A stunning light and airy boutique cottage with decking overlooking a large pond and gardens. An idyllic and tranquil location close to the historic market town of Framlingham and within half an hour of the popular coastal towns of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Dunwich.
Willow Cottage is a recently converted brick farm building set in its own grounds on the bank of a large, traditional Suffolk farm pond – a highlight of staying here is sitting on the decking, watching the sun set through the trees whilst admiring the various water fowl and birds around the pond. Maybe it is just possible to hear the occasional tractor driving along our country lane (some 50 metres away) but otherwise all is peace and tranquility.
Immediately outside the Cottage’s entrance gate is a bridleway with links to an extensive network of well marked public footpaths across the adjoining fields with stunning views over miles of unspoilt Suffolk countryside. There is also a well-worn path in the other direction to our local pub!
RSPB Minsmere and our Heritage Coast beaches at towns such as Aldeburgh and Southwold are about half-an-hour’s drive away.
The Cottage is in the grounds of White House Farm yet enjoys complete privacy on the edge of the peaceful village of Badingham. It has the benefit of easy access and parking.
Badingham’s pub, The White Horse is less than a mile away: it enjoys an excellent reputation for both food and craft beers, has spacious outdoor seating and is a great place to spend a summer’s evening. The nearest shop is a Co-Op in the larger village of Laxfield some three miles away.
Framlingham is ten minutes away and is our vibrant local market town with a broad range of shops including a large supermarket, two petrol stations, eateries and coffee shops etc. Market days are on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is also home to English Heritage’s Framlingham Castle and an impressive Parish Church.
Grounds: the Cottage enjoys the benefit of a large lawn with occasional mature trees alongside the edge of the pond and is screened from White House Farm providing privacy.
Exterior: access to the Cottage is up a ramp from the lawn onto the over-pond decking area. This area is perfect for sitting out and enjoying a glass of wine and/or a barbeque whilst trying to spot the local wildlife. Access is through glass doors into –
Living area: cleverly designed to retain some of the original features whilst being bright and airy with lots of glass enabling you to enjoy great views over the pond and the sunsets. Equipped with comfortable seating, TV/DVD player and WiFi; a dining area and fitted kitchenette. Go through a door to…
The bedroom: a complete bedroom suite consisting of a double bed, bedside tables and large chest of drawers and a doorway to
A walk in storage/dressing area and the shower room: with shower, washbasin and WC.
From glorious beaches, scenic heath land, gently rolling countryside, nature reserves and picturesque old wool towns to historic castles, arts, cultural and sports activities, family themed attractions and scrumptious locally produced food and drink there’s something in Suffolk for everyone regardless of age and interest.
Only one mile from Boundary Farm and four miles from Willow Cottage, is the charming, historic market town of Framlingham. Renown for its 12th century castle surrounded by parkland and the Mere which is a haven for wildlife and walkers, Framlingham is a perfect town for a stroll, shop and glimpse of history. Market Hill is the town’s centre and hosts markets on Saturday and Tuesday.
BEACHES AND HEATHS
Our farm cottages and glamping site is within easy reach of the unspoilt Suffolk coast and heaths (an area of outstanding beauty) renowned for its scenic beauty, wildlife and outdoor recreation. The beautiful coastal towns and villages of Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich, Sizewell, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Bawdsey Quay and Orford add much to its unique appeal.
NATURE, WALKING AND BIRDWATCHING
You’re spoilt for choice for fabulous walks in this area, which showcase the range of wildlife and countryside whether its marsh, woodland, heath, rolling countryside or the coast.
RSPB Minsmere (of Spring Watch fame) is a fantastic coastal nature reserve featuring splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds, shy wildlife, beautiful bugs and colourful wild flowers in summer.
ORFORD NESS NATURE RESERVE
Accessible by a short boat ride, this is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and is an important nature reserve providing a location for breeding and passage birds as well as for the coastal shingle flora and wildlife. From 1913 until the mid-1980s the Ness was used as a secret military test site.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES include:
EASTON FARM PARK
3.5 miles from Framlingham, Easton Farm Park is a petting farm with loads of activities including pony rides, indoor play barns, wonderful café all set in the beautiful Deben river valley.
THE PIER AT SOUTHWOLD
Decked out across the sea, this historic pillared walkway sums up an idyllic English seaside destination. It offers cafés and restaurants, shops and amusement arcade.
SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY
The sanctuary at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspall is a delightful place to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of owls and other birds of prey. There are over 80 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations. There is also a leisure and retail village, golf centre, fishing lake, playground, shops and tea room.
A walking safari set in 100 acres and home to more than 80 species of animals from around Africa. Located in Kessingland near Lowestoft, around 20 miles away.
Often awarded the prize of Norfolk’s Top Attraction, the zoo is home to over 2,000 animals. 25 miles.
PLEASUREWOOD HILLS THEME PARK
One of Suffolk’s leading family attractions, Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft (28 miles) offers lots of thrilling rides including four roller coasters!
RSPB, SUFFOLK COAST
The RSPB has six nature reserves on the beautiful Suffolk Coast. There’s a wealth of wildlife to be seen. Minsmere is the flagship reserve, offering a variety of countryside walks and bird-watching hides, a busy programme of events and top class facilities including a shop and tearoom.
POWER BOAT TRIPS, SOUTHWOLD
If it’s adrenaline, fun and excitement you are looking for, you will go a long way to beat the exhilarating experience of a high speed sea blast aboard the thrilling charter RIB Coastal Voyager!
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Framlingham is a magnificent late 12th-century castle, its striking outline reflected in the nearby mere.
SAXSTEAD GREEN POST MILL
is a corn mill, whose whole body revolves on its base and was one of many built in Suffolk from the late 13th century.
An awe inspiring Anglo Saxon burial ground. Plenty of activities and events for families and children.
Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port.
Cycling – There are many trails and routes through villages, forests and countryside including the 88 mile Suffolk Cycle Coastal Route. There are a number of cycle hire shops in Southwold, Aldeburgh and Rendlesham Forest to name a few.
Golf – Suffolk is a golfer’s paradise. With courses to suit everyone from beginners to pros. Available at High Lodge, Cretingham, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Ufford, Woodbridge, Witnesham and Halesworth, and there are driving ranges at Stonham Barns and Ufford.
Sailing and surfing. With miles of fabulous coastline Suffolk is a great place for watersports. From sailing trips to small and large yacht charter, through to comprehensive RYA sail training.
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