“ Holiday cottage in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. „
We only went 50 miles away for our summer holiday but Aldeburgh is lovely (we have stayed here before for a night at The Brudenell hotel) and when we were looking for a cottage to stay in, this one jumped out at us because of it's brilliantly central location and lovely gardens (front and back).
The cottage is situated in a small side road that links the seafront and the high street. It is mid terrace and a traditional cottage with a contemporary feel. Above the door is the sundial that gives the cottage its name, and the door is a stable door (where the top can be opened out as a window) which was very nice for airing the living room!
The room sizes in the property were very good for an old cottage, and the ceilings weren't too low either - with the exception of the dining area, where my husband had to remember to duck each time he walked through (he is 6'5"!)
The main living room had a traditional wood burning fireplace, but it was quite warm whilst we were there so we didn't need to try it out. It looked like it would create a very cosy ambience in the winter though!
The living room decor is quite nautical with cream and blue. There was a large sofa, a matching chair and a wicker chair placed in the bay window recess, as well as a large sturdy wooden coffee table and TV cabinet. The TV was a flatscreen, but there was no DVD player (guide to the property said DVD was integrate, but we couldn't see it so either TV has been changed or we're blind! If I was being critical I'd say that a cream sofa isn't a good idea but that would be my only negative comment on the decor as the property is beautifully decorated with lots of art, including fabulous portraits by a local photographer of the owners family enjoying the beach at Aldeburgh.
The dining area behind the living room is quite small (and has the previously mentioned low ceilings) but has room for a dining table that seats 3.
The kitchen is a long galley style kitchen with a fridge, electric oven with gas hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine so everything you could possibly need is there, along with supplies like washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, washing up powder, kitchen roll etc and lots of crockery and cutlery.
My only gripe with the kitchen was the kettle which had a lot of limescale. I tried to descale it but it was a lost cause so I boiled water in a saucepan on the hob all week instead of using it. I have mentioned this to the letting company so hopefully a new kettle has now been installed.
The main bathroom in the property has been added on at some point as an extension (like in all old cottages where bathrooms weren't built at the time of the house), and is on the ground floor beyond the kitchen which felt strange at first but we quickly became used to. The bathroom has a bath, over bath shower (that was quite powerful), toilet and sink.
The main bedroom is decorated in a very contemporary way - luxurious white Egyptian cotton bedding with a red throw and scatter cushions on the king size bed that tied in with the large artwork above the bed of a poppy. There is no mirror in the bedroom which was a slight annoyance, but lots of space to store clothes in the built in wardrobes and a lovely view of the sea if you looked to the left out of the window! There is also an original fireplace in the room (which is now purely for decorative use).
There is a second bedroom with a single bed with a view overlooking the back garden, as well as a small bathroom comprising toilet and sink.
The outside areas of the property are lovely - at the front there is a small front garden complete with a wooden bench and table for sitting outside people watching, and at the back is a long walled garden with roses and other beautiful flowers and a bench and table to sit at and enjoy the tranquillity.
We really enjoyed our stay at Sundial Cottage - it was a beautiful property where we felt totally at home, and were sad to leave. We can't wait to visit again soon!
NB: We paid just under £600 for a 7 night break in early July 2012.