Welcome back to my series on holiday homes, highlighting some of the great properties around the UK. I’m not long back from a trip to Cornwall myself, where we enjoyed a beautiful apartment with pool, right on the coast. BUT today’s property is a beast, and I’m thrilled to be showcasing a home that is different to any other in the series.
Finding the perfect holiday home is a minefield. There is a huge selection of websites available to help you, but how to do you sift through the less desirable to find the holiday of your dreams? It’s not easy, but I’ve been doing this for over a decade now and like to think I know how to spot a gem. I know what to look for in the listings and how to identify when those all important elements have been left out. They can make or break the relaxation levels of your trip.
So, let’s crack on with showing you round today’s holiday home.
This month’s featured property is The Great House, in Orford, Suffolk from Suffolk Cottage Holidays.
As you can tell from these initial images, it’s a stunning old and very large property. Sleeping 12 people over 6 bedrooms, it’s perfect for larger, or extended family holidays, gatherings of friends and even corporate events. There is so much on offer with this property, I’m going to show you my highlights but do check out the website for more information. (The yachting, butler and chef options have all caught my eye).
One of the most important properties in the area, The Great House, built-in the early 1800s, is a Grade II listed property. With views of both the castle and the coast, the house is believed to have been built as a shooting lodge for the Sudbourne estate. It was fully restored in 2017 and is now a luxury home perfect for your next trip.
I love a home with history and character, but want my mod cons too. The Great House has all that and more, and the restoration and design seems to combine the heritage of the building alongside contemporary touches and modern conveniences.
Orford is close to all amenities, the countryside and the coast so you have the best of absolutely everything. What a find.
The decor (one of the first things I look at for a holiday property) is stylish, punchy and contemporary, yet it’s elegant and in keeping with the feel of the property. Plus this one has great amenities, facilities and lots of added extras. Let’s take a look around.
There are 6 bedrooms all with brand new bathrooms. Some can be made up into twin rooms, particularly good for families with children. A cot and highchair is also available – babies are welcome. Again I love the stylish touches, period features and accessories, but the nod to the contemporary too. It’s not overly fussy, but doesn’t lose it’s roots either.
Roll top baths are a must in a property like this, and such an indulgence. You will really feel like you’re being spoiled in this home.
Quirky touches like this headboard give the property a unique feel.
There are two downstairs living spaces; a drawing-room and a snug. So if you don’t all want to be together, there’s space to spread out and relax without feeling crowded. The house comes equipped with all the mod-cons like wifi and netflix, with tvs in many rooms, but they don’t dominate, and you’d hardly know they were there. There’s a large games room too with billiards table. Great for evening entertainment and enjoyment.
Kitchen & Dining:
This is one of my favourite spaces to check out when I’m first looking at a holiday home. There has to be something about the kitchen and dining area that draws me in; this is where the memories are made as you all share meals together after all. And this kitchen has that x-factor for me. It’s authentic, well-styled yet practical and oozes character. Who fancies breakfast here? I know I do. Even though this is a vast property, this room feels cosy and charming and very welcoming.
There’s also a more formal dining room seating 20, with table linen and full dining service, perfect for a special occasion or corporate dinner.
The grounds to this property are extensive. Both formal and informal, the gardens are an important aspect of this house and can be enjoyed and accessed from the hall, sitting room and the breakfast room. From the breakfast room is a spacious patio area with table and chairs and barbecue which leads out to the surrounding garden (around 1.5 acres) which includes a wonderful old orchard, secret garden surrounded by yew hedging and an expansive and charmingly planted lawned area with Croquet, Table Tennis or Kubb. How marvellous is that?
As I mentioned, there are plenty of additional extras and one I’ve not come across before. Pre-register your credit card and you can enjoy wine from the wine cellar, special meals, the butler service and so much more. What an absolute treat! Everything you order, use or book is added to your card and charged at the end of the trip.
I simply can’t do this property justice in one blog post, so if absolutely anything has caught your eye from these images and words, head over the Suffolk Cottage Holidays website HERE for further information.
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All images courtesy of Suffolk Cottage Holidays