3 (all year)
Apartment 3, The Maltworks, is a gorgeous new apartment in a historic mill that has recently been converted to a very high standard. The interior is a stunning mix of industrial heritage and 21st Century technology. The one-bedroom property does not skimp on space or style, and couples and solo travellers will have lots of room to spread out and relax. The Maltworks is in Clare, within walking distance of shops, cafes and friendly pubs like The Swan, so its location is very convenient for guests.
Clare is the smallest town in Suffolk, but that does not mean that it doesn't have a lot to offer. The pretty market town has fantastic antique and homeware shops and boasts three excellent pubs as well as a health spa, beauty salon and a lovely church. Clare has a genuine warmth and charm, and it is a popular place in which to live and visit. The Maltings is just outside the grounds of Clare Castle Country Park, which are beautiful in every season, and there is a golf course nearby for those who can't resist the lure of new greens. The "Clare Walks" are six loops of between two and seven miles that take visitors through this magnificent countryside to places like Cavendish, Mill Meadows, and along the River Stour.
Day trips can include sightseeing in Constable Country - the breathtaking Dedham Vale landscape that inspired one of Britain's most beloved painters. Bury St Edmunds, Long Melford and Lavenham are also close by, offering a wealth of shops, sights and places of interest to discover and enjoy. Drive a little further, and in an hour, you'll find the ancient city of Cambridge with its incredible architecture and historic buildings. Drive an hour east to dig your toes into the sand in the tiny beach at Manningtree, or continue for another 10 minutes to reach Harwich and the Essex Sunshine Coast.
Apartment 3 at The Maltworks is perfect for contemporary couples who want to enjoy beautiful rural surroundings without sacrificing comfort or style.
Robert & Carmel Marchant joined Independent Cottages in July 2020
Apartment 3 is a charming maisonette with accommodation over two levels. It retains many original features that include exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings, with modern materials and comforts that place it firmly in the 21st Century. There is a communal hallway and the entrance to the apartment is on the first floor.
Outside: Being a maisonette, the apartment has a private entrance. Cars can be parked in the Clare Country car park opposite (reasonable charges apply) or on-street on the adjacent road (Nethergate Street at the top of Malting Lane) free of charge.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, sheets and towels are provided. Smoking is not permitted. Two well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement.