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Driftwood Cottage

(Ref. 1075312)

Harwich, Essex Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (4)
  • shower (3)
  • lovely (3)
  • bed (3)
  • good (3)
  • old (2)

6 Customer Reviews

  • "I loved the quirky nature of this lovely 18th century cottage."

    The retrieval of the keys and the storing of them after my visit was a little complicated and I had to input the code several times to open the box. Harwich Old Town is lovely and I am determined to return next year during some warmer months!

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2023

  • "Super stay."

    Lovely bed, I had seven nights good sleep. Thanks for the chocolate and mulled wine! The shower pipe hose needs replacing. It was detached (not me!) and everything else was perfect. regards CT

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2022

  • "I have used Sykes and cottages for you for about 16 years now and was extremely disappointed with this cottage that you gave a 4."

    6 rating my wife wanted to go home on Sunday, no oven ,a TERRIBLE shower and an extremely uncomfortable bed,I am not a moaner, lived in Africa for 40 years and can rough it,won't use Sykes again

    Dear Mark, thank you for taking the time to leave our cottage a review. It is a shame your stay did not meet your expectations. The cottage has a thorough description of facilities on the website. It is clearly noted that the cottage does not have an oven or a full shower. Maybe when booking you missed this detail. The comfort found in any bed is very subjective and a personal preference clearly the bed did not suit you or your wife although many recent reviews have mentioned how comfortable the bed is. What is one to do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark1.9Sep 2022

  • "A good cottage, ideally situated just a short walk to the harbouside and pubs."

    Facilities good apart from the shower, which was in an awkward position and didn't have a very good flow. I understand that with an old building it's not always easy but I think a shower cubicle would have been preferable. We did have an issue with the television, it took us a while to work out the correct configuration. More comprehensive instructions would have been handy.

    Reviewed by Marilyn4.7May 2022

  • "Wonderful property, with lots of attention to little details that were really appreciated."

    Superbly placed with lots to do within walking (or walk and ferry) distance. Loved the peace and quiet, and the secluded patio garden. However, the bed mattress provided little support and meant nights were not comfortable. I`m sad that this means we can`t give the top rating and recommendation (which we otherwise would), because apart from this, it really is a gem of a place. Oh - and parking was never an issue.

    Thank you John for leaving us a review of our cottage and we are really happy that you enjoyed your stay and that the small touches were appreciated. It’s a shame the bed was too soft for you, it’s difficult to judge each guests personal preference but we have taken this on board. Again we thank you for taking the time to give the cottage feedback. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.1Apr 2022

  • "This cottage was just what we needed."

    It is in a quiet street with no through traffic and so lovely and relaxing. The cottage was very pretty and comfortable and had everything we needed. My initial concern about parking was unfounded as there was always plenty of free parking in nearby streets. There are good places to eat nearby, The Alma pub and The Pier restaurant both do exquisite food, the Hanover pub does good traditional meals in huge portions, and the café on the pier was friendly and convenient. Harwich has some good historic attractions, we would recommend a visit to Harwich Redoubt Fort. Further afield, Sutton Hoo, and Saint Peters Church on the wall are definitely worth a visit.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2022

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  • One double bedroom with Smart TV
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric hob, microwave, fridge and airfryer
  • 2 x Smart TV's,Freeview TV on the TV upstairs and Sky Package downstairs, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Guests can load and unload and outside the property, roadside parking close-by and also 50 yards from the property is free public parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture
  • Covered are handy for storing bikes
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 100m, pub 10m, beach is within 200 yards of the property with easy access, pier and quay 300m
  • The Electric Palace cinema has been recently refurbished and is within walking distance from this property
  • Note:Due to steps in the property it may not be suitable for those with mobility issues
  • Note: Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is by 10.30am
  • Note: This property does not accept children.

The property

This special, Grade II-listed cottage is close to everything, making it easy to plan your visit to the beautiful historic, side town of Harwich, Essex.

Driftwood Cottage is a a charming fisherman's cottage located in the old martime town, where you will find a vast array of restaurants, pubs, wine bars and cafes to name a few!

Enjoying characterful features throughout, with fish and ropes to reflect the seaside theme and a peaceful location set along a no through road, this one-bedroom cottage is ideal for a couple seeking a hideaway.

Step inside to discover the open-plan living space, with beamed ceilings and an electric woodburning stove; here you can unwind with a cup of tea in hand in front of the Smart TV.

Rustle up tasty treats in the compact kitchen, courtesy of the electric hob and settle down at the dining table for a romantic meal with your other half.

On warm evenings, chat outside in the enclosed courtyard to relish the sea breeze as you bask in the sun on the garden chairs.

As the evening draws to a close, retire upstairs where you can make use of the quiet reading spot on the landing or rest your muscles in the bathroom for a soak amongst the bubbles.

When sleep calls, put on your pyjamas and climb into the double bed, with a TV for a movie night beneath the covers.

Awaken with a refreshing stroll to the promenade to soak in the coastal sights and sample delicious eateries or grab a crisp pint from a friendly bar.

If you fancy a day trip why not take the short journey on the foot ferry from the quay to Shotley Peninsular, where you can take your bikes or hike along wildlife rich trails with superb views.

You can also take a trip to Felixstowe via the ferry, here you can expect rich heritage, award-winning gardens, a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants and more glorious sands for you to enjoy.

Just a short walk away is a sandy beach, so pack a towel and a picnic for an afternoon out, or if that's not for you, stay dry on land and explore the sprawling Wrabness Woods and the Stour Estuary.

Visit the historical market town of Colchester, here you can see much-loved animals at Colchester Zoo, tour the Normal Colchester Castle or splurge out on a shopping spree with a wide selection of high street stores.

For a special escape with your better half, choose Driftwood Cottage.

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About the location


Clacton-on-Sea 15 miles; Colchester 17 miles

This historic port town sits at the mouth of the River Stour in Essex. Adjoining Dovercourt, Harwich benefits from a wide range of amenities from convenience stores to harbourside restaurants, one of which is named after the famous diarist, Samuel Pepys, who was MP for the town in 1679. It also boasts a series of fascinating architecture, a golf club and a sandy beach to keep you occupied throughout your visit. Just 15 miles away is the popular seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, hosting a beach and a pier for a quintessentially English day by the sea. For premium shopping, head to Colchester slightly further afield, as is the idyllic Dedham Vale AONB, made famous by the artist John Constable; making this location perfect for all tastes.

Please take care on the staircase as is it very steep and may not be suitable for people with mobility issues Please also mind the step between the kitchen and lounge. Please note this property cannot accept children.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas