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Fishpond House, Sotherton

(Ref. 1117024)

Halesworth, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • clean (7)

14 Customer Reviews

  • "I feel it is important to mention that we traveled as a family with two dogs."

    It is a lovely cottage but we have mixed feelings about some aspects of our stay. The property is a gorgeous two-story house, clean and cozy but encapsulated in privately owned farms so there are no pathways, no walking routes, and no fields to take your pets for a walk. The location is fairly quiet and almost tranquil as you might not see a single human for a whole day but you will see some free-roaming birds and let me say that those buggers are a loud bunch. We were woken up every morning around 5 am by pheasants and peacock shouting on the top of their lungs, one big bird was constantly knocking on second-floor window and waking up our daughter :) As already mentioned - there isn't anything around the property but there are quite a few large shops 20 min away, as well as a beach, nature reserve, smaller towns and farm shops. Also, please bear in mind that even though towels are included, you are not allowed to use them at the hot tub and should bring your own which I don't recall reading on the listing. Overall, there are quite a lot of rules you need to follow and some felt like overstretch but I won't comment on them. One thing, we were definitely perplexed is the selection of art on the walls as it is very peculiar and unusual ranging from 19th century engraving Marriage a la Mode to some aliens, butterfly spine and many more. Lastly, I would like to suggest to the owners to consider buying some kitchen essentials for guests to use as I can't imagine anyone bringing foil and cling film to their vacation.

    Reviewed by Julia3.8Mar 2024

  • "This cottage was super cute and cosy, had everything we wanted."

    However the rainfall shower didn’t work and the right hand sink had a leak (we reported this). I think the hot tub filter is broken, it got progressively more cloudy as the week went on and was quite gritty. All 4 of us got some form of rash / irritation to our skin. Cooking utensils were good but would have said to supply oil just to stop burning pans. A dead fly and some chewing gum was found in the upstairs double bed, and two empty bottles of vodka were in the roof space above the downstairs bedroom door. The mattress in the downstairs bedroom was very firm and there was a large stain on the red bed throw. The place was lovely we really enjoyed it but just little things let it down.

    Reviewed by Lily3.8Mar 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our few days here."

    It was very comfortable, loved the baths and hot tub and great situation. It’s quiet and feels in the natural world with the pond and owls at night. Appreciated the quirky nature of the art in the house which gave it loads of character. It was very clean, a few minor tired bits but felt lived in and cared for. We are planning next year!

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely property"

    Reviewed by Ioana5.0Jan 2024

  • "Property was well appointed, clean, spacious and comfortable, within easy reach of the lovely town of Southwold and perfect for exploring the Suffolk coast."

    We were visited daily by a peacock, woodpecker and a variety of small birds. Hot Tub was perfect and added to the enjoyment. A very relaxing venue.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fishpond House was idyllic."

    The accommodation was clean abd tidy. It was well equipped and we enjoyed our stay. The beds were comfortable and proper blackout curtains were a bonus. The complimentary biscuits xnd milk etc were a nice touch and made us feel welcome. The resident cat was a hit and the hottub was fab. The only criticism was that the drains were stinky and left an unpleasant odour in the air.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2023

  • "Hot tub was out of order for our whole stay."

    The dishwasher was defective as the lid to the tablet receptacle was missing. The refrigerator leaked water daily probably from a blocked vent tube. The drains had an awful odour each time the toilet was flushed. The beds were comfortable and kitchen was well equipped. The pond and surroundings were lovely.

    Reviewed by Michael3.1Aug 2023

  • "Loved staying at fishpond house."

    House was very clean and well presented. We weren’t there for tv although our teenager felt a bit aggrieved that it wasn’t bigger but didn’t worry us. Hot tub took a few days to be ready but was dealt with quickly by the team and owner. Highly recommend close to beaches and walks but also very quiet and peaceful

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2023

  • "A lovely well equipped home but in need of some updating."

    The four poster bed mattress was very hard and the double bed mattress upstairs was too hard too. The living room furniture is very uncomfortable as are the dining room chairs. The glass sliding doors desperately need blinds or curtains, it was absolutely boiling hot when we tried to sit down for dinner. Opening the doors wasn't an option as we were bombarded by wasps. Being advertised as dog friendly I think the property would benefit from having a fence around the perimeter to stop the dogs from escaping. It didn't make sense that they weren't allowed on the furniture or the beds either? Overall a lovely property but just felt tired.

    Reviewed by Samantha3.8Aug 2023

  • "Could not use the swing hammock too dirty."

    The BBQ could not be used too dirty. The fish washer could not be used as it was missing the cover to hold the capsule. No instructions for oven or microwave. The keys were in the correct box

    Reviewed by Natalie4.1Jul 2023

  • "This is, no doubt, a lovely cottage and was spotlessly clean inside."

    However, we found attention to simple detail disappointing in the following areas. 1. The TV was found not to be connected to Freeview, and it took a few hours to find out why. The aerial amplifier, hidden away in the electrical cupboard, was switched off and, judging by a comment in the guest book, had been like this for some time. The TV has now been re-tuned and left like this for future guests. 2. The microwave oven is impossibly complicated. Could not find a manual for it either in the cottage or online. We got it going eventually but not sure how we did it! The oven was a little easier to understand but a manual here would have been appreciated. 3. The twin socket in the kitchen where the toaster is plugged in was loose. 4. The toilet roll holder in the downstairs toilet is either not fitted correctly or broken, causing the roll to fall off and on to the floor. 5. The extractor fan in the downstairs toilet was blocked inside and outside making it ineffective. We have cleared all of the detritus blocking up the inside, and have partially cleared the mesh on the outside. It now works a lot better than how we found it. 6. The pull-switch on the extractor fan in the kitchen does not turn the fan off. This is achieved (if you have very long arms) by switching off the isolation switch above it. 7. Three of the hot tub cover securing clips were broken. This does not meet with the safety rules that have been documented in the cottage manual. 8. The black anti-slip pads on the decking outside the door and outside the downstairs bedroom doors, and also two of the chairs outside, were disgustingly and liberally covered in bird poo. I realize this can happen in the country, but this mess had obviously been there for a long time. I hope the fact that we took the time to clean up this horrible mess meets with your approval! Pictures of "before and after" most of the above are available if you wish.... Not sure if you want this feedback published... I've answered yes, but it's up to you.... In case you're wondering, none of the above ruined our stay at Fishponds.... we had a lovely time thankyou.

    Reviewed by Beverly3.8May 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing weekend celebrating hubby's birthday."

    Friends joined us on our last night and there was lots of champagne and bubbles in the hot tub. It was the perfect getaway, only 40 mins from home so didn't take much planning. Stopped for elevnsies at the Black Dog Deli in Halesworth on Saturday and grabbed breakfast at Coasters in Southwold (cute beech huts inc air con for those with dogs) on Sunday. Could not find instructions for use of microwave or cooker. I have only marked comfort down to 4/5 as the master bed was very hard and the dining table was narrow for seating 6 people.

    Reviewed by Heidi4.7May 2023

  • "My husband and I (plus our dog) enjoyed our stay at Fishpond House."

    It's comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated. It's also in a beautiful setting, 'away from it all' but within easy reach of all the pretty Suffolk towns and villages worthy of a visit. The house itself is well equipped and the hot tub is a luxurious treat after a day of exploring the area. One thing I would say to anyone wishing to bring their dog is that you must be prepared to have him or her on a lead within the immediate grounds of the house as the whole area is open to neighbouring fields and meadows, some of which contain livestock. We were OK with this as our dog was pretty worn out from all the long walks each day. He was happy with a quick lead-visit to the garden for his bed-time ablutions, and we secured him to a sturdy post when we were in the hot tub. I'm really not sure what he made of the visiting turkeys and the peacock through the patio windows, but it was another reason he would only be allowed outside on a lead. I was quite surprised at how brave the turkeys are. In fact, they seem very comfortable in human company. I had the honour of some close-up chit-chat with them outside. My husband wasn't so keen, though. He couldn't understand how I could be so comfortable in their company! Proves we're all different! On the last day, on loading the car to depart, we'd left the front door open to come back and forth for bags, etc. Imagine the gasps of shock from the non-bird fancier when he discovered one of the turkeys had come inside the house to check we were leaving the place clan and tidy! This was followed by much hilarity as we tried to shoo her out!!! Thank goodness the dog was already locked in the car before this happened! The only thing missing for me was a dressing table mirror in the master bedroom. There was a big wall mirror behind the bathtub, but I prefer to sit down at a proper dressing table. I borrowed a chair from the desk on the landing so I could sit and dry my hair, do my make-up, etc. at the table near the window. It wasn't very easy with my small hand-held mirror, but I managed. We presumed the Freeview TV would give us all the normal TV channels but all we could get was on-demand programmes from BBC I-Player, etc. and Netflix. If it was something we were doing wrong, perhaps some instructions for future guests might be a good idea. All in all, though, we had a relaxing stay and would happily book again.

    Reviewed by Karen4.1Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Fishpond House."

    It was everything we had hoped for, quiet and clean and the hot tub was great! Even better were the turkeys and peacock that greeted us through the window every morning! The location was great to get to many of the lovely market towns in the area and the coast, especially Southwold and Dunwich. Would recommend The Queen’s Head in Blyford for a Sunday Roast.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Nov 2022

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This property is part of the Best of Suffolk collection.
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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with bath and en-suite with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size with balcony, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin, WC and heated towel rail
  • Open-plan kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars with EV charging port
  • Non-enclosed garden with shrubs, furniture, barbecue and hot tub
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome(£25 supplement for the second dog)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.9 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: Unfenced ponds on property, please supervise children at all times
  • Note: This property is best suited for up to four adults or up to six guests including children due to limited space in sitting area
  • Note: Please shower before and after using the hot tub
  • Note: Limited reception is not suitable for streaming
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog, it must be mentioned at the time of booking
  • Note: The owners provide toiletries in the bathrooms for guests and also a welcome gift
  • Note: Hot tub is cleaned between each changeover and will not be warm for your first night
  • Note: This property can be booked with neighbouring Onna's Stable (Ref 1117131), together sleeping 10 guests.

The property

The light and airy living/kitchen/dining room sits at the heart of this characterful property - cosy in the winter thanks to the wood-burner with cooking chamber; perfect for indoor/outdoor living in the spring and summer with wall of glazed doors opening onto the deck.

The original beamed wooden ceiling remains from days gone by when the property was a coach house where the horses and coaches could be taken into the pond for cleaning.

All three bedrooms are generous and stylish, with the master on the ground floor being particularly lavish with grand four-poster bed, free-standing bath and en suite shower room.

Fascinating artwork belonging to the prominent art collector owner is displayed throughout, this superb accommodation. Fishpond House sits in an exceptionally tranquil spot on private land, conducive for total relaxation on a short break or holiday with friends and family, with just the owners house, peacocks and frequent donkeys for neighbours!

The hot tub gives the ultimate in decadence, sitting on a deck furnished for dining in the dappled light filtering through willow trees overhanging the pond. Ground Floor To the right of the hallway is the master bedroom with double doors to the deck and door to the shower room.

There’s a step down to the main living area and open tread stairs to the first floor.

Reclaimed wood flooring from a gymnasium runs through the house. Living Space Step into the hallway with cubby holes for your footwear, hooks for your coats, an open tread staircase to the first-floor landing, and a step down to the living space.

The area is cleverly divided with traditional kitchen units running along one wall with a built in oven, four ring ceramic hob, upright fridge/freezer (four drawers), built-in microwave and a washer dryer. The unique dining table sits in the light by the windows with six spindle back chairs; a gorgeous wicker hanging chair is positioned so you can curl up with a good book or simply gaze at the view.

Furnishings are sumptuous with a chic velvet sofa and chair, footstool and retro-mirrored coffee tables, all snuggled around the TV and wood-burner where you’re sure to have some fun making toast or baking a potato in the cooking chamber. Master Bedroom Simply gorgeous with the four-poster bed taking pride of place beneath the double-height beamed ceiling, opposite double doors to the deck - convenient for the hot tub!

The luggage rack invites you to unpack with a corner unit providing hanging and shelf space.

Additionally, there’s a bookcase and desk/dressing table with chair under the window.

For added indulgence, there’s a modern freestanding bath in the corner of the room with hand shower. En Suite Shower Room The double shower cubicle has a rain and hand shower; there’s a WC, wash-basin, and heated towel rail. First Floor Open tread painted stairs rise to the first floor where both bedrooms and the bathroom open off the landing with desk and chair.

The first floor also has wooden floorboards and beautiful beamed ceilings. Bedroom Two The Juliette balcony is a special feature in this room that has a king-size bed, side shelves, and plus a cupboard with shelves for your storage and hooks on the door if you’re wanting to hang some clothes. Bathroom Conveniently between the two bedrooms.

Natural light from a skylight above the bath floods this charming bathroom with its feature Victoria and Albert claw foot bath, reclaimed sink, WC and heated towel rail. Bedroom Three Wake to the view of the pond and fields beyond.

Twin beds sit either side of the door with bedside units and there’s storage in a wardrobe with hangers and a shelf. Outside Fishpond House sits on a private estate with an uneven private drive taking you past fields and round the back of the property where you&

39;ll find parking for two cars and an external plug for anyone needing to charge an electric car.

A wooden deck wraps around two sides of the house, overhanging the pond on one side, with furniture for outside dining and doors from the dining/kitchen area making it easy to eat in the open air.

The hot tub sits on the deck at the side of the property, conveniently close to the master bedroom.

At the side is a lawn with graceful willow trees rustling in the breeze however, due to the grass being sown in the winter, the area&

39;s not well established as yet. Note: This property can be booked with neighbouring Onna's Stable (Ref 1117131), together sleeping 10 guests.

Sotherton Hall

Fishpond House and Onna's Stable sit in an exceptionally tranquil spot on private land, conducive for total relaxation on a short break or holiday with friends and family, with just the owners house, peacocks and frequent donkeys for neighbours! Onna's Stable offers accommodation for four guests and Fishpond House offers accommodation for six guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Southwold 9 miles; Norwich 24 miles.

The delightful Suffolk market town of Halesworth is full of character, with old buildings, a weekly market held on a Wednesday and a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, which are predominantly independent. The Halesworth Town Trail offers a walk through the town whilst learning about its history, whilst within easy reach is the gentle, undulating surrounding countryside, which is ideal for walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers. The beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coastline features unspoilt heathlands and the RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve, whilst the internationally renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and the delightful coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are all within a short drive. With the cities of Ipswich and Norwich both within touring distance, Halesworth is an ideal location from which to discover Suffolk.

Note: This property is best suited for up to four adults or up to six guests including children due to limited space in sitting area.
Note: The BBQ is charcoal so you will need to bring some with you.
Note: The hanging chair is no longer in the property.
Note: There Peacocks that roam freely on the farm.
Note: A second dog is charged at £25

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas