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The Old Custom House

Blythburgh near Wangford, Suffolk (Ref. 1080845)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Tge cottage is very well equipped and lovely with a superb garden, being next to tge very busy A12 ruined the experience for us, too noisy to enjoy tge garden and very noisy in tge bedrooms, tge spiral staircase was not suitable for us being in our 70 and 80’s."

    We loved the area . If you could pick it up and move it it would be perfect!!!

    Reviewed by DeidreJun 2022

  • "The cottage was spacious, clean , comfortable and very well equipped."

    The welcome pack was a lovely surprise. Lots of instructions and general information although info on hot water and heating would be helpful. A lovely garden to enjoy in nice weather . TOCH is well placed for easy access to places of interest and has an excellent pub just accross the road. The free guided tour of the church on a Thursday morning is excellent. Nice to have our own designated parking. We had a lovely week and recommend TOCH highly

    Reviewed by GlynisMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and beautiful garden."

    Everything we could possibly need was provided. We only stayed for two nights this time but hope to return for a longer visit.

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage with all the home comforts you could require."

    There is a very pleasant pub with good food and real ale, just across the road. The cottage is on the edge of a pretty village and we had a great few days here. There is some noise from the road, especially in morning rush hour, but this was not enough to spoil our time here and would definitely not deter us from coming again.

    Reviewed by JudithJan 2022

  • "Excellent accomodation."

    Very well located for wonderful walks and amenities.

    Reviewed by CatherineDec 2021

  • "We have just returned from an amazing week at The Old Custom House (TOCH)."

    We booked the week before Christmas and were delighted to see how wonderful the cottage looked complete with Christmas decorations too. The place was spotlessly clean and the attention to detail at the property was second to none with very eventuality catered for. We appreciated the welcome pack and the notes left around the cottage with instructions etc and leaflets of things to do too. The guest signature book was also a good source of information of places to visit in the surrounding areas. Our personal favourites were a visit to Thorpeness and a walk along the coastal path and beach; Dunwich forest and a short drive to the beach at Dunwich followed by a lovely lunch at The Ship; a walk around the marshes and beach at Walberswick and of course a trip into Southwold. We would also recommend a trip into Halesworth and a sour dough sandwich at The Black Dog Deli. We were also very fortunate with the strangely mild weather for December and took some amazing photographs of our days out (a week was just not long enough). We have already started planning our return trip and look forward to returning to TOCH in the Summer. A big thank you to Pat and Tony for making our stay so special.

    Reviewed by SteveDec 2021

  • "Lovely house, very quirky, comfortable and well equipped with essentials and much more."

    Only negative is this house is on the main A12 road so can be very noisy with traffic however we did let this spoil our time.

    Thankyou for your response that you enjoyed your time at TOCH. We look forward to your probable return Property Owner

    Reviewed by BeccyNov 2021

  • "Home from home, we cant wait to return."

    The property is simply stunning, spotlessly clean with the most comfortable beds, linens and towels I've ever had the luxury to use. Don't worry if you've left something behind at your own home because I can almost guarantee you'll find it here. The garden was beautiful but being a wet October, we didn't really get the benefit of this, and intend to return in the summer months. The owners attention to detail is incredible, thinking of absolutely everything you could possible need during your stay, with tons of things you didn't realise you'd need too! I think its important to mention that all of the ground floor internal doorways are very low with large supporting beams across each one and whilst it adds to the wonderful character of the property and didn't affect our enjoyment of it at all, its not as clearly described in the details. You will need to duck or grouse! My elderly parents managed perfectly well with the internal doorways but struggled with the steep step inside the entry way of the property whilst navigating the low external doorway above the step. The entrance floor bedroom is really beautiful. Also important to mention here that the bathroom for this bedroom is not en-suite (as per the two bedrooms downstairs) but is a simple short walk, off the utility room. The wrought iron spiral staircase is very steep but once downstairs the lower floor bedrooms and bathrooms are beautiful and so very comfortable. Blythburgh and the surrounding areas are fabulous for walkers with lots of mapped routes to take. We enjoyed popping into Halesworth for a morning coffee at The Black Dog Deli, where the staff were so friendly and welcoming offering advice about places to go in the local area, not to mention the best coffee and cake I've ever tasted. The White Hart across the road had lovely roaring fires lit to enjoy a drink in the evenings. Our unanimously favourite restaurant though was The Fox Inn at Darsham (postcode IP17 3QE) 4.6 miles up the road. The whole experience at the Fox from greeting to eating was absolutely outstanding. Friendly welcoming staff and amazing food. October 2021

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return Property Owner

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2021

  • "A beautifully presented spacious property which is perfectly located for trips to the wonderful Suffolk coastal towns, villages and beaches."

    Superbly well equipped and spotlessly clean. A lovely garden too. The close proximity of the property to the road did mean a fair amount of traffic noise at times. Perhaps some additional sound insulation on the windows would help. However, this did not detract from this being a great property to stay in.

    Thankyou Dr Catley for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and would welcome you and your family back again in the future. We are aware of the need for some additional sound insulation and will be dealing with this shortly. The reason we have not done so as yet is we have only recently taken possession of TOCH and needed to get many other things up to standard first. Thankyou again Pat and Tony Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "We had the most amazing stay at TOCH - the reality of the place exceeds the photographs."

    It was so clean and Pat and Tony had everything in the house to make your stay like ‘home from home’. The area has a lot to offer - pub opposite the house ( not noisy ) and great food. The area offers multiple walks all on your doorstep! Blythburgh church at the bottom of the road and well worth a visit - 1100 every Thursday is a free guided tour by someone in the village and really informative! Southwold is less than 10 mins drive away and a beautiful seaside town with lots of beautiful shops. Sutton Hoo abs Dunwich Heath( national trust ) all worth a visit. I would defiantly be coming back again for some R&R - beds so comfortable and a beautiful garden to relax in.

    Many thanks for your comments Joanne, We're glad you enjoyed your stay and would welcome you back again at any time Pat and Tony Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2021

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  • Reverse-level
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x lower-ground-floor king size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x lower-ground-floor king size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor king size
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric Rangemaster, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • TV with Sky and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Travel cot highchair and stairgate
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Garden with lawn, patio, decking and furniture
  • One small dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.1 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The property has a spiral staircase - Due to the age of the property, the ceilings are low and the staircase is steep, please take care

The property

Southwold and Walberswick, Suffolk are 4 miles away from Blythburgh .

Situated in a leafy suburbs of Suffolk in the charming village of Blythburgh is The Old Custom House.

This characterful, reverse-level cottage is ideal...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Southwold 5 miles.

The charming village of Wangford provides home to a delightful church, an excellent general store and two pubs, one of which serves good homemade food. The nearby seaside town of Southwold sits on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and offers a host of attractions, such as a working lighthouse, an award-winning pier, a busy harbour, cliff-top cannons and of course, a lovely beach, as well as a range of shops, good restaurants and pubs. Ramblers will want to explore nearby Walberswick Marshes whilst just a little further afield is Minsmere, one of the country's most famous RSPB nature reserves, offering refuge to a variety of birds for over 50 years and pioneering the use of observation hides and wetland management. So whether it be walking across heath or through woodland, or simply relaxing on the beach, this great location has something for everyone!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas