You could quite easily return to visit The Suffolk Coast over and over again, and each time experience something very different…
… A relaxing stay on the river, seaside stays, chilling in the countryside, or perhaps an action packed sporting holiday!
We’ve selected our Top 10 Ways to Stay on the coast so that you can match up your holiday accommodation up with the kind of break you’re looking for this summer...
1.Quirky and Cool
Holiday accommodation doesn’t get much quirkier than the famous House in the Clouds (once a water tower) which sits in the lovely village of Thorpeness. If you’re looking for slightly eccentric family accommodation with 5 bedrooms, superb facilities and unrivaled views across the adjacent golf course and beyond, then this one could be for you. It’s in high demand though, as you might expect, so early booking is advised!
Taking up residence in a toilet block certainly doesn’t have much appeal, unless it’s Beach Cottage in Pakefield near Lowestoft! Formally a council public toilet with a panoramic cliff top location, it’s been transformed it into an amazing holiday home, providing excellent accommodation for a break by the coast. Locally it’s known as the 'loo with a view!'
For an eclectic ‘east meets west’ twist, check out Belle Grove in the market town of Halesworth. Five gorgeously converted barns simply ooze character and comfort. With rural walks on the doorstep, it’s the perfect place to escape: unwind, de-stress and relax.
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2. Self Catering Agencies
There’s a wide variety of self-catering holiday homes to choose from on The Suffolk Coast. If you’re unsure of where you want to stay, booking with an agency which has expert knowledge of the area might be a good idea.
You’ll be given the very best advice and information about holiday properties on The Suffolk Coast and guidance about where to find best beaches, where to eat and the scenic walking routes. There are several excellent agencies to choose from including, Aldeburgh Bay Holidays, Heritage Hideaways, Suffolk Secrets & So Southwold, Best of Suffolk, Suffolk Cottage Holidays, Sykes Cottages, Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages, holidaycottages.co.uk and Suffolk Coastal Cottages.
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3. Private Self Catering Accommodation
When you choose a self-catering holiday on the Suffolk Coast, your biggest dilemma will be choosing from the huge array of cottages, apartments or lodges!
Croft Farm cottages offer a perfect rural retreat which is a mere 15 minutes walk from the village of Snape.
Or, Perhaps Hare Lodge Holidays is for you – set in the pretty Suffolk village of Peasenhall with good pubs and restaurants close by.
Over at Heath View Holidays near Ipswich, you’ll find a quiet oasis with everything close by. And, because this holiday home has been made accessible, it’s perfect for guests with mobility difficulties too.
Fancy a luxury apartment? Then check out Highsteppers at Blythview. This first and second floor apartment situated within a Georgian Grade II listed building has an impressive driveway flanked by trees and, as the name suggests, has spectacular views over the Blyth Valley.
For a holiday haven which enjoys wonderful wildlife and glorious views across the River Orwell, choose Orwell View Barns. These eco-friendly barn conversions are within easy reach of Aldeburgh, Ipswich and Felixstowe. And, did we mention there’s a six seater hot tub too?!!
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4. Lodges and Parks
A great option for family holidays as they often have some great facilities to keep the little ones entertained…
Heathland Beach Holiday Park has not one, but three heated pools, tennis courts, fishing, bar, play areas for children and access to Kessingland’s beautiful sandy beach.
If you prefer something a little quieter the luxury log cabins at Windmill Lodges near Framlingham each have their own private hot tub and there is access to a swimming pool between Easter and October.
Similarly, High Lodge Leisure boasts fantastic self-catering lodges amidst 100 acres of woodland and countryside, right on the doorstep of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Keen anglers can indulge in a spot of fishing in the well-stocked lakes.
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5. A Slice of Luxury
So, what is ‘luxury’? A little extravagance or perhaps indulging in spending time with friends and family…
You can certainly do this at Bruisyard Hall, a 14th century building, steeped in history which caters for every type of gathering. Featuring a snooker room, a huge kitchen, a dining room for 24 (around one table), a drawing room with log fire, an attic bar, lawn games, secluded gardens and a fishing lake.
Close to the town of Saxmundham the Sibton Park Wilderness Reserve is a unique luxury collection of manors, farmhouses, country cottages and follies in the heart of rural Suffolk.
Each comes with daily housekeeping (if required), whilst other staff, such as chefs and waiting staff, can be specified as part of their five-star service tailored to suit your requirements.
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6.Camping and Caravans
We have some truly charming camping and caravan sites in Suffolk that leave you feeling totally relaxed and at one with nature.
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 and your dog can enjoy a holiday too!
Winning a David Bellamy Gold award for conservation is Haw Wood Farm - A peaceful site near Darsham for touring caravans and tents, known for their spacious pitches and friendly service. It also has one of the best playground facilities in the area that keeps kids of all ages entertained which is perfectly placed for you to be able keep an eye on your young family while enjoying a relaxing drink from the cafe.
Nestled between the coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh is Mill Hill Farm Caravanning & Camping Park. 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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The name says it all, conjuring up a blend of the simplistics of camping with an added touch of glamour!
Kenton Hall Estate set in the heart of Suffolk offers just this - unique glamping with more than a touch of luxury. And when they say luxury – they mean it! Think king size beds, 100% cotton sheets, log burning stoves and private shower rooms!
Shhh… at Secret Meadows, it seems rather cheeky to associate the accommodation with camping at all! We’re talking Luxury Lodge Tents which are beautifully furnished (including a hand crafted 4-poster bed) for a country-inspired home away from home while the quirky Gypsy's Rest (gypsy caravan with shepherd's hut), and Hobbit Box, provide their own special charms with wooded surrounds, meadow views and the highest glamping standards.
Set in the gardens of an award winning pub, Alde Garden offers a unique range of accommodation - from tent pitches right up to a 4 star holiday cottage. And. For those of you who struggle to leave modern technology behind, there’s free WiFi!
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If perhaps you prefer to escape all the chores of everyday life and be waited on a little, then or selection of superb hotels will not disappoint!
The beautifully restored Edwardian building of Fludyers Hotel is just yards from Felixstowe’s fantastic beach. The rooms are finished to the highest standard, with many offering unbeatable sea views with balconies.
Situated in the picturesque Waveney Valley, the Waveney House Hotel boasts a superb river location with stunning views across the surrounding countryside. The hotel's peaceful setting is perfect for relaxing and it is also close to the town centre of Beccles with its independent shops, cafes and historic places of interest, making it an ideal base for river activities or discovering the delights of the area.
Exuding a luxury status in every curious corner is The Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich. One of Suffolk's most iconic hotels, it offers a 4-star hotel experience with award-winning cuisine in one of the county’s most beautiful settings.
The quintessentially English seaside town of Southwold has many wonderful attributes. One of which is The Swan Hotel. Located just a short stroll from the hotel is the beach with its rows of colourful beach huts. The hotel, which stands proudly in the bustling town centre is also just meters away from Adnam’s Brewery and Distillery!
The Clyffe Hotel is a beautifully restored Victorian building on the seafront in Lowestoft close to the Clare mont Pier and the award winning Blue Flag Beach. Perfect for that seaside experience and only a 10 minute drive away from the Norfolk Broads!
While Aldeburgh hosts the beautiful seafront hotels of the Brudenell and the White Lion, perfect for wiling away those balmy summer days!
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9. Pubs and Inns
Gone are the days when accommodation in pubs was a pokey little room with a shared bathroom…Our selection of pubs and inns on the Suffolk Coast takes it to a whole new level!
With old fashioned inn keeping in a modern setting, The Crown at Woodbridge boasts ten magnificent boutique bedrooms, a bustling bar and a real Suffolk food experience. Situated at the end of the thoroughfare in the heart Woodbridge, the hotel is ideally situated for all of the great things that the town, surrounding countryside and Suffolk coast has to offer.
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. Dating back to the 12th century, this traditional Suffolk coaching Inn retains the character and rustic charm of its heritage – but with the added sophistication and comforts of contemporary living.
Good food is at the heart of the Crown and Castle in Orford – A pub renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time. There are few places better on The Suffolk Coast to enjoy the blue skies and sunshine than Orford, a small fishing village known for its bounty of excellent local food and peaceful atmosphere.
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If B&Bs conjure up images of cramped bedrooms and less than convivial land ladies, then think again!
Surround yourself in beautiful countryside at Oak Tree Farm which is set in six acres just outside Yoxford. It’s perfectly located within a few miles of many of the attractions and lovely places in the area including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Framlingham.
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. A super seaside retreat – Don’t forget your bucket and spade!
The quaint market town of Beccles has visitors returning time and time again to enjoy all that’s on offer – quirky shops, and an abundance of eateries all nestling beside the river Waveney. Here, you’ll find Saltgate House B&B, an elegant Georgian Townhouse situated in the heart of the town. The present owners have brought this ageing house back to its former glory; installing new shower rooms, exposing period features and investing in luxury furnishings to complement the Georgian architecture.
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