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Riverside CottageSyleham, Southwold & surrounding area

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Riverside Cottage is the end terrace of a converted watermill on the banks of the River Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Set in the heart of a conservation area, with river frontage and fishing rights, Riverside Cottage is the perfect holiday location for a secluded, romantic retreat. It also makes an ideal cycling base, situated on National Cycle Network route 30.

It has a private jetty, a four person rowing boat and a small, private island accessed via a wooden bridge. Visitors to the garden include swans, deer, kingfishers, ducks and numerous other bird species. Fish include chubb, pike and perch. The river runs the full length of the garden and along the bank are bulrushes, water iris, lilies and reeds. There is a public house within walking distance, The Old Kings Head with origins dating back to the 14th century and has a bar and restaurant.


BathrobesBed LinenDishwasherDog FreeEnclosed Garden/CourtyardFour Adult BicyclesFridge/freezerLog Burner / Open FireMicrowaveParkingRange cooker with gas hobSkyStereo system for the TVTelevisionTowels providedTumble dryerUnderfloor heatingWashing MachineWiFiBarbecueCD player with attachment for MP3sDVD player


Ground Floor:
Open-plan living space:

With range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and dishwasher.
Dining area
With table and chairs
Sitting room
With wood burning stove, LCD television with Sky and a DVD player, stereo system for the television and CD player with attachment for MP3s.
Utility room
With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Wet room
With shower and WC.

First Floor:
Double bedroom
Wth 5' king-size bed, television and balcony.
Double bedroom
With 4'6 bed.
Single bedroom
With 3' bed.
Spacious Bathroom
With bath, twin wash basins, WC and separate shower. (Bathrobes provided).

Enclosed garden with seating and barbecue overlooking the river.
River frontage with fishing rights. Fishing from the river bank or boat. A rod licence is usually required (please note that between 15th March and 15th June the season is closed for coarse fishing).
Private jetty with a four person rowing boat and a small private island accessed via a wooden bridge.

Additional Information:
Please note that due to the riverside frontage, we can only accept children over 9 years of age and a baby in his/her own moses basket at Riverside Cottage.
Sorry, no stag/hen parties, pets or commercial vehicles.
Underfloor heating.
Four adult bikes available.

Surrounding local area

Made famous by Ed Sheeran, is the perfect town for a stroll, shop and glimpse of history – there’s even a Town Trail marking all the primary sites of historic interest.
Market Hill is the Town’s centre and hosts markets on Saturday and Tuesday offering great local produce together with trinkets and collectibles. There are excellent range of independent shops, cafés, tea shops, pubs and restaurants.

Bury St Edmunds
Is one of Suffolk’s largest and most important market towns, with a richly fascinating heritage and a distinctive visual charm. The town combines medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens.

A quintessential seaside resort, famous for it well maintained, colourful beach huts. Start at the pier, where there are gifts shops and The Boardwalk café, before passing through the old fashioned penny arcade. Outside is the sandy beach on one side and a boating lake for pedalos, a crazy golf course and a small children’s park on the other. View the beach huts as you walk on the promenade towards the town. In the town there are old fashioned sweet shops, gift stores, art galleries and plenty of cafes and pubs as well as butchers, bakers, grocery stores and a cheese shop. There is a passenger ferry (a rowing boat!) to cross to Walberswick. The lighthouse is occasionally open for tours and for beer lovers, the Adnams brewery books tours as well. The brewery has a store and café at the far end of town. Keep walking to see the Water Tower in the midst of an open field overlooking the sea.

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 annual crabbing competition - The British Open Crabbing Championship. The person who caught the single heaviest crab within a period of 90 minutes was declared the winner. The event had to be stopped after 2011 as the village couldn't cope with the influx of visitors. However, there's nothing to stop you trying 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. Either along the beach or through Walberswick’s Nature Reserve you can walk to Dunwich.


Rural walks
Thornham Walks stretch over 12 miles and are open to the public every day, for more information see Thornham Walks

For golfers with handicaps, Diss and Bungay have wonderful courses, but they must be booked in advance.

Highly recommended for an alternative to go-karting.
Flo-ridaz Hovercraft is easy to access from the A140 and there's an excellent deli/café really close by (at the old Chilli Farm) for a drink or lunch, so you can make a day of it.

Guest reviews

Beautiful property, very well maintained, except for the range oven which leaked out a lot of heat when in use, so it was difficult to gauge how long something would take to cook. But that was the only complaint. Welcome pack was great, beds very comfortable, nice linen and towels. Plenty of good quality cutlery, glasses and crockery. Nice phone call from house keeper to see if we had settled in ok. Wonderful garden and boat. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

A Brown, October 2018
1 of 17

Beautiful location and very well designed and comfortable cottage. Everything very well prepared by Hannah the housekeeper including a wonderful hamper with quality local products.

L Prince, August 2018
2 of 17

Special place, just enjoy. Local pubs, plenty of farms to buy produce. This is a real chill out place.

P Evans, May 2018
3 of 17

The cottage was absolutely beautiful, well equipped and a lovely welcome hamper.
The steps down to the decking were quite steep and would have benefited from some hand rails but other than that perfect.

H Smart, May 2018
4 of 17

Beautiful cottage. A home from home, with a delicious hamper to welcome you. Absolutely stunning garden area, and an
Idyllic place for a relaxing break. Several good pubs serving food nearby, together with numerous places to visit. Suggest fFramlinggam castle and Southwold.
Would definitely recommend.

S Beaumont, May 2018
5 of 17

Amazing place, that being the house not the area.

J D Northern, February 2018
6 of 17

Perfect! Really lovely setting. Very comfortable and spotlessly clean.

P Winter, January 2018
7 of 17

Beautiful cottage, really clean and furnished to cover every possible need.

R Threlfall, January 2018
8 of 17

Lovely place to stay, lovely surprises when we arrived for Christmas with a fantastic food hamper and Christmas tree and crackers. Very thoughtful. Amenities were very good and we all enjoyed a relaxing break.

P Sharratt, January 2018
9 of 17

Everything in the cottage worked well and as advertised. The mountain-type bikes and the boat were great. Life jackets for the boat and helmets for the bikes supplied as well as sufficient tools to adjust saddle heights etc. Nice touch.

, October 2017
10 of 17

A lovely cottage in idyllic location.

K Kemplen, August 2017
11 of 17

The cottage was very clean, well stocked and in a beautiful location.

C Parker, August 2017
12 of 17

An idyllic cottage in an idyllic setting everything you could want!

M Way, August 2017
13 of 17

Beautiful location and perfectly equipped cottage.

J Waites, July 2017
14 of 17

A very relaxing retreat. This is a beautiful cottage that makes the most of its wonderful location next to a river. It has its own rowing boat which was great fun. It also had bicycles for guests use and a private island to explore. There was a welcome hamper which was indeed very welcome and the lady we dealt with, Hannah, was friendly and helpful. Perfect!

J Cotterill, June 2017
15 of 17

Lovely cottage enjoyed the holiday.

M Sagar, June 2017
16 of 17

Riverside cottage, Syleham in Suffolk. We had an amazing 3 night stay at this beautiful house. The house was was gorgeous, spotless and had everything you could ask for including bathrobes. However the best thing was the position of the house alongside the river, we spent hours on the decking listening to the birdsong. The welcome hamper was a bonus and the housekeeper kindly called to make sure we had everything we needed. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Emma and Barry, April 2017
17 of 17

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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