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:

  • £448 per week
  • £64 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.
  • 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.


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: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


Stunningly beautiful property, sympathetically converted from old forge (the before and after pictures are wonderful). Clean, well appointed and comfortable in all respects and the location was so peaceful - slept like a log all week. Lots of interesting attractions to visit within half an hour of the Forge and a plethora of quality places to eat nearby.

Mr R,

Very comfortable cottage.Every thing you needed.

Previous Customer,

Lovely country setting. Lived up to our expectations. Our hosts were very helpful. Very comfortable and clean.

Mr N,

We really enjoyed our second visit to The Forge. The cottage is great and best bit for us is having breakfast on the patio looking over the fields and taking in the unspoilt views. Perhaps next time we might actually get to see the combine harvester in action !!!

Steve & S,

It has been lovely to meet you Cathy and your little dog. To arrive and find scones etc awaiting us was a lovely touch. Your cosy cottage has made us feel at home. Overall excellent.

Bill & G,

We have had a wonderful time here, The cottage is done up beautifully and the garden is a little sun trap. Great base for getting about, to the coast and Ipswich etc. We had some great meals at the Dennington Queen thank you for the recommendation.

Karen & K,

Thank you we have had a really lovely stay. Loved all the little touches including the flowers and scones. Beautifully renovated property. Enjoyed looking through previous reviews and consequently had a lovely walk along Covehythe beach – no one else there ! Also Helmingham Hall gardens. Hope to be back soon !

Deb & D,

Thank you very much for a wonderful stay at The Forge and the lovely welcome tray. The Forge was really cosy and the bed exceptionally comfortable. Our first visit to Suffolk and we really loved the wonderful countryside and had some great days out. Beautiful area, superb cottage and we had an amazing week and hopefully will visit again soon.

Corinne & D,

Our third visit to Suffolk but we found a gem choosing to stay at The Forge. After a long journey we were very grateful for the delicious welcome tray. A lovely relaxing break with home form home comforts and a great base to explore the beautiful Suffolk beaches and countryside. After a very stressful few months this was just the break that we needed. Thank you for a great stay and we hope to return in the future.

Stewart & T,

We have really enjoyed our stay in this delightful part of Suffolk helped enormously by the fantastic late summer weather. The cottage is beautifully presented and well equipped, clean and very comfortable. The welcome tray was a very thoughtful touch and much appreciated. We particularly enjoyed cycling our tandem on the well signposted cycle routes..

Richard & R,

A lovely relaxing week stay in The Forge was just what the doctor ordered. This beautiful cottage is very well appointed, clean and with lovely rural countryside it was easy to unwind. The week was spent walking, cycling and visiting local sites. Excellent hosts all helped to make this a lovely memorable stay. Many thanks.

Sean & S,

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your delightful cottage. Warm, cosy and beautifully presented. We also loved the welcome tray which was a lovely treat on our arrival. We had the eggs for breakfast on the patio!! It was very relaxing sitting in the garden enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. We look forward to returning and exploring more of the Suffolk countryside. Warm and friendly hosts and the added bonus of a firm bed !

Kay & G,

We have enjoyed a very relaxing few days exploring Suffolk – so much to enjoy. The cottage has everything anyone might need and we were especially grateful for the lovely welcome tray on arrival after a tiring journey. The weather has been amazing and we shall forever picture Suffolk in hot sunshine with perfect blue skies. Thank you to Cathy and Peter for such warm hospitality.

Hazel & C,

We have had the most wonderful relaxing break. Thank you Cathy and Peter for your wonderful cottage, attention to detail is second to none. We really enjoyed your gorgeous scones on arrival! The cottage is very comfortable and extremely clean. We didn’t venture very far but enjoyed days in Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape and we have enjoyed walks in the lanes nearby too. Thank you for your superb hospitality, I hope we can return.

Neil & A,

Thank you for a lovely stay. Nothing I would change about the accommodation. Hope to return soon.

Michelle & A,

This property was first class, exceptionally well maintained and extremely clean. We had a very enjoyable time at The Forge and the owners thought of every detail to make our stay perfect. On arrival there were scones and jam and also a bottle of wine and the flowers were an added touch. We will certainly return.

Mr C,

Lovely converted forge,small enclosed garden. Saxtead is a small village with no shops,nearest is Framingham 3 mile drive. Well placed for Dunwich,Thorpeness and Aldeburgh 30 minute drive. A great place to stay.

Mrs W,

Thank you so much, we have had a really lovely time. You have thought of everything you need for a home from home. We enjoyed some lovely lazy evening sitting in the garden in the sunshine taking in the view. We had great days out including Framlingham Castle, Jimmys Farm, Adnams Brewery tour, Orford, Southwold and Eye. Overall a wonderful relaxing holiday with great hosts. Thanks again.

Morag and P,

We would endorse all the other rave reviews of this property. Beautifully restored, comfortable, well equipped and yes the bed was wonderful ! Excellent coastal walks and meals out.

Mandy & M,

We had a wonderful stay here at the Forge, a beautifully presented cottage with everything we could have wished for. Lots of time to enjoy this part of beautiful Suffok – our first visit. We enjoyed the wildlife, excellent sighting of birds both coastal and inland. Thank you for the extra touches and lovely home baked scones, flowers etc. Hope to visit again.

Mark & A,

After nearly 14 months of chaos and mayhem a much needed break and respite has been more than provided for with our stay at The Forge. From first opening the door and seeing the Welcome Tray and flowers and obvious impeccable standards of cleanliness we relaxed. The cottage is warm, cosy inviting and very comfortable. It is our first visit to Suffolk and sadly the short stay has meant we have only managed to explore a few of the many opportunities around here. We hope to return to enjoy the many walks directly from the cottage and have more time to really recharge in these beautiful surroundings- maybe just stop a while and contemplate from the patio !! We have also been celebrating a milestone anniversary and your hospitality has helped make possible a special time and memorable break. We very much look forward to returning to The Forge. Thank you very much.

Andrew & L,

Thank you so much for a lovely stay. The Forge is so welcoming and comfortable – a real home from home. And the scones and jam etc were a lovely surprise when we arrived. As our first stay away from home for many months we could not have wanted more – everything so clean and well presented. Fabulous places to visit including Covehithe, Helmingham Hall Gardens and many more. Hope to be back again before too long !

Cath & N,

Thank you Cathy, our holiday started as soon as we walked into The Forge. Such a warm welcoming atmosphere. We have not been to Suffolk before and have thoroughly enjoyed our week here. All in all a beautiful place to escape and recharge batteries when you have a busy home life.

Karen & R,

Many many thanks Cathy. We have had a wonderful holiday. The Forge was perfect – a really, really comfortable bed, everything we could want in terms of convenience, the cottage was wonderfully warm at night plus a lovely shower. We have had a lovely time, Cathy you have been the perfect host to make our stay complete. Once again many, many thanks.

Janet & R,

A perfect home from home. Lovely accommodation in a beautiful setting. Very clean throughout and everything you need for a relaxing holiday.

Mrs De L,

An exceptionally well appointed cottage, with quality fitments, spotlessly clean and with a really comfortable bed. In an excellent, quiet location for local walks the cottage has mid-point access to all of Suffolk's coastal attractions. Cathy, as host, ensured that we had everything we needed for a wonderful holiday.

Mr L,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,