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7 Nights See prices

  • £320  to  £525

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Short Breaks From

  • £64 p/night
    3 night min. (off peak only)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    2 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    3 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    1 Dog

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Log Burner

About Alma Cottage

Alma Cottage is a family friendly holiday home sitting in an idyllic waterside position in the small hamlet of Pin Mill within the Suffolk Coast and Heath Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located on the south bank of the tidal River Orwell, the cottage enjoys uninterrupted views over the unspoilt tidal estuary. With a cosy open plan living area with a multi-fuel stove, storage for bikes and watersports equipment in the garage, a small garden and two bedrooms, it is the perfect self-catering base for families, friends or couples looking to get out and about in this pretty corner of Suffolk.

Once a hub for both commercial and leisure sailing, Pin Mill is now a busy centre for all water sports with a sailing club, two boat yards and many boat moorings. Alma Cottage and Pin Mill both have strong connections with Arthur Ransome who wrote sailing books for teenagers and adults. Two books were based on his fictional family staying in Alma Cottage and sailing in the area. At the time of writing Arthur Ransome had a yacht built in the boat yard and he sailed it from Pin Mill and often visited Alma to have tea as it was then a “bed and breakfast” and teashop. If you are keen to get on the water, hop on board the Orwell Lady for a leisurely cruise down the river whilst indulging in a traditional English afternoon tea.

Pin Mill is also well known for painting and sketching, bird watching and walking along the estuary or across the Suffolk farmland. Pack a picnic and enjoy a stroll along the river, or treat yourself to a meal in the The Butt and Oyster pub. The Pin Mill Studio Cafe runs painting and ceramic workshops, or you can visit the studio of photographer Anthony Cullen who also runs photography courses. Just a kilometre away, the larger village of Chelmondiston has an excellent general store, and a fantastic pub and restaurant. There is a regular bus service to the town of Ipswich from here.

If you are keen to explore the surrounding area, the best place to start is the Suffolk Coastal Footpath which heads around the Shotley Peninsular. The mudflats and saltmarshes are a haven for birds so make sure you pack your binoculars! If you would rather travel about on two wheels there are also plenty of cycle routes to explore on the Peninsular. If you are itching to get on the water, there is a large watersports centre just five miles away at Alton Water where you can go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding. You can hire bikes from here too. Three miles away the village of Shotley has Commemorative War Graves in the church yard as well as a winery, two waterside pubs and a marina. Within half an hour it is possible to visit the Stour valley of Dedham and Flatford Mill and the historic town of Colchester, whilst just a little further field there are many beautiful and historic Suffolk towns such as Lavenham, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Southwold.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

John Pugh joined Independent Cottages in February 2022

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Log Burner
  • Waterside Location
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Pub Nearby
  • Bike Storage
  • Enclosed Garden
  • DVD Player
  • Smart TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • CD Player
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • WiFi

Location (Suffolk)

Accommodation comprises:

Family friendly cottage sitting on the edge of the River Orwell. Guests enter Alma from steps leading up from the road and accommodation is over two levels.

Ground floor:

  • Spacious lounge and dining room with fantastic views over the estuary. Guests can watch TV, listen to music, or enjoy the views from the window seat. There is comfortable seating, a sideboard with cutlery and a dining table and chairs for four people. Alma is well insulated and has block storage off peak heaters. There is also a solid fuel stove in the lounge adding an extra layer of warmth during the winter months.
  • A stable door leads to a small but well equipped kitchen, perfect for simple self catering. Appliances include an electric cooker, oven, microwave and fridge as well as a kettle, toaster, blender and liquidiser.
  • Bathroom with a bath with shower over and washbasin.
  • Separate WC.


  • Bedroom one with two single beds, a wash basin, ample storage and views overlooking the water.
  • Bedroom two with a double bed and a large wardrobe. Beds are made up for the arrival of guests.
  • WC and washbasin.

Outside: There is a covered back yard with a washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. There is also space to dry clothes in the ceiling. Steps from here lead to a small enclosed garden. There is also a garage where guests can park a small car or use as storage for bikes or water sports equipment.

Additional information: WiFi, utilities and bed linen are included. Guests are asked to bring their own towels and purchase fuel for the solid fuel burner. Well behaved dogs are allowed at an additional surcharge with agreement from the owners. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms. Smoking is not permitted.

Alma Cottage Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Fri, 5th Apr 2024 - Thu, 23rd May 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £300 | 4 nights: £350 | 5 nights: £400 | 6 nights: £450

7 Nights

3 Nights

Fri, 24th May 2024 - Thu, 30th May 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Fri, 31st May 2024 - Thu, 18th Jul 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £300 | 4 nights: £350 | 5 nights: £400 | 6 nights: £450

7 Nights

3 Nights

Fri, 19th Jul 2024 - Thu, 29th Aug 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Fri, 30th Aug 2024 - Thu, 26th Sep 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £300 - £359 | 4 nights: £350 - £359 | 5 nights: £400 | 6 nights: £450

7 Nights

3 Nights

Fri, 27th Sep 2024 - Thu, 31st Oct 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £276 | 4 nights: £322 | 5 nights: £368 | 6 nights: £415

7 Nights

3 Nights

Fri, 1st Nov 2024 - Thu, 19th Dec 2024
Changeover: Friday, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £216 | 4 nights: £252 | 5 nights: £288 | 6 nights: £324

7 Nights

3 Nights

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Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 Double & 1 Twin)
1 dog welcome
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
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Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
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John Pugh
Member Since February 2022

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