 PM.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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