National Trust Thorington Lodge

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March, 2015

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Personal / family celebration

Thorington Hall and Thorington Lodge are both available to stay in from National Trust Cottages, and they are 16th Century yellow washed Suffolk Hall and Lodge attached just by the kitchen area in both properties. We rented the Lodge which sleeps 3, and the Hall next door I believe sleeps up to 20!

The daffodils in the garden were in full bloom, a field of daffodils to admire from the kitchen and the sitting room, with an excellent log fire so we were always very warm and cosy! You can park right outside the Lodge and it is all on the ground floor, but up one steep into the kitchen area. It is really best for 2 people actually, although 2 bedrooms, a double and a single, the eating space in both kitchen and sitting room area is not that large.

Originally Thorington Lodge was a bakehouse and a brew house for the Hall, so maybe only actually used as a home in the last year that it has been self catering. The location is wonderfully remote, with a stream in view from the double bedroom and countryside beyond. You can walk around Thorington Street in about 20 minutes – one loop from the Lodge and back. and there were lovely violets out in the lane by the stream. Stoke by Nayland is nearby with a splendid Church worth visiting, and we looked around Colchester, Sutton Hoo and Ickworth which are all within reach. Stour Valley Way is nearby and I have walked some of that before at nearby Dedham exploring Constable country.

The Lodge was very clean with good decoration and nicely presented with biscuits and flowers on arrival.


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