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Red Brick Retreat

(Ref. 1074044)

Diss, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • mike (18)
  • hot (17)
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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed here from the 3rd to the 6th june and it was just perfect."

    One of the deciding factors of booking here was that the hot tub was covered which came in very handy when it poured down one afternoon! On arrival there was cake, juice and Prosecco amongst other things and after 5 hour drive coffee and cake went down a treat. The property was immaculate all the way through and the kingsize bed was very comfy. Im already planning another stay for next year!

    Hi Louise, thankyou so much for your lovely review on the Red Brick Retreat..... We look forward to you coming again and enjoying the same and lots more. kindest regards. Julie & Mike. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely host, very helpful and friendly."

    The retreat was very nice and the welcome pack was a lovely touch. A nice place to go and relax from the hustle and bustle of work.

    Reviewed by Nathan5.0May 2024

  • "Cannot fault the property at all the place is amazing."

    Every detail has been thought of. This was our first little break away as a new couple and we had an amazing amazing time. Cannot recommend red brick retreat enough we will happily return in the not too distant future. Thank you again to our hosts who made our short little break one to remember.

    Hi Paul. We thank you so much for your kind feed back and we are so pleased you both enjoyed your stay with us in the Red Brick Retreat. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Julie & Mike. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2024

  • "Wonderful little cottage."

    We had a fantatsic time staying here. Hosts very friendly and warm plus very helpfull. The welcoming pack was excellent, especially the free range eggs.

    Thankyou so much Trevor for your lovely feedback. We are pleased that you both had a relaxing break and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Julie and Mike. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0May 2024

  • "This property exceeded our expectations, everything you require is available and maintained to a very high standard."

    Mike and Julie were the perfect hosts, available when required but leaving us to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Would recommend red brick retreat to anyone looking for a relaxing break from the stress of modern living

    Hi Doug. Thankyou for your feedback, it was lovely to see you both to enjoy our Red Brick Retreat. Hope to see you both again in the future. Best wishes. Julie and Mike. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0May 2024

  • "Brilliant time enjoyed at the cottage."


    Hi. Thankyou for your great feed back and it was a pleasure having your company at the Red Brick Retreat. Best wishes, Julie and Mike. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had an amazing time - the place is stunning ."

    The hosts are very welcoming and noting is too much trouble. We would be happy to come back

    Reviewed by Agnieszka5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely 10/10 establishment !"

    !!! Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Brad5.0Mar 2024

  • "What a lovely little place with everything you could need for a home from home stay."

    The little extras that were added were such a lovely touch, the cake and prosecco went down a treat. Even the hot tub area was made homely and welcoming. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to friends. Mike and Julie the hosts, are so friendly and on hand to help out if needed but leave you to just enjoy your holiday, you couldn't wish for better hosts with lots of knowledge about the area. Lots of places to go and visit if you don't mind a drive out and nice places to eat or order in a takeaway. And final note, the bed was so comfortable we didn't want to leave.

    Hi Claire. Thank you both for the lovely message you have sent and we are so pleased you had an enjoyable stay. We hope you will return and carry on enjoying The Red Brick Retreat x Julie & Mike. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Feb 2024

  • "Excellent welcome pack including wine, bread, and home made cake."

    a warm and inviting property with the hot tube well maintained. Owners close at hand should they be needed, Plenty of parking room. Felt very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2024

  • "Excellent place to stay."

    good introduction by owner then only contact if wanted. Had no problems everything worked was warm and comfortable and perfect for couples wanting an intimate break together.

    Reviewed by Bryn5.0Jan 2024

  • "Red Brick retreat is a very well appointed, cozy, comfortable, well positioned place to stay."

    Dark skies provided great views of the stars at night. Mike and Julie are very welcoming and helpful, provided a generous welcome package that was much appreciated and who doesn’t love a hot tub. We really enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, warm and cozy."

    It was perfect for a short break away. The hot tub was a perfect temperature for the cold evenings and luxurious. Also wasn’t expecting all the complimentary treats left for us including a bottle of Prosecco. Would recommend!

    Reviewed by Isabel4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely holiday let, we have stayed twice now and its great, brilliant location, superbly presented and cosy hot tub, mike and julie are superb hosts, will return again."

    Thanks guys

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely love this little gem so central to get anywhere Mike and Julie are lovely hosts nothing is too much trouble."

    This is the 2nd time we have stayed here ,and definitely would return in the future

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very nice property, we really enjoyed staying there."

    The host was very friendly and helpful, the welcome pack was amazing

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2023

  • "Mike and Julie really looked after us and the house was perfectly set up."

    Every detail was well though out and made it a home from home.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2023

  • "We stayed for 3 nights."

    Every detail was well thought out - right down to a reserved parking space. We loved our stay from start to finish and could not fault it. The hot tub was definitely a highlight and the welcome pack of goodies was delicious. Julie and Mike were brilliant! We would have no hesitation recommending!

    Reviewed by Ayah5.0Aug 2023

  • "My wife and I throughly enjoyed our stay."

    The welcome we received from Mike & Julie made us feel at home immediately. A thorough tour of the property was given to us along with detailed explanations of the main facilities. The owners were always happy to help whenever needed. A five star cottage , strongly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely property hosted by two excellent owners."

    Hot tub a real treat!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a fantastic weeks holiday."

    Perfect accommodation, very clean, comfortable and well appointed. Mike and Julie were the perfect hosts, nothing was too much trouble. Welcome pack and hot tub were an added bonus. Only wish we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "Perfect from start to finish, lovely touches through out."

    Couldn’t have asked for a better stay or better welcome.

    Reviewed by Jordan5.0May 2023

  • "What a fantastic find this place was, we were not disappointed and spent a wonderful weekend just relaxing in this excellently renovated building and most importantly the hot tub which was beyond all expectations, Mike and Julie were very welcoming and the hosts of hosts with their exceptional eye for detail and such a lovely thought out welcome pack on arrival."

    I would give more than 5 stars and would recommend to family and friends and most definitely be returning later in the year. Thank you Mike and Julie it was such a pleasure. Debbie and Andrew.

    Reviewed by Debbie-jo5.0May 2023

  • "My partner and I had a lovely break at the red brick retreat!"

    I would recommend 1000 times. Mike and Julie showed us around the beautiful property and made us feel very welcome with some lovely cakes, Prosecco and other goodies. It was a very relaxing retreat and the hot tub was amazing! I will definitely be booking to stay again. Lots of local shops! The only downside is the chickens on site did wake us up a few times in the early hours. Overall I highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely place."

    Owners had thought of everything even provided a lovely care package with everything you need. Very cosy and modern would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Kerry4.7Oct 2022

  • "Had the most amazing few days here lovely home made cake on arrival beautiful ..."

    Had the most amazing few days here lovely home made cake on arrival beautiful place central too loads of places will definitely return Mike and Julie are so accommodating nothing is to much trouble

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Sep 2022

  • "Perfect little getaway."

    Really relaxing area and the hosts were amazing. Welcome package on arrival added that extra touch. Such a peaceful few nights away!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2022

  • "An absolutely perfect property to unwind and relax in, with attention to detail here being 5*."

    Hot tub was tested daily and was spotlessly clean every day, as was the property when we arrived. Beautiful welcome pack to include the essentials needed for your immediate needs along with a lovely home made cake. The hosts were wonderful and friendly, but did not encroach on your privacy at all. Can’t wait to return later this year. Thank you

    Reviewed by Deane5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely hosts, welcome package was amazing, everything in accommodation was excellent quality."

    Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2022

  • "What a lovely property."

    Lots of thought had gone into the accommodation which meant we had everything we needed and more. Loved the sliding cover over the jacuzzi. The hosts were very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Kenrick5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautifully kept and managed property very friendly hosts and excellent welcome pack Prosecco in the hot tub say no more!"

    Highly recommend Walk to Diss an easy and relaxing walk Well done Mike and Julie !

    It was so nice to have you both as our guests, we are equally so happy you have enjoyed your selves while you were with us. Hope to see you both again soon. Julie and Mike x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really really nice place to stay, mike and his wife couldn't do enough for us, brilliant hosts, very well specced with the air con and hot tub being delightful after a hot journey to get there, great nights sleep as the bed was lovely, would stay again anytime, 10 out of 10 guys."

    Thank you Matthew for your kind words, we feel everyone comes as strangers and leaves us as friend and you both are certainly that. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Julie and Mike x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Jun 2022

  • "An excellent little retreat a great place to unwind just what the doctor ordered."

    Mike and Julie are very nice people friendly, helpful and welcoming in every way they made our stay just wonderfulso much so we would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property was excellent , clean ,well equipped , everything was provided that you would need for you stay , the welcome pack was the best we have ever had ."

    The hot tub was super , well maintained spotlessly clean .

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "The retreat was very well equipped with all mod cons , lovely welcome pack , incl fresh eggs from their free range chickens ,very friendly and attentive owners( if needed ), hot tub lovely for a relax ."

    All adds up to a relaxing break

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Red Brick Retreat is an outstanding cottage where the hosts Mike and Julie made us feel extremely welcome."

    The location coupled with the accommodation made our short stay most enjoyable. The cottage itself has everything you would want with the added bonus of a private Hot tub. This was only our second stay at a Sykes Cottage but I can assure the reader my wife and I will be using Sykescottages again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2022

  • "The place was absolutely spotless and you can see the care put into it."

    ALL the little details really made it, such as, cake, eggs, butter, milk ect there waiting for us, robes, plenty of towels, skimmer for hottub and more. We were welcomed with a friendly Mike who wasn't in a rush to show us around and make sure we were happy with everything. Even though Mike and Julie's property, along with a neighbours, was just behind us, you completely forgot they were there as you rarely saw anyone and had complete privacy in the back garden/hottub where you are encased in your own little sanctuary with all mod cons. The cleanliness was top notch, even the hottub looked like it was brand new and wasn't overfilled with chemicals. If you are after a couples getaway, this is definitely the place to go. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Lizzie5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing place to stay."

    Lovely friendly owners. Beautiful property with so much attention to detail. Perfect place for a mini break. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2022

  • "The perfect retreat."

    The owners have thought of everything for guests comfort. A great location to explore the surrounding areas. Would highly recommend this property and we hope to return very soon

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Apr 2022

  • "We were welcomed from the moment we arrived and given a tour of the property which was helpful."

    The owners gave us little welcome bits like wine, Prosecco, homemade cakes, bread, eggs, milk etc. The property was perfectly clean throughout and was modernised which was a surprise. The only issues were that because the property is new, there were some maintenance issues.

    Hi Caitlin. Thank you so much for your valuable feed back, yes everything in the Retreat is brand new, We have now put in place a strick maintenance programme. We have tightened up the small shower head and the other item, also we have put in your suggestion of small side plates... Thank you for that. Mike and Julie. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caitlin5.0Apr 2022

  • "Honestly had an amazing weekend!"

    Was an absolutely beautiful place to stay! The hosts were so welcoming!

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Apr 2022

  • "Hosts were excellent cottage was perfect in every way ,recommend to anyone would use again."

    Thanks for lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Denis5.0Apr 2022

  • "Really beautiful location and sweet and cozy house."

    Mike and Julie couldnt of been nicer to both of us and went above and beyond to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Would recommend this retreat to anyone

    Reviewed by Jay4.7Apr 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • One King-size bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with bio-fuel fire
  • Air source heating with air conditioning and humidifier, eco friendly plant based bio-fuel fire
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Rear enclosed decked courtyard with hot tub, furniture, tripod BBQ and retractable awning and front gravelled area, furniture and bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 1.7 miles
  • No children or infants accepted.

