Looking for a cosy cottage to spend a weekend with friends and family? We round-up 10 of the best cottage rentals in East Anglia.
The Wee Retreat
It’s one of north Norfolk’s quirkiest retreats and becoming very popular. Offering front-seat, panoramic views of the sea at Sheringham, the Wee Retreat was actually a former public convenience – the clue’s in the name!
Today, the two bed property, sleeping four has been transformed, restored from the Victorian toilet block it once was to a bright, modern and well-equipped bolthole, with the sea on your doorstep and the beach your garden.
Wee Retreat is available from Norfolk Cottages www.norfolkcottages.co.uk from £92 per night or from £647 per week. Tel: 01263 715779.
Straw Bale Cottage
From the outside, there’s little to suggest this charming cottage has been built using anything other than traditional building materials. If you look above the second bedroom in the inside, there’s a rectangular ‘truth window’, behind which is packed with straw. Other clues (apart from the name) to Straw Bale Cottage’s heritage is a pleasant hay-like smell, no sharp corners (windows and doors are gently rounded, thanks to the seven tonnes of clay used to render the straw) and a cosy atmosphere – helped in winter by the wood-pellet burning stove. A true oasis of calm.
Straw Bale Cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms (one pet allowed). Available at Suffolk Secrets from £349 for a three-night short break or from £469 per week. www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk. Tel: 01502 722717
Sea View Barn
This delightful newly renovated barn conversion with vaulted ceiling and Aga heater is in a great location, just a few hundred yards from the beach at Weybourne. As its name suggests, there are good views of the sea from the barn and it’s within easy walking distance of other village amenities including pubs and the village shop. Weybourne is a short drive to the pretty market town of Holt, and other lovely conservation villages with their gastro-pubs and restaurants and also good golf courses.
Prices from £525, visit www.blakeneycottagecompany.co.uk. Tel: 01263 741777.
Spend a few days in Suffolk on a farm, staying in one of six luxury cottages and studios, or bring the camper and pitch up at one of five spots. You’ll be in the grassy fields of the small farm, and an easy drive to Aldeburgh, Snape, Southwold, Woodbridge and Framlingham.
Price to stay in the Woodbridge Cottage, £340 for two-nights, sleeps four, availability in December, visit molletts.com to book.
The Wigeon, Shepherd’s Hut
This Shepherd’s Hut in a quiet spot, in a rural corner of Essex, has everything you need to sit back and let the countryside lower your winter stress levels. There’s a wood burner to keep you warm, cosy kitchen and a delightful big double bed. Outside there’s a private patio and a cosy pub is a stroll away.
Priced £100 per night for two, visit canopyandstars.co.uk for details and to book.
The Red Mill
Haddiscoe Island, Norfolk
This full restored grade II listed mill house is situated on the beautiful windswept Haddiscoe Island, just off the Norfolk Broads. With a spiral staircase and cosy circular lounge, it’s deceptively spacious and sleeps six people and two well-behaved dogs. You can visit the Norfolk Broads to walk off lunch or simply watch the sea from the top.
Price from £1068 for seven-nights with availability in December. Visit hostunusual.com for details and to book.
The Lady of the Twizzle
Titchmarsh Marina, Walton On The Naze, Essex
This authentic WW11 barge luxuriously renovated sleeps 12-14 guests and would be perfect for family and friends to grab a festive getaway. There’s a stunning dining area to sit 14 guests, lounge with views of the estuary and a six-seater hot tub. The restaurants and galleries of nearby Walton and Frinton are just a short walk away.
Minimum three night stay. Christmas period and New year period is based on five nights aboard and is £108 per head per night based on 12 people. Visit quirkyaccom.com for details and to book. All profits from booking on this site go direct to charity.
West Stow Pod
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
This family-run glamping site, four miles from bustling Bury St Edmunds, features a range of pods including ‘Pod Hollow’ that has a very Tolkien-esque twist set within the side of a grassy knoll in its own woodland clearing. This charming dwelling provides a perfect home-from-home for up to five adventurers. It won’t be Mr Baggins to greet you behind that circular front door, but a wonderfully welcoming, fully equipped home – complete with two bedrooms, a cosy sitting room, a kitchen and a shower room!
West Stow Anglo Saxon Village is just four minutes in the car from West Stow Pods, a reconstructed 4th century village which promises a great day out for guests of all ages.
Prices from £750 in December for three-nights, visit hostunusual.com for details and to book.
The Guard’s Van
Brockford Railway Sidings, near Debenham, Suffolk
All aboard for a refreshing break in an original guard’s van, elegantly restored to provide luxury countryside accommodation for four. Light and bright, the single-storey Guard’s Van comprises an original guard’s van, combined with a box wagon from the Mid Suffolk Light Railway to provide a stunning holiday home for up to four people.
Step inside and feel immediately at home, with a warm, welcoming living and dining area that evokes that exhilarating feeling of chugging along the fresh countryside! Comfortably upholstered bench seats and wooden flooring add to the style and charm of the cheerfully decorated interior.
Ideally based for exploring the picture-book village of Debenham just four miles away, and the charming village of Mendlesham even closer at just over a mile.
Priced from £555 for a five night stay in December. Visit hostunusal.com for details and to book.
The Vintage House
Wind back to the style and beauty of the late 1920s, with an authentic Suffolk period cottage that’s packed with contemporary comforts. Noted as one of the ‘Top 100 Holidays on the Planet’ by The Times, you can rest assured that such classic quality has continued well into the present day, with this stunning holiday home that sleeps up to four people, located in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Open the front door and walk right into the late 1920s, with wooden floorboards, cosy rugs and lovingly restored dining rooms and lounge. A luxuriously spacious family bathroom comes complete with lavish roll-top bath and shower over – fill the bath with bubbles and grab your favourite novel for a sense of timeless tranquillity.
Priced £579 for three nights, with dates available in December. Visit hostunusual.com for details and to book.