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Gardener's Cottage

(Ref. 24518)

Hadleigh near Ipswich, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was comfortable and quiet."

    The beds were comfy and the gardens lovely. Welcome provisions were glady received.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.7Nov 2023

  • "The location of the cottage is fantastic and very quiet!"

    The grounds and parkland proved a huge hit with our cocker spaniel. The walk down the drive into Hadleigh, with it's great selection of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and a Co-op & Morrisons takes about 15 minutes. The cottage is very well equipped, beds were comfortable, high quality sheets & towels (and loo paper!), ample hot water, good wifi, smart tv and bbq. We stayed over a very hot weekend and really enjoyed relaxing in the delightful enclosed garden under the trees, we found some relaxer garden chairs in one of the outbuildings. As other reviewers have said the décor in the cottage is looking very tired and it would really benefit from some tlc. Good communication with the owner.

    Reviewed by Alison3.4Sep 2023

  • "We loved it, thank you"

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Aug 2023

  • "We stayed 4 nights in the Gardeners Cottage the setting was magnificent."

    It was great for our dog and an ideal base to explore the county. Our only observation would be that despite its character and charm the cottage decor and fixtures in the cottage were a little tired and could do with some maintenance and upgrading. That said this did not detract in any way on our stay or enjoyment

    Reviewed by Kim3.8Aug 2023

  • "Clean, very warm, comfortable and dog friendly cottage, we will be returning next year."

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was functional and clean but is in desperate need of re-decorating in almost every room."

    The kitchen certainly could do with a refurbishment. The property was warm and the double bed comfortable. We took advantage of walking the grounds with our dog, and it was ideally located for enjoying the local countryside.

    Reviewed by Graham3.1Mar 2023

  • "Lovely and warm."

    Lounge great. Kitchen a bit tired. Having a dishwasher and washer drier very handy. Shower could do with a little tlc. Location was excellent and overall good value for money. Great for stargazing and wildlife.

    Reviewed by Stuart3.4Feb 2023

  • "This property is in a lovely location, with plenty of walks."

    The walled garden is ideal for exercising dogs. Very secure with lots of running space!! The cottage was spotlessly clean and the supply of bread, milk, butter and eggs was a lovely touch. Our stay was during the very cold icy weather I would advise other travellers to be aware that the long drive is steep and can be difficult to negotiate up. A supply of grit or sand would be helpful.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Dec 2022

  • "Thanks for the use of your cottage."

    It served our particular visit well. It was warm and clean with no residual dog smells. The refurbishment is now looking tired. The only niggles were the water pump noise is intrusive, the keysafe didn't seem to work and the TV remote didn't turn on the TV.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2022

  • "Gardener's cottage is wonderfully secluded yet well placed to explore rural Suffolk."

    It is well equipped and cosy.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Gardener's Cottage was perfect, very comfortable, and set in beautiful surroundings."

    The owner was very welcoming and everything you could possibly need was provided. A great location for exploring this lovely part of the country.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great location, peaceful and you can walk into Hadleigh with its restaurants and pubs which is around a 15 minute walk taking your 4 legged friend."

    If you are a fan of clean lines and modern then its not for you, if you like history and pedigree and are prepared to appreciate old then it works.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful quiet location off the beaten track but within easy walking distance of Hadleigh and its facilities."

    Ideally situated for Constable Country and beautiful Suffolk villages. Ideal for dogs (although possibly not small energetic ones who have a tendency to run off)

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Oct 2021

  • "We booked our holiday through Sykes but due to the pandemic were unable to go in 2020."

    We were informed that deposits for holidays were not being reimbursed although we could re book for the following year. We felt that this was unfair and possibly unlawful and due to this we will not be booking any more holidays with Sykes.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2021

  • "This is a lovely holiday cottage."

    A cosy well heated home in a lovely quiet location. The garden was fantastic, a doggies paradise! Will definately be returning. Well stocked cupboards so you don't need to wash up after every meal. Perry is a fantastic host.

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Oct 2020

  • "Gardeners cottage was perfect for a mini break for the two of us ."

    We enjoyed the lovely eggs ,bread and milk left in the kitchen . The house was warm so we didn’t use the logs and firefighters provided to light the wood burner . The bed linen was nice and there were plenty of towels and loo roll . There was a shed to put our bikes in , the WiFi was good and there’s a key safe ,the owner was very efficient and helpful at answering queries and promptly posted our HDMI cable that we left behind. The description is pretty accurate , & yes the stairs are steep .

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7Sep 2020

  • "This was a short weekend break for our family and when we arrived in the early evening the cottage was lovely and warm and very welcoming."

    It was exactly like the photos and had been set up to be COVID aware. The cottage is very rustic and has excellent outside space which, because of the weather we were unable to use but looked perfect if you were staying there in the summer. If you want , you are near enough to the town of Hadleigh to walk there , and there is a nice riverside walk nearby. The information we received before we arrived was very helpful and the owners had helped out with the places in the area where we could book a meal for the Saturday night. Plenty of hot water and towels. A real home away from home. Loved it!

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2020

  • "Good walks on public rights of way from this property."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2020

  • "We stayed at the cottage for a week during the summer holiday."

    The location was wonderful and it was very peaceful too. The cottage has everything you need - kitchen fully equipped, washing machine, dishwasher, hot water. I would definitely recommend to choose this accommodation and this accommodation will definitely be our first choice for future holiday. I retained one start for accuracy of listing. This is due to a confusion of the garden use. The cottage sits on the massive land which is divided into 3 massive gardens with a pond in between. Neither listing or pre-arrival instruction indicates about what garden we were allowed to use. There was no sign on the next garden which is divided by the gate and there was no lock on the either gates which could naturally indicate as “no enter” sign. As a result I had to contact an owner on our first morning to ask permission to use second garden which we were kindly allowed. Yet my family also entered a third garden and the pond area, however the next day we were visited by the owner and were politely asked not to do that again as it wasn’t allowed. So I would be appreciative if this would be made clear on the listing or pre-arrival instruction time avoid uncomfort and confusion to both parties. Especially we stayed we our 3 very energetic young boys who love to run around. Another slight uncomfort were caused by the team with a gras/ bush cutting machine . They have arrived at the cottage just after 8am on our 4th day of the stay and caused lot of noise right underneath our bedroom windows. This also coincided with our son’s birthday when he was opening his presents. This wasn’t pleasant but didn’t cause too much disturbance. Again, it would be much appreciated if we were given notice that this work will occur. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this accommodation to anyone with children - it’s a great place with massive garden and peaceful environment.

    Reviewed by Iryna4.7Aug 2020

  • "It was exactly as it said ."

    .. restful, comfortable and peaceful. We had a lovely weekend in Tge Gardeners Cottage and would definitely do it again

    Reviewed by Tracie5.0Mar 2020

  • "Warm and cosy cottage within beautiful grounds."

    Lovely views from every window. Dog friendly and numerous walking routes from the grounds. Within walking distance to small interesting town with plenty of eating places.

    Reviewed by Rita4.7Mar 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay in the cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    The cottage is well equipped and the children loved playing in the garden. Is a great location to explore. We had a day at lavenham and explored sudbury, and braintree. Walks on your doorstep and hadleigh is a lovely little town. Had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Perry was a fantastic host and certainly ensured our stay was enjoyable.This is a great place to bring your dog with numerous picturesque walks. We look forward to coming back for another stay in the future.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Feb 2020

  • "This is a lovely old cottage but is in urgent need of some attention and in the details of the property it neglected to mention a very steep staircase which I found difficult to use so I ended up sleeping downstairs on the sofa also the shower had no power when you pay the amount asked you expect things to be adequate and if needs cannot be met either lower prices or be honest we did mention the shower to the owner and they said we have a lot of comments about the shower but do not act on the feedback the owner was very nice and helpful when we had to speak to him about the boiler I have to say it has put me off renting cottages for holidays."

    Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear that you struggled with the stairs. We have since added a note to advise of the steep staircase. We have also replaced the boiler and shower pump. I am sorry that you encountered these issues but I hope you enjoyed your stay otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie2.8Dec 2019

  • "The cottage has a lovely large dog safe secret garden which is a real ..."

    The cottage has a lovely large dog safe secret garden which is a real gem really was the nicest garden we have ever had at a holiday cottage

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2019

  • "The gardeners cottage, hadleigh, was warm and comfortable, lovely quiet situation within holbeck house extensive grounds."

    Easy access to village and local pubs free parking and good choices to eat or just browse. Owner very helpful and able to sort any queries quickly. We would recommend to come again. It would be lovely to have few more walking books local area.... Welcome pack appreciated too on arrival. Thank you 10/10

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Mar 2019

  • "Excellent cottage -- had everything you could need --- very comfortable beds."

    Lovely garden with fox to greet us on arrival !! Excellent dog safe garden with good sitting out and dinning area. Very quite and beautiful location with lovely walks from front door. We would love to return -- so much to do in the area

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage is a little 'tired' looking, it was sufficiently clean and tidy but could do with a spruce up everywhere ( including the areas that cannot be initially seen ( i."

    E. out of sight out of mind areas!). Some of the rugs are threadbare and paint is falling away from walls in some areas albeit carpets were good and not to say paint was stripped away everywhere. Shower was poor in the sense not powerful, very slow. A power shower is a must to improve this cottage. Outside seating was placed under low branch trees and plants and stinging nettles so we did not sit in that area. Tables and chairs outside need replacing as old ( and look it) and no cushions available for the rattan furniture. Could do with sun loungers/reclining chairs to have that added piece of luxury that makes a good hoilday. This is not a main business area for the owners ( B&B being their main interest) and this shows. It is ok and meets the basic needs without exceeding expectations. The owner was nice and polite and left us to it which was great. The gardens and outdoor space were wonderful. The above are ways to improve this cottage in our opinion, that said, we had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage.

    Reviewed by Ian2.5Aug 2018

  • "Excellent cottage and garden."

    Perfect base for touring Suffolk and Essex.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2018

  • "This was the perfect fit for a quiet safe family break."

    Lots of places to visit nearby and easy walks direct from the cottage.Walled private garden a huge bonus.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Mar 2018

  • "Dog friendly cottage that more than met our expectations."

    Lovely rural setting with great dog walking from the doorstep. There is an access road that runs through the property which is not fenced. During our week stay we only saw one car driving to the main house. Cottage is in the owners grounds who were unobtrusive and welcoming. We had one minor problem during our stay which was quickly sorted. We stayed for the first week of December and the central heating was enough to keep us warm. There is a log burner which we didn't use as we were warm enough without it. Grandchildren visited whilst we were there and enjoyed running around the garden and watching the pheasants from the windows. Other reviews had said that beds were hard and yes I did find the bed firm but didn't stop us sleeping well. Walk into Hadleigh took about 10mins and torch is needed if walking back in the evening. We had a lovely stay and if visiting this part of the country again we will return.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.6Dec 2017

  • "Dishwasher in the wrong place should be moved into kitchen."

    The beds are a high standard and so comfortable better than most holiday let's. Had a lovely time and would certainly book again maybe for longer it is quite and peaceful and in the summer I would think really beautiful. On the whole a lovely place to stay

    Reviewed by H4.2Nov 2017

  • "The most wonderful character cottage, not only in the glorious setting of a country estate, but walkable to the historic and fascinating town of Hadleigh."

    It had an abundance of dog friendly inns and restauarants, surrounded by a dozen charming villages all within half an hour, and just as fascinating. Future holidaymakers need telling to make a beeline for three miles away Kersey, which is straight out of a film set with its ford crossing the village road. We only marked accuracy of listing down a mark, because you failed to include its dishwasher and hair dryer supplied, making it even more attractive a proposition. Finally, thoroughly impressed with the way Sykes Cottages kept us regularly updated and included a 'week before' reminder. As ex Cestrians we think we've discovered a new friend.

    Reviewed by David4.8Sep 2017

  • "Fantastic venue."

    Welcome package. Access to amenities. Many and varied local attractions, for all ages, within easy reach. Very friendly and accomodating host.

    Reviewed by Jill4.8Aug 2017

  • "Easy walk to Hadleigh for dinner (take a torch)"

    Reviewed by Terence4.6Mar 2017

  • "The cottage was very peaceful ."

    It was well equipped with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Oct 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin (one accessed via the other)
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and pantry
  • Utility with basin and WC
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil fired central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden with raised patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome (£25 pet charge applies per pet)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: 4pm arrival
  • Note: There is a steep staircase in the property so may not be suitable for people with limited mobility issues. Please note that this property only accepts bookings on weekdays
  • No Saturday or Sunday check-ins will be accepted.

The property

Hadleigh 0.5 miles.

An attractive red brick cottage, an annexe attached to the old stables of Holbecks House, set within extensive estate grounds and home to the owner's B&B.

Offering comfortable, characterful accommodation, this Hadleigh cottage is ideal for families and friends wishing to enjoy the privacy of this pleasant estate but be within easy access of pretty market towns and some beautiful countryside.

Traditionally furnished and decorated, this Hadleigh cottage provides a modern kitchen and shower room and a comfortable sitting room with a warming woodburning stove.

Outside this Hadleigh cottage is an exclusive 'secret' rear garden and patio in which to sit and enjoy a peaceful morning coffee.

Guests also have access to the extensive private parkland and fenced pond, lovely for an afternoon walk.

Wander down the quiet estate lane and sample the shops, tea rooms and pub in Hadleigh itself, or strap on your walking shoes or hop on your bike to explore the lovely local countryside.

Lavenham is easily reached, and offers Tudor buildings, or visit Sudbury to browse the antique shops.

Alternatively, spend the afternoon amidst the beauty of Dedham Vale, known as Constable Country and designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A welcoming Hadleigh cottage in a wonderful location.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Ref. 23722 and together they sleep 10 people.

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About the location


Ipswich 9.5 miles; Sudbury 12 miles; Colchester 10 miles.

The pretty, ancient market town of Hadleigh lies deep in the Suffolk countryside between Ipswich and Sudbury. The main street is lined with attractive independent shops with an excellent choice of tea rooms and traditional inns. There are numerous historic buildings which provide a very pleasant backdrop for a morning stroll whilst perusing the local craft and gift shops. The surrounding area is ideal for walking and cycling and inspired John Constable’s fine paintings of nearby Dedham Vale – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Close by is the picturesque Suffolk wool town of Lavenham whilst Long Melford is renowned for its antique shops and the Roman town of Colchester is just ten miles away.

Please note that this property only accepts bookings on weekdays. No Saturday or Sunday check-ins will be accepted.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas