A newly refurbished Edwardian family house, set in 2 acres of grounds overlooking the Hundred River just minutes from Thorpeness and Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast. Arch House combines Edwardian elegance and contemporary comfort and is ideal for anyone who wants to spend time in Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and the Suffolk Coast whilst enjoying space, privacy and peace.
About this Suffolk Cottage Holidays property: Arch House, Aldringham, has been beautifully extended to create a wonderful Big House sleeping up to 12 holidaymakers. The owners have many years of experience in the industry, and have let Old Hall Barn, Darsham through Big House Holidays for over five years. Consequently the refurbishment of Arch House was planned with holidaymaker requirements in mind.
The original house was designed by local architect Cecil Lay, and the attractive Edwardian features have been carefully retained. New features include a very well equipped, state of the art family kitchen with large central island, where guests can enjoy a drink and chat whilst preparing a meal. The property boasts a large and light dining area for long, leisurely dinners and a wonderful ground floor master suite with a really spacious well-equipped en suite.
Feauturing wonderful high ceilings and spacious rooms throughout, Arch House has the advantage of both a large drawing room and a TV/games room, as well as a really large utility room with oodles of storage space.
The Grounds: The house stands well back from the road in a well-timbered secluded setting, extending to over two acres. The drive leads down to a 5 - bar gate which in turn takes one through to a further drive with parking for 5 or more cars. There are formal gardens around the house as well as large south and west facing patios, with garden furniture. Beyond this is a massive lawned area (plenty of space for ball games) with fruit trees, oaks and silver birch. Paths are cut through the wild garden leading down to The River Hundred which flows through to Thorpeness and the sea (2 miles).
Surroundings: Aldringham has a long and fascinating history - it is in fact mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Two thousand years ago the Hundred River, which backs on to the garden of Arch House, would have carried barges at high tide to and from the Roman town of Cogimagus where Knodishall church now stands. Ships anchored in the Haven which is now a charming wildlife rich marsh and water meadow lying between Thorpeness and Aldeburgh. The river was the northern boundary of Queen Aethelfleda's Benefice in the 7th century in Saxon times.
Although Aldringham and Thorpeness are two separate villages it seems that they were treated as one parish after the dissolution of Snape Priory in the 16th century. There is evidence of the name Aldringham-cum-Thorpe being used in 1650. The oldest building in the parish is the Parrot and Punchbowl public house just a couple of minutes walk from Arch House. Long associated with smuggling up to the late 18th century, the pub was used to store contraband before it was moved on to Bromeswell or Ipswich. A country road leads across the ancient heathland, past Thorpeness Golf Course to the village of Thorpeness and the coast, a lovely walk or cycle ride.
Eating and Drinking Out: Close by is the local pub, the Parrot and Punchbowl, and under 2 miles away in Thorpeness you will find the Dolphin Inn. Aldeburgh is full of wonderful eateries and pubs; for family dining, The White Lion Hotel has sea views and a traditional menu, and Prezzo provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for all ages. Aldeburgh Market Cafe serves delicious homemade lunches, and for slightly more formal dining try The Regatta, Brudenell or The Lighthouse. However, no trip to Suffolk could be complete without trying the world-class Aldeburgh fish and chips. There are two great fish and chip shops in Aldeburgh High Street... you may have to queue but it will be well worth the wait.
- Sleeps 12
- 6 Bedrooms
- 5 Bathrooms
- Sorry, no pets allowed
- WiFi available
- Friday changeover
- Open fire/woodburner
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Travel cot
- Hot tub
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- No smoking
- Detached building
- Nearest shop 1.8 miles
- Nearest pub 1.8 miles
- 1.8 miles from the coast
- Ground floor bathroom
- Ground floor bedroom
- The front entrance leads into a very spacious, tiled hall with a lobby for hanging coats and storing shoes. The kitchen, sitting room and stairs to the first floor are all accessed from the hallway
- The grand farmhouse style kitchen has a full range of bespoke fitted units, drawers, baskets and elegant dresser. The central island provides plenty of prep area, incorporating electric oven. There is also a large professional stainless steel oven with hob and extractor unit, double butler sink and American style fridge and freezer with chilled water dispenser. The surfaces are finished in a warm cream granite and the original brick fire place has been restored and fitted with a wood burning stove
- The kitchen has been extended to provide a spacious and light dining area, with views from every side of the dining room. French doors lead to the private sun terrace. A fine, traditional dark oak table with wheel back chairs and matching tall unit create a perfect family dining space
- The utility/boot room is accessed from the kitchen and is equipped with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and stainless steel basin. An external door opens on to the driveway
- The sitting room is accessed from the entrance hall. Traditionally furnished with two large sofas, easy chair, foot stool arranged on a beautiful honey oak floor. The brick fireplace has a wood burning stove and ornamental stag head. French doors open to the private sun terrace
- At the far end of the sitting room, double doors lead to a twin bedded room with a high sloping ceiling, feature red brick wall, exposed beams, double wardrobe with drawers, wooden floor and views through the French doors across acres of private garden
- Off the entrance hall is a family/games room with a quarter size snooker table, selection of board games, flat screen TV, leather sofa, foot stool and two arm chairs and pine table. This room also has French doors with views over the vast private lawns
- An inner hallway leads to the ground floor master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. A light, stylish room with a light oak wooden floor, rattan bed frame, bedside units with lamps and double wardrobe with drawers. Feature arch windows face east towards the entrance and driveway whilst west facing French doors over look the private gardens. The en-suite bathroom is dressed in natural stone, a modern wash-stand with 'his and her' washbasins, mirror, shaving point, heated towel rail. There is both a bath and separate shower enclosure, WC and urinal!
- A shower room with shower, wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail is situated off the hall accessible both to guests staying in the ground floor twin bedroom and for guests returning from a swim or sail
- The stairs are split into two flights, with a turn half way, framed by a white painted gallery banister
- Twin bedroom 1. With two matching wooden bed frames, antique dark wood tallboy, shared bedside cabinet and lamp and west facing views over the gardens
- Twin bedroom 2. With grand, matching, antique paneled bedsteads, bedside tables and lamps, three double built in wardrobes and twin aspect windows
- Double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The room is spacious with a light oak double bedstead, matching bedside cabinets with lamps and a built in wardrobe. The en-suite has a small wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and tiled shower cubicle with a pan head power shower
- Family bathroom. A single step down from the landing is a large family bathroom with classic chequerboard floor, half tiled walls, free standing roll top bath, WC, and large wash basin
- Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. A well appointed luxurious bedroom with king size bed, bedside cabinet, dressing table, wardrobe, wingback chair and three tall sash windows with views over the front lawn and sun terrace. The en-suite bathroom has a pedestal wash basin, WC, shower cubicle with power shower and in the center of the room is a vintage roll top bath with mixer tap
- Arch house is set in 2 acres of open gardens. To the front of the property is a lawned area that extends from the road and parking area back to the house with a paved pathway. On the south side is a large sun terrace with outside furniture, on the north side is a long driveway down to the house with additional parking outside the cart lodge. The rear garden is laid to lawn with post and rail style fencing around most of the perimeter.
- Bed linen and towels are provided but please bring your own beach towels. If using the travel cot, please provide your own bedding for it
- Travel cot and high chair are available on request - guests are asked to bring their own linen for the travel cot
- Heat and light included. Heating source - oil fired central heating with radiators in every room
- Wi fi provided. Internet reception can be patchy and the connection provided should NOT be relied on for work or downloading games or films
- Entertainment - Flat screen TV, Sky freeview, DVD, DAB radio
- Large hot tub, seating 6 - 8 people, on the terrace outside the dining room. Sauna available from end February 2015