Whepstead, The Suffolk Countryside

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

You can book this property from:

  • £615 per week
  • £88 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


Mallards in Whepstead is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the countryside in West Suffolk. This pet friendly self-catering holiday cottage has all you could need for a lovely holiday and would be ideal for a couple looking for a romantic bolt hole from which to explore this beautiful part of the county. It even has a Garden Pod in the meadow for drinks or birdwatching. Mallards comes complete with a cosy woodburning stove making any winter break as magical as in the warmer months when you can enjoy the private patio and barbeque area and watch the Emus in the rear field. There is also a super king bed on the first floor for that added touch of luxury. With ample private parking allocated to the cottage and ideal for a short break or longer stays we are sure you will love Mallards as much as we do. Shop: 3 miles Pub: 0.9 miles.

Why we love this property: Cute and cosy holiday accommodation ideal for short breaks at any time of year.

Sitting/Dining Room:
Wall mounted Smart TV, comfortable seating, woodburner, dining table and chairs for two, doors which open out onto the front of the property.
Kitchen: Two ring electric hob, combination microwave oven, fridge with icebox.  
Shower Room: Large walk in shower, washbasin and wc.

Bedroom 1: Super king bed.

Garden: A small patio area is included with the cottage which comes complete with patio heater, garden furniture and a small charcoal barbeque. There is also access to a meadow at the rear of the property.  However, just so you are aware, this is home to two friendly Emus.
Pets: One well behaved dog allowed.
Parking: Ample private parking
Heating: Underfloor heating throughout, plus the woodburner. Air Conditioning.
Notes: Wifi, Alexa Speaker, towels, 2 bikes, and a supply of wood for the open fire are provided. Bike storage is available on request. Washing machine located in garage. Mallards is not suitable for children including babes in arms. Please note that Mallards is located within the owners grounds.

Mallards is not suitable for children including babe in arms.

Whepstead is a small village just a couple of miles south of Bury St Edmunds in West Suffolk. This pretty village has a mixture of traditional thatched cottages and newer modern houses. The village boast a popular pub which serves good food and drink all year round. The rolling countryside surrounds the village and there is also a wealth of foot paths just waiting to be explored. Bury St Edmunds is the old capital of England and today it remains a busy and beautiful market town with plenty to explore. Experience and enjoy the wealth of arts, heritage, and food on offer. If you love exploring local shops and restaurants then you’ll find a huge range of niche boutique shops, cafes, and award-winning restaurants within the town as well as national and international brands at the new shopping centre The `Arc'.
Whepstead is also ideally located for easy access to Newmarket and the famous Racecourse, historic Lavenham and Long Melford or even Cambridge.


Beds & bedrooms

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


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • Shower


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

How far to ...?

  • Beach 48 miles
  • Pub 0.9 miles
  • Shop 2 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Welcome pack

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Sorry, infants (aged under 2) are not allowed at this property
  • Sorry, children (aged between 2 and 17) are not allowed at this property
  • Mallards is not suitable for children including babe in arms.
  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 10:00am


This is our second time at Plovers (Mallards). We have friends around 30 minutes away and we're happy to travel that distance from this location as this is a wonderful lovely little cottage. The furnishings are comfortable, clean and homely. The grounds are fantastic - the animals are very friendly and very inquisitive which was great. Providing our friends don't move away we'll most likely be booking again soon to visit them. Fantastic little cottage. Hosts were great; keys provided on arrival and left to your own comfort however available if needed. There were complimentary wine, milk and other necessities of which was greatly received and appreciated. Overall - one of the best and comfortable places we've stayed. Would definitely recommend.

Mr C,

We stayed for a few days over Valentines and it provided a perfect backdrop for a country getaway. The owners greeted us with the keys and instructions and then let us be, knowing if we needed help all we needed to do was call. The property was ideal, clean, tidy and well kitted out. Couldn’t have asked for more

Mr T,

My wife and I booked a very last minute stay at this cottage for a cosy Autumn getaway and the hosts were very understanding. The cottage was lovely and the woodfire oven was a definite highlight of every evening. We loved being so close to Bury St. Edmunds and the local surroundings, which provided some beautiful walks. If you love animals, this place is also great as we loved meeting the pigs, the dogs and the emus.

Mr A,

Beautiful little place, spotlessly clean and well furnished and equipped. Beautiful setting with a field out the back with Emu’s and pigs. Plenty other animals out front including turkeys and geese. The owner is very friendly and helpful. Nice touch with welcome gifts in the fridge. Beautiful place for a couple wanting a little break.

Mrs M,

Mallards is a lovely cottage in large grounds next to a Thatched cottage built in 1400's. It is not overlooked so is very private & has lovely walks on the doorstep. And there are emu's, pigs, geese ducks turkey's & chickens in the front garden. Thoroughly recommended.

Mr T,

Spotlessly clean, very comfortable and thoughfully presented property set in the grounds of the helpful owners beautiful house.Great location in a lovely small village with a nice walk to the local pub. Handy for Bury St Edmunds and further afield to the coast too. We were charmed by the antics of the resident ducks, geese and turkeys as they went about their business and of course enjoyed morning coffee and sundowner or two in the meadow 'pod' while watching the emus.

Mrs Q,

Mallards is a lovely detached house in a quiet rural location. Ian was very welcoming and friendly and we loved the setting and animals. Inside there is everything you need, extremely comfy bed and more. We appreciated the thoughtful touches and would highly recommend staying here.

Previous Customer,

Perfect getaway for two in beautiful rural setting. Cottage immaculate. Well equipped. Owner lives next door. Very friendly. Nothing too much trouble. His collection of poultry and geese provided endless amusement and entertainment. Hope to visit again soon.

Mr H,

Absolutely fantastic accommodation and the owners were brilliant, helpful and friendly we were made so welcome. Very animal friendly!

Mrs S,

Mallards is a beautiful place to stay. Extremely comfortable and perfect for enjoying the wonderful Suffolk countryside. We thoroughly enjoyed the property and surroundings and would definitely recommend it.

Ms D,

Mallards is a lovely property. Beautifully furnished and equipped and impeccably clean. The hosts could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The birds and animals on the property are a delight. Great location with stunning countryside all around.

Ms H,

A little gem. Lovely accomodation set in a peaceful location with plenty of walks to explore and wildlife to see (Turkeys, Donkeys, EMU'S!!). Would definitely recommend.

Previous Customer,

I can honestly say that Mallards was the cleanest accommodation, bar none, that I have ever stayed in. Spotless. The accommodation was compact but but didn't feel cramped at all - ideal for a couple. It had all the comforts of modern living (heating control in each room, underfloor heating downstairs, Wi-Fi, TV, combination oven and large shower) but with a traditional, cosy feel. It was warm and well appointed, with everything we needed during our stay. Very reasonably priced compared to other accommodation in the area, so good value for money, and the welcome chocolates and drinks in the fridge were an unexpected and appreciated surprise. The weather really didn't allow us to make the most of the invitation to walk in the fields to the rear of the property and the surrounding area, but we loved watching the wide variety of animals through the windows! . The owner greeted us when we arrived and he was friendly and accommodating. All in all we had a very relaxing and pleasant stay and we would thoroughly recommend Mallards to others and would not hesitate to return if we head to Suffolk again.

mr S,

Very comfortable and nicely presented property. Modern facilities in a lovely setting with open views.

Mr G,

Delightful, immaculate, comfy cottage in the lovely countryside south of Bury St Edmunds. The host Ian lives next door, and was very helpful in every way, providing plenty of local information. He keeps geese, chickens, turkeys, pigs and even emus, as well as 3 dogs – who make very interesting neighbours.

Mrs B,

We had a wonderful stay at the Mallards which is delightful in every way. Our hosts were lovely and very accommodating. The cottage was spotless and we would highly recommend it to everyone.

Mrs L,

The location is great for exploring wider Suffolk, we found the property very clean and comfortable. The animals around the property were a delight to watch.

Mrs B,