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Ferry Cottage

(Ref. 918137)

Orford, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Very very rural."

    Ideal for us but may be too much for others. Enjoyed the peace and quiet. Would certainly be happy to return

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Mar 2024

  • "Lovely, traditional cottage and very cosey for our stay over Christmas."

    Loved that it was on a working farm as we could go and see the horses but it was also very private. Great location, we loved our stay and will hopefully be back!

    Reviewed by Elena4.4Dec 2023

  • "In a delightful situation with walks to the coast path."

    Orford Village for shopping and a great pub at Snape (Golden Key) are nearby. Very quiet and peaceful. Friendly owners welcomed us on arrival. The rooms were large with a big table in the kitchen, comfy sofa and bed and a very nice smart TV. Powerful shower much appreciated. First impressions were, however, disappointing - the garden was unkempt and the grass in the large front garden (dog secure) hadn't been cut for weeks. The back garden was even worse - hadn't been cut for months. Bulbs missing in equipment - the cooker hood had no bulbs in it so they had obviously gone some time ago and not been replaced. A particular problem as the light in the ceiling was obscured when you stood in front of the appliance. The standard lamp in the sitting room, the only alternative light source to the ceiling light, did not have a bulb in it. When the owner supplied one we discovered that there was no plug socket near enough to switch it on so it obviously had not been used for some time. Reorganising the furniture was necessary to have subdued light in the evening. There were only 3 water glasses for a cottage sleeping 5, a motley selection of 5 forks and 5 mugs which was OK for the 2 of us but would have been v inconvenient for a full house. The drinking water jerrican was an inconvenience we had not anticipated. There were other maintenance issues which I could list but the above provides a flavour. Reading previous reviews it was apparent that our predecessors had made comments on maintenance before. As we left in heavy rain the roof was leaking in the lobby at the back of the kitchen and the farm roads were rather frighteningly flooded on the way out. We had a lovely time in Ferry Cottage and the weather was superb for our stay apart from the last day, but I rather felt that too little effort had been made to prepare the cottage for visitors. I have not stayed in a property like this for years and I take 5 or 6 cottage holidays in the UK each year.

    Reviewed by Ian2.8Oct 2023

  • "TV didn’t work."

    Kitchen had damp issues and pan cupboard was full of damp and smell of it wasn’t pleasant. Dishwasher didn’t work. Water for drinking in a container that had a tap that was hard to operate and container wasn’t changed during our stay, stale drinking water. Beds great, linen clean and area good to visit . Visitors information out of date

    Reviewed by Sarah3.1Sep 2023

  • "We loved ferry cottage so peaceful children loved the farm nice and cosy put the ..."

    We loved ferry cottage so peaceful children loved the farm nice and cosy put the heating on for us nice gesture netflix and internet too comfy beds too nice walks yes loved it

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was a very good holiday cottage for us, as we needed a remote rural retreat at very short notice, and the owners went out of their way to accommodate us."

    The property is well equipped in the kitchen, such that we were able to prepare a variety of meals extremely successfully. Obviously, given the location of the property, the local roads are narrow, but this is only to be expected, and is not a disadvantage. We encountered very little traffic, and the location is extremely peaceful, with very good stargazing opportunities after dark! Overall, we were very satisfied with the property.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jan 2023

  • "A perfect location for getting away from it all."

    Ferry Cottage was a sanctuary to my friend and I who just wanted to have a break. Lovely large bright garden, lots of space. A great shower and comfy beds. Great - thank you

    Reviewed by Ange4.7Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was very nicely decorated, but it felt slightly impersonal."

    There was no visitor's book, which in other holiday accommodation I have found very useful, both for recommendations of things to do in the area and as a space to put feedback comments. We would have found some extra kitchen equipment useful: more mugs and a sharp kitchen knife

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Sep 2022

  • "What a lovely peaceful place!"

    The cottage was charming, not luxurious, but clean and comfortable, with everything we needed for a short stay. The walks from the cottage, down to the river and along the Suffolk coastal path were beautiful. The owner was friendly.

    Reviewed by Anthea4.4Aug 2022

  • "Cottage was clean and tidy and the bed linen also clean."

    Shower was great and clean towels provided. Inside there are a few little jobs that could be done such as the curtain rails fixing property and the larder window fixing. Outside the bushes next to the house could be tidied up away from the walls which would facilitate the windows being cleaned. We had a nice week but with a bit more TLC would be perfect.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.1Aug 2022

  • "Lovely simple farmhouse stay, thank you"

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2022

  • "The surrounding area was beautiful and the cottage so pretty that it was a shame that it was in need of a fair bit of decorating and TLC."

    If it was smartened up we would stay again. We couldn't contact the owners as wanted to let them know there were mice in the house.Droppings in kitchen cupboards put us off cooking. Also sorry drinking water accessed in a storage tank only . We did however enjoy comfortable beds and central heating worked well.

    Reviewed by Anna2.5May 2022

  • "Bathroom nice update Needs a hairdryer Got Damp in the closet In with single beds are in"

    Reviewed by Laura Elizabeth2.5Apr 2022

  • "We were moved to Thatcher's cottage (attached cottages) on arrival, because the boiler wouldn't light."

    This was a lovely cottage and we enjoyed the peace walking and cycling from the cottage into the countryside.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Apr 2022

  • "This is a little cottage on a working farm."

    There were horses and sheep in the surrounding fields (much to the delight of our children). The cottage itself is very cosy, with a wood burner in the living room we bought more firewood and had very cosy evenings in front of the fire. We did go during February half term so initially it felt cold as empty houses do, but it soon warmed up, the central heating worked well and the cottage owners were super responsive whenever we needed to contact them. We were also invited to look around the farm and the littlies loved the lambs and the horses. The farm is situated in the middle of some beautiful countryside, and near the coast. We visited Framlingham castle which was fun for the children and Sutton Hoo is also nearby. We would also recommend the most amazing Indian/Bengali food restaurant ever, The Royal Bengal in Woodbridge a short distance away, probably the best Indian food I have ever had. If you want a quiet break away without the frills this is certainly the place for it, beautiful and peaceful the cottage is really cosy snug and clean. We all had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Fozia4.1Feb 2022

  • "Lovely old farm cottage in the middle of nowhere which was great."

    Heating good and bed’s comfy. Horses, sheep, Rheas and Alpacas. It is down a long muddy lane through a farm but hey it was December. Surrounding area of Suffolk is lovely. Would recommend if you want peace and quiet. Host was a nice lady.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.4Dec 2021

  • "The shower didnt work, cottage was grubby."

    Reviewed by Kevin2.8Dec 2021

  • "The cottage is in a great location and with a bit of TLC would be perfect."

    we enjoyed our week and wouldn't say it totally failed our expectations but it didn't quite meet them either. there was a problem with the drinking water which I believe had been mentioned before but this hasn't been sorted out, they put 20litres of bottled water there and left a number to call to get it replenished. the drains kept blocking up so this needs looking at. we have stayed at numerous places before and all have supplied simple things like salt, pepper, sauces and a dish cloth, seems petty but when you get there on your first night with food and don't want to go out these things are a little annoying. they also need someone to sort the curtains out as they have quite a few issues with them! beds were very comfortable and clean. shower good, heating very good, log burner really good, wifi terrible and phone signal ok(ish) but that was actually a bonus as we wanted peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Wayne4.1Oct 2021

  • "Enjoyed the rustic charm of the place ."

    Extremely rural, which can be too much for some. No welcoming bread milk biscuits sadly. Always a nice touch. Tv did not work from Friday till Monday , got a new one then. Comfy beds, good nights sleep.

    Reviewed by Patrisha4.7Sep 2021

  • "Misleading website."

    Would not give refund with insurance purchased or change date to next year! You tar thieves

    Reviewed by Ruman1.3Aug 2021

  • "We loved the isolation of the cottage, the walks right from the house, the curious horses, the hares, the rooks in the evenings, egrets, herons, oystercatchers, reading books in the sun in the garden, reading books in the house listening to the rain."

    .... and above all - the amazing poppies this year. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Mabelle4.7Jun 2021

  • "Situation is everything."

    If you want rural isolation, peace and quiet and great views this is the place. You will need to accept every trip involves a long drive down a narrow lane and shops,pubs etc are 15 minutes drive.To us the chance to sit in the garden and gaze over the fields was worth it.Great shower,comfy bed,adequate furnishings etc all add up to a lovely country bolt hole.

    Reviewed by Stewart4.1Jun 2021

  • "We were worried about the rear access being very easy to trip over because of uneven ground, and about being unable to drink the tap water because of a problem with the well."

    It was a nuisance having to boil water or use the (helpfully provided) bottled water for teeth cleaning etc, and we did not expect to have to do this. The property is clean and well provided but it certainly isn't three miles from Orford except by drone! Three miles' driving in any direction is at all, and that is part of the appeal! All that said, we had a lovely week and the owner/caretaker was delightful and helpful. We would be very happy to go back when the well is fixed.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1May 2021

  • "If you like to get away from it all on holiday, this is the place for you."

    It’s a semi detached so apart from the possibility of someone next door, you are just surrounded by fields of horses, sheep, alpacas and birds. We enjoyed the riverside walks from the cottage and got in the car for trips to the beach, forests and towns. There isn’t any passing traffic and it’s about 3 miles from the nearest shop. Inside it’s warm with good heating and hot water and a log fire in the cozy lounge with leather sofa and two arm chairs TV and DVD player. King sized bed was really comfortable. The other bedroom had three spaced out singles and the bathroom was downstairs through the kitchen. It had everything you need for a get away from it all break.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8May 2021

  • "The location, heating and hot water!"

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Oct 2020

  • "Great Place to stay and a great part of Suffolk to discover."

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Sep 2020

  • "Manager very helpful"

    Reviewed by Stuart4.4Sep 2020

  • "All very satisfactory , the television didn't work but that was sorted within a couple of days, very helpful caretaker who gave us useful advise as we had not been to the area before."

    Reviewed by M5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Ferry cottage however the only thing that ruined it was the ridiculous amount of flies in the cottage - there were literally hundreds in the kitchen."

    We had two toddlers in our party and the flies would literally be crawling all over them when they sat in their high chairs at mealtimes. This ended up ruining our holiday and for that reason we wouldn’t come back. I totally appreciate that it’s on a working farm and there is bound to be flies but the amount that would congregate in the kitchen was just ridiculous. We tried keeping the doors and windows shut, making sure no food remnants were left out and using the fly spray provided by the cottage but still they would appear. Apart from this we had such a nice stay but this issue unfortunately ruined it for us - especially with two young children.

    Reviewed by Jemma3.8Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was exactly like the photo and details."

    if you like seclusion and a very rural setting, this was it . there were many interesting places and beaches and things to see. the walks around were peaceful. WEATHER WAS BRILLIANT , which helps !

    Reviewed by Ann4.4Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic place to self-isolate during CV pandemic."

    Sheep, horses, fresh eggs and friendly people on the farm. Lovely local wals from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by S G4.1Mar 2020

  • "Bad smell coming from plug holes bathroom sink and bath most of the time ."

    .kept plugs in all the time otherwise very good...location is fantastic

    Reviewed by Kevin3.8Nov 2019

  • "Ferry Cottage is set in peaceful rural surroundings and has an unsophisticated charm."

    The beds are very comfortable, the shower good and the farmhouse style kitchen serviceable and attractive. The cottage is sensibly equipped and clean where it matters. We enjoyed our week there and the attractions of the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Janet3.8Jul 2019

  • "A cosy, well equipped rural cottage."

    It's about 3 miles from the Church to the cottage. Mob and WiFi is very good which is reassuring as even though it's a semi-detached cottage, the other cottage is also a holiday let and unlikely to be occupied and the nearest (farm) house is about 1 mile away. Not really lawns more like rough pasture. It took a while to find the washing machine as it's in an outhouse and the grass and path to it are overgrown. Boiler house/pantry and outhouse are obviously a work in progress. We never found the Games Room or BBQ. The stairs to the bedrooms are steep but there are hand rails on both sides of the wall. Plenty of hot water for baths etc but there is no slip mat or grab rails in the bath. Central heating very efficient, a well stocked wood basket for the wood burning stove. Kitchen spacious and a pleasant place to cook and eat. Plenty of walks nearby, during our stay we saw deer and sheep peering into the garden, squirrels scampering across the grass, numerous hares, plenty of bird life, and down the lane we saw alpacas, geese and guinea fowl. An easy 10 mins drive to Orford (especially good on Saturdays when there is a small Country Market) which has an interesting Church, Pinney's Smokehouse, 2 good pubs and an excellent village shop with pleasant friendly staff and for a real treat The Lady Florence does lunch or evening cruises down the Alde with excellent food.

    Reviewed by Jan3.1Jun 2019

  • "Cottage in lovely area with lots of great walks on your doorstep."

    Directions provided made it easy to find.

    Reviewed by Bassam4.1May 2019

  • "When we arrived at Ferry Cottage there was a problem with the heating and Karen upgraded us to the attached larger cottage."

    The very rural location was wonderful for 2 animal lovers as we were surrounded by 72 horses, some alpacas, sheep, guinea fowl, deer and wonderful variety of birds. The cottage was comfortable with everything we needed plus a lovely garden which even my Jack Russell couldn't escape from! The surrounding countryside was beautiful and like stepping back in time. Orford village was lovely with boat trips and dog friendly pubs. Didn't want to come home.

    Reviewed by D4.7May 2019

  • "Arrived at the property at 5."

    30pm and it soon became obvious that it had not been cleaned or the beds been changed. There were dirty towels on the bathroom floor. The bins were also full. I rang the number in the house book (which needs updating) and were informed by a very rude and abrupt man that they were not expecting anyone. The cleaning lady that arrived was very apologetic and said the previous tenant was also not expected (does anyone know what is going on). You need to send your representative at the earliest opportunity as these people have totally spoilt my few days holiday and are doing your business harm. There were also issues with the property not being up to standard. Kitchen curtains were missing and the ones that were there were dirty. 3 broken floor tiles near the cooker. Windows dirty. Downstairs bathroom not clean. Electric fire in kitchen broken. Ivy over the windows. Garden a mess. No garden furniture. Hole in eaves allowing Jackdaws entry which sounded like a herd of elephants at first light. Apparently they have known about this for some time. I would appreciate your immediate response and will be looking to make a claim for a full refund. I have booked with Sykes Cottages many times before and will be reluctant to do so again if this matter is not resolved to my satisfaction.

    Reviewed by Sarah Janet1.3Apr 2019

  • "Great location in farmland, good walks and nature spotting!"

    Quite a way off the beaten track, the actual farm could be better signposted! It was so peaceful at night, and we were fine with waking to birds and sheep noises - it was a farm after all!! Cottage itself was very clean and warm. We really liked it and my son (7) loved the farm.

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.4Apr 2019

  • "Although there are a few maintenance issues, I would return just for the pure peace and isolation of this property."

    The local wildlife and domesticated animals are a joy for photographers.

    Reviewed by Jeff3.4Oct 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at ferry cottage ,this is the second time we visited, its a ..."

    We had a lovely time at ferry cottage ,this is the second time we visited, its a great place to stay lots of space for our children to run around and play in the garden, plenty of peace and quiet in the evening, loads of wildlife to spot, thankyou for taking us to see the Alpacas, we will be coming back next summer,

    Reviewed by Liza3.8Aug 2018

  • "Cottage was basic but nice, had some difficulty locating it initially would benefit from clear signage as very rural location."

    Easy access to other areas and places of interest.

    Reviewed by Carol3.8Jul 2018

  • "Ferry Cottage is basically fine."

    It is ideally placed for Snape so would be an excellent base for anyone going to Aldeburgh Festival events, which we were. Unfortunately we would not recommend it during festival time. You would expect some noise in a rural location but not necessarily rooks nesting in the roof space and possibly a squirrel, which made it impossible to sleep after 4.30 am. it seems that the owners were aware of this problem before we arrived but made no attempt to (unsuccessfully) try to do something about it until we complained after the third night. As a result we are home after a holiday more worn out than we were before we began the holiday

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Jun 2018

  • "The owners and everyone working here are lovely very informative and helpful in every way."

    The location was perfect for us. My dog Poppy loved walking the fields and being at one with nature, which is what she is used to. Lots to see and do in the surrounding area if you are the outdoorsy type, which I am. So much wildlife to watch see and interact with. Perfect holiday. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage is ideally placed for a true idyllic country break."

    It was clean and well equipped on arrival, we were left with contact information to allay any "what do we do" fears, the views were splendid and the cottage garden very expansive. Altogether an excellent country holiday location.

    Reviewed by Roger4.4May 2018

  • "This is a very rural location which suited us extremely well."

    We loved this property and would definitely rebook. There are a number of little things that need addressing for ongoing maintenance. We still loved it though.

    Reviewed by Sarah-jane4.6Nov 2017

  • "A very cosy cottage in a rather remote location but very peaceful."

    Reviewed by John3.8Nov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in the middle of nowhere."

    Through the farm and on a bit. No ambient light, so when it's dark, it's dark!! Watched bats flying around in the evening and great stars on a clear night. Comfy rooms, though a very steep staircase to the bedrooms on the first floor. Nice and airy rooms though the main bed creaked if you moved. Living room and kitchen functional and comfy. Bathroom is in the out building behind the kitchen. As we were there the last weekend in October, we didn't use the garden as we were out all day. A lovely functional house that was warm and comfortable. A great relaxing weekend.

    5.0Oct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x family room with 1 double and 1 single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: As this cottage is on a working farm with horses, sheep, a few cattle and sheep dogs, please keep pets under control at all times
  • Please note: the water supply is from a local spring but is tested frequently by the council
  • Please note: due to the nature of the property the internal staircase to the bedrooms is steep, it may not be suitable for guests with mobility concerns

The property

Orford 3 miles.

This charming, semi-detached cottage is located in the heart of the owners’ 600-acre working livestock farm, close to the village of Orford in Suffolk.

This lovely cottage is a perfect base for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast by foot, cycle or car and is ideal for nature lovers and birdwatchers, both from the comforts of your cottage surroundings and also from the numerous wildlife reserves close by.

Offering far-reaching views over open countryside and marshland and although the cottage is in a remote location within half an hour you can be visiting many of the highlights of this wonderful coastline and inland market towns which has made Suffolk such a popular destination.

There are excellent walks from your doorstep and fantastic off and on road cycling also close by.

Drive up the unmade road and park up outside your cottage, taking in the view from the front of your cottage.

Walk up through your front garden and enter via the main front door where there is a porch, ideal for storing walking gear.

Downstairs has a cosy sitting room with woodburner and views over the cottage garden to the front of the property, an ideal room for relaxing whatever the time of the year.

There is also a well-equipped kitchen with dining table and a ground floor bathroom.

Upstairs has two good-size bedrooms, a master bedroom and a second room with a double and a single bed.

Outside this attractive cottage is a lovely private garden where you can relax with a cup of coffee and a good book or dine alfresco using the barbecue.

This delightful cottage offers a quiet, rural retreat and there is a wonderful river walk from your doorstep to the delightful village of Orford with its remarkable 12th century castle, a selection of good pubs, a village shop, bakers and excellent fish restaurant and smokehouse.

Snape Maltings is a short drive away with an excellent section of shops, eateries and, of course, the world famous concert hall, with events on throughout the year to enjoy.

SPB Minsmere is also only a short drive away.

A little further afield brings you to the trendy seaside town of Aldeburgh, now home to a wide range of popular shops, restaurants and pubs not to mention the fresh fish for sale along the seafront and wonderful pebble beach.

The neighbouring village of Thorpeness is worth a visit with its boating lake, great fun for children and the young at heart alike!

Make sure you also visit the nearby market town of Woodbridge and even take a drive further up the coast and explore the popular seaside town of Southwold, Walberswick, famous for its crabbing and the lost city of Dunwich.

This rural retreat offers the perfect escape for friends and families throughout the year.

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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.

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