Marlborough House Forge

Framlingham, Heart of Suffolk

  • 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:

  • £400 per week
  • £57 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


In the heart of the peaceful Suffolk countryside sits the delightful Marlborough House Forge. This charming retreat has all the ingredients for a truly memorable holiday in this wonderful county. Offering ground floor accommodation throughout, Marlborough House Forge has been completely renovated by the owners to provide a luxurious yet welcoming bolt-hole just a short drive away 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 are still visible today including the original bellows which are mounted in the open plan living area. 

If you're looking for something extra special we guarantee you will not be disappointed with Marlborough House Forge. Nestled on a field edge the scenery changes from season to season; be it the misty horizons in the winter, or changing crops in the summer. A rich variety of wildlife can be spotted from the doorstep; keep your eyes peeled for barn owls, deer and hare if you are lucky! Perhaps one of the most stunning features are the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. No two the same, all equally breathtaking and you can experience this all for yourself here at Marlborough House Forge. 

From the private parking area, a short garden path leads you to the front door via the enclosed garden. The raised patio looks out over the surrounding fields - a great spot to sit out with a morning coffee or simply to read or paint. On entering the building you walk into the bright and welcoming open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast bar and inviting seating area. Cleverly positioned furniture, window seats and a stable door mean that the countryside views are truly optimised. You can enjoy the stunning view from many the angle here! Walking down the hallway you will find the modern shower room, reaching the master bedroom at the rear of the property. You really will feel instantly at home waking up to the views of the countryside from the comfort of a King sized bed. Perfection. 

Ideal for: couples or friends looking for a countryside getaway. Marlborough House Forge lies on the same site as the owner's property but it is not overlooked and has its own private entrance and parking area. 

Sleeps: 2 in one kingsize bed. The three-seater sofa in the living area converts to a double bed if required. This is a great option for 2 singles who may prefer separate beds or couples bringing single parents or children. Please specify at time of booking - an additional £50 will be charged. 

1 small well behaved dog allowed by request. 

A Cot and High Chair are available by request (you must provide your own linen for the cot). 

Exploring: Saxtead is a truly fantastic location for exploring all that Suffolk has to offer. For keen walkers, there are plenty of footpaths and bridleways to explore just outside the door of Marlborough House Forge. Be sure to pack your walking boots and your camera! Just a 5 minute drive takes you to Framlingham where you too could explore the 'Castle on the Hill' made famous by Suffolk born and bred Ed Sheeran. A 30 minute drive in the opposite direction takes you to Woodbridge. A delightful market town on the banks of the river Deben, there is plenty to see and do here; be it a stroll along the riverbank, an amble through the bustling thoroughfare, or a tour around the Tide Mill Museum, one of the first and last working tide mills in the country. If the shoreline of the coast is calling you, then head to Aldeburgh,  again, just half an hour by car, be amazed by the pastel painted buildings, breath in the fresh sea air and of course, sample the renowned fish and chips with lashings of salt and vinegar. En route to Aldeburgh you will find Snape Maltings the leading Suffolk arts venue with concert hall where the Aldeburg Festival and Proms and Concerts are held all year round. With boutiques, cafes, walks and wildlife.  Bird lovers will be happy to know that RSPB Minsmere is just 35 minutes drive away. 

Self Catering: For local produce you need look no further than next door. The owners, who live on site, are in the process of setting up a small charcuterie and associated foods business. Holidaymakers are very welcome to discover more about the process, sample the goods and even purchase should they wish to enjoy at home. (Subject to availability). A small taster may also be included in a welcome pack on arrival, in addition to locally sourced hen's eggs or homemade goodies. For other locally sourced produce be sure to head to the Saturday farmers market in Framlingham or the Co-Op store and deli in the town. Of course most big name supermarkets will also deliver to Marlborough House Forge. 

Eating and Drinking out: The local pub in the village, The Old Mill House, is just under a mile away, so you could walk there from Marlborough House Forge should you choose. Serving a typical selection of pub favourites and a hearty carvery. In the next village of Earl Soham you will find The Victoria, again, very popular with locals. For a wider selection, do be sure to visit both Framlingham and Woodbridge. 

For more information on what to do in the area, please head to our sister site Visit Framlingham


Beds & bedrooms

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


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 1 bathroom
  • Towels provided
  • Shower


  • Enclosed garden
  • 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: 4.00 pm
  • Check out: 10.00 am


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

Elizabeth, G,

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,

This was an excellent property. The quality of fittings, cleanliness, and facilities were outstanding. We were left a nice welcome pack and couldn’t do enough to help make our stay enjoyable. Ideal for our dog as the garden was completely enclosed. Lots of nice things to do nearby as well. We’d love to return.

Margaret, W,

Lovely cottage and hosts. Very enjoyable week in Suffolk.

Previous Customer,

Thank you for the welcoming tray and rock scones and jam - much appreciated. Lovely cottage, very peaceful getaway from the real world - just what we needed. On the trail of "The Detectorists" and found some beautiful countryside and some lovely towns. Especially recommend Hadleigh and Aldham St Mary round tower church. Framlingham too is beautiful. Lovely cosy cottage despite being modern (not usually our taste). Nice not having much light pollution. Lovely week!

Previous Customer,

Very good quality property, with excellent fittings. The decor makes it feel warm & homely. We felt very comfortable here, and really appreciated the warm welcome & food stuffs. Its a lovely area, and the coastal towns of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Dunwich were great. Nice short walk around the Mere nature reserve ion Framlingham. Thank you very much!

Jeremy & A,

The three of us had a very cosy & comfortable stay. Perfect for a small family and superb location for all the best bits of Suffolk. Days spent in Aldeburgh, Walberswick, Southwold and Framlingham. Waking up with a view over the fields was bliss. We will be back!

Previous Customer,

A big thank you to Cathy & Peter. We've had a lovely relaxing break in a cosy hideaway. Our favourite places of the week were Aldeburgh and Framlingham, both had dog friendly pubs. Will certainly recommend.

Previous Customer,

We've had a great week here in this lovely cottage. Delightful owners. his has to be one of the mst homely cottages we have stayed in. Walberswick, Aldeburgh and Southwold are lovely places to visit, and are very dog friendly, with nice pubs and good food. We are sad to be going home, but we will be back and recommend.

Previous Customer,

Such a lovely cottage and warm welcome. Just what we needed - relaxing, comfortable and beautiful location. We watched the hares in the morning from the bedroom window. Enjoyed local walk to Framlingham and trips to the Maltings. But lots more still to visit! We would certainly come to Marlborough House Forge again. Thank you.

Previous Customer,

We have had a wonderful week here. Fabulous cottage and great hosts - we don't really want to go home! Walberswick, Snape Maltings, Framlingham, Aldeburgh & Southwold are all beautiful to visit but Orford was my favourite place and we enjoyed a great river trip. Thank you for such a great place to stay. You've done an amazing job especially keeping the beams and bellows.

Previous Customer,

Our thanks to Peter & Cathy for providing an excellent venue for our New Year break - nothing is too much trouble for them and we particularly appreciated the facility for charging our electric car. Peters smoked bacon is the best we've tasted in some time.

Sheila & J,

Lovely place, lovely hosts, lovely stay! Recommend Peter's lovely smoked produce - its a must. Had great Ale in Aldeburgh and the Dennington Queen. Many thanks to Peter & Cathy

John & A,

We had a great time in the beautiful property. Everything is provided for a marvellous stay. We wish we could have been here longer. We enjoyed Woodbridge, Framlingham, its Castle, Aldeburgh and the walk to Thorpeness.

Des & P,

Lovely warm, cosy cottage with everything you need for a relaxing stay. We recommend you visit Beccles, Southwold, Aldeburgh and if you have time, head to mid Suffolk for Lavenham, Long Melford & Monks Eleigh. Looking forward to visiting again.

Suzanne & M,

What a beautiful little cottage. We had everything we needed. Definitely 10 out of 10! Shower brilliant, bed comfy, Kitchen/living area all so beautifully clean. Would imagine outside patio area would be very relaxing in the summer months. Visited Aldeburgh & Southwold and had some lovely walks locally with Monty. Everyone appeared very dog friendly, welcomed into most pubs and shops. Thanks for Scones, milk, eggs etc and flowers, lovely surprise. Thank you to Cathy & Peter for making our stay so relaxing, really nice, helpful owners. Nothing was too much trouble. Wish we could have stayed longer but hope to return again next year.

Previous Customer,

A lovely cottage. Thank you for the Scones etc. We were very lucky and had sunshine every day. Can recommend Mains Restaurant, Yoxford, and the White Horse in Badingham.

Jan &,

Thank you, we have really enjoyed our stay at The Forge and have had a lovely holiday. We recommend Snape Malting, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Framlingham, Woodrbidge, The Landguard Fort, Bentwaters War Museum, the Aviation Museum at Flixton and Dunwich Heath for lovely walks. Also Friday Street Farm shop, the Smoked Fish Hut opposite the Moot Hall, and the Harbour Inn at Blackshore Southwold for food.

Pat & P,

Thank you for the welcome tray and the lovely posy - some of the flowers lasted all week. Weather has been great - dry & warm. Tide Mill at Woodbridge was very interesting & informative. Cottage really well appointed and very comfortable - many thanks

Previous Customer,

J & H Very very lovely, cottage renovation done beautifully. We were very lucky with the weather and the area is great. Thank you so much for the Welcome pack, very much appreciated.

Past Customer,

We have really enjoyed our week in this beautiful cottage, it has been a pleasure to return each evening from lovely days out. Thank you

Heather & A,

Lovely Welcome, lovely place, dry sunny weather, just perfect for exploring in our first stay in Suffolk. Thanks very much.

Ann & D,

We've had a wonderful holiday thanks to the many comforts of the Forge which is a beautiful place, beautifully done and with the best bed and shower we have experienced in any holiday property we have visited. Cathy and Peter are warm and friendly hosts - nothing too much trouble. Lovely meals in the Badingham White Horse, The Crown Hotel Framlingham, and The Castle Framlingham. Thank you for the lovely welcome pack when we arrived after a long journey. Thank you!

Keith & K,

Really delighted with our stay - a lovely place, very calming and in beautiful surroundings. Hosts so helpful - sorted TV very quickly. Little extras, eggs, milk, scones etc so much appreciated. A very good location to explore Suffolk, would recommend Aldeburgh and the fish n chips, Dunwich Heath and beach, and Thorpeness. The Dennington Queen is good for food - a lovely meal. We will be leaving very chilled with fond memories of our stay and hope to return.

Richard & L,

Just wonderful, how often can you sit in bed with your first cup of tea of the day, and look out at such fantastic scenery, so relaxing and a beautiful spot in the Suffolk Countryside. Cathy is a very friendly and helpful host. Would love to come back.

Previous Customer,

First class property, ideal location, helpful and caring hosts.

Mr David M,

Gorgeous well situated property with everything you could possibly want provided and an extremely warm welcome from Cathy & Peter. We will be back.

Previous Customer,