The Apple Tree Cottage

saxmundham, suffolk
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(14 reviews)
Travel dates:
£295 - £342 per night (GBP)
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This Grade II listed 17th Century thatched cottage, sleeping up to 11, is is in beautiful Suffolk within easy reach of the coast. If you’re looking for a relaxing family holiday where you connect with all the good things in life, this is exactly where you need to stay: pick apples and blackberries along country lanes, ride horses, catch crabs at the beach and row boats around a 1950s boating lake. It’s a wonderful rural location where you can walk, stargaze and visit cultural festivals including Latitude that take place in the area in the summer. We love the oak beams, the cosy sofas and the soothing Farrow & Ball colours and think it’s great for a family break.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 full / double
2 sofa bed (double)
2 twin / single
1 air bed
sleeps 2
2 travel crib

What we love

  • This is a fabulous rural retreat, all soothing colours, oak beams and roaring wood burners
  • The stunning family bathroom: with a silver double-ended bateau bath, plus glamorous walk-in shower
  • The spacious master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and views of thatched cottages nearby
  • The second double bedroom has a sloping ceiling, fluffy rug and cast iron double bed
  • The kids room has twin beds and a play farm
  • There’s plenty of storage space in wardrobes and chests of drawers
  • Downstairs, the cosy sitting room and lounge have white sofas, inglenook fireplaces and colorful cushions
  • They lead to a family kitchen and dining area
  • Outside, there’s a garden with trampoline, swing, summer house, barbecue and apple trees. It’s bursting with flowers in the spring and summer

Things to know

  • Around 2 hours by car or train to the east of Central London
  • We’d recommend bringing a car as it’s a very rural area and it’s a drive, not a walk, to the nearest shop
  • The kids room is linked to one of the double rooms and has a staircase in it (with a stairgate)
  • There are also 2 travel cribs available
  • It’s quiet at night and you can see the stars
  • Parking is on the driveway for 2-3 cars
  • Kids dinnerware, high chairs and baby monitors are provided; bring a travel crib if you need one
  • It’s in an area of outstanding natural beauty near pretty market towns, and the seaside towns of Thorpeness and Aldeburgh

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Jo M.
Member since October 08, 2013
Hi! We are a family of four with two children aged 12 & 14. We split our time between our home in London and our country bolthole on the idyllic Suffolk coast. We have friends and family in many different countries and like to visit them when we can and discover new places too. We love sharing our home with others and think that travelling, staying in other homes around the world seems by far the nicest way to travel with a family.

Saxmundham, Suffolk

Country walks and welcoming pubs

This small market town is a short drive from Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape Malting - three key spots to visit if you're in the area with kids - and is a pretty town with colored houses, a Friday farmer's market and independent butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. Nearby you'll find a fishing lake and Glemham Hall, and plenty of hedgerows, country walks and welcoming pubs.

