The Old Pottery

5 Star rating

Cottage Details

Cottage: The Old Pottery
Location of the cottage: Chelsworth
Number of bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
Children / Babies: Yes,
Arrival days (changeover): Sunday, Monday, Friday
Pets: 0
Mark Scott
You find yourself in a delightful secluded part of a Medieval clutter of buildings known as 'The Grange' set in 10 acres of riverside meadows and woodland to enjoy, beside what has been described as England's prettiest village.
This is a beautiful Historic Cottage in an idylic riverside location next to a tiny village with a good pub with beautiful walks all around - this is in many ways is the perfect cottage.


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Facilities Checklist

  • Barbeque
  • Bath
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Bikes Provided
  • Cats Accepted
  • Central Heating
  • Clothes Airer or Washing Line
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothes Washer
  • Cooker and Hob
  • Courtyard
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Enclosed garden or large dog area
  • Flame Effect Fire
  • Freezer-compartment
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden - Enclosed
  • Ground Floor Bath
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Ground Floor Shower
  • Ground Floor Toilet
  • High Chair Provided
  • Internet Access
  • Iron and Board
  • King Size Bed
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Parking
  • Open Fire or Wood Burner
  • Shepherds Hut Holiday
  • Shower, over Bath
  • Shower, Walk In
  • Single Storey
  • Smart TV
  • Television
  • Towels Provided
  • Travel Cot Provided
  • Village
  • Wifi



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The Experiance


A delightful secluded part of a Medieval clutter of buildings known as The Grange set in 10 acres of riverside meadows and woodland for you to enjoy, beside what has been described as England's prettiest village.

A beautiful Historic Cottage in an idyllic riverside location next to a tiny village with a good pub with beautiful walks all around this is in many ways the perfect cottage.



Cottage Walk Through


You enter your private courtyard through an archway in the Medieval building, where the odd chicken will happily greet you.

Your private front door opens into a small hallway with stairs to the master bedroom.

On the right is a bathroom and straight ahead the main room with the kitchen beyond to the left.

The main room has a lovely 'Suffolk White' brick floor with the luxury of underfloor heating. Light pours in from the two large windows and glazed door that leads outside. There are two large sofas for you to cosy up in and Persian carpets throughout the cottage for you to admire.

The wealth of ancient beams and the cosy atmosphere of this lovely room immediately relax you.

Beyond the main room is the open plan kitchen which is very well equipped so that staying in for dinner is a pleasure.

Ancient stairs behind a cupboard door wind their way up to the twin bedroom.

The bathroom is wood panelled and has Italian marble tiles around the bath. It also has a historic Suffolk white brick floor with underfloor heating and an oversized 1800 x 800 bath with a glass shower screen over it.

On the first floor are the two bedrooms, each with its own staircase, there is an interconnecting door but this can be locked. The main king sized bedroom is very spacious with lots of Medieval Oak beams and rare wall boarding. The gorgous floors are solid English broad oak with lovely Persian rugs and the ancient mullioned windows look out over the meadows.

The second bedroom is twin bedded room, but please be aware the staircase is a bit steep and windy so not suitable for those with mobility problems.



The Gardens


There is a pretty stone flagged terrace accessed from the main room. The terrace leads through a wrought iron gate to a sunny garden with a patio area, painted wooden shed, beds and containers, large bay tree and willow hurdling . There is ample outside lighting for evening meals al fresco. There's also a barbeque and all the usual garden and patio furniture.



There is easy off-street parking next to the The Grange with vehicular access through the Coach House archway, direct to the cottage for unloading etc.

The Grange is set in 10 acres.  Except from the formal garden you're welcome to explore the three ancient water meadows, the wood and even the one acre island in the river Brett that runs beside The Grange.

Church Meadow is part of this land and it runs from the church right to the centre of the village. The owners manage these meadows in the traditional way to maximise biodiversity and encourage wild flowers in particular.

You can spend some delightful times exploring the banks of the river and there are footpaths to take you further into the countryside.



Green Credentials


The Grange has been restored using where possible reclaimed materials and tradlitional building techniques. This include lime plaster and limewashes, the work was carried out under the English Heritage guidance and by local artisans spelcialising in their fields of restoration. At the same time maximum energy efficiency and insulation was installed.

All the waste water is treated on our own land.

The fishing here is good enough for the Hadleigh Angling Club to hold several competitions every year. The river is broad enough for some very pleasant rowing down to the Old Bridge at the centre of the village, or up stream towards Monks Eleigh. Reed growth makes it harder going in late summer early autumn, but the peace and quiet and the wildlife make it utterly idyllic.
Wildlife teems here, including a pleasingly high number of different species of dragonfly (always a good sign!), birds, crested newt, badger, fox, deer and of course rabbits. There are otters in residence along the river from time to time, they are very shy and rarely seen. We have a small number of very free range chickens who have access to the whole 10 acres and who produce the finest eggs imaginable.
Guests are welcome to fish on the Snayle (the island) but the best fishing is in Church Meadow and the 'Middle Field'.



Local Area


Julian Tennyson – great grandson of Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate – said of Chelsworth:
"I have a perfect village of my own finding, which I pride myself is quite unknown.
It is Chelsworth …
It lies completely hidden in a little valley.
Its cottages are irregular, very well kept and finely timbered.
It borders a stream, a quiet ready stream, whose banks are lined with rich and gigantic trees.
I can’t tell you why I think it is perfect.
Perhaps it is because Chelsworth has been left to itself."
The tiny Village of Chelsworth, which is widely mentioned as one of England’s prettiest Medieval Villages,  is just beside us and it  has an good Pub right by the bridge for thirsty walkers.
Please visit the Old Chelsworth website to learn more about the history of this charming Suffolk village.
For over 40 years now the village has opened many of its gardens to the public on 'Open Gardens Day' for charity. Chelsworth is believed to be the first village in England to do so.
For information on Open Gardens Day and many more pictures of the village please see the village website.
Supermarkets and shops are within a 10 minute drive.
The famous village of Lavenham ‘England’s best preserved Medieval Village’ is just 4 miles away and the area immortalised by England’s renowned Landscape Painter ; John Constable and known as ‘Constable Country’ is right beside us. 
There are many great country pubs, some  like The Crown Inn at Stoke-by-Nayland and some high quality restaurants like The Great House or The Swann in Lavenham.
Please see my Local Guide tab for more information.
This area is amazingly rural and untouched by city life, with tiny single track lanes leading nowhere or to a pub, footpaths galore and tiny Medieval Villages where time seems to have stood still.
If you are staying for more than a weekend then a day out at the unspoilt Suffolk Coast is always a lovely trip.
The coast starts just 30 minutes away near Colchester or Ipswich and our favourite beaches and places on the coast are between 50 – 70 minutes away, places like Pin Mill, Nacton, Levington, Orford, Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Southwold and Mersey Island.
The nearby Medieval Villages of Long Melford, famed for its setting for the Lovejoys TV series, Nayland, sitting prettily on the river Stour, Polstead, with its bluebells woods and impressive views over the Box river valley are all close by and there are many more tiny villages with lovely walks and Pubs to explore.
This is an area where you feel a million miles away from city life and can really relax and enjoy just being part of it.




Standard Inclusive Features


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  • Kitchen: All cottages are complete little homes and facilities include modern central heating, refrigerator, hobs, oven and / or microwave, toaster, crockery & serving dishes, cutlery, many utensils, fire-extinguisher, lots of pots & pans, glasses & mugs, kettle, coffee maker, teapot, kitchen towels, oven gloves, olive oil & vinegar, salt & pepper, sugar, herbs, tea, fresh and instant coffee, washing up liquid, cloths, general cleaning materials, etc.

  • "Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.

  • Bathroom: Soap, fluffy cotton towels, bath mats, shaver point, toilet brush, toilet roll.

  • Bedroom: Cotton bed linen, wardrobe with coat hangers / chest of drawers, iron, ironing board, hairdryer.

  • Living room: If your cottage has an open fire or stove then a basket with firewood and a bucket with coal will be provided free and more will be available at cost and there will be firelighters provided, TV, books, games, magazines, local brochures, OS and other maps, folder with our special 'What To Do' insiders guide to the local area.

  • Bikes: There are 12 bikes for the free use of the guests. The South Suffolk Cycle Route runs past the cottage.

  • Cleaning: In this cotage there is a washing machine and dryer in the walk-thru which is for the use of the 6 cottages on the old Grove Farm. There are also deck chairs and carpets for the garden.

  • Baby: Cot and high chair provided in cottages accepting babies (please bring babies bedding).

  • Dog: Water bowl and treat per dog is provided in cottages accepting pets.

Well behaved Dogs are always welcome, please refer to  All About Bringing Pets for charges, Rules and how this cottage may suit your pet.


 Bikes are provided for you free of charge to explore the local lanes, please check with the owner your requirements.

Lovely bikes are provided free of charge

Treat yourself to an indulgent day here

Health Spa treats

Our "Welcome Pack": Contains all the freshest ingredients for a 'Proper English breakfast': eggs, bacon, butter, some tomatoes, fruit, a lemon, a litre of milk and a loaf of fresh local bread.

Cottages with open fires are supplied with a complimentary first load of fuel after which you can buy more using an honesty box.

Most cottages also supply Bikes free of charge unless it is stated that no bikes are available.

Breakfast Basket Supplied

A beautiful meadow is attached to this cottage for you to enjoy.


While you are staying with us why not have a special treat and go Sailing for the day.  

For days out sailing...

Public Transport

London Liverpool Street station - Ipswich station = 55 Minutes

Taxis - Ipswich Cab Co 01473 256666 or Avenue Taxis 01473 257777 - 30 mins to cottage


London Liverpool Street station - Colchester station = 47 minutes

Taxi rank at the station also Taxis 01206 544744. cab2go 01206 701701. Five Sevens 01206 577777 - 40 mins to cottage


London Cambridge station - Stowmarket station = 75 Minutes

Taxis 01799 543311. Five Star 01799 522445. Select 01799 525500 - 24 minutes to the cottage