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Romney, a holiday cottage in the Stour Valley

Sleeping up to five people, Romney in the lovely village of Cavendish is a beautiful Victorian cottage available as a holiday let through boutique cottage agency The Grove Cottages.

The cosy lounge at Romney, Cavendish, Suffolk

This romantic holiday cottage has all the elements needed for a very special short break in Suffolk: deep sofas, a cosy log fire, a pleasant dining room and sunny kitchen which leads into a pretty, walled garden for al fesco dining on warm summer evenings.

Bedroom in Romney, Cavendish, Suffolk

Upstairs are three bedrooms, the master with its wrought iron bedstead and Victorian pine furniture, a smaller double with a distinct Scandi feel to it (complete with a wooden Dala horse in the window) and a pretty single room with deep red wals and white painted furniture.

Cavendish is a quitessential Suffolk village. It is busy, but peaceful and is surrounded by the lovely countryside of the Stour Valley. There are three good pubs, a few shops and it is not far from Long Melford, which has two historic houses open to the public and a main street full of antiques shops, boutiques art galleries.

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Slightly further on from Long Melford is medieval Lavenham, which is often cited as being one of the best preserved medieval village in the country. It has the fabulous Guildhall of Corpus Christi, which is owned by the National Trust; Little Hall is a fine example of a traditional, 14th century hall house and has a fascinating history; and there are many art galleries and boutiques in the village as well as a traditional (and very good) butcher, baker and grocery store. Weekly guided walks around the village leave from the tourist information centre.

The market town of Sudbury is also not far away. A bustling town with a traditional market on Thursday and Saturday as well as a monthly farmers’ market, Sudbury is the birthplace of painter Thomas Gainsborough and his house is open to the public as a gallery, showing many of his artworks as well as those of other artists.

Gainsborough's House in Sudbury, Suffolk

The town has a theatre, a swimming pool, a good range of shops and restaurants and some lovely walks are close by. Wander through the water meadows or stroll along the Valley Trail which follows the former railway line and will take you along a very pleasant route to Long Melford and on to Lavenham.

 

Clare is the next village along from Cavendish, in the other direction from Long Melford. A pretty village with a country park, castle ruin, old priory, village museum and magnificent church, there is also a small selection of really good independent shops, a couple of art galleries, a huge antiques warehouse and some decent cafes and pubs.

For more information on Romney and to book your holiday in Suffolk, please visit The Grove Cottages website.

 

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Written by Mark



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