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The Bothy

(Ref. 1004886)

Stoke Ash near Eye, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • spacious (14)
  • good (13)
  • lovely (13)
  • cottage (11)
  • clean (11)
  • peaceful (10)

37 Customer Reviews

  • "I am working in Eye on a Power Plant."

    My job takes me all over the country so I have to find 'digs'. I try to book self contained accommodation because I like to cook my own healthy food. And I like my own space. I also love the countryside. So when my wife found this location It ticked all the boxes. The downside is because it is a holiday let, I am limited for my stay. My contracts often last between 3mth to 18mths. That is why I I often choose long term accommodation. FOR THE DURATION OF MY CONTRACT. However the contract that I am currently on is only for 2 mths, so I don't mind the inconvenience of moving around. I have stayed in the bothy twice in 3wks. It has been so tranquil, peaceful, and relaxing after work, the country side surroundings and wild life has been fantastic. Sitting out in the garden with a love glass of wine completes my wonderful experience. If it is available in July I will most certainly book it again.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2024

  • "A very spacious cottage,in a quiet rural setting."

    A freezer is now fitted instead of a dish washer. The bed mattress is a little hard, would benefit from a mattress topper .Overall,a lovely cottage for the price. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Jun 2024

  • "We enjoyed our recent stay at The Bothy."

    We were blessed with good weather and found it to be a great base from which to explore the many interesting locations in East Anglia. Our accommodation was very spacious and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Mar 2024

  • "A few minor plumbing problems were highlighted to be repaired on change over day."

    Other than that it was a very quiet and spacious place to stay

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Jul 2023

  • "All though a bit dated , it was clean a couple tiny cobwebs but that’s expected ."

    Views was amazing, and we loved the quietness . Had a wonderful week .

    Reviewed by Margatet4.4Jun 2023

  • "This property is very under advertised in fact the facilities listed are superb ..."

    This property is very under advertised in fact the facilities listed are superb and the property is very up to date even a downstairs wash room which is not listed in all honesty the pictures should be updated and a proper listing of facilities this property could easily sleep 4 but advertised only sleeping 2

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jun 2023

  • "Mixed review really: The property is very dated."

    Initially looked clean but underside of loo seats brown; walls covered in dusty cobwebs; ledges dusty. Shower under eaves so constantly banged our heads. Windows not clean and some still had stickers from when double glazing installed; used vacuum cleaner and the smell from it was terrible needs a good cean out; bathroom light constantly flashing and went out totally at times. (Left note about this). BUT, lounge was large and comfortable; bed was comfy; plenty of wardrobe space; lots of pleasant finishing touches; plenty of crockery, cutlery, etc; large kitchen diner; peaceful, quiet setting; view from back windows pleasant and we saw some interesting wild life.

    Reviewed by Susan2.8Sep 2022

  • "One problem , The shower was very temperamental, going from just right to too cold then too hot !"

    . everything else was good ~ clean well presented and comfortable .

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Sep 2022

  • "Tranquil location, spacious accommodation, beautifully furnished."

    i fully recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely peaceful setting."

    The cottage is spacious and the site manager friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Aug 2022

  • "A lovely house in a very quiet spot The house maybe could do with an update in the paint department but on the whole excellent."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2022

  • "The property was clean and spacious and the people managing it were very friendly and helpful."

    However, I agree with the other reviews that say how "tired" looking it is. We got it at a reduced price, and were glad we did, as we don't think it would have been worth the full price, because of this

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Jun 2022

  • "A clean, peaceful and comfortable cottage but generally a little tired and needs a bit of updating."

    Very helpful manager, Lisa.

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2022

  • "I sent you an email with comments on our stay and a few itends in the house that could do with some tlc."

    Reviewed by A H4.7Feb 2022

  • "The Property is as advertised in a lovely area on a working Farm, Mary cannot do enough for you a really lovely Lady."

    The minor issues: The Interior is dated The Shower needs to be a Power shower, the current electric one is quite poor. These are minor as their is plenty of space & the area is excellent for walking

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Feb 2022

  • "A very comfortable spacious and well equipped property."

    It was quite and is in a good location to get to main towns if you want to. Thank you

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Nov 2021

  • "Very comfortable bed and spacious accommodation."

    Rather dated decor, although this was not a problem for us, however the cooker hob was difficult to use due to the temperature markings having worn away. Lovely rural, peaceful location, and very helpful host, thank you.

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Oct 2021

  • "Nice spacious accommodation, not cluttered, clean and tidy and had everything for our needs."

    Very central for exploring the local areas. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very spacious, very clean but inneed of updating, especially bathroom."

    Reviewed by Denise3.8Jul 2021

  • "The outside of building and the garden appeared shabby and uncared for."

    The garden had very long grass and if the weather had been good enough it wouldn't have been pleasant to sit in. As visitors from overseas the Internet was very important for us to book meals etc throughout our visit it was very weak and during the first day and a half non existent. At no time was it strong enough to appear on my iPad therefore I did not receive your instructions for how to leave the rubbish! Feeling guilty about this now but was the fault of the owners internet connection not ours.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.1Jul 2021

  • "All very spacious."

    Comfortable lounge with 3 piece suite. Comfortable bed and good bedding. Nice towels. Electric shower OK but bathroom would benefit from a refurb.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Jun 2021

  • "A lovely and very roomy cottage, Lovely and quite on a farm but close enough to get to a main road to explore suffolk/norfolk."

    When you go back to the cottage you feel like you have got away from it all. The Black horse pub and the White horse pub both are worth a visit and serve very good pub meals/

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.4Oct 2020

  • "I relate the term “Bothy” to pokey wooden huts, very basic living and isolation."

    It’s not like that. The accommodation is spacious and very cosy and comfortable. There is the luxury of a loo on each floor, a walk in pantry and a fridge and separate freezer. All facilities we wanted were there. Heating is excellent. Any problems and the owner is next door and has community contacts to solve problems that arise. A previous review bemoaned the lack of wine glasses- When we were there there were three types of wine glass. This is an owner that cares! You should know however that it is a bit isolated by many people’s standards at the end of a half mile farm track from the hamlet/village of Stoke Ash. The pub (The White Horse -5star in my book) is 1.2 miles and shopping is 3miles+ in Eye. It is of course an excellent centre for exploring that part of East Anglia. If you want to walk public footpaths take a good OS map and/or ask directions. Car access is not a problem. Although it is a working farm in some respects work does not centre on the farmyard where the cottage is and it is very quiet. If you want a silent retreat: A fortnight’s total escape to finish writing that novel - this is it.

    Reviewed by Rik4.4Oct 2020

  • "The Bothy is well placed so it’s easy to visit many places both in Suffolk and Norfolk which we did—- also it was well equipped and the enclosed garden was great for our dogs ."

    The grounds in general were great as it was surrounded by fields and ver peaceful —- would recommend and hopefully stay here again

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2020

  • "The house was very clean and spacious and although we didn't take our dogs, the garden would have been dog proof for our spaniels, which is good to know for future as many dog friendly cottages don't have this."

    The New owners are lovely and very helpful, the wifi hub in the house had the code scratched off so I couldn't connect but she gave me her code so I could connect and check out local stuff and current restrictions. It would be good if the hub in the Bothy just worked though. The location served us well as we were birdwatching and there are good RSPB and other sites close by. Could have done with some wine glasses , we asked for a tea strainer and got one and a breadboard would have been nice as well as waste bin in the bathroom, there was one downstairs in the WC . We brought our own bin bags and paper kitchen towels as advised as these were not provided. Overall we had a lovely time and the property worked well for us.

    Reviewed by Joanna3.8Sep 2020

  • "Lovely house."

    New owners working hard to make sure facilities are modern and updated. Good base to visit many local attractions.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very spacious 1 bed cottage in a good location could do with a bit of updating"

    Reviewed by Susanne4.7Aug 2020

  • "A two night break."

    Very pleasant peaceful location with good safe walks for the dog on the farm's permissive paths.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Aug 2020

  • "Very clean and comfortable cottage set in lovely country side."

    However it did not appear to be a working farm at the present time

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Feb 2020

  • "Delightful cottage in very peaceful surroundings."

    The cottage was very warm for anyone who wishes to visit during the winter months. The only problem were the lights in the lounge. We like to read in the evenings and the lights were far too dim for us to read with comfort. There is a need for stronger bulbs. Plenty of wildlife to watch in the garden.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was really homely positioned right amongst our family & friends which made visiting easy."

    The peace & quiet was what made our holiday great.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Dec 2019

  • "Lovely quiet spot."

    Perfect for a relaxing time away and very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Nov 2019

  • "A quaint little cottage/bothy in a rural location."

    Very quiet and lovely surrounding area,Plenty of walks nearby and small Market towns to visit. Friendly hostess and very helpful when we couldnt reset the oven clock after a power cut. Bed a little to hard for us. Dogs enjoyed their stay too. Would consider another visit.

    Reviewed by Emily3.8Sep 2019

  • "Nice large garden, good for the"

    Reviewed by S3.8Aug 2019

  • "The Bothy is situated on a farm along with the owner’s house and another rental house, The Bull Pen."

    There are also glamping tents on an adjoining field which cannot be seen from the Bothy. The Bothy is located down a track away from the road which makes it a quiet and peaceful location. There are several pubs and restaurants within easy reach although a car is needed to access these. Shops are a few miles away. We stayed at the Bothy for a week with our 2 little dogs. The accommodation was clean and had adequate facilities for our needs. The garden was safe and secure for the dogs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The owner is very helpful and happy to help with any queries. When we arrived we had tea, coffee, milk and biscuits left for us. Thank you for a lovely week.

    Reviewed by Joseph4.7Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is much larger than it looks in the photos, also the furniture has been updated, it was very clean and has been recently repainted, a beautiful area very peaceful, myself I would say you do need a car to go to the pub, a welcome pack of tea, coffee biscuits and milk were provided."

    A lovely place to stay

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2019

  • "Had been told Wi-fi wasn’t working but when we got there apparently it had been fixed by BT."

    Unfortunately it was still slow and patchy but probably to be expected in such a rural area. This also accounted for the very poor television reception. However it gave us plenty of time for reading our books. Ideal spot for a quiet, relaxing break. First holiday for our two guide dog puppies and they really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Malcolm3.8May 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with electric stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, stereo/CD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Small shop 10 mins walk, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Babes-in-arms only.

The property

Eye 4 miles.

A charming, detached cottage resting on a 160-acre working arable and livestock farm, set in a rural location in the village of Stoke Ash.

The Bothy has been designed to offer a peaceful base for couples looking to get away to a beautiful part of East Anglia.

The large kitchen is ideal for rustling up a tasty dinner for your partner and getting together around the dining table, while the spacious sitting room has doors out to the lovely lawned garden.

There is one double bedroom with bedside tables and reading lamps, and the family bathroom offers a shower over the bath.

To the exterior, you have your very own private garden area in which to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining or soak up the sun with a refreshing beverage in hand.

Eye itself offers a variety of shops, pubs and eateries, while nearby Stowmarket and Diss provide yet more choice.

There are many museums in the area, as well as a golf course at Stowmarket, or slightly further afield lies the picturesque Suffolk coastline, while inland are the cycle trails and Go Ape!

high wire experience at Thetford Forest.

Alternatively, spend an afternoon at the city of Norwich where you will be delighted to find further amenities and attractions including the Norman castle and the 11th-century cathedral.

A superb retreat for a relaxing holiday with your loved one.

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About the location


Diss 5 miles; Stowmarket 16 miles.

The small town of Eye is considered by its inhabitants to be more like a village. It has a number of shops, pubs and restaurants, and monthly cinema nights are held at the community centre. Just 5 miles away is the market town of Diss, in the beautiful Waveney Valley. The town has some excellent examples of Georgian and Edwardian buildings, as well as an award-winning museum, the public park, the mere (lake) and shops and restaurants. The Market operates every Friday and coincides with a local antiques and collectables auction. Speciality markets, flea markets and farmers' markets are also held regularly. The town of Stowmarket has an 18 hole golf course, Suffolk's only open air museum, and a variety of shops and pubs. Explore the Suffolk Coast, or visit Thetford Forest (with its Go Ape high wire experience). Other attractions in the area include the wonderful Steam Museum and Gardens at Bressingham and the zoo at Banham.

Note: Babes-in-arms only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas