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8 Reasons to Visit The Suffolk Coast in Winter

An all-seasons destination, there’s no doubt that The Suffolk Coast is a popular choice for a summer holiday, but head here during the colder months and you get a completely different experience, we’ve picked just a few reasons you should visit during the winter…

1. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deserted beaches

During Summer, many of The Suffolk Coast’s beaches are a popular destination for holiday-makers, but in the winter, they take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.

Check out: Walberswick, Shingle Street, Kessingland and Covehithe for the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ experience.

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2.You can grab a bargain!

Not only can you take advantage of some great last-minute and winter offers, you can make the most of lower ‘out of season’ prices on self-catering cottages, apartments and houses as well as bed and breakfasts and hotels.

Check out our ‘Where To Stay’ listings and use the accommodation finder to get yourself a bargain break!

 White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh with snow (med)

3. Burn off some Christmas calories!

If you over-indulged during the Christmas period, then The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place to burn off a few of those festive pounds! As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plenty of places to head out into the great outdoors for an invigorating walk. Whilst you’re out, you can spot some of the UKs rarest birds, so remember to pack the binoculars!

For downloadable maps and guides, check out our ‘Walking Guide’. 

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4. Enjoy seasonal food and live entertainment at a local pub

You can experience something a bit different at a Suffolk Coast pub this winter...

Take a culinary trip around the world with a ‘Sail Away Supper’ at The Ship Inn, Levington on 26th January, enjoy a selection of wines handpicked by experts to compliment a 3-course dinner at one of the Food and Wine Pairing Dinners at The Westleton Crown and experience in an old Suffolk custom at the Wassail Night at The Sweffling White Horse; during which the ‘Old Glory’ Molly Dancers will perform their dark and mysterious Wassail dance on Saturday 21st January. 

For pubs, restaurants and places to eat on The Suffolk Coast, head to our 'Food & Drink' guide.

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5. Dogs have free reign!

The Suffolk Coast is a dog-friendly destination year-round, but during the summer months, there are restrictions on some of the beaches. Not the case in winter! Your 4-legged friend can enjoy a paddle in the North Sea, a roll around in the sand and a game of fetch right along the coast. Not forgetting spots such as Rendlesham Forest, Beccles Common, Halesworth Millenium Green and the riverside walk in Woodbridge, should you prefer to stay away from those bracing sea winds!

We’ve plenty of dog friendly’ accommodation available too, so your dog can join you for a quiet drink in front of a roaring fire at the end of the day. 

For downloadable maps and walking routes, head to our Walking Guide for inspiration!

Things to do Dog friendly - Black Collie dog  on Aldeburgh Beach

6. Great Golf all year! 

Experience winter golf at its best at Thorpeness Golf Club which is open 365 days a year, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club; the 5th oldest club in England and the only true links course in Suffolk, Woodbridge Golf Club which has two courses; an 18-hole heathland course and a 9-hole forest course, and Ufford Park; voted top winter golf course by Today’s Golfer magazine.  

Things to do attractions - Thorpeness Golf Club - Thorpeness -18th green at Thorpeness Golf Club with view of House in the Clouds

7. It’s oyster season!

Although served all year round, Oysters are at their best during the winter months. During your visit, be sure to pay a trip to The Butley Orford Oysterage where you can enjoy a delicious bowl of freshly caught Pinney’s Oysters or Oyster soup, as well as a delicious selection of seasonal fish including smoked trout, smoked mackerel, griddled prawns, skate wings and fish pie to name but a few.

And remember to stop by the shop too and take a taste of The Suffolk Coast home with you. 

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8. You can learn something new

From stargazing at RSPB Minsmere, wildlife photography days with Wild Adventures Under Suffolk's Skiesand pizza making at Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold, to music, singing and dance sessions as part of FolkEast's Sandlings Sessions and a stained glass workshop in Felixstowe – a trip to The Suffolk Coast in winter is the perfect opportunity to learn something new. 

For full event listings, visit our ‘What’s On’ guide.

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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

Orford

The Crown and Castle is renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time.

Winner *Sawday's British Hotel Award 2017 for Fabulous Food*

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Dog friendly


Windmill Lodges

Windmill Lodges

Woodbridge

Available throughout the year for a short break or longer, Windmill Lodges offers beautiful log cabins that are superbly appointed and offer a high level of luxury, warmth and comfort.

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Wheatacre Hall Barns

Wheatacre Hall Barns

Beccles

Amidst the beautiful countryside under wide arching skies, amongst farmland and hidden waterways, eight luxury holiday cottages can be found. All eight barns have been sympathetically converted into modern luxury accommodation.

