Afternoon. Two for the price of one today.
This week, I'm staying in Rest Cottage, right in the heart of Southwold, less than a stone's throw from the main street but in a very quiet lane that doesn't take you anywhere so is hardly used. The bumph about it - or, rather, the the big house it derives from, 1, Queen Street - says that it was built in the seventeenth century and has an underlying wattle and daub construction with a Georgian facade built in the late 1700s. In the 1920s it was an annexe for the Swan Hotel, more or less over the road, and then as a clothing shop in the 1950s and 60s. It was converted to two properties in recent years and so Rest Cottage came into being.
It is rather charming in an old fashioned 'tatty' sort of way and there's work in progress with some bare plaster and evidence of repair, maybe due to water ingress, but it is very cosy and very comfortable with three big rooms, a downstairs bathroom and an upstairs 'not quite an en-suite'. All the chests of drawers, etc, are of the old 'distressed' wood type, fairly battered but they go with the whole house. The soft furnishings are very comfortable and the bed is bliss. The decor is quirky old antique shop in character and I could quite cheerfully give house room to one or two items (if I were that way inclined - which I'm not!).
Another thing I don't know is whether the fireplace is a working fire - it might be.
Despite the beams, it's a big old airy space and really nice to sit in.
That's all very well, safety is important, but there seems to be no was to open any of the downstairs windows so you can't cool things down and have to flap a tea towel at it to make it stop!
A really nice bathroom with a proper big bath (mine at home is very small so I appreciate a big bath on occasion). The water is piping hot too - perfect.