Markwells House

Large country house/ farmhouse on the estuary of the River Stour in Suffolk, under 2 hours from London
Guests: 10       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 3 dogs), fee applies

Markwells House

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A fine country house in Suffolk with estuary access, Markwells is the perfect location for a large family gathering for a special occasion. Simply one of the most luxurious and wonderful holiday properties in all the UK.

Markwells House is a beautiful large farmhouse dating from approximately 1600 and listed Grade II. It enjoys a fabulous position overlooking the mile-wide Stour estuary between Suffolk and Essex.

The house is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within easy reach of many beautiful Suffolk and North Essex towns and villages, stately homes, beaches and countryside. Flatford Mill and the Dedham Vale (Constable Country) are just a few miles away. Alton Water Park with sailing, windsurfing and fishing as well as walking and cycle routes, is less than a mile away. There are many good restaurants nearby, and farmer’s markets for delicious local produce.

The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, from which there is direct access to the sea-wall along the estuary, for walks to Holbrook Bay and beyond, with great birdwatching. There is a duckpond by the house and chickens (collect the eggs!) and a large summerhouse with veranda in the extensive garden, as well as a paddock of alpacas!

Markwells House has been carefully restored and furnished with country antiques, and has a very well equipped kitchen and several good bathrooms and all you need for a very comfortable stay. There is underfloor or central heating in all rooms, as well as two woodburners and two open fires. There is wi-fi throughout the house. Although it can sleep 10, the house is perfect for smaller groups as well. There are good views to the river from all the rooms.

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latest review

Beautiful house and gardens, well set up for a 2 year old and a 6 year old. Special thanks to the housekeeper, who took the trouble to phone us up to confirm our requests. Just be careful not to tres...

Margaret C, November 2020

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arrival at
17:00
depart by
10:00
guests
10
7 nights from
£1430 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£2110 (based on 2 staying)
pets
pets welcome (max. 3 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Double, Twin, Twin

facilities at Markwells House

general
farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
media & technology
television and reception
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
infants
young children welcome
high chair
cot
stairgate

map - location

travel info

Nearest train station is 5 miles from the house and Ipswich station is 7 miles. It is approx 1 hour by train from London. Taxis are available at both, but slightly easier from Ipswich. It is about an hour and a half to two hours drive from London (provided you avoid the worst of the rush hour!)

in detail

Underfloor & central heating throughout. Wi-fi. Stair gates for both sets of stairs.

Ground Floor:

  • Entrance hall
  • Dining room – Suffolk brick floor, large farmhouse table, woodburner
  • Kitchen – new appliances: double oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, Nespresso coffee machine
  • Sitting Room - with woodburner, TV, DVD player, Sky
  • Large conservatory with grape vine, dining table and chairs
  • Separate large second sitting room/study with open fire, TV with DVD, Sky
  • Hall area, large extra fridge and downstairs loo
  • Utility room - washing machine & drier, ironing board
  • Small study

First Floor:

  • Master bedroom – double half-tester bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower
  • Pretty twin bedroom with iron beds and patchwork quilts, ensuite shower room and loo
  • Twin bedroom with wooden ‘sleigh’ beds
  • Family bathroom with roll top bath
  • Double bedroom, walk-in wardrobe
  • Double bedroom - 4' wide antique painted bed
  • Shower room

Outside:

  • Large garden with wild flower meadow, herb garden, topiary
  • Paved area by house with benches, table and chairs
  • Small area by house enclosed for dogs
  • Large summerhouse with veranda
  • Plenty of parking
  • Chickens, ducks, alpacas (these are all enclosed in dog safe runs/paddocks)
  • Two ponds
  • Mile-wide river at bottom of garden.

local area

You will be in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within easy reach of many beautiful Suffolk and North Essex towns and villages, stately homes, beaches and countryside. Flatford Mill and the Dedham Vale (Constable Country) are just a few miles away. Alton Water Park with sailing, windsurfing and fishing as well as walking and cycle routes, is less than a mile away.

There are many good restaurants nearby, and farmer’s markets for delicious local produce, including Jimmy's Farm (as seen on TV) within a couple of miles.

Village shops about a mile and a half away.

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customer reviews for Markwells House

Beautiful house and gardens, well set up for a 2 year old and a 6 year old. Special thanks to the housekeeper, who took the trouble to phone us up to confirm our requests. Just be careful not to trespass into the neighbour's garden, with its enticing swing...

- Margaret C,
November 2020

We loved the property and grounds, very special. The space and amount of rooms felt like real luxury and such a comfy homely feel to the house makes you feel like you have been there for ages. The furnishings really nice and had to be dragged out of bathroom.

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September 2020

We had another fantastic break and cannot praise the beautiful house and gardens enough. The house is spotless and extremely comfortable and the garden was even more beautiful this time. Enjoyed a couple of great games of croquet on the lawn. Lots of lovely places to visit within easy distance. Looking forward to another visit in the not too distant future. Margaret

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September 2020

Such a beautiful house and gardens; it was perfect for our family catch up. Thanks

- Sarah M,
September 2020

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed, anywhere - we couldn't have wished for a more perfect family escape after months locked down in the city. There were 6 of us ranging from 21 to 81 but it would be wonderful for guests of any age. The house is beautiful and comfortable, and the grounds are astonishing. We loved the views, the trees, the estuary walks, the summer house, the lawn games, the stars at night and most of all the animals. There are quirky alpacas with their different faces and haircuts (they'd just been clipped), ducks straight out of a children's picture book, chickens who supplied us with lots of eggs, and Henry the friendly cat. We were also lucky enough to see the other cat Lizzie's kittens in the barn at just a few hours old (thank you Mark). There was so much to see and enjoy we didn't feel like going anywhere else - 4 days of utter happiness. Thank you!

- Roz C,
August 2020

Recently returned from long weekend at Markwells House and still Marvelling at how fantastic it was. It totally exceeded our expectations. The house is superbly equipped to a high standard, we needed for nothing. The grounds gave the children a degree of freedom that was quite rare these days. Only criticism is that beds could not really accommodate 10 adults. Look forward to booking another stay.

- Margaret Y,
August 2020

Fabulous house and amazing gardens. Far exceeded our expectations. A great place for a family celebration.

- Karen B,
August 2019

We have just returned from our second stay at Markwell's & couldn't recommend it more! Beautiful, historical house set in stunning grounds - the perfect place for peace & tranquility. We enjoyed lazy sunny days in the garden, lunch al fresco, visiting the alpacas, playing hide & seek amongst the topiary on the perfectly landscaped lawn! I would imagine it would be just as wonderful during the winter months, with roaring fires & lots of nooks and crannies to curl up with a good book. We felt very welcome here and are already planning our next visit. A truly magical place.

- Karen S,
July 2019

We had a wonderful long weekend at Markwells (June 2019), with three generations of our family. There was something for everyone, and we all loved the garden, especially the grandchildren, who spent the whole weekend outdoors wandering around the garden barefoot, trampolining, feeding the alpacas, etc, and occasionally being forced to play cricket. It's clear that great care has been taken to ensure the house has absolutely everything that anyone could need. Many thanks to Pat and everyone involved in making this such an special place.

- Michael R,
June 2019

Markwells is a wonderful house in a beautiful setting. Our stay was a long weekend to celebrate a 70th and a 12th birthday and it was perfect. The house is well equipped, warm (this is November!) with so much room for all. The book collection is first rate for the quieter moments - though there weren't many of those! Time spent walking in the gardens, to the river wall, playing kings and castles, drinking sundowners on the pavilion, hide and seek around the topiary, bird watching, fireworks for the children, so much to enjoy and of course, bonding with the alpacas! Our weather was marvellous which meant we could spend so much time outside. the housekeeper Pat and gardener Mark were so helpful and made the stay even more welcoming. We would very much recommend Markwells for a big family gathering where you want to relax and just spend time together. We cancelled a pub lunch on Sunday just to stay around the house! We intend to rebook for the next big birthday! Thank you.

- Rosalind B,
November 2018