A Suffolk holiday you can Trust
PUBLISHED: 10:41 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:19 20 February 2013
Every comfort and detail attended to, with the added bonus of exclusive access to our places. What more could you want from a holiday? asks Claire Graves
A Suffolk holiday you can Trust
Every comfort and detail attended to, with the added bonus of exclusive access to our places. What more could you want from a holiday? asks CLAIRE GRAVES
We are predicting that the staycation is here to stay. Last year saw the rise and rise of holidaying at home. Visitors flocked to their nearest and dearest National Trust places like never before, making the most of their free time and the great value offered by membership.
If, like many, youve rediscovered the delights of your county and what delights there are in Suffolk! maybe a stay in a holiday cottage could give a different perspective? Imagine staying behind at Sutton Hoo as the visitors leave for the day, having the stunning sunsets over Woodbridge and the River Deben all to yourselves. Or take in the views over Dunwich Heath as dawn breaks.
There is a range of accommodation available in Dunwich. The two bedroom Bridge Farm Cottage is just a short walk from the village pub. There are three Coastguard apartments on the top of Minsmere Cliffs at Dunwich Heath, overlooking the beach.
At Sutton Hoo you have the choice of three apartments, Deben, Wilford and Kyson, all with fantastic views over the atmospheric and evocative Anglo Saxon site. Deben and Wilford both sleep four, and Kyson sleeps six.
If you fancy travelling a little further afield to explore more of the East of England, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk boast lovely places to stay and enjoy the surroundings.
Coach House Loft, on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, is part of a converted coach house at the rear of Peckover House and Garden. Peckover House is a stunning Georgian town house in the heart of Wisbech, with two acres of glorious garden hidden behind it. A stay in the Coach House Loft, which sleeps up to five people, plus cot, makes the surrounding Fens easy to explore.
There is a wonderful range of cottages in Norfolk, a county with enduring holiday appeal. Starting in the Broads, Horsey Barns are just a stones throw from the beach. The three cosy cottages are typically Norfolk in their construction, using flint and local reed and sedge thatch, sleeping from three up to six people, all plus cot.
Heading north, the Felbrigg Estate combines gorgeous parkland views with characterful buildings. The names are enough to capture the imagination. Whether you fancy the Squires Loft, Stable Apartment, Mustard Pot Cottage, Sextons Lodge, Marble Hill Lodge or Game Keepers Cottage, theres somewhere to suit groups of between two and five people.
Sheringham Park has five cottages to choose from in its 770 acres of lovely coastal landscape designed by Repton. Cart Lodge Barns has been converted to house four apartments which sleep between two and six people. Wood Farm is a detached cottage for four with its own garden on the edge of the wood.
Venture to the Blickling Estate, just outside Aylsham, for a choice of seven cottages, ranging from a barn conversion, semi-detached cottages, former mill and dairy house to a magnificent tower! They make an ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside, and are all within easy reach of Norwich.
Further west on the Norfolk coast is Burnham-Overy-Staithe. The former watermill and maltings in the pretty coastal village date from the 18th century. They have been sympathetically converted to include two apartments. Along with Mrs Preedys Cottage, all the accommodation looks out over the attractive mill pond.
If you are feeling more adventurous, why not head over the border into the East Midlands? Lincolnshires Gunby Estate is worth the trip for its fine red-bricked house dating from the 1700s. Extensive gardens surround the house, including walled gardens full of fruit, vegetables and flowers, complete with dovecote. Whitegates Cottages it tucked away in a quiet corner of the Estate, a perfect cosy retreat for two.
The Old Rectory in Bratoft, near Skegness, is ideal for larger groups of up to 11 people. Its an excellent base for exploring National Trust places in the area, including the Gunby Estate, Tattershall Castle and Belton House. The Old Rectory is within the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, and not far from the bracing Lincolnshire coast.
For the buzz of the city centre, make for 40/42 Michaelgate, a two bedroom nest in the heart of Lincoln. Both the Castle and the Cathedral are within easy walking distance, and the top bedroom has great views over the city.
All our holiday cottages make beautiful getaways, decorated and equipped to the highest standards. With out-of-hours access to our parks and estates often thrown in, National Trust holiday cottages make very special holiday retreats.
For full details of National Trust accommodation available in the East of England, log on to www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the holiday cottage booking office on 0844 8002070.
Visit the National Trust website, www.nationaltrust.org.uk for information about the beautiful places you can visit.