Everything we expected and more, this was the perfect retreat for our family at Christmas. We really didn’t want to leave! Drake Cottage is a special place set back in time. Sitting at the fireplace very early one morning, i wondered who may have sat in the same place hundreds of years before, to warm their toes! The walk to Audley Park, which surrounds the beautiful Audley End estate, is minutes from the front door and lends a feeling to being here, that only the experince can reveal. A little further away, my son and I enjoyed an early aftrnoon stroll through the Bridge End garden closeby.
It’s a wonder that this cottage has survived all these years and the owner has maintained the old charm of the place, while at the same time incorporating a modern standard of comfort. It is very well equipped with most of the things one needs for a comfortable stay. The property manager, Lucy, was absolutely wonderful. She not only bought a fresh Christmas tree, but also had it decorated beautifully for us. All we had to do was switch on the lights! She was very responsive to our needs. Thank you Lucy, we appreciated your effort very much. We look forward to staying again at Drake Cottage!
It is a very nice house. It is very quiet, the only noise you might hear is from the goose around the lake.
It is in the middle of nowhere, but Saffron Walden is only 15 minutes away. You can travel from there to London by train in less than an hour, also Cambridge is close by.
The house contains a bedroom with a double bed, a bedroom with 2 single beds and an open space above the bedrooms, which is reachable via a small spiral staircase and has another single bed.
The owners are very friendly, there were free fresh eggs in the fridge for us