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Shoemakers Cottage, Friston

(Ref. 1117150)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely well equipped and very clean property in a peaceful location."

    Well kept gardens to enjoy and only a short walk to the "Old Chequers" village pub, where we enjoyed excellent meals. When booking we were made aware of the 'steep' staircase in the property and this aspect does need to be highlighted but other than this we would highly recommend "Shoemakers" cottage.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2024

  • "Memory foam beds we find overheat us Would be useful if noted on cottage details."

    Couch and chair in lounge uncomfortable this is usually the case at rental cottages. Upstairs shower screen should concertina but does not, limiting entry to Bath/shower. Welcome packs inconsistent,no milk or tea bags but rectified. Do owners every stay to discover any shortcomings , I think they rely on cleaners ! !.

    Reviewed by Christopher3.1Mar 2024

  • "Our second stay at Shoemakers."

    A perfect cottage in a perfect location for exploring the beautiful Suffolk coast and countryside. New doors, windows and shower this year enhanced our stay. A large, secure garden was perfect for our dog. Everything we needed to make our stay comfortable was provided (including a lovely welcome pack for us and our dog). The owner is so kind and helped us with any queries we had. Hope to return again in the future. An ideal cottage for a couple (plus four legged friend!)

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2024

  • "The cottage is beautiful and in a fabulous location to see so much, with walks from the doorstep too."

    The weather was not our friend on our stay, so the wonderful log burner came into its own. The beds are comfortable and the house very well appointed with plenty of towels provided. The garden is well tended and large, it looked pretty on a dismal rainy week in Feb, so I imagine, would look beautiful in Summer. It is fully enclosed, perfect for dogs, there are also many lovely dog friendly pubs nearby.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2024

  • "Hi just one thing the cottage was lovely but there was only room to seat 3 x ..."

    Hi just one thing the cottage was lovely but there was only room to seat 3 x people which was fine for us two but if there were 4 people as stated could be for sleeping there wouldent be enough seating space in the lounge and the sofas were in need of replacement all in all a lovely cottage and we would book again

    Thank you for your kind feedback Andrew . I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay. Re. Your concerns about seating for four people: When visitors book for four persons or advise that they will have guests visiting, we have an additional comfortable chair which we place in the lounge . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Nov 2023

  • "Delightful cottage."

    Sensitively renovated. Stylish interior. Very well equipped. Lovely garden. Perfectly situated for surrounding visitor attractions.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.1Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage with everything you could need ."

    .. very clean and incredibly quiet . I took a dog and the garden was ideal . Perfectly located for Aldeburgh , Snape and Thorpeness to name but three lovely locations for a visit. Local pub is very friendly and worth a visit . I had contact with the owner who was very welcoming and helpful when I had a very minor query . I highly recommend and will return !!!

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was extremely well-equipped - so many thoughtful touches - everything we could possibly want was provided."

    The outdoor provision - summerhouse and furniture - was excellent for sitting out in fine weather. All instructions provided and well-organised.The only thing we needed and failed to find was how to get the DVD channel on the television. A very generous welcome pack and most helpful owner. Brilliant.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage set in a quiet peaceful location but only 7 minute drive to the coast ."

    Decoration is delightful & everything provided .Large secluded rear garden with ample garden furniture and a summer house to sit in & watch the sun set . Double bed very comfortable . Perfect location , good pub nearby & lots of walks . Would thoroughly recommend & would definitely visit again .

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage!"

    Excellent extras and everything you could need! Thank you for a 5* stay! Great location! Local pub excellent too!

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage."

    Everything was perfect, there is everything you need there. Our dog loved the garden and as it’s enclosed we felt safe letting her out. The local pub is only a short walk which was handy. The cottage is perfect for Aldeburgh, Orford , Snape & Thorpeness. Very comfortable bed ! Would have no problem recommending this cottage as a great place to stay.Thank you

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage, well appointed and ideally placed to explore the Suffolk coast, and it’s pretty villages."

    The cottage is really ideal for a couple or small family, as the second bedroom is a landing room. Lovely garden and we really enjoyed sitting in the garden room in the evenings, which isn’t really mentioned in the details.

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Jul 2023

  • "The description of the two bedrooms is not clear."

    we read it as two separate rooms but in fact you have to go through the landing 'room' to get to the other one. This means the landing 'room' is not very private.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at Shoemakers Cottage."

    The property was well equipped with high quality accessories, it was also very clean. The property, is in a lovely quiet village but a good location for tourist activities and lovely walks. I would not recommend for two separate couples as the bedrooms are interlinking, but ideal for single occupancy, two single people or a family with children. Great garden for the dogs as fully enclosed. Only disappointment was the local pub, but I understand it has recently changed hands. Hopefully, the cleanliness and quality of the food improves.

    Reviewed by Jeanette4.4Jun 2023

  • "Lovely characterful cottage well equipped and spotless."

    Lovely garden to sit in very private and peaceful,lovely walks from cottage and very well positioned for sightseeing. Only niggle was the second bed which was quite uncomfortable!

    Reviewed by Hannah4.1May 2023

  • "Great comfortable stay ."

    Very clean and well equipped Downside was .upstairs shower needed replacing (opinion of plumber) meaning having to walk through to downstairs one that is small. Would ask that steep stairs are mentioned on listing . We are in our 70s and luckily fit so they didn't cause us a problem . All in all a very enjoyable stay . Would highly recommend

    Thank you for the feedback Alan. The shower has now been replaced with a new one. The problem was caused by the effects of hard water . The cottage has now been fitted with a state of the art water softener Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7May 2023

  • "Thank you for such a well fitted cottage it provided us with a comfortable place to stay in a lovely part of the country."

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was in general as per the description on the web site, however there were a couple unexpected issues."

    The stairs to the upper floor are very steep and a little slippery as they are painted and the car parking arrangements indicate indicate parking available for 2 cars, best bring small cars, our SUV filled most of the drive. Chase Lane is very narrow, many hedges, be aware of paint scratches to your car. Overall we (2 humans and 2 dogs) we had a good weeks holiday in the cottage. Many thanks to the owner. Chris and Alison.

    Reviewed by Chris3.1Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful property very well equipped."

    Lovely owner and welcome pack is a really lovely touch. Would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2023

  • "Interesting cottage which is perfectly placed for exploring the areas of the Suffolk Coast."

    Lovely friendly village. Vey clean and comfortable accommodation. Very well equipped throughout, especially the kitchen. Useful full-sized fridge freezer. Comfy beds, nice linen and towels. Fabulous log burner. Lovely secure and private garden. Lots of info provided of surrounding areas, plus books, board games and radios. Good communication with owner. Nice welcome pack for humans and their doggie companions. Perfect for couples or small families but note second bedroom is a landing bedroom which leads into the main bedroom. Downstairs shower room is quite small, but adequate. Study room very useful. We had a fabulous stay here and would not hesitate to rebook.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage recently."

    It was lovely, comfortable and cosy and was equipped with everything we needed and more. The garden was large and enclosed so safe for our puppy. Location on a quiet lane was perfect for easy access to the coast. The owner was so helpful and responded to our questions quickly. We would not hesitate to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2023

  • "Amazing cottage , very comfortable and well equipped ."

    Well located for visiting and exploring the Suffolk coast , great walks from the cottage and within a few minutes drive .

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely cottage which we thoroughly enjoyed staying at."

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage is a gem, a real home from home."

    We'll equipped, characterful, cozy and in a lovey setting. Village pub the Old chequers well worth a visit. Good location for all the suffolk coastline beaches. The only thing we could fault is that there are only 3 comfy seats in the sitting room and when there are 4 adults it could be a minor problem, but we took a pouffee with us to rectify this. Also, one of the bedrooms is a landing bedroom but again we made it work and used the study downstairs as a dressing room. Wouldn't hesitate to book the cottage again when there is just two of us. All in all, we had a brilliant Xmas getaway, 4 friends and 2 dogs. The woodburner was fantastic after a bracing coastal walk. The welcome pack was also a lovely extra.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Dec 2022

  • "Great cottage in a quiet & convenient location, we enjoyed our stay, thank you."

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent little cottage, very comfortable and homely with more than adequate facilities in a lovely location."

    Very well equipped kitchen, the treats for humans (and dog!) were very welcome. We stayed mid-December in the coldest week of the year but the cottage was toasty. We enjoyed ourselves so much we asked to extend our stay, communication with owner was excellent when we enquired. Thank you for helping my wife's 50th birthday break be so special.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable, we really appreciated the eggs, jam and dog treats, maps and books of walks."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was superb."

    Very comfortable, spotlessly clean and very quaint.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 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 bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and low suite WC, 1 x twin zip-link (can be set up as a double on request)
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and low suite WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Study
  • Oil heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, slim-line dishwasher, Kettle
  • Smart TV with NowTV subscription, DVD player, WiFi, iPod docking station
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front garden with lawn, rear enclosed garden with decking, terrace, furniture and lawn
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking
  • Note: Please contact us to advise whether you would like the day bed set up as a single, twin or double
  • Note: Guests receive a welcome gift on arrival
  • Note: The property has steep stairs

The property

Saxmundham 3.6 miles.

Settled into the quaint countryside village of Friston, near Saxmundham, Suffolk, Shoemakers Cottage is an ideal holiday base for a family looking to explore the coast and countryside of Suffolk.

Be welcomed into a beautiful cottage, where a woodburning stove is settled into a traditional bare brick fireplace and warms the sitting room as you relax and plan the day ahead of you.

The kitchen/diner creates a space for you to rustle up a storm, enjoying your meal at the dining table.

Shoemakers Cottage houses two bedrooms, a double with an en-suite and an ornamental fireplace and a second bedroom with a Laura Ashely day bed that can be set up as a single, twin or a double on request, and there is a ground-floor shower room for your refreshment.

A beautiful garden accompanies this cottage, with a lawn to the front of the property boasting floral boarders, and a rear garden with a decked sun terrace, extensive lawn and mature trees, so dining alfresco is a must.

Friston is a rural village with its own pub, The Friston Chequers, historic church and access to countryside walks.

Within a short distance you can reach the town of Saxmundham, where there is a greater variety of eateries and convenience stores so you can stock up on essentials, as well as a local museum and countryside park.

Also within easy reach of the property is the coast of Suffolk, so why not head over to the fantastic town of Aldeburgh and browse the local independent shops along the fashionable high street before enjoying walks at the pebble beach, Snape path and Haven Nature Reserve.

Explore the wonders of Suffolk with a stay at Shoemakers Cottage.

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

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About the location


Saxmundham 3 miles; Aldeburgh 5 miles.

The quiet Suffolk village of Friston is ideally placed to explore the beautiful Suffolk heritage coastline, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including several nature reserves. Friston is also great for the attractive popular coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold, with an excellent choice of pubs, restaurants, independent shops, galleries and tea rooms. Two miles from Friston is the well-known Snape Maltings Concert Hall, offering world class concerts and musical events throughout the year, and home of the annual Aldeburgh Festival held in June. The Maltings also has interesting shops and galleries as well as an RSPB nature reserve with lovely riverside walks and river boat trips along the estuary. Family fun can be found at nearby Leiston Long Shop Museum with 200 years of local history, or with the animals at Easton Park Farm or Africa Alive, while history is on display at Framlingham and Orford castles or the Anglo-Saxon site of Sutton Hoo.

Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking.
Note: Please contact us to advise whether you would like the day bed set up as a single, twin or double.
Note: Sorry, no unaccompanied teenagers please

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas