2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 shower room in peaceful location in the heart of the medieval quarter with a private courtyard garden.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - Smoking is allowed outside on the patio .Smoking is allowed outside on the patio .
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Due to the age of the house absolutely no candles or naked flames can be used in the cottage but we do provide LED flickering candles for your use
- Bookings only accepted one year in advance.
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Enhanced cleaning practices
We would highly recommend this amazing cottage in the heart of such a beautiful town. There are so many thoughtful touches and we have never slept so well and felt so calm, and relaxed after our stay. Cosy is an understatement, and the cottage has everything you need, with so many nice walks and countryside on the doorstep. We will be back very soon.
Dear Rich & Sophie,
thank you so much for your very kind review of Drake Cottage and so glad you have enjoyed being safe and snug in Saffron Walden. The cottage has a calm, kind atmosphere all of its own and most of our guests tell us they slept really well while there. Best wishes, Deb
Drake cottage has been restored to a very high standard. Medieval character with all mod cons. We would unreservedly recommend a stay here. Just be aware that the stairs and very low beams have to be negotiated with care. Furnishings and equipment excellent and everywhere sparklingly clean.
Thank you so much David for such a lovely review and so glad you enjoyed staying at Drake Cottage. The winding staircase, low beams and doorways add greatly to the charm but you are so right - negotiate with care or duck or grouse as the saying goes. Hope to see you back at the cottage in the future.
Christmas at Drake Cottage
We had a wonderful family Christmas at Drake Cottage. The cottage was very well equipped, the bed linen and towels of best quality. Lucy did a wonderful job making the cottage look festive for us. Hoping to return for another special family Christmas.
Beautiful quirky cottage
We all had a wonderful time in this charming cottage. It was comfortable, clean & had all we needed for our long weekend. Be warned though - the beams are low & very unforgiving!!!!
Thank you Pauline for your lovely review and so glad you enjoyed your stay . It is ‘Duck or Grouse’ without a doubt . I know the cottage so well and yet I even manage to bump my head . The low beams and the narrow staircase do give it its charm though
Lovely short break
Clean, comfortable and quirky property which was actually better than we expected as the photos don’t do it justice! Thank you for a lovely stay.
Thank you Helen for writing such a lovely review and sounds like I need to get my camera skills brushed up and get some more photos done. It is difficult to capture how lovely the cottage is but then I am a bit biased. Come back and visit us again soon.
Stansted airport 12 miles
Railway station Audley End 2 miles - travel time to London , Liverpool Street 1 hour. M11 access within 3 miles.
Cambridge 15 miles, London 40 miles, Audley End House and Garden 3 miles.
Saffron Walden Town Trail, Museum and Castle 200m.
Fry Art Gallery and Bridge End Gardens two minutes walk away.
Several public houses, restaurants and local shops in easy walking distance including post office and tourist information.
A post office, several banks and supermarket are within 10 minutes walk.
About Deborah Wheatley
This cottage was bought to be my personal bolt hole when visiting England and also a home to share with my friends and family as I am currently living in Fort Lauderdale Florida. I have dual British and American citizenship having moved to the USA 17 years ago. The cottage is my personal pride and joy and it will be a pleasure for me to share it with you.
Deborah Wheatley purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Deborah Wheatley chose Saffron Walden
I fell in love with the cottage in 2012 while visiting Saffron Walden; it was so pretty with roses around the door and only a 5 minute walk from the town's restaurants and shops. I had lived in Saffron Walden before moving to Chicago, USA in 1999 and now live in Fort Lauderdale , Florida. I am very happy to have bought the cottage with a view to my husband and I retiring there in a few years time. I love Saffron Walden with its historic centre and market place and the cottage's location, though in a very quiet street, is only a few minutes from the shops, market place, pubs and restaurants making it unnecessary to drive anywhere when in town. The cottage is only 25 minutes drive from the centre of Cambridge and a 45 minute train ride to the London Underground.
What makes this Cottage unique
If you are looking for a romantic period cottage to spend a week or weekend this cottage is an ideal match. 15th century charm with brand new plumbing, kitchen and bathrooms. It's location between Cambridge and London make it an ideal base for visiting the UK as the Audley End train station with its regular service to both cities is a 10 minute drive away making it unnecessary to drive into the cities. It is also perfectly situated for touring the East Anglia area including Suffolk and Norfolk. The cottage oozes character from every beam and has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Audley End Park is only a 5 minute walk away from the cottage meaning you can enjoy the English countryside as well as all that the town itself offers.