The Old Pottery

+44 (0)1449 740 960

Private annexe to timber-framed house in 10 acres of gorgeous countryside with river frontage: warm and inviting, wonky beams, huge comfort


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

There’s the welcoming crunch of gravel as you arrive at this timber framed Suffolk farmhouse, its traditional terracotta plaster work as rich in colour as the old garden walls (hiding the ten acres of land you are free to roam!). You have an annexe, separated from the main house by ancient thick walls and with its own private entrance. Inside feels warm and inviting: tapestry-style curtains frame mullioned windows, and the open-plan downstairs comes with big comfy sofas, beech worktops and a heated white-brick floor – handmade by local craftsmen. In the bedrooms are wonky wooden beams (mind your head), antique furniture, white cotton sheets, and splashes of deep reds and oranges in rugs and throws. Gaze out across wheat fields and meadows teeming with flora and fauna to the river Brett meandering through. Borrow a boat, go fishing, pop into the 11th-century church… or explore Suffolk’s medieval villages and all those heritage sites. Return to the good village pub, or an evening under the stars, on one of two private patios. Peaceful, lovely… a special place.


  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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


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

The Old Pottery is the perfect cottage in a perfect village. The cottage is very clean, cosy and with all the little touches that make for a superior holiday rental; comfy beds, beautiful linen, a welcome basket of goodies and an ice tray for white wine spritzers! There is a super outside terrace and lots of country walks. The village is very peaceful but super close to Lavenham and Kersey and lots of other typically Suffolk small towns and villages with lots to see and do. We tried some of the excellent pub/restaurants in the area and had a really fantastic week, thank you Sarah.

Janet, Frinton on Sea

The Old Pottery is a wonderful place to stay in a beautiful, peaceful village. Excellently equipped with lovely private garden which we used often to dine outside having cooked using the provided BBQ. The accommodation itself is extremely characterful and we couldn't have wished for a more perfect stay. Would highly recommend!

Mark, Coventry

This is the most delightful cottage with very high standards of comfort, the Old Pottery itself is extremely unique in history, and a wonderful place to relax, and unwind. Many local villages of great interest to explore.


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The neighbourhood

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.