Cressland sleeps up to eight guests and is a splendid Grade II listed timber framed Suffolk Cottage dating back to the 15th Century, in an enviable position in the very heart of the village of Kersey right next to the 'Splash’. Oozing original character and charm, Cressland has been beautifully restored and presented and offers a high standard of self-catering accommodation that has been awarded the highest Five Star Gold by VisitEngland.
With four bedrooms, a lovely sitting room with open fire, dining room with log burner, country kitchen and an attractive garden with summer house and patio, Cressland is ideal for families, friends and even couples looking for a cosy romantic retreat with some extra space. Just an hour and a half from London and under an hour from Stanstead airport, the cottage is ideal for a short break or longer holiday at any time of the year.
Cressland offers old-world charm beautifully mixed with modern conveniences to provide a great base from which to explore the many attractions that Suffolk has to offer including Constable Country and the pretty little villages and historic towns that pepper the picturesque rolling Suffolk countryside, including the Suffolk coast.
The area holds many 'claims to fame' with Lovejoy being the closest to home with a scene filmed right outside the cottage and many others in and around the area including Long Melford with its fantastic antique shops to browse! Harry Potter's Deathly Hallows also had scenes filmed in nearby Lavenham - the country's finest most famous medieval village which is a 'must' to visit. For those who can remember Witchfinder General, a film dating back to the 1960's, Kersey may seem familiar when you visit as it was featured in the opening scene. Kersey's village street (including the pub and school) were also featured in a 'Compare the Meerkat' advert.
Kersey is a picture postcard Suffolk village with lots of traditional charm and plenty of historic listed properties. A true hidden gem, the picturesque village setting attracts artists, photographers, cyclists and walkers and its 14th Century inn provides a warm welcome serving good food and local ale which you can enjoy in front of a lovely fire.
The surrounding area offers a host of attractions. If historic architecture and ancient towns are your passion, head to the market town of Hadleigh (two miles) for a great choice of interesting shops, places to eat and pretty colourful cottages. Lavenham is just eight miles away with its impressive Guildhall and of similar distance is Long Melford where you can visit Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall. The market town of Sudbury is eleven miles with its interesting shops, twice weekly markets and great choice of bars, pubs and restaurants or a little further you have old wool town of Clare, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, each with their own unique appeal. Flatford in Dedham Vale is popular with artists who want to see the countryside that inspired John Constable. The Suffolk coast with Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Southwold and Walberswick is also within easy reach and an hour's drive as are the cities of Norwich and Cambridge.
Louise Gibbons joined Independent Cottages in March 2015
Second Floor (the stairs are steep so not suitable for young children or those with limited mobility)
Outside: There is a private garden running alongside the stream with patio, garden furniture, BBQ, lawn area and summer house - the perfect place for alfresco dining during the warmer months. Parking for two cars on the drive.
Additional information: Changeovers are Monday and Friday. Cot available. A pub is just 100 yards for eating out. Welcome hamper provided. Heating, electricity, linen and towels included in the price. No smoking and unfortunately no pets. A discounted rate is offered for four guests using two bedrooms ranging from £596 in low season to £1076 in peak. Short breaks available all year round from £525 (or £394 if just four guests are renting and only using two bedrooms).
Star Rating: 5 Star Gold
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