15th Century timber framed cottage, on the village green, by the church & pub

15th Century timber framed cottage, on the village green, by the church & pub


Nov 2016

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Magical medieval timbered cottage right on the village green, within 5 minutes walk of historic 12th century church, directly opposite National Trust Melford Hall, and surrounded by beautiful rural walks through water meadows by the river and open farmland, where dogs can run off the lead.

I work as an interior designer, so all the furniture was chosen for maximum comfort and a relaxed feel (especially the beds, which are super supportive & comfortable).

Downstairs there are three spacious receptions with brick floors/rugs & timbered ceilings/walls (morning room with breakfast table & working fireplace, sitting room with huge inglenook & wood burner, open plan to a separate dining area with dining table for 6.) and a well equipped kitchen with all mod cons - dishwasher, micro, fridge/freezer, range cooker and adjacent utility area with washing machine & separate dryer.
Also downstairs we have a bathroom with WC & powerful shower over bath and a handy boots/coat area by the back door when you get back from muddy walks! The upstairs shower room also has a powerful walk in showerWC & basin.

The main staircase leads to the master bedroom, shower room & bedroom 3 - bedroom two is accessed by it's own very old timber staircase.

The front & rear gardens are both well fenced & dog/child proof.
Well behaved dogs and children are welcome.

NB - As there are a few uneven, sloping timber floors & low thresholds/doorways, we feel the cottage isn't suitable for anyone with impaired mobility.


More about us

  1. We are a middle aged couple based in Suffolk; I work as an interior designer & Guy is a sports journalist.

    We don't have children but do live with a small well behaved cockerpoo (non allergenic & doesn't shed!) who would come with us on any swaps.

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Where is it?


We are in the heart of the village, looking over the green to the spires of Melford Hall, minutes from the huge 12th century local Church (you can hear the bells on sunday morning) with the bustling village centre just 5 minutes walk away with 3 gastro pubs, an award winning local butcher, a tiny bakery, Co-op supermarket, many beauty salons offering massage/pedicure/facials, antique & gift shops galore, tea rooms, vintage & smart clothes shops.

Long Melford is in the heart of Constable country & has two stately homes within 5 minutes walk of the cottage, Melford Hall & tudor moated Kentwell Hall.
There is horse riding, a fishing lake, golf courses and gyms all within 15 mins drive.

Sudbury 10 minutes away offers a train station (1.15 hrs to London), huge Waitrose, a leisure centre with large pool, gym etc, Gainsborough's House museum and beautiful walks around the water meadows, with the old Mill & Millpond, complete with ducks & cattle.

Lavenham (10 minutes away) is the setting for many films with it's original tudor buildings & street pattern, offering a small museum & stunning Guildhall with a great farmer's market.

Bury St Edmunds with its scenic Abbeygate Gardens, busy medieval market centre, cinemas, great independent shopping etc is 20 mins away.
Cambridge is 50 mins (has park & ride) offering fine architecture, lively free music scene, punting on the river Cam, college tours (free evensong at Kings College most days) with first rate shopping & a famous saturday market.
Wykken vineyard (40 mins away) is an award winning winery in a stunning tudor setting and one of the best restaurants and bookshops/giftshops in Suffolk.

Southwold, Aldburgh and the atmospheric Suffolk coast made famous by Britten & Turner is only 90 minutes away & makes a great day trip.

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