It’s the little things that can turn a short stay in to a luxury break; extra time for a lie-in, fresh ice brought to your room for your drink, the softest sheets you’ve ever felt…
The smallest details being thought of ahead of time can transform that simple holiday feeling into pure relaxation and escape. These Suffolk Coast stays epitomize the subtle art of luxury, so pay a visit and experience the ultimate indulgence holiday.
The Swan, Southwold
The historic Swan Hotel sits at the heart of the seaside town of Southwold - just minutes from the lapping seashore. Built in the 1600’s, the site has housed a brewery for at least 670 years, and fittingly, is now owned by the famous Adnams brewery, presiding over the market square in pride of place.
The Swan’s elegant presence continues inside, with contemporary colourful furnishings and thoughtful touches everywhere you look. The rooms are spacious and unique with a gorgeous blend of antique and modern furnishings. Snuggle into the goose down bedding, enjoy fragrant toiletries and sample a fresh coffee from your personal Nespresso machine. All guests also receive a complimentary 20cl bottle of Adnams gin, which can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room.
The hospitality team are on hand 24 hours a day, to help with every little detail of your stay. From shoe shining to breakfast in bed, nothing is too much trouble. The staff at the Swan will happily arrange for a personal yoga instructor, hairdresser or beauty therapist to visit and can even rustle up a picnic hamper for your day at the beach.
Milsoms Kesgrave Hall
Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is a luxurious boutique hotel set in acres of stunning Suffolk countryside. The hotel has 4 AA stars and certainly lives up to its reputation for effortless indulgence. All rooms benefit from King sized beds, private bathrooms, fluffy towels and Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.
Luxuriate in hours of pure tranquillity at the on site spa, with its nature inspired design and range of rejuvenating facilities. Sunbeds on the south-facing deck combine with the hot-tub and sauna, and outdoor sofas surround a roaring fire to provide a welcome dose of ‘Hygge’.
Take advantage of all-day dining at the relaxed brasserie restaurant where you can eat alfresco overlooking the sweeping lawns, and sample an exotic cocktail in the impressive gothic bar.
Five Acre Barn
Award-winning Five Acre Barn is the perfect place to gather with friends and family for a rustic, luxury bed and breakfast experience. Centred around an artfully renovated 16th century barn and comprising five guest suites, the accommodation boasts dramatic full height ceilings, steeped in natural light and decorated in a tasteful Scandi style.
Each suite has its own private seating area, overlooking five acres of garden and woodland. Wildlife abounds, so be sure to look out for rabbits, pheasant and even Munjac deer. Breakfast offers an abundance of choice, with the full English, eggs cooked to your liking, waffles and pancakes and even smoked salmon on offer.
Relax in the lounge area with the paper or a good book after a day well spent exploring the local countryside or unwind with a deep relaxing bath using the range of complimentary Bramley bath products provided.
Sibton Park Wilderness Reserve
Hidden away in the quiet village of Sibton is the Wilderness Reserve; a bespoke collection of country houses, farmhouses and cottages on a 5000-acre private estate, offering the best of pure countryside and luxury staycation. As you approach Sibton Park, winding up the long driveway with cows and sheep grazing and the blissful silence of nature all around, you’ll soon realise that you are set to enjoy a truly unique experience.
The stunning opulence of the range of properties must be seen to be believed; each one possessing its own distinct element of magic and wonder. Properties sleep between two and twenty-seven people, and include the romantic ‘Hex Cottage’ illuminated only by candlelight and roaring fire, ‘Moat Cottage’, situated on it’s own little island and accessed only by row boat, as well as the grand Sibton Hall manor house itself, with its party cellar containing a games room and cinema.
The design of each property is unparalleled- many of the bedrooms have their own roll-top bath and numerous properties have outdoor hot-tubs, indoor swimming pools and a wealth of quirky design elements, such as the childrens’ bunk beds with inbuilt doll’s houses. Residents can also enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities at the Wilderness reserve, from the complimentary Pashley cycles and row boats, to private chefs for bespoke culinary adventuring.
The Yurt at Kenton Hall Estate
Fans of ‘glamping’ will be captivated by the luxury yurt at Kenton Hall Estate, hidden away in pretty woodlands and lit at night by enchanting fairylights to guide you through the trees. This spacious Mongolian yurt is filled to the brim with home comforts for the ultimate in luxury camping.
The king-sized bed is warm and comfortable, with cosy cotton linen. The décor is authentically styled, with Moroccan throws, rugs and lanterns, and most romantic of all, the skylight, through which you can gaze at the stars in the night sky and feel fully at one with the universe.
Despite being out in the elements, visitors need not relinquish much-needed amenities; with a private shower room and WC nearby, located inside a well-appointed shepherd’s hut. There is also a covered outdoor dining and seating area and fire pit, as well as an alfresco kitchen with BBQ facilities.
All the grandeur of a stately country house, with the warmth and welcome of a family home, Bruisyard Hall is a five star retreat available to rent for your wedding, special occasion or family gathering.
Steeped in 700 years of history and incorporating the fourteenth-century remains of a nunnery, this impressive building comprises three storeys and twelve bedrooms, and is full of warmth, texture and items of interest. There is an abundance of original and quirky features, with décor finished to an exceptionally high standard. Stunning four-poster beds, double vanities, high ceilings and sumptuous soft furnishings combine to create ambience and traditional elegance.
Upon arrival guests will be given a welcome orientation tour of the house and are provided with provisions and fresh flowers to begin the break with ease. With access to an expert chef, formal dining can be arranged in the barn or dining room and guests are free to explore the vast estate including the peaceful lake and meadow of fragrant wildflowers, perfect for a morning stroll with friends.
Letheringham Water Mill Cottages
For magical lasting memories, escape to the historic Letherington Water Mill Cottages, with luxury accommodation options for two to eight people.
Opt to stay within the Mill building itself, where you will discover snug passageways with windows out onto the illuminated waterwheel of the mill. The ebb and flow of the nearby river paints dappled light onto the interior of this meticulously restored property and the décor exemplifies country living in rustic neutral shades.
Canine companions will find themselves warmly welcomed at all the properties on site, and are free to run safely about the wide open meadows, with the surrounding waterways acting as a natural boundary.
Other properties include ‘The Old Stables’ which have plump sofas, warm rugs and throws and king sized beds, as well as chic wet rooms and heated towel rails. Spend the evening watching the sun set from the stunning riverside decking. ‘The Hayloft’ enjoys both meadow and riverside decking- complete with swans a-swimming, and the broad landscape is the perfect place at night for stargazing, before sinking into a gigantic super king-sized bed with memory foam mattress.
The Curious Oyster
The Curious Oyster is a fabulous single storey contemporary holiday cottage, located in the heart of historic Orford, with views of the castle through the window. The perfect retreat for couples looking to explore the quaint town and long walks, The Curious Oyster provides luxury comfort in a open and ambient space, full of natural light and calming colours.
The generous cottage garden is the perfect place to chill out with a drink after a long day of sightseeing, and has a BBQ to cook up a feast. Upon arrival you’ll even find a welcome gift to get your holiday off to a great start.
The Hog Hotel
The Hog Hotel is a beautifully refurnished farmhouse and the finest new addition to the Suffolk Coast, offering the boutique hotel experience in glorious Pakefield, just a short stroll from the stunning beach and colourful beach huts on the coast.
The hotel has really gone the extra mile in their design and styling, with each room oozing with sophistication and grace. The neutral colour palette, combined with cosy textures make for a haven of pure relaxation. The beds boast the highest quality mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets and the bathrooms have drench rainfall showers and thick fluffy towels. There is tea and coffee, Netflix access and superfast WIFI so that all you need do is kick back and enjoy your stay.
Choose one of the Luxury double rooms and you’ll get a fluffy bathrobe and slippers too, or indulge in the Pakefield Suite for an extra special experience complete with freestanding bath, lounge area, turn down service and a special something from the chef. You’ll also have your own private entrance and reserved parking spot, so you’ll certainly feel like a VIP.
Salthouse Harbour Hotel
The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is the very best in coastal luxury, with sublime panoramic views over the Ipswich Harbour and individually styled rooms, each bursting with exquisite detail and the ultimate in the refined aesthetic.
The Penthouse Suite is outstanding; floor to ceiling windows emphasise the stunning vista, and the separate lounge area, flat screen TVs, balcony and super King-sized bed only add to the experience. The Marina room has a freestanding copper bath, for a soak with a view or refresh yourself with the walk-in rainforest power shower. The Salthouse room is rich and warm, with decadent fabrics and cosy intimate lighting.
Indulge in a meal at the Salthouse Eaterie, open everyday for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, all overseen by head chef Luke Bailey- winner of the prestigious award of Suffolk Chef of the Year 2019.
An enchanting and unique holiday retreat in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Belle Grove comprises five luxury barn conversions that sleep between two and six people. Each property has its own characterful style, deliciously different yet still homely.
The upper barn channels a ‘touch of the Raj’ with Indian inspired elements throughout, vaulted ceilings, a wood burning stove and breathtaking attention to detail. The Coach House is equally as opulent, with hints of the ‘Spice Archipelago’ enriching the colour palette with rich hues of red and Gold. The house opens up onto a part walled and railed garden overlooking the upper pond.
‘The Gate House’ is a romantic abode, boasting a king sized four-poster bed, marbled bathroom and charming suntrap garden. For a whimsical treat take a stroll around the dragon trail and see how many mythical beasts you can spot along the way.