Victorian Grade 2 listed converted 1 bedroom Cart-Lodge and Stable
What makes this Cottage unique
Gates Lodge, part of Jolly Farmers, was the original cart lodge and stable and beer store when it was a pub from the early 1800s to 1968. You can see why the farmer owner at the time capitalised on its location because it is truly in the middle of the countryside surrounded by fields and the regular influx of farmers made the beer-house trade an attractive proposition. Nowadays we run the business as one of the most attractive and peaceful self-catering units in the East Coastal area, now designated as SSSI and close to the renowned Heritage coast, Southwold , Minsmere and Pensthorpe to name a few.
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comfortable living accommodation in remote setting
We found difficulty in locating this property, expecting the Jolly Farmer to be a pub. The indistinct sign, at the entrance to the property, didn't help and perhaps should be addressed. However, we enjoyed the tranquil surroundings, with the proximity to the Common and the wild horses.
Inside the property, which is actually in the grounds of the main residence, there was ample space in the light and airy open-plan living accommodation. There was just enough space in the bedroom. However, the size of the room containing the shower/toilet/washhandbasin left a lot to be desired. I do appreciate the restrictions in the planning of this cottage accommodation but these facilities have been compromised.
The other frustration was the inconsistency of the WiFi reception, particularly as we relied upon it to send updates, of my long Charity walk,to my grandson.
Great place to stay
Excellent holiday cottage in a beautiful location.
Comfortable stay with excellent location to explore Suffolk
We enjoyed a one week spring stay. Gate house was comfortable and quiet. The location was perfect for our touring to the coast and the beautiful Suffolk countryside and historical towns. There are excellent pubs in all directions and we found a good little Saturday Market at Framlingham. This was a quiet country hideaway. Internet reception was a bit spotty if you need to be connected. The birds were singing and we spotted a beautiful barn owl on several occasions in the garden! We were content. Margo and David, Canada
Brilliant location. Ideally suited for a quiet, relaxing away from it all holiday.
Good size accomodation with everything you could possibly need. Being able to park next to the lodge is a bonus. A beautiful setting and comfortable place to stay whilst exploring the Suffolk countryside and coast.
tolles Ferienhaus in einer ländlichen Umgebung
Das Ferienhaus ist liebevoll eingerichtet und hochwertig renoviert. Alles Notwendige ist vorhanden. Wohnzimmer/Küche ist angenehm groß. Da wir Temperaturen über 25°C hatten, haben wir den Kamin nicht genutzt, aber er ist sicher angenehm bei kühlerem Wetter.
Bedingt durch die einsame Lage zwischen 2 Ortschaften ist es ausgesprochen ruhig.
Die Vermieter sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit und halten sich im Hintergrund.
Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich und die Ostküste sind nah, bedingt durch die ländlichen Straßen braucht man etwas länger.
Es war ein toller Urlaub in einem tollen Haus bei hochsommerlichen Temperaturen.
Muy bien en general.
Muy completo el menaje de la cocina, se echa de menos jabón de manos en el baño y unas pastillas de detergente de lavadora. Al ser zona de campo, hay muchas moscas y arañas. Lo de las arañas resulta algo desagradable porque hay telas de araña por muchos sitios.
Gates Lodge is situated amongst hundreds of acres of unspoilt countryside and farmland with views stretching as far as the eye can see.
Close to the renowned Suffolk Heritage Coast, there are many places of interest nearby. These include RSPB Minsmere, Southwold with its pier, Dunwich, and many transport and aviation museums. Plenty of family activities for all ages, the Norfolk Broads, Pleasurewood Hills, Southwold Maize Maze are just a few musts...see our website! - Leisure pursuits such as golf and fishing within easy reach too..
Situated in an area of Special Scientific Interest and a Nature Conservation area, we are very popular with walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers, being positioned on the only common area left in Suffolk which still has free roaming horses and which has not seen farming activity for 500 years. Even the site of Jolly Farmers and Gates Lodge has been known to have its own resident Owls, Lesser Spotted woodpeckers, and Turtle Doves amongst other wildlife.
Steeped in local history, Gates Lodge, the former cart-lodge and stable for the working horse is the ideal therapeutic base.
Other Activities: Beaches, stately homes, country pubs, famous restaurants, such as the FOX and GOOSE, zoos, gardens, museums, farms, WW2 airfields, cycling, fishing, golf, walking
Golf: There is a nearby Golf Club at Diss and there is also a driving range called Osiers, just outside Diss town, about 15-20 min drive away, usually open from 6am to 5pm.