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The Moorings, Orford

(Ref. 1117021)

Orford, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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4 Customer Reviews

  • "We really appreciated lovely gesture of chocolates and champagne for Christmas - thank you."

    Lovely fluffy towels and fresh linen bedding. The property was as described - it is very small, cronky and sweet fisherman’s cottage. The bathroom is tired as per the photo and is on ground floor. It is probably too small for 4 people - we were only 3. Lovely area with The Jolly Sailor nearby for easy friendly evening drinks and food. We felt the owners had tried. There were Christmas decorations. The only criticism was that we did try to clean everything we used in kitchen as pans and utensils generally not clean. I found the teapot in the cupboard still had tea and teabags in it for instance. The kitchen does need some attention in areas around the sink and corner wall. Also in the main bedroom an item of clothing in top drawer- but overall the property was as described. The wood burner was lovely to have and worked very well - easy to control the heat.

    Many thanks for your very helpful comments. Apologies for the teapot and item of clothing - a useful reminder for us to check everything carefully including the kitchen utensils. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Corinne3.4Dec 2023

  • "We found the property to be very grubby, and we found the stairs an issue, especially the ladder stairs!"

    We were lucky we only had to sleep there as we have relatives there and weren’t there during the day. We will find an alternative house next year. Regards Julie Powell

    Reviewed by Julie2.2Aug 2023

  • "This is a very old fashioned low ceiling building."

    Not suitable for tall guests. One of our party was unable to stand up in any room apart from kitchen and downstairs bathroom.

    Reviewed by Sharon3.8Jul 2023

  • "First of all I apologise for forgetting to clean up after the dog in the garden."

    I have been back today to do it. I feel the cottage is in need of some work to bring it to a suitable standard for holiday rental. There is paint peeling off the wall and damp under the windows at the front. The radiator in the bathroom is in very shabby condition. The sofa is on legs which are not attached to it and having lifted the sofa to retrieve a dog toy we couldn’t fix the legs back and couldn’t use this. The description says ‘two bathrooms’. That is not true and it should be made clear that the bathroom is downstairs and through the kitchen and living areas. It should also be made clear that you cannot just let your dog out for a wee at night because the ‘courtyard’ is across the path and you have to be dressed, have shoes on and have the dog on a lead. Being Christmas we used a lot of the cookware and most of it was grubby. One cooking dish in particular was dirty and had several cracks in it. The Christmas ‘decor’ was very disappointing consisting of a wreath on the door and a tiny tree on the windowsill, both of which seemed very old. The whole place was musty smelling. Orford lovely but the cottage seems as though the owners scrape by doing as little as possible and I think most visitors will be disappointed. I particularly feel the photos are very misleading.

    Reviewed by Susie1.9Dec 2022

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This property is part of the Best of Suffolk collection.
Best of Suffolk is an award-winning, local holiday cottage lettings agency, bringing the experience of a boutique hotel to self-catering cottages in Suffolk.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite with basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer
  • TV, Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot
  • Off-road parking a short walk from property, in car park with provided permit
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Path between cottages with access to neighbouring houses
  • Note: Low beams, ceilings, door frames and steep steps, this property may not be suitable for those with mobility issues
  • Note: Guests have free parking in the car park 20/30 yards opposite

The property

You’re welcomed into a hallway that opens into the hub of the cottage with kitchen/breakfast room wrapping round to the cosy living room.

The bright bathroom is also on the ground floor and stairs rise to the master bedroom with en suite cloakroom on the first floor.

A wonderful ship’s staircase takes adventurous guests up to the twin room with view of the River Alde. Guests have free parking in the car park 20/30 yards opposite (which used to be the harbour, hence the name The Moorings), and can enjoy the sea air in the quaint gravelled area next to the cottage. Ground Floor The front door opens into a useful hallway with hooks for coats and room for footwear.

There are doors to the bathroom and kitchen/dining room opening into the living room where a door conceals the stairs.

There’s hard flooring throughout the ground floor, with a large rug in the living room. Kitchen/Dining Room Combining old and new, this traditional kitchen/dining room has a wonderful brick and stone floor, feature brick wall, electric oven/grill at waist height, ceramic hob, and fridge with freezer compartment.

Under the window is a sturdy table with four chairs so you can dine at home. Living Room A couple of steps take you down to the charming living room, giving a sociable living space which oozes character with low beams, especially the central beam which is an olds ships mast and wonderful brick fireplace housing a cosy wood burner.

A couple of two seater sofas give ample seating with occasional tables, good sized flat-screen TV with Freeview for your entertainment; high speed Wifi (particularly helpful due to the poor phone reception in Orford) and plenty of books and board games.

One door opens onto the stairs and another takes you back into the kitchen. Bathroom Lovely light room; the bath has a hand shower over and there’s a WC and wash-basin. First Floor Steep wooden stairs with wooden handrail take you to the first floor landing where a door opens to the master suite and ladder style stairs rise to the top bedroom.

There are wooden floors throughout with rugs. Master Bedroom Sitting at the front of the house with a wrought iron king size bed under an attractive canopy with chest of drawers and half height wardrobe for your clothes and a chair. En Suite Cloakroom Conveniently next to the bedroom with a WC and wash basin. Top Twin Kids are sure to love exploring this bedroom with its ship’s staircase (handrails on either side and a stair-gate, on request, at the top for safety), climbing to the bedroom under the eaves and skylight, plus additional window with view of the River Alde.

There are pine twin beds with a bedside unit, hooks for clothes, and additional drawers. Outside Guests have use of a parking permit to park in the Town Marsh car park on Quay Street opposite the cottage.

There’s a small gravelled area across a path with gate and wicker fence for privacy; simply furnished with a table and chairs plus BBQ where you can relax in the sun.

Note: Three small or to medium dogs welcome downstairs.
Note: Path between the cottage and the enclosed gravel area is a right of way to the other cottages with access to neighbouring houses.
Note: Low beams, ceilings, door frames and steep steps, this property may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.
Note: Guests have free parking in the car park 20/30 yards opposite

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Snape Maltings 5 miles; Woodbridge 12 miles;

The attractive, unspoiled fishing village of Orford is situated on the bank of the River Alde and looked over by its magnificent 12th century castle built by Henry II. The village is home to a hotel and restaurant, two pubs, village store, bakers and wonderful fish restaurant and smokehouse. Orford is surrounded by farm land and forest in an area known as the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Centrally located, just 12 miles from Woodbridge to the south and Aldeburgh to the north, and just 5 miles from the famous Snape Maltings complex. The village of Orford is steeped in history. Henry II commissioned a castle to be built in the 12th century which is a must see when you visit the area. Owned and maintained by English Heritage you can enjoy this wonderful 'keep' and from the top there are breathtaking views for miles on a clear day.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas