The Old Pottery

Lavenham, Suffolk
+44 (0)1449 740 960
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£95 - £150
per night
£475 - £790
per week

A beautifully restored annexe in a picturesque village in the heart of Suffolk. Take a camera - it's seriously picture-perfect around here


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

£95 - £150 per night

£475 - £790 per week

The Experience

This part of Suffolk is dotted with charming villages seemingly lost in time, and Chelsworth is perhaps one of the loveliest. A cluster of timbered and thatched cottages lead to the ancient church and the river Brett and everywhere green, bucolic fields radiate out. Picnic by the river; borrow the rowing boat: there are kingfishers and otters to spot. 

The annexe is separated from the main timber-framed house by ancient thick walls and you get your own private entrance and outside space. Inside it is warm and inviting: the neat open-plan kitchen means you can cook and chat; the bedrooms have wonky wooden beams and delicious views over meadows teeming with flora and fauna. Sarah leaves you honey from her hives and eggs.

It’s five miles to pretty Lavenham and around each corner are more gorgeous medieval villages. The village pub serves good food, The Swan in Lavenham is excellent, the bright lights of Bury are a half hour drive.

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We think you'll love

  • Taking the rowing boat out and soaking up the blissful peace and quiet on the river
  • Exploring all the chocolate box villages nearby
  • Popping to the pub, The Peacock, in the village for supper if you don't feel like cooking
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You should know

  • Bedrooms are upstairs and one has a low beam – mind your head!


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


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


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


Nightly price
from £95
Weekly price
from £475
Damage deposit
1 Annexe for 4
From £953 beds2 bedrooms


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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


The Old Pottery wing of The Grange is a very cosy bolthole full of character with lots of original features. Very well equipped and tastefully furnished an ideal base for our visit to Suffolk. Sarah was very welcoming and gave us some good tips on places of interest to visit locally. We appreciated the welcome pack especially lovely fresh eggs from the two handsome chickens roaming the grounds. Appreciated the Peacock Inn a short walk up the road, has a great ambience and serving excellent food. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Josephine, Hollywood, Birmingham

A really special place to stay in a beautiful part of Suffolk. The Old Pottery is very comfortable and thought and care has gone in to providing very helpful information on the place itself, the village and the many varied places to visit. The nearby farm shop makes self catering a pleasure. We enjoyed walks in the local meadows, walks in Constable country, Sutton Hoo, the coast and the newly extended Gainsborough museum/gallery in Sudbury as well as breakfasting in a little sunny courtyard with the butterflies. All in a relaxing four night stay.

Dorothy, London

This place was absolutely amazing. Sarah has done a fabulous job of taking care of this old, wonderful home. Our stay was comfortable and relaxing each day. The Peacock, 5 min walk from the Old Pottery delivered excellent meals both times we ate there and the service was fantastic. The walks in the surrounding countryside were absolutely idyllic. Sarah was warm, welcoming and so attentive to our requests. I only wish we could have brought our dog, but even so I would recommend to family and friends and absolutely stay there again. Thank you Sarah.

Krista, London

The perfect property for our five-night relaxing break in such a gorgeous part of Suffolk. The house is lovely and cannot be faulted. Wonderfully comfortable, super cozy, perfectly furnished/equipped and just so darned beautiful. Sarah and Marmite were great hosts, the welcome pack was really appreciated ... and the nearby Peacock Inn was an added bonus to an already perfect stay. We really couldn't have asked for more during our much needed break from the humdrum of everyday life, and will definitely be returning.

Helen, London

We spent a restful week at The Old Pottery. The property is fascinating, very quiet and private. Sarah is very helpful and told us all about the local area. There is lots to do and we were out every day, as well as enjoying a superb meal at the village pub. All of this was upstaged by Marmite the friendliest cat we have ever met!

Lis, Norwich

We stayed here for three nights and wished we had booked for longer. The setting is idyllic and The Old Pottery is unique. It is a historical building but with all the home comforts you could wish for. Sarah, the owner, is a delightful lady who made us feel very welcome and provided a starter pack for our breakfast. Her lovely black cat, Marmite, was also very friendly. The beds were comfortable and the courtyard was ideal for relaxing. Two minutes walk away is The Peacock where we had a terrific evening meal. We recommend The Old Pottery unreservedly. We will certainly stay here again.

Bernard, Ongar, Essex

The building maintains all the feel of a medieval house, with no traffic noise to spoil the atmosphere. Most special is that heavily beamed bedroom, with a creaking floorboard, original wooden panelling and wall hangings. Beyond the window, a formal garden. It would be wasted on anybody who didn't insist on going to bed with a candle (though you may have to bring your own).

Peter, Sawday's Inspector

We loved staying in the Old Pottery at the Grange in the charming village of Chelsworth. The cottage was warm and comfortable and beautifully decorated. I had no idea there were so many things to do in the area. Sutton Hoo was definitely a highlight and then fish and chips afterwards at Dunwich, make sure you arrive before it closes at 3pm. Melford Hall is well worth a visit at Long Melford, the church is beautiful and there are very good antique shops. Lavenham, Flatford Mill, there are endless places to visit in the area.

Wendy and Russell, London

We had a much needed break in this cosy characterful annex to The Grange. A change in the weather meant the underfloor heating was most welcome on our return from walks around Southwold and Walberswick. The local pub,The Peacock, served up a delicious welcome supper and a generous Sunday lunch - so lovely to have a pub a stone's throw away. Sarah, our hhost, was so welcoming but also low key, so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Local walks to villages like Bildeston with wonderful big skies were much enjoyed and East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden near Norwich was well worth a visit.

Lorna, Shrewsbury

What a lovely place to stay. They have thought of everything, from the kitchen to the little touches all over the house making the stay feel unique and special. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and sunny. The sitting room has books and plenty of toys for the younger ones. The garden is an absolute delight with fields to one side, the village church near by and peace and quiet in abundance.

Rob, Edinburgh

What a beautiful, magical place. Sarah is an excellent host and the pottery is very well stocked - even local honey available. An excellent farm shop nearby, pretty Suffolk villages, watermeadows, bluebell woods.. and most important for me - my first visit to my parents who live nearby for a very long time. A peaceful home from home. We are going to return!

Sarah, London

A wonderful stay at Sarah's cosy and comfortable cottage. Set within some lovely countryside and we visited some nice towns nearby. The house is more spacious than it looks in the pictures, and in case you're a light sleeper fear not as it's incredibly quiet. We have two young boys and Sarah was really helpful with suggestions of where to go. The kitchen is excellently decked out if you want to cook. All in all a really lovely first trip out of London out of lockdown!

Angela, London

The Old Pottery is a wonderful place to stay. Sarah gave us a very warm welcome and made us feel at home immediately. The welcome pack and flowers, as mentioned in other reviews, was also appreciated. It is comfortable and has all the facilities required to make your stay enjoyable. There is plenty to do as Suffolk is steeped in history which makes visiting the local area, interesting. A trip to the coast is also easily done and you must also visit the local farm shop. Thanks for a lovely stay. Look forward to returning in the future

Patrick, London

Excellent welcome from Sarah with a selection of food goodies including delicious eggs from the resident hens. Very comfortable accommodation where you feel at home from the start. Absolute ten out of ten for everything. Interesting historical building and charming village as well as beautiful countryside with plenty of good pubs and restaurants.

Derek, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Sarah's warm welcome, availability to ensure our stay was a good experience and welcome food supplies were so appreciated. As were as the fresh flowers. A lovely touch. Thank you Sarah. The Old Pottery was so steeped in history, we felt it was a privilege to stay there and experience the atmosphere . Well appointed furnishings and fittings made for a most comfortable stay. A spacious property, well suited for a couple or family of four. A well stocked community shop in Monks Eleigh for supplies and a great pub (The Swan), only 5 mins away by car. Lavenham and lovely countryside so close.

John and Margaret, Napier, New Zealand

The Old Pottery is a gem. we recently stayed for 8 nights and could have stayed even longer in this particularly lovely corner of Suffolk. With a rose covered exterior and a private walled terrace, the cottage welcomes. The inside is attractively decorated, even more appealing than depicted in the photos, comfortable and cozy.The kitchen is very well-equipped. Sarah, the warm and gracious owner, has thought of everything! Of all the cottages we have rented, this is our favorite. Highly recommended.

Tamah, new york

Enjoyed an excellent stay at the Old Pottery which was everything we could want, well-equipped, beautifully peaceful and relaxing. It is well positioned for walking around the pretty villages in the area. Sarah is an excellent host, very helpful and welcoming... on hand if you need anything but leaves you in peace to relax and enjoy yourselves. The Old Pottery reflects the lovely timber buildings of the area, warm, inviting, quirky and comfortable. Many thanks for an excellent stay.

Kate, Bristol

We arrived at the cottage, late on our first evening after our flights. Sarah kindly called one of the local pubs to have them stay open a little later for us. Throughout our stay, Sarah was a welcoming and helpful host. The cottage is beautifully decorated and it is situated in in a delightfully quiet location in Suffolk. It has everything required for a short or longer term stay. The cottage beds are extremely comfortable and the kitchen is very well set up. “The Old Pottery” is a cosy and functional cottage from which to explore a wonderful part of the country.

Judith, Brisbane, Australia

We had a lovely stay at the Old Pottery. Both the cottage and the location are wonderful. We were a bit stressed before we arrived (work!) however we relaxed the instant we arrived and felt at home the second we went through the door. The cottage itself is beautiful. Suffolk does medieval architecture better than anywhere else and the house is part of this tradition with plenty of period details and enough flashes of individuality keep it distinctive. Lavenham, Long Melford and Dedham Vale are all close by and the coast is also an easy drive. We'll be back!

Iain, West Yorkshire

Our fifth visit to the wonderful Old Pottery. It feels always like coming home. The Old Pottery is an old granary, tastefully decorated, well equipped and up to standard. Sarah is a lovely host who gives us always a warm welcome. Chelsworth is a peaceful lovely small hamlet, ideal for walking to little villages like Kersey and Lavenham. Also a perfect hideaway to visit beautiful towns as Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge as well the Suffolk coast. Till the next visit !

Joost, Nederweert, The Netherlands

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The neighbourhood

The Peacock in the village is well-known locally and draws crowds for its food. Lavenham, five miles, is bigger and has a selection of chi-chi boutiques, galleries and places to eat - The Swan and The Great House are both excellent. It's considered Britain’s best preserved medieval town and has over 300 listed buildings and it is often used for film productions. The coast is an hour's drive.

Local points of interest from Chris & Sarah Cullen

  • The Old Pottery is part of a beautiful, historic, 15th century, Grade 2* listed merchants house set in several acres of river meadowland. An ancient church nestles within the grounds. Peaceful and tranquil. A unique place to stay.
  • The unspoiled village of Chelsworth is one of the prettiest in Suffolk with lovely thatched, painted cottages and the meandering River Brett teeming with wildlife. Enjoy fishing or take the boat for a paddle. Look out for kingfishers, otters & watervoles
  • Our local pub, The Peacock, is 50 yards away. You can enjoy local ales and good food in front of a warm log fire or in the pretty walled garden.
  • The unspoiled medieval wool village of Lavenham is just 5 minutes drive away. Timber framed buildings line the streets and market place. Enjoy visiting the magnificent church, galleries, shops and wonky tea houses.
  • Our award-winning farm shop, Hollow Trees, is 3 minutes drive away and sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, local cheeses, cakes, wines, beers and washing powder! We also have 2 very well stocked community shops, each a mile away.
  • We provide you with a delicious welcome pack of local produce including tea, coffee, milk, butter, eggs, bread and orange juice. We also have a travel cot and high chair for guests to use.


Chris & Sarah Cullen

Sarah and Chris lived in the village for years but needed more space as their children got older. When The Grange came up for sale they bought it and the almost derelict Old Pottery. They oversaw a sympathetic, meticulous renovation for guests to enjoy. They are next door should you need them but it feels very private and peaceful here.