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The Abbey Cottage

(Ref. 1090114)

Windsor Green, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely Cottage, kitchen well equipped."

    The family enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Patricia3.8Apr 2024

  • "Loved it! Thank you"

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a wonderful time, the cottage was very cosy and very well equipped, we just wish we had booked for longer!"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Nov 2023

  • "Very nice property, lovely old cottage very comfortable and everything you need."

    Reviewed by John4.1Oct 2023

  • "We all found the beds and bedding to be extremely comfortable."

    The cottage had everything that we needed. Lovely quiet surroundings with a pub within walking distance. The hot tub was so relaxing. We also enjoyed a walk around the village. The only criticism was that the conservatory could have been cleaner. We would love to visit this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Kerry4.7Sep 2023

  • "Incredible place, out of this world."

    Mix of kids ages all had fun thanks to hot tub, games room. Just amazing

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Renae5.0Sep 2023

  • "We first visited The Abbey Cottage in July 2022."

    We enjoyed our stay so much we came back again this year and stayed for two weeks! The Abbey Cottage is a stunning property in a beautiful location. The restoration is exceptional and the garden is superb. We had an amazing holiday and I am pretty sure we will be back again.

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we would love to see you again next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely 16th century cottage with some modern developments."

    Great facilities including a hot-tub, games room, summer-house, conservatory and gas BBQ. We had a great time at the cottage and personally my favourite room was the kitchen as my own is currently being renovated . Plenty of places to visit locally too. Would highly recommend for large families.

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback, we look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "The Abbey Cottage was the perfect venue for our family reunion and our three generations found it charming, comfortable and fun."

    It was a great base to explore the area and with so much to do nearby, a week wasn't enough!

    Reviewed by Grant5.0Jul 2023

  • "Smashing cottage and very well equipped."

    Both the owner and Sykes Cottages staff helped to resolve a problem and provide accommodation we will look to use again.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jun 2023

  • "The place is quite and amazing old style."

    Ceiling quite low and need extra careful with the passing the wood beams. Property is clean with all house stuff. The garden was in good condition. Only one thing that I can tell to the owner that jacuzzi need more attention as looks like the filler are broken or no filler at all. After one time used the water looks not great.

    Reviewed by Tomas4.7May 2023

  • "A beautiful house and a wonderful location for a family birthday party."

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Abbey cottage for my 60th birthday, the cottage itself was beautiful and cosy and warm."

    The facilities were very good. And the garden was beautiful and very safe for our dogs. I’d highly recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful week in a beautiful setting."

    The hot tub provided the opportunity for quality time with my daughter watching the stars and looking for constellations. Surrounding area provided excellent walks with superb scenery. Made good use of the croquet and table tennis. My daughter LOVED the shepherd's hut! Would highly recommend.

    Thank you so much for your review, we're delighted you had a good time and would love for you to visit again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valli5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a wonderful find The Abbey Cottage was."

    Perfect setting for celebrating my BIG birthday with my children and partners. So much space and character. The hot tub was a great bonus and used …. even in March !! Highly recommend the property and would love to return . Lavenham was a beautiful village and worth a visit .

    Thank you so much for your review, we're delighted you had a good time and would love for you to visit again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Y5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a fabulous long weekend at Abbey Cottage."

    Such a beautiful quirky building the grounds are lovely and it so peaceful. So much to do there wish we were there for a week to make the most of everything. The kids had a blast as there was lots for them to do and explore. The fact the gardens are all fenced off it meant the dogs could also have a good run. Beautiful Kitchen with everything you could possibly need. Enough space for everyone without getting under each others feet ( there was 8 of us & 2 dogs). I will say the beds are some of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Feb 2023

  • "Excellent cottage and we had a great time."

    Even though it was cold outside it was lovely and warm in the cottage. One low beam that I banged my head on (my fault) and some interesting floors upstairs but a quirky, well presented cottage that was clean with a modern kitchen. Owners were helpful when asked questions and immediately supplied a hairdryer when we couldn't find one. We really enjoyed out stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fantastic property, lovely location, we spent two nights to celebrate my wife’s 60th birthday, guests were family of eight, excellent kitchen facilities, accommodation excellent, hot tub was excellent spent quite a few hours in hot tub In December minus two degrees was lovely, accommodation in the shepherds hut was snug and warm."

    Would recommend this property without hesitation. Good communication with host.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2022

  • "Wonderful place, full of character."

    Reviewed by George4.7Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage with very comfortable beds and great facilities."

    It was also nice seeing the albums left of the refurb. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Jamie4.1Nov 2022

  • "Property was lovely, has an interesting history and has some old features retained which give it a cosy and authentic feel."

    We had a great stay over the weekend and I would thoroughly recommend. We will be booking a summer weekend getaway here next year, or maybe even a whole week.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage with absolutely every amenity you could think of!"

    We really appreciated and loved the welcome basket, it was so thoughtful! The hosts were so accommodating as well and very quick to respond to any questions we had. A perfect weekend away, would 100% recommend.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Oct 2022

  • "A wonderful property that has been lovingly restored."

