School Cottage Heveningham

School Cottage is a characterful 18th century semi-detached cottage in a lovely quiet rural location, with views across fields front and back. Its unique feature is that it is near the historic church, with its adjoining village pump and Glebe land, in the pretty hamlet of Heveningham, just six miles from the attractive market town of Halesworth and close to Framlingham, and the coast is about twenty minutes drive at Southwold, Walberswick or Dunwich.   There is accommodation for up to six adults, a  family or couples and a well-behaved dog is welcome, by arrangement. 


Room By Room

There is an inglenook fireplace with a wood burner in the beamed sitting room where an upright piano stands, along with a TV with video, Blu-ray and a Blu-tooth docking station. There is a comfy red  sofa, chaise longue, and three velvet chairs here.

In the separate dining-room there is a second wood burner, a pine table seating six and a CD player. French doors open onto the courtyard, ideal for alfresco dining.

The country kitchen is on two levels, with a slope between. It is well-equipped, with a butler sink, a dual fuel Smeg cooker, dishwasher, fridge and hand-built wooden cupboards.

Beyond this is a spacious utility room, containing the washing machine, freezer and barbecue and a ceiling-mounted clothes drier. There is plenty of extra space for coats, muddy boots and bikes. 

Stable doors open onto a sunny courtyard garden,  and there is also a separate cottage garden with a shed containing garden chairs, beside the adjoining cottage. 

The cottage is furnished traditionally, with all the sleeping accommodation up the quaint steep staircase, where the floors are uneven and some floorboards squeak. There are three double bedrooms, sleeping six adults: one bedroom contains a king size bed and the other two doubles. All have views over countryside and there are steps down to both double bedrooms. The beds are comfortable, with plentiful duvets and pillows, and all sheets and pillowcases are 100% cotton. Bath and hand towels are provided, as are  tea towels. Please bring your own beach towels.

There are two bathrooms: a shower room and toilet downstairs and a bath and toilet upstairs.

In addition to the wood burners, the central heating and hot water are oil fired. In winter, the cottage is snug and heats up quickly. In summer, thick walls and flagstone floors through the downstairs keep it cool. French doors open onto the courtyard, where there is a sunshade and outside tables and chairs for six.

Children are welcome and a highchair and stair gate can be provided if required.

The stairs are steep as they twist sharply above the inglenook fireplace and, although there is a bannister and rope handrail, the upstairs would be difficult to access for toddlers or anyone with mobility issues. 

On the road directly in front of the cottage is one parking space only and behind the garden shed is an off-road space for one extra car.        



Accommodation Features

Sleeps: 6
Number of Bedrooms: 3
No. of Ensuite Bathrooms: 0
No. of Family Bathrooms: 2
Bed Linen Supplied: True
Towels Supplied: True
Change Over Day: Friday
Short Breaks: True
Cot Available: False
High Chair: True
Open Fire: False
Wood Burning Stove: True
Washing Machine: True
Tumble Dryer: False
Washer Dryer Combo: False
Microwave: True
Fridge with Freezer Compartment: False
Fridge Freezer: False
Fridge: True
Freezer: True
Dishwasher: True
Iron and Ironing Board: True
Hair Dryer: True
TV With Freeview: True
DVD: True
Heating Configuration: Oil
Central Heating: True
WiFi: True
Dogs Allowed: True
Number of Dogs Allowed: 1
Parking: Off-Road
Garden Furniture: True
Dog Friendly:
BBQ: Charcoal

Guest reviews

  • I wanted to let you know we had a fabulous week. School Cottage is a
    comfortable, homely and very well equipped property, with a great working
    kitchen, in a lovely, quiet setting. The courtyard garden is a super sun
    trap and perfect for dining out.  

    It is in an ideal location for trips to the coast and walks from the door. We particularly liked Covehithe and Benacre beach, picturesque, yet quiet, so perfect for walking our 2 spaniels. We saw a young seal in the same spot, going in and out of the sea,  two days on the trot. Although we didn’t go, my brother in law and sister in law also recommended Orford Ness, which they said was beautiful  and Dunwich beach and heath ( we’ll discover them  next time!).

    We highly recommend the newly opened branch of the Aldeburgh butchers shop “Salter and King” in Peasenhall. Fabulous meat and service. Having sampled their produce we came home with plenty to keep us going. We also enjoyed our return visits after 24 years to the  fish sheds on  Aldeburgh sea front and Southwold harbour.

    Home made biscuits and a bottle of wine on arrival were very much appreciated too ( the biscuits were delicious!).

    We look forward to returning to the area very soon as 6 days was not long enough for us to visit and discover all there is to see and do in this lovely part of the Country. The break, with  beautiful early Autumn weather, was just what we needed to relax and recharge during these testing times.

    We wish Sarah and Cathy all the best and thank them for allowing us to share their super cottage.  CW September 2020


    We have stayed in School Cottage several times at various times of year and
    it is always so lovely to return. In summer, whether the weather is clement
    or not, there is always something to do and School Cottage is perfectly
    placed for a short drive to the beach, RSPB and nature reserves, the Suffolk
    Coastal Path and no end of local walks where you can make the pub the point
    of the walk - not to mention the castles and places of historical interest.
    This idiosyncratic cottage has a well appointed kitchen and a great utility
    room where you can dry your clothes from a swim in the sea or wet walks.
    The downstairs shower is excellent and the upstairs bathroom very comfortable
    which means guests do not have to queue. For us, the fact that the living
    room has a piano means that there can be sing-songs around the wood burning
    stove in the evenings and as the dining area is separate to the living room,
    friends who are not musically inclined can still be warm and cosy - and quiet.
    The cottage is surprisingly spacious and has three double bedrooms which are
    all comfortable. The beautiful courtyard garden, which leads out from the
    dining area, is sheltered and a delight to be in until late, weather permitt-
    ing. There is also the use of a barbecue for guests. School Cottage has a
    very pretty separate garden to sit in just a few metres down the road.

    We always look forward to our next visit...August 2021 booked!

    AD August 2020
  • We loved the cottage. It had everything we needed. Lovely location. We didn’t
    break anything! The flapjacks and wine was a lovely touch. Thank you,

    LF August 2020

    Thank you for going the extra mile Trish with all the special needs that we
    Really appreciated your help. L & NH August 2020
    We thoroughly enjoyed our break in Suffolk at School Cottage and we will be
    recommending you and Suffolk Coastal Cottages to all our Cambridge friends. LH August 2020

Local Area

Pub: Walk to Sibton White Horse or the Laxfield Low House, and many other delightful country inns near by, an easy drive.

Shop: Close by to Laxfield Coop and many shops in Halesworth, both a ten minute drive.

Beach: Southwold and Aldeburgh are within an easy half an hour drive, in between are coastal villages like Dunwich and Thorpeness.. plenty on offer for children and adults alike!

Other Local Attractions:

School Cottage, Heveningham is ideally located near the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, with its three long distance footpaths. This area of outstanding natural beauty, known as the Heritage Coast, includes ancient woodland, heathland, river estuaries, saltmarsh, mudflats, reed beds, shingle beaches and low eroding cliffs along 60 miles of coastland. It is within a short drive of Minsmere RSPB Reserve; Southwold, with its iconic beach huts; the lost village of Dunwich; Walberswick, with its artsy community and the beautiful beach at Covehithe. Within easy reach are Snape Maltings and concert hall, along with Aldeburgh, former home of Benjamin Britten and famed for its Maggi Hambling scallop sculpture on the beach. Orford, with its archetypal castle, and Orford Ness nature reserve with its secret past are a little further, as is the photogenic Shingle Street. The whole area is rich in culture and charm, with many unspoilt villages, quirky pubs and historic buildings. Suffolk sourced food and drink (Butley Creek oysters, Blythburgh pork and Adnams ales for example) are highly regarded.

Booking Conditions


  1. A booking deposit of 25% of the rental fee is payable if the booking is made more than 6 weeks before the start of the rental. This deposit must be paid within 5 days of your booking. The balance of the rental cost is payable 6 weeks before the arrival date. For bookings made less than 6 weeks before the commencement date the full rental amount is required.
  2. All cancellations must be notified in writing. The owners will endeavor to re-let the cottage. If successful the client will be refunded, but if not all monies paid by the client shall be forfeited. We recommend cancellation insurance to cover this.
  3. Bookings usually run from 5pm on the day of arrival to 10am on the day of departure, unless stated differently on an individual property page. The client is responsible for leaving the accommodation in good order and in the same clean condition as they found it. The client undertakes to pay for any breakages or damage, requiring replacement or repair, and for any extra cleaning costs on departure. A Security Deposit of £150 is payable at the time when the balance or full payment is made for the rental, and will be refunded to you once the housekeeper’s check has been made on your departure.
  4. Only those named on the reservation form may use the accommodation. Subletting or assignment is not permitted.
  5. The owners cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to client’s baggage or personal effects. We recommend insurance to cover this.
  6. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that equipment in the property is in working order, occasionally breakdowns occur. The client is requested to inform the owner should this happen, so repairs or remedial action can be initiated promptly.
  7. One dog is allowed at this property by prior arrangement with the agent, £25 per stay.
  8. Smoking is not permitted inside any property by law.
  9. It is the client’s responsibility to supervise children at all times. The owners accept no responsibility for any accident, injury or sickness howsoever caused.