Cressland is a grade II * listed 15th Century timber framed, holiday cottage which overlooks the famous Kersey “Splash” (ford) and former marketplace. Cressland contains two 16th century parlour bays (now the sitting room and dining room), with attached Tudor service bay (now the kitchen). See if you can spot the daisy wheel which is carved into the Bressemer beam in the dining room, intended to ward off evil spirits.
The Suffolk brick floors, exposed floorboards and fireplaces are all original and parts of the house date back to the 1400s. Over the years Cressland has seen many changes and additions. It was believed to have been a master weaver’s house (hence the many original ovolo-moulded and oriel windows) as well as an inn. In 1841 it was divided into cottages. Subsequently, it became a penny school and a horse doctor’s house and then the local veterinary surgery. If you look up at the Kedges End side of the house, you will still see the horse doctor’s ‘sign’ – a horse’s tail hanging from the corner.
Each of the bedrooms in the house is named after TV programmes, advertisements and films which have been shot in and around Kersey.
Lovejoy: A long running TV show about a Suffolk antiques dealer starring Ian McShane. The first scene of the first series was filmed right outside Cressland in the ‘Splash’.
Meerkat: A ‘Compare the Meerkat’ advert was filmed in 2011 in the Village Street, pub and school.
Hallows: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features scenes filmed in Lavenham - De Vere house in Lavenham appeared as Harry’s childhood home.
Witchfinder General: A cult 1960s horror film about the notorious trials of witches in Suffolk during the 17th century. Starring Vincent Price and Ian Olgivy. The opening scene of the film is set in Kersey.
Living Room Very spacious with 2 large sofas and chairs, ottoman, coffee table, desk and bureau, TV/DVD with selection of DVDs. Beamed with original brick floor, rug, original fireplace, and open fire. Door leading to “Head Office” possibly the smallest office in Suffolk with desk, wi-fi, family games and books
Dining Room Large oak dining table and chairs to seat 8 people, large inglenook fire place with log burning stove, and full barrel of logs provided. Side table with light and ipod/ipad,iphone docking station, radio and CD player. Cloakroom area. Under stairs cupboard with deck chairs, children’s toys, safety gate. Stairs leading to first floor
Bathroom Downstairs walk in shower, toilet and wash basin
Kitchen Large country kitchen, fully equipped, oven/electric induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV. Dining table to seat 8 with a wooden settle and cushions. Leading to utility with oil boiler, washer/dryer, ironing board, iron, dryer, cleaning equipment
Hallows Twin beds, dressing table, built in wardrobe, bedside tables and original fireplace, original oak floorboards, beams
Lovejoy King size bed, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables and original fireplace, original oak floorboards, beams
Meerkat Single bed, with trundle bed underneath. Travel cot or cot bed available upon request. Wardrobe, dressing table/chest of drawers and bedside table, original oak floorboards, beams
Family bathroom Bath and overhead shower, toilet and basin
Landing With stairs to second floor (Please note this floor is not suitable for young children, the elderly or disabled, as the staircase is very steep)
En-suite bathroom Bath/shower, toilet and basin, leading to Witchfinder General room with King size bed, hanging area for clothes, dressing table, chest of drawers, bedside tables and small chaise longue at foot of bed, original oak floorboards and beams.
Private garden directly next to stream with patio area, outdoor dining area, barbecue, summer house. The house has its own drive which offers parking for 2 cars.