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"Thank you Lottie for your lovely picture. We are so glad that you had another fantastic holiday."
Thank you Faith and Joshua for these lovely pictures. We are so pleased you had such an awesome holiday and are amazed you caught so many crabs at Walberswick. You must be very good at catching them.
Chestnutt Cottage made an ideal base for exploring Suffolk. We enjoyed the beach hut too.
"We had a great stay in your cottage and the lovely beach hut." "A great big thankyou for a fantastic week in your delightful house and your cozy beach hut.
We have had some great days in the beach hut, taking in the sun and enjoying the bacon sarnis! We had some great meals out in town including The Lord Nelson, Red Lion, Sole Bay Inn and The Blyth. Crabbing at Walberswick was fantastic and some very nice shopping in Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings. Will def recommend this house and will certainly be returning. Many thanks."
"Beautiful weather all the time we were here. Beach hut great- but breezy! Sutto Hoo and Minsmere very interesting. Canoeing on the river near Beccles , a highlight of the week.""We made the best of the weather- did lots of walks from the house, beach and Harbour Inn, without using the car.
"A very enjoyabe week! Highlights for us included Sutton Hoo, Yoxford Antiques,and Lavenham medieval village as well as as a very relaxing day in the beach hut. Perfect location for sightseeing!"
"A very enjoyable and relaxing stay in this comfortable cottage. Beach hut was a great bonus when the east wind blew. Thankyou Judith and Chris for such a warm welcome and for making a much needed respite possible."
"A great holiday. We will be back again next year.We were so lucky with the weather.
"Lovely cottage, simple and stylish. Fantastic pre Easter weather, making for a wonderfully relaxed break. Thankyou."
"We had a great stay in your cottage and the lovely beach hut."
"Glorious weather - cycling every day. Breakfasts by the sea, fish from the harbour. Lots of reading."
"We've enjoyed a blissful week- cottage airy, comfortable and bathed in sunlight-yes we had glorious sunshine! Lots of highlights, brilliant walks,Focus Organics, Halesworth - an amazing shop- an Aladdin's Cave- wonderful cakes and best cup of coffee ever. Thank you Judith, hope to return soon."
"Loved the arty, architectural house and the fabulous beach hut. Celebrated the soul of Southwold. Catching crabs at Walberswick, playing on the beach and thoroughly relaxing on holiday."
Thankyou for this lovely picture .
"We have had a great holiday in your lovely comfortable cottage. Enjoyed very good meals at The Harbour Inn ,The Randolph Hotel and The Bell Inn in Walberswick."
Thank you Lottie for this lovely picture. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and had such lovely weather.
'We had a great week with a lovely base to stay , but particularly enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing day in the beach hut- Thankyou.'
'Lovely week. Great house as a base and we loved the beach hut.'
No dramatic surprises re bird species - certainly lots of marsh harriers. Of
course we went to Minsmere and other reserves but also saw lots of hares
(which I love) and I nearly trod on a 3 foot adder!
Many thanks again....
'An enjoyable stay for all of us. Beach hut a huge bonus. Lovely cottage, Coming again, Thankyou.'
'Beach hut a revelation. Where can we buy one?'
'Very comfortable beds. Grand beach hut. Good restaurants. Very paintable harbour. Brillant beach cafe.' ( Susies). Only one intrepid male braved the North Sea.
We are delighted to have been sent this this sketch of 'Samantha Ks' by a June, 2010 visitor.( It shows one of the picturesque fishermen's huts that sell fresh fish at Blackshore.)
Unfortunately, we cannot always rely on our British weather being kind. In 2009 these holiday makers had really enjoyed the beach hut...
................................BUT in 2010,
'I had no idea how cold beach huts could get when the wind is in the wrong direction! Your sign on the hut did not fare well in the torrential rain. Southwold was, however, still absolutely delightful despite the weather and most importantly, I actually achieved my ambition to go up to the top of the lighthouse. Best regards'
We have now adapted the beach hut doors/windows so that when the wind is 'on shore' the doors/ windows can be closed agaist the elements, leaving the sea visible through the glass and the occupants inside the hut, in comparative comfort, though of course,still not completely protected from a cold, east wind.
These 2 amazing photographs were taken of/from our hut by Vernon Bailey, when he and his family were on holiday at Chestnutt Cottage in above ( 2009) and below (2010). He retains the copyright of his photographs.
