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2 Hillside Cottages

(Ref. 982521)

Felixstowe, Suffolk, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay here."

    Super clean, reasonably priced and well equipped. The owners couldn’t have been lovelier and were very accommodating. We have rented cottages before in Suffolk and would highly recommend this one (but not too soon because we want to come back!) Thank you Sam and Jac x

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Mar 2024

  • "We arrived to find a lovely little country cottage with views over the field and lots of wild birds aswell as friendly chickens."

    It was warm and welcoming with a well eqipped kitchen and comfortable spacious bedrooms. Matt and Amber were friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. With an interest in bees Matt was happy to show us the beehives too. We hope to visit again, thanks

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Feb 2024

  • "This is a lovely little cottage, very cosy and welcoming."

    The cottage is well equipped, very comfortable king size bed with plenty of storage in the bedroom. The bathroom is roomy with bath and hot shower. The owners are lovely and helpful and there was milk, free range eggs and a sweet treat waiting for us when we arrived. The owners, next door, keep the hens that produce the eggs and also sell vegetables. There is a nice little pub in the village and lots of public walkways. Would definately visit again and would recommend.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a lovely week in this cottage."

    The hosts were excellent. The cottage is so comfortable and cozy. Loved the log burner. Everything was spotlessly clean and the kitchen well equipped. WiFi was good. Double bedroom was great and we slept well. Nice big bathroom. Perfect for the dog and off road parking. For visiting lots of Suffolk the location is very good. We will definitely look to see if this is available if we visit again. And the eggs were great!. Thankyou Matt and Amber.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you need."

    The stairs are very steep. We did get used to them. We all enjoyed the garden, the dog especially. If we were coming again, i would make it earlier in the year. Felixstowe it's self, was shut down for winter. So not much to see there.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 2023

  • "The property was excellent: comfortable, practical, and just as described, and we had a very enjoyable holiday."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful, and their eggs and fresh veg were fantastic. We would happily recommend the property and return for another stay to explore the area further.

    Thankyou so much, we're very lucky to live in such beautiful area!!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2023

  • "I think the writers of the previous review must have stayed in a different cottage as No 2 Hillside is clean, comfortable and in a lovely quiet location but near to Felixstowe and lots of attractions in Suffolk."

    I met the owner Matt who was very welcoming along with his two beautiful friendly labradors. I only saw the dogs in the parking place once and they were fine. The stairs are very steep but easy enough to navigate with the added hand rail. The sofas were perfectly comfortable as were the beds. We made use of the sky TV in the evenings. I liked the canopy over the sunbed in the garden making it easy to be shaded from the sun and we were lucky enough to have the weather to make use of them. The rooster next door didn't wake me up at early at all and I'm a light sleeper. I did hear him during the day but he wasn't loud. I loved the fresh eggs and veg that were available with an honesty box next door. The cottage garden was enclosed so safe for dogs which is important for me. We were lucky with the weather apart from rain on the weekend but that didn't stop us getting out and about. We went to Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Orford, Waldringfield, Rendlesham Forest, Languard Fort and Shingle Street beach. We loved our stay and would love to return.

    Thankyou so much Virginia, we're so pleased you had a pleasant stay you and willow are welcome back anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Virginia5.0Aug 2023

  • "The owner of the property lives in the cottage next door with his family and 2 large dogs."

    The entrance on and off the holiday property is via large yard where the owner keeps bees and has a large shed/outbuilding. The owner used this are on occasion during our stay and was out there with the dogs. You are unable to access the holiday cottage without going via this yard/space. The dogs, one in particular, do come over and bark and growl which made my daughter nervous. The back entrance to the property smelt of damp dog and the freezer, which is housed within this area, had mold all around the opening and lid. We left our food in there and didn't use any of the kitchen appliances beyond the kettle and toaster! The oven was filthy! Every saucepan and frying pan was dirty. On some of them the non stick surface was scratching off and would very easily peel off into your food. There were dirty baking trays in the cupboard which were rotten and unusable. The oven was disgusting, there were more baking trays in there which had clearly been used and just left in there dirty. The sheet on the double bed had black marks on it and the blue sheet on one of the single beds had odd white stains on it, possibly bleach. The 2 large white sofas had both seen better days and became very depressed when sat on. I have left the property with a bad back from using these sofas and am now on strong pain killers. The stairs are very steep and become narrow and take a sharp turn almost half way up. They are less than an average foot width wide at this point making navigating them with a suitcase very difficult. Finally the Cockerel. Every single morning at, or even before 5 am the cockerel would wake you up. Whether you are in the front or the back bedroom you could hear him. So unless you like an early start bring ear plugs! Had we not made bookings to use beach huts and see other attractions and see friends we would have gone home. This was not a pleasant stay. If I had been able to upload pictures on here I would have have!

    A lot of the key points raised here are actually in SYKES description of our property!!! YES, the stairs are steep but it's a very, very old cottage so we have installed a hand rail to help with that issue. YES, our accommodation is nestled within a small holding resulting in noise from livestock, but in a peaceful rural setting. Our cottage is pet friendly and YES we have two beautifully soppy and trained labradors (pin & meg) There is parking opposite the property with access via the front gate (2nd entry point) but for guests security we offer off road parking. As for the cleanliness of our well maintained cottage, it's a shame you didn't adopt your own hygiene policy when vacating the property, resulting in your undue compensation claim being unsuccessful. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth1.3Jul 2023

  • "This is a good location for exploring Suffolk."

    Felixstowe is a gem and is within a ten minute drive. The cottage is very comfortable and the owners are lovely and very helpful. Some of the mugs in the cupboard were badly stained and needed a good scour before we could use them but I suspect this was down to previous holidaymakers. They looked perfectly fine in the cupboard at first glance. One or two plates hadn’t been washed up properly either but again, stacked in the cupboard nothing was amiss. The stairs bend sharply at the top end and are very narrow so could be a challenge for some. Getting luggage upstairs is a bit tricky but manageable. Just something to be aware of. The cottage is very old so will have challenges but so worth it for a great stay. Our thanks to Matt and Amber for making us so welcome. Lovely welcome gift too and milk in the fridge.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cosy cottage."

    Well equipped with all you need. Nice garden which is safely enclosed for the dog. The owners are friendly and helpful. Would thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay again at the cottage."

    Enjoyed the walks in the village. The woodpecker visiting the bird table and the rabbits and foxes in the field over the road. Lovely eggs from the owners next door. Well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful stay."

    Couldn’t be better. Nothing to much trouble for hosts. Warm and cosy. Great location. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jan 2023

  • "A lovely oozy cottage and the hosts were very helpful."

    There is an enclosed garden for the dog which was great. The cottage was very clean and well equipped. We will definitely be returning next year

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had you let us know major building works was going on we would have cancelled"

    Apologies as we were unaware our neighbour was having some work done on their property during your stay, this was completed shortly after and is no longer as issue. We hope that you enjoyed your stay despite the works. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashley2.2Sep 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay: spotlessly clean and well equipped; we particularly liked the secure garden for our dog and being able to buy fresh produce from next door."

    Reviewed by Sharron4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Was nice to have a large secured garden for the dog and a 5 year old.Nice and close to Felixstowe. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Marea3.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable."

    The views are lovely over fields, lots of wildlife, even the woodpecker came to the nut feeder. Also had Sky TV and Netflix, wifi was useful. Would recommend this cottage and we would book again. Linda, Martyn and Jon.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a rural area."

    The cottage is just as shown in the pictures Spotlessly clean and very comfortable. It was great to arrive and find Milk in the fridge and a pack of tasty biscuits along with Tea,Coffee and Sugar ready for that much needed cuppa on arrival, plus half a dozen fresh eggs from the owners chickens which you can hear and see. The garden is ideal for the dog and totally secure. Felixstowe is the nearest town and is both a busy port and a lovely seaside resort, which all along the promenade from the Fort to the Deben Estuary was well maintained plus offered free parking in most areas. The cottage is ideally situated for exploring this part of Suffolk.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2022

  • "A good location, and the owners were very friendly"

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely peaceful place to stay."

    Everything we needed. Thank you for making us so welcome

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful countryside cottage!"

    We really enjoyed our time there despite of crazy weather. Clean and tidy and you've got everything you need. Nice outside area, very private. Especially we enjoyed a fireplace which kept us warm during the storm. Very good location if you wish to have a quiet vacation but at the same time close to all amenities. Thank you to owners for delicious eggs left upon our arrival. Definitely would recommend the place!!! Jana and Gaida

    Reviewed by Jana5.0Feb 2022

  • "A very clean and well equipped cottage located about half a mile from a small village with a nice pub, however only a very short drive from Felixstowe and Ipswich."

    Well suited to a couple staying but has a spare bedroom with two spare beds and a cosy log burner. Private parking area is good and it's very well placed for touring the area, coast and villages. We never met the owner who lives next door but a lot of thought has obviously gone into the entire set up to make it a very pleasant place to stay. The description on the web site is very accurate, in particular describing the steep staircase and dining table for two, no issues for my wife and I but worth noting if you have mobility issues ect. Would certainly recommend after a very enjoyable stay in late November.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Sykes itself was somewhat disappointing, as I was awaiting a reminder email to which I have come to expect from other sites, and for the holiday to automatically be put on my calendar, instead of needing to do it manually."

