Over the last ten years we have created a portfolio of distinguished holiday retreats in the heart Constable’s Dedham Vale which feature in this painting of his.


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Our story started over ten years ago with a unique proposition when we brought to market the only holiday rental cottages to feature in a painting by John Constable. ‘Higham Village’ painted in 1804 features four of our cottages meaning only Idyllic Suffolk can genuinely offer Constable Country Retreats. This is also the inspiration for our logo.

Idyllic Suffolk was a family affair centred in Higham. The Fenwick family has been in the village since 1936 and Major Charles Fenwick (ex. Grenadier Guards) was born in Barham’s Manor in 1946 which has been his home ever since. During this time, he has acquired a collection of unrivalled holiday homes centred around a beautifully landscaped fifteen-acre park with stunning views over Suffolk’s tranquil rolling landscape.

A few years ago, the Major’s cousin Charlie Allsopp (also ex. Grenadier Guards) became a partner and general manager of the business with a view to expanding beyond Higham. With unrivalled local knowledge, Charles and Charlie are curating a growing collection of distinctive and memorable holiday rental cottages to share their passion for this beautiful part of the country. We are totally committed ensuring all our guests experience the highest possible standards and feel fully revived and recharged after their stay. With his office in the middle of the estate, Charlie is available all hours to look after you. He is supported by an extensive team who have been linked to the family for many years.

“Come and experience the relaxing pace of Suffolk and the Dedham Vale. Beautiful English countryside, great food and tons to do”