Cosy and romantic Suffolk cottage, 15th Century Grade 2 listed and dog friendly

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4 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
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Overview of Cosy and romantic Suffolk cottage, 15th Century Grade 2 listed and dog friendly

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Cosy and romantic Suffolk cottage, 15th Century Grade 2 listed and dog friendly

4.8/5 Exceptional

Entire cottage

4 bedrooms3 bathroomsSleeps 6

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Outdoor space
  • Barbecue grill
  • Fireplace

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
Sudbury, ENG

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationLong Melford Heritage Centre6 min drive
  • Popular LocationMelford Hall6 min drive
  • Popular LocationHoly Trinity Church7 min drive
  • AirportLondon (STN-Stansted)53 min drive

Space details

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    Combined shower/bath
Bathroom 3
    No shower or bath

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Cosy and romantic Suffolk cottage, 15th Century Grade 2 listed and dog friendly

Family-friendly cottage in Sudbury with sauna
Oakleys is a 15th century grade II listed oak framed cottage built around 1485, and is actually half of a medieval Hall House. It is cosy, romantic and full of historic atmosphere and character. Modern luxury in a classic period setting with free wifi, comfortable beds with high quality linen and we are dog friendly too. Oakleys also has a private sauna house with walk in shower installed in the old wash house in the garden, if this is appealing contact us to book when you make your reservation for Oakleys and we will provide fluffy robes and extra towels for a truly spa like experience.

Hall Houses were so called as they had a centre hall which had an open fire for warmth and cooking in the centre of the room on the compacted earth floor. Originally there was no chimney, it was added together with the inglenook fireplace probably in the 16th century. The smoke from the fire would rise up and exit through the roof and Oakleys roof timbers are still blackened from the soot of those fires. The carved oak joists in the living room were also added in the 16th century and it has been suggested that such carvings would indicate the owner was reasonably wealthy, possibly a wool merchant.
You can see the original taper burns on the right hand side of the beam over the fireplace, which are thought to be charred marks from candles or rush-light tapers used to see when cooking over the fire. Some have even suggested that these are of ritualistic origin or to ward away evil spirits.
In 2001 we built the kitchen and garden room extension, installing a new central heating system with underfloor heating to the dining room, garden room and kitchen, creating a luxurious and spacious property, resulting in five star luxury in a historic setting.

The Village
Oakleys is set in the heart of the quiet rural hamlet of Foxearth, which has a beautiful church and is the centre of many country walks surrounded by open farmland and woodlands, many of which are ancient pathways of old. Foxearth is a short drive away from the villages of Pentlow, Long Melford and Clare where there are many good country pubs and restaurants. The Pinkuahs Arms in Pentlow is within walking distance on a sunny evening, being around one and a half miles either by footpaths across the fields or by country lanes.

The Cottage
From the road in the village there is a pretty front garden with a large log store and parking for 2 cars. You enter the house through a small hall and into an atmospheric dining room with lots of ancient oak beams and some original wattle and daub walls. There is a large oak dining table and dresser which houses the white bone china crockery, cutlery and place mats. This room also has a cosy reading snug area built in around the front window and a sound system with speakers that are connected through to the kitchen so the cook gets to enjoy the music too.
The flooring throughout the ground floor is Tudor brick, with underfloor heating to all ground floor rooms except the sitting room where there are radiators and the wood burning stove.

Off the dining room are both the kitchen and the large sitting room.

The kitchen is large and very well equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, massive Maytag American fridge freezer, double induction hob over twin ovens, good preparation work top, a pretty ceramic sink, plenty of useful cupboard space, and lots of light through the windows looking out onto the rear garden.

The sitting room has a lovely ancient moulded beam ceiling and a large Inglenook fireplace which houses the wood burner. There are three comfortable sofas and a large bookcases with a collection of reference books and games. There is a large Freeview HDTV discreetly hidden inside a pretty custom made oak cabinet with dvd player and a hifi system with iPod connectivity on the bookcase.

