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St Michael's House

St Michael South Elmham, Suffolk (Ref. 24120)


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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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57 Customer Reviews

  • "The mattress on the double bed was awful."

    It had no spring to it and was flat as a pancake. Unfortunately this really put a dampener on things as we didn’t sleep well the whole week. Everything else was amazing though.

    We are always so excited to hear of an amazing stay at St. Michael's House and it was lovely to meet you. The mattress was new at the start of the summer season, however we have since replaced it as we value everyone's personal review as we strive for 100% feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2021

  • "We booked both St."

    Michael's House and St. Michael's Cottage for a family holiday, replacing a Villa previously booked in France; and we were really glad that we did. The two properties were very spacious (particularly after we lost 3 family members who were isolating from Covid) and extremely well laid out. The weather wasn't perfect (the heat wave arriving the week after we left), but there was plenty to do in the area (we particularly recommend St Peter's Brewery and the Flint Vineyard) and the garden had plenty of room to relax, play and barbecue. We had our new 5 month old grandson with us and everything worked perfectly for 3 generations of the family. I would definitely recommend these properties for a family holiday and we will certainly be coming back again. Mike Sharman PS: the enormous TV in the main sitting room was fantastic on which to watch England win 3 of its Euro football matches!

    Reviewed by MikeJul 2021

  • "The cottage was so comfortable and homely."

    We had such a lovely time. Dogs enjoyed the garden which was secure and we arrived with three dogs and left with three dogs- always a bonus :-) Suffolk is beautiful and we found loads to do. We had an elderly relative with us so we needed a car as couldn't walk to the shop or pub.

    Reviewed by AmandaJun 2021

  • "The cottage is amazing, unfortunately my son who has mobility problems found the downstairs shower room not quite adequate for his needs ."

    Otherwise, the cottage was a delight and the host's very helpful

    Reviewed by AmandaJun 2021

  • "Such a beautiful location and property."

    This house had everything we needed for our break. So well equipped. Even provided dog towels! So much space - lots of hiding places for hide and seek!! The child loved having two staircases. Beds were comfortable. So many footpaths great for walking and running . Location is so lovely and quiet . We hired both properties so that worked well. Would highly recommend these properties, the owners are lovely too , and very helpful.

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2020

  • "For a house of this size I would expect to have a tumble dryer available, there was an airer but during the wet weather this is not sufficient."

    A shaver socket in one of the bathrooms would also be useful. With the lovely woodburner available a supply of logs would be much appreciated at very little cost to the owners.

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. We take all feedback into account and look at the feasibility of implementing it into our 600 year old, Grade II Listed Property. It was lovely meeting you and trust you had a fabulous birthday week. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2020

  • "Great house and garden."

    Good countryside location - and around 30 mins from many beaches, walks and other attractions . Excellent service from Owner.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Great house."

    Lots of info provided in online guide by owners. Covid meant for obvious reason the kitchen was less equipped than normal but owners happily and quickly supplied extra items we required. Great enclosed garden which was ideal for our dogs. Fantastic location too.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2020

  • "Great house, very clean and comfortable."

    Shame we couldn't access the property until 5pm but understand why

    Reviewed by AnnaJul 2020

  • "Rented both the house and the cottage for a large family get together."

    ... and it worked very well.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2020

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at St Michaels House, it was like home from home the owners have thought of everything to make your stay perfect."

    The cottage was amazing, very inviting lovely spacious room all full of character with its lovely beams and fire places. We took our two dogs with us they really enjoy the fantastic garden, plenty of wild life popping in to say hello. The scenery around the cottage was beautiful. All in all we would highly recommend the cottage came home very relaxed.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2019

  • "Just returned from visiting St Michaels House with my two teenagers, elderly mother and dog ."

    The house is absolutely wonderful. Spacious, spotlessly clean, quirky, extremely well equipped with everything you could need for a self catering holiday including dog bowls, poo bags and dog towels. The rear garden is huge - just perfect for dogs and kids. It has a patio area with 2 picnic tables, additional fold up chairs, BBQ and washing line. The internet service was really good and reliable, and the TV has lots of channels. There are lots of books, games and puzzles available in the lounge to use - my kids discovered playing cards can be just as much fun as staring at their phones for hours on end ! Although the house is situated in a very quiet rural location it isn’t too far from the main roads that lead to the surrounding towns and villages and only about half an hour drive from the coast. Dunwich is a great dog friendly beach allowing dogs all year round, plenty of free parking and a cafe with lots of outdoor seating - they provide water bowls for your dogs. There are 2 pubs within a short drive - The Rumburgh Buck is the closest it has a good reputation (we didn’t try this one as there was nowhere to park, the small car park was full ) so we carried on to the Wissett Plough and we were not disappointed. The staff are very friendly, they make a real fuss of dogs, and most importantly the food is really good. There is a Co-op supermarket about 15 minutes drive away in Halesworth for all your groceries. If you don’t fancy cooking you can get food deliveries from several local take aways through Just Eat. All in all a great holiday cottage - we would definitely return

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2019

  • "Andy and Alisha had thought of everything even brought in two fans because of ..."

    Andy and Alisha had thought of everything even brought in two fans because of the high temperatures everywhere was experiencing Lovely building seeps history Great holiday

    Reviewed by StuartJul 2019

  • "A superb house with beautiful garden in quiet surroundings"

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2019

  • "This was a special week to celebrate three family birthdays, so three generations came together."

    The children and the dog really enjoyed the garden which was so spacious and private too. Some of the adults enjoyed time to cook together for us all. We didn’t go out some days as it was so relaxing in the house and garden. There is masses to see and do in the area and some beautiful beaches. Thanks for such a wonderful holiday!

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2019

  • "So lovely to be able to spend time with the family in this beautiful house."

    All was perfect and welcoming when we arrived, and a great house for us all to explore - two staircases makes for good fun! As did the ground floor and first floor "circuits" through various rooms. My only negative comment is that there were no SMALL sharp knives, otherwise wonderfully appointed! We found some good places to visit - St Peter's Brewery for one, very close by, good for a run or a stroll, depending on who you are! Then various coastal places - Sea Life Centre at Great Yarmouth, Southwold and Aldeburgh, and a great trip to RSPB Minsmere.

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage, manage comfortably with 7 adults and 6 childern under 7."

    Plenty of space and a brilliant sized garden. One of the cleanest places I've stayed at! Only draw back is 1 shower, just made mornings a little more regimented. A great place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the time with the family.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you had a great time. Due to the 600 year old age of this listed property it is not easily possible to change the current bathroom configurations. However in addition to the shower there are 2 additional baths as described in the property description. The owner has been looking into this matter for some time now and has high hopes of adding an additional shower in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoanneMar 2019

  • "The house was great, very clean, well decorated, larger than impressions photos gave and everything we could possibly need for our stay."

    Fantastic in every way.

    Reviewed by SpencerDec 2018

  • "This was a wonderful place for a multigenerational family holiday."

    The four boys and dad and grandad played football in the garden for hours. The four dogs thought they were in heaven in the secure garden. Nanny elderly aunt mummy and baby all mucked in with the cooking etc. It was a really lovely family holiday.

    Reviewed by TinaOct 2018

  • "Lovely spacious house in a great location for visiting all that Suffolk/Norfolk has to offer"

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2018

  • "Beautiful garden beautiful house lovely surrounding countryside with lots of interesting places to visit for all ages House is 600 yrs old so comes with a few little problems like hot water adjustments and uneven floors and needs a bit of TLC here and there and owner is addressing these but didn't detract from enjoyment of our holiday ."

    Thank you for your feedback. The issue with the hot water tap has already been resolved. Unfortunately, we cannot correct the uneven floors as it is a 600 year old English Heritage Grade II listed building which is part of the character of the building. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarrieAug 2018

  • "St Michael's House is certainly a period property and is indeed listed under English Heritage."

    It is a charming property, and had ample room for all 8 of us. A couple of issues arose during the week, and Sykes and the owner and corrected these. However, one of the issues had clearly been there for some time looking at the comments book. It is a lovely place for a family to stay, and our grandchildren enjoyed the garden and we had two barbeques. The kitchen diner is good for a relaxed breakfast and then using the huge dining room table for evening meals. The dishwasher and washing machine worked perfectly. Our criticism would be that the refurbishment of the property is not yet complete. Consequently, some of the windows would not open upstairs, which made a couple of the rooms extremely stifling in the present hot weather. Perhaps a couple of fans could be provided. I am aware that we don't normally have this sort of hot weather for weeks on end, however sleeping was really quite uncomfortable, especially in the single room upstairs, and the small double room. If I were to be pernickety, I would also suggest that one shower for 8-10 people causes some logistical problems. A lovely area, within easy reach of the sea at Dunwich, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, Bungay and Beccles are lovely little towns, and Norwich is not that far if you wish to go there.

    The owner thanks you for your feedback and would like you to know that they have since provided additional information to guests on how to open the historic windows in both bedrooms detailed. Due to the historic age of the property, unfortunately it is not possible to change the bathroom configuration. However in addition to the shower there are 2 additional baths as described in the property description. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "What a wonderful house."

    A family group of nine with a wheelchair user go away for four/five days every year and this was by far the best property we have stayed in. The house was spotless, it was so well equipped with extra towels, bedding should it be needed, the kitchen was well euipped too. The location was perfect and the garden beautiful. The owner Andy very welcoming and hands on with any queries we had. A lovely stay and we're already making arrangements about returning, Thank you!

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2018

  • "Everything was wonderful and the owner was really helpful."

    The welcome pack was a great idea as well.

    Reviewed by DianeApr 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with good facilities."

    Beds comfortable and the linen and towels clean and plentiful. Great garden for dogs. There could have been more wine glasses - only just enough to go around. Would recommend to friends

    Reviewed by DonApr 2018

  • "Low beams were a pain for tall people, short people were OK no tea pot!"


    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "St Michaels Cottage exceeded our expectations."

    A warm and cosy cottage with loads of character and charm. Everything we needed was supplied. Will recommend to friends and will definately revisit. C.Loped

    Reviewed by CaroleMar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Very comfortable, clean and well appointed. Beds very comfortable. Easy to check in - owner very helpful. Very peaceful idyllic location. Perfect for a family gathering which we had for an 80th birthday. Plenty of excellent dog friendly local pubs / restaurants.

    Reviewed by BarbaraFeb 2018

  • "St Michael's house was really comfortable and cosy."

    There was plenty of room indoors and outdoors for our party of 5+2 dogs. It was comfortably warm all day and lovely to come home to after our country walks. Sofas and beds were comfortable and the house was well equipped to suit our holiday needs. It's a very rural setting, though not isolated, which that suited us as we were able to set out directly from the house for our walks with the dogs on the numerous country paths. Overall, the house had a lovely welcoming feeling and our hosts were generous both in their welcoming treats and in the degree of thought they gave to ensuring our comfort and enjoyment of their property.

    Reviewed by MaryFeb 2018

  • "Overall the house met our requirements very well."

    We would like to query the suitability of the downstairs 'bedroom'. It didn't have any privacy ..... window and door with glass panel open to the hallway. The owner did put up a voile type curtain when we mentioned this but it was far from adequate. The room was very cold, it looked as if it had been a porch of some sort originally. There were no facilities for clothe storage. We didn't feel it met the needs of a child or elderly person. The upstairs bedrooms were very comfortable, beds and linen very good. We felt that in a large party it would be who 'got the short straw' scenario with the downstairs bedroom. Suggest it is converted back to access to the back garden, there is an outside door in the room. This was the only negative to the house. The house is well equipped and situated in a lovely peaceful area. The garden was fantastic for the dogs.

    Reviewed by L DNov 2017

  • "Had a great time, loved the house and garden, and the great weather was a welcome bonus."

    We explored the local villages and towns and made full use of the local dog friendly cafes,coffee shops and pubs. The description of the property is accurate and the one little problem that we had was sorted quickly by the owners. Highly recommended Have just rebooked to return in 2018

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2017

  • "The house is full of charm and character and located in a very peaceful village."

    There is lots to do in the surrounding area, we particularly liked the St Peter's Hall brewery and restaurant.

    Reviewed by VivienSep 2017

  • "Had a wonderful week at St Michael's house."

    Our grandchildren and the dog loved the amazing garden and the wildlife. We should of booked 2 weeks, maybe next time !!!!

    Reviewed by FrancisJun 2017

  • "Brilliant well looked after property"

    Reviewed by GabrielMar 2017

  • "The house is very spacious and well equipped."

    The large garden was great for the children. Lots of room inside for 3 generations of family. Great place to explore, really close to the start of the broads.

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2016

  • "An excellent holiday all round and an excellent cottage."

    Mr GoochJun 2016

  • "The quirkiness of St Michael's House was fun, it was peaceful and relaxing - even the children were happy to stay in and just relax."

    Reviewed by TeresaNov 2015

  • "We had a great time at the House, everything was spotless, and it was great to have such good WiFi."

    Reviewed by SamanthaNov 2015

  • "The House was spotlessly clean and is in a good location for touring."

    It is well equipped and has an excellent safe garden for young children. The House was lovely and warm and all fixtures and fittings were in good order. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.

    Reviewed by TerryOct 2015

  • "We loved the space inside the cottage especially with our two families and 3 dogs."

    Garden was brilliant for the dogs and kids to play in - nice and safe. The area was lovely. A fantastic hideaway for a relaxing week and close enough to the coast for seaside walks and fun.

    Reviewed by GwynethOct 2015

  • "Lovely quiet location and the garden had great space for our 2 dogs to exercise."

    A good location to visit surrounding attractions/areas.

    Reviewed by YvonneOct 2015

  • "The property was a good mix of old character and modern facilities, and was very spacious."

    The bed was very comfortable, and the garden was large and enclosed. There were accessible footpaths nearby for dog walks. The heating was very efficient.

    Reviewed by TeresaSep 2015

  • "We liked the quaint and spacious house that was full of character, and the large rear garden that had beautiful surroundings of trees and rural countryside."

    The house was in a good location for many interesting places to visit and good nearby pubs with good food.

    Reviewed by WilliamAug 2015

  • "Beautiful home with lots of character, loved the big bathroom and the large ..."

    Beautiful home with lots of character, loved the big bathroom and the large garden for the children to play and run around safely

    Reviewed by SandraJul 2015

  • "Good size accommodation in lovely quiet area."

    Garden was well fenced and perfect for children and dogs.

    Reviewed by DeniseJul 2015

  • "It was a lovely experience to stay in such a large period property with wooden beams."

    The house was very clean. The area was great for providing something for all of our family.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2015

  • "The house was superb, a perfect example of just what our group look for in a holiday let."

    The two main reception rooms swallowed up our party number of 6. The olde worlde charms were oozing out of every beam and I only hit my head on a low beam twice! "I could live here" was a frequent comment!

    Reviewed by NicholasApr 2015

  • "Lovely cottage, exceptional master bedroom and bathroom with lots of space and all full of character."

    It was quiet, with easy walks from the cottage which were well signposted and the pub was really friendly towards us and our dogs! Would return again!

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2015

  • "Beautiful warm and cosy cottage - as it was cold outside it was such a treat coming back to a warm house."

    The garden was a fantastic size for the children. The location was also perfect - we loved the rural surroundings, but also being very accessible to Southwold and other coastal places.

    Reviewed by JoDec 2014

  • "The location is perfect for a base for dog walking."

    The size of house, again perfect for pets with a large rear garden.

    Reviewed by RobertNov 2014

  • "Our holiday began with a warm and welcoming house and got better."

    Great facilities, lovely tranquil garden and environs too. Some great touches in the house e.g dog towels and well placed torches in every room so that we could find unfamiliar light switches. Very friendly locals, dog friendly pubs, shops and visitor attractions too. Not a lot else to say except that we got double the value for our money. A mixed age group family, old teenage and middle aged plus two dogs - a spanking job!

    Reviewed by KathrynOct 2014

  • "A luxury place to stay, it was relaxing and quiet, would visit again."

    Reviewed by MitziSep 2014

  • "The house was lovely."

    Everyone fell in love with the house and its surroundings. Hopefully we will be holidaying there again.

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2014

  • "A lovely holiday venue enjoyed by all."

    We were lucky enough to enjoy excellent weather and the garden was invaluable to us and the dog, The house itself was very comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2014

  • "St Michaels House was just perfect in every way for our very special, family birthday long weekend."

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2014

  • "Quiet, secluded cottage; very peaceful."

    Reviewed by JackieMay 2014

  • "Plenty of support from the owners."

    No problem taking pets. Welcoming bottle of wine. Lovely location. A fabulous place for a break away with friends and/or family.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2014

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The property

A charming semi-detached, Grade II listed, 16th century farmhouse surrounded by tranquil countryside in the beautiful hamlet of St Michael South Elmham.

Oozing character throughout, this cottage near Bungay provides an excellent base for families and friends to get together and enjoy rural Suffolk.

Downstairs in this St Michael’s cottage is a spacious sitting room with a cosy woodburning stove, whilst an additional easy access single bedroom, close to a basin and WC, has lovely views overlooking the south facing garden.

Both the kitchen and dining room at this St Michael’s farmhouse boast huge beams and original inglenook fireplaces, with the kitchen offering an adjacent breakfast area.

Traditional cottage stairs lead up to the four bedrooms, all of which have wooden beams and beautiful old doors, whilst one of the two bathrooms houses a freestanding roll-top bath and walk-in shower.

To the rear of this Suffolk cottage is a large enclosed lawned garden, perfect for a family BBQ and to look at the amazing bird wildlife.

St Michael South Elmham is one of a number of villages which together make up The Saints, named after the local churches, with nearby St Peter, South Elmham having a micro-brewery which guests can visit.

Four miles away is the small market town of Bungay, with a fine array of independent shops, tempting tea rooms and pubs, as well as Bungay Castle.

From this Suffolk cottage there is easy access to the southern tip of the Norfolk Broads, the historic city of Norwich, plus the popular seaside town of Southwold is just a short drive away.

A fabulous St Michael’s farmhouse for an enjoyable holiday.


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super king size double, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single, 1 x ground floor single
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in power shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC and shower room
  • Kitchen with breakfast area
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with double sofa bed and woodburning stove.
  • Biomass central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview and online apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney etc, please use your own subscription, radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and single z-bed
  • Ample off road parking
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed rear garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared front garden with pond
  • Four well-behaved dogs welcome (2 dogs are included in the price, the 3rd and 4th are accepted at a charge of £25.00 per dog)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1.6 miles
  • Note: There is a pond in the front garden, children and pets to be supervised
  • Note: There are low beams and doorways throughout the cottage
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Please note: This property can be booked along side property reference: 22136 and when booked together can accommodate a total of 18 people
  • Please note the photograph of the back garden on this listing is just for this property and is not shared
  • The enclosed garden is bordered by substantial mature hedges and trees which contain a metal wired fence
  • Note: Ground floor shower room ideal for the elderly or those with limited mobility

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location


Bungay 4 miles; Harleston 8 miles; Southwold 14 miles.

St Michael South Elmham is one of a group of villages known as The Saints which are all named after their village church. The Saints are situated close to the Suffolk/Norfolk border and are located in beautiful rural countryside. St Michael South Elmham is a Thankful Village (or Blessed Village) which is a settlement where all members of the armed forces survived World War I. St Michael is one of only fourteen villages in England and Wales which are known as “Doubly Thankful” as it didn’t lose anyone in World War II either. The pretty market town of Bungay is close by with its range of independent shops, cafes and pubs, whilst the small towns of Halesworth, Harleston and Beccles are also just a short drive away. The popular coastal town of Southwold is well known for its fully restored pier as well as its lighthouse, 15th century church and the sand and shingle beach with its colourful beach huts. A delightful rural area, perfect for a relaxing holiday all year round.

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Note: Ground floor shower room ideal for the elderly or those with limited mobility

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