    As I've had some full on stress and calendar lately, I had thought my holiday started 3 days later than it actually did, yes it is absolutely my own fault, however a reminder email would have perhaps rectified my mistake as I was looking out for it. That's my only negative remarks. The holiday cottage was absolutely fabulous!! The owners are wonderful, friendly and helpful in giving insite to the area walls and some history too

    Reviewed by Kristina5.0Nov 2021

  • "My feedback is for Sykes."

    About Sykes. I totally missed the fact that you charge a management fee so only saw/realised at point of payment. You need to better state it and be up front about how much - not at point of payment or in the contract in the small print. You make it sound as the contract is with you but it is actually with the owner and you wash your hands of all in the contract. It's very confusing. So many emails sent out - why? Repeat emails. I will never to do business via you again.

    Reviewed by Arti3.8Aug 2021

  • "We loved our stay."

    It's a very lovely house that's finished to a high standard. It was sparkling clean and very comfortable, especially the beds. The log burner was a great feature that kept my daughter entertained. There was everything we could have wanted in the house and more, including a couple of bikes in the shed. A view of the chickens next door and the farm shop with an abundance of delicious eggs was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Ros5.0Apr 2021

  • "Completely exceeded our expectations!"

    We loved spending every minuet is this holiday home. We loved that they had left us fresh eggs from there chickens and milk and tea bags so we could have a cupper when we arrived. They own a lovely little shop so we was able to buy fresh eggs for the rest of the stay. My favorite things about the cottage was the log burner, we spent every night with the TV off in front of the fire reading. personally I couldn't fault this property at all! hope to come back one day!

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2020

  • "This is a lovely comfortable cottage, it is especially Cosy with the log burner too."

    Very friendly owners who can’t do enough to help you. 5 stars from us.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Dec 2020

  • "Very comfortable and cosy."

    Clean throughout. Log burner was a great addition.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2020

  • "A cosy cottage and easy access to main roads for local amenities plus some lovely walks around the village area."

    ” A real home-from-home and lovely owners next door.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Oct 2020

  • "It was a very comfortable and very clean cottage and well equipped."

    Located in a quiet location and easy to get around to visit the coast and other places. Plenty of private area outside the cottage to relax and enjoy your time. Main shopping (Tesco, M&S, Aldi) are only a short drive away from the cottage. Friendly owners are next door if you need them. Would love to visit and stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Sep 2020

  • "I would not recommend the cottage for anybody unsteady on their feet as the staircase is narrow with a sharp bend."

    otherwise excellent.; clean and well stocked

    We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at 2 Hillside Cottage. We do appreciate the stairs in the cottage are quite steep and narrow which may cause some discomfort to people with mobility issues. Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Sep 2020

  • "The owners (who live next door) are really helpful."

    The cottage is great with everything you need. Comfy and homely. Situated close to loads of things so not to much travel to go places.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage and close to amenities by car and lovely walks around."

    A real home-from-home and lovely owners next door.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a very smooth transaction."

    Property was lovely and just as described.

    Reviewed by Jim4.7Jul 2020

  • "It's handy having owners next door in case you need some help."

    Would definately recommend.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Feb 2020

  • "This holiday cottage is amazing, the peace and quiet is great but you are not isolated."

    If you like walking and watching birds this is the place for you , plus it’s dog friendly and completely fenced in no worries letting the dog out , Only 10 minutes to drive to Felixstowe 15 minutes to Ipswich great location to see east anglia There are some great local pubs that serve great food . The cottage itself is very clean , beds very comfy even the pillows are good , overall a place that makes you feel like home from home , the owners live next door and make you feel so welcome top marks from me a truly great holiday let, . Also on chilly days there is a great wood burning stove If I could make a comment that I think should be added to your web site is that there is a lovely fishing lake a 10 minute walk away which is a day ticket lake for which I would have used if I had known it was there Garry and Sandra

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Jan 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything that you would need."

    Very clean and well decorated. The owner, who live next door were very helpful, their eggs were delicious. The only point we would mention is that the stairs to the 1st floor bedrooms are very steep and may prove to be difficult for older people to use. Apart from that it was a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Oct 2019

  • "Situated on the edge of a lovely village in a beautiful setting found the stairs a little steep but apart from that everything was perfect,thank you."

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Sep 2019

  • "This cottage made a great base for us to explore Suffolk."

    The interior had been recently renovated and decorated to a high standard and it was comfortable and clean. Brilliant that you could buy home grown produce and fresh eggs from the owners who lived next door. We had a really enjoyable two week stay and may return next year.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2019

  • "A real home from home."

