Romantic Suffolk Cottage in Orford
There are many wonderful places to visit in our green and pleasant land and an escape to this romantic Suffolk cottage in Orford is right up there.
This Autumn we bundled into the car and drove to the Suffolk coast and to the charming little fishing town of Orford, only two hours from London. We’ve been told it attracts the type of fashionable foodie folk from the city and beyond, who flock here wearing leather boots and fisherman beanies and know that oyster ‘liquor’ tastes better in the cold of Winter. That’s probably true and Butley Orford Oysterage on market square is the perfect restaurant to find out. No fuss, just delicious sea-to-fork food.
Just across Market Square is the prize of Orford – the wonderful Pump Street Bakery. When you offer up warm artisan bread and pastries this good, it’s unsurprising that queues of customers often wrap around the building. After a long, frisky walk along the coast and marshes, Pump Street is just the place to grab a hot coffee and a cheeky focaccia to take home for lunch. If you’re feeling a little naughty (and a bit pregnant like me) try and grab a couple of fluffy friand cakes (tasty bite-size almond cakes, filled with a hidden seasonal fruit, all warm and squidgy) and feed each other on the stroll back.
With all the gems of Orford on your doorstep, it’s no wonder why we enjoyed our stay at Well Cottage so much. Apart from the great location, this small but beautifully formed cottage has everything you desire from a romantic escape. Tucked away behind the main square, this 18th century property has all the charming features of a cosy retreat including wooden beams, iron bed frames, open fires and lovely vintage furnishings. Yet this place comes to life through the owner’s eye for contemporary and colourful design. The collection of paintings and family art adorn the cottage making it feel like a real home from home. The warm stone floor makes it easy to feel relaxed with a small dog and toddler spilling about the place. You also don’t need to worry about bringing your own cot, highchair and doggy bowl. All are provided, along with all the necessities to make a good cup of tea with biscuits or a large glass of wine on arrival. The modern kitchen/dining extension is a stunning space to sprawl out the weekend newspapers over breakfast, basked in sunlight with glass doors leading out into your own private and leafy courtyard. Even the loo has a spectacular view of the distant sunset coast.
If the weather had been bad, we would have happily stayed in doors all week cuddled up on the sofa watching DVDs or playing marble solitaire. (That’s after we’d managed to climb down from the bed and all its heavenliness).
Well Cottage is just lovely and a perfect choice for a romantic break all season round, even if you can’t leave the little ones behind.
We only wish we had booked early enough to secure a memorable stay over Christmas and New Year.