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Dog friendly


The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf, Spa

Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf, Spa

Woodbridge

Spreading out from Ufford Park's 90 bedroom hotel are 120 acres of historic parkland, including their 18-hole championship golf course.

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The Ship At Dunwich

The Ship At Dunwich

Dunwich

Whether you want to use The Ship at Dunwich as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk Coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, you’re guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.

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The Malthouse

The Malthouse

Woodbridge

The Malthouse, originally an old malting house dating from the 18th century, is located in the heart of Woodbridge and overlooks Ferry Quay and the river Deben. To make the most of the river views, the Malthouse is an ‘upside down’ house sleeping up to 5 people.

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Dog friendly


The Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

An exciting and intimate combination of small hotel, bar, pub and restaurant, The Crown is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Southwold

This heritage hotel is situated on the beautiful Southwold marketplace, and has been welcoming guests for over 350 years. 

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Wissett Farm Holidays

Wissett Farm Holidays

Halesworth

Offering self catering holiday accommodation in four converted stables. The 300 acre farm, in the village of Wissett, is an ideal place to enjoy the peace and serenity of the Suffolk countryside.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

Beccles

Set in the charming Suffolk village of Geldeston on the Norfolk/Suffolk boarder

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Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club 

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness 3 star Hotel offers modern accommodation with picturesque views of the golf course. 

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Dog friendly


The Fludyers Hotel

The Fludyers Hotel

This vibrant, popular luxury hotel and restaurant is located in a beautifully restored Edwardian building just yards from the beach.

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Treacle Pot Cottage

Treacle Pot Cottage

It is one of a pair of cottages and is situated approximately two miles from the centre of Felixstowe in Trimley St. Martin. The cottage sleeps four and welcomes well trained dogs.


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Dog friendly


The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge offers all that is great about escaping to the country, with all that is good about staying in a wonderful market town. 

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Waveney House Hotel 

Waveney House Hotel

Situated in the picturesque Waveney Valley, the Waveney House Hotel boasts a superb river location with stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

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Woodhall Manor 

Woodhall Manor

Woodhall Manor is the most romantic and exclusive setting for a truly memorable stay. The charming Elizabethan Manor House, dating back to 1566, sits within nine acres of immaculately landscaped grounds, near the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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Gooda's Barn

Gooda's Barn

Gooda's is a unique self-catering barn available for holiday rentals.

Sleeping up to 18 people in four family rooms, Gooda's Barn is ideal for a large family or group of friends looking for a holiday close to the Suffolk Coast.


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The Grove Cottages

The Grove Cottages

For nearly 20 years, the aim of The Grove Cottages has been to create the perfect setting for a romantic break; with five star authentic charm inside and idyllic rural setting outside.


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Easton Farm Park Cottages

Easton Farm Park Cottages

Wake up to the sounds of rural Suffolk, pull on some clothes and head out to help feed the bunnies and the chickens on the farm. The Farm Park is open from 10:30am (check opening dates) with two indoor playbarns and lots more fun on the farm, all of which help to entertain the whole family.

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Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House Holiday Park

Cliff House is an award winning 30 acre 5 star EATB rated holiday park in Dunwich, specialising in lodges, static caravans, self catering; including investment purchase self catering, camping and touring caravan pitches. 

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Bruisyard Hall

Bruisyard Hall

A stunning country house set deep in the wonderful Suffolk countryside, Bruisyard Hall offers outstanding self-catering accommodation for 24 adults (children are welcome in addition).

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Dunan House

Dunan House

A secluded seaside Bed and Breakfast set in peaceful gardens just a short walk to Aldeburgh town for those little breaks that refresh the soul.

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Haw Wood Farm

Haw Wood Farm

Winners of the AA’s Most Improved Campsite 2017! Haw Wood Farm is a peaceful site near Darsham for touring caravans and tents known for their spacious pitches and friendly service. 

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Beach Cottage

Beach Cottage

Lowestoft

Located on the cliff top at Pakefield on the Suffolk coast, Beach Cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of the sea and coastline.

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Pebble Cottage

Pebble Cottage

Lowestoft

Nestling on the cliff top at Pakefield, on the Suffolk coast and with stunning sea views

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Happy Days Retro Vacations 

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Saxmundham

A slice of vintage Americana has arrived in Suffolk. Happy Days Retro Vacations is a small campsite where visitors can live out their dreams of old Hollywood glamour by renting a beautifully restored Airstream trailer.

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Dog friendly


Wardley Hill Campsite

Wardley Hill Campsite

Bungay

Wardley Hill Campsite is a new eco campsite offering unregimented and relaxed car free camping. Luxurious Bell Tents and a Shepherds Hut are on offer for those of you who don't want to pack your own tent pegs. Close to the Suffolk Coast and on the edge of the Norfolk Broads the site is perfectly situated for your East Anglian getaway.

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Kenton Hall Estate

Kenton Hall Estate

Framlingham

Kenton Hall Estate offers unique glamping accommodation set in heart of the Suffolk countryside.

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Easton Grange

Easton Grange

Woodbridge

Easton Grange is a former working farm, which we have transformed with love, care and attention into a unique and truly magical venue to celebrate weddings, birthdays and other special occasions.

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Free wifi


Best Of Suffolk

Best Of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk offers a hand-picked selection of over 300 stylish, self catering holiday cottages in Suffolk, offering guests well-appointed properties in prime locations.  They won’t charge any additional costs or booking fees, and pets go free.

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Croft Farm

Croft Farm

Snape

Croft Farm's two holiday cottages have been converted from traditional farm buildings to provide the perfect place to stay and enjoy the best of the Suffolk Coast.

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Hare Lodge Holidays

Hare Lodge Holidays

Peasenhall

Peasenhall is a pretty Suffolk village with several good local pubs and restaurants nearby and many local attractions within easy reach.

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Heath View Holidays

Heath View Holidays

Ipswich

Ideally situated in a peaceful conservation area, Heath View is an accessible, family friendly property on a private road with enclosed private gardens.

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Wheelchair Accessible


Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Heathland Beach Holiday Park

Kessingland

Heathland Beach is a family run holiday park with excellent facilities including 3 heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to a beautiful sandy beach.

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Belle Grove 

Belle Grove

Halesworth

Located in Halesworth, Belle Grove is an extra special place for a well-deserved break, birthday celebration, anniversary, romantic week-end or family get–together. “This place really is magical”

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The Angel

The Angel

Set in the heart of the historic town of Halesworth, The Angel offers comfortable traditional facilities in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Ensuite bedrooms, Italian Restaurant and full bar menu options mean your enjoyment is assured.

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Boundary Farm Glamping

Boundary Farm Glamping

Luxury Safari Tents set in a two acre meadow, on a family run arable farm near The Suffolk Coast.

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Chiltern House Bed and Breakfast

Chiltern House Bed and Breakfast

Chiltern House is a stylish bed & breakfast in a Victorian terraced property just a two minute walk from the blue flag awarded Lowestoft beach and independent shops and restaurants. Ideally located to explore the Suffolk coast, countryside and historic market towns.

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Rose Farm Barn

Rose Farm Barn

Saxmundham

Rose and Stable Cottages (4 star Visit Britain Rating) are delightfully situated set in 6.5 acres of meadowland and only 3.5 miles from the Suffolk Heritage Coast.

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Run Cottage Touring Park

Run Cottage Touring Park

Woodbridge

Run Cottage offers peace and tranquility, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s busy lifestyle and is the perfect base to see the sights of Suffolk.

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Dog friendly


Robin's Nest

Robin's Nest

Woodbridge

Robin's Nest is situated at Dallinghoo, a rural location overlooking open field and offers 3 luxury holiday homes.

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Highsteppers at Blythview

Highsteppers at Blythview

Saxmundham

Highsteppers is an ideal luxury base for a romantic week for two or a fun weekend for friends.

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Home@21 B&B

Home@21 B&B

Southwold

Home@21 B&B is a sea facing 1895 Victorian Villa in Southwold, offering comfortable and stylish ensuite rooms.

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Mollett’s Farm

Mollett’s Farm

Saxmundham

Mollett’s Farm is a family-run haven of peace and tranquility near Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. With new custom-designed holiday studios and cottages, it’s a home away from home.

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Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich

Kesgrave Hall has 23 bedrooms, all individual in size, décor and style ranging from standard through to super de-luxe (think bathtubs in rooms and huge walk in showers).

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Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Mill Hill Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Saxmundham

The peace and quiet of this camp site's surroundings makes this an ideal location for a 'get away from it all' relaxing break, with panoramic views over the farmland for those lazy breakfasts and stunning sunsets as a backdrop for your barbeques after a day’s fishing or sightseeing.

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Dog friendly


High Lodge Leisure

High Lodge Leisure

Saxmundham

Our luxury self catering lodges boast an excellent location close to the renowned coastal hotspots of Southwold, Aldeburgh and RSPB Minsmere.

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Free wifi


Lodge Farm Cottages

Lodge Farm Cottages

Lowestoft

The Granary and the Dairy are two beautifully converted self catering barns offering luxurious, spacious and well equipped accommodation on a family arable farm close to the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Lowestoft.

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Saltgate House B&B

Saltgate House B&B

Beccles

Saltgate House B&B is an elegant Georgian Townhouse built onto a former Tudor Merchants House situated in the heart of the beautiful market town of Beccles, just paces away from the centre of town and moments from the meandering River Waveney.

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Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways aim to offer a more personal approach to cottage holidays, ensuring that you enjoy your holiday in the coast and countryside that we love. 

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Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

Salthouse Harbour Hotel

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich is one of Suffolk's most iconic hotels. It offers a 4-star luxury experience and award-winning cuisine in one of the counties most beautiful settings.


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Ocean View Holiday Homes

Ocean View Holiday Homes

Kessingland

Ocean View consists of fourteen quality bungalows set in three quarters of an acre which is bordered by the sea, it also has direct access to the beach.

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School Farm Cottages

School Farm Cottages

Halesworth

Plenty to see and do in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, within easy reach of the Suffolk Coast.

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Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Yoxford

Oak Tree farm is set in six acres just outside Yoxford, surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a few miles of many of the attractions and lovely places in the area including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Framlingham.

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Dog friendly


So Southwold 

So Southwold

Southwold

Southwold is the jewel of Suffolk coast and with something for everyone, it’s the perfect place to retreat from everyday life.

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Dog friendly


Solely Southwold

Solely Southwold

Southwold

Solely Southwold comprises 2 self contained flats and 2 cottages in the heart of Southwold.

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Sibton Park Wilderness Reserve

Sibton Park Wilderness Reserve

Saxmundham

Set within a 4,500 acre private country estate two hours from London, Wilderness Reserve is a unique luxury collection of manors, farmhouses, country cottages and follies in the heart of rural Suffolk.

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Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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Amber House

Amber House

Southwold

A warm welcome awaits you at Amber House; an elegant Victorian seafront home over-looking the beach and pier and within walking distance of the charming town centre with its delightful shops, pubs, local attractions restaurants and tea rooms.

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Orwell View Barns

Orwell View Barns

Ipswich

Enjoy wonderful wildlife and glorious views across the River Orwell whilst relaxing in your idyllic barn conversion in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on our conservation award winning farm.

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All Seasons Cottage Breaks

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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Alde Garden

Alde Garden

A tiny site with an eclectic range of quirky and unusual accommodation, set in the garden of an award winning pub

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Free wifi


Secret Meadows

Secret Meadows

Tucked away at a 115-acre wildlife site, Secret Meadows takes glamping to new heights. 

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Cottage Holidays

Cottage Holidays

Established in 1992, Cottage Holidays has steadily grown to become the UK's largest family run and owned holiday cottage provider. Their local teams are experts in their area, ensuring your holiday is truly special.

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Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages

Durrants Holiday Cottages have around eighty properties available to rent and have been offering holiday accommodation in and around The Suffolk Coast since 1905. 

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Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages

With its sleepy waterways, wide sandy beaches, quiet coastal towns and lively cathedral cities, thousands of holidaymakers have discovered the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Suffolk through Sykes Cottages. 

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The Clyffe Hotel

The Clyffe Hotel

The Clyffe Hotel is a large Victorian building, dating back to 1876.

Recently fully refurbished to a very high standard, it is located opposite the Claremont Pier and Blue Flag beach in the Kirkley area of Lowestoft, with stunning views out to sea.

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Ivy House Country Hotel

Ivy House Country Hotel

The Ivy House Country Hotel is a "Hidden Gem" nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, among 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched beautiful barns all with direct access onto the broads.

Guests can enjoy relaxing walks in the grounds or venture out onto the Broads pathways or further still, to the nearby coast.

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Holidaycottages.co.uk

Holidaycottages.co.uk

A leading holiday cottage lettings company with over a selection of handpicked cottages in Suffolk.

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Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Suffolk Coastal Cottages

Southwold

Self-catering cottages with a personal touch, owned and managed by Trish Gower, offering delightful self-catering cottages in attractive unspoilt villages at or close to The Suffolk Coast. 

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The Anchor

The Anchor

Walberswick

Plenty of alfresco seating on the 3 beautiful terraces in the summer and a roaring log fire for the winter!

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Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Woodbridge

Suffolk Cottage Holidays aims to bring you the best choice of quality cottages and homes across the finest locations of East Anglia.

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Squirrel Cottage

Squirrel Cottage

Snape

Squirrel Cottage is an excellent base for those who are looking for a peaceful retreat as well as those who enjoy activity based holidays such as walking or cycling.

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