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Renovated Victorian Cottage In Peaceful Location With Countryside Views - 4 Star

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Ilketshall St Margaret, Near Bungay, Suffolk, England - Peacefully Situated Among The Cornfields Of Our Suffolk Farm, 20 Minutes By Car To Southwold

One of a pair of renovated early Victorian Farmworkers Cottages, situated in the Waveney Valley (close to Bungay), in the small village of Ilketshall St Margaret. Peacefully set among the cornfields of our arable farm, but within easy touring distance of the Suffolk Coast - nearest beach at Southwold. The cottage has a lawned and fenced garden at the rear with patio area, flower garden, garden furniture and barbecue. There is ample parking at the front of the cottage along with a further lawned garden with flowerbed. Inside, the cottage has an entrance porch leading to the sitting room; a farmhouse style kitchen with large pantry; utility room and cloakroom/wc. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, 1 double en suite and 1 twin en suite. Oil Central heating. Sorry no smoking or pets. Sleeps 4 + 1 infant. Several inns within 5 miles, nearest 2 miles. Local town with all amenities - 3 miles. Indoor heated swimming pool with slide and gym - under 2 miles. St Peter's Hall restaurant, bar, brewery and brewery shop - 2 miles. Changeover day is Friday, short breaks also available out of the main summer season.

Susan Riseborough
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2018

About Susan Riseborough

I'm Susan, the wife of John who is co owner of our farming company, along with his brother Richard. We have an arable farm growing wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

I manage all the farm administration and also look after the running of our holiday cottage, including all cleaning, marketing and finance.

Susan Riseborough purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Susan Riseborough chose Bungay

The holiday cottage is one of a pair of farm workers cottages that came with the farm when the family purchased it in 1970. We decided to renovate the cottage during 2003 and let out for holidays as it hadn't been occupied since 1976. We started in the January that year and finished all the renovations by the beginning of July - just in time for our first booking.

Although we have successfully let it through Hoseasons Holidays for the past 11 years, we decided in 2013 to market the property ourselves as we have many returning guests.

We were graded 4* again this year by Visit England and were pleased to receive 100% in the cleaning section for the 3rd year running!

Situated in countryside, there is plenty of wildlife, including barn owls, buzzards, deer and hares with footpaths from the cottage door.

What makes this cottage unique

The pair of cottages are just off a very minor country lane, but in a good situation for touring both Suffolk and Norfolk.

It is in a very peaceful location, quite rural, but of course it has the next door cottage (not a holiday let, but occupied by a family member) and the farm house 1/2 mile down the lane, which doesn't make it feel so isolated.

The small country lanes are perfect for cycling and there is a good network of footpaths leading to interesting villages and historical sites.

There are several country pubs within a short drive that serve food and the Medieval moated, St Peters Hall in the neighbouring village, has a restaurant, bar and its own brewery and brewery shop. Brewery tours by arrangement.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic cottage, very clean. Thank you for the everything including the Brownies, yummy! Had a fabulous week visiting Aldeburgh, Southwold and Bungay etc. Walked in the countryside. Fantastic! Hope to come back soon.

Ms Y (Herts)

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your quaint cottage. It was equipped with everything anyone would need and is set in a lovely secluded area. Great places to visit such as Southwold and Dunwich. We stay in cottages 2-3 times a year and this is by far the best. We will be back. Mr and Mrs G (Oxford)

Fabulous cottage with everything you could wish for. Immaculately clean and cosy. Thank you. Excellent position from which to explore Suffolk. Harry (3) was thrilled with the tractor books. Mr & Mrs M (Kent)

It was nice to come back to Grove Farm cottage after 6 years and find it every bit as good as we remembered. Had a lovely week enjoying the Suffolk countryside and coast. Thanks for everything, be back soon. Mr & Mrs W (Yorkshire)
Jan 2014
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Bungay 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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with white Victorian style roll top bath with shower attachment, pedestal sink and wc. Far reaching views from the window. Ensuite shower room to bedroom 2 with shower cubicle, white vanity basin and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + baby (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, dressing table and bedside cabinets. TV, airing cupboard and en suite bathroom/wc Twin bedroom, 2 x 3ft single beds, large walk in wardrobe, bedside cabinet and dressing table. En suite shower room/wc
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Friday to Friday bookings (Short breaks on request, out of main season only) Several pubs serving food within 3 miles, non within shortwalking distance. St Peters Hall restaurant with bar and brewery tours - 2 miles Cot is a travel cot with thick mattress. Sorry, no bed linen supplied for cot. All oil central heating and electricity included. Sorry no smoking or pets Outside: Private fenced garden at the rear, with storage shed, patio with garden furniture, BBQ and flower garden. Parking on gravel driveway for up to 4 cars at the front of the cottage. The front garden has further lawned area and flowerbed, but is unfenced at the end of driveway by the road. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All Duvets, linen, towels and tea towels included. Please bring your own beach towels Extra linen/towels etc supplied for holidays longer than 1 week. Other: Porch with coat hooks for coats and muddy shoe


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Renovated Victorian Cottage In Peaceful Location With Countryside Views - 4 Star
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Wonderful little cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the cottage and all our expectations were met again. Location wise, it is isolated and a car is a necessity. Nearby attractions are a short drive away. I personally enjoyed the isolation and the privacy. Susan has attended to every detail possible for a comfortable stay. The delicious cup cakes and milk and bread were welcoming after a long drive. For 2-4 people, I would certainly recommend this cute cottage without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us again and that you enjoyed the peace and quiet of the cottage location. Best wishes Susan
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Once again, a perfect stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for another great stay in this lovely cottage. We had a brilliant time exploring the area and enjoying the peace and tranquility of this perfect setting. The cottage is comfortable, clean and has everything we might need. The whole process is smooth and simple, and Sue the owner is great. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to welcome you back once again this year and I will look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future. I am so pleased that you enjoy the peaceful setting of our cottage and that you find it so well equipped. There is a lot to explore locally, so I am sure you will find something different to do on another visit. Many thanks, Sue
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A perfectly equipped cottage in the quiet countryside.