The property

Red Brick Retreat is A delightful outhouse conversion settled on the grounds of the owners home in Diss, Suffolk.

Renovated to a high-standard whilst enjoying peaceful views across the surrounding farmland, Red Brick Retreat makes an idyllic base for a romantic escape to the country.

Park up in the off-road space provided at the foot of this wonderful abode and unload your belongings with ease, making your way through the well-kept front garden and into your new home-from-home.

A lengthy journey calls for rest, so put your feet up and unwind with a sumptuous spot in front of the television as the eco friendly plant based bio-fuel fire crackles nearby, or soak in the sights across the peaceful farmland with a cup of tea and a seat out front.

In the morning this is tranquil spot to enjoy the sunrise as it creeps across the horizon.

A well-equipped kitchen is tucked away in the corner of the sociable open-plan living space; rustle up a hearty meal for two to be enjoyed over candle light at the dining table, or make mealtimes an alfresco affair and fire up the BBQ.

Add a touch of luxury to your retreat and end the day with a dip exploring on your bike or under a canopy of stars with a seat in the bubbling hot tub.

As the day draws to a close, prepare for bed with a quick rinse in the en-suite shower room before snuggling up under the covers of the King-size bed to catch your rest ahead of a new day.

You'll find all of your local amenities in the market town of Diss, with a variety of high-street and independent stores decorating the picture-perfect streets, along with a delicious collection of eateries to choose from, ranging from traditional country pubs to cafes and elegant restaurants.

The tranquil grounds of Diss Park offer a wonderful spot to stretch your legs; watch the world go by as you watch the fountains dance over the glistening waters of Diss Mere, or visit Corn hall a lottery funded entertainment hall which people can go and watch theatre and comedy night and film night along with a few tribute bands as well.

If that's not your thing, why not visit Diss Golf Club or Diss Museum?

The towering woodland of Thetford Forest Park is easily accessible, home to a network of walking trails and scenic sights, providing a real haven for the outdoor adventurer, whilst in the opposite direction, the glorious sands of Corton beach can be found along the coast of Lowestoft.

Budding historians will delight with a visit to Bury St Edmunds, where you can tour Suffolk Regiment Museum, discover the The Abbey Ruins, or take a seat on The World's First Internet Bench.

With so much to see and do, choose Red Brick Retreat as your base to explore Suffolk and Norfolk.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Bury St. Edmunds 22 miles; Norwich 23 miles.

Diss is a popular rural market town in the south of Norfolk, where its buildings offer examples of gothic architecture, and an insight of the town's past life can be found within the local museum. The market place is the hub of the town, which is overlooked by its beautiful 13th century church. At the bottom of the town is Diss Mere, a 6-acre lake with a fountain that runs all day, along with its adjacent park where you can relax while watching the world pass you by, making this a truly idyllic location. Diss has narrow winding streets with secret little courtyards, and a high street offering an array of small shops and tea rooms. On Friday the high street is home to the weekly market and to the edge of town a weekly auction is held in the local salesrooms. To the other side edge of Diss you will find its 18 hole golf course. Walkers can explore the Boudica Way, a wonderful 40 mile walk from Diss to the medieval city of Norwich. Approximately 2 miles from Diss is Bressingham, with its Steam Museum,17 acres of beautiful gardens, garden centre, restaurant, and the Dad’s Army collection where you can wander through Walmington-on-Sea with its original props and vehicles from the TV series. Other local attractions include Banham Zoo, the 100th Bomb Group Museum, along with the many attractions and amenities to be found in the cathedral city of Norwich.

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Please note - no excessively loud noise during your visit

Please note - Hot Tub not to be used after 10pm

No children or infants accepted.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas