Chocolate box cottage in the heart of the market town of Saffron Walden and yet situated in a quiet back street a few minutes walk away from the shops and restaurants of the town. The cottage has recently undergone extensive renovation to include new kitchen, bathroom and en-suite yet retains all of its historic character. The cottage is heavily beamed with a large inglenook fireplace to two rooms, oak floors to the downstairs. It has a small and very private courtyard garden. The property has on road parking available outside. Ideally situated to explore Saffron Walden and Cambridge and London is easily accessed by the local station Audley End which is a 5 minute drive away from the cottage.
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- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 shower room in peaceful location in the heart of the medieval quarter with a private courtyard garden.
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- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Aug 2018
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.
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Lovely old period cottage in beautiful town
Cottage was spotlessly clean, lovely interesting and well-equipped. There is so much to explore in Saffron Walden. Bridge End Gardens are delightful.
Thank you so much for the lovely review and kudos as always goes to our very wonderful housekeeper, Lucy who does such an amazing job looking after Drake Cottage. Hope you got to go in the maze at Bridge End Gardens- we always have to find out way to the centre when we visit even though we actually know the route off by heart by now. Come back and visit us soon.
Everything about the cottage was perfect for us..although we both bumped our heads on upstairs beam even though this is the second time we have stayed!! it felt like home and to be in the town is a treat. Two busy days and then a relaxed cosy couple of a evenings,just the thing to unwind. Thankyou Deborah!
thank you for your kind review and so glad that you had a wonderful stay. I have a theory about bumping your head on those upstairs landing doorways and it's always those that I bump my head on too. They're low enough that you do have to duck slightly and because each one is a different height you assume one is like the other and misjudge them every time. Think the only way to avoid it is to stretch your hand out and upwards; that way I've managed to avoid bumping my head. Hope you get to try this technique out on your next visit :-) as we do love welcoming back guests who have stayed before. Having said that my 6'5" son in law managed to not bump his head once on a two week stay - how I will never know. Best wishes, Deb.
Pretty little cottage
Olde world charm in the friendly town of Saffron Walden.
Good services nearby (pubs, restaurants and shops all within walking distance). It forms a good base for exploring Essex, South Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
The cottage worked well but mind your head if you are more than medieval height!
Beautiful cottage in a beautiful town!
We absolutely loved this old cottage and were so surprised of how clean and modern it was. It was just perfect. All the amenities we needed were there with shopping close by. It was a little warm due to the abnormally hot weather, but with the windows opened and a fan, it helped. You may bonk your head a few times due to low beams, but that’s part of the charm. We so loved this little cottage and the town of Saffron Walden!
Dear Maryam, thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review of Drake Cottage and so glad it didn't get too hot for you and that you enjoyed your visit to lovely Saffron Walden. I hope you had use of two fans but will be checking in with Lucy that we have two in full working order just in case the hot spell continues. Come back and visit us soon. Do let me know if there was anything we could improve on or any equipment that you were missing in the cottage.
Such an amazing location. Right in town and close to everything. We had a great time.
As good as it gets
Beautiful and charming cottage in a lovely village. Quiet street, but at the same time real close to local shops, the market etc. Both in the village and in the nearby area there are many places to visit. We've had a great time. On the stairs and upstairs you have to watch your head because of the ancient beams, but we got used to that real soon. So don't let that stop you from renting this place! We have seen many holliday-cottages and this is one of the finest.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Drake Cottage and so glad you enjoyed your stay. I have to agree it is so nice that you can walk to the market , shops and restaurants from the cottage. Even though I always manage to bump my head at least once on the landing those old beams are so part of its charm.
Come back and see us soon. I will pass on your review to Lucy, our housekeeper as she is responsible for the wonderful welcome our guests receive and meticulously high standard of housekeeping. Best wishes, Deb
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.
Booking Notes: We accept credit card bookings only via this site and also bookings by conventional mail, email or telephone. Deposit on confirmation. Full payment 6 weeks prior to stay. More information about the cottage can also be found on the website www.DrakeCottage.com Changeover Day: We do not have a specific changeover day. Weekend bookings may be possible out of high season. Arrival after 4 p.m. and departure before 10 a.m. Notes on prices: Weekends and short breaks available out of high season by arrangement. The cottage if available is charged pro rata per night for use of two bedrooms with an additional £30 charged per person on the total price for use of the sofa bed. Apologies but this is due to laundry and housekeeping costs. Do please enquire. Your deposit is non refundable but please contact us if you do have to cancel and if we get a replacement booking we are happy to give you a refund.