by alice | Nov 2, 2016 |

Writerly Retreat at The Ryes

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National Novel Writing Month continues, and even if you’re not a writer November is a perfect time for a little countryside escape. The Ryes in Lawshall certainly fits the bill with its old world charm of thatched roof, wooden beams and fireplace. You could settle yourself down on the sofa with a good book or maybe a draft of your own, with a fire smouldering away to keep you cosy.


The spacious sitting room, dining room and kitchen affords every opportunity to spread out and make yourself at home. Preparing meals is a treat in the well equipped kitchen. The dining table has ample room for a group sitting down to eat together as does the breakfast table in the kitchen area. With two double bedrooms this property is great for couples or even two friends who love to have a bed all to themselves. Maybe two writing buddies could settle in for a writing session, churning out a chapter or two before exploring the local area.


Of course, writing is no easy feat even for those who simply dabble, so stretch your legs and breath in the fresh autumn air by going for a ramble. Soak up the views of rolling countryside - especially beautiful after a morning’s frost so be sure to bring a hat a gloves so you don't get too chilly. If you like to cycle bring along your bike and take to the country trails on two wheels. There is space for storing bikes in the garden so you are free to adventure forth as you like. Nature lovers rejoice - The Ryes is set in two acres of garden which is teeming with wildlife. There have been sightings of badgers, voles and deer. Have your binoculars or camera at the ready, you never know what you might spot!


The local pub is The Swan, conveniently within walking distance from the cottage. A cosy and welcoming pub, choose scrumptious traditional meals from the menu which uses locally sourced produce. Bury St Edmunds sits a short drive away where there is a number of shops, restaurants and other facilities for you to enjoy. Drive in the opposite direction to Long Melford or Sudbury to see stately homes such as Melford and Kentwell Halls if you’re interested in history and architecture.  


You will find The Ryes has a lot of history - maybe enough to inspire a story or two. Constructed in the seventeenth century, The Ryes started life as a yeoman’s cottage. During Victorian times it was the village’s post office and at one point in time boasted the only telephone in the village! The passing years has done little to change this quaint cottage, and stepping through the front door is almost like stepping back in time. Five deeds hang on the walls which tell the story of the property so you can learn all about the history of the cottage.


Ideally nestled in the Suffolk countryside, The Ryes is a perfect spot for a retreat - writerly or otherwise. A dog friendly property, your four legged friend can join in the fun as well as you make the most of a stay at this gorgeous cottage.


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