Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011, B&Bs, farms, golf breaks
PUBLISHED: 14:19 20 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:31 20 February 2013
Whether you're after an activity-packed weekend, or a blissfully relaxing seven-day holiday, we've got the answer in our guide to Suffolk's finest hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and activity breaks
Whether youre after an activity-packed weekend, or a blissfully relaxing seven-day holiday, weve got the answer in ourguide to Suffolks finest hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and activity breaks
Compiled by LAURA VINCENT
BED & BREAKFASTS
Gainsborough House, Horringer
Tel: 01284 735451
Owners Derek and Anita Evans have lovingly refashioned this 1950s property (overlooking the village green and just yards from Ickworth House and gardens) into a Regency style country home. Three high standard rooms are available, all with en-suite.
Contact direct for prices.
Mulberry Farm, Elmswell
Tel: 01359 244244
Four-star accomodation in a pretty thatched 16th century property that has connections with the well-remembered TV series Lovejoy (it was the rogue antique dealers workshop). Recommended for the especially good and hearty breakfasts using local produce.
Twin room in house; from 67 for double occupancy including breakfast. Studio suite from 77.
Milden Hall, Milden
A truly unique place to stay, this restored Tudor barn was originally a hall during the 16th century. Georgian features were added in the 18th century meaning 21st century guests can enjoy three lovely bedrooms with a mix of well-loved furnishings and great views of the surrounding countryside. And breakfast is a treat too why not build up an appetite walking around the walled garden ponds or the wildflower meadows first? The only drawback is the lack of en-suites.
Doubles start at 65.
Ounce House, Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 761779
Built as a merchants house around 1870, this spacious town centre home is full of Victorian elegance. The bedrooms are decorated individually and all have bathrooms as well as other facilities. Guests can make themselves at home in the drawing room and library and drinks are available from an honesty bar.
Doubles from 130 with breakfast.
Hill House Hall, Woodbridge
Tel: 01394 383890
A medieval gem not to be overlooked, Hill House Hall is a traditional medieval Wealden Hall. Guests are welcomed by a Tudor trove of wall paintings and huge open fireplaces with accommodation in the romantic North or South Halls. Beautiful and award-winning gardens add to the appeal.
Doubles from 70.
Old Rectory, Hopton
Tel: 01653 688135
For the full, welcoming B&B experience this handsome Georgian rectory offers great seasonal food, a comprehensive wine list and friendly owners who are set on ensuring you have an entertaining evening.
Price from 50 per person in the twin or double.
Folly House, Whepstead
Tel: 01284 735207
Reasonably priced rooms (two doubles and a single available) with an indoor swimming pool and close proximity to Bury St Edmunds.
Prices are reasonable from around 25 per person per night
Moat House Farm, Carlton, Saxmundham
Tel: 01728 602228
Nestling amongst rolling fields near Framlingham and Aldeburgh, this farmhouse is full of character and has three en-suite rooms all with views over a large garden and all at a great price.
Price for doubles from 30 per person per night for a double room.
The Manorhouse, Beyton
Tel: 01359 270960
Winner of our 2010 Tourism in Suffolk award, the Manorhouse is welcoming, relaxed, and renowned for its excellent service.
There are four large, individually-designed en-suite bedrooms the two in the barn conversion are ground floor with king size or twin beds, sofas, flat screen TVs, free wi-fi and fridge/freezer for guests. With 5 stars and a gold award, the Manorhouse has just received a breakfast award for its excellent breakfasts.
Doubles from 32 per person, inclusive of breakfast.
Grange Farm, Dennington
This 13th century B&B complete with moat, offers plenty to occupy guests from a strenuous workout on the all-weather tennis courts to the lesser exertion required on snooker table or simply the chance to laze in front of the cosy log fire. All rooms are tastefully decorated and look out over the pretty and extensive gardens full of bird life.
Prices for a double from 32 per person per night.
Lavenham Priory, Lavenham
Tel: 01787 247404
In the heart of this medieval village stands this beautiful Grade I listed priory. Despite the subtle side-street entrance, once youve entered youll be intrigued by a house packed full of original features. Outside there is a three-acre garden, whilst breakfast is something to be relished with locally sourced menu including sausages, smoked salmon, haddock and kippers on the menu.
Doubles from 105.
