Marlborough House Forge

Framlingham, The Suffolk Countryside

  • 4 Star Gold
  • A charming ground floor cottage in the very heart of the Suffolk countryside. With all the mod-con's a 21st century holidaymaker could desire for a relaxing holiday in this beautiful county. 

You can book this property from:

  • £436 per week
  • £62 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


A charming holiday cottage in the very heart of the Suffolk countryside. A fusion of period features and contemporary living, close to the coast.

Marlborough House Forge has been completely renovated by the owners to provide a luxurious couples bolt-hole just a short drive from the bustling market towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge and the picturesque Suffolk coastline. As the name suggests, the cottage was formerly the village forge and many of its original features have been incorporated into the design including the original bellows. The ground floor accommodation offers everything you could wish for in your self catering holiday home with cosy and stylish interiors. From the private parking area, a path through the enclosed garden leads to the front door. Step inside and the interiors are bright and welcoming with an open plan living area complete with pretty window seat, well equipped kitchen and beautiful master bedroom and contemporary shower room. The property overlooks fields, a beautiful spot whatever the season - with misty horizons in the winter, rotating summer crops and the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. 

Framlingham is a fascinating market town with an impressive 12th-century curtain-walled castle, which still dominates the town. Be sure to stop off for lunch or dinner, there are some excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants in the town. Alternatively, head to Southwold for a day on the beach, stroll along the prom and enjoy some of the best fish and chips!

Pubs in Earl Soham, Framlingham 4 miles, Woodbridge 10 miles, Aldeburgh 9 miles, Orford 12 miles, Southwold 18 miles.

Why we love this property… Marlborough House Forge offers beautiful spacious interiors for two - the perfect couples escape!

Ground floor

  • Open plan living area: comfortable sofa, bucket chair and window seats, (the sofa converts to a double bed, please specify when booking if you would like to use this - additional £50 per booking). Flatscreen SmartTV with FreeSat and Amazon Firestick. Kitchen with breakfast bar and bar stools, fridge, electric oven and four ring hob, microwave and dishwasher. 
  • Master bedroom: king sized bed, bedside tables and lamps, freestanding hanging rail with shelf, dressing table. 
  • Shower room: large, walk-in double width shower with twin head mixer drench shower, heated towel rail, WC, wash hand basin. 

  • Outside: fully enclosed garden laid to lawn. There is a raised sun trap patio area with furniture for enjoying the countryside views. 
  • Parking: private off-street parking space.
  • Sleeps: 2 in 1 bedrooms.
  • Minimum hire: 3 nights. High season minimum stay 1 week.
  • Pets: 1 dog welcome.  
  • Heating: oil central heating.
  • Notes: WiFi, linen and towels provided. Cot and high chair available on request, please bring your own cot bedding. USB plug sockets are provided in the living area and bedroom. No smoking. Check in: 4pm. Check out: 10am.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 1 sofa bed


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Towels provided
  • Shower


  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Outdoor storage
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

How far to ...?

  • Beach 18.3 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
  • Shop 3.2 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


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

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 5:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


Lovely stay here in comfortable well appointed cottage. Thank you for organising the flowers and the additonal bunting and balloons for our celebration holiday. While here we enjoyed a very good afternoon tea at The Randolph and excellent meal at The White Horse at Baddingham. A memorable stay - thankyou. Lynda & Bob, Lincoln

Past Customer,

We have had a delightful stay here in the Forge. We felt immediately at home here and were paricularly taken by the level of care in the design/furnishings and the thougtfulness of the items you provided (which you very definitely do not find in a number of holiday cottages!). Our love affair with Suffok continues and we shall remember our stay at Marlborough House Forge with great affection. Thank you for your care and thoughfulness. Chris & Jan, Northamptonshire

Past Customer,

Thank you for a lovely stay and for showing us the local wildlife ! We had a wonderful few days touring the area and its been a joy to come back to such a delightful and pristine cottage. Great to meet you (and Dexter!) hope to be back again soon in this lovely part of the country. Thanks again, Wendy & Andy

Past Customer,

A lovely six day holiday at the end of August. Cathy was very welcoming when we arrived and extremely helpful throughout our stay. The cottage is delightful - extremely well equipped with a very comfortable bed andset tee and the views all around are wonderful. We enjoyed visiting a number of churches in the locality as well as Framlingham Castle, Helmingham Hall and other places of interest. We have stayed in a number of rental properties over the years but this was outstanding. Thank you so much for a very pleasant week and especially for the welcome tray - so thoughful. We would love to come back some time. Tricia & Dick, Bucks

Past Customer,

What an amazing cosy, comfortable, clean friendly place to stay. We've had such a brilliant time and felt totally relaxed. Thank you so much Cathy and Peter for your friendly hospitality and great tips for places to visit. Your welcome goodies were very much appreciated too. So many special memories! Finished our last evening with a really lovely meal at The Queen at Dennington only a few miles away (started our holiday in Dennington for breakfast at the Neathouse on the village green - yummy!). Really look forward to seeing you again. Jackie and Lloyd, Farnham, Surrey

Past Customer,

A delightful cottage, nicely decorated, light and airy. Lovely views and very peaceful. A perfect place to relax and unwind. Thank you so much Cathy for the welcome goodies. If we were to return to this neck of the woods again we wouldnt hesitate to book with you again. Virginia & Graham, Eastbourne

Past Customer,

We have had the most perfect week away here, the location is amazing and the Forge contains everything that you could ever need! Cathy and Peter are so friendly and have gone above and beyond for us. We enjoyed our welcome tray and have had a stress free break. Cleaning products are provided and everything is immaculate! We cant wait to stay here again, we will definitely return. Hannah and Elliott, Ipswich

Past Customer,

What a wonderful place. We've stayed in a lot of places in Suffolk and this is by far the best. Hygiene and cleanliness exceptional, very well thought out to comply with COVID regulations. We have had a lovely relaxing 5 days, just what we both needed. Visited much of the area and most of the shops are open, just having to comply with hand sanitising and number of people in the store. All in all its been a lovely break, nice to meet and chat with Cathy too - thank you so much for the delicious goodies on arrival - much appreciated. Really hope to return as soon as we can. Paul & Jane, Essex.

Past Customer,

Exceptional in all aspects. The cottage had clearly been deep cleaned to a very high standard and there was sanitiser and wipes available to keep up the level of cleanliness. As a holiday home, the cottage was everything you could want. All locations - cafes, shops and pubs etc - are open and following the required guidelines. All in all a very enjoyable stay with plenty of places to visit. Many thanks for the welcome tray. Richard & Maria, Cheshire.

Past Customer,

Excellent accommodation, spotlessly clean and sanitised. Very welcoming owners. Fabulous 5 day break - we will want to return. Accommodation was very well equipped and comfortable. Owners very helpful if you need anything else. Look out for deer grazing the hedge across the fields! We were very happy here - it is a credit to Suffolk hospitability. Thanks to you both. Mr & Mrs Langley.

Past Customer,

We have really enjoyed our stay at your beautiful cottage. Everything was perfect and we appreciated your care to cleanliness in the current time but also the special touches like the scones and jam! We toured around a lot and our only disappointment was that we missed the harvesting - corn was there in the morning and gone by the time we returned in the evening! Thank you for your hospitality. We will look forward to visiting again soon. Sue & Steve. Cambridge.

Past Customer,

Lovely little cottage. very peaceful and quiet. Great place to relax.

Mrs Tina H,

Difficult to find words to express our joy at finding this absolute gem of a cottage. Beautifully and tastefully furnished and equipped and set in a lovely area – we have fallen in love with The Forge cottage. Hopefully, we can renew our experience before too long. Thank you, Cathy and Peter, for the goodies and those lovely scones. Dawn & Derek, Bedfordshire.

Past Customer,

A beautiful cottage – couldn’t fault it ! Very comfortable bed, warm and cosy, good shower – just lovely. Thank you for goodies on arrival – a very welcoming touch. Thank you. Tina & Terry, West Sussex

Past Customer,

What a find Marlborough House Forge is ! Beautifully decorated, well equipped, scrupulously clean and lovely relaxing atmosphere. Like everyone else, we really appreciated the welcome goodies and Cathy and Peter are wonderful hosts – so helpful and friendly – and we can certainly recommend their produce. This is our first visit to this part of Suffolk and it has been a revelation. Lovely forest walks at Dunwich and from Snape Maltings to Aldeburgh were particular highlights. There is a great deli just off the square in Framlingham and they will make up hampers. Will certainly be back to this 5 Star venue. Thank you, Cathy and Peter. Gill & Lin, Essex.

Past Customer,

Lovely cottage, really enjoyed our stay at the Forge. Visited lots of lovely places and had lots of lovely walks with the dog. Most cafes and pubs are dog-friendly. Had a nice meal at The Crown in Fram and the Red Lion in Woodbridge, both of which are dog-friendly. 10/10 for the comfy bed !! Perfect getaway. Thank you. Kim & Simon, Hertfordshire.

Past Customer,

This is our third stay at The Forge which speaks for itself really! Cathy and Peter have made a lovely holiday home with everything you could want. Great views, warm and comfy and good dog walks. We love Suffolk so much we are moving here!! PS. Cathy's homemade scones are a real treat. Mark & Suzanne

Past Customer,

We loved our stay here. The house is beautiful and well equipped with everything we needed and more. The views are fab; we enjoyed breakfast outside. Plenty of lovely local walks. We'd recommend walking to Dennington and going to the cafe 'Neathouse' (following footpaths there took us about 1hr to 1.5 hrs). Brilliant friendly hosts. Thank you! We'll be booking again soon x

Lily and J,

We have thoroughly enjoyed our week in this lovely cottage. It is so comfortable and has everything in it you need and is furnished to a very high standard. Cathy and Peter have been great hosts, so friendly and helpful. The afternoon tea and eggs were really appreciated. We enjoyed visits to Framlingham, Norwich, Southwold. Afternoon tea at The Randolph Hotel in Reydon near Southwold was a highlight of our stay. Highly recommended. This is a great place to stay - we couldn't have asked for anything better.

Radcliffe Family, A,

Lovely place to stay and great base for visiting other areas. Great local dog walks for Sid and impressed that most pubs and cafes are dog friendly. Cracking breakfast at The Common Room in Framlingham although not dog friendly. The White Horse at Badingham had excellent food and dog friendly. Aldeburgh is a lovely place to visit with lots of cafes and coffee shops, a great promenade for walking along the top of the beach. The welcome tray and milk and eggs was much appreciated. Framlingham Castle is dog friendly and outer grounds are free to walk. Thank you for a lovely stay.

Previous Customer,

This has been our first holiday with our 7 week old son and it has been a wonderful place to stay. The cottage has been perfect for our requirements, warm, cosy, comfortable and well presented. We loved the local area despite the heavy rain on some of the days. Thank you to our hosts.

Previous Customer,

We have enjoyed a lovely week here in this comfortable cottage. Thank you for the welcome tray and delicious scones. We went to Framlingham Castle, Sutton Hoo, Orford Castly, Southwold, and had very tasty fish and chips in Aldeburgh. Also went to the Food and Drink Festival at Snape Maltings. We had lunch at the Dennington Queen on our 55th wedding anniversary and the food and staff were excellent. Also very dog friendly. Sadly the week is over. Thank you.

Previous Customer,

Lovely property, location and hosts. Excellent choice of cottages, easy booking and everything as described when we arrived.

Elizabeth, G,

We have enjoyed our first visit to Suffolk. The area is lovely and we would return here. The Forge provides great accommodation, everything you could need is at hand. Great sunrises.

Barbara and A,

This was the best cottage we have ever stayed in, from the warm welcome from the owner with homemade scones and jam. To the beautiful views and dog walks. Excellent!!!

Previous Customer,

Stylish decor and furnishings, well appointed kitchen and amazing rain shower! Outside seating area a real bonus. Peaceful location, with visits to Framlingham Castle, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Woodbridge, Southwold and Snape Maltings. Thank you for a relaxing week.

Karen, North L,

A wonderful stay in the Forge, renovated beautifully. Sad to be leaving, wishing we were staying longer. Interesting to look at the before and after photos. We have enjoyed Framlingham, morning walks with the dog. We also enjoyed G&T's on the patio in the sunshine. Loved it, we will be back! Thank you.

Previous Customer,

Suffolk is blessed with such wonderful flora and fauna and this cottage makes a perfect base for a Suffolk Safari! From the cottage we saw bats, hares, muntjac deer, foxes and rabbits and also a stoat! Across at Dunwich there are birds aplenty. We also visited some wonderful churches & churchyards at Saxtead, Framlingham, Eye, Debenham and Dennington.

Russ & J,

The cottage is lovely and the welcome afternoon tea much appreciated. We've visited lots of lovely places - Framlingham, Lavenham, Melford Hall, Dunwich, Walberswick, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Woodbridge and Sutton Hoo. Lots of lovely walks in the beautiful countryside. We've had a lovely week, thank you.

John & J,

Beautiful cottage, well equipped and spotlessly clean. Gorgeous countryside and wonderful places to visit. Thank you for a lovely stay,

Caroline & M,

Absolutely loved The Forge. So clean and well equipped. Wonderful welcome tray. We bought Pete's lovely meats. Both Cathy & Pete were very welcoming. Wonderful location in the Suffolk countryside. Having lived in North Suffolk for 40 years, we never realised how beautiful it is here - we will be back next March and are pleased to have found such a lovely place to stay on our visits back to the UK. Would thoroughly recommend.

Previous Customer,

Simply the best! We have just spent a relaxing week in the beautiful Suffolk countryside staying in the fabulous Forge. Previous holidaymakers have spoken of all the things to do & places to see but we wanted to speak of Marlborough House Forge. Having spent many holidays in National Trust Cottages we didn't really know what to expect but let us tell you it is up there with the very best of them. It is furnished to a very high standard indeed and it is obvious that Cathy & Pete have put a lot of thought into every aspect of the cottage. The decor is very smart with original bellows used as a standout feature, with all fittings & fixtures chosen to be in keeping with the Forges history. The bedroom is light and airy with a comfy bed with the shower room to die for. The owners have thought of everything even to a welcoming tray with home made cakes and flowers when we arrived. So a big thank you to Cathy & Peter for everything. We hope to return.

Previous Customer,

We've had a lovely week exploring this area, and the Forge has been such a comfortable, warm, welcoming home from home for us. Everything here that we needed for our stay. We had a great day at Lavenham and then on to Melbury Hall - well worth the trip. We loved Snape Maltings too and had an enjoyable walk after shopping there. Beautiful property in a quiet location, very well equipped and very comfortable indeed. Provided a great base for exploring the area. Thank you Cathy & Pete for your kind hospitality and for creating such a beautiful holiday home. We hope to return one day.

Previous Customer,

A real home from home. We relaxed the first minute we arrived to our lovely afternoon tea - thank you! Very relaxing home from home. Perfect location for walking, we've clocked up 50 miles this week. There are some excellent recommendations in the guest book. Thanks so much, will definitely recommend and wish you both well in the future. Best wishes.

Previous Customer,

We've just spent a lovely week at the Forge which has been renovated to a high standard. We loved the original features of wooden beams and bellows. As people have said before, the bed is comfy and the large shower is very good. We mostly had good weather so were able to enjoy sitting out on the raised patio. The kitchen is nicely done with everything needed for cooking meals. We had days out to Southwold, Framlingham and Debenham, and there are dog friendly places to eat and lots of dog walks. For a great dog walk closer to the cottage, turn left out of the Forge and head straight along then turn left at the bend. Here, you can let your dog of the lead. We also tried some of Pete's smoked streaky bacon which was delicious and bought yummy sausages from the butcher in Framlingham. All in all a great week and we would recommend.

Previous Customer,

Cosy cottage in great location with easy access to beautiful Suffolk locations. Shame the weather couldn't have been better - but thats Britain for you!

Previous Customer,

The Forge was a perfect retreat for us. A great renovation, character with a contemporary twist. We were lucky with the weather so enjoyed the garden and strolling in the lanes. Comfy bed and brilliant shower, everything we needed and so cosy. Appreciated the welcoming afternoon tea - thank you. Enjoyed coastal places such as Covehithe, Dunwich, Southwold, Walberswick, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Orford. Framlingham was handy. A favourite little gem just 10 mins down the road was Debeham, enjoying coffee and cake at the cafe.

Previous Customer,