7 (all year)
The Piggery is a wonderful Suffolk holiday cottage for two, and thankfully far more romantic than its name would have you believe. Previously a piggery barn, it has been skillfully converted into a top-quality property that is ideal whether you are on your own, or part of a larger group staying at Steadings Park. In addition to being superbly fitted out for self-catering, it is only a relaxed ten-minute stroll from The Fox Inn pub in Newbourne.
Newbourne is a friendly community which has an excellent pub and for those who enjoy fishing, Steadings Park has a carp fishing lake on-site. The Deben and Orwell Rivers are close by, and with Felixstowe and the Suffolk coastline just ten miles away, there are an enormous variety of ways to relax on or by the water.
The Suffolk countryside, villages and towns are appealing to those who don’t like getting their feet wet as well. Just eleven miles away from The Piggery, Ipswich boasts the impressive status of being the oldest continuously inhabited town in England. It has fantastic shops, galleries, museums, and a wide choice of places to eat and drink including the bustling marina. Picturesque ancient Woodbridge, sitting on the River Deben, is also close by and just a five minute drive. A true 'gem' of a town with excellent shops and a great choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants, Woodbridge is a lovely place whether you want to stock up on provisions or relax by the river. Other popular places to visit nearby include the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Orford and Snape Maltings.
John Constable, the revered British artist, immortalised the Suffolk countryside on canvas and made its bucolic beauty famous around the world. He was born in East Bergholt near the River Stour, in the heart of what is now referred to as Constable Country. Waveney Valley, the Shotley Peninsula and the Brecks, are all gorgeous places to spend a day or two exploring, while closer to home you should see Framlingham Castle. Known to generations as the place where Mary Queen of Scots left for her march to London and the throne, it is now perhaps more famous for having Ed Sheeran sing about it.
Slightly further afield you have Newmarket, the birthplace of British horse racing with an exciting calendar of events, and Bury St Edmunds which offers visitors several millennia of history, as well as great shopping to name just two. Be sure to stop at Charles Dickens’ favourite watering hole when he was on one of his frequent visits to Bury St Edmunds, the Angel Hotel.
The Piggery may sound rustic, but the high standard of accommodation is certainly not. With its peaceful location in the heart of Suffolk, it is ideal for your romantic escape.
Debbie Jones joined Independent Cottages in February 2018
The Piggery is a converted former farm building at Steadings Park, a luxury campsite with 20 acres of private grounds that includes a fishing lake. Accommodation is all on one level.
The property is dog-friendly, and all floors are smooth and easily washable.
Outside: Glass French doors open from the living room onto the private patio where there is a picnic table with benches. Guests have use of the outdoor amenities at Steadings Park. There is off-street parking for one car.
Additional Information: The Piggery has central heating and WiFi, and all utilities, linen and towels are included. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome with prior agreement from the owners. No smoking. Short breaks available outside of peak season - please enquire with the owner. When you book direct with the owner a price of £425 - £450 will be charged per week. Payment can be taken by debit card or bank transfer.
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