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Myrtle Cottage Friston, Aldeburgh & surrounding area

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A truly unique and enchanting cottage. In appearance a traditional Suffolk cottage, opening into a cosy, contemporary living room and then into an unexpectedly spacious, modern kitchen/dining area.
With a large, enclosed, terraced garden at the back, Myrtle Cottage’s front garden was conceived by a renowned landscape design firm, thereby continuing the contemporary and distinct feel of the property as a whole.
A perfect mix of period features, contemporary fittings and stylish furniture makes Myrtle Cottage the perfect location for a romantic get-away, for a journey of musical wonderment at Aldeburgh Music or a place to which to bring 2-3 children for a beach and cycling holiday on the Suffolk coast.
It is possible to park up to two cars below Friston’s church or behind the village hall. The cottage is situated 50 yards away, down Church Path, a short walk from the parking area.

Sleeps 2 + 2 | 1 King | 1 Bunk Bed


Bed LinenCentral HeatingClose to pubCombination MicrowaveDishwasherDog FriendlyDownstairs BedroomElectric CookerEnclosed Garden/CourtyardFridge/freezerLog Burner / Open FireTelevisionTowels providedUnderfloor heatingWasher/dryerWiFi


All on one floor, guests will enter the cottage through the living room, with the stylish master bedroom to your right. The master bedroom has a super king-size bed and is adjacent to a compact triple bunk room, with storage space under the bunks. From both the living room and the bunk room there is access into the spacious kitchen/dining area and to the bathroom, with shower, basin and WC.

Children over 5 years of age and a baby in his/her own moses basket are welcome.

Floor plan

Surrounding local area

The Heritage Coastal Towns

A pretty coastal town on the river Alde in Suffolk which enjoys breathtaking views both seawards and following the River Alde inland. Possibly best known for having been the home of composer, Benjamin Britten and as the location of the internationally renowned Aldeburgh Festival. Aldeburgh remains an artistic and literary centre as well as a popular destination for holiday makers and sailors. Famous for many things - good food, great fish & chips, Aldeburgh Music, Maggi Hamblings' Scallop on the Beach being just a few.

Lying within the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Orford is a quiet, pretty village, steeped in history. The village grew in importance in the 12th Century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built. Orford is famous for its local oysters and smokehouses and has two shops selling a wide range of smoked produce. Pop into Pinney's in Orford to pick up some of the finest fresh fish in the county.

Built by a wealthy Scottish barrister in the 1900s, and transformed into a fairytale holiday village, with Peter Pan islands in its man-made lake (the Meare), a 70ft fairytale “house in the clouds” and pretty mock-tudor homes, Thorpeness is everything an English seaside village should be. Boasting a golf course, a tennis club, boating lake, cafes, a great local pub, cycle routes, a beach as well as a number of ice cream shops, Thorpeness is the perfect holiday location.

The internationally renowned Snape Maltings, five miles from Aldeburgh, is one of the world’s leading centres of music. It offers inspiring concerts and festivals throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival in June to the folk, world and jazz of the Snape Proms throughout the month of August. For visitors, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events alongside distinctive, independent shops, cafes, galleries, walks and river trips, all set against a breath-taking expanse of reeds, water and sky.

This charming coastal town lies at the mouth of the River Blyth within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ranked in the top six of beaches by the Sunday Times travel supplement, Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery, famous lighthouse, a maize maze, colourful beach huts, an 800 ft long pier, art galleries, shops and pubs as well as the Blackshore Harborside for fresh fish and the ferry to Walberswick.

One of Suffolk's hidden gems, Walberswick is tucked away across the River Blyth from the much higher profile Southwold. The village is most famous for its crabbing. Try your hand anytime and there are many crabs to be caught and returned to the water. With a lovely sand dune backed beach this is probably one of the best beaches in the area for sandcastles.

Things to do


As well as Orford, mentioned above, there is a magnificent late 12th century castle in Framlingham. This small market town, boasting Ed Sheeran as one of its more famous offspring, is perfect for a stroll and lunch with a Town Trail marking all the primary sites of historic interest.

Leiston Abbey is made up of the mainly 14th-century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons. Among Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features.

Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. At this beautiful estate, with views over the River Deben, walk around the ancient burial mounds, learn about ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and visit the estate’s Edwardian house.


Suffolk has a tremendous coastline, stretching down from Norfolk in the north, through Lowestoft and down to Felixstowe and Shotley in the south, featuring sandy cliffs, dunes, bays and creeks. Covering a stretch of approximately 40 miles, Suffolk boasts several well-managed, award-winning beaches. Possibly best known, due to its sandy beach, multicoloured beach huts and pier is Southwold, which ranked in the top six of the UK’s best beaches in a Sunday Times travel supplement.

Stately Homes

Helmingham Hall’s gardens are perhaps its most spectacular feature, designed and maintained by the award-winning Lady Xa Tollemache, whose family have lived here since the 1480s. The Hall itself is a perfect example of a courtyard manor house; its four sides are surrounded by a moat, and every night Helmingham’s two draw bridges are raised, as they have been since 1510, leaving the hall an island.

You’ll find Somerleyton Hall in the heart of the Suffolk Broads, amongst swathes of parkland peppered with thatched cottages and the occasional windmill. Though its history dates back to the Viking invasion of East Anglia, this opulent hall is largely the work of two great Victorians and it is now one of Britain’s most well-preserved stately homes and gardens.

Kentwell Hall is one of Suffolk’s most unusual stately homes. A moated Tudor mansion full of surprises and a beautifully preserved interior. Explore it and you might stumble across a castle made of yew trees, a galleon, a two-dimensional maze, rare farm animals, and even some real-life Tudors going about their business. A great day out.



There is a coastal path from Thorpeness to Aldeburgh which is easy to navigate and takes you past Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop on the beach.

The walk from Snape Maltings to Iken Church is through one of the prettiest parts of Suffolk, offering superb views along the River Alde.

At Dunwich and Minsmere, within a few minutes’ walk of the beach, are woodland and heath known for its birdlife and natural beauty.


For golfers with handicaps, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness have world-famous courses which must be booked in advance. Aldeburgh also has a 9 hole pay and play course as does Halesworth and Hinton.


Hire a rowing boats or kayak, take a picnic and row out to one of the many Peter-Pan themed islands around the Meare in Thorpeness
Hire a canoe, kayak or paddleboard at Iken and discover creeks and flood waters on the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh.
For a more adrenaline fuelled boating afternoon book either “the seal and windfarm” trip or a “drive of your life” experience aboard the high-speed RIB
Coastal Voyager in Southwold.


There are courts in Aldeburgh town as well as a tennis club in Thorpeness


Beccles Lido is a traditional outdoor, heated swimming pool. Try your hand at the impossible giant inflatable, put up between 1-3 daily in summer! Voted second in the BBC’s “Top 50 Things To Do In Suffolk” in 2014!

Combine a day at the Lido with a trip on the Big Dog Ferry.

Guest reviews

Myrtle cottage was perfect. Clean, comfortable, stylish and beautifully furnished with great attention to detail.The location was excellent, very near to Aldeburgh, yet quietly tucked away behind the village green at Friston. It was really handy to have the green so near to the cottage for the children to play games.Great space inside and out to sit and eat . Wonderful design of outdoor space and a beautiful front garden.

Mrs Beamond, August 2018
1 of 16

We spent the most enjoyable week staying at Myrtle Cottage. It was well equipped, beautifully clean with lovely touches from a welcoming bouquet of flowers, card and bottle of wine to ice cubes in the fridge - it was a hot week ! There was plenty of information about the property, how to use all the appliances and a great selection of DVDs, books and games - we really enjoyed re-visiting the whole series of Sharpe! It was good to know upfront that parking could be tricky and it was but we managed and a lovey chap called Mike who does the garden was really helpful on that front. There was also plenty of information about the local area and it is in such a great position , near the coast and near a Waitrose - who could ask for more on a holiday !

R Whitty, July 2018
2 of 16

We had a great week at Myrtle Cottage, the amazing weather helped. The cottage had everything we needed. Great for a couple or a family with small children. The conservatory area was fantastic with lots of natural light although quite hot in this glorious sunny weather. Location is great as its very peaceful and quiet. Garden's and upper patio are lovely. Local pub was friendly but food was a bit hit and miss. The local area offered great walks, further afield Aldeburgh, Dunwich Beach and Soutwold & Snape Maltings all provided interesting trips out. I would definitely recommend the cottage.

J Swann, July 2018
3 of 16

We had a great week at Myrtle Cottage, the amazing weather helped. The cottage had everything we needed. Great for a couple or a family with small children. The conservatory area was fantastic with lots of natural light although quite hot in this glorious sunny weather. Location is great as its very peaceful and quiet. Garden's and upper patio are lovely. Local pub was friendly but food was a bit hit and miss. The local area offered great walks, further afield Aldeburgh, Dunwich Beach and Soutwold & Snape Maltings all provided interesting trips out. I would definitely recommend the cottage.

J Swann , July 2018
4 of 16

What a beautiful cottage,so well thought out,there was everything we needed,and of such good quality & taste.

C Hillier, June 2018
5 of 16

Very well equipped cottage. Warm and cosy- just as well as we were snowed in for 3 days! Still really enjoyed our stay and will come back again. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs B, Cambridgeshire, February 2018
6 of 16

A beautiful cottage absolutely in love with the kitchen. Loved our stay. Thank you and also to SH so friendly and professional.

M & M, Northamptonshire, February 2018
7 of 16

We've had a lovely stay & as a result are very fond of Myrtle Cottage. We shall recommend it to everyone. I don't want to leave.

L & E, Essex, December 2017
8 of 16

Walked into a warm welcome of flowers, champagne and Christmas festive pieces. Lovely cottage- enjoyed every minute of it. SH thank you. Thank you and a Happy New Year.

C & P, Yorkshire, December 2017
9 of 16

Another lovely stay at Myrtle Cottage. So cosy with the snow falling. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs Bell, November 2017
10 of 16

Thank you very much. A great place to stay. "The Lighthouse" is the best!

Mr & Mrs H, Lincolnshire, November 2017
11 of 16

Thank you for a wonderful weekend getaway. It was beautiful and relaxing. and we really enjoyed your little cottage, especially the kitchen and sunny dining area. Thanks!

The G's, London, October 2017
12 of 16

Beautiful cottage with lovely decor & great selection of kitchen items to make the stay easy & enjoyable. A warm welcome was given by all the locals, especially the pub! Loved the beaches at Dunwich, Aldeburgh & Thorpness. The Dolphin Inn at Thorpness provided a lovely Sunday lunch & pint after a bracing beach walk!

The F Family, Hertfordshire, October 2017
13 of 16

We had a lovely few days thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. Many thanks for the wine, toiletries and flowers really made us feel at home!

T,D,B & M, Essex, September 2017
14 of 16

Unbelievable weather. A fab house well equipped and a great end of holiday stay for us in this beautiful part of Suffolk. We very much hope to return! Thank you!

The W's, Oxford, August 2017
15 of 16

‘A hidden gem. A most enjoyable stay. Thank you.’

E Bottomly from Bourne , June 2017
16 of 16

Welcome hamper included

A complimentary hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.


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