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The Cart Lodge

(Ref. 1119608)

Bildeston near Lavenham, Suffolk Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Suffolk."

    The property is situated in the grounds of the owners house which is in the countryside and wonderfully quiet. The property is very minimalistic as stated on the the description provided by the owners.If you want to fully self cater then this is probably not the right choice for you. It would have benefitted from a freezer (especially in the warm weather) and a microwave. The steps to the property are steep and not suitable for someone with limited movement,. The area is magnificent. Lavenham is close by and visits to the national Trust properties at Melfor House,Ickford House and The Gulid hall in Lavenham are a must. You are able to park your vehicle under cover which is a bonus. The large bed was extremeley comfortable. Thankyou to the owners for the eggs and milk. Did we enjoy ourselves yes most definiteley.

    Reviewed by Grenville3.8May 2024

  • "Lovely and quiet , ideal for a peacefull time."

    Nice and spacious with a lovely bedroom with massive bed. Loved the power shower. Some information would have been nice and how to operate the TV as many would find it very confusing to put on and find sky. There is WiFi but very iffy at times and for some reason turns off at 11pm ?. Nice open kitchen but no oven trays at all, just saucepans. Overall we had a nice week and enjoyed our stay but feel the place needs a better information booklet for guests on how to operate TV and oven etc and local info on nearest supermarket etc.

    Reviewed by Mark4.1Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic one week stay stay at Cart Lodge."

    It has been beautifully done, is light, airy, spacious, peaceful and quiet, however some instructions for appliances would have been helpful, eg the TV remotes (luckily I knew how this worked but others might find it a problem), the dishwasher (we tried to set it but it was already set on timer, luckily it came on during the night so the cycle was complete in the morning) and the oven (mainly so that you can tell what each symbol means). Despite all this we had an amazing time in this stunning lodge and I would recommend it to everyone

    Reviewed by Edwina5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant place wanted for nothing."

    Superb friendly hosts there if needed but leave you to be perfect

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Aug 2023

  • "The Cart Lodge was a lovely place to stay for a few days while we explored the local area, set in a secluded and peaceful spot."

    Monks Eleigh is within walking distance where The Swan pub serves excellent beer with a very friendly welcome, or if you want to travel a little further The Bell at Kersey serves great quality food. Lavenham with its tudor heritage is just a short drive along the road and well worth exploring. The property itself is accessed by quite steep outside steps, but they are well looked after and well lit if dark. The open plan layout works well and the kitchen is spacious with good work surfaces. We would have preferred a freezer rather than a wine fridge and a cheese grater would have been useful (but there was a teapot). There is also a Nespresso coffee maker with milk frother that we didn't see mentioned in the listing.

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Aug 2023

  • "This is a lovely property in the quiet Suffolk countryside."

    Well equipped and very clean. Staying there gave us the chance to explore the surrounding area and we certainly did! We managed to visit Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds, Flatford Mill, Aldeburgh and Sutton Hoo.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "A great place to stay for a couple for a short break or base to explore the area."

    Good directions, so surprisingly easy to find and everything was easy to operate. Only thing we missed was a teapot (if one was there, we couldn't find it).

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 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.


  • One super-king bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Parking for one car
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, under-counter fridge, slim-line dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot are available on request at time of booking
  • One off-road parking space
  • Sorry, no dogs and no smoking
  • Shop 1 Mile, pub 1 mile
  • Note: The property owners who live on site have dogs
  • Note: Guests receive some essential provisions upon arrival

The property

The Cart Lodge in Suffolk is a charming rural cart lodge that has been renovated to welcome couples to this gorgeous area of Suffolk.

Couples can spend quality time together in the spacious living/dining spaces.

The well-equipped kitchen is open plan, allowing the designated chef to make meals. Following the preparation and cooking of a meal, guests can assemble around a stylish dining table to mingle and catch up over a bottle of wine.

When it's time for bed, the inviting super-king bed in the bedroom will be calling your name.

Additionally, the chic, fully equipped ensuite offers both a rejuvenating shower and a calming bath. Open-Plan Kitchen/dining sitting area A wonderful place to socialise with friends and family, effectively combining all three rooms in one, with a superb combination of old and new.

The smart contemporary U shaped kitchen has bags of storage for your groceries.

It is equipped with an electric oven and five ring induction hob, dishwasher, under counter fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and toaster.

The dining space offers a beautiful solid wood table with four chairs.

Bedroom This bright and light room offers a stylish space to retreat to at the end of the day.

A sumptuous super-king bed awaits, with bedside tables and lamp.

There is ample built in storage provided, with the addition of a dressing table.

Bathroom A lovely spacious bathroom with tiled floor.

This room offers not only a double walk in shower but also a superb bath.

In addition there is a wash basin and WC.

Outside An electric five-bar gate gives access to a gravel drive with parking for one car at The Cart Lodge.

Guests have a space to enjoy dining alfresco.

Kettlebaston is surrounded by walks to enjoy and is only three miles from one of the UKs best known medieval wool towns, Lavenham. The Cart Lodge is a great base for getting out and about and exploring the local area with the quaint village of Kettlebaston right on the doorstep and a short drive away towns such as Bildeston, Lavenham and a little further afield, Ipswich are all well worth a visit.

Under an hour’s drive away are the sandy beaches of Frinton, Walton and Felixstowe, so why not pack a picnic and make a day of it?

For a taste of history, take a trip to Helmingham Hall and Open Gardens and Melford Hall or for a day out for the whole family, try Castle Country Park and Easton Farm Park.

For a family holiday to remember pay a visit to The Cart Lodge.

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

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas