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The Cottage Barn

Burgate near Rickinghall, Suffolk (Ref. 1071640)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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6 Customer Review(s)

  • “Delightful clean and comfortable cottage in very quiet,peaceful surroundings.”

    Wendy & Richard are very helpful,friendly hosts. Lots of lovely places to visit in the area and we really enjoyed our stay.

    Wendy & Richard are very helpful,friendly hosts. Lots of lovely places to visit in the area and we really enjoyed our stay.

    - Mr Myatt, October 2021

The property

Rickinghall / Botesdale 3.1 miles, Diss 5.5 miles.

Tucked away in the remote, tranquil, unspoiled countryside of Burgate, Suffolk and on the edge of the ancient Burgate, Little Green Common lies The Cottage Barn, a delightful detached characterful barn dating back to the 1600s․ With ample walking and cycling from the doorstep and Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Norwich and Ipswich within 30-45 mins drive, and The Broads, coast, Newmarket and Cambridge only a little further afield, you could hardly be better located to enjoy the beauty, ancient history, country estates, and big open skies of East Anglia throughout the year․ Ideal for country loving couples or three friends․ With no light pollution and minimal traffic, the greatest distractions here are the birds․ You will have your own private space with decking and seating, but can freely explore the beautiful 2-acre gardens, opened annually for the National Garden Scheme, which have been specifically created as a haven for wildlife amongst the intensive agriculture.

On arrival, off-road parking allows you to park with security and ease․ Step inside to be greeted by homegrown flowers and seasonal produce.

In the open-plan living space you can sink into the sofas to read or watch the Smart TV․ Or take a drink outside to one of several seating areas in the gardens.

In the fully fitted kitchen, with electric oven and hob, you can prepare a delicious meal to enjoy at the dining table while you discuss the day and plan your next activities․ The kitchen also houses a convenient washing machine to freshen clothes if needed.

Completing the ground floor is an elegant bathroom with freestanding bath and hand-held shower, perfect for a luxurious soak and perhaps a glass of wine after a long walk․ There is also a first-floor cloakroom with basin and WC.

Upstairs, find two well-presented bedrooms of impressive beamed character: the king-size room offers a balcony to bring fresh air into the space on a warm day, while the single room has a Juliet balcony where you can admire the countryside location.

The historic and recently regenerated market town of nearby Diss, with its attractive 6-acre lake (The Mere), offers full amenities, plus attractive independent shops, cafes and hidden courtyards in its pedestrian-friendly streets․ It is especially lovely with its Christmas lights.

Your hardest decision will be which direction to choose to explore․ To the east and south, the awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk's celebrated wetland scenery at RSPB Minsmere, the landscape that inspired John Constable's famous paintings, the renowned Adnams brewery and seal watching from Southwold, or the pretty streets and castle of Ed Sheeran's beloved Framlingham․ How about the famous AONB coastline of North Norfolk, home to six Blue Flag beaches and many historic houses․ If Bury St Edmunds, with its 1000 years of history and abundance of award-winning fine dining restaurants is not for you, then go a little further west to the races in Newmarket or punting in Cambridge․ Whatever your tastes, you can be sure of endless choice throughout the year and a peaceful retreat to come home to at the end of the day.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with balcony, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with freestanding bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for up to 3 cars
  • Own garden with decking and furniture, plus access to a 2-acres garden with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Supermarket 2.6 miles, pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: This property accepts adults only
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm and check-out by 10am
  • Please note: The log burner will not be available from Jan 2022 onwards.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Diss 7 miles; Thetford 13.5 miles; Bury St Edmunds 16 miles.

The village of Rickinghall, alongside Botesdale, is situated close to the Norfolk border offering excellent access to both Norfolk and Suffolk with good road links to Bury St Edmunds, Diss and Thetford. The villages are well stocked with three pubs, a supermarket and a selection of takeaways. Once described as one of the few remaining unspoiled areas of Suffolk, this is a fantastic touring base for walkers and cyclists with the Angles, Peddar and Boudica Way routes right on the doorstep and an abundance of places of interest to visit within easy reach.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas