Kersey’s “million year old” puddingstone nearly dug up!

Kersey is a quaint, picturesque village; tucked away in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and with a population of only 350.

The Kersey puddingstone is (give or take a few hundred thousand years) more than a million years old, and so far the residents of the Suffolk village have endured its presence without serious injury.

In the view of Suffolk council, however, the ancient lump of rock sticking out of the pavement was a dangerous trip hazard.

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The Love For Kersey; Suffolk’s Prettiest Village

Over the last week the quaint village of Kersey, Suffolk, has been mentioned in articles online and in the press. Our own Water Cottage lies right next to the ‘splash’ in this pretty village.

Jodie May, author of the craft and rustic living blog ‘A Handmade Cottage’ and columnist in the Herts and Essex Observer, recently came to visit our Water Cottage, and wrote about her stay in a featured blog post hereContinue reading

Restored with Love

We were thrilled to be asked to contribute to the new Bury & West Suffolk Magazine (available free of charge in Waitrose) in their Interiors section, talking about Mark’s style in interior design and how he goes about furnishing his cottages. This is what they wrote:

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Mint Cottage featured in the Sunday Mirror

We are always pleased to see our cottages feature in the national media, but especially so when they are the headline image. Mint Cottage in Lavenham obviously bowled the editor of the Sunday Mirror over with its glorious beamed ceiling and sumptuous four poster bed and they chose to print two pictures in a recent article about romantic places to stay in England.

We especially like this bit: “Mint Cottage is crammed with tasteful objects, stuffed with charm and you’ll be staying round the corner from posh restaurants and antiques shops”Mint-Cottage,-Sunday-Mirror

For more images of this delightful cottage and its neighbour, Penny Cottage, please visit our main website.

Little Cote in the Press

We were thrilled to see one of our cottages, Little Cote near Stowmarket, featured in this month’s Suffolk Magazine. The editor of the mag spoke with owners Steve Herbert and Cherry Sandford about their restoration work on the 16th century timber framed cottage. Cherry and Steve are both horticulturalists and have established a beautiful cottage garden as well as a wildflower meadow for their chickens (and guests!) to roam and enjoy the fruit orchard, trees and flowers.

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You can see more images of Little Cote on our website.

Tara in the press

We were thrilled to see Tara featured in the January 2014 edition of Traveller, the award-winning  magazine from Lonely Planet.

Tara in the Czech Republic

Tara is in a stunning location, in a nature reserve and as beautiful in the winter as in the summer. It sleeps 12 people, making it the perfect place for a big family reunion or a get-together with friends.

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Tara in the Czech Republic in the summer

What about Tara for your next holiday? It’s never too soon to book for your summer break or even plan for next Christmas – only 352 days to go…….


The Old Monkey – One of Suffolk’s Cool Cottages!

We were pleased to see The Old Monkey in Hadleigh, one of our ‘boltholes for two’  is listed as one of the coolest cottages in Suffolk, in Saturday’s Guardian.

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It’s a cottage full of character and romance and packed with quirky features. Throw in  a couple of nice restaurants and lovely countryside on the doorstep and it all adds up to a perfect short break in Suffolk.

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The Old Monkey, romantic holiday cottage