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20 Water Street

Lavenham, Suffolk (Ref. 1003279)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Ground floor accommodation

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "This cottage is equipped to a very high standard The location is excellent and there is absolutely everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by PeterJan 2022

  • "I liked the fact that there were plenty of towels, bath robes and you didn't skimp on the quality and quantity of toilet rolls and kitchen roll."

    Much appreciated. And the wine, bread, milk, butter and eggs was a pleasing touch too. Top quality and comfortable bed and linen.

    Reviewed by SimonJan 2022

  • "The welcome package was really appreciated."

    The house was warm and such an effort had been made to make it feel Christmassy and comfortable. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by ImogenDec 2021

  • "Lovely warm and cosy cottage."

    Beautiful decorations and comfortable accommodation. Great location for bars and restaurants.

    Reviewed by JayneNov 2021

  • "20 Water Street Lavenham is one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in."

    It is in an ideal position for the shops, pubs etc. - all within easy walking distance. The cottage is very comfortably furnished and the kitchen so well equipped it is more like a permanent home than a holiday rental. We were very lucky with weather whilst in Lavenham and were able to take full advantage of the garden which had three different seating areas. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage and would gladly return. The generous starter pack was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2021

  • "Lovely quaint cottage in the centre of Lavenham, Very well kitted out, Lovely ..."

    Lovely quaint cottage in the centre of Lavenham, Very well kitted out, Lovely garden in which to relax and enjoy the weather, Really mice welcome pack from the owners

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2021

  • "The washing machine wasn't working which I was told about very last minute."

    This was vvvv disappointing as I hate to do holiday washing when I get home, I always do it while away. The ready of the property was lovely and in an idyllic location. I loved it as did my daughter, we'd happily go back again! Lavenham is a beautiful town ♥️

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2021

  • "The garden was delightful as was the proximity to the town attractions."

    Bed very comfortable, everything provided for a happy holiday

    Reviewed by TimJul 2021

  • "The stairs would be a challenge to anyone with mobility problems."

    Reviewed by VictorJun 2021

  • "We had a lovely time in Lavenham."

    Good weather meant we could enjoy the excellent garden. The cottage was comprehensively and thoughtfully equipped. The welcome pack was generous and much appreciated. Very comfortable beds and furniture. The whole cottage was well appointed. Recommend No 10 for an evening meal and the Swan Garden for a summer lunch.

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2021

  • "Stairs are very steep and traffic noise is loud had difficulty parking"

    Reviewed by RJun 2021

  • "Lovely stay at water street."

    Lavenham in worth a visit.

    Reviewed by SamanthaMay 2021

  • "Tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable, this is a charming cottage in the centre of beautiful Lavenham."

    The stairs are very steep, which could be a problem for some, but we were fine. Also it is on a busy road, so some traffic noise, but again it didn't worry us. There was a generous welcome pack, and the property has Netflix and Amazon Prime. A most enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2021

  • "Wonderfully stocked and very attractive house in a divine location."

    Top Notch!

    Reviewed by TraceyMay 2021

  • "Accommodation was as advertised."

    Very happy.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2021

  • "Front door lock slightly awkward might need some attention."

    Welcome pack very basic. Probably good to forewarn people. Very clean and adequately equipped.

    Reviewed by PaulineApr 2021

  • "The house was clean and warm, nicely furnished and with every extra you could wish for."

    Nicely placed for sightseeing around Lavenham and the surrounding countryside which is very beautiful. We had a great holiday and would highly recommend this cottage to anyone. A big thank you to the owners for an amazing experience.

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2021

  • "This cottage is a perfect little getaway, with a suntrap garden, all the amenities you could think of, a huge comfortable bed, beautiful walks around Lavenham and dog friendly pubs."

    We will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by BenApr 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage, location ideal for walking from the doorstop."

    Welcome pack much appreciated & Lavenham is lovely! Will be visiting again!

    Reviewed by JulesOct 2020

  • "Cottage was really lovely with delightful attention to detail from the "welcome" food to the dog treats to the tastefully decorated rooms."

    The garden was lovely too although there were a few gaping holes in the fence we took the dog on the lead in the garden lest he should make his escape! The only downside was the temperature of the house (the weather did not help as it was pretty grim) but it was really cold even with the electric heater in the lounge.

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2020

  • "Danielle, the telephone reservations adviser was excellent."

    Thanks to her for organising such a last minute mini-break. Her kind and efficient manner was really appreciated-I would definitely use/recommend Sykes as a result. Furthermore, the cottage was wonderful-cute and cosy and very clean. Lovely extras including dressing gowns and some welcome treats. At such short notice, it was really appreciated. Fabulous location in the beautiful Lavenham. Great facilities. Would love to return! Thank you!

    Reviewed by ClareOct 2020

  • "We had an excellent 5 days in this lovely Lavenham Cottage."

    We were fortunate with super weather a real bonus. The cottage is well equiped, super size double bed comfortable lounge with good TV including online apps Netflix Prime etc. Nice sunny garden and excellent location just opposite Harry Potters birthplace ! Great for touring Suffolk - 1 hour to Aldeburgh and 90 minutes to Southwold. 30 minutes to Bury St Edmunds. Would love to go again.

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2020

  • "The garden needs attention,there were very large thorny rose branches,these could easily have taken my dogs eye out,we were scratched by them whilst uncovering the seating at top of garden,we had to cut back a spiky plant blocking the pathway too."

    We couldn’t get the parasol to stand up either so overall we were disappointed with the outside,not as shown on website when booking.

    Reviewed by BarbaraSep 2020

  • "20 Water Street is absolutely charming."

    A real gem of perfect English cottage. We arrived very late and were just bowled over to see that the fridge had lovely treats waiting for us. The lounge and sofas were extremely comfortable, as was the Super King bed. The kitchen was both practical and pretty. In the morning, we woke to find a gorgeous cottage garden filled with lavender and hollyhocks. It was a perfect break. Would definitely return. Thanks.

    Reviewed by EllieAug 2020

  • "Great cottage with treats in fridge!"

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful village."

    The cottage had everything you could wish for, comfort and cleanliness exceeded our expectations. Lavenham is very picturesque and there are lots of places to visit in the surrounding areas. Buy bacon from the local butcher, it is the best we have ever tasted. We have looked at booking again for next year

    Reviewed by HilaryJul 2020

  • "Having just stayed at this lovely little cottage with my two friends I would just like to say what a find."

    The house was spotless, very comfortable and all the extra thoughtful touches such as wine, bread, butter, lemon marmalade, milk etc. made it very homely and were very much welcomed. We were lucky with the parking and were able to park a little way down the street from the property and then didn't use the car for the rest of our stay. The garden out the back of the property was very pretty and lovely to relax in the sun with a glass of wine (or herbal tea in my case). When we needed to let the owner know of a minor issue Wendy was very quick to respond. All in all a lovely relaxing weekend and definitely a place we would stay again if we are in the area.

    Reviewed by TrudySep 2019

  • "Cottage very clean and well equipped for our stay."

    Lovely garden out back Very generous welcome pack Parking not an issue as you could park outside Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "Perfect retreat - loved the cottage - in centre of Lavenham but peaceful."

    Welcome pack great and lovely fresh bread everything you need. Great cooker and oven very efficient!! Lovely period cottage and decorated nicely. Great rear garden for the dog and doggy treats were very welcome. Lovely places to visit in Suffolk- Bury and Sudbury and Constable country of Flatford and not too far to RSPB Minsmere if you are a Birder like myself!! Only wished we’d booked for longer!! Perfect place to stay!!! High Peak. Derbyshire

    Reviewed by JaniceSep 2019

  • "The property though OK could have been so much better with a bit of thought and maintenance."

    The bathroom door was very difficult to close as the architraving had been fitted incorrectly. The kitchen would have taken a washing machine and a fridge freezer if the layout had been better rather than a new worktop put on rather old base units. There was no shade in the garden but there was no sun umbrella either

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2019

  • "We had a terrific time at this lovely cottage which was maintained and equipped to the highest standard."

    I would definitely recommend this to potential renters without hesitation.

    Reviewed by ThomasAug 2019

  • "A lovely, welcoming cottage with everything that you might need."

    Suffolk is a beautiful county with an abundance of beautiful buildings. Lavenham is no exception, it's a wonderful place. Very peaceful and friendly- a perfect place to stay. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Anna-mariaAug 2019

  • "The cottage was most comfortable and welcoming."

    Everything was there that you need to make your holiday complete. The owners have put a lot of thought into the cottage with lots of little extras which makes it feel like home from home. We would certainly recommend the cottage to family and friends and will definitely return, to spend longer as we were only there for two nights. There is a lot of amazing places of interest to visit and plenty of country walks to be had. An excellent experience. Thank you

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage , spotless and better equipped than my own home."

    First hand contact with owners if necessary. Lovely village with so much history. 11 out of 10 .... wonderful

    Reviewed by TracyAug 2019

  • "Nicely situated near High Street with a good choice of restaurants"

    Reviewed by NickAug 2019

  • "The house was just fantastic the town was out of this world we can't thank the ..."

    The house was just fantastic the town was out of this world we can't thank the house owner enough for making the house so welcoming the days we spent were just wonderful thank you Sykes and a big thank you to the home owners

    Reviewed by MikeJul 2019

  • "This cottage is very well equipped."

    The owner had thought of everything we might need and we were delighted (and surprised) to find ample stocks of tea, coffee, sugar, condiments etc. There were fresh milk, eggs and butter waiting for us in the fridge. The cottage is very comfortably furnished and lots of fluffy towels are provided. Water Street is in the centre of Lavenham so it was an easy walk to all the village facilities. Our dog was with us and we were able to give him plenty of exercise by walking to the end of Water Street where there is a large field with access to a public footpath. The only slight negative is that parking is not actually directly outside the cottage. While there is street parking on Water Street, the section immediately outside Number 20 has double yellow lines. We also found the steps to the front door,to the garden, and the internal stairs rather steep.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link can be twin on request) and 1 x single with pull out single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with open fire.
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Range oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with box top freezer.Clothes dryer/washer, TV, a selection of books and games provided and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Welcome pack
  • Dressing gowns and hairdryer provided
  • Small BBQ in rear garden
  • Unrestricted roadside parking on a first come first served basis
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Due to it being an older property the stairs are steeper than usual
  • Note: The cottage is ideal for two or three people, but can accommodate a maximum of four

The property

This beautiful Grade II listed cottage is ideally located in the heart of Lavenham, renowned for being one of England's finest medieval villages.

Next to Harry Potters birthplace and just a short walk from the centre, you have a range of excellent eateries, boutique shops and galleries.

It is wonderful just to walk around and admire this beautifully presented town and the lovely walks surrounding it.

Guests will love this welcoming and traditional cottage, which has retained many character features throughout and been beautifully furnished to offer pleasant accommodation.

Step into the sitting room, with a delightful open fire making it a wonderful space for relaxing after a day out exploring anytime of the year.

Relax with a book or enjoy a movie with a roaring fire in the winter.

The sitting room leads through to the kitchen, housing everything you could need for a few days away, if you decide to eat in and not indulge in one of the many nearby eateries.

The traditional cottage stairs lead up to a landing with the master bedroom overlooking the front of the property and a smaller second bedroom overlooking the back.

There is a first floor family bathroom, with an elegant bath and shower over, so you can decide how best to prepare for your day.

Outside there is a private sun trap; an enclosed garden with a small seating area is a lovely quiet space and is perfect for a glass of wine in the evening sun while discussing the day's adventures.

A wonderful area for walking and cycling and so much to explore close by.

Ideal for couples, friends and families.

This cottage is ideal for exploring this beautiful, historic part of Suffolk with your family.

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About the location


Sudbury 5 miles; Bury St Edmunds 12 miles.

In late medieval and Tudor times, Lavenham was one of the country's wealthiest towns due to the English wool trade. Today, Lavenham is considered England's finest complete medieval village with over 350 timber framed medieval houses and its magnificent church of St Peter & St Paul. Located in some of these medieval buildings you will find delightful shops, art galleries tea rooms, good pubs and a number of Michelin starred gourmet restaurants. Many places have been filmed for TV & films including a Harry Potter movie filmed in the splendid NT Guildhall. The village & the surrounding countryside have inspired many famous artists, John Constable was schooled in Lavenham and Thomas Gainsborough in the nearby village of Sudbury. This area of Suffolk is renowned for its pretty villages and its historic houses. Nearby is NT Melford Hall with its antique centres, visit the beautiful Debham Vale and see where John Constable was inspired. At NT Flatford Mill, you can enjoy a leisurely boat trip or walk the banks of the River Stour and afterwards visit the riverside tea rooms. London is just over one hour by train from Sudbury and the nearest airport is Stansted.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas