15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England


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Chocolate box cottage in the heart of the market town of Saffron Walden and yet situated in a quiet back street a few minutes walk away from the shops and restaurants of the town. The cottage has recently undergone extensive renovation to include new kitchen, bathroom and en-suite yet retains all of its historic character. The cottage is heavily beamed with a large inglenook fireplace to two rooms, oak floors to the downstairs. It has a small and very private courtyard garden. The property has on road parking available outside. Ideally situated to explore Saffron Walden and Cambridge and London is easily accessed by the local station Audley End which is a 5 minute drive away from the cottage.

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Reviews (20)

  1. Jude W.
    We recently stayed in Drake Cottage for three nights and wished that we'd booked for longer. The cottage itself is amazing, dating from the late 1400s, yet has been tastefully upgraded with every modern convenience. Both bedrooms are large and the beds comfortable, and having two bathrooms was much appreciated. A lovely perk is the private yard out back for a morning coffee. Saffron Walden is such a quaint village with everything you need from cafes to a large Waitrose grocery store. Day trips to Cambridge, Lavenham and Coggeshall are easy from this location. Would love to stay here again. 26 May 2017 - 02:36:00
  2. Nick D.
    The cottage was very well presented for a period cottage and was full of charm but also full of every little thing we could have wanted in a home stay. Well set up kitchen, cute little private garden, efficient hot water, comfy beds and plenty of space downstairs even for a family of 5. A few short steps to town and right next to the magnificent church. Quiet at night and convenient in the daytime. Parking a small challenge but so many big pluses that we just dealt with it by parking the car elsewhere when we had it. The dishwasher was a real bonus even though we filled it with the wrong soap Lucy helped set us straight the next day. Even our big teenager was very comfortable on the pull out settee bed downstairs. Even the bumps on the head from the low ceiling and doors were a charming part of the experience and we would highly recommend the place and certainly stay there again on a return visit to the area. Perfect location for day trips to London and Cambridge and Saffron Walden is a perfect little market town with several great restaurants and cute shops. If you are not from the area then try Duxford Air Museum, Punting on the River cam, day trips to London! The pre conversations with property owner Deb were always useful and kind and Lucy the housekeeper was brilliant. We loved everything. 23 June 2017 - 11:56:00
  3. Edward F.
    Prepared by excellent communications between Deb Wheatley and ourselves beforehand, we enjoyed the fine holiday we expected. The cottage's great character, it's position in the town, the friendliness of the town's inhabitants, the fascinating Fry Gallery and the surrounding characterful and culturally rich villages, galleries etc.made the week very special! 13 July 2017 - 09:42:00
  4. mercedes g.
    We have spent a great time in the cottage, we will go back soon !! 17 August 2017 - 20:30:00
  5. Mrs Annie W.
    My Belgian young family loved the location of Drake Cottage. They loved the prettyiness and excellent facilities within the cottage. In all the cottage was a wonderful unique holiday. They are already hoping to be able to return. 27 August 2017 - 07:57:00
  6. Luisa Ruiz N.
    Volver cada ao tras una larga estancia viviendo en ella en Saffron, me siento como en casa. Tiene un "encanto especial" para m y mi familia. 12 September 2017 - 19:49:00
  7. Christine B.
    This house is the ideal place to stay if you want to explore the area and town of Saffrn Walden. Comfortable and very well looked after. Thank you 17 September 2017 - 06:54:00
  8. Melanie B.
    We had a lovely stay at Drake Cottage and were reluctant to leave our 'home away from home'. Lucy the housekeeper met us at the property to show us around and answer any questions. We love the authenticity of the cottage which is beautifully presented and very comfortable. Our only issue was that parking was difficult as there was no designated parking for residents and others tended to use the parking spaces in front of the cottage. Overall we loved it and would definitely re-book Drake Cottage when we come back. Thank you Deb for sharing your lovely cottage with us. 09 October 2017 - 11:44:00
  9. William M.
    We enjoyed the whole Saffron Walden experience - the cottage and the town. The cottage has character and is comfortable and well equipped with quality furniture and appliances with instruction books (thankyou). The bed rooms are attractively decorated with good linen and towels. We always had plenty of hot water for showers. After a day's outing, we always found a parking space outside the cottage. 24 October 2017 - 04:11:00
  10. Jacobo V.
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  11. Aprille
    Our four night stay exceeded our expectations. The cottage is a delight and it's location is perfect for discovering the many attractions of Saffron Walden and nearby villages. We were very comfortable and we soon got used to " ducking" under the low beams. The property is just as described and it's quite clear that it's much loved. It was carefully prepared for our arrival. We found it to be well equipped and enjoyed cooking in the charming kitchen after buying fresh produce from the great little Saturday morning market.. (I think it's held on Tuesdays too.) We visited the Fry Gallery twice and it's highly recommended for anyone interested in the artists of Great Bardfield. Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden to name my favourites. It's closed now for winter but Great Bardfield makes for a worthwhile visit. The bookshop will give you insights into the artists who lived there and a cup of coffee too. Thaxted is a beautiful and interesting village. You can pick up a village guide in the splendid church which must not be missed. We were fortunate to be visiting when the Haverhill Silver Band were holding a concert in Thaxted one evening which was most enjoyable. Make sure you visit Finchingfield too, another attractive village. Equally we were happy to spend a day exploring Saffron Walden and were delighted to discover beautiful gardens, a great local museum, 2 mazes, a labyrinth, and outstanding architecture at every turn. What a happy few days we had where everything exceeded our expectations. We are so pleased we found Drake Cottage and we hope to return one day. 30 October 2017 - 14:07:00
  12. gandh
    A lovely time was had by myself and my gf over the easter weekend here. The listing description was 100% accurate regarding the location, layout and facilities. The property was spotlessly clean on arrival.The owner Deb and housekeeper Lucy were very friendly and nice, giving excellent customer service from the time of arranging the booking until departing the cottage. I would highly recommend this property to anybody thinking about booking a stay here. Many fine dining restaurants to choose from close by and i can honestly say i could find no fault with the weekend we had at this lovely cottage. 21 April 2014 - 19:39:43
  13. Peter W.
    It's just like the picture showed. yet better. The most amazing cottage dating back to the 15th century. The cottage was recently remodeled, is well maintained and beautifully decorated. A great place to enjoy and relax. We came to visit our daughter now living in the UK and fell in love with the cottage and this market town. Everything, shopping, dining etc. was in easy walking distance from the cottage. We also explored the surrounding area and had lunch at the Cricketer in Clavering, Jamie Oliver's parents place. Great food, reasonably priced. Deb is a great host. We will be back and trust that others will enjoy the cottage as much as we did. 21 April 2014 - 17:26:22
  14. redefrens
    The house has to grow on you and the longer you stay there the more you like it. The ground floor is perfect from the start. To get upstairs you have to acquire a certain climbing skill especially if trying to get a suitcase there. Once you have learned this and learned to avoid a beam that streches across te corridor at 1.62 m you are all set to the enjoy the property to the full. And what a property it is: Well maintained, fully equiped and a caretaker to let you in the first time. The house is one of the oldest in Saffron Walden, is in the middle of town, has a parking place in front of it and the outside looks like a decor of a fairy tale. The inside is modern ( but mind the low beams!) and has brand new equipment. Even the chairs are confortable. Within Saffron Waldon all shops, sights and restaurants are within walking distance. Sometimes there is a hiil on your way there however. If you want to enjoy England as it should be enjoyed, go to Saffron Waldon. If you want to enjouy Saffron Waldon as it should be enjoyed, stay at this property. 24 May 2014 - 12:23:58
  15. Isobel
    Drake cottage is a typical period cottage however, the attention to detail is remarkable, which made our stay so enjoyable. Modernised to a very high standard is a well equipped kitchen, open plan dining and through to a cosy lounge. Up a quirky staircase to a beautiful bathroom and two very tasteful comfortable bedrooms with crisp White Linen and one en-suite. There is also a small sun trapped BBQ walled garden area to the rear, which we made good use of. The cottage location is great, a short walk takes you to centre of town where you have all the shopping you could wish for and parkland on the door step. A great week and look forward to future visits. 08 July 2014 - 17:54:15
  16. Clarkes
    We just had the most remarkable two weeks in Drake Cottage,our dream of an old English cottage came true at long last,the cottage is to die for all mod-cons and every thing to detail, We would recommend it to every one we meet who wants to spend time in that part of the world ,the town has every thing you need ,great eating places and great shopping,no need to go any where ,but we traveled every day to somewhere new and wonderful, We were lucky the English weather was kind also, Lucy the wonderful lady that treats you with such kindness,and willingness to please could not have done more ,she is to be commend We loving call it Charlie Drake Cottage 26 July 2014 - 22:13:26
  17. Richard & Paula
    We stayed at this fabulously furnished and equiped cottage for only four days and wsish it had been a lot longer. The cottage is quirky and full of character and you soon get used to the low beams and stairs. Its one of the best equiped and furnished cottages we have stayed in and both Deb and Lucy deserve the highest compliments for the high standards of care and cleanliness. We would recommend this treasur to everyone who gets a chance to stay in the area and we will certainly be back if and when we can 07 January 2015 - 10:45:18
  18. Doris R.
    We stayed here 6 nights and have been very comfortable. Drake Cottage is just a short walk from Saffron Waldens Town Square and services, and on Tuesday evening we heard the most joyful church bells pealing! Turned out to be the St. Marys bell ringers practicing! A lovely place to stay. 25 November 2017 - 07:42:00
  19. Renate W.
    Es war einfach perfekt!! Das Cottage ist sehr sauber und mit Liebe eingerichtet und hat eine zentrale, aber ruhige Lage. Wir kommen gerne wieder !!!!! 05 December 2017 - 23:12:00
  20. Isabella W.
    Drake Cottage was truly a dream come true for my husband and me. The location is perfect, all within a 5-minute walk of all that the town has to offer, including multiple restaurants, the supermarket, fish and chip shop, etc. Then the house! This cottage has been renovated with such care for detail and character you can tell the owner really cares. The bathtub was heavenly, and now nothing quite compares back in America! For a relaxing, quaint getaway don't hesitate to book Drake Cottage. We will be back. 03 January 2018 - 16:12:00

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