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Southwold Holidays

One of Suffolk's most popular seaside towns, as the crowds leave at the end of the summer, Southwold becomes the ideal retreat for a relaxing autumn/winter getaway. 

With its award-winning blue-flag beach, beach-hut lined promenade, Victorian Pier and bustling town centre there's plenty to see and do. And at the end of a day exploring, head to a cosy cottage, an Edwardian House, a luxury apartment or a boutique hotel to recharge your batteries...


Where to Stay

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay in Southwold! If you want to put your feet up and relax in luxurious surroundings, whilst enjoying the hustle and bustle of the town's market place, then The Swan Hotel is for you. Welcoming guests to the town for over 350 years, the comfortable hotel rooms are complimented by a cosy sitting room, and award-winning restaurant, serving locally sourced food and Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

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Situated on the High Street, The Crown Hotel is a small but bustling hotel, just a short stroll from the town's cafes, restaurants, shops and delis and the award-winning beach. The rooms are full of character and you can enjoy Lowestoft Kippers or a Full English made with locally produced meats, eggs and bread.

If you would prefer a little piece of Southwold to call your own for a week, you might like to choose from one of the many self-catering cottages, houses and apartments throughout the town and surrounding villages. There's a wide variety of accommodation agencies with a place to stay to suit all size groups and budgets; weekend breaks and week-long holidays.

For a last-minute getaway or couples break, Amber House and Home@21 B&B are both ideally situated for a romantic few days; overlooking Southwold's Victorian promenade and Pier, you're also just a short stroll away from the town centre where you can enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants and a steaming cup of coffee and slice of cake in a cosy cafe; the perfect way to warm up after a winter's walk along the sea shore.

Things to Do

Shopping

Whether it's food and drink, homewares, designer bags and shoes or clothes you desire, Southwold offers it all. Home to luxury boutiques such as Collen & Clare, and top brands including Joules, Fat Face, Crew Clothing and Jack Wills, you can treat yourself to new wardrobe in Southwold this autumn. 

Food and Drink

Famous for being the home of the Adnams Brewery (for a fun afternoon why not book on to one of their brewery and distillery tours!)their flagship store is situated just off the main high street and also houses a cafe, serving delicious lunches, teas, coffees, cakes and pastries. In the shop, you can stock up on their famous ales and spirits plus kitchenware and deli items. 

You won't go hungry in Southwold that's for sure, at Two Magpies Bakery make sure you sample the oat and honey cottage loaf, fresh pizza slices, giant meringues and mouth-watering cakes and tarts, and after a walk along the beach, stop in the famous Pier and warm up with a locally caught fish and chips and a mug of hot chocolate.

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Beaches

Southwold is the perfect base from which to explore The Suffolk Coast; just a short drive away you will find the coastal of Kessingland; a quiet beach which if you walk southwards, leads on to Benacre National Nature Reserve; home to some of the UKs rarest birds.

A few miles north of Southwold you will find the seaside town of Lowestoft; with an award-winning sandy beach, it's perfect for letting the little ones run around, and, from October to April, the dog too!

Market Towns

Head inland and you will find the historic market towns of Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth. Situated in the Waveney Valley, the towns all host a range of independent shops, cafes, galleries, boutiques and restaurants; the perfect places to explore when the weather is less than desirable. 

Walking

If a bit of rain doesn't bother you, or you are treated to a crisp winter's day, pop on your walking boots and head off on foot for a walk around National Trust Dunwich Heath, or join one of the guided walks at RSPB Minsmere, both of which are just a short drive away from Southwold. 

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What's On

As autumn gets into full swing and winter approaches, there's a wide range of events, indoor and out, to entertain the whole family.

Check out our 'What's On' section for full event listings near Southwold and across The Suffolk Coast.


Things to see and do


Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches 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.


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Suffolk Summer Theatres

Suffolk Summer Theatres

With a broad mixture of comedies, thrillers and family drama; performing five shows at both St Edmund's Hall, Southwold and the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh between July to mid-September. "Classic theatre for a modern audience."

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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Open Top Touring Ltd

Open Top Touring Ltd

Woodbridge

As well as providing driving routes through the un-spoilt Suffolk Coast, past Suffolk’s historic wool towns and the county’s most beautiful sights, they can arrange luxury accommodation in some of Suffolk best hotels and B&Bs.

