I simply cannot credit that the first reviewer of Cocketts stayed in the same place that we did.
The cottage is in a lovely secluded setting down a remote country lane. While the owners live next door the houses are not attached in fact, and we only saw them in the shared garden when they were cutting the grass. As for a "peep-show" experience, at the front of the house we saw the owner's house, but as we spent most of our outdoor time at the rear of the house where the owner's house is barely visible this is really beside the point.
The house is generally well-equipped and while a couple of small things didn't work (coffee machine for example) most of the practicalities of daily living were more than adequately catered for. I saw no such thing as a rule book though there was a folder with some interesting background about the house and some basic operational information (such as what could appropriately be put in a toilet which is served by a septic tank): the suggestion that Cocketts could be equated to a prison camp is laughably far from the truth.
With a young child we appreciated the tranquility of the garden and the security provided by our fenced-off area (given that there are two or three large and murky ponds in the grounds). Wonderful to see deer in the garden one evening too. Our little boy was utterly delighted to see the huge array of indoor and outdoor toys, as were we!
The owners have two medium-size dogs, but we never saw them in the garden, only by the car-parking area. As a non-dog-owner (and parent) I must say I appreciate knowing how a particular unknown dog is likely to react and on the one occasion when we met these dogs they could not have been friendlier. Maybe the first reviewer's comment says more about their own dog than about these two friendly mutts.
The house was generally spotless though we did have a bit of trouble with the dishwasher (I think it was a bit limed-up). Beautifully clean linen too. One potential drawback is that there is only one bathroom (though two toilets). This didn't bother us at all (only three of us after all), but Cocketts could potentially sleep 6-8 and a single bathroom might prove problematic for such numbers.
We had a wonderful week there and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from it all.
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False advertising has never applied to a property more then 'Cocketts' (The best of Suffolk)
The property is advertised with the Best of Suffolk, as being -
'Cocketts is a delightful and peaceful retreat in the heart of Suffolk. Tucked away at the end of a lane, it is set in an acre of mature garden and is surrounded by trees and foliage. It provides a fantastic rural getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life'
..sadly it fails to mention that it is attached to the owners house.
You enter into a kitchen (watch out for the greasy oven and dirty dishes hidden in the cupboard) where you will find the 'rule book'. (owners manual) telling you how to live for the time you are there. This ranges from how to recycle your rubbish to how their dogs should be approached, if you want to avoid being bitten! (Incidentally there is also no mention of these dogs either when booking)
It also explains that upstairs has uneven floors, with holes in places..again no mention of this when booking!
'Outside there is a safe enclosed garden, a dining area and a mature orchard through which you can stroll with a glass of wine'...again it fails to mention when booking, that this area is also SHARED with the owners, their children and their dogs..
We had brought our own dog, who spent the time locked away due to the owners dogs constantly appearing.
The photos used by the Best of Suffolk for 'Cocketts' surprisingly leave out the owners house (amazing when you see the proximity between the two buildings. I am still amazed as to why there is no mention of it anywhere) and leave you to believe you will have a quiet week away from it all...if only.
My advice is don't go, unless you enjoy the 'peep show' experience you get once you arrive. It's all a little too close for comfort.
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