Drake Cottage is described on the British Listed Building website as a cottage of timber framing with peg and clay tiled roof with heavy timbers built in the late fifteenth century.  The cottage was first listed as a building of historic importance in 1951 and the photograph below shows the cottage in 1919 with a mass of ivy and hollyhocks surrounding it. The hollyhocks continue to be a feature during the summer months.

1919_ DrakeCottage

The cottage is situated in a quiet backwater of the historic town of Saffron Walden and yet at the heart of the town’s medieval quarter. It is also a 5 minute walk away from the beautiful parkland of  historic Audley End House which is owned and managed by English Heritage

audley end front horses

and yet is only a matter of minutes from the bustling market square which is the heart of this medieval town.

market place

Please note that the cottage has low beams on the landing and also has a twisting staircase that is charming, but also quite challenging if you have any physical disabilities. Below is a plan of the cottage to give you an idea of it’s layout:


We highly recommend that you bring small suitcases or soft sided bags to make it much easier to negotiate the stairs.