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About this property
Riverside Cottage is the end terrace of a converted watermill on the banks of the River Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Set in the heart of a conservation area, with river frontage and fishing rights, Riverside Cottage is the perfect holiday location for a secluded, romantic retreat. It also makes an ideal cycling base, situated on National Cycle Network route 30. It has a private jetty, a four person rowing boat and a small, private island accessed via a wooden bridge. Visitors to the garden include swans, deer, kingfishers, ducks and numerous other bird species. Fish include chubb, pike and perch. The river runs the full length of the garden and along the bank are bulrushes, water iris, lilies and reeds. There is a public house within walking distance, The Old Kings Head with origins dating back to the 14th century incorporates a bar and restaurant.
Convenient shopping is available in the busy market town of Harleston, three miles away. The Heritage Coast is within easy reach and includes the resorts of Southwold and Felixstowe. It is ideally situated for exploring Constable and Gainsborough Country, Framlingham Castle, Bigod Castle in Bungay, the Norfolk Broads or trawling antique markets and local potteries. Pakenham boasts the only working water mill in Suffolk and Bressingham Steam Museum and Banham Zoo are 20 minutes away. Excellent local restaurants include the Fox and Goose at Fressingfield, the Swan at Hoxne, the Low House (the Kings Head) at Laxfield, the Relish at Newton Flotman and the De La Pole at Wingfield.
Other places to visit in the area include:
Orford Castle.For details of opening times for the above properties please visit www.english-heritage.org.uk
National Trust properties within the area include:
Ickworth House and Sutton Hoo.
For details of opening times please visit either www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/suttonhoo.
Other historic houses and gardens within the area include:
Helmingham Hall Gardens - www.helmingham.com
Otley Hall - www.otleyhall.co.uk
Yaxley Hall - www.yaxleyhall.com
For further places to visit within the area visit www.visitsuffolk.com and www.visitnorfolk.co.uk
Transport - Car
Distance - Miles
- The Four Horseshoes 8 miles
- Crown Hotel 10 miles
- Banham Zoo 11.5 miles
- The Kings Head, Brooke 14 miles
- Farmcafe & Foodmarket, Marlesford, Suffolk 14.5 miles
- Snetterton Race Circuit 15 miles
- The Green Dragon 16 miles
- The Plough And Sail 17 miles
- Dunwich Beach 17 miles
- Minsmere RSPB Reserve 17.5 miles
"Good but not perfect. Idyllic location but aspects of the cottage need attention. The range cooker door is broken and needs repair; this is mentioned in previous reviews. Also annoyingly you cannot alter the heating without contacting the housekeeper who then contacts the owner who uses an app on his phone. This is not what one expects in a luxury cottage."
"A very relaxing retreat. This is a beautiful cottage that makes the most of its wonderful location next to a river. It has its own rowing boat which was great fun. It also had bicycles for guests use and a private island to explore. There was a welcome hamper which was indeed very welcome and the lady we dealt with, Hannah, was friendly and helpful. Perfect!"
"Lovely cottage enjoyed the holiday"
"Riverside cottage, Syleham in Suffolk. We had an amazing 3 night stay at this beautiful house. The house was was gorgeous, spotless and had everything you could ask for including bathrobes. However the best thing was the position of the house alongside the river, we spent hours on the decking listening to the birdsong. The welcome hamper was a bonus and the housekeeper kindly called to make sure we had everything we needed. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Emma and Barry (April 2017)"
"Beautiful property, very well maintained, except for the range oven which leaked out a lot of heat when in use, so it was difficult to gauge how long something would take to cook. But that was the only complaint. Welcome pack was great, beds very comfortable, nice linen and towels. Plenty of good quality cutlery, glasses and crockery. Nice phone call from house keeper to see if we had settled in ok. Wonderful garden and boat. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday."
"Though i felt on this occasion the welcome pack was slightly disappointing. Previously the welcome pack has reflected local suppliers - i thought bread from the local co-op though adequate was surprising bearing in mind the number of local bakeries available reasonably locally."
"We stayed at the Riverside cottage after confirming that we could take our vehicles there we received a phone call from the owner asking us to remove from drive and park in a pitch black car park over a tiny slippery bridge I myself had broken a bone in my foot and elderly members in our party could not manage this plus we had equipment in them that was of concern I explained we had fully explained and that it was confirmed with Snaptrip the owner said we would have to remove them right away as one of the neighbours had complained as the vehicles were not over hanging any other property We could not understand the reasoning for this our fishing equipment is very expensive and leaving it in an unlit car park and worrying about it let alone the walk in pitch black ruined the holiday mon to sat morning at nearly £800.00 is totally unacceptable and although we explained to Snaptrip we feel they should of been more forthright in ensuring we were happy with the out come if the owners have disputes with their neighbours it should not of spoilt the time that we spent there very disappointing!!!"
"Beautiful house and garden. Equipped to the highest standard."
"If I could give average rating I would. Position of cottage, fittings and garden were great but cleanliness not up to standard, especially compared to other RR cottages we have been too. Some fittings were not working (lights, one of hobs on the range etc), the floors had not been proerly cleaned, I had to clean the shower of hair to get it draining properly, the grass in the garden had not been cut etc. This took the edge off what was otherwise a very nice break"
"If I could give average rating I would.Position of cottage, fittings and garden were great but cleanliness not up to standard, especially compared to other RR cottages we have been too.Some fittings were not working (lights, one of hobs on the range etc), the floors had not been proerly cleaned, I had to clean the shower of hair to get it draining properly, the grass in the garden had not been cut etc. This took the edge off what was otherwise a very nice break"
"The location of this property was excellent. The property was clean, although not to a high standard. The added extra of a dressing gown each was really appreciated."
"Quite outstanding. I was sure all aspects would be very good but they were beyond all expectations."
"Wonderful cottage. Very relaxing location. Helpful owner. Lovely welcome hamper. Great to have the use of a boat and bicycles."
"Excellent new year break. Cottage was stunning with everything we needed available. Very well equipped cottage. Log burner was great and the luxury hamper very well received.We even used the boat on New Year's Day but did have to give it a good clean first.Only downside would be how slippery the decking and patio was. Just 20 min use of a pressure washer would have made all the difference. I do appreciate it was new year and probably not normally used much but it was beautiful weather and we love being outside."
"Excellent new year break. Cottage was stunning with everything we needed available. Very well equipped cottage. Log burner was great and the luxury hamper very well received. We even used the boat on New Year's Day but did have to give it a good clean first. Only downside would be how slippery the decking and patio was. Just 20 min use of a pressure washer would have made all the difference. I do appreciate it was new year and probably not normally used much but it was beautiful weather and we love being outside."
"Unlike previous holidays at this cottage we did not hear from the housekeeper during our visit."
"A very relaxing week in a comfortable and tranquil setting. Well done RR yet again. CB, Warwickshire"
"We have stayed in this property before and our visit on this occasion was every bit as enjoyable and as comfortable as the first. CN, Glasgow"
"It was a fabulous weekend - there was absolutely nothing we could find fault with. The hamper on arrival was superb. We will return next year. NC, Peterborough."
"We had a lovely stay in Riverside Cottage, gorgeous location and stunning property. In fact we've already booked it for next year. VG, Slough"
"One of the best cottages we have stayed in. JH, Twickenham"
"Property is idyllic. We hope to come back to this property in the future. LP, Huddersfield"
"This is a beautiful cottage in a lovely setting. It is certainly the best Snaptrip property that we have been to so far, with incredibly high standards all round. AH, St Albans"
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