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The Gildhall

3 Bedroom Cottage in Suffolk

An enchanting 16th century thatched cottage in the grounds of Higham Place, with everything you would expect of a traditional English country cottage, including beamed walls and ceilings, winding staircase, uneven floors and an Aga. With a date plaque going back to 1550, this charming timber-framed, two-storey accommodation is perfect for families who want to feel a strong connection with history whilst enjoying the modern conveniences of this tastefully renovated cottage. The Gildhall is dog-friendly too so the entire family can make the most of this fantastic accommodation.

Higham, Dedham Vale, Suffolk / 2 King-size (1 splits into 2 singles) and 1 Double bedroom / Sleeps 6

The Ground Floor

Sitting Room – Lovely large and cosy room with three comfy sofas around a mantel piece with imitation log burner and 42” Smart TV. Bureau and round table and chairs for four, ideal for playing cards or games. Double French doors lead out onto the terrace and mature gardens, which opens out onto a private fifteen-acre park.

Dining Room – Refectory table with eight chairs and a further log burning stove.

Kitchen – Farmhouse style kitchen with table and chairs for four, an Aga, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster and washing machine.

First Floor

Master Bedroom – King-size bed, en-suite to Family Bathroom.

The Gild Room – King-size bed (splits into 2 singles) with en-suite power-shower lavatory and handbasin.

Third Bedroom – Double bed.

Family Bathroom – Bath, handheld shower and overhead power-shower, lavatory and handbasin.


Enclosed dog-proof garden with three distinct sanctuaries – the Sun Lawn, the Breakfast Court and the Main Garden – with several seating areas.

Local Amenities and Entertainment

Your journey to The Gildhall will have brought you through the spectacular scenery of Constable Country before arriving at your charming thatched cottage accommodation. As a stunning location to unwind in on your holiday, there’s plenty to see and do whilst recharging your batteries and soaking in the surroundings. If you’re new to the area, then we’re always very happy to provide you with recommendations of our favourite activities, places to visit and nearby towns which we believe will enhance your stay here.

Whether you’re here with friends and family or even enjoying a solo trip around the East of England, if you’d like any advice about the highlights of the local area or any upcoming events that are unmissable, then please don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll be happy to pass our knowledge on to you. You’ll find plenty of general and local information guides and maps in The Gildhall, but we can also provide you with further inspiration if you need a helping hand!

The Gildhall also makes the ideal base for your family and pets to come and visit. We’re based just an hour away from London, in the East of England but it will feel like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Our accommodation is warm and inviting, offering all the essentials for your entire party including highchairs and cots on request. You’ll find The Gildhall to be the perfect trip for your family dog to enjoy too.

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Dogs Welcome



On arrival you will be treated to a Welcome Basket containing free-range organic whole milk, fresh locally baked loaf and cake, jar of marmalade, slab of butter, choice of two cereals and a bottle of wine to wash it all down.

The kitchen is equipped with tea, coffee, sugar, dish soap & tablets, and hand soap. For the fire we give you a generous box of logs, with lighters and kindling, and more can be requested.

All bedlinen is 100% Egyptian cotton and pillows are feather & down (two per guest). All guests also get 100% cotton towels that are large, white and generously threaded and accompanied by White Company toiletries and plenty of loo paper.

There is an iron and board, hairdryer and ample clothes storage in drawers and on coat hangers. Highchair and travel cot are available.

Welcome Basket

Pet Friendly

Off Street Parking

Free WiFi

42" Smart TV

Retro DAB radio

Washing Machine

Oil Central Heating

Detailed House Guide

Iron & Board


Fridge Freezer


Travel Cot