The characterful lounge area
Relax on the comfortable sofas
The cosy wood burner, ideal for romantic evenings
Enjoy your stay
The well-equipped kitchen
Stylish kitchen appliances
The beautiful cottage staircase
Double bedroom
Breakfast in bed
A good size single bedroom
Character beams in bedroom
The pretty shower room
On a sunny day the courtyard enjoys a mediterranean feel
View towards the property
Maltings Lane - Clare
A stroll along Maltings Lane
Clare country park
View from Clare castle
1 / 18  The characterful lounge area
2 / 18  Relax on the comfortable sofas
3 / 18  The cosy wood burner, ideal for romantic evenings
4 / 18  Enjoy your stay
5 / 18  The well-equipped kitchen
6 / 18  Stylish kitchen appliances
7 / 18  The beautiful cottage staircase
8 / 18  Double bedroom
9 / 18  Breakfast in bed
10 / 18  A good size single bedroom
11 / 18  Character beams in bedroom
12 / 18  The pretty shower room
13 / 18  On a sunny day the courtyard enjoys a mediterranean feel
14 / 18  View towards the property
15 / 18  Maltings Lane - Clare
16 / 18  A stroll along Maltings Lane
17 / 18  Clare country park
18 / 18  View from Clare castle

The Girlings,

Clare (1.5mls SE), Suffolk
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs allowed 2
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Ideal for a romantic break, cozy by the woodburner or sightseeing holiday whatever the time of year
  • Courtyard garden for alfresco dining
  • Loads of character and original features including timber beams and feature brick walls
  • A great base for exploring the area and all Suffolk has to offer including Constable Country
  • Within easy reach of the Suffolk coast including the popular resorts of Southwold & Walberswick
Property code: 52567

An enchanting and cosy 17th century cottage close to the heart of the charming town of Clare and an ideal base from which to explore Suffolk’s attractions.

Sleeps 2 + 1

Whether it’s a family holiday or romantic break there are plenty of options to suit all tastes when staying at this characterful cottage. Walkers and ramblers will find many scenic walks locally or perhaps tour by bicycle some to the quaint medieval villages which can be found in the area. Clare and Long Melford are renowned for their antique warehouses, shops and boutiques. A short drive away is Bury St Edmunds, a market town, which offers a wide array of amenities and attractions for all ages including the Cathedral and Abbey gardens, prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, Theatre Royal and brewery to name a few. Further afield lies the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast home of the lovely sandy beaches of Walberswick and Southwold.

Enter the open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner and immediately notice the numerous period features including exposed beams and brickwork and an inglenook fire with wood burner, ideal for cosy nights in front of the TV/DVD while relaxing on the comfortable sofa and chair. While there are plenty of options to dine out, should guests choose to dine in, the well-equipped kitchen contains everything required to create culinary delights with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer and dining table. Heading up the staircase to the first floor, guests will find two bedrooms, one double and one single and a shower room with shower and WC.

Venturing outside the cottage guests will find a raised patio area with garden furniture, a wonderful space for a spot of alfresco dining or glass of wine on a warm summers evening. There is roadside parking available subject to availability. There is a bike stay available, however guest will need to bring their own locks.

Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

  • Sleeps 2+1
  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 single
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Roadside parking available subject to availability
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance
  • TV/DVD in lounge area

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Liz.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Keri, 8th October 2018

Really beautiful property, warm, cosy, clean and welcoming with great facilities. Location is excellent with Co-op, local pubs and restaurants all on the door step. Recommend a visit to Lavenham as well as Melford. Really beautiful area and a wonderfully relaxing break.

Reviewed by Ian, 15th September 2018

Comfortable and cosy cottage in heart of Clare. Great base for exploring this area of Suffolk with lots of National Trust properties and other sites of interest nearby. Good places to eat in Clare and surrounding villages. Great place for a relaxing break. Good Wifi and smart TV.

Reviewed by Marco, 20th August 2018

Ideal location for an atmospheric break. Nice oldworldly character, but with all modcoms. Really great location in a small town with all amenities (except a bakery :) ). Good bed, large shower, all the kitchenware you need. Enigmatic window system, but the one in the smaller bedroom was easier to handle so that helped.

Reviewed by Peter, 14th July 2018

Central location, easy walk to eating establishments and country park for walking the dogs.

Reviewed by Jenifer, 7th July 2018

Welcome surprise when entering the property. The beams and the period features were pleasing. Furnishings were tasteful. Bedrooms pleasing to the eye. Lovely large shower. Overall feeling of being in a period property and a lovely cottage.

Reviewed by Cees, 30th June 2018

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage on this great location. Clare is a nice village with little shops around the corner.

Reviewed by Christopher, 23rd June 2018

Beautiful cottage,perfect location.Everything close to hand including tea rooms,pubs,lovely country park,all within walking distance. Will certainly be going again.

Reviewed by Wendy, 9th June 2018

Nice little cottage, double bed extremely comfortable, great location within Clare

Reviewed by Gillian, 12th May 2018

Lovely cosy cottage in a lovely picturesque location. Great local facilities run by very friendly people. Lots of excellent eateries in Clare and the surrounding villages and towns. I find it very difficult to get around but despite this we found plenty to do and enjoyed every minute of our stay. There were a couple of dust webs in the beams in theRead more downstairs ceiling and dust on the kitchen window blinds, but this is being hyper critical and in no way affected our stay. Hide

Reviewed by Angie, 9th April 2018

Fabulous property centrally located in lovely village of Clare. Lots to do. Great pubs and restaurants. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Tracey, 31st March 2018

Loved the cottage and the location is excellent. We parked up a short walk away and that was where my car stayed for the week. Spent time ambling around Clare. Walking the dogs through Clare country park, sitting in front of the fire in the local pub with the dogs. Was a great relaxing week.

Reviewed by Guy, 17th March 2018

A warm and cosy cottage centrally located in the town. Clare had all the shops we needed and we enjoyed walking in the country park.

Reviewed by Roger, 9th February 2018

This little period college is stunning if you are like me and think how long this building has stood and many people have lived in here back in a time when there was no internet .no phone and pretty much as we know life is today.This iis well Located in a quiet village there is plenty still to do with little antique shops and plenty of greenery if Read moreyou like to walk then this is the cottage for you there is two puds with in a thou steppes form the cottage the bull and the swan Hide

Reviewed by Alex, 28th December 2017

Cosy, warm 2 bed cottage centrally located in the lovely village of Clare, with quality items and loads of beams! Real fire in the lounge area, but the electric radiators were plenty warm enough on some pretty cold days. Smart TV and Wifi available if the 4 pubs haven't tempted you out. Big comfy double bed in the main bedroom and large shower trayRead more in the bathroom. A relaxing place to recharge the batteries. Hide

Reviewed by Richard, 23rd December 2017

Lovely, comfortable and cosy cottage, well maintained. Very close to shops.

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The characterful lounge area
Relax on the comfortable sofas
The cosy wood burner, ideal for romantic evenings
Enjoy your stay
The well-equipped kitchen
Stylish kitchen appliances
The beautiful cottage staircase
Double bedroom
Breakfast in bed
A good size single bedroom
Character beams in bedroom
Show 6 moreThe pretty shower room


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