2 (all year)
Dragonfly Cottage is on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, within walking distance of the friendly Queen's Head pub in Earsham, and a mile from the charming market town of Bungay where there is an excellent choice of places to eat, drink and shop. The recently converted barn offers a high standard of accommodation for couples or solo travellers. As part of River Farm, guests have use of nine acres of grounds which include direct access to the River Waveney.
Bungay is a charming market town - the sort of place you'd expect to see in the setting of a BBC drama. There are independent shops to browse and a thriving market every Thursday. St Mary's Church and neighbouring priory date back to the middle ages, with the church featuring an unusual weathervane shaped like a black dog, called Black Shuck or the Devil's Dog. The dog also appears on the town's coat of arms in reference to an event in 1577 when a Hell Hound allegedly attacked the congregation as they prayed. Who knows if it's true, but it makes a good story!
The region is renowned for the quality of food and drink. With a dairy and a vineyard practically on the doorstep, you'll have plenty of opportunities to put the reputation to the test. Beccles and Halesworth are also worth a visit. Norwich is one of the finest medieval cities in Europe and within an easy drive of the cottage. Local attractions include the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flint Vineyard, Adnams Brewery, Norwich Castle and Snape Maltings.
A landscape so beautiful deserves to be experienced in person. Leave the car and set out on a walk along Bungay's Town Trail, or follow Bigod Way Trail around Bigod Castle and beside the River Waveney. Beautiful beaches beckon for sunny days at the seaside and windy coastal walks. Southwold, Aldeburgh and Walberswick are all within easy reach. Take your binoculars and head to RSBP Minsmere or stay closer to home and walk through the neighbouring Wetland Centre.
There is so much around Dragonfly Cottage that, no matter what time of the year you stay, you'll never run out of things to do. Relaxed? Absolutely, but definitely not bored.
Jane Emmerson joined Independent Cottages in September 2020
Dragonfly Cottage is a beautiful new barn conversion with an interior that's both rustic and modern in the same space. Red bricks and natural wood blend harmoniously with contemporary furnishings to create a space that is relaxing and welcoming to guests of all ages. Accommodation is all on one level.
Outside: The cottage has a patio with garden furniture and a barbecue and will soon have a hot tub (planned for November 2020). There's a level area of lawn and off-street parking. Guests also have use of shared parts of the extensive grounds which include a river frontage, a pond, and a games room with a full-sized pool table - due to the unfenced open ponds, children must be supervised outside at all times.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen and towels are provided, along with a welcome basket of logs for your first fire. A cot (no bedding) and highchair are available on request. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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