Open plan sitting room/kitchen/dining area
Relax with the open fire
The characterful lounge area
A stroll along Maltings Lane
Living area
The cosy wood burner, ideal for romantic evenings
Enjoy your stay
Stylish kitchen appliances
On a sunny day the courtyard enjoys a mediterranean feel
View towards the property
Double bedroom
Single bedroom
Shower room
Maltings Lane - Clare
Clare country park
View from Clare castle
1 / 18  Open plan sitting room/kitchen/dining area
2 / 18  Relax with the open fire
3 / 18  Kitchen
4 / 18  The characterful lounge area
5 / 18  A stroll along Maltings Lane
6 / 18  Living area
7 / 18  The cosy wood burner, ideal for romantic evenings
8 / 18  Enjoy your stay
9 / 18  Stylish kitchen appliances
10 / 18  On a sunny day the courtyard enjoys a mediterranean feel
11 / 18  View towards the property
12 / 18  Double bedroom
13 / 18  Single bedroom
14 / 18  Shower room
15 / 18  Maltings Lane - Clare
16 / 18  Clare country park
17 / 18  View from Clare castle
18 / 18  Staircase

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 of 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 are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 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 Adam.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 14 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
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Reviewed by Roger, 1st June 2019

Lovely old market town with fabulous walks. English Heritage and National Trust make for great days out. Lovely character Cottage in the heart of the town with Church and shop on the doorstep.

Reviewed by Patricia, 11th May 2019

This cottage was very comfortable and warm. It is situated in a lovely village, a central location for a lot of lovely gardens and National Trust properties. The Clare Country Park was a bonus !

Reviewed by Robert, 30th March 2019

The location is quite good if you like to be near pubs, takeaway and restaurants and for walking, bike riding it is excellent. Generally a good village location and with easy access to other parts of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Reviewed by Steve, 22nd February 2019

Very happy with the cottage

Reviewed by Michael, 17th November 2018

Good value character accommodation centrally situated in the lovely Suffolk town of Clare. Perfect base for walks and local exploration.

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.

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Open plan sitting room/kitchen/dining area
Relax with the open fire
The characterful lounge area
A stroll along Maltings Lane
Living area
The cosy wood burner, ideal for romantic evenings
Enjoy your stay
Stylish kitchen appliances
On a sunny day the courtyard enjoys a mediterranean feel
View towards the property
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