Boatmans is quite simply a magical holiday cottage sitting in an idyllic position on the banks of the River Deben in the pretty Suffolk village of Letheringham. Surrounded by a large beautiful riverside garden, this detached retreat offers a high degree of privacy and sleeps three guests in a super-king and single bedroom, making it perfect for couples and small families.
It is hard to imagine a more tranquil setting to escape away and recharge your batteries. With uninterrupted views of the river and woodland from most rooms and the garden, you will feel your stresses vanish away from the moment you unpack your suitcase.
Pretty inside and out, this cosy cottage oozes traditional character with roses growing up the front door, beams on the ceilings, a wood burning stove for cosy nights, and a fabulous bathroom with roll-top bath for a long soak with a glass of wine at the end of the day. It also has a conservatory with table and chairs, allowing you to dine amongst the beauty of the natural setting when the weather is inclement, and not fine enough for an alfresco meal on the patio.
A haven for wildlife, the garden is visited by an abundance of feathered friends (some that fly in and others that swim!). A rowing boat is provided, allowing guests to explore the mile-long stretch of the River Deben directly from the private landing stage at the edge of the garden. It's a lovely way of spotting wildlife and a blissfully relaxing way of unwinding.
For those able to tear themselves away from the magical setting, the surrounding area offers lovely countryside walks directly from the cottage front door. There are also plenty of attractions within easy reach including RSPB Minsmere (a gift card for the reserve or a day pass to the health club at Ufford Park are generously included in the owners welcome pack). With good access onto the A12 (just four mile away), Suffolk's glorious Heritage Coastline is within easy reach. Enjoy a day by the sea at Aldeburgh (less than half an hour), Dunwich or Southwold, or visit the pretty coastal village of Orford and nearby Snape Maltings for some retail therapy. The famous Suffolk wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford are approximately an hour away, Ipswich with its marina is half an hour and the City of Norwich is an hour and a half drive.
Alternatively, just stay put and enjoy lazing by the river, leisurely country walks and long lazy lunches at a pub. Whether you visit in the warmer months when the garden and wildlife burst into life; or when the river setting becomes a winter wonderland with icicles glistening from the branches, Boatmans provides all the right ingredients for a relaxing and memorable holiday.
Jan McNeill joined Independent Cottages in April 2017
Picture postcard pretty, Boatmans is a true Suffolk gem with lots of romantic classic charm throughout. Whilst it offers the convenience of a ground floor bedroom and bathroom for those with limited mobility, it is worth noting that there are a number of steps between living rooms. Most rooms offer lovely views of the river and surrounding woodland, allowing you to fully immerse yourself within the tranquility of the setting.
A pathway takes you via the patio into the cottage with a step up into the conservatory.
Outside: Off-road parking is available on the driveway. The sunny patio provides the perfect place for alfresco dining, and there is a large garden (with lawn) leading to the river where you can relax. Shrubs and plants add to the charm and there are trees for shade in hot weather. The surrounding Suffolk countryside provides excellent opportunities for walkers. A 'rustic' shed can be used for bike storage and fishing tackle.
Additional information: Seven night bookings normally taken. However, the owner will try to be flexible with changeover days, and offer short breaks between the months of November and March when three night minimum breaks are offered (outside of school/bank holidays). Sorry but no pets and no children under six due to the close waterside location. Prices include oil fired central heating, fire fuel (as well as charcoal if needed for the BBQ), WiFi, bed linen, electricity and towels. A generous welcome pack is provided which will include a gift card that can be used to gain entry for two adults into the RSPB Minsmere Reserve or used in the gift shop for RSPB members, or (depending on your choice at the point of booking) a day pass allowing you access into the sauna, steam room, gym, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and running track at Ufford Park. Tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and a bottle of wine are included in the welcome pack.
Boatmans is the owner's much loved holiday home. Presented to a high standard throughout, with a great deal of care and attention taken to preserve the natural charm of the property, lots of thoughtful touches ensure a pleasurable and memorable stay.
Gift card to RSPB Minsmere (entry/shop) or day pass to Ufford Park Leisure included. For reviews please visit us on Owners Direct!