Maytrees Bed and Breakfast can be found at 7 Harkstead Lane, Woolverstone, IP9 1BB, on the left hand side of the road, exactly 1/2 mile from the main Ipswich to Shotley road which is the B1456. It is set in approximately one and a half acres and is a very quiet spot with all upstairs windows looking out over open fields. The house was originally a “two up and two down” timber framed cottage which unfortunately was left in disrepair for a number of years and eventually condemned. The previous owners bought the cottage and refurbished it adding a new east to west part of the house in the early 1970s, it was also at this time that another sizeable piece of land was added to the plot. The newer part of the house has been sympathetically designed and built from “old Suffolk reds” and it is this part where Bed and Breakfast guests are accommodated. There is a separate staircases for Bed & Breakfast guests in this part of the house.

maytrees garden deer viewed from orwell

Woolverstone is a small village on the River Orwell, approximately five miles outside Ipswich situated in an area known as the Shotley peninsula and is an ideal location for your short break. This is a particularly beautiful part of Suffolk with historic connections dating back as far as Saxon times. There are two mentions of “Wolverstone” in the census of 1086.

Woolverstone Marina is the home of many pleasure crafts. It is also next to the “Cat House” which many years ago, so it is said, was the home to a man who was sympathetic to boats carrying contraband along the river. He had a pet cat which he loved. When it died he had it stuffed and when he could see that no customs boats were patrolling the river put the cat in the window for any smugglers to see, signalling that all was well and the coast was clear!

There are many footpaths within a minute of the house and ramblers may like to walk across the fields to Freston or Holbrook where they could enjoy some real beers. Holbrook is approximately a 30 minute walk and has a post office within the local Co-op and a couple of public houses. In the opposite direction ramblers could walk down to the River Orwell and enjoy the boats going up and down the river. In fact the picture at the top of this page was taken from just this type of walk. Further walking would also take you to Woolverstone Marina where you could enjoy a coffee or something stronger in The Riverside Bar and restaurant.

Cyclists would enjoy this part of Suffolk where it is quiet and quite flat and Alton Water reservoir is only about 20 minutes away by bike and where you could enjoy an exhilarating ride around the perimeter of the reservoir, perhaps stopping at the café . Another enjoyable walk or cycle ride would be to the world famous 17th century Butt and Oyster public house at Pin Mill, there is a Thames Barge race held in June of each year and the Butt and Oyster is a lively place to be.

There is a “foot ferry” from Shotley to Harwich and from Harwich to Felixstowe (which is part of the North Sea Cycle route)

We are approximately a 15 minute drive from Ipswich Railway Station and there are regular trains to London, the journey takes about 65 minutes. We are also just over an hours car journey from Stansted Airport.