14 reviews

Jen K.
Visited in November 2019
We had a wonderful stay at the Apple Tree Cottage. Jo has created a comfortable and charming oasis in the countryside. The kitchen and house were well equipped with everything we needed, and we loved exploring the surrounding areas. We were two families with three children total and we fit perfectly. We found the two living rooms especially helpful with a party of our size, as the children had their own area to play. :) Can't wait to come back in the summer when we can enjoy the outdoor areas as well!
janelle h.
Visited in July 2019
Apple Tree Cottage was an absolute gem of a cottage. From the narrow, winding staircases, to the raw beams throughout, to the little sun-filled kitchen and darling interior design, Apple Tree exceeded our expectations in every way. It had everything we needed and then some. We also loved the outdoor table and beautiful garden, with its boxwood hedges. It was also super close to Aldeburgh, which was a perfect beach town, and near to Southwold's town and sandy beaches. And Pump Street Bakery is a MUST stop. There was almost too much to see for just a weekend stay. We would go back in a heartbeat. Thx for sharing your charming cottage, Jo!
Olivia B.
Visited in June 2019
We had a lovely stay at Apple Tree Cottage - the cottage itself is charming (though the stairs are twisty, so old people and small children beware a bit!) and the garden is terrific. The kids loved the trampoline, swing and playhouse, and we enjoyed eating outside and the peaceful setting. Jo has put a lot of thought into her activity suggestions and had a great time doing some of those as well as enjoying the property.
Anna H.
Visited in April 2019
We had the most fabulous stay here. The cottage gave us the perfect base to explore from, and we had a lovely home to return to each day. Local pubs were great, the coast was beautiful and we discovered some amazing little cities nearby. The girls really enjoyed the garden, and I don' t think a day went by when the trampoline wasn't in full use. The two comments I'd make - if you have adventurous stair climbers, the steps up to the bedrooms are tight and not really for toddlers to scale alone (it's an old cottage!). But there is a door that can be closed for safety. The third bedroom (the kids room) does have a stairwell in it as well. For this reason we blocked off the bedroom and had both girls sleep in the second bedroom together. Our girls were only 2 and 4 at this age, but i'm sure we'd be less nervous about this now that they're older. We had the best time and will rebook when able!
Panagiotis V.
Visited in October 2018
This was our second stay in Apple Tree Cottage so I suppose that says it all! Just adding to my previous review, if you are looking for things to do make sure you visit Snape Maltings, a wonderful space/complex of arts and shops. Also, there is a nice walk starting from the end of the lane where the house is, great for the kids to run around and explore. We're already planning our next return :)
Panagiotis V.
Visited in January 2018
We had a wonderful time spending a weekend at Jo's cottage. The place oozes character from every corner and has been decorated very tastefully. There are tons of things of the kids to do, board games, books, game machines and on a good day they can be out in the garden playing with the swings, tarmpoline and playhouse. Furthermore, the kitchen is very well equipped and the location is perfect to explore the coast, just 10 mins from Aldeburgh. Our party of 8 (two families of four) had plenty of space to sleep comfortably and travel cots and high chairs are available for the little ones. Overall a great stay, this is certainly one of those places we'll be coming back again.
Ana T.
Visited in November 2017
This is a beautiful and very stylish cottage in a beautiful little village. We had an amazing time and honestly could not have wished for more. We were travelling with our two boys (6 and 3) and they absolutely loved all the toys and games to the point that they didn't want to come back home. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you will need for your sty. Waitrose is also a very short drive (1.5m). The surrounding villages have lots of interesting spots which were also recommended by the owners. We loved visiting the RSPB (reserve nature) at Minsmere, shopping in Snape and visiting Orford with its castle, fab seafood (oysters and smoked fish) and yummy hot chocolate with home made marshmallow at Pump Street Bakery. We will definitely return!
Amy M.
Visited in October 2017
The house was so idyllic and gave us a lovely October break with bountiful apples to cook. We loved the simple life for a few days with two kids and a baby. Jo was so kind and helpful and easy to get hold of. All the information we needed was in the house, and all facilities were ample. The house is very old and beautiful, there were a couple of things that our 4 and 5 year old needed to get used to....the small narrow staircases and the kids bed that backed onto the staircase...but the house has been so thoughtfully renovated and beautifully finished with toys to suit all ages and interests. Thank you, we will definitely return.
Jill C.
Visited in December 2016
We had a wonderful stay at Apple Tree Cottage. The cottage is wonderfully appointed with beautiful details and a comfortable vibe, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It's a wonderful location to explore so many charming towns nearby, the Pump Street Bakery is not to be missed, and Snape Maltings was lovely as well, and it was lovely to be so near to the seaside. Many thanks for a wonderful escape from the city!
Kate Z.
Visited in September 2016
Best stay! So relaxing and very responsive hosts! Loved the decor and we slept so well. Great for kids and lovely location!
Tara K.
Visited in September 2016
We've just returned from a beautiful mini vacation at Jo's beautiful Duffolk cottage. We had two kids and two babies in tow and all of them couldn't have been happier. The sun shone and the kids loved the garden whilst my sister and I loved the cottage. It is beautifully decorated and perfect for a family escape. Couldn't have been better!
Erika O.
Visited in April 2016
Apple Tree Cottage is wonderful! Our visit to Suffolk was our first trip outside of London after recently relocating and adding the newest member of our family. As sleep deprived parents of a newborn we were looking for an easy place to stay that provided fresh air and entertainment for our 3 and 5 year olds. We were blessed with both at Apple Tree. The children's room is perfectly stocked and the garden was just the right size. The house is thoughtfully decorated leaving one feeling calm and comfortable. We loved our stay and the children ask all the time when can we go back!
Sonia W.
Visited in October 2015
We loved our stay and our children still walk about it. We will be returning for sure
Alex B.
Visited in April 2015
Delightful cottage - we all loved our stay here. The children were very happy and loved the fact that there were toys to play with, a swing and a trampoline. It is beautifully decorated and in a lovely area, with lots to do. We would definitely return. Jo, the host, was very helpful too.