We immediately felt at home in Bridge House. Not only were the owners, Jennie and David welcoming, but there was something very special about this house built in 1534. We instantly got a connection to something very calming and even our young dog took to the owners and his new territory, as if we had always lived there.
We arrived half an hour earlier than planned and were welcomed with good cups of coffee and Danish pastries. The dog got the run of the walled garden and then we headed off to find the close by public foot path for a good walk. This set the the scene for the following 7 days.
Bridge House is located in the middle of Earl Soham, and becaue it is behind a wall and set back from the main road, which takes you to Framlingham, Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge, the traffic was not audible, making it an excellent base. We all slept soundly in a double room with twin beds and ensuite shower/WC (The Amber Suite) overlooking the main road and free parking area in front of the house. If we had not set the alarm, we would have missed breakfast.
Although the room had a TV we never used it, however, it was great to have our own tea/coffee making equipment. We know why Bridge House has the Visit Britain Four Star Silver Award, which in theory should be a Gold one, even if the rooms are slightly smaller than required.
And now for the food! Every morning we were greeted by a buffet full of juices, cereals, and fresh fruit and Jennie who came to take our breakfast orders and have a chat. We always opted for the traditional English breakfast of egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms and tomatoes which came with a basket of white and brown toast, mini coissants and on Sunday some sweet pastries, all beautifully prepared and presented. On our last day we were even treated to Jennie‘s custard tarts which were heavenly. We also know why they have the Enjoy England Breakfast Award!
A plus for us was that we were welcomed with our young dog and he was allowed to stay with us, except at meal times, when he was in his own garden but could see us through the French windows. Every morning he would head downstairs to greet the owners before going into the garden, cheekily invading their private part of the house. This was all accepted with good humour.
We had our own lounge area but never found the time to sit and take in the interesting collection of ornaments and books. Our bedroom was also full of books and strategily placed magasines but they will have to wait until our next visit. This would be a perfect place for a retreat, for individuals or couples wanting to get away from it all.
With a heavy heart we all said our farewells-it was such a different experience from staying in a conventional hotel and I highly reccomend this accomdation to anyone planning to visit the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bridge House is located in the centre of Earl Soham, a pretty village situated on the A1120, between Stowmarket on the A14 and Yoxford on the A12. It is a delightful period property originating in the 16th Century with some 18th Century 'modernisation' and 21st Century facilities. It provides an excellent base from which to explore Suffolk. The village, a large part of which is a designated conservation area, has a medieval church, the 'Victoria' pub which brews its own beers, a shop and many old houses and cottages, all set in delightful surroundings. Bridge House is three miles from the small town of Framlingham with its historic castle, church and market square and is within easy reach of the Suffolk Heritage Coast and its many attractions. Jennifer Baker offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation, and are the proud recipients of the VisitBitain Four Star Silver Award. We have also received the coveted enjoyEngland Breakfast Award. Our aim is to give you a comfortable and memorable stay and if you require an evening meal, this can usually be arranged. For your special event in the area, we also provide catering services to suit a wide range of budgets. ... more less