Holiday Cottage, Eastbridge - Minsmere & Meadow Cottages
If you are looking for the perfect holiday cottage near Minsmere, then these two delightful properties are in the perfect location. Built in the early 1800s, they have been sympathetically restored, and each offers comfortable, stylish accommodation for four, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The views from each cottage, across the water meadows towards Minsmere, are truly stunning – and as one guest told us 'you don't really need to go anywhere; the wildlife comes to you'!
The adjoining cottages lie roughly midway between Southwold and Aldeburgh, within the Suffolk Sandlings area, and can be let together to accommodate up to 8 people. Minsmere, the flagship reserve of the RSPB, is an easy walk away, while another pleasant 30 minute stroll takes you to the beautiful Suffolk coast. The cottages are ideally situated for exploring both the Suffolk coast and countryside, with a host of interesting towns, villages, beaches and other attractions within easy reach.
Meadow and Minsmere Cottage have been carefully restored to give you the best of both worlds; they retain lots of character, with original beams, fireplaces, sloping eaves etc, while offering up-to-date comfort, with a wet room downstairs and bathroom upstairs, and a spacious well equipped kitchen diner (with amazing views through the french doors to the large garden and beyond). There is full central heating throughout, wireless internet access, and freesat TV. Hot water, electricity, central heating and logs are all included in the rental price. Both cottages sleep 4, with a good size double bedroom and a smaller twin room upstairs, plus a bathroom with bath, basin and loo. Downstairs comprises a large well-equipped kitchen with a dining table and chairs and french doors onto the patio and garden, a smaller cosy sitting room with a logburning fire, plus a large wet room with shower, loo and basin.
From the back of the cottages there are beautiful view over the garden and across the water meadows to the Minsmere river and beyond. Each garden is large and completely secure, and has a patio with tables and chairs, and a shed containing barbeque, garden umbrella, logs etc. (The shed can be locked if you bring bicycles and want to keep them secure.) You can enjoy an abundance of wildlife from the garden. The barn owl box in Minsmere cottage has fledged two broods of barn owls so far, and if you are lucky you might see them being ringed by the Suffolk Barn Owl Trust. Marsh harriers and deer are also regularly seen, and each cottage has a bird table to encourage a wide variety of garden birds. The front garden of each cottage has parking for two cars, and opens on to a very quiet lane in the village. The well-known Eel's Foot pub, which serves food every lunch and evening (as well as the famous Adnam's beer) is about three hundred yards away.
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Barn Owls July 2022
Barn Owls 2022
Unfortunately, this year the barn owl box has been taken over by jackdaws. Barn owls have occupied the nest for 8 years with the jackdaws living in a separate compartment at the top. Breeding was successful in 7 of those 8 years. Despite a barn owl occupying the nest box this winter, the jackdaws made their move in the spring and they are now sitting on eggs. Hopefully the barn owls will make a comeback next year!
Barn Owls 2021
Barn Owls 2020
The Barn Owls stayed in the nest box throughout winter and produced a clutch of eggs this spring. Unfortunately, the camera got knocked out of position so we couldn't see the eggs or chicks very clearly. At the moment there are two healthy looking chicks in the box, who we hope to see fledging in the next few weeks. If we manage to get any decent photos, we'll post them on the news page and Twitter.