Folly Cottage

Halesworth, Suffolk

Hidden away in deepest Suffolk… couples will absolutely love this cottage full of quirk and character, set in gorgeous parkland


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Just getting here feels like an adventure. At the railway track you must telephone for permission to open the gates and let yourself across: it’s all worth it once you discover this enchanting and rustic Gothick cottage, swathed in rose and jasmine and with pretty arched windows. You enter a characterful living room with marbled fireplace, circular dinner table, scattered rugs and arty pictures… no less than five armchairs to flop into and one whole wall jam-packed with books right up to the vaulted ceiling. There’s even a grand piano for an intimate sing-a-long, after a dinner cooked up in a kitchen full of old-fashioned charm and brightened by a dresser bursting with an eclectic collection of china. With everything on the level, you can just roll into your snug south-facing bedroom, centred on a tri-panelled mahogany bed. Early risers will want to make the most of the outdoors and John and Charles – who live nearby in flinty Bramfield Folly – have plenty of suggestions, including the excellent village pub. You’re in a peaceful slice of rolling parkland with a huge natural pond so there’s plenty of space to wander.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Short breaks available
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £320
Short breaks £50 per night
1 Cottage for 2
From £501 bed1 bedroom


We had a lovely 3-day stay in early November. The location is secluded and peaceful, yet the village pub is within walking distance and Southwold a short drive. After a wet and windy day on the coast, it was lovely to return to the warmth and comfort of Folly Cottage, for a relaxing evening surrounded by lots of lovely books and antiques. The cottage is surprisingly spacious but also cosy, with loads of charm and character. We loved the grand piano and the novelty of phoning the railway man to cross the tracks!

Emma, Oxford

We stayed at Bramfield Folly for our honeymoon after getting married on New Year's Eve. It was a perfect place to hibernate in the bleak midwinter: so cosy and an astonishing, uplifting main room packed to the rafters with books. Kitchen well equipped. We loved the quirkiness of calling up the railway man to get permission to cross the tracks! Local pubs do very good food: Queen's Head in Bramfield, The Crown in Westleton and the Ship at Dunwich (fish & chips tasted incredible after a long walk from Southwold!) John was such a kind, gentle host - amazing value - we are v grateful.

Georgina, London

We have just returned from a delightful few days staying in this charming place. Our hosts made us very welcome in this very comfortable, gothic styled cottage, set in the beautiful grounds of their equally beautiful home. It is perfectly situated for exploring the best of Suffolk.


It is very tempting to try and keep this little gem all to ourselves but it would be a pity not to share our good fortune in finding this characterful and atmospheric cottage set in private grounds. We have recently returned from our tenth successive visit and have very fond memories of sitting under the shade of a tree with a good book, cycling along country lanes and walking across the field to the local pub. Yes, it is a relaxing holiday in the country but the delightful Suffolk coast is a short drive away . On returning it is good to cross the railway line back 'home' to Bramfield Folly.


An absolutely charming cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location. When you enter the cottage you feel as if you are stepping back in time. Without doubt this is the most unusual place we have stayed, we loved every minute of it and returned home completely refreshed. The local pub can be reached in 10 minutes via a footpath from the grounds and the beach is a short drive away. Kai our dog loved being able to 'fetch' from the doorstep and we particularly enjoyed sitting by the pond with a glass of wine. Highly recommended - we hope to return this year!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from John Stevenson OBE

  • Visit Sutton Hoo, 255-acre Anglo-Saxon burial site in Woodbridge