There was plenty of parking in fact, but there was none empty. Strangely, the signs that pointed to the carparks had the digital displays showing how many free spaces were available. The short stay one showed over 500 free spaces on the display, but when you got there it was full. One of the long stay ones only showed 8 free spaces but in actual fact had quite a few. Most odd, and a little frustrating.
The SatNav took us across country for some of the way, down narrow B roads - this turned out to not only be a bit of a short cut avoiding Ipswich, but was really pretty, taking us through some beautiful picturesque villages with chocolate box thatched cottages.
Arrived in Aldeburgh at around 2pm, or one hour before we were supposed to be able to get into the cottage. We gave it a try, and it was ready for us, so we moved in and had a look around.
It is REALLY nice!! It is small, but doesnt feel it due to the way it is laid out. The front door leads you straight into the lounge dining room and open plan kitchen. There is a very comfortable two seat sofa, a wooden dining table with four chairs, a wall unit which has storage and a large tv and DVD player and a Bose iPod docking station.
The kitchen, again small, is nicely laid out, has a gas hob with electric oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher and fridge freezer. All of the units look to be very new, and the light colour scheme does make the best of the space, and despite the slight lack of windows, it doesn't seem too dark in here.
Finally, downstairs is the bathroom. This has a large shower cubicle, toilet and washbasin. Again the light colours and the layout works really well. Hidden in a cupboard in the bathroom is a washing machine and tumble dryer. Ace!
The stairs take you up to the first floor where there is another living room, complete with two seat sofa, chair, coffee table, another large tv and DVD player, telephone, bookcase filled with books, DVDs and board games. They really have thought of everything.
The bedroom has a king size bed with two wardrobes, a chest of drawers and a dressing table. Again, all well laid out, beautifully decorated and thought out. There are some ornaments and wall art throughout the cottage, all of which make the place even more homely. It is spotlessly clean, and at the moment we can't find any faults with it!
Having unpacked, we went for a walk along the seafront. I can report that it is NOT 39 steps to the beach. I made it 46, but I do have quite short legs, so guess I can't really take them to task over this.
It was very windy, but sunny, and quite warm, surprisingly so when you got out of the wind. The beach is all stones, and seems to have a lot of small fishing boats on it. It would seem that there are quite a few local fishermen who catch and sell fish on the seafront. A number of photo opportunities shouted at me, and I am looking forward to getting out there with the camera during the week.
After walking along the seafront we investigated the town, which seems to have a lot of interesting little shops, plenty of cafes and eating places and pubs as well as two legendary fish & chip shops. Plenty to see and investigate a lot closer. We went to the Co-Op and got some provisions, made our way back to the cottage and had a mug of tea while typing this up.
There is no signal on the iPad or mobile phone, but thankfully there is wifi at the cottage, and I managed to get that working, hence you can read this.
Time for another mug of tea before the England game.....
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