A long, narrow, gravelled lane leads to Jack’s cottage; it’s the reason the cottage has retained its peaceful, old world charm. Located on the banks of the River Blackwater, the 300 year old fisherman's cottage is secluded and romantic, perfect for a get away from it all holiday.
Recently renovated, the cottage will allow you to rediscover life’s simple pleasures. Spacious and welcoming with a wood burning stove in the dining room and electric heating throughout the rest of the rooms. The brass beds under the thatched roof make for restful sleep. There is a well-equipped kitchen and utility room and the bathroom has a roll top bath and wet room with under floor heating.
The well tended garden has access to the riverbank, where there is a hide to help spot the local otters.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price, as well as start up amounts of household items such as cleaning products and basics for the kitchen and fuel for the stove. (List available)
Pets welcome. Wifi available.
The Long Narrow Lane to Jack’s Cottage could be the reason why it is such an unspoilt and special place. It was originally created before the motor car, to take a cow to pasture, and as the people who lived in the cottage used boats to get around, it was only upgraded relatively recently to take a car.
However we find that depending on your driving experience the lane can be quite challenging, especially the first time you use it.
The lane is .75 of a mile long and gravelled; the first half is a typical farm lane, used by several different farmers who use the land around it. It can be a little rough and muddy depending on the weather. We do not own the lane, but we try to maintain it as best as possible given the other users.
The second half of the lane is used almost exclusively by our family or the clients in the cottage. The problem with this part of the lane is that it is narrow, 7 ft at its narrowest, with clay or stone walls at the sides, it’s not unlike sunken roads found in rural England: e.g. Somerset or the Lake District or Kerry in Ireland. There are two bends and a number of essential drains running across it.
As the lane is often the last hurdle after a long days travel to get to the cottage, some people can find it difficult, although once you have driven it the first time, we promise it gets easier.
Tip for driving the lane: if you concentrate on keeping the driver’s side as close to the wall as possible, the passenger side will clear the other side.