The Ryes, Lawshall (Sleeps 4)
A straggling village with a number of fascinating old properties, including The Ryes, a delightful traditional thatched cottage on the edge of Lawshall looking out over undulating countryside and its old orchard. Dating from the 17th century, The Ryes has a fascinating history traceable from the 5 sets of Deeds which are displayed on the cottage walls. There is large sitting room with delightful Inglenook fireplace, lovely dining room and spacious kitchen with breakfast table. There are two staircases to the first floor; with a bathroom at the bottom of each. Each staircase leads to a bedroom, both with double beds. A third first floor bedroom is now used as a study / small sitting room.
Much loved by visitors, holidaymakers go back to The Ryes time and again, but remember it was built when the average height of a fully grown man was little over 5 feet so there are some low beams and the staircases are quite steep. Surrounded by 2 acres of private gardens, there are cosy seating areas, areas of lawn, old orchard trees to climb and even a narrow stream running through the grounds. A great place for young and old.
Who knows what hidden past the village of Lawshall might one day reveal. Within its soil lie remains dating back to around 600BC; a Bronze Age sword found here can now be seen at the near by museum in Bury St Edmunds. The Church of All Saints, just across the road from The Ryes, stands on one of the highest points in Suffolk, next door to Lawshall Hall whose owners once entertained Queen Elizabeth I. Lawshall has a charming little wishing well, the well cover on the green erected in memory of Charles Tyrwhitt Drake, the explorer and naturalist, who spent much of his life in the Middle East."We have had a wonderful long weekend staying here at this beautiful cottage. It is very comfortable and warm. We really would have liked to stay longer. We visited historic Lavenham which we really enjoyed. Sudbury, Clare and Stoke by Clare are all worth a quick visit.Yesterday we went to Bury St Edmunds and enjoyed the market, the Abbey and a wealth of shops. We will definitely come back again." Nick, Julie, Felix and Alice, Cheshire.
Sleeps 4 in 2 doubles.