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. 

Guest Review: "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."

BOOK NOW: Choose your arrival date below, continue with our online booking system for payments with your debit or credit card or ring Trish on 01502 478078 or email as usual for any queries and payments by BACS/cheque/debit/credit card. Thank you, Trish.

 Please see details on our Covid-19 page.

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 bedrooms, sleeping six:  one bedroom has a king size bed, another a double bed and the third bedroom can be a king size  or twin as you prefer, as it has two brand new zip and link single 2’ 6’’ beds which can be joined together to make one king size bed. 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
High Chair: True
Wood Burning Stove: True
Washing Machine: True
Microwave: True
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
BBQ: Charcoal

Guest reviews

  • Thanks so much for the lovely treats that welcomed us on our arrival. We had a wonderful week in gorgeous Suffolk , staying in your beautiful and idyllic cottage. MW August 2021


    We have had a great week in a lovely cottage. I spoke to the owner just as we were about to leave and told her we were very pleased with everything. EK July 2021

    Just wanted to say we all had a fantastic time at School Cottage! My friends have stayed in other cottages before which did not compare to School Cottage; they were very impressed by how clean it was at School Cottage and by the amount of cooking utensils etc available to use. It’s such a lovely cosy space to stay in and we all enjoyed it and using it as a base to explore the local area. It was the first time in a very long time we’ve spent time like this together so it was very special. Thank you very much for the kind gift from you - it went down a treat! And please pass on our thanks to Cathy and Sarah for the wine and the delicious flapjacks - we couldn’t get enough of them! AC July 2021

    Just to say that we really enjoyed our stay at School Cottage. It was a delightful place to stay and suited us all perfectly. Very well equipped with a lovely outside space too. Please thank the owners for the delicious flapjack and the bottle of wine. SN June 2021

    This was our first visit to Suffolk, and School Cottage in the friendly village of Heveningham, was well placed for us to explore both the nearby coastline and picturesque countryside and villages. We loved the cottage with its historical charm, sheltered courtyard and pretty garden. Equipped with everything needed for a self catering holiday, we wanted for nothing; and particularly enjoyed the 'little extras' of homemade flapjacks and bottle of wine! The information folder provided, was invaluable not only for finding our way round the cottage but also for recommendations on walks, places to visit and local markets and hostelries. We are already looking forward to our next stay! G & K, June 2021

    The cottage is well equipped and very cosy, and we had a brilliant time. We visited Dunwich, Southwold and Aldeburgh and also the vineyard at Framlingham, and I would recommend it for a visit. There were no guided tours running because of Covid, but we were given a little laminated map to do a self-guided tour of the vineyard and then we did a free wine tasting at the shop, with I think 5 wines (white and rose) available to try and additional red and sparkling available to buy. AW June 2021

  • "We enjoyed a very relaxing two week break in School Cottage. It was lovely and cosy, clean and very well equipped. The welcome gift was a nice gesture and the doggy treats went down especially well 😊. The service provided by Trish was also second to none too. It is in a really nice peaceful area and we will definitely be visiting again in the not too distant future" - Tracy & Jon xx Lucy & Bobby, Nottinghamshire. School cottage from T&JW April 2021

    Our holiday experience began with a 'phone call to Trish who offered us a professional and friendly service. She was efficient, helpful and the booking process was seamless. School Cottage in Heveningham has everything you could ask for in a holiday let. We were greeted by a bottle of wine and some delicious home-made biscuits which were a really lovely appreciated touch. The cottage is clean, tidy, well organised and extensively equipped. The owners Sarah and Cathy go the extra mile to ensure you have all the useful information you need with regard to the accommodation and the local area. The cottage is perfectly located in a quiet one street little hamlet - the perfect idyll. In general, Suffolk would be described as gentle and completely unspoilt with a real feel-good factor. It also offers big skies which go on forever - so different to the South East, our home. We stepped outside the cottage front door on our first night and were treated to the most wonderful, magical stargazing experience. We were pretty sure we saw the Milky Way. This was an added bonus to our first Suffolk experience which won't be our last. Thank you Sarah, Cathy and Trish for enabling us to have a great 2 week holiday. 5 stars. J&D S

  • We had a wonderful holiday and fell in love with the Suffolk countryside and coast. The cottage was a true home from home. I think we will be back but not sure when, as we like to spread our affections across different regions and countries! But when we do return we will of course check your website first. Also to mention how useful your "what to do guide" was in helping us to find our way around and nice places to eat. Many thanks for all your help and assistance. D&JS October 2020

    Just wanted to say how much we loved the School Cottage last week. Real character, clean,  comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Super location too. Just as much we both really loved Suffolk (our first time) particularly Southwold although of course we were blessed with excellent weather the whole time. Its a bit of a trek from North Somerset but we will no doubt be back, hopefully next year. S & R O September 2020

    Just a note to say a  huge thank you for setting up the cottage so comfortably.  We really felt at home here, and it was wonderful to leave our four walls after eight months lockdown and explore pastures new in Suffolk.  I was thrilled to discover Huntingfield church with Mildred Holland's amazing figures on nave and chancel, this was the highlight of our Sunday here! Brisk sea walks and wave watching have restored our get up and go, thank you again for all your care and attention for lovely School Cottage.  JL October 2020

  • 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 suntrap 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 permitting. 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 had.. 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 , Huntingfield Arms 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.

Please see further details on our Covid-19 page.