4 Bedroom (Sleeps 6) House in Dunwich

16th C Period House in beautiful historic Village. One minutes walk from beach.
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Owner: Henry Tomlinson
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  • Property Type: House
  • Location: Dunwich
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Minimum nights stay: 4
  • Low season price per week: £905
  • High season price per week: £2332
  • Property Rating: 5/5 Average Rating (2 Reviews)
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House in Dunwich, Near Southwold, Suffolk, England - Breathtaking walks. Historic village, forest, heath, ruins, beach and cliffs.
'The Ferns' is very spacious, some say like the 'tardis'. Beautifully furnished and positioned in this lovely village. Two sitting rooms, a garden room and large dining room with aga and a kitchen. There are numerous original features, throughout including the pamment floor. We have taken great pride in the house and have made it a place where we want to spend time with our friends. We have not furnished it with 'rentals' or children in mind but as a place for us and everyone to enjoy and hopefully keep enjoying over the coming years. Children are welcome, however please bear in mind that their are numerous antiques in the house which you, and we do not want broken so it may not be ideal.

The house may potentially be able to cater to wheel chair user/s. Please contact us for further information to confirm your requirements.

A fantastic pub minutes walk away. The sea can be heard from our lovely gardens. The front garden is enclosed by a wooden picket fence with gravel pathway leading to the front door and side, with mature shrub borders and rose garden. Gated access leading round to the rear with a secret brickweave patio area and raised beds. There is a brick wall enclosing the garden with hedging above. An enchanting garden to the rear mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and shrub borders. Please help yourselves to the bountiful figs when ready to eat.

A further secluded gravelled area with pergola provides ideal secluded dining area.


4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King size bedroom with ensuite. Bedroom 2. King size bedroom. Bedroom 3. Small double bed. Bedroom 4.Single french day bed with another 'single' pull out bed. This can be made the same height as other single if needed.

3 Bathrooms
En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath. Main bathroom with bath. Walk in shower room with 'rain head'.


Notes on accommodation: There is a spiral staircase which some may find tricky although my 83 yr old Mother is fine !

Pets maybe possible please ring to discuss.

Whereas we have older kids of our own, the house has been furnished with our own needs in mind to a high standard with some antiques etc, hence would not want a holiday maker to spend their time worrying about breakages etc.

Outside: We have a large garden with eating table for eight.

Utility Room: Washing machine. Dryer. Butlers sink in shower room and also garden to wash swimming things etc ...... Cleaning / Towels /
Linen / Maid service

Quality bedlinen included Towels included (not beach) Electricity included Oil included 1 bag of logs for woodburners/central heating included Full linen and end of tenancy house cleaning included

Other: Snug/Garden room with woodburner, desk looking out over garden and sofa.

Dining Room with Aga

2 Reviews - 5/5 Average Rating

23 - 30 July 2018

By Ann P on 08-Aug-2018

“ The Ferns” lived up to our expectations fully.There was ample space for the seven of us and the accommodation was extremely well appointed. No detail was overlooked even down to a welcome pack of food. It’s location in the centre of Dunwich is ideal, there is so much within easy reach. It was a fabulous holiday! Of course the delightful weather helped! Although I think that might be our last holiday with all the family as the grandchildren spread their wings Many thanks once again, Kind regards Ann

5 of of 5

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By on 14-Jun-2018

Chloe D. Just perfect! A very memorable seaside holiday 5 of 5 Staying for a week in Henry and Molly’s house by the sea in Dunwich was absolutely blissful. We came in February half term with friends and the house couldn’t have been more stylish, cosy and comfortable. It is such a thoughtfully put together home from the well equipped kitchen, cosy aga, several living rooms with masses of comfortable fireside seating and super comfortable beds. But the setting which is minutes away from the huge empty beach at Dunwich was amazing and every morning we would head to the beach for a walk. Absolutely a five star experience and Henry and Molly were very easy to communicate with. Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018 Date of Stay: February 2018 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Richard H. Well equipped property in an idyllic location 5 of 5 Henry is a superb landlord from the moment you book.The house is exactly as described and is furnished as a home not a holiday let hence quality furnishings and equipment.Walks along the beach or in the countryside start from your front door and you can reward yourself afterwards at either The Ship or the cafe by the church which are both excellent or stay in and cook in a well equipped kitchen having stocked up with the freshest of fish just off the boat.We will be back in summer ! Review Submitted: 02-Feb-2018 Date of Stay: December 2017 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Dawn Norwich Lovely warm cottage ideally situated . 5 of 5 Beautiful homely , obviously loved property. Owners were very friendly and helpful in all aspects . Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017 Date of Stay: November 2017 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Jenny W. A Perfect Stay 5 of 5 The Ferns is a truly magical house and we spent five glorious days there at the end of February. From the moment we walked through the front door we felt completely happy and relaxed; the house is wonderfully spacious and filled with such beautiful things. The bed in the master bedroom is certainly one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in, and the ensuite bathroom is a delight. If you're a keen cook, you'll be in your element - the kitchen is incredibly well equipped and looks out over the marshes, which are teeming with birdlife and completely mesmerising. Step outside and you're five minutes walk from the beach and across the road from the pub. Jump into the car and there are any number of brilliant places to explore; we loved the Antiques Centre at Yoxford, the farm shop, Walberswick and Southwold, to name but a few. Henry couldn't have been kinder or more helpful and we certainly plan to go back as soon as we possibly can. Having stayed in many holiday rentals over the years, The Ferns is up there with the best. Can't fault it - a fully deserved 5 star rating on all fronts. Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2017 Date of Stay: February 2017 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Steven R. Perfect cottage near pub, beach and country walks 5 of 5 This is a beautiful, historic cottage in the heart of Dunwich. It is moments from the beach with is great for walks or fishing, opposite a pub that serves great beer and good food, and has easy access to walks through open countryside and woodland. The village is well located for visiting Aldeburgh and Southwold, but best of all for us was the access to the beautiful coastline and countryside. The owners have decorated the cottage beautifully with antique furniture, artwork and objects that all add to the character and comfort of the place. The kitchen is well equipped, and we enjoyed the warmth of the Aga for drying off wet boots after walks. We've stayed in many cottages over the years, this is without doubt one of the best we've found. Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017 Date of Stay: December 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No John M. A spoonful of Dunwich delightful holiday medicine! 5 of 5 We had a fantastic family holiday for 2 weeks of sunshine (yes unbelievable in the UK). We were a party of 7 including 3 young children and 2 over 70s and there was plenty of space for all. The location is perfect, opposite the pub and next to the beach and there is everything you could possibly want within the gorgeous property. This is definitely a family home rather than a holiday let so everything is lovely. As you would expect in a property of this period there is a spiral staircase and small level differences between some rooms so appropriate consideration for the oldest and youngest in our party was required. The surrounding area is absolutely idyllic and there is plenty to do and see within easy reach of the house either by foot or by car. We must give a special mention to the owner Henry as he really is a first class gent and can’t do enough to help you enjoy your stay. We can report that we quite thoroughly tested his fortitude as we found a wasps nest early in our stay; he diligently had a man around first thing to deal with the little pests. All thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and frequent swimming in the sea; thankfully it was hotter than the med when we visited but caution may be necessary in December! Highly recommend everybody should call Henry and enjoy his fabulous house and Dunwich. Thanks again! Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2017 Date of Stay: August 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Gabrielle H. A rare find for a family getaway in Suffolk 5 of 5 We are a family of 5 (three girls 7, 10, and 13) and stayed for a week at half term in October 2016 and had a really wonderful time. Something for everyone. The house was really cosy and yet also the descriptions of it being 'like are tardis' are very true, lots of space, a bedroom each, 2 receptions rooms, a study and kitchen and dining room. The Aga is lovely (we are used to Aga's so felt very like home) and 3 wood burners meant that there was lots of choice as to where to get cosy in the evening. Big huge TV and Wifi for the teenager and garden as well as walks, the sea and the pub for the rest of us. The kids were able to go off on their own a bit and be a bit independent which was really nice for them and relaxing for us. We had gorgeous weather and enjoyed the views from the house, particularly the friendly pheasants who sat on the fence in the morning and looked at us! We would thoroughly recommend as a great family getaway break in idyllic and historical surroundings, the local museum in Dunwich providing a perfect bit of local fascinating history and a great show and tell for our 7 year old when she got back to school! We would love to return another time. Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016 Date of Stay: October 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Thorsten A. Splendid home and nice owners 5 of 5 Dunwich is a very nice venue, the pebble beach is long and broad, you can walk for miles. Birds reserve nearby worth visiting - inviting to long walks. Museum of Dunwich is fine and interesting. Relaxing holidays should be guaranteed. The house is splendid - well equipped, homely antiques, cosy and relaxing atmosphere. You will feel at home. Pub just vis a vis has good quality food and beer, also the tearoom just a few minutes along the road. The owners are very nice, welcoming and helpful, always ready to advise or help, even via neighbours in case a clueless visitor turned the AGA off ;-) To sum it up: Just perfect! Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2016 Date of Stay: July 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the trouble to review. We love it when people enjoy the village and house as much as we do. Not sure the guests were as clueless as the owners. Hopefully you will be in Dunwich again soon. Did you find this review helpful? 1Yes 0No Sara L. Beautiful house in a fabulous location. 5 of 5 A family gathering which was made extra special by staying in this gorgeous home. Spacious comfortable living areas and good bedrooms with beautiful furnishings and fabrics throughout. With a lovely tranquil garden, the beach just down the road and fantastic walking, we had a great week. We definitely recommend the house and would love to return. Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016 Date of Stay: August 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No steve w. fabulous Ferns - dazzling Dunwich 5 of 5 With six adults and one baby, you never know if someone else's home will be suitable. The Ferns was absolutely perfect. Loads of space inside the house, good sized bedrooms, first chance to use an aga, delightful walks in every direction. And so much to do at the seaside. Morning and evening walks on the beach just a minute away - or you could choose a more windfree stroll past the legendary fish and chip shop along the marshes parallel to the water. We also enjoyed trips to Walberswick and Southwold, relaxing in the garden and visits to the Ship Inn just across the street - an idyllic holiday for us all. The owner, Henry, was really helpful with tips and ideas. And don't miss the Museum in the village. Fascinating to know that this little hamlet was a thriving and powerful city/state in 1250. Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016 Date of Stay: June 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 1Yes 0No Dr Jennifer C. Fantastic stay in Dunwich 5 of 5 Three sisters, a daughter and one husband, enjoyed our short stay in this wonderful property, stepping back in time without having to compromise comfort or 21st century facilities. The listing description is accurate and the photographs give a good impression but nothing really prepared us for the experience of stepping into the atmosphere of the house. Like the 'Tardis' it is far larger than it appears from the outside and inside it is easy to imagine Edward FitzGerald writing and painting here. The sea is only a minute a way, there are walks in all directions and the The Ship opposite is a fine place to eat and drink.The owner has been most attentive and helpful and every aspect of our stay was delightful. I am sure we will be coming again. Review Submitted: 21-May-2016 Date of Stay: May 2016 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Owner's Response: Hi Dr Crisp, so pleased that you enjoyed the house as much as we do. Looking forward to you staying again very soon. Apart from anything else need your detective skills to give us some more history on Dunwich and the house. Thanks so much for taking the time to review. Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Jane T. Home from home 5 of 5 Very comfortable and felt like "home from home". No ghastly prints, matching crockery, cutlery, bed linen but indivual, stylish and charming. Perfect spot and wonderful walks. Everyone very friendly and welcoming Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2015 Date of Stay: July 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No sarah w. Beautiful warm house, a wonderful retreat 5 of 5 This is a fantastic house for friends and family, with a really stunning garden and lots of wonderful touches. Everything we could have needed was available, including a muffin tin so we could bake cup cakes (GBBO has a lot to answer for). The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable, and the family/reception areas are both numerous and very hospitable. The whole house was spotless, but also full of character. We really loved our stay, and all the helpful suggestions from the owners. Location is really lovey, right by the sea and we had the chance to explore the museum and church, and go for runs in the forest and heath. There are a lot of great pubs near by for food too, especially good was the Crown in Westleton. The Ship opposite is a great place to have breakfast (though slow service so give yourself time!) There are beautiful tea rooms/nursery a short walk up the road, too. Easy to get to lovely Walberswick or Aldeburgh, We would certainly stay here again and would strongly recommend it. Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2015 Date of Stay: August 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Owner's Response: Hi Sarah thanks so much for taking the trouble to post your review. Really heart warming to read and makes us so pleased that you appreciated the house and the area as much as us. Please please come again. Will hide the muffin tin next time ! Best wishes, Henry Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Steve S. Immaculate property in quiet location 5 of 5 Difficult to find any fault Spacious/clean property, extremely well furnished, ideal location. Excellent spot for a relaxing break whatever the weather Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2015 Date of Stay: July 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Wendy A. A Truly Special Place to Stay 5 of 5 Without doubt one of the most wonderful holiday lets we have had the good fortune to stay in - ever - the Ferns is a VERY special house in a superb location and we simply can't recommend it highly enough. So beautifully & tastefully decorated, the layout works perfectly for a family or small group of people as the house is like a tardis with heaps of space and lots of little nooks & crannies to hang out in. The garden with its hidden outdoor dining area and bountiful fig tree is incredible. Given the super close proximity to the beach (a one min walk if even that) the house makes an ideal summer getaway, however given the gorgeous dining area and fabulous Aga, we can only imagine how lovely and cosy it would be in the winter also. Directly opposite a fantastic pub The Ship, which has a massive beer garden, great food and is very kid/dog friendly. We had never been to Suffolk before but were hugely impressed with the sheer amount there is to see and do in the area, highlights included crabbing in Walberswick, beach time in Southwold and fish and chips in Aldeburgh. Henry the owner couldn't have been more helpful, as was Steve the gardener, in fact everyone we met in the village was hugely friendly, it's a lovely lovely place. All in all we had a very special and memorable week at The Ferns and very much look forward to returning. Wendy & James Aldridge Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2015 Date of Stay: August 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Owner's Response: Dear Wendy and James, Could you do all our PR from now on !? Some people reading this could possibly think there is some insider trading going on. Please please come again clearly the house loved having you to stay. Fingers crossed we may have some figs left !! Best wishes to you all, Henry and Molly Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Irene B. Fantastic Cottage 5 of 5 What a wonderful cottage, everything you needed was there. It was so comfy and inviting and furnished with great taste. Lots of walks to be taken through the forest and spooky walks in the priory at dusk! Recommend The Bell Inn, Middleton for a good meal and also the Dingle Hill Tearooms just up the road. Would definitely recommend this cottage. Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2015 Date of Stay: June 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Rorie D. We LOVED it! 5 of 5 The Ferns is a very beautiful and comfortable place to stay. It is exactly how I'd like my house to be. Every room has been very cleverly designed with stunning furniture, cushions, blankets and rugs. The beds are very comfortable too and there are 3 bathrooms to choose from including a fantastic shower downstairs. The Aga in the centre of the house keeps you feeling very cosy and the kitchen was perfect with masses of fridge space and a lovely larder. We also adored the garden and tried to eat outside as much as possible. The pub across the road has great food and is very friendly. The beach is a hop and a skip away and then there is Walberswick just down the road where the children had enormous fun catching crabs. From there you can jump on the little foot ferry to pick up some fish for your supper. Southwold is an easy walk from there also with its pretty beach huts and sandy beach. Another big highlight was a visit to the RSPB reserve at Minsmere which is only 10 minutes away. By the end of the week we really didn't want to leave and we would love to come back! Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2015 Date of Stay: May 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 0Yes 0No Lindsay N. Perfect hideaway on Suffolk Coast 5 of 5 I stayed in this lovely home with my husband, son and friends for Easter weekend. It's a delightful house, welcoming and beautiful, with lots of nooks for reading, chatting or napping. The Aga keeps the house nice and warm, the kitchen is well equipped, and the beds are very comfortable. There's a huge sheepskin beanbag in the TV room that my 11 year old adored! It's such a lovely home that we were happy to stay in most evenings, though there are plenty of good pubs in the area, including one just across the road, The Ship. We enjoyed two walks: through the marshes up to Southwold (with lunch at The Nelson), and across beautiful heathland to another village, ending up at The Crown for a pint of Adnams. We also visited Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings. All in all it was the perfect combination for a great weekend, and we look forward to a return visit! Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2015 Date of Stay: April 2015 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Did you find this review helpful? 2Yes 0No Victoria E. United Kingdom A very happy New Year 5 of 5 We loved staying at the Ferns! It was the perfect retreat for a New Year break with friends, warm, cosy and welcoming. Beautifully decorated with lots of interesting pieces, comfortable beds with lovely linen, stylish and well equipped. We had a great time eating, drinking and exploring the area (usually involving a walk and a stop at one of the numerous pubs). Adorable cottage - you'd want to live here all year round! Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2015 Date of Stay: December 2014 Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway Owner's Response: Hi Victoria - So kind of you to have taken the trouble to write a review - really appreciate it and also that you like the house as much as we do. In all honesty don't think I can take any credit for the way the house looks and feels - thats very much Molly's department. Look forward to welcoming you to The Ferns again soon. All the best Henry and Molly. Did you find this review helpful? 2Yes

5 of of 5


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Coffee Maker
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Wood stove
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Living Room
Video Library
Music Library
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