Review: Blacksmith’s Cottage, Suffolk


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Sheer indulgent, romance awaits at the stylish Blacksmith’s Cottage in beautiful Lavenham in Suffolk. Perfectly sized for two, the cottage is ideal for lazy weekends exploring this delightful area.


The cottage is located in the village of Lavenham in the heart of rural Suffolk between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. It is one of the UK’s best preserved medieval villages and there is much to explore even just in the village itself; with a 15th century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and a circular walk. There’s a lot to entertain you locally too with shops, galleries and even a spa all near to the cottage. You can book guided tours of the village through the tourist centre and there’s even a free app with an audible self-guided tour. The cottage is an ideal base to discover East Anglia too, with the stunning heritage coastline just an hour away and Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury on your doorstep, the ancient village of Clare which is 12 miles away is also worth a visit, as is the picturesque village of Cavendish. Your hosts provide a range of local guides and maps to help you plan your stay and with this much to do locally, you’ll need them!

Style & Character

The cottage is simply charming inside, it’s newly refurbished and immaculate, and the end result is beautiful; warm, homely with historic charm and features. This is definitely a luxurious home and feels more like a boutique hotel!

Service & Facilities

This romantic botlhole features a lounge, kitchen and master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. The lounge is generously stocked with books, magazines and a smart TV with DVDs so has a homely, welcoming feel and is lovely to come back to after a day ambling around the local countryside. There is ample free parking available in the village and a small enclosed decked area where bikes can be stored.


Upstairs, you’ll find a little gem of a bedroom! A gorgeous vaulted-ceiling room with a comfy king-size bed and soft Egyptian cotton bedding. The bathroom is ensuite and you have a large shower and a stunning copper free-standing double-ended roll-top bath; very Instagram-able and definitely big enough for two! All the little extras to make your stay comfortable that you would expect at a five-star hotel are provided here; the towels are fluffy, there are bathrobes and the toiletries are White Company; heavenly.

Food & Drink

How and where you dine really depends on how much work you want to put in! There is a beautiful open-plan kitchen and so self-catering is definitely an option, your hosts always provide a wonderful welcome hamper which will get you started with some essentials, as well as some extra little treats. Also, some of Suffolk’s finest produce can be found locally, with an award-winning butchers and East Anglia’s ‘most loved bakery’ just a short stroll from the cottage that it would definitely make sense to make use of. However, the cottage is also surrounded by traditional local pubs, tearooms and restaurants and it would be a great shame not to partake for at least SOME of your visit; let someone else wait on you both on your holiday!

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