Akenfield Cottage, Letheringham

Letheringham, The Suffolk Countryside

  • 4 Star
  • Situated on the bank of the river Deben and boasting three quarters of an acre of gorgeous, landscaped gardens, Akenfield Cottage is without a doubt one of the most relaxing holiday situations in Suffolk.  NOW WELCOMING DOGS!

You can book this property from:

  • £520 per week
  • £74 per night
  • 4 Star


A beautifully presented dog friendly Suffolk holiday home set in landscaped gardens on the banks of the river Deben.

The perfect romantic escape… this one bedroom cottage is a great option for a couple and their dogs. Interiors are contemporary and Scandi style with a central wood burning stove at the heart of the home, a great place to kick off your shoes and relax whatever the weather. Constructed of oak and glass with wide French doors and windows to one side, Akenfield has plenty of outside space with a lovely cottage garden extending to one third of an acre. Lawns lead down to the banks of the River Deben, home to otters, perch, kingfisher and owls. Why not borrow a rod from the owner and try your hand at fishing during your stay.  The gardens are perfect for alfresco dining too, a peaceful spot to fire up the barbeque and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Suffolk countryside. 

This area is excellent for walking, cycling and exploring the local villages. Visit Framlingham with its impressive Castle, individual shops and bistros, and historical Woodbridge with its galleries, boutiques and excellent restaurants. Head to the Suffolk Heritage Coast, just a short drive away with great coastal walks and towns to explore along the way from Orford and Aldeburgh to Dunwich and Southwold.

Woodbridge 9.5 miles, Framlingham 4.5 miles, Snape 11 miles, Aldeburgh 15 miles, Orford 13 miles, Lavenham 29 miles

Why we love this property…  a couple’s retreat with a cosy wood burning stove and fabulous gardens… you’ll want to stay forever! 

All accommodation is on the ground floor

  • Open plan living area: gas oven with grill and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, microwave, dining bar with stools. Oak dining table and 4 chairs. Two sofas, a classic 'poang' chair, iPod dock, Swedish wood burning stove, Freeview TV DVD/TV/radio combi. Glass wall with French doors onto terrace with seating. 
  • Bedroom: king size bed, wardrobe, drawer unit, TV, armchair, bedside tables. 
  • Shower wet room: shower, wash hand basin, WC.


  • Outside: wraparound landscaped gardens, wooden armchairs, wooden picnic bench, table and 4 chairs.  Wooden deck area with seating on riverbank with rowing boat for guests to use (at their own risk). Lockable storage facility for bicycles (please state at booking if you would like to use this facility).
  • Parking: private gated driveway with space for one car.
  • Sleeps: 2 in 1 bedroom.
  • Pets: 2 dogs welcome. Towels, dog bowls, poo bags and treats provided.  
  • Heating: the property is newly constructed and very well insulated. Wood burning stove with log supply. 
  • Notes: WiFi, bed linen and towels are included. Travel cot is available for small babies, please bring cot bedding, (property is not really suitable for crawling babies or toddlers). No smoking. Check in: 4pm. Check out: 10am.


Beds & bedrooms

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


  • Washing machine


  • Towels provided
  • Wet room


  • Travel cot


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 1.2 miles
  • Shop 3 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner


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

Important - please note

House Rules

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


It is rare to arrive at a holiday cottage and to find it completely exceeds expectations as with Akenfield Cottage. Thank you David and Ruth for your thoughtful care and attention to detail - a perfect, peaceful holiday in lovely surroundings.

Chris & C,

Stayed at Akenfield Cottage 17--June for one week. EXCELLENT place to stay, so peaceful and yet so near to all the beautiful places there are to visit, and owners Ruth and David are so pleasant, there. was a nice bottle of wine and biscuits to welcome us. Plus the river is a beautiful place to sit and relax by, wonderful wildlife all around , and the fishing is excellent, just clear the weed in front of you and away you go,I caught a massive pike, which really made my week.

Mr K,

Loved our week at Akenfield Cottage, beautiful and quiet location, perfect for a relaxing week. Hosts were very accommodating. Would definitely recommend.

Mr A,

Lovely peaceful location. Property owners very helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Well equipped, everything thought of. Spacious, light, but lovely and warm.

Mrs F,

The cottage was a splendid place to stay. Very well equipped, including lots of useful items for dogs, bowls and blankets etc. The hosts included a generous welcome basket, including a bottle of wine. The location is superb, stunning views, in a very quiet area, but only 10 minutes by car to a lovely small town which has everything you need. Also an easy mile walk to an excellent country pub along quiet road/footpaths. Highly recommend and lots to do and see in this part Suffolk.

Mrs S,

Lovely cottage in quiet location but in easy reach of coast. Lots of walks for our energetic dog to enjoy and very friendly owners on site.

Mrs H,

Thank you Ruth & David for such a warm welcome. Very much enjoyed our stay in this well appointed cottage in beautiful surroundings; it's a credit to you. Thanks also for the wine etc, Milo especially liked the treats. Look forward to seeing you, and of course, Molly next year can't wait!

Mr Trefor R,

Absolutely lovely little property. Hear nothing but the sounds of nature. Very well equipped and spotlessly clean.

Ms L,

True to the photographs on the website. Lovely location, ideal for either staying put or visiting the many places of interest in the area.

Mrs H,

We found the property fairly easily following the directions given, the house and gardens actually exceeded our expectations, we were a little apprehensive about going on holiday in the present Covid restrictions, but on arrival found the accommodation spotless, it had obviously been cleaned to a high standard. After a journey of over 200 miles we were pleasantly surprised not only to find real milk and a box of shortbread biscuits with tea and coffee sachets, but also a bonus of a bottle of Frascati. Overall we spent a very relaxing week here, highly recommended.

Mr C,

The weather during our stay was not ideal. However we were warm, snug and very comfortable in our accommodation. Everything we needed was there and everything worked perfectly. The best thing was the view from the cottage, sitting by the river and taking short trips on the little rowing boat. It really was a little bit of paradise. We saw lots of wildlife. Lovely and quiet with charming owners who live in the cottage next door. Would love to return again.

Mrs W,

Lovely cottage & lovely hosts. Had a fantastic time watching the kingfisher nest on the river. Really comfortable & lots of nice places to visit within easy driving distance.

Ms T,