William and Karen and daughter Rachael lived at Oakleys Cottage until 2006. We had a wonderful time at Oakleys and it is a special place to us so that we were unable to part with it when we relocated to Scotland and then again to Yorkshire. We still visit often and always enjoy the wonderfully cosy historic atmosphere of this lovely house. We hope our guests will too.
Karen purchased this Cottage in 1986
Why Karen chose Sudbury
Oakleys is cosy and comfortable and still has many of the original features from when it was first built in 1485. This was when Henry 7th ruled England and beat Richard the third, imagine that! The village of Foxearth is very pretty with lots of period cottages giving it the feeling that time stood still. Great for a walk around the old church which houses a heritage centre and still has services regularly.
What makes this Cottage unique
We love the privacy of the walled garden which also means our dogs can run freely The garden is a sun trap and is sheltered by the fruit trees and shrubs we planted about 15 years ago. It is also magical on a warm summer evening for eating outside. The kitchen has old world character but is very well equipped with modern induction hobs and two ovens, great for cooking and entertaining. The beds are really comfortable with Egyptian cotton linen and extra deep mattresses. Two of the beds are built in Breton beds with their own personal tv and dvd player, great for children who want to do their own thing or grown ups selling some quiet time on their own. You can draw the curtains and be in your own luxurious, cosy world. In winter Oakleys comes to life with a wood burning stove in the centre of the huge, original inglenook fireplace making the room glow. The bathroom has oak beams but also a very modern walk in shower and a bath big enough to stretch out and relax in. There are some wonderful walks right from the front door which are great at any time of year and mean you can really relax leaving the car on our long front drive. Some of the reasons why we could not bring ourselves to sell.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - We provide high chair and travel cot if requestedWe provide high chair and travel cot if requested
Pets allowed - Two well behaved dogs not allowed upstairs Two well behaved dogs not allowed upstairs
No parties/events - All glass rubbish must be removed by guests All glass rubbish must be removed by guests
No smoking - non smoking applies to all of Oakleys incl sauna non smoking applies to all of Oakleys incl sauna
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - Dogs may not be left alone in the cottage Dogs may not be left alone in the cottage
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Enjoyed the house and sauna.
Cosy and characterful
The house was quirky in a good way, maintaining the layout of the original hall house, our daughter loved the box bed, and it felt cosy and confortable on cold February nights. Would recommend
The most glorious, character filled cottage with all the modern conveniences. Karen was so kind, communicative, and clear during the entire process. The cottage was exactly as described. The sauna was an added bonus, the log burner made for lazy wine sipping evenings. I can not recommend this beautiful home enough and look forward to my future return! This really was perfection on every level! Thank you Karen! 😊�
Such lovely feedback, thank you and I’m glad you had a relaxing time at Oakleys
We arrived after dark on Friday night and finding the property was fun as it's tucked back from the road but once located... What a great place.. Full of quirky corners and the most amazing inglenook fireplace.. The cottage was clean and well equipped and so nice to have a dog proof walled garden..
The owners provide a log pile which you pay extra to use but at £2 per basket grest value..
The only negative sides were the hot water that ran out half way through the 3rd. Shower. And patchy WiFi which was being sorted whilst we were there as new cables were being laid down the main road..
Overall a great break but beware the local walkable pub "Pinkers" in the next village is now peemenantly closed..
Thank you for the review and we are pleased you enjoyed Oakleys. We are indeed about to have super fast broadband from County Broadband which will be great.
The hot water is fine unless you have quite long showers after which it is best to boost the hot water if the boiler has gone off and it heats up again quite quickly under our pressurised system. Oakleys is a fifteenth century building, yes 1475, and we have put the biggest possible water tank in the space available.
Sad about our local the Pinkuah Arms as it has changed hands a few times but we hope it will open again sometime soon. However you don’t have to go very far for a wealth of great pubs nearby in Long Melford, Clare, Cavendish and Lavenham so not a big problem and there are great walks to Long Melford and Clare too.
Oakleys Cottage is set in the delightfully rural village of Foxearth, close to Long Melford with a wealth of antique centres, restaurants and country pubs which is in walking distance via a footpath across open fields for 2 miles or reached by car in a few minutes.
Long Melford has two famous country houses, Kentwell Hall with its medieval recreations throughout the year and Melford Hall (National Trust), both stunning period houses open to the public.
The nearest historic town of Sudbury has a regular market selling fruit, vegetables and other merchandise and the town boasts many period buildings, shops and restaurants as well as all the facilities needed such as Banks, Library and Tourist Information Centre as well as the famous Gainsborough's House and a Leisure Centre with a fully equipped gym and pool and the Quay theatre situated by the lovely River Stour.
Bury St Edmunds is 12 miles away with its famous cathedral, Saturday market, period buildings and theatre
Clare Castle and Priory is 4 miles away with its country park and nearby antique centre
There are many beautiful country walks starting right outside the front door of Oakleys Cottage including some Holloway tracks used in ancient times by monks walking from one priory to another
The Essex and Suffolk coastlines make a wonderful day trip with a choice of quiet seascapes with bird watching and walking or a fun day out with all the attractions of a seaside resort at Frinton or Clacton with its pier and fun fair.