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Marlborough House Forge

Saxtead, Suffolk
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This property is managed by Original Cottages info_outline

Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
5 star
Parking on site / nearby
Towels included
Romantic
Luxury
Internet access
Enclosed garden / patio
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Pub nearby
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At a glance

  • Stay in this charming ground floor countryside cottage
  • Relax outside on the pretty raised deck
  • Enjoy the characterful period features throughout

Property code: OC-SFMHF

Boasting period features alongside contemporary living, this beautifully renovated village forge, nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside but close to the coast, is the perfect property for a couples’ retreat. With spacious and stylish interiors and set within peaceful surroundings, it’s the ideal base for two guests to discover everything that Suffolk has to offer.

From the private parking area, a path through the enclosed garden leads you to the front door. Once inside this lovely, single-level property, you’ll discover charming, traditional features such as exposed beams and even the existence of the original bellows. Now, the bright and welcoming open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner offers everything you could need for your self-catering stay. The living area has a cosy, stylish sofa and a pretty bay window seat from which you can admire the views of the garden and the surrounding countryside, and the kitchen is very well equipped and offers a breakfast bar for more informal dining. Continuing through the cottage there is the beautifully presented bedroom with a king-size bed, plenty of storage and more views across the fields. There’s also a stylish, contemporary shower room with a large walk-in shower to complete the accommodation. Outside, there’s a lovely, enclosed garden with steps up to a patio area with a small table and chairs – a great sun trap and a beautiful spot whatever the season.

The property itself is in the small village of Saxtead which is nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, just 3 miles west of the charming market town of Framlingham, where you can step back in time to explore its magnificent 12th-century castle and find an excellent range of places to eat and drink. Considered the jewel in Suffolk’s crown, why not head to Woodbridge 14.5 miles away to discover a fabulous selection of independent restaurants, weekly markets full of local produce, riverside walks along the River Deben and boat trips along the river offering superb views of Sutton Hoo (16 miles). While away an afternoon skimming stones out to sea at the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh 17 miles away before admiring its Georgian buildings housing independent shops, galleries and restaurants.

  • 1 bedroom with king-size bed, plus sofa bed in the living area which can be used for an additional charge
  • 1 shower room with walk-in, double width shower and WC
  • Oven, hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and freezer
  • Welcome pack
  • Cot and highchair available on request 
  • Smart TV and Amazon Firestick; USB plug sockets in living room and bedroom
  • Enclosed garden with lawn/patio
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Mobile signal good
  • Pub 1 mile, shop 3 miles, beach 18 miles
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Fleur Chorlton

This property is personally managed by Fleur.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 61 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Beverley 14th July 2024

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This is a lovely well appointed Cottage in a good location for the various Suffolk attractions. It was particularly handy to have Framlingham close by. The bed was comfortable, the shower modern and easy to use. The outdoor space is lovely And the area is peaceful. The owners couldnt be more helpful.

Reviewed by Charles 1st July 2024

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Reviewed by John 9th June 2024

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This gorgeous cottage was absolutely perfect for 2 with plenty of space inside and out and everything we needed included. The bed was super comfy and the shower was great with both overhead and adjustable options. We appreciated the delicious welcome treats and the beautiful vase of garden flowers. The tranquil setting was perfect for getting away Read morefrom it all and relaxing but the location was also great for exploring the many interesting places Suffolk has to offer. A hidden gem. Hide

Reviewed by Ian 20th May 2024

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Very enjoyable 5 days at this well equipped cottage. Delightful outdoor space and easy access to the countryside. A good choice of pubs and coffee/tea shops and local butchers and delis nearby.

Reviewed by Audrey 12th May 2024

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Reviewed by Stephen 2nd May 2024

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Well appointed property, ideal location for exploring Suffolk and we really enjoyed our week despite inclement weather.

Reviewed by Sarah 3rd April 2024

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In the run up to the Easter weekend we had an enjoyable stayed at Marlborough House Forge. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable, containing everything we needed for a short break. We were able to gain access to our accommodation slightly earlier which was helpful. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Graham 30th March 2024

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We had a awonderful stay at The Forge. Everything was spotlessly clean and the bed and linen were very comfortable. The shower was excellent once we had worked it out and the arrivals treat was really unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed. Even the weather was better than forecast although I don't think that was arranged especially for us! We explored Read moreFramlingham, Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Thorpness and Aldebrough and cannot wait to go back and see some more. Overall great value. Hide

Reviewed by Alan 14th March 2024

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Really good accomodation, all you need is provided.

Reviewed by Kathryn 2nd December 2023

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Reviewed by Steve 7th November 2023

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Great Location. Clean. Warm and cosy. Well equipped.

Reviewed by Derek 20th October 2023

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Lovely location and delightful little cottage. Results speak for themselves - we keep going back!

Reviewed by Keith 1st October 2023

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So comfortable, impeccably clean. Beautiful quiet position with lovely views of countryside.

Reviewed by Mary 25th September 2023

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Reviewed by Louise 20th September 2023

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Reviewed by Sally 17th September 2023

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Excellent, very clean property. All equipment & furnishings were of a high quality. We loved sitting in the garden, enjoying the peace & quiet. Great location for sight seeing. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Marion 12th September 2023

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Reviewed by Sheelagh 26th August 2023

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Friendly helpful owners who were there if needed but were not intrusive. The cottage while quite remote was comfortable and made for a relaxing holiday

Reviewed by Lucy 8th August 2023

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Lovely that the owner made contact with us on our arrival day. Very clean cottage with everything we needed, nice welcome pack. We will really miss the view!

Reviewed by Linda and Alan 28th July 2023

We have had a wonderful stay here at The Forge. Beautiful cottage with everything here that we needed. Had a great day at Framlingham Castle. Thank you very much for the delicious welcome tray. Weve enjoyed exploring beautiful Suffolk and definitely hope to come here again. Many thanks to you both for a wonderful stay.

Reviewed by Heather 19th July 2023

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What a find, the cottage oozes luxury, its cozy,in a lovely quiet location. The owner Cathy was very welcoming and sociable, she also spoiled us with her generosity, which was much appreciated. We had a fabulous break, and really did not want to go home, we would recommend this property without hesitation.

Reviewed by John and Heather 18th July 2023

What a find! Luxury, cosy, peaceful, great location to explore glorious Suffolk. A special thank you to Cathy, just a text away if you needed help in any way and for her generosity with much appreciated treats far and above what we expected. The Forge will be at the top of our list for our next visit to Suffolk. Plenty of good golf courses too !Read more Hide

Reviewed by Julie & Tracy 8th July 2023

Absolute paradise. We echo everything fellow holiday makers have said regarding the beautiful cottage. Its perfect in every way and has been a great place to celebrate my wifes 60th Birthday. From the very first moment arriving to fresh flowers and a gorgeous welcome tray this has been wonderful and weather has been glorious. Wonderful days spent iRead moren Southwold, Thorpeness and exploring beautiful Suffolk. Hide

Reviewed by Simon 3rd July 2023

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Well presented and very clean cottage. Welcome pack was lovely and owners were very friendly.

Reviewed by Simon & Christine 1st July 2023

The Forge is a lovely place to stay. The welcome pack was great and much appreciated. We have enjoyed the wildlife that Suffolk and Norfolk have to offer. Many thanks.

Reviewed by Mike & Jan 24th June 2023

What a lovely renovation of the Forge. Appreciated the photos of all the hard work. Very comfortable and would definitely recommend. A visit to the Queen at Dennington is worth a visit with really nice food. Very happy all round!

Reviewed by Peter and Rhian 17th June 2023

Were so pleased to have found this cottage to stay in perfect location and peaceful surroundings for such a sunny and warm week. Thank you for the welcome pack much needed after our journey here plus the fan to keep us cool at night. Enjoyed relaxing in the garden both at breakfast time and in the early evenings. Its been a very comfortable and lRead moreuxurious cottage throughout. Hide

Reviewed by Julie and Jason 10th June 2023

A beautiful cottage. The welcome tray was appreciated. The location is quiet and central to everything. Would recommend the American Air Museum at Parham. The volunteers are fantastic. Thank you for sharing your cottage and laying on such lovely weather.

Reviewed by Steph and Alison 25th May 2023

Thanks for such a nice stay. We come to Suffolk every year but this place is so central for the coast. Makes life easy even when youve had enough its a pleasure just to sit in the garden. Thanks again.

Reviewed by Ron 20th May 2023

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Reviewed by Christine and Ron 19th May 2023

We have thoroughly enjoyed our week in Suffolk. The cottage is perfect. Thank you very much.

Reviewed by Anonymous 12th May 2023

An impeccably presented property and a holiday home from home. I cannot but agree with all the previous favourable comments. Many thanks

Reviewed by Jennifer 5th May 2023

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Reviewed by Ben 27th April 2023

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Marlborough House Forge was very clean, comfortable & quiet. Overlooking looking fields when seated on the sofa & also the outside seating area (the weather wasn't conducive to us make use of this though). The large shower is excellent & the property well equipped. It's not a large property, but ideal for a couple.

Reviewed by Tania and Ben 25th April 2023

Weve had a lovely time here at the Forge. It was inviting and pleasant straight away. We have both found it very quiet, relaxing and a great base to dash around Suffolk from. Many thanks for allowing us to park on your driveway as we have a large vehicle. Oh and we like the photos of the renovations too !

Reviewed by Robin 22nd April 2023

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Reviewed by Rob and Jean 21st April 2023

Weve had a really enjoyable stay. The welcome tray and flowers were a lovely touch. The cottage has been furnished and equipped to a high standard and has everything you need for a perfect break. The location makes it ideal as a base for exploring the lovely Suffolk countryside. Many thanks for making is such a pleasurable experience.

Reviewed by Rachel 16th April 2023

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Really appreciated the way in which information was provided prior to our holiday. Receiving reminders of key information, both by email and text, was particularly useful and meant that we didn't have to go searching round for directions/key safe codes at the last minute. The cottage itself was wonderful and had everything we could have wished forRead more. The perfect place for a relaxing and restful holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Mick and Rachel 15th April 2023

What a wonderful week weve had. The treats upon arrival were much appreciated and got our holiday off to a great start. The location of the cottage is perfect and enabled us to explore so much of this lovely part of the country. Minsmere, Dunwich Heath and Boynton Hollesley were fantastic for walking and birding. It was so nice to return to such a Read morecosy and comfortable home from home at the end of each day. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage with us and for making this the restful and relaxing break we both needed. Hide

Reviewed by Elaine 29th March 2023

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What a wonderful cottage! Very clean with gorgeous soft furnishings and lovely little extras such as fresh flowers and home made scones on arrival. Lovely little garden with a stable door. Very well placed for local attractions including castles and the coast. Great restaurants within 10 min ride. Highly recommended

Reviewed by Katherine 21st March 2023

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Easy to book, communications good. Excellent clean well equipped cottage in an area we had wanted to visit.

Reviewed by Anonymous 1st January 2023

29 Dec 2022 1 Jan 2023. Shelley & Ian. The Midlands. Back to stay in our favourite rural sanctuary with our favourite hosts Peter and Cathy, spoiling us with special new year arrival treats Cathy especially is so considerate and remembers all our your favourite things. A delightful place to see in 2023, to have time to rest, reflRead moreect and plan in our special Suffolk retreat. Cosy, warm and so comfortable, the most wonderful start to the new year. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Anonymous 27th December 2022

22-27 Dec. Bill & Gillian. Leeds. Christmas in this lovely cottage, decorated with lights and tree in the sitting area gave it a the seasonal look and a much appreciated welcome tray. Its an area we know well and visited Framlingham, Aldeburgh and Southwold and enjoyed good walks around the Mere and castle and the beach where we sRead moreaw seals. Cathy and Peter were very welcoming and it is a place we would love to come back to. But for winter the weather was excellent and we have had wonderful sunrises and sunsets and clear skies and sunshine. Hide

Reviewed by Anonymous 12th November 2022

5-12 Nov. Paul and Beverley. Cheshire. We have enjoyed our stay at The Forge. We have explored lots of places and had some lovely meals. Our lunch at The Common Room was delicious. The welcome tray was so much appreciated. Thank you Cathy.

Reviewed by Valerie 11th November 2022

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Reviewed by Anonymous 5th November 2022

31 Oct 5 Nov. Val and Pete. Leicestershire. We have had a lovely stay at the Forge. A lovely cosy cottage in a great location. Thank you Cathy for your hospitality and for the lovely welcome tray and flowers it was very thoughtful. We would recommend the Dennington Queen for a meal. Hope to visit again soon. Many thanks.

Reviewed by Anonymous 30th October 2022

24-30 Oct. Kevin & Claire. North Devon. What a lovely peaceful place to stay. Weve really enjoyed the locality here as there is so much to do and see. All in all a lovely cosy cottage ideal for a getaway. Thank you Cathy and Peter.

Reviewed by Geoff 24th October 2022

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We were well looked after by OC with all the info we could possibly need. The accommodation was very comfortable and the owner lived next door - a very nice lady indeed. She made us very welcome. The countryside in the area was spectacular and great for exploring. The Sugar Beet lorries were quite busy as i guess the crop is harvested around noRead morew. Passing them on the narrow lanes was quite challenging at times. Hide

Reviewed by Anonymous 23rd October 2022

16 -23 Oct. Linda & Geoff. Dorset. The Forge was a wonderful find so cosy, clean and well equipped. We really looked forward to returning each evening. A lot of love and care has been spent creating this lovely tranquil haven. All in all an excellent stay so thank you Cathy and Peter we hope to see you again.

Reviewed by Anonymous 15th October 2022

12-15 Oct. Marion. Surrey. A last minute decision to have a few days away in Suffolk so glad I found Marlborough House Forge. What a fabulous place. Very comfortable and warm. Beautiful garden and easy parking. Welcome tray much appreciated. Excellent base for touring around managed to visit Southwold, Walberswick, Woodbridge, Read moreFramlingham, Lavenham, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings. Lovely to come back to such a fabulous cottage at the end of the day. Thank you for a wonderful relaxing break. Hide

Reviewed by Anonymous 3rd October 2022

27 Sept 3 Oct. Dawn and Derek. Bedfordshire. Well here we are back on our third visit perhaps a little greedy to have two visits in one year but think we need to make up for lost time due to the pandemic!. Looking back to our previous visit, we could almost copy our review word for word ! Thank you Cathy and Peter for your greeting and Read morethank you Cathy for that wonderful cream tea and goodies. Hope to be back next year. Hide

Reviewed by Anonymous 27th September 2022

17 -27 September. Jackie & Bill. Derby. Had a really lovely holiday. 10 days without rain stopping us doing anything! Saw lots of different town and villages. Loved going to Dunwich and borrowing electric scooters to go over the heath. Lots of things to view and buy at Snape Maltings a must visit. The cottage has been great to stay in, vRead moreery well equipped and such friendly hosts. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Frances 11th September 2022

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Reviewed by Anonymous 11th September 2022

5- 11 Sept. Philip & Frances. West Yorkshire. We have had a lovely stay at The Forge. We have been very lucky with the weather. Lovely walks around Southwold and Aldeburgh. Lovely cottage.

Reviewed by Anonymous 11th September 2022

10 17 Sept. Pat. Newcastle upon Tyne. Thank you for your hospitality and the lovely welcome tray. Its been a perfect base from which to catch up with friends and family and visit favourite haunts (and you provided great weather!). I hope to be back. Many thanks.

Reviewed by Dot 8th September 2022

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Reviewed by Anonymous 4th September 2022

30 Aug 4 Sept. Dot & Phil. Shropshire. We have really enjoyed our short break at this lovely place. We love what you have done with the Forge it is comfortable and cosy, beautifully fitted out and in a fabulous location. We loved sitting outside and staring at the tranquil view. The welcome tray was lovely. We have revisited haunts aRead morend memories from years gone by. Thanks Cathy we hope to be back! Hide

Reviewed by Anonymous 28th August 2022

We cant say thank you enough. You have created such a beautiful home-from-home at Marlborough House Forge. Every detail attended to, everything provided for and Cathys supreme care and kindness and attention was above and beyond. All the little touches made such a difference, local beautiful flowers, delicious scones and local produce we could inRead morestantly relax in this sacred and peaceful space they have created here. The peace surrounding the Forge , the views, being able to watch the dawn light across the fields, the wildlife , the star gazing, so many places to see not just on the doorstep. This truly is the perfect place to settle the senses, feed the soul and simply be. Thank you for a stay to remember. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon 21st August 2022

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Reviewed by Paul 13th August 2022

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There aren't enough superlatives to describe our stay! Our breath was taken away when we walked through the door. This is a fantastic property, beautifully restored to a high standard. It is extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean. The hosts are welcoming and friendly but step back to let you get in with your holiday unless they are needed. WoRead morenderful touches included scones on arrival, milk in the fridge, flowers to greet you. We couldnt have asked for better accommodation or a better location. We hope to be back. Hide

Reviewed by Christine 23rd July 2022

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We loved this home full of history, beautifully renovated, in idyllic surroundings. We were looking for a peaceful and comfortable base from which to revisit the Suffolk Coast and villages and visit family living in the area. It was perfect in every sense! Our host/owner provided a very thoughtful (and delicious!) welcome gift, and was always availRead moreable to answer any questions. We would happily have stayed longer, and hope to return on our next visit. A note that may be useful for visitors from abroad (such as ourselves) a car is necessary (we came in our own car). Framlingham had everything we needed, it is a very well equipped and lively little town, but it is around 4km from the property. Hide

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