The village of Orford, like a nostalgic trip down memory lane; the epitome of past quintessential Suffolk. Walkers, cyclists, bird lovers or music, history, food and drink- whatever you’re into, Orford offers it and we were over the moon to be invited to stay at the newly renovated holiday home,The Dunn’s. Arguably on one of the prettiest little lanes in this rather lovely area of outstanding natural beauty.
The story of The Dunn’s is without a doubt a special one. Owned by Jodie Pinney, it was her late Grandmothers originally and determined to retain her wonderful childhood memories of this special place, Jodie decided to fully renovate it, in an inspiring scandinavian style. Allowing her family to enjoy many further years of pleasure but also available through Best Of Suffolk for you to hire.
On entrance into the main porch it becomes immediately apparent the wonderful attention to detail, quantifying the love that’s really been invited into this fantastic renovation. Dark panelling and sweet hanging hooks for outdoor paraphernalia welcomes you, complete with reusable shopping bag and umbrellas for a shopping trip to the closest old fashioned greengrocers.
The flow of the downstairs space is outstanding. A well proportioned sitting room with solid soak flooring, scandi furniture and woodbuner makes this space inviting and pleasurable to spend time in. Pretty little accessories are dotted around for that home to home feel, providing a feeling of warmth and tranquility.
The dining space, comfortably seats 6 people for entertaining, with French doors looking out to the garden; leading through to the stunning kitchen area. Gifts of wine, biscuits, chocolate from the famous Pump Street Bakery, Adnams Dry Hopped Larger and the most beautiful Pinney’s smoked salmon were left for us. Complete with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, electrical oven with induction hob and washing machine. From the kitchen, doors lead to the courtyard area.
A downstairs bedroom with en-suite completes the living space on the ground floor, with a super king-size bed, which can be unzipped to a twin instead.
Stepping up the solid oak stairs you are greeted with a large landing, velux windows give you and outstanding view of Orford Castle, the river and the pretty cottage tops nearby. Complete with Mustard Made locker furniture (swoon!) and fun artwork, this space is just beautiful.
The master bedroom leading from the landing is wonderful. With its huge windows flooding in light, providing views to the farmland and beyond; complete with a seating area perfect for morning coffee and watching the sunset. French doors provide you with a gorgeous small balcony with an additional wonderful view and a further glimpse of the castle top.
The bathroom is breathtaking. A wonderfully bright space with additional velux windows, perfect for star gazing. Complete with freestanding bath and a huge shower. Plum and Ashby toiletries are situated throughout the property which is such a lovely touch.
The outdoor space provides a patio and lawned area, suitable for the children to let off steam and alresco dining. The courtyard area is also suitable for outdoor dining and comes complete with a BBQ.
Thank you for the most wonderful weekend at your little gem in the Suffolk countryside Jody, what an absolute treat it was!
Take a trip by foot to the harbour, its just beautiful whatever the weather. Lots of photo opportunities around every corner, take a camera! Have breakfast at Pump Street, their pasties are to die for. Eat at the Oysterage, the seafood is amazingly fresh and so delicious. Visit Orfordness, take a river trip and finally watch the sunset in the castle grounds; an amazing end to a perfect day.
To book The Dunns tap here Best Of Suffolk follow them on Instagram @thedunnsorford and pop over to @asliceofsuffolk for video highlights.
Happy Friday all,
*trip gifted for the purpose of review.