The garden room is off the sitting room, an ideal spot for relaxing with a coffee and a good book or watching the many birds that visit the garden. It has fitted pine pews where everyone can sit and chat and a large coffee table.
There is a retractable clothes line in the garden for drying clothes and folding airers in the main bedroom wardrobe if the weather is wet. Stand them in the garden room and the under floor heating dries your clothes in no time at all.
There is a small hallway leading back to the garden room, downstairs loo, the garden and up the staircase onto a large landing.

There is a sauna house installed in the old wash house in the garden which you can book with us for an extra charge of £70 to cover energy, laundry and housekeeping.


On the landing is one of the built in Breton beds which is 3 foot 6 wide and 6 foot 5 long and can be closed off with heavy curtains and has a TV with built-in DVD, window and shelving.

From the landing is the bathroom, master bedroom, garden bedroom and front bedroom.

The master bedroom has a vaulted pine ceiling with a king size bed and views over the back garden and out to the open countryside. It has ample storage and double built in wardrobes and cupboards.

The garden bedroom has a double bed with original lime plaster walls and oak floorboards, large chimney stack and dormer window which looks out onto the garden. There is a built in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and room for luggage.

The front bedroom also has the original old lath and plaster walls and oak floorboards. The second four foot wide built-in Breton bed (suitable for one adult or 2 small children) gives the room lots of character with steps to make it easy to get up into and again has its own curtains, TV and DVD player and shelving. This bedroom has an oak wardrobe and chaise longue, and looks out over the front garden and onto the village.

The bathroom has a bath, wash basin, loo, large airing cupboard and heated towel rail and a separate large, modern walk in shower.


All of our beds are as comfortable as we can make them with hotel quality linen made from Egyptian cotton and the mattresses are very comfortable. This is a feature that is very important to us as we know from our own experience that a good night’s sleep means you will enjoy your holiday all the more. Towels and bath mats are also provided.

The Garden

The back garden of Oakleys has a large terrace with a table and chairs and outside lighting with space to eat outside comfortably. The walled garden has plenty of shady spots from the fruit trees and shrubs with a further BBQ area with seating under a rose covered pergola. Logs are available during the winter.

Dog Friendly

We are happy to accommodate up to two well trained dogs, we are dog owners ourselves and wouldn’t leave home for long without them. We do ask that dogs are not allowed upstairs as this keeps the bedrooms a dog free zone for all our guests.

We can provide poo bags, dog beds and dog blankets, just ask our housekeeper or help yourselves from the garden shed and cupboard by the front door.


Free wifi available and a landline that accepts incoming calls so you can stay connected.
Mobile phone signal a little erratic
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to patios. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas.

Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and hairdryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

Recreational amenities at the cottage include a sauna.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Sauna


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended

Family friendly

  • High chair
  • Children's games


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Spices
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Ice maker


  • 4 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 3 bathrooms
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Dining room
  • Wood stove


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Music library
  • Video library
  • Books
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital
  • Near outlet shopping
  • Near a zoo
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Kayaking on site
  • Tennis on site
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Cycling nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 6


  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fitness centre access
  • Golf
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Outlet shopping
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Zoo

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Cosy Romantic Suffolk 15th Century Grade 2 Listed dog Friendly
Cosy Romantic Suffolk 15th Century Grade 2 Listed dog Friendly

About this area


Located in Sudbury, this cottage is in a rural area. Long Melford Heritage Centre and Gainsborough's House are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Lavenham Falconry and East Anglian Railway Museum. Travelling with kids? Consider Ickworth House, or check out an event or a game at Milbank Stadium. Windsurfing and sailing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails and horse riding nearby.

