Miller's Cottage, The Old Mill

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

  • 4 Star
  • Special Offer10% off holidays starting on or before 16th July 2022 in our Early Summer Sale

You can book this property from:

  • £674 per week
  • £96 per night
  • 4 Star


Miller's Cottage was formerly occupied by the miller before the windmill, known as The Old Mill,was converted by composer Benjamin Britten into a home and studio. Since then it has been beautifully restored, whilst retaining its outstanding historic charm. Set in the heart of Snape surrounded by beautiful countryside, Miller's Cottage is close to the Aldeburgh coast and just a short walk from Snape Maltings and the river Alde.

ALDEBURGH 6 miles, ORFORD 7.5 miles, RSPB MINSMERE 9 miles, WOODBRIDGE 11 miles, DUNWICH 17 miles, SOUTHWOLD 18 miles

A History: 
Tucked away in the tranquil setting of Snape sits the charming Miller's Cottage, part of The Old Mill which dates back to 1797. The Old Mill was converted in 1937 by the UK's most famous modern composer, Benjamin Britten, and it was here that he composed some of his greatest works including Peter Grimes.

Living here with his partner Peter Pears, the building was the meeting place for many great writers, musicians and artists of the mid 20th century including E.M. Forster, John Piper and W.H. Auden. Creators of the Aldeburgh Festival in the 1940s, Britten and Pears soon found that the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh was too small for the audiences they were attracting and began looking for a larger concert venue. Living at The Old Mill, they looked down over the derelict Snape Maltings in its beautiful riverside setting and set to work to convert the Maltings into the world famous concert hall it is today. You can read more of The Old Mill's history here

This Suffolk Cottage Property: Miller's Cottage itself has been restored to create a wonderful holiday cottage all on ground floor level, and is full of charm and character. Perfectly designed throughout, the wonderful history of the property remains with its pamment flooring and flint walls but also has all the mod cons you could possibly want including TV, DVD player and WiFi. The cosy, countryside theme running throughout creates a very welcoming atmosphere. The kitchen is lovely and bright and the dining area is right next to the window, looking out over the garden. The sitting room is the perfect place to relax and lose yourself in a good book, the bedroom is light and tastefully decorated. The garden has a picnic bench - wonderful for dining al fresco in the summer months.

If you are thinking of holidaying with friends but each want your own space, do have a look at Garden Cottage, also in the grounds of the Old Mill. 

Sleeps: Sleeps 2 in 1 super king or 2 singles (please specify which you would prefer at time of booking).

Parking: There is plenty of space for turning and parking in the drive outside the cottage.

This property is ideal for: Miller's Cottage makes a wonderful base for a couple or two friends wanting to enjoy Snape and the Suffolk coast. Ideal for those who enjoy walking, cycling, music and art, fine dining or simply relaxing, there are any number of great walks in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. RSPB Minsmere is 9 miles away.

The Old Mill is just under 1 mile from Snape Maltings, a centre for fine dining, shopping, art and culture. The Snape Maltings Concert Hall has an all year round programme of music and dance from many genres. This is also a great place to start a walk; either follow your own leisurely itinerary or join one of the guided tours from Snape Maltings to explore the wildlife and historic landscape of the Alde valley. There are also boat trips down the river Alde to Iken church, an area naturally rich in wildlife and a haven for wildfowl. 

For cyclists the quiet country lanes and pathways provide a picturesque ride with some great pubs and tearooms to punctuate your journey. 

Snape, Woodbridge and particularly Aldeburgh are rich in art galleries for viewing, collecting or inspiring and you will find a great art shop in Woodbridge, an Aladdin's cave of art materials for creating your own landscape masterpiece. 

Eating and Drinking: With three local pubs - The Plough & SailThe Golden Key and The Crown - all of which offer food from fish and chips to gourmet cuisine, you can dine somewhere different every night without taking your car out of the drive. These pubs feature local produce on their menus. If you're happy to travel a little further, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge have an abundance of fine eateries.

In Aldeburgh great restaurants include The Regatta and The Lighthouse; both are very popular and there is also a good choice of shops selling excellent local produce.
 The historic fishing village of Orford is situated on the rivers Alde and Ore and well worth a visit for lunch, supper or just to explore. Pinney's of Orford has grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s and their smoke house supplies mouth-watering freshly smoked fish every day. The Crown & Castle, Orford, co-owned by Ruth Watson of TV's The Hotel Inspector fame, offers a wonderful menu, fine wine and enjoys great reviews. 
Self Catering: There are several good farm shops nearby; try Friday Street Farm Shop on the A1094 just before you get to the A12 and The Farm Cafe and Food Market, Marlesford. There is also a great deli and tea room at Snape Maltings and you can buy groceries and newspapers at the village stores. There are a number of supermarkets nearby, including both Waitrose and Tesco in Saxmundham. 

For more information on places to eat and things to do in the area, please take a look at Visit Snape.

With the brilliant seaside town of Aldeburgh and the vibrant market town of Woodbridge nearby, there's plenty to discover.

For more information on the local area, please see our online guide Visit SnapeVisit Aldeburgh and Visit Woodbridge.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds (combine for king/super king)


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Shop 0.1 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi


  • On one level, no stairs
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 10:00am


Ideally situated for The Maltings (5-10 min walk) but equally only a short drive from Sutton Hoo, Aldeburgh and Orford. 40 mins to Constable Country and an hour to Lavenham. We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Miller’s Cottage. Helen was charming and provided a pot of homemade marmalade when checking if we had settled in comfortably. We certainly had - and will hopefully return to explore the area further.

Mr P,

This is a unique property not just because it has been a windmill but it's also where Bejamin Britten lived and composed some of his best known works. The location is a very good base for visiting most of Suffolk and a short walk to a good Pub/Restaurant (The Golden Key). Snape Maltings are just a short walk away (less than a mile), there are more places to eat there including the Plough and Sail which is owned by the same people as the Golden Key. If you don't feel like going out, the property has a nice kitchen and a comfortable Lounge. The owners are on site and are very nice, they also make delicious marmalade and a jar was already in the kitchen when we arrived along with some washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and hand sanitiser. We both loved our stay here and would like to return.

Mr E,

We were looking for a cosy cottage, with mod cons, in a country setting and within walking distance of a pub and this place delivers all that and more. Millar's Cottage had everything we would need for our stay and, although small, it feels spacious. It is nearer Snape Maltings than I thought which is a bonus and there are plenty of walks on the doorstep which we would like to follow on our next visit. It is perfectly situated for exploring locally and other lovely places a bit further away. We certainly have more we would like to discover.

Mrs P,

Very comfortable cottage, perfect location for exploring Suffolk. Three pubs within walking distance. Close to Snape Maltings and lots of local walks.

Mr R,

We were attracted to this cottage as it was part of property previously owned by Benjamin Britten. It is also well located for Snape Maltings and the area we love. The owners who live there were very welcoming.

Mrs D,