  • 5 of 5

On arriving at Grove cottage, the lights had been put on by the owner which was very welcoming when arriving in the dark. The cottage was warm with an additional coal effect fire if needed and blankets to cosy up by the fire. Home made brownies and a few grocery items with a tea tray ready for a welcomed cuppa after a long drive. The beds were comfortable with lovely warm quilts and a choice of feather or non-feather pillows. The kitchen had every utensil needed for homecooking and plenty of crockery and cutlery.

A very comfortable stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. I am so pleased that you found our cottage so warm and comfortable. It's always good to arrive to a well lit and warm cottage, especially on a dark evening. We try to keep our kitchen well equipped and hopefully covers most guests needs - although I am always open to suggestions if something amiss! Thank you too, for leaving the cottage so very clean and tidy on your departure. Best wishes, Sue
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Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Well appointed cottage..

  • 5 of 5

would highly recommend a stay at this lovely cottage. Set in farm lands for those wishing peace and quiet. But close enough to enjoy the local sights. Sue was a helpful host.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you stay. The cottage is set in a very peaceful position among our arable fields and close to country footpaths, which is very useful for nature watching and gentle county walks. The narrow, quiet country lanes are great for cycling too and visiting the local villages of the South Elmhams and Ilketshalls - each with their small Parish Church and village greens.
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Lovely Cottage in Suffolk

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a weekend break in this well appointed cottage, Susan was very helpful with the booking and was there to greet us when we arrived. The brownies were delicious and a nice touch, thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us whilst visiting Latitude at nearby Southwold. The cottage is available for short breaks (out of the main summer season) and is just the place to wind down and relax in the Suffolk countryside. There are many country walks close by, together with quiet roads for cycling. Nearby Minsmere is excellent for birdwatching, although there is plenty of wildlife within a few yards of the cottage!
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Very cosy cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. Lots of useful information of places to visit. We walked to the nearby St Peter's Brewery and had lunch in the hall there. The cottage is well situated to visit the coast too. The owner was there to greet us and show us all we needed to know about the cottage. Fresh flowers and home baked cake were great to arrive to as well! We had a fantastic stay and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Grove Farm Cottage. St Peter's Hall is a very historic place with its own restaurant, brewery (and shop) and a delightful place to walk to through the local countryside - plus you get a good pint at the end of it!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
St Peter South Elmham
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
St Peters South Elmham
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Car: necessary


20 minutes drive to nearest beach/coast - Southwold


Nearest airport - Norwich 20 miles. Stansted about 2 hours drive.

Nearest train station - Haleworth 7 miles. Diss 20 miles (with direct route to London - 1 1/2 hours journey)

Approx. 4/5 hours from Dover channel port

Car essential


Bungay 3 miles

Halesworth 7 miles

Southwold 13 miles

Norwich 18 miles

Norfolk Broads - nearest Oulton Broad, 18 miles. Others all under 1 hour by car

Bury St Edmunds - 1 1/2 hours by car. Cambridge 2 hours

Further Details:

Several country inns serving food within 5 miles, St Peters Hall with restaurant, bar, brewery and brewery shop 2 miles.

Bungay town has the nearest shops, pubs, takeaways, banks etc - 3 miles

Indoor Swimming pool with slide and gym at Bungay - Just down the road from the cottage under 2 miles

Golf - Bungay - 3 miles Halesworth 7 miles

Canoe hire/ bike hire at Bungay Common - 3 miles

Fishing - several lakes locally - nearest 5 miles

Horseriding - half mile in Ilketshall St Margaret (next door farm) by arrangement

Nearest beach is at Southwold, with its rows of beach huts and renovated Victorian pier with unusual inventive amusements. You may like to visit Aldeburgh for shopping and the coast; Orford for its castle and Orford Ness Island - ideal for birdwatching; Thorpeness for walks along the beach and large boating lake with rowing boat/canoe hire. Gorleston has a lovely sandy beach, perfect for children along with Lowestoft and Gt. Yarmouth, where there are amusement parks, donkey rides, Punch and Judy etc

At Minsmere near Dunwich there is the RSPB reserve and further afield are the Norfolk Broads and the cathedral city of Norwich with fantastic shopping.

There are so many visitor attractions locally (please see our website for details - address near the bottom of this page) from Zoos, National Trust Houses, Gardens, Museums, Boat hire on the Broads and local River Waveney, Thetford Forest for Go Ape, bike rides etc. Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park at Lowestoft and the award winning Bewilderwood for youngsters.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit on booking by cheque or bank transfer .
Full balance of payment 1 month prior to holiday commencement.
Payment by cheque or bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover day. Shortbreaks available on request.

Other days may be accommodated out of season, please enquire

Check in from 4pm, but sometimes earlier by arrangement. Check out 10 am, but sometimes may be later by arrangement with owner.

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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