What's nearby

  • Long Melford Heritage Centre - 6 min drive
  • Melford Hall - 6 min drive
  • Holy Trinity Church - 7 min drive
  • Gainsborough's House - 8 min drive
  • Kentwell Hall - 11 min drive

Getting around

  • Sudbury Station - 8 min drive
  • London (STN-Stansted) - 53 min drive


  • Nethergate Brewery Shop & Tap House - 4 min drive
  • Gigi's Trattoria - 5 min drive
  • Melford Valley Tandoori - 5 min drive
  • Cock and Bell - 6 min drive
  • The Crown Inn Hotel - 6 min drive

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 62 out of 70 reviews
5 - Excellent 89%
Rating 4 - Good. 6 out of 70 reviews
4 - Good 9%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 70 reviews
3 - Okay 1%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 70 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 70 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%

5/5 Excellent

We really enjoyed our stay at Oakleys. Such a lovely period cottage,full of wonder,and very clean.Everything you could possibly need on hand,and our dogs loved the enclosed walled garden to explore. Great location for our days out.All in all,wonderful,thank you.
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2020

4/5 Good

A great base for cycling and social distancing
We had a great time in a comfortable property with history and charm. The sauna was very welcome at the end of a long days cycling.

1/5 Terrible

A beautiful cottage but filthy! (Unable to up-load the photos)
Renting holiday property; it is expected and accepted that the cutlery and even some of the crockery will need another wash. Not a problem. First impression the cottage looked okay. Then a closer look. The fridge – mould in the door trays, and filth. Not just a dried splash or drips, it was grime from over a long period. Dishwasher – also very grubby. Not just a splash or two but long-term grime. Obviously has not been wiped over for a long time. Ground floor loo – blue cleaner in bowl and pan clean. The loo seat however is blown. The fibres are very absorbent and will soak up any liquid or aerosols. Not at all hygienic. Bed linen – yes, it is a decent quality. Un-ironed other than the top pillow cases – not a problem. BUT the under sheets – the photo doesn’t need words. Note the dried body fluids. The double bed in the second bedroom is tight up against the wall one side so the door can open. The roof rafters mean minding your head whilst climbing over the bed to get in and out. I then decided to sleep in the front bedroom. Duvet cover had what looked like dried blood on it. Swapped it over with the other duvet on the bed on the landing. Mattress tight up against the wall and panelling means the duvet is just plonked over you - okay. Bathroom – walls, skirtings and ceiling have seen action. Not a problem as we don’t eat or sleep on them. Yes, the cottage was filthy. We took photographs which we sent to the owner for her comment. Not as a complaint, just wanted her comment. The response was un-expected. Instead of ‘Oh! We had no idea as we live in Yorkshire and leave it to our house keeper’. The response was ‘Whilst your photos show some cobwebs and spots ….. ‘I hope you can understand why we put extra time in cleaning the bits that guests might touch to keep them safe as well as allowing 72 hours between bookings rather than cleaning all the corners ………..’. (?) It took me less than 10 minutes to go over all the kitchen work tops, the induction hobs, taps etc. with a cloth and kitchen bleach spray. We left the cottage cleaner than when we arrived. Sorry Karen, we gave you the opportunity to respond before posting the review. On a positive side: the rat is very cute. Quite large grey in colour about the size of a very large guinea pig with a long tail. Not a problem. Loved to watch him / her looking around the garden. The gardener keeps a very neat and tidy garden – excellent. Spiders – a part of life and not a problem. Filth is not though.
Stayed 7 nights in Sep 2020

5/5 Excellent

Lovely house full of character
This is a very cosy house with more room than it looks from the outside. The kitchen was well equipped and the beds comfy with high quality bedding. The fireplace was great for chilly evenings. Highly recommended.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2020

5/5 Excellent

Family Break
My wife, Children, inlaws and myself had a fantastic break at this property. It was better than advertised in terms of the property and its uniqueness. Karen the property owner was absolutely fantastic and accommodating for all of our requirements - which some were on the day of arrival - communication was great and nothing was to much bother to ensure our stay was a positive family experience. I would highly recommend and we will certainly be returning.
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2020