Most people never even get to see a 400-year old timber-framed hall house... here's your chance to stay in one.
Kiers Cottage is a gem amongst the many historical holiday cottages in Suffolk. It's set in over three acres of farmland and meadow and has been beautifully restored and fitted out.
With its beams, stone flooring, open fires and cosy furnishings, it makes a wonderful holiday retreat. And to top it off it even had some extra modern conveniences - like an outdoor pool and sauna - added to make your stay really special.
Holiday cottages in Suffolk come very well equipped and you certainly cannot argue with the way Kiers Cottage is equipped. All electricity, oil-fired central heating, bed linen and towels are included in the rental as is the first basket of fuel for the open fire. Further logs are available locally.
Kiers Cottage is totally secluded with one acre of wildflower meadow, a large lawned garden with furniture and a sheltered BBQ area. There's parking for four cars and the property also offers the exclusive use of a sauna and and outdoor freeform swimming pool with shower and changing facilities.
The interior is equally well equipped with TV, video, DVD and a large library of books. There's a combi microwave/oven/grill, a washing machine & tumble dryer, dishwasher and freezer. A travel cot is also available.
Kiers Cottage is a non-smoking property.
Suffolk is a tranquil county and a treasure trove of history to boot. Many treasures have been lost to the sea - a whole Roman town amongst them - but equally much remains and is worth exploring. Here are a few attractions that should make it onto your must-see list when you're staying in one of the many wonderful holiday cottages in Suffolk.
Only one of England's kings has ever been martyred for his faith and that was Edmund, King of the Angles, who is entombed in Suffolk's only cathedral. Incidentally, St Edmund was once England's patron saint, until he was replaced by St. George in the 13th century.
One of England's greatest Anglo-Saxon treasures can be found on the edge of the busy little town of Woodbridge: a complete boat burial, believed to be that of the East Anglian King Raedwald. The boat, of course, did not survive, but the many everyday items and the famous golden helmet make this an Anglo-Saxon treasure you simply have to go and admire.
Following the Battle of Hastings and his coronation, William the Conqueror richly rewarded the men who had supported his bid for the English throne. Roger Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, acquired most of East Anglia. Framlingham Castle, still dominating the skyline of this friendly little market town, was one of the strongholds he built to secure the lands he was given.
Visiting Lavenham is like taking a trip into the past. Back to a time when Lavenham cloth was sought after in England and Europe alike, back to a time when wool merchants, fullers, dyers, spinners, weavers and cloth merchants vied for space in this town, when streets and streets of timber-framed houses were built to show off the citizens' wealth.
Holiday cottages in Suffolk make a great base for exploring. You can easily reach the market town of Beccles with restaurants and antique shops, and the seaside resorts of Lowestoft, Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh are close. Dunwich Heath and Dunwich Forest are ideal if you like to walk or ride. And the tiny, quiet lanes in this part of Suffolk are wonderful for cycling.
The Marshes at Walberswick and the Minsmere bird sanctuary are great for birdwatching and don't forget to visit Southwold, a
quintessentially English seaside town complete with colourful beach
huts, a lovely restored pier and some of the best fish and seafood
you'll find anywhere.
And anyone interested in Suffolk's vanishing history will no doubt visit Covehithe and Dunwich.