    The cottage is immaculate, beautifully done out and you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door. Nice comfy sofas, a fully equipped kitchen, lovely modern bathroom with a fabulous shower and comfortable bedrooms. There is everything you need to enjoy your stay. The outside space is an added bonus perfect for sitting and relaxing in the sunshine and being secure it's perfect for your furry friend to roam about. The only minor niggle was the wifi. Whilst fine for social media and browsing the signal is not strong enough for downloading files. That said it did give me the perfect excuse not to do any work whilst I was away!

    Reviewed by Amy4.7Aug 2019

  • "We were made to feel very welcome by the owner."

    Also lovely to see so many different varieties of birds and wild life surrounding the cottage.

    Reviewed by June4.7Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage Fully equipped with everything that u need Nice setting Would go again"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was such a good base."

    Loads of things to do within a short distance, and plenty of places to eat. Just perfect for a relaxed break in very nice surroundings. The cottage had everything provided that you could possibly want.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jun 2019

  • "This is a lovely, snug cottage set in very beautiful and tranquil surroundings with lots of domestic and wild life nearby ."

    The perfect antidote to stress. This was the first time we have used Sykes and we were very impressed by the help they and the owners gave us. We would love to return before long.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front, enclosed garden with lawn
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 0.6 miles
  • Note: The dining table only caters for two guests
  • Due to the steep, narrow staircase in the property, this cottage may not be suitable for people with mobility issues., however, a handrail has been added to the staircase
  • Please note: the smallholding houses some cockerels and the owners have 2 friendly labradors

The property

Felixstowe 5 miles.

Nestled within the owners' smallholding, where they run a little shop selling eggs and home-grown vegetables, is 2 Hillside Cottages, boasting a lovely position on the outskirts of Felixstowe.

Enveloped by some fantastic walking and cycling routes, with a fishing lake nearby and a plethora of amenities awaiting at the surrounding hamlets and villages, choose this base for your next well-earned holiday in Suffolk.

Kick off your walking boots on the shoe rack in the vestibule and get ready to fully relax within the light and bright living room elevated by exposed wooden features and a toasty woodburner, which adds warmth to a cosy night in.

You can rustle up a tasty meal in the well-appointed kitchen or head out to one of the local pubs or restaurants for a bite to eat.

Upstairs, the king-size double bedroom overlooks the front garden and occupies a zip/link bed, ideal for flexible sleeping arrangements.

You can enjoy a quiet read before bed with the bedside table lamps to assist you and there is also plenty of storage space, while the twin bedroom is perfect for the kids.

Run yourself a bath in the contemporary-style bathroom after a long walk beside the sea, or wake up to a long shower before heading out to explore the local area.

To the exterior is a front enclosed garden, where you can relax with a drink at the end of a summer evening.

Head to the coast down at Felixstowe and discover a wealth of attractions, including the Felixstowe Museum, Landguard Point and the beautiful Edwardian architecture.

You also have the popular speedway track at Foxhall Stadium near Ipswich, while the small village of Waldringfield offers traditional pubs and lovely walks along the River Deben.

A wonderful getaway in East Anglia.

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About the location


Ipswich 14 miles; Colchester 29 miles

Nestled between the rivers Orwell and Deben, this charming seaside town on the Suffolk coast, offers a wonderful mix of attractions and activities to suit all ages and interests. Steeped in history, this town dates back to before the Norman conquest of England, and its interesting heritage can be discovered at Felixstowe Museum, right on the tip of its sunny port, at Landguard Point. Don't miss a visit to Landguard Fort while in the area, where you can discover the rich military and maritime heritage by exploring the maze of rooms and passageways inside. This vibrant town also invites you to stroll along the seafront, taking in the fine Edwardian architecture; head to the thrilling children’s rides at Manning’s Amusements and Ocean Boulevard, and even hop on the little foot ferry for a trip to Bawdsey. This lovely, coastal village boasts a fascinating past, set on the beautiful Deben Peninsula, with Bawdsey RADAR and Bawdsey Manor to visit. Ipswich can be reached by car or train, and offers a selection of restaurants and bars overlooking the marina at the dock. This is one of England's oldest towns boasting the youngest Grade I listed building, which is located in the centre. Explore the beautiful landscapes within Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), rich with wildlife, this region is home to saltmarsh plants, wetland and coastal birds and a wide variety of mammals. Take a long walk beside the sea, a brisk stroll before lunch and cycling along quiet lanes. Those keen to try watersports, there is canoeing, rowing and windsurfing, among many other outdoor pursuits, as well as kitesurfing. A wonderful region to visit, all-year-round!