My husband, myself and our dog have just had a super weeks stay in the Gardeners Cottage on the Holbeck Estate in Hadleigh. The cottage is a super place with everything you could possibly need from a washer/ dryer, freezer, fridge, dish washer, log burner etc etc It's very clean and comfortable with plenty of space. The cottage is set in it own grounds with lots of open fields and in a very quiet and peaceful location. On arrival we had been left fresh milk, butter, bread and eggs which we thought was a lovely touch as we were ready for a drink after after our five hour journey. We were left contact telephone numbers in case there was anything we wanted. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to return again in the future
The location of this cottage is amazing, set in acres of beautiful countryside. Hadleigh is within easy walking distance and has a great Friday market. Take a torch if walking at night!
Our family consisted of 2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 children aged 4 and 6 and 2 small dogs. The cottage was very well equipped and had an outhouse and private garden with a BBQ. The bedrooms were were cosy and the beds very comfortable.
Downstairs was spacious and had everything you needed and a woodburning stove for chilly evenings.
Our host Mr Coysh was very helpful in meeting our needs.
A wealth of things to do for families of all ages, beaches, crabbing, Jimmy's farm, swimming pool all very close though you would need a car.
Having stayed in the depth of winter, we came back in the height of summer. This time we were able to appreciate the gardens a bit more. Very quiet, very private, decent outdoor furniture and a barbecue - although it did take us about five days to locate the switches for the outdoor lights. Gardener's Cottage is clearly a dog friendly, family let and while I agree it isn't in pristine condition, neither is our own home. We found everything we wanted for a week long stay, the kitchen is well equipped, the bed linen clean, the cottage inviting. A real plus for us is a large utility room just off the kitchen diner. Our dog is crated at night and this space is ideal for his crate which can be left up and ready for bedtime. The owners are on site but far enough away in 'the big house' to be completely unobtrusive. They checked that we had everything we needed shortly after we arrived and then left us alone. It can be intimidating when the owners of a rental property are close by, but not so here. We are discussing the possibility of a third visit.
This cottage is spacious and set in beautiful grounds with private garden at the back. We expected it to be a little shabby as it is dog friendly but we did find it rather dirty. Thick dust everywhere, TV and the stand, on the fire, dead flies on every windowsill, and the bathroom is dreadful, especially the toilet. Also found the mattresses very hard. It needs a good clean and new bathroom. We left a day early.
My family of five stayed at this beautiful cottage in its idyllic setting, with huge woodland trees and rolling green open space. I couldn't recommend this gorgeous getaway more highly, made even more special by perry the owner with his generous and kind hospitality.
We arrived 23rd December with my wife, 3 kids (16,14 & 10) and an energetic spaniel for a 7 night break over the Christmas holiday.
The setting t is fantastic, with great countryside walks for the dog and a 10-15 minute stroll through the grounds into Hadleigh itself. We live within earshot of the M25, so it took a little while for the kids to adapt to the darkness and quiet.
The cottage itself has real character was very clean and is furnished appropriately for a family.
Although it didn't matter to us as ball gowns and suits were not required, the only potential downside for some would be the limited hanging space for clothes, but there is ample drawer space.
Downstairs was very cosy in the evenings, the wood burner being a welcome addition on the nights it reached -6C outside. Upstairs was a little cooler but still very comfortable and the kids had to use the extra provided blankets to keep warm on the colder nights. Overall there was plenty of space so it did not feel we were on top of each other.
Would we go back, well we might just have to so that we can can compare the brisk winter walks with summer strolls to the excellent pubs in the village
We booked a dog friendly property for Christmas suitable for two adults, three children and a spaniel. We knew nothing about the cottage or Hadleigh village apart from what we had found on the internet. It turned out to be a delightful experience. The cottage is a conversion at the end of a stable block, it is in the grounds of a large house but quite a way from the main house itself. It meant that the dog could be allowed to run free away from roads. The cottage is well equipped, we managed to cook Christmas dinner for five but ran out of serving dishes and ended up improvising with dessert bowls - fine until we came to Christmas pudding and found we had leftover veg still in the dishes. Pudding and cream was served in tea cups to the hilarity of the children. The cottage is decorated in a mismatched country house style. The bed linen was white and pristine - we didn't allow the spaniel upstairs. The condition downstairs reflects a property suitable for dogs and children, perfectly clean but showing signs of wear and tear. We were left wood for the wood burner and found milk, eggs and bacon in the fridge. Downstairs was cosy but upstairs quite cold, the children made use of the extra bed linen provided. It would have been warmer if we had not kept the door between upstairs and downstairs firmly closed because of the dog. There were additional electric convector heaters but we didn't use them. Outside was minus six and very frosty! The surrounding countryside provides excellent and varied dog walking. We are planning a return visit in the summer.