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Southwold Arts Centre

Southwold Arts Centre

The première entertainment venue in the popular Suffolk coastal town of Southwold; presenting a year-round programme of events including music, theatre, film, comedy, craft and antique fairs, art exhibitions, workshops, community events and outdoor events. Southwold Arts Centre also offers a number of spaces for hire; suitable for live events, meetings, family celebrations and exhibition space.

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East Suffolk Markets

East Suffolk Markets

The Suffolk Coast is blessed with a huge selection of local food and drink producers, selling jams, honey, Suffolk-cured ham, strawberries, asparagus, breads, cheeses and ales... you name it, we make it!

So wherever you are, whatever the day, you know where to go for a taste of The Suffolk Coast.

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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Waveney River Tours

Waveney River Tours

Lowestoft

Conducted river tours and boat hire through the Waveney Valley and the New Broads National Park.

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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold Cycle Hire

Southwold

Unlike a larger town there aren’t any major roads in Southwold, meaning it’s a far safer environment for anyone on two wheels. Plus it only takes a few minutes pedalling in any direction before you are taking in scenic views, whether it’s a breathtaking coastal panorama or Suffolk’s rural landscape.

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Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Outdoor Play Areas On The Suffolk Coast

Whether it's a traditional Victorian park, a fort in the middle of a forest, or a zip wire along the river, the outdoor play areas on The Suffolk Coast are the perfect place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the great outdoors.

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The Amber Museum

The Amber Museum

Southwold

A small museum in the seaside town of Southwold purpose built to explain the origin of amber, its history and its uses throughout the years.

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries

All of the county's 44 libraries provide a wide range of services including traditional library loans (books, DVDs etc) access to the internet and a range of information materials, free Wi-Fi and activities for people of all ages throughout the year.


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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Visitor Information Point Southwold - Acanthus Property Lettings

Visitor Information Point Southwold - Acanthus Property Lettings

One of the Visitor Information Points for Southwold is located within the family run Acanthus Property Lettings, stocking a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Visitor Information Point - Spots (Southwold Post Office Toys and Stationary)

Visitor Information Point - Spots (Southwold Post Office Toys and Stationary)

One of Southwold’s Visitor Information Points is located within the popular SPOTS (Southwold Post Office Toys and Stationery) retail outlet, who stock a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Visitor Information Point Southwold - Southwold Library

Visitor Information Point Southwold - Southwold Library

One of Southwold’s Visitor Information Points is located within the town’s library, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Visitor Information Point Southwold - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Visitor Information Point Southwold - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

One of Southwold’s Visitor Information Points is located at the Boating Lake and Tearoom, which stocks a range of leaflets and guides containing useful information to help you during your visit.

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Suffolk Walking Festival

Suffolk Walking Festival

The Suffolk Walking Festival celebrates both walking and the wonderful and diverse Suffolk countryside. This year's Festival takes place from 13th May - 4th June and is the 10th anniversary of the Festival.

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Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager

Coastal Voyager is the perfect activity for all ages ranging from families with children to work groups.


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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

IBTC in Lowestoft offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for those looking for a career in the maritime industry as well as individuals wanting to develop existing or new interests and skills.

With courses from 1 day to almost a year there is something to offer everyone; from owners and enthusiasts to prospective tradespersons.


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Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

So much more than glorious cream teas and freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

The restaurant offers a more traditional dining experience with fresh local produce complimenting the daily changing menu.

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The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Executive Chef Rory Whelan and the team have a great relationship with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the menus are fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced. 

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

Inside, the tearoom can seat 16 people comfortably, with far more seating available outside. Families and friends can also hire the venue for birthday parties, anniversaries, mother and toddler groups, small wedding parties, wakes and coach parties.

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The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

Aldeburgh

Inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food and impeccable service, offering freshly prepared dishes in contemporary surroundings. 

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Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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The Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

The Adnams Crown Hotel is situated in The High Street, in the heart of Southwold. The atmosphere is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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WHERE TO STAY


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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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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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 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 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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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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The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful Grade 2 listed Georgian home offering five star, gold accommodation on the Suffolk Coast.

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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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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 and pets go free.

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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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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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Horseshoe Cottage

Horseshoe Cottage

Southwold

A centrally located spacious family house within a short walking distance of Southwold town centre with full range of family shops, restaurants and also two minutes walk to beach and pier.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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East Green Farm Cottages

East Green Farm Cottages

East Green Farm Cottages sleep 28 people in five cottages and a party barn. Set in 15 acres of meadowland, five miles from the beautiful Suffolk beaches between Southwold and Aldeburgh

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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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Solely Southwold

Solely Southwold

Southwold

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

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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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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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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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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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