The Old Brickyard Cottages sit on the banks of the River Stour in Suffolk, on the site of a former Brickyard. With two dog-friendly cottages to choose from, or our delightful converted Dutch barge you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Situated on the Shotley Peninsula, you are ideally poised to explore the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast if you wish, or simply kick back and enjoy your surroundings.
‘The Cottage’ sleeps 4+2 in two double bedrooms, plus a sofa bed in the conservatory, with stunning views of the the RSPB reserve and River Stour across your lawn. Your own sauna is a definite bonus! The ideal place for a small family or group of friends to relax, unwind and get back to nature.
There are two large double bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms, one with a bath the other with a shower. Two sitting rooms, again both with wood burning stoves, providing a comfortable indoor space. The kitchen is open plan and there is a dining area as you can see above. Or you can eat at the table in the conservatory and enjoy the remarkable views.The sauna is a great feature of The Cottage and is there for you ease those tired muscles
The Cottage benefits from two gardens! One is a secluded sunken area with a BBQ and glass panels affording you wonderful views of the River Stour. It has a quintessentially English feel and is the prefect place for an afternoon snooze. There is then an open lawn right on the River, overlooked by your conservatory
While not fully adapted for disabled people, the cottage is all on the ground floor and there is a ramp over the front door cill.
‘The Potting Shed’ sleeps 2, plus 1 or 2 kids. It nestles in the garden with its own greenhouse and a new conservatory, which is an amazing sun trap! This light and airy conversion offers the perfect romantic break, with your own enclosed terrace overlooking the River Stour
It lives up to its name…In the heart of the garden with a large greenhouse to one side and a large glass conservatory/ sun room to the front.
In its former life, there were two simple rooms looking out over the fields to the north and the garden to the south.
Each room of this contemporary conversion has two large roof lights, which makes it really light and sunny. One end is the double bedroom, with cupboards built in and a large antique chest of drawers. With the pitched roof in evidence, there is a platform bed, accessed by a ladder, above the bedroom door; a magic place for children.
The other half has a shower and toilet, and the kitchen. Fridge and dishwasher are both built in, while on the wall behind is an antique pine dresser. Next to the kitchen, down a couple of steps is the greenhouse, only slightly smaller than the potting shed itself! It’s home to two mature vines, all sorts of other plants and next to the kitchen steps a butler’s sink and a washing machine.
To the front, there’s a new conservatory with wooden floors like the rest of the building; A dining table with four chairs, sofa, coffee table and a wood burning stove. This has been installed so that it heats the entire building.
Outside The Potting Shed, the mature garden can be enjoyed from an old brick terrace between the side of the conservatory and the front of the greenhouse. Garden pots, a large old slate table, chairs and a barbecue make this a lovely place to enjoy summer evenings.
Through the garden and down to the river, you have your own enclosed terrace, with views across to Harwich old town, the ferry terminal and then all the way up the Stour to Mistley. To sit here and watch the Sun slide into the river is a true delight. Early risers can watch the dawn over Felixstowe. Those who are neither early nor late can use the Terrace to watch the birds feeding on the mud flats, part of the RSPB reserve.
‘Volharding’ translates from Dutch as ‘Perseverance’ and is an historic 78ft barge, dating back to 1890. Featuring a large teak table on the main deck for al fresco dining, she sleeps 8-10 in a range of double and single cabins. She is moored to a jetty adjacent to the Old Brickyard and offers amazing views of the River Stour in Suffolk.The spacious saloon has three windows on both sides, making it very light and airy, and offering good visibility of the world outside, with an opening covered window onto the well deck. Storage cupboards line both sides of the saloon, two of which contain full size fridge and freezer. The saloon is laid out informally with chairs, dining table and a beautiful coffee table made from an old lee-board
Equipped with a small fridge for everyday items, a full size dishwasher, combined oven\grill\microwave, four ring stainless steel gas hob with stainless steel extractor hood and a stainless steel gas oven the barge has everything you could want to make your stay enjoyable.