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Lock Cottage


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Nayland, Suffolk
Grade 4 Star rating
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Oasis of peace and tranquillity, detached lock keeper’s cottage, with wood burning stove, and views over mill stream.

For a unique holiday experience, Lock Cottage is unbeatable. Surrounded by water and accessed via a footbridge, this delightful, detached lock keeper’s cottage is an oasis of peace and tranquillity, yet is in the heart of the medieval village of Nayland on the Suffolk and Essex border. Built in 1805 with a later extension, the cottage is one of two remaining lock keeper’s cottages from the Stour Navigation which allowed barges to travel from Sudbury to the sea. The setting of the cottage is truly breathtaking with a delightful garden and the River Stour tumbling over a weir, there is plenty of wildlife to see with kingfishers, swans, herons and sometimes an otter on the weir. There is also the opportunity to fish in the lock pool, or venture out in the canoe and rowing boat provided at the property (life jackets provided). With views across the water towards the open countryside of the Dedham Vale AONB, it is hard to believe that just a 55-yard walk along the tow path leads to the village amenities. The surrounding area is a delight to explore, there are many footpaths in the village and golf is available at nearby Stoke-by-Nayland (3 miles). Flatford Mill and Dedham Village, in the heart of Constable Country, are a short drive away whilst keen gardeners may enjoy a visit to Beth Chatto’s Garden. Nearby Colchester, famous for being the oldest town in England, has a castle and museum set in attractive parkland that stretches down to the River Colne, a zoo and an interesting range of shops, restaurants, galleries and pubs. For a day by the sea, guests can choose between the sunshine coast of Essex at Frinton-on-Sea, or the nearby Heritage coastline of Suffolk where the beaches at Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Southwold or Walberswick can be enjoyed. Shop 50 yards, pub 300 yards.

Large living room with open fire, French doors and TV. Sitting room with TV. Dining room with wood-burning stove and tiled floor. Well-equipped, galley-style kitchen. Garden room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, views over weir and fully tiled en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds (can be double bed on request) and views over mill stream. Single bedroom with pull-out bed (for +1 child). Fully tiled bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire and wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, ‘Econ 7’ central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Pay As You Go mobile phone
  • Large lawned garden and furniture
  • Summer house
  • Barbecue
  • Garage 5 mins’ walk (for 1 car)
  • Roadside parking
  • Two bicycles provided
  • No smoking
  • Unsuitable for children under 8 yrs
  • Please note: Couples and family bookings only. Unfenced pond, river and weir in grounds

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Telephone Chargeable
    Telephone Chargeable
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Ground Floor Wet Room
    Ground Floor Wet Room
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Waterside Breaks
    Waterside Breaks

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/07/2018
    Our family had a wonderful stay at Lock Cottage. My husband and I enjoyed the spacious master bedroom with private bath, our girls each had their own room and bathroom and their friends shared the fourth bedroom. The location on the river was spectacular as were the views. The house stayed cool in the summer heat, and we watched the World Cup on their large screen TV when the local pub was too crowded. The kitchen was updated and nicely furnished with cookware, utensils and dishes. The only signs of the house history were it’s slightly uneven floors that added to its charms. We would love to return with family and more friends for a longer stay!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Absolutely stunning property, in a breath taking location, on evenings herons and kingfishers would fly over head fishing in the pond. Hidden away and private the house has lots of character. Modern well stocked (pots and pans) kitchen!

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    While we enjoyed our time at Lock Cottage, we were surprised and disappointed that the cottage didn't meet the 4* (excellent standard throughout) rating in the listing. It appears that the house and garden get minimal maintenance and both need considerable attention. It certainly wasn't in the sort of shape we expected given the price. Looking at the reviews for this property we aren't the only ones to comment on a lack of cleanliness, both generally and specifically in the kitchen. We appreciate that keeping a large place spotless between guests is a challenge, however: - the open area between the bridge and the road was blocked by skips, building materials, cars, trailers as well as the bins for most of the week - when we arrived the house smelled stale, it hadn't been aired before we arrived and felt as if it hadn't been used for some time - a number of dishes in the cupboards were not clean - there were lots of spiders and a number of cobwebs in the upper corners were several weeks old - the dirt on the radiators in our bathroom was easily removed with a wet cloth so just hadn't been wiped all season - the french windows to the sitting room were barely functional and had to be closed by two people to get them to shut - the instructions in the cottage are considerably out of date: for instance the bottle bank in Stoke by Nayland has not been there for a number of years. - the garden is so overgrown in places that it prevented light from getting into the rooms (esp. the dining room, unlike the picture in the listing where the sun is pouring through that window) - the lack of maintenance in the garden reduced our access and enjoyment of both the river and the pond - a guy arrived well before 10am on morning we were leaving to cut the grass

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Lock Cottage. Most of our guests also report having had a wonderful time there. With regard to your specific comments: The open area between the bridge and the road is a public open space, overseen by the Parish Council. It should be kept clear for access at all times. The skips and other obstructions were left by builders working on a neighbour's property and so were beyond our control. They have since been removed. We provide large quantities of crockery for our guests. Unfortunately there is not time during a changeover for our housekeeper to check them all individually. We do thorough checks periodically, but inevitably we generally have to rely on our guests using the dishwasher to clean them before putting them away. We regret the presence of cobwebs. Unfortunately they are a regular hazard for houses in the countryside, especially during the harvest season when the spiders are forced to migrate off the fields. So our housekeeper is particularly mindful of this and had assured us that all had been cleared before you arrived. We apologise for any she may have missed. Thank you for the information about the French windows, which clearly have swollen in the rain. We will get them fixed. Your comments about the garden are noted. Unfortunately the weather this year has caused rampant growth everywhere. This has coincided with my wife suffering a very bad accident which has curtailed our activity in the garden. We are currently looking to augment our grass cutter, whom you met, with another gardener to do the more strenuous cutting back. Please note that Nayland is a Conservation Area and we have to get permission to cut down trees. We also do intentionally leave large parts of the garden for wildlife, and are pleased to report the recent sighting of an otter in the lock pool and regular sightings of kingfishers nesting in the bank. Your other comments have been noted and we are taking steps to rectify any issues raised.

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