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Lockdown Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Whisking your loved one away for a romantic weekend and candlelit dinners may be off the cards this year, but you can still treat your other half to a special gift this Valentine's Day...

Take a look at our lockdown Valentine's Day gift guide and show your loved one just how much you care!

Fashion & Home

Collen & Clare

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Whilst the doors of the award-winning Collen & Clare boutique are closed, the team are busy behind the scenes keeping their luxury cosmetics, accessories and clothing ranges up to date on their online shop.

There's great gift ideas for the one you love, or perhaps just a treat to self; from signet rings to signature scents reminding us of travels past or planned. From boots to stomp across fields in to bags of love there is something for everyone, with gifts that are bound to score you some brownie points with your loved one.

Shop online at https://www.collenandclare.com/valentines-t329

O&C Butcher

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With Valentine's Day looming you might be looking for gift inspiration or perhaps a treat for yourself, we all deserve some extra love right now.

From cashmere to candles, bags to brooches, you'll find lots of gorgeous gift ideas at O&C Butcher. For her, how about a pair of earrings, cosy slippers to add a bit of comfort to these days spent at home or a Sable neck warmer to keep you snug on your daily walk?

For the gents, a woolly beanie hat will be much appreciated during these chilly months, or how about a stylish weekend bag for all the trips you're dreaming of taking later in the year?

Shop online at https://www.ocbutcher.co.uk/gifts-c101

Food & Drink Delights

Charmat and Chocolate Hamper from Flint Vineyard

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A fun, indulgent treat to send your loved one, or yourself even, this Valentines Day. The award-winning Flint Vineyard have paired their decadent Charmat sparkling rosé with award-winning truffles from local producer Booja-Booja.

The Charmat Rosé is full of cherry fruits and has a delightful sassy spritz, with a hint of residual sugar, perfect for an aperitif.  Save a glass for after your meal as it pairs beautifully with these deliciously rich truffles to make a stunning after-dinner treat. The selection of Booja-Booja truffles includes hazelnut crunch, stem ginger, almond salted caramel, rhubarb & vanilla fool and around midnight espresso.

The hamper, priced at £47 is ideal for vegans also as both the 750ml bottle and the chocolates are vegan and gluten-free.

Shop online at https://flintvineyard.com/product/charmat-and-chocolate/

A Tipple of two from Adnams

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Adnams have done all the work for you this Valentine's Day and have put together a selection of gifts - perfect for treating your loved one or yourself. From the new Prosecco Rosé to a 6 bottle Brew Box, there is bound to be something to help you share the love.

You could opt for a sweet treat, with the Prosecco and Truffle Gift Set containing a 20cl bottle of their best-selling Prosecco paired with locally produced salted caramel truffles; or the Gin & Truffles Bundle including Copper House Pink Gin and Copper House Pink Gin Chocolates made by Suffolk chocolatiers Harris and James. For the beer lover, choose the 6 Bottle Brew Box containing their famous Ghost Ship and Broadside.

Shop online at https://www.adnams.co.uk/

Getaways

Best of Suffolk

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Suffolk was made for a romantic retreat; walks hand in hand, delicious restaurants for date nights and cosy cottages for two to escape from it all. So why not book a luxuriously romantic place to stay when restrictions permit and enjoy the best Suffolk has to offer for lovers?!

Enjoy luxury accommodation in Suffolk for the two of you to kick back and relax in pure style. Within Best of Suffolk’s luxury handpicked portfolio we can offer wonderful cottages for romantic getaways. 

You could also give your other half the gift of choice. Best of Suffolk gift vouchers can be redeemed on any of the 400+ stylish places to stay on dates to suit you. There are so many cosy cottages for couples that simply ooze romance!

Buy online at https://www.bestofsuffolk.co.uk/

Letheringham Water Mill Cottages

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Surprise your loved one with something to look forward and plan a few romantic days away in one of the luxurious holiday cottages at Letheringam Water Mill. Social distancing is easy when staying in one of 4 magical riverside decked cottages set in 7 acres of trees and greenery at this historic Grade II Water Mill.

Nestling in the heart of beautiful rural Suffolk, the Water Mill is the ideal place to relax with two (and four legged friends). Surrounded by wonderful walks and just a short walk from the local pub, where you could enjoy a romantic meal on their stunning terrace. Dogs are very welcome here too and the safe site allows them to run free while you sit back and enjoy the views. 

For more information contact Jacqui at enquiries@letheringhammill.co.uk or visit www.letheringhammill.co.uk

The Hotel Folk

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This Valentine’s treat your loved one to an experience voucher from the Suffolk Hotel Folk and spend time later relaxing with a hotel stay on the Suffolk coast. Vouchers for a special dinner or afternoon tea are also available at selected hotels and can be  personalised with a gift message.

Luxury Seaview Packages are on offer at The Brudenell and White Lion hotels overlooking the sea in Aldeburgh starting from £240 for two sharing. They include a cream tea on arrival, chocolates and Prosecco in a sea facing room, pre-dinner cocktail and dinner.

Purchase a one night ‘Royalty’ break at the Crown at Woodbridge and enjoy a bottle of sparkling Prosecco in your room plus a pre-dinner cocktail of choice priced at £230 for two sharing, while the Crown and Castle at Orford is offering a mid-week stay in a Better House, Garden or Courtyard room for £260 for two

Whichever you choose, all the hotels offer fine dining focusing on Suffolk’s fresh, local produce. To book visit https://thehotelfolk.co.uk/ and check out each hotel’s individual sites.

Something a little different 

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout 

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If you want to buy a special and unique gift for your loved one, a rare lithograph of one of Henri Matisse's collection 'Florilege des Amours de Ronsard' will certainly wow this Valentine's Day.

Matisse's most romantic work, a series of original lithographs entitled Florilege des Amours de Ronsard, was acquired by Aldeburgh Beach Lookout from the printer L'Atelier Mourlot. The images are not reproductions of drawings, for no drawings exist. Matisse drew each image onto wafer-thin transfer paper which was wetted and rubbed onto limestone thus transferring the image as the transfer paper dissolved. The limestone was then pressed down onto Arches paper, so transferring the image to the paper. An edition of 320 was made from each limestone image and the text of the accompanying poetry was printed alongside. 

In addition, some extremely rare impressions, perhaps one or two in each case, of a few of the images, were printed from the limestone onto another two types of paper, a Ronsard watermarked grey paper and a smooth ivory japan paper. None of these proofs has text and are sometimes unique and always extremely rare and very special. Each work is mounted ready for a frame of your choice, and can be sent to you in time for Valentine's day. 

For more information, call Caroline Wiseman on 07808723309 and visit http://www.carolinewiseman.com/exhibitions/the-romantic-matisse

Bawdsey Radar Trust

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If you prefer to steer clear of traditional romantic gifts, take a look at Bawdsey Radar Trust's online shop. Perfect for those with an interest in Suffolk's fascinating past, their bespoke bone china mug makes a lovely gift. It features a beautiful pen and ink drawing of Bawdsey Manor by local artist Mark Beesley. The drawing imagines the Manor in 1937 when behind the architecture and landscaped gardens, radar was being secretly developed!

Shop online at https://onlineshop.bawdseyradar.org.uk/

Your very own pub!

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A Valentines Present with a difference for the person who is hard to buy for, why not buy them a share in their very own country pub!

The Locks Inn in Geldeston boasts an idyllic location on the banks of the end of the River Waveney. This popular pub has recently been bought by the community and there are exciting plans a' foot that you can be a part if shareholder, plus you will be invited to a special evening to celebrate becoming a pub owner!

For more information visit http://www.savethelocks.com/



Things to see and do

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

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

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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand store in Southwold offers Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories.

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Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar

Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the first operational radar station in the world where radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

"Because Aldeburgh Beach LOOKOUT is isolated, yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way" Caroline Wiseman, founder.

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WHERE TO EAT

Adnams

Adnams

Adnams - they're like a big breath of fresh, sea air.

They make amazing beers and spirits from grain-to-glass in their coastal home of Southwold.

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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Waveney Valley, close to the bustling market town of Bungay.

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where to stay

The Crown at Woodbridge 

The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge boasts a chic aesthetic bringing a fresh feel to all that is great about escaping to the country, combined with all that is good about staying in a bustling market town. 

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Letheringham Water Mill Cottages

Letheringham Water Mill Cottages

Winners of the 2017 Visit England Dog Friendly Business Award!

Labradoodles Teddy & Amber invite dogs and their owners to stay! Letheringham Water Mill Cottages have blown away the cobwebs from traditional dog friendly holiday cottages with award-winning 5* exclusive portfolio.

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The White Lion

The White Lion

Aldeburgh

The White Lion Hotel is a contemporary coastal town hotel, boasting great views and character, situated just a few steps away from Suffolk's stunning Aldeburgh beach. It's also home to the fantastic Indian restaurant, Sea Spice.

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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

Orford

The Crown and Castle is situated in the beautiful village of Orford, right next door to Henry II's Orford Castle. Renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, The Crown and Castle invites guests to enjoy these stunning surroundings and make memories that will last a lifetime. 
Winner *Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2018 award for Restaurant with Rooms *

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Best of Suffolk

Best of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk like to do things differently. Their hand-picked selection of over 400 stylish, self-catering holiday cottages in Suffolk offer guests well-appointed properties in prime locations. 

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