There is off-road parking for one car on Castle Hill, next to the kitchen door. The kitchen and utility rooms lead through to a wonderfully light and restful Garden Room with double doors to the patio style garden, and the dining room with an inglenook fireplace on the other side. The large living room also has a wood burner and leads through to the study and wet room beyond.
Keep Cottage was originally two terraced cottages and retains the two staircases which gives guests a beautiful beamed double with vaulted ceiling and feature chimney breast and pretty single with bathroom to one side and a second large room with king-size bed at the other side of the house, with a wet room nearby on the ground floor.
Orford castle can be seen from patio style garden, surrounded by shrubs and plants with a small grassed area - a great place for guests to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. There's an off-road parking space for one car next to the house with an adjacent space for guests staying at the neighbouring holiday property.
The door from the driveway opens into the utility room with bags of room to dump sandy beachwear or muddy boots and a washing machine and dryer close by! The kitchen is off to the right and a doorway straight ahead goes to the conservatory.
With original brick floor, beams, oak work surfaces and windows overlooking Castle Hill and the driveway, you’ll enjoy catering for family and friends in this kitchen with its Italian electric oven with five gas rings, integrated freezer and slimline dishwasher, a Bosch fridge and a microwave at eye level. A handsome wooden cabinet houses crockery and glassware and there are vegetable drawers and a large cupboard for your groceries.
A small passage leads conveniently from the kitchen to the dining room which also opens into the Garden Room, making it a very light room. A key feature is the Inglenook fireplace with wood burner and the room is furnished with a beautiful limed oak table, and six contemporary chairs and a couple of vintage Danish armchairs by the fire.
Opening from the dining room as well as from the utility room, with double doors to patio and garden, this is a wonderful place to relax; furnished with a John Sankey Chair and an easy chair. Stairs rise from the conservatory to the south wing of this holiday cottage.
Socialise with family and friends in this lovely large living room with brick floor and huge rug giving it warmth as well as a wood burner on one wall and a flat-screen TV. A comfy tartan armchair with footstool, an extra-large leather sofa and an easy chair are all conducive to relaxation.
The original front door to this side of Keep Cottage opens from the living room directly to Castle Hill. Painted wooden steps lead to the double room and a door opens to the study with the wet room beyond.
A handy place for guests who need to do a spot of work. Furnished with a vintage oak table, a comfy, and functional office chair the room has a double door leading to the garden and a door to the wet room.
This room is accessed through the living room and study, not far from the double room at this side of the house. There is a WC, heated towel rail, washbasin and shower.
Two cottages have been combined to form this unique holiday cottage which retains the original two steep staircases. Wooden stairs rise from the conservatory to a small landing with door on the right to the family bathroom and opening on left with step down to a double and the single bedroom. A second staircase rises from the living room to another large double bedroom.
Full of character with sloping ceilings, beams, and wooden floor, there’s an unusual claw foot reclining bath, washbasin, WC, storage cupboards and window overlooking the garden giving natural light.
Accessed off a small landing with bookcase, double doors open to this pretty room with sloping ceiling, beams, and brick wall. Windows overlook Castle Street and the drive with garden and sea beyond. There’s a single bed - with a ‘spare’ bed underneath where you can make the bed a double or two singles and a small alcove with hanging space.
King Size Bedroom
A beautiful double aspect room with feature brick chimney breast, sloping ceilings, and original beams. The room’s carpeted and furnished with a king-size sleigh bed and a chest of drawers.
The stairs from the dining room ascend to the small landing which leads to this lovely room with no door between.
At the other side of the house, wooden stairs rise directly from the living room into this large double aspect room with original beams and a view of the castle to the south. The room’s carpeted and furnished with a king size bed, bedside tables and a chest of drawers.
This unique end of terrace holiday cottage has a charming south facing patio surrounded by plants and shrubs and, with BBQ, table and chairs, you’re sure to enjoy the company of your friends and family in these beautiful surroundings neighbouring the historic Orford castle.
All prices include 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity, plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.
This quintessentially end of terrace self-catering holiday cottage is equipped with gas central heating and appliances include a TV with FreeSat HD+, Blue Ray DVD/CD player, DAV/Internet/FM radio and iPod docking station. The kitchen/utility room is well equipped with a Bosch fridge, under counter freezer, slimline dishwasher, microwave at eye level, electric oven with five ring gas hob, Miele washing machine and dryer.
A travel cot and high chair are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.
If you've stayed at Keep Cottage before 2017 please note that the side garden plus one parking space is now allocated to guests using the adjacent holiday property however you can still enjoy the private patio garden and pretty grassed garden next to Orford castle, accessed from the dining room and along the side of the cottage.
This unique holiday cottage is in a wonderful position just minutes from the ‘English Heritage’ Norman castle historic and equidistant between the town square and the quay so you can choose to walk towards or away from civilisation.
The village has a fantastic choice of places to eat and drink, including The Trinity at the Crown and Castle, the Kings Head pub, the Butley Oysterage, the Jolly Sailor and a café by the quay with lovely views over the river. If you are eating in, good food can be purchased in the village from an award-winning butchers, Richardson’s Smokery, the Pump Street bakery, Pinneys and also the Village Stores.
Orford is on the River Ore and boasts a working river quay that serves sailors, fishermen and sightseers. Across the river is the National Trust’s Orford Ness, the site of mysterious research projects in the 1950’s and 60’s but now a nature reserve, Havergate Island, managed by the RSPB and river trips to visit it can be booked from Orford Quay.
There is additional parking at the Castle for £2 per day.
Please note that there is no door between the living room and double bedroom at the east side of the house, or between the conservatory and double room to the west of the cottage.
Keep Cottage was originally two cottages built around 1550. There are uneven floors, wonky walls and beautiful beams throughout the house which restrict the height in some places. The stairs are wooden and quite steep so may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility.
Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers.
Once you have filled out the online booking form, you will be given the option to pay by credit or debit card, or by BACs transfer. A 25% deposit is requested at the time of your booking to secure your booking. The balance and a returnable good housekeeping deposit are due six weeks before your holiday commences. Please click here to see our full terms and conditions of booking http://www.bestofsuffolk.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/