    Plenty of space for everyone in our party with The Shepherd's Hut providing extra space. A good selection of quality pots and pans and a decent set of knives which is always a bonus. The outdoor area was spacious with lots to do and even though we went in October we were able to use the majority of it. The hot tub was a plus. Easy to use and enjoyed both during the day and watching the night sky. Everything was spotlessly clean. We were sorry to leave after a week.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2022

  • "An absolutely beautiful thatched cottage with extensive grounds and something for everyone."

    It was a delight to stay here - we loved the table tennis and the hot tub, and everything about it.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Sep 2022

  • "Great holiday cottage."

    The house was ideal for what we needed. Hot tub was so relaxing, games room provides loads of entertainment and the whole garden was dog friendly. If you are wanting to visit Suffolk on your holidays this is the place to stay.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful property."

    Spotlessly clean. Welcoming host. Everything that was promised and more.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2022

  • "A wonderful seventeen century cottages with all the amenities of modern living!"

    A fabulous atmosphere. Clean and well looked after. Well recommended for a wonderful holiday!! Miriam

    Reviewed by Tami5.0May 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor King (zip/link, can be twin on request) with Smart TV, and en-suite bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x King with Smart TV, 1 x King with Smart TV
  • Shepherd's Hut in the garden with king sized bed (ziplink, can be twin upon request), TV & chair
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Conservatory
  • External games room
  • Playhouse
  • Summerhouse
  • Reflection Room
  • Gas Central Heating
  • Electric range oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher, x4 Smart TV, WiFi, Coffee machines
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Bedding for the cot and the toddler bed are not provided
  • Highchair, travel cot and toddler floor bed available on request
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, gravelled area, furniture and hot tub
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: The first floor has wonky floors and there are some low, sloped ceilings throughout so please be careful
  • Note: Due to the thatched roof we are not permitted to allow fires, fire pits etc of any kind in or around the house, the fireplace in the lounge has a flame effect electric fire.

The property

Settled in gardens approaching 1 acre in the rural village of Windsor Green, is this 17th century thatched cottage; The Abbey Cottage. Enjoying a character interior with exposed chimney breasts and wonky floors, this pet-friendly dwelling is idyllic for a family of up to eight looking for an adventure to Suffolk. Be greeted by off-road parking and substantial grounds, hosting a bubbling hot tub for a night-time soak before making your way inside. Enter the spacious kitchen, with shaker-style cabinets; here, you can conjure heart-warming meals with the range cooker and for a fuss-free clean there is a dishwasher to assist you. Gather in the dining room to tuck into a feast and pour some fizz to celebrate your getaway; afterwards kick back in the sitting room, which houses a large fireplace with electric fire and a Smart TV for a family favourite. When the sun is shining, curl up in the conservatory to escape into a book or throw open the patio doors to explore the wonderful garden; at night climb into the hot tub to melt your stresses away. The extensive gardens combine a variety of areas which include a lawn for entertaining and a game of croquet, woodland, three ponds and a paved cottage garden square.

The ponds and gardens are all fenced for peace of mind. The outbuildings are a particular feature with a games room for a game of pool or table tennis, a summerhouse to enjoy the sunny days, a playhouse for the kids and a reflection room nestled in the wood for some quiet time. As the day draws to a close, choose between three charming bedrooms to rest your head, there is a ground-floor King/ Zip Link Twin with an en-suite or climb upstairs to discover another two King beds, all with Smart TVs. There is also the option to sleep in the traditional shepherds hut in the garden which features another king/zip link twin bed. Awaken with a steaming cup of coffee and home-cooked breakfast, courtesy of the kitchen appliances before making a plan of action for the day ahead.

There is an espresso machine, cafetiere as well as a Tassimo coffee pod machine. Jump in the car to visit the ancient town of Bury St Edmunds, certain to impress history buffs with its medieval cathedral, Moyse's Hall Museum to unveil the past and just outside the town is the fascinating West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Ramble around Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve or visit the National Trust site of Ickworth to explore the grand interior. For timber-framed buildings and a quaint museum, take a short drive into the village of Lavenham, where the famous Harry Potter was filmed and soak in the medieval charm of the place. For a special escape in a unique property, choose The Abbey Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Bury St Edmunds 7.9 miles; Ipswich 23.1 miles; Cambridge 36 miles.

Windsor green is a charming English hamlet resting near Bury St Edmunds and the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hamlet is known for its lush, green Suffolk countryside that encompassed it, as well as its easy links to the surrounding towns and villages via the A1141 road and the A134 road. Dining options include The Manger, a nearby country pub serving food, both to dine in and take out, as well as live entertainment. You can stock up on the essentials at the compact Post Office in Cockfield, while the nearby town of Bury St Edmunds offers a range of supermarkets to choose from. By car, there are a handful of attractions within easy reach, such as Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, Kentwell Hall and Melford Country Park. For a day of shopping and even more options for dining, make your way into Ipswich or Cambridge, each full of history and culture to enjoy too.

Note: Guests will need to bring their own bedding for the cot, and the toddler bed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas