Elm Cottage is in the heart of the thriving village of Chelmondiston, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just ten minutes walk from the riverside hamlet of Pin Mill.
This Victorian semi-detached cottage has been fully refurbished. It comfortably sleeps six adults in one double and two twin bedrooms, plus two more adults on sofa beds or children on pull out small mattresses and cots.
There is a bathroom upstairs and a shower room downstairs. The main living area includes a kitchen with granite work surfaces, range cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave. There is a dining table, sofas and armchairs, and a Smart TV and DVD player Also downstairs is a cosy sitting room with an open fireplace. There is a separate utility room.
The cottage is at the end of a 100-yard path from the road so, while being convenient for local shops and services, it is also quiet and safe for children.
We have a excellent butcher and grocer at the end of Church Road, Hollingsworth. It sells fresh bread and cakes, wine and beer and all household basics Open Monday to Saturday until 5pm. Other village shops include a papershop open everyday and a chinese takeaway.
We want Elm Cottage to offer you a bit of luxury while you are on holiday. You will find crisp cotton linen on the beds and fluffy towels in the bathrooms. The furniture is carefully chosen for comfort and style, there are original local paintings on the walls. The kitchen has dualit appliances and just to make sure your stay gets off to the right start you'll find a bottle of wine, a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Chelmondiston and the hamlet of Pin Mill are on the Shotley peninsula, just one hour from the M25 junction with the A12 and one hour along the A14 from Cambridge.
The peninsula is about eight miles long and four miles wide and is bordered by the Rivers Orwell and Stour. At the tip of the peninsula at Shotley just a couple of miles from Elm Cottage you can look out to sea past the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich. This is a fabulous area for watersports..with marinas at the neighbouring villages Woolvestone and Shotley.
Pin Mill itself has a long association with seafaring, and particularly the magnificence Thames barges. You can watch these beautiful red sailed boats from the world famous Butt and Oyster pub has been feeding and watering sailors for hundreds of years.
In the centre of the Shotley peninsular is Alton reservoir, here you can hire smaller dinghies, canoes and windsurfers for the day or even enrol in RYA courses to learn to sail .
Wheat, bean, potato and onion fields surround Chelmondiston and Pin Mill, this is an area which prides itself on the quality of the food it produces. Jimmy's Farm is a couple of miles away, with its rare breed pigs and butterfly trails it's a great authentic outdoor adventure for children. For the grown ups there's a fabulous restuarant and shop. A little closer to Elm Cottage is The Suffolk Food Hall. A fantastic butcher, fishmonger...fresh bread baked every day, a restaurant, cafe and garden centre, plus a outstanding view of the river make this a very easy way to wile a way few hours., and the simplest way to stock up for barbecuing at Elm Cottage.
We are very fortunate to have two restaurants within walking distance. The Butt and Oyster, at Pin Mill, serves food all day,
everyday. The Red Lion, at the end of our road, features in the current Michelin guide. It serves excellent quality lunches and evening meals Tuesday to Saturday.
A five minute drive or a nice one hour walk is the Freston Boot, again open everyday for brunch, lunch and evening meals.
At Shotley there are two pubs which serve meals, and from Shotley in the summer you can take the foot ferry to Harwich to the excellent Alma Inn. Here you can eat locally caught lobster and fish.