'Another fantastic holiday with lovely weather too. Two of us swam every day and baby Grace loved the beach.'
'Great time had by all.
Only one World War 2 mine explosion at the beach all week!'
( For those of you who missed the News, crowds watched as a World War Two mine, which was discovered jutting out of the sands by a swimmer, was made safe by the bomb disposal squad. )
' We had a lovely week in your house again this year and the kids loved the Beach Mission so much that we are keen to come again for the same week next year. Please could you put us in the diary as a provisional booking. '
'Thank you so much for a wonderful beach hut. Also an adorable house to stay in.
(We THANK YOU for your lovely picture, Rosie.)
'Another lovely holiday in Southwold! We'll be back!
Thankyou for your pictures , Noah and Bea. We hope to see you again next year.
'2nd visit to cottage this year.- with grandchildren ‚ who loved the beach hut. gloriuos weather, spent everyday on the beach from 9.30 -.4.00! What a super end to their school holidays. Thank you very much, will be back next year.'
Thank you for your pictures, Evie and Erin. We are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday.
'This has been a very relaxing week and the weather has been very kind to us. It has been like 'home from home'- comfortable and well equipped. We especially enjoyed the eclectic collection of books, the CDs and of course (!) the beach hut. We appreciated all the thought which has gone into the cottage and we hope to come back.Thank you for letting your lovely home to us.'
'What another lovely week staying at Chestnutt Cottage! The weather not too bad.Alex ( 16 months) loved his first time building sand castles and paddling in the sea. Beach hut a lovely spot to base ourselves, enjoy take out treats from The Nelson pub, cheese from Nutters and fab pork pies and sausage rolls from the butchers.
Also enjoyed trips to Sutton Hoo, Beccles, but the beach hut kept tempting us to simple, sea-side pleasures.
Finally, easy meals from the excellent fish and chip shop and the Chinese take away, were both delicious.Thankyou for a great cottage, well equipped- enjoyed new cooker! '
'We have enjoyed our stay in spite of the weather,. The house is very well equipped. We particularly enjoyed our use of the conservatory. Sadly it wasn't beach hut weather, but we did have alook at it and a brief sit in it.
There are lots of places to eat- we especially enjoyed the Pier and 'Coasters''
"Repeat visitors from 2008- back with bikes and binnoculars. Mixed weather, but hey,! What do you expect at the end of October? Minsmere on Wednesday- 34 species including a great white egret ( as well as any umber of little whit egrets);and 2 instances of crows harrassing firstly a hen harrier and, later, a marsh harrier.
Cycled to Beccles via back lanes and Dunwich Heath via the Bailey Bridge, ( west of the Harbour inn @Southwold harbour)accessed via the old railway line ( go into Southwold and , at the roundabout where Pier Avenue goes left, go right and keep going.)
We walked the old railway too, then headed seawards along the north bank to buy fish. Fresh? I should say so!
Repeat recommendation from 2008 for the Sotherton Farm home-made pies ( Southwold Market on a Thursday orvisit them @GR 422797( half way between Brampton and Holton on the B1124, Beware regular flood on B1127 lowestoft Road at Potters Bridge. We got wet feet cycling through it. It was too long to free wheel through!"
- Incredible weather - of rain was there none! Really, really relaxing. Included in the programme, three sessions of lounging around at the beach hut, pretending to passers by that we actually owned it! We have been so comfortable at Chestnutt Cottage - just ideal- planning the next visit.' We had a great time. Thankyou.
'Thanks for a lovely stay. Everything you need is here.'
Great location, lovely time, fantastic beach hut, everything we could need, what more can we say?
Absolutely wonderful place. Thank you so much for a sanctuary in which to get away from it all (apart from a teething one year old!) walking across the field to the pier for a fish and chip supper and The Harbour Inn , both highlights as well as the circular walk to Walberswick. On our last day the sun shone in all its glory and the beach was fabulous. Thanks for treating us to some of your very inspiring artwork. We thought we would leave you some of our own. We will be back!!
'We had an absolutely wonderful time, weather great and beach hut fantastic and we have lovely memories to take home. See you again soon.'
Practical house- lovely time here- The Hut is GREAT - will come back.'
'Had another lovely week in Southwold. The beach hut feels like "home". very sad to be leaving. Thankyou.'
'WOW we got fantastic weather every day! House great - the hut was just
amazing - wonderful memories created. We had a wonderful family holiday. Kids loved the SU Beach Mission. Thanks.'
'We've enjoyed having the house as a base for our 'Southwold' week. Every possible sea-side activity has been experienced- from the beach to the Punch and Judy at the pier, sailing off Sole Bay, crabbing festival at Walberwick and of course summer theatre (twice). A wonderful time had by all.'
'A lovely , homely base for a seaside holiday. Excellent beach and beach hut. Enjoyable meals at fish and chip restaurant an special celebration one at The Swan. We so enjoyed too, the fish suppers from the harbour fish shops.'
'Lovely house and fantastic beach hut! We've had such a great holiday! See you next year, Southwold!'
'( phone message ) We had a lovely holiday- enjoyed relaxing and just watching the world go by. Found great places to eat - went out and about too, revisiting places we remembered from years ago. Leaving now as I have to get to Newcastle, via Birmingham, to take part in the Great North Run tomorrow! ( completed in just over 2 hrs!!)'
'We very much enjoyed our break at your holiday house and beach hut - thank you.'
'Great to have safe, dry, locked storage for our bikes.'
'Good bird life from and to Benacre Broad.'
'We'll be back'
'An excellent position for varied routes to and from the pier and the harbour as well as into Southwold. Who needs a car - except to get here?'
'Chestnutt Cottage is as described and just as we imagined it would be.. We loved it here.'
'Highlights of our week-
Bird watching at Benacre Broad, The Hen Reed Beds, just along the A1095, 300 metres north of Wolsey Bridge, Minsmere Bird Reserve.'
'Eating fish bought at the harbour and a SUPERB steak and kidney pie bought at White house Farm, Sotherton or from Southwold Thursday Market. The farmer's wife / pie maker's uncle lives next door to Chestnutt Cottage!'
'Sitting in the beach hut and watching the children play in the rising tide.
Finding our way in and out of the maze at Somerleyton.'
LIST OF BIRDS seen whilst on holiday in Reydon ( May)
Avocet, Barnacle goose, Bearded tit, Bittern, Black pheasant,Blackbird, Black-headed gull, Blacktailed godwit, Canada goose, Cettis warbler, Chaffinch, Collar dove, Common tern
Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Grebe, Green finch, Grey heron, Greylag goose
Hedge sparrow, Herring gull, Kestrel, Lapwing, Little egret, Little tern, Magpie, Mallard
Marsh harrier, Mediterranean gull, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Purple heron
Redshank, Reed bunting, Ringer plover, Robin, Rook, Sand martin, Shelduck, Shoveller
Starling, Swallow, Swift, Tufted duck, Willow warbler, Wood pigeon, Wren
'Not the best English summer but a really good holiday ...enhanced by having a dry, warm house to return to from the rain!'
'This is a lovely place to stay and we were lucky enough to enjoy the beach hut as well. We had great weather. The sea was lit up with sparkles on our first morning .
'Walks to Walberswick,up and down the promenade and around the town.Went up the lighthouse.'
'Nic got endless practice skipping stones into a very calm sea.
Breakfast at the hut marvellous.'
'A hedgehog supervised us as we put out the recycling bins.'
'What luxury! We're here for Latitude and coming back to this peachy place each night, how lucky are we! Thankyou so much.'
'Another 2 great weeks in Southwold, despite the weather. Thankyou.'
'We have had a lovely week here in Southwold. Having use of the beach hut has been brilliant for us, because our children wanted to go to the beach every day, come rain or sunshine- and we have seen both.'
'We have been crabbing in Walberswick and had a fun time at the Maize maze, whicjh is well worth the visit if you have children. We all would love to come again.'
'The beach hut proved to be the most perfect place for a nursing Mum and a 2 yr old. They have had a fantastic time at the hut and enjoying the beach. It has been lovely to come back to Chestnutt Cottage.'
'The few days that we lost to the weather, we visited 'Africa Live' and the 'Anglia Transport Museum', which had Amelia enthralled and Elliot entertained.'
'What a fantastic base for a family holiday. Thankyou for making it so special.'
'Had a fabulous time, loved the beach hut and all the fab pubs. We recommend fish and chips at The Red Lion, washed down with a pint of Adnams. Also, the Tim Hunkin 'Under the pier" Amusement arcade on the pier.'