- 01728 685473
- Earl Soham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 7RT
This is just to say we so much enjoyed our night in your lovely house and meeting you too.
Thank you for your generous and comfortable hospitality which, hopefully, will be the first of many. I enjoyed my second croissant with a cuppa when we got home. Very very good.
We immediately felt at home in Bridge House. Not only were the owners 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 because 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 en-suite 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 croissants 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 strategy placed magazines 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 recommend this accommodation to anyone planning to visit the area.