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 the last 12 months and is managed by Liz.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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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.

Reviewed by Oliver, 30th September 2017

The cottage breathes history from the moment you enter or wake in the morning. It is so close to the centre of the town that you are in its heart from the moment you leave the building. Clare is a beautiful town with plenty of interest to see all within half a mile and also for a base to explore the Suffolk countryside further around it.

Reviewed by Rebec, 26th August 2017

We had a fabulous stay at the Girlings - we had searched for weeks to find somewhere that would let us take both of our dogs (most places only accept one) and when we found this one with its period features, open fire, amazing location and great price, we wondered what the catch turns out, there was no catch. It was as lovely as it looked Read moreon the website and the little additional touches like a bottle of fizz and a bag of dog treats made all the difference. Fabulous cottage! Hide

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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


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

1/3 Deposit

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