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Bluebird Cottage

(Ref. 1080718)

Newmarket, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Immaculately clean, very well equipped and very comfortable."

    A lovely welcome and good communication with Mary.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely rustic cottage set in an extremely quiet area."

    Ideally situated to visit many interesting places within say 20 miles. The cottage was very clean and well equipped and we were left a lovely welcome package. The owner kept us well informed prior to our visit.

    Reviewed by Raymond4.7Mar 2024

  • "We've had a very good week in Mary's cottage."

    A wonderful welcome! We 'ml come back! Merci!

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely little cottage, we enjoyed our stay."

    It was nice and clean. Good location. The host Mary was quick to respond to messages and was very accommodating. We enjoyed the welcome hamper. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2024

  • "Bluebird cottage is a beautiful holiday home."

    It is lovely and clean and has everything you would need. It also felt very spacious. The cottage is in a great location for exploring Suffolk. Mary, the owner, is very friendly and approachable and provided a wonderful welcome hamper. We would definitely return to this cottage and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2024

  • "Couldn’t have asked for more , this cottage was perfect in every way and Mary was so helpful and caring when we had to leave early due to me being poorly ."

    I managed to stay for my birthday and visited Anglesey Abbey to see the spring flowers . Maybe we will be back as it’s only a short ride from home x

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Has all the "cottage feel" of beams etc but rooms are far more spacious than you would expect. Well equipped kitchen and bathroom. You have all the benefits of being in a peaceful small village with no traffic but at same time you are close to a junction of the A14 so can quickly get to any attraction. There is a good sized parking space at back of cottage but you need to get through a narrow lane between cottages to access. That said a neighbour can get his work van through the gap and we had no problems...but a nervous driver might struggle. Mary made us most welcome. Loved it!

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a very pleasant welcome from Mary who gave us a tour of the property."

    The cottage was quiet and restful for our stay here, we had excellent weather, plenty to see of the local towns, Would highly recommend this property. Linda-Ken-Stuart

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and got everything we needed."

    The cottage is in a nice quiet area and very handy for A14 that takes us to many visiting places. Love to come back.

    Thank you for your kind feedback, Richard. It was lovely to meet you both and I’m so pleased to know you enjoyed staying in the cottage and exploring the surrounding area. I do hope you’ll visit again and look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely location, perfect to unwind in."

    Very well equipped and looked after and all very comfortable. Will recommend and would definitely stay again. Lots to do in area.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, Ann. So pleased you liked the cottage and had a comfortable stay. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "‘The cottage is delightful, as is the owner, Mary."

    Nothing is too much trouble, both to help guests and in the way the house is presented. It is both elegant and functional, which is never easy to achieve, especially with a holiday property. We had such a snug stay that we were often tempted into staying at ‘home’ rather than going out to explore. Everything you could want plus such a comfortable bed!’

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jul 2023

  • "Relaxing stay !"

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jun 2023

  • "The stairs are indeed very narrow with a curve at the top."

    There is plenty to hang on to, however. The house is extremely quiet.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0May 2023

  • "This the second time we have been to this cottage."

    Situated in a nice quiet hamlet just a few minutes from Bury-St-Edmunds. All the mod-coms in the cottage and done to a high standard. Mary(the owner)is always there to welcome you on your first arrival. There is plenty to do around the area,the lovely tea room in Lavenham up on the square (making a reservation is best,this place gets very busy)

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2023

  • "Thank you Mary, we had a very comfortable stay in your charming cottage, we enjoyed the goody hamper you left for us to enjoy, and knew we could contact you if we had any problem."

    The cottage was on a quiet road and we woke refreshed in the very comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had everything we needed in the cottage."

    It is deceptively bigger than the photos, and renovated to a great standard. Very comfortable beds, lovely garden to sit in, lots to do in the area and a friendly welcome from the owner.

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Bluebird Cottage was the perfect place for us to relax as the location was quiet without being too isolated."

    It is only a 5 minute drive to the A14 and most places in East Anglia are accessible from there easily. Mary, the owner, was there to welcome us and the cottage has obviously been renovated to a high standard recently. We had everything we needed and Mary was on hand to answer any questions. Ickworth House, Bury and Newmarket are all one 15-20 minute drive away and Cambridge, Ely and Ipswich are reachable in less than an hour. I would recommend Bluebird Cottage to any couple or small family who want to escape the noise and do a little sightseeing as well.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, Jamie; it was a pleasure to meet you both. We are so pleased you enjoyed the cottage and had a relaxing break. We hope to welcome you back to Bluebird Cottage in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a lovely 3-night stay in Bluebird Cottage in Feb 2023."

    Leading up to our stay, we received plenty of information well in advance and so were able to find and access the cottage without any issue at all. The cottage itself is perfect - well maintained and with all of the appliances you would need. The beds are super comfy, the living room is cosy and the bathroom is great with both a power-shower and a big separate bathtub. The cottage is also perfectly located to be able to explore the local area and beyond. Mary also made the time to pop-by before we let - a lovely touch and so nice to meet you Mary! We would definitely recommend Bluebird Cottage and will absolutely be staying again!

    Thank you for your appreciative feedback. I’m very pleased to hear that you liked the cottage so much and enjoyed your break. It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to you visiting Bluebird Cottage again soon; a warm welcome awaits you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "A very warm and cosy cottage and appreciated the arrival information and welcome from Mary."

    Loved the good quality kitchen equipment (so often lacking in holiday cottages) and wonderful bath. Ideal base from which to visit local area and we will seek to use again.

    Reviewed by Jeff4.7Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in this surprisingly spacious old cottage recently renovated to a very high standard."

    Good mix of old and modern, with comfortable memory foam beds, a practical and well-equipped kitchen and the best bathroom we’ve seen in any holiday rental. Set in a quiet village yet only two minutes from the A14 so connections are good.

    Reviewed by Matthias5.0Nov 2022

  • "A wonderfully well equipped property in beautiful countryside and an ideal base to explore East Anglia"

    Thank you very much for your feedback; we really appreciate it! So pleased you enjoyed exploring the Suffolk countryside and your stay in Bluebird Cottage. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we hope you will visit again in the future. All best wishes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property is situated in a quiet village and is close to Bury-St-Edmunds and Cambridge."

    Mary & Nasser have made this mid-cottage a delight to come to. The areas in other comments are a must to visit. If you are in the Thetford forest area on a Sunday,a visit to the Elveden Estate shop & restaurant is a must,the roast dinner is an explosion of tastes. Mary is always on the end of the phone to help .

    It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am so pleased that you had a good week and that you enjoyed staying in Bluebird Cottage. Thank you for all you did to leave the cottage so clean and tidy, especially given your early departure time! Hope to see you again in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2022

  • "Bluebell Cottage has been very stylishly furnished with a lot of thought put into everything a visitor could possibly need."

    The beds are extremely comfortable, there are outdoor seating areas both front and back to follow the sun and even an Ordnance Survey map provided of the local area. The owners are readily available should you need any advice or help and two well-stocked shops are just a short distance away in Barrow. We definitely plan on returning. Wendy

    It was lovely to meet you and thank you for leaving such kind feedback. We are very pleased you found Bluebird Cottage comfortable and that you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely and the location is very peaceful."

    Even though the cottage is in a terrace, you don't hear a soul! There is everything in the cottage that you need - it is very cosy and comfortable. Mary (and Nasser), the owners are very friendly, helpful and always available should you need anything. The car parking was great and easily accessible. Mary left us a 'welcome basket' of bits and bobs which was really nice - the strawberries and ice cream were delicious too. The cottage is easily accessible to Bury-St-Edmunds, Cambridge, Ely and a lovely village called Lavenham (thank you Mary for the recommendation). There's a lovely tea room in Lavenham (Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Room - highly recommended). My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Bluebird Cottage and would highly recommend staying there. A little gem and I'm glad I found it!

    Thank you for your kind feedback! It was lovely to meet you both and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found Bluebird Cottage to be comfortable and well-located. Thank you also for leaving the cottage so neat and tidy on your departure. We do hope you will visit again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2022

  • "Bluebird cottage was absolutely beautiful and we had the most comfortable stay."

    Mary the owner was very welcoming and took time to show us round the cottage and all it had to offer. Mary also left us and abundance of treats in our welcome basket along with fresh strawberries and ice cream. The cottage had everything we needed and we loved our stay. We will definitely be back soon.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are so glad you liked Bluebird Cottage, had an enjoyable stay and would like to return. A very warm welcome awaits you- do hope you can visit again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2022

  • "We booked last minute to stay at Bluebird Cottage, it’s a really lovely cottage, very clean and very well equipped with everything you need to make it feel like home from home - I could have easily moved in and lived there."

    Mary the owner met us on arrival and showed us the cottage and gave us some tips on what to see and where to visit whilst we were there. We had an unforeseen problem due to the crazy thunderstorm but Mary & husband Nasser we’re quick to sort it, they were great and just a phone call away. Location is great too, ideal to visit Bury, New Market and surrounding areas, Tesco a few minutes drive away to get and bits you might need and plenty of places to eat out if you prefer. We will visit again!

    We are very grateful for your lovely feedback and for being such understanding guests when an issue arose. So pleased you liked the cottage and we look forward to welcoming you to Bluebird again in the near future. Many thanks! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathie4.7Aug 2022

  • "We spent a lovely week in Bluebird Cottage in August 2022."

    The interior of the cottage was as good as new. Stylish and tasteful. The modern and complete kitchen inventory makes it a pleasure to cook your own meals. The quiet hamlet of Higham is an ideal base for day trips to (for example) Cambridge, Ickworth and Lavenham. And last but not least: the kind and very approachable owner, Mary, is a paragon of hospitality and helpfulness.

    It is lovely to receive your most generous feedback; thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and found all that you needed in Bluebird Cottage. It was a great pleasure to meet you and the family, and we do hope you will be able to visit again. A warm welcome awaits you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gert5.0Aug 2022

  • "What a lovely clean and welcoming property."

    Well equipped, Mary even provided a fan at short notice given the weather was very hot. In general the location is quiet so sitting outside watching the housmartins and bats of an evening was a delight. Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge are all within a half hour drive. Being aircraft enthusiasts the bases at Mildenhall, Lakenheath and the museum at Duxford are also close by. We would highly recommend this cottage and plan to visit ourselves again soon.

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we are so pleased you enjoyed your time in Bluebird Cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future; the planes, bats and birds will still be flying for you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jul 2022

  • "Charming quaint cottage with original features set in a small rural village in close proximity of two major towns."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped for our stay, a real “home from home” A fantastic welcome pack on our arrival was very much appreciated. We would recommend Bluebird cottage and look forward to staying there again in the future.

    Thank you so much for your appreciative feedback. It was lovely to meet you both and we are very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and Bluebird Cottage met your expectations. We are looking forward to seeing you again next year; many thanks for booking again so quickly! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Jul 2022

  • "A warm personal welcome from Mary and a thoughtful selection of goodies (including icecream in the freezer on the hottest day of the year!"

    ) were a lovely start to our holiday. The cottage is a delightful mix of character with modern amenities and proved extremely comfortable. 'Live' TV is only available on some channels via apps through a NOW TV box as there is no Freeview - probably not a problem for 'on demand' viewers but complicated for us oldies! This was an ideal base to visit the churches and villages of West Suffolk which feature in our family tree, and we would love to return to explore further. Thank you, Mary, for a great week.

    It was lovely to meet you both and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your week at Bluebird Cottage. I'm sorry you had difficulty with NOW TV. I hope that the tv listing magazine I brought round was useful to identify programmes you wanted to watch on the online services. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Feed back is always appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara4.1Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Bluebird cottage!"

    It is easy to find from the A14 and very well appointed with all the essentials and comfortable beds. Mary is extremely helpful and welcoming and made every effort to check that we had everything we needed (which was very welcome with 2 small children!). Fish and chips from nearby Barrow and a visit to Ickworth House are thoroughly recommended.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay, it was lovely to meet you and look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Jun 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x king-size beds
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with stove
  • Electric central heating
  • Oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed front garden with lawn area and seating
  • Rear patio garden with barbecue
  • Bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 2.6 miles
  • Note: As expected of a period cottage, there are some low beams and a narrow staircase, please take care

The property

Bury St Edmunds 7 miles.

Set in a row of charming, flint-walled terraced cottages, Bluebird Cottage is a wonderful dwelling in the village of Higham, nestled in sweeping open countryside, midway between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Higham is an ideal base for a group or family of four to explore a beautiful area of the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border.

Park in the off-road parking space to the rear of the property for a fuss-free arrival, before stepping inside this characterful cottage.

Renovated throughout, original fireplaces and rustic wooden doors combine with a contemporary kitchen and stylish bathroom, making Bluebird Cottage a welcoming place to stay.

On the ground floor a well-equipped kitchen has all the amenities needed for a memorable self-catering holiday, including an oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washer-dryer and fridge-freezer.

The dining room leads off the kitchen, with seating for four guests to enjoy mealtimes.

A cloakroom can be found adjacent to the kitchen for your convenience.

Step into the bright and airy sitting room after the day's adventures; with sofas to curl up on with your holiday read and a Smart TV for an evening of film, it’s just the place to relax and unwind.

Make yourself at home in one of two delightful bedrooms, both with king-sized beds, storage space and restful décor.

In between the bedrooms is a stylish and good-sized bathroom, with the option of a relaxing soak in the tub or a quick rinse in the walk-in shower.

Bluebird Cottage offers two garden spaces; an enclosed front garden with lawn area and a gravelled path leading to a sheltered porch, whilst the rear patio garden has an outhouse for bike storage and is ideal for a barbecue on a sunny evening.

The cottage is surrounded by open fields, with excellent cycle and walking routes through charming villages and rolling Suffolk countryside.

Nearby Ickworth Park and Anglesey Abbey, both National Trust-owned country houses, provide beautiful parkland and gardens.

Take a short journey into one of the pretty neighbouring villages where you will find cosy country pubs.

In nearby Barrow, dine in style at The Weeping Willow, pick up fresh fish and chips, or find your self-catering essentials in one of two convenience stores or welcoming post office.

Historical sites and quaint streets await in Bury St Edmunds, with the fascinating ruins of Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens just next to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, with beautiful grounds, perfect for a picnic in the sunshine.

Enjoy fine dining in a wide range of eateries, or a night at the movies in the independent Picture House or Cineworld.

Drive a little further and you will step back in time in Lavenham, considered to be one of Britain’s best preserved medieval villages, where over 300 buildings are listed as being of architectural and historic interest.

Wandering along narrow lanes, past timber-framed houses and the stunning Guildhall, you’ll find antique shops, galleries and cafés.

Newmarket, just 7 miles to the west, is home to the National Horse Racing Museum and Links Golf Club, with leading supermarkets and a variety of traditional eateries to fuel your day.

Farm shops in Tuddenham and Denham Farm, just a couple of miles from Higham, provide a large range of local produce and deli items.

The Garden Centre in Tuddenham has a popular café and a wide array of plants and shrubs.

Jump onto the A14 and head to the west to the spectacular city of Cambridge, famed for its rich cultural and academic heritage.

University Colleges; an impressive collection of over 18 museums and galleries; the Fitzwilliam Museum, home to a large collection of art and artefacts; the renowned Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and excellent shopping, means that Cambridge has something for everyone.

Meander through the city and take in the beauty of the university colleges and gleaming spires or lie back and enjoy a relaxing punt along the river.

The Suffolk coast and picturesque seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are within easy reach, if a day on the beach is on your wish list.

With Bluebird Cottage as your base, there is so much to see and do in this wonderful part of Suffolk.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Thetford 13 miles; Ipswich 27.5 miles; Cambridge 28.1 miles; Colchester 34.2 miles

Bury St Edmunds, locally referred to as Bury, is a historic market town and civil parish found in Suffolk, East Anglia. Boasting over 1000 years of history to discover, it offers plenty to see and do at any time of the year. Describe as being 'Suffolk's foodie town', you can expect to find plenty of tempting eateries to assist you on your self-catered stay including all of pubs, restaurants, cafés and takeaways galore, as well as there being a good selection of supermarkets and convenience stores for those seeking fresh ingredients or any picnic essentials. Admire the beautiful architecture of the town whilst visiting both its high street and independent stores, with abbey ruins and gardens, art galleries, Suffolk's only cathedral and Moyse's Hall Museum to find too, offering something for all tastes. Visit the 200 acres of Nowton Park where you can walk amongst the landscaped lands of Suffolk's countryside, or take a trip to discover the beauty of Thetford Forest Park, spanning over 18,730 hectares, here you can find serene walking and cycling routes as well as attractions such as High Lodge, Lynford Stag, Lynford Arboretum, the Harling Woods and so much more. The coast can also be reached via a scenic drive, where you can find the traditional seaside towns of Felixstowe and Clacton-on-Sea, while Ipswich, Cambridge and Colchester are all within reach too.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas