The Annexe contains a living room, a kitchen with dining area, two bedrooms (1 king, 1 twin). Steeped in history, the property used to form part of a wagon wheel making factory, and some of the original wheel strappings are visible, as well as timber beams throughout. It has been equipped with all the conveniences of modern living (including wifi), but great care has been taken by the owners not to compromise its traditional feel.
Cottage in Bramfield, Halesworth, Suffolk - 200 yard walk to award winning country pub and only 6 miles to Heritage Coast
Paul and Helen Venn
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Jan 2019
About Paul and Helen Venn
Paul and Helen Venn.
Paul and Helen Venn purchased this House in 2010
Why Paul and Helen Venn chose Bramfield
We love this area and have been holidaying here for several years. We love the relaxed pace of life and the fact that you can come here in the peak summer months and not be stuck in traffic at all (like some places on the south coast!). The sea is warm(ish!) in summer and there are loads of great beaches but not overcrowded. The pubs are great too!
What makes this House unique
The property benefits from being in a quiet idyllic village, with award winning country pub just a short walk away, and a local shop too.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Was as detailed on the site. Wife has mobility problems at the moment and 2-3 nights was long enough but that's not the property's fault, it is 'quirky'! Excellent pub close by, food, drink, staff, very handy.
The property used to form part of a wagon wheel making factory, and some of the original wheel strappings are visible which you may have spotted! Glad you had a good stay and we hope your wifes mobility problems improve soon. We too love the local - The Queens Head. Kind regards. Helen and Paul
Ideal for a few days away
Very compact cosy cottage. Everything we needed. Owners very helpful. Perfect location to visit the surrounding Suffolk towns.
Pretty cottage in a pleasant location.
Quirky cottage. Very comfortable with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Warm with all the space you need including a good outside space for the dog. The owners have included lots of little finishing touches to ensure it feels like a home from home.
Many thanks for your lovely review and also for being perfect guests!
Many good things but a few matters need attention
Good things: great location. Clean and well equipped and comfortable. Nice dining kitchen with all mod cons. Excellent local pub with lovely new owners. Excellent instructions about access. Fresh eggs available up the road with an honesty box.
Needs attention: carpet frayed and gives poor first impression, garden bleak and paving needs high pressure hosing and generally making more inviting. We didn’t use it at all even though weather not too bad. I don’t think there is sufficient room for two couples though might suit couple with a child, second bedroom no storage at all and no space for bags. Lots of nappies but only half a roll of loo paper with no spares!
However we enjoyed our first trip to Suffolk and thanks for allowing us to rent your cottage.
Hi Dian, many thanks for the feedback - as we are not local to the cottage we really appreciate being made aware of any issues so that we can rectify. We are aware that the seagrass flooring needs attention (it was damaged by guests at the end of the summer) and have someone booked in to replace but have had to wait for a gap in bookings to get this done. We are also going to the cottage for a week next month and will definately make sure the garden is in good shape. In relation to the second bedroom there are divan beds - so storage draws under the beds - but we do make it clear in the details of the property that there is no other storage in that room. This is one of the reasons the rental charges are lower than other 2 bedroomed properties in the area. Glad you found the nappies and apologies for the lack of loo roll - not sure what happened there. There are usually a couple of rolls provided although of course as a self catering cottage people also bring their own provisions. We always provide people with our telephone numbers so if there is ever a slip up like this they can let us know and we can sort asap. Glad you liked Suffolk - we love it and have been visiting for over 13 years now and still find new places. Kindest regards. Helen and Paul
A Little Tired.
Sorry to say as soon as we entered the front door and saw the extremely frayed carpet leading from the lounge to the kitchen my heart sank. There wasn't even a drop of milk left for us in order to refresh ourselves after our drive down. There was a used mop and bucket standing between the freezer and dining table. We had a food delivery arrive on our first night and found that the top drawer of the freezer was broken and could have caused a nasty cut. Crockery and cutlery were good, however some of the pans and baking trays were in need of replacing. There were no issues with the cleanliness of the cottage. The garden furniture could have been more comfortable, which would have been very welcome when getting back after a day out. Bedrooms and bathroom good, apart from there being nowhere in the twin room to put any clothes. Not worth what we paid for the week but it could have been. Cottage as a lot of character and is in a nice quite village near to some wonderful places in Suffolk. Needs these issues fixing for guests who are there for a weeks holiday.
Hi Carole, we are sorry to hear that there were aspects of our cottage you were not happy with. This is the first time in 7 years we havent had a wholly positive review. We always provide our telephone number so guests can contact us with any issues. Had you done so we would have been able to provide some new pans at the start of your stay and could even have had some milk dropped round. However, we are glad that you found the cottage clean, the crockery/cutlery, bedrooms and bathroom good. To respond to your specific points:
- the cottage and contents are regularly checked and subsequent guests do not agree with your assessment of the seagrass carpet, pans or garden furniture. However we have ordered some more new pans and a new freezer draw. You will have noticed the fying pans were new in any event.
- Cushions are provided for the wooden and metal garden benches so we think that should provide sufficient comfort.
- The twin room has divan beds so there are draws under the bed for storage of clothes and hooks on the back of the door for hanging.
We are glad you enjoyed Suffolk - there are so many lovely places to visit as you say.
Paul and Helen
A lovely quaint & cosy cottage
We haven't been to Suffolk before , so coming to this lovely cottage was a bonus, everything you could possibly want was here and very clean. Ideal village to explore Suffolk lovely beaches, beautiful towns and villages. Had a brilliant time thank you.
6 miles to closest beach at Dunwich, with fantastic fish and chip cafe (seasonal). Several other beaches closeby (within 15 miles), including Southwold, Covehithe, Alodeburgh and Thorpeness.
Norwich airport 30 miles. Felixstowe port 30 miles
Halesworth 3 miles, Southwold 8 miles, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh 12 miles, Framlingham Castle 10 miles.
The Queens Head at Bramfield - award winning country pub - 200 yard walk
KW Clarke, butchers and grocers also in village. Halesworth town closeby with supermarkets, cashpoints etc.
Aldeburgh: picturesque seaside town on the river Alde - was home to Benjamin Britten. At the north end of the beach is a shell sculpture named ‘The Scallop’ created by local artist Maggie Hambling in tribute to Britten. Covehithe beach is north of Southwold and is a lovely sandy beach with a great coastal walk.
Dunwich Heath (owned by the National Trust) is close by with great walks and picnic spots.
Framlingham Castle was built in 1189. Visitors can walk around the top of the castles curtain walls (the inner buildings have been demolished). There are picnic tables on the lawns within the walls.
Minsmere is among the best RSBP sites in Suffolk. It is situated on the coast near Aldeburgh and has a large visitor centre, shop and tea room.
Snape Maltings – a complex comprising a concert hall, shops and galleries. home to the renowned Aldeburgh Festival.
Southwold is a picturesque coastal town with a large sandy beach. There are a variety of eateries and shops, an elegant pier (with the requisite ‘arcade’) and a lighthouse open to visitors.
Sutton Hoo - an Anglo Saxon site of major importance where the ship burial of one of the earliest English kings was found and excavated.
Thorpeness – laid out in the early 1900’s around The Meare, a manmade lake. In August the lake plays host to the Thorpness Regatta. There is also a lovely shingle beach, a windmill to climb in to and the remarkable ‘House in the Clouds’ which was originally the water tank used by the village.
Walberswick – a little passenger ferry carries pedestrians and cyclists across the River Blyth at Walberswick which is renowned for crabbing, an activity for everyone to enjoy.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: ALL RATES QUOTED ARE FOR 2 BEDROOM LET - CHEAPER RATES AVAILABLE FOR ONE BEDROOM LET Min booking period usually 3 nights but some periods when longer (eg summer holidays and xmas holidays min booking 7 nights). We will consider two night bookings if the start of your intended stay is less than four weeks from the date of your request. Well behaved pets however we ask guests keep dogs in the downstairs rooms only and bring a basket for dog. Small additional charge for dogs. Changeover Day: flexible