The Old Rectory, Campsea Ashe, Woodbridge
Tel: 01728 746524
This lovely country house sits somewhere on the scale between a B&B and hotel, where sophisticated decoration is order of the day in all of the seven en-suite doubles. The Old Rectory is a stunning setting for a special private lunch, dinner party or a private country house party for you and your guests. Fully licensed and with a great, locally sourced menu, you wont want to leave.
Doubles available from 95.
Hill House, Nayland
Tel: 01206 262782
Set in Constable Country Hill House is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful views, in a peaceful spot overlooking the serene river Stour and is also perfectly located for the nearby desirable villages of Dedham and Flatford. Take your pick from two doubles (one en-suite) and a single room and look forward to the hearty full English on offer.
Doubles from 74.
Haughley House, Haughley
Tel: 01449 673398
Set in three-acres of beautiful countryside, Haughley House is a medieval manor house in mid-Suffolk with Georgian additions, retaining the country house style of a more leisurely age. The property is rich in history, with connections to Ralph de Broc, who murdered Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, amongst others.
There are three guest bedrooms in the oldest part of the house (two double and one twin, all en suite).
Haughley House was a winner of Channel 4s Three in a Bed
Doubles from 45 per person.
High House Farm, Cransford
Tel: 01728 663461
The perfect place for any energetic young family, this is a 15th century building with an eye-catching moated garden and access to over 250 acres of farmland. The large family room sleeps up to four people, alternatively, the woodlodge a 200 year old cottage situated in the middle of copious woods is available on a self-catering basis.
Doubles in main house start at 30 per person per night, children 5-12 are half price and under 5s are 10.
Earsham Park Farm, Earsham
Tel: 01986 892180
A solid Victorian house near Bungay with views over the Waveney Valley. There are three large and grandly furnished rooms with en-suite facilities. A comfortable place to stay and rounded off with an impressive breakfast. Think a full English using the farms produce, fruit salad or compote, Greek yoghurt, patisseries and jams yum.
From 78 per double.
The Old Butchers Shop, Orford
Tel: 01394 450517
This popular B&B is booked up well in advance so plan your trip early. Situated off the market square, guests can enjoy a walk along the nearby coastal pathways and for something special, the village offers many varied eateries to choose from, all within a stones throw. Three doubles, with one offering incredible views out over the garden and to sea.
Doubles from 80.
Bays Farm, Forward Green
Tel: 01449 711286
A handsome 17th century farmhouse decorated to the highest of standards and in impeccable taste.
Price from around 65 for a double.
Dunan House, Aldeburgh
Tel: 01728 452486
A stylish and chic B&B without the usual chintz and cluttered feel of most, Dunan House is peacefully set at the back of the gorgeous sea-side town of Aldeburgh. The perfect country house location, it has a big garden, parking and no disturbing traffic.
Doubles from 37.50 pppn.
Mile Hill Barn, Kelsale
Tel: 01728 668519
An oak barn set in two acres of Suffolk countryside with three large, comfortable rooms each with separate access.
Doubles start from 95.
Sandpit Farm, Bruisyard
Tel: 01728 663445
With stunning scenery and located within spitting distance of the River Alde, this tranquil B&B is a real treasure, with great views of oak-studded fields, bursting orchards and water meadows.
Doubles from 30 per person per night.
Old Rectory, Lavenham
Tel: 01787 247572
Winner of an accommodation of the year award for England Bed & Breakfast Awards 2010-2011, The Old Rectory in Lavenham, above, offers sumptuous accommodation in its impressive individually designed en-suite rooms. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast made with local produce, served in the morning .
Room from 175 for double occupancy.
Number Six, St Peters Road, Aldeburgh
Tel: 01728 454226
Number Six is a family run, boutique B&B within a short stroll of the beach and high street. Suitable for couples, families or a party of four; with its large bathroom, kitchenette, personal lounge with dining area and a balcony, its the sort of place youll come back to again and again! Room rates start at 95. Email ruffles108@ btinternet.com for availability.
House in the Clouds, Thorpeness
Tel: 02072 243615
A seven-storey tower, The House in the Clouds definitely has wow factor and will be a holiday to remember. Built in the 1920s by an eccentric Englishman, the house boasts five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a drawing room and the ultimate piece de resistance a games room on the top floor with a 360 degree outlook.
Prices from 500 per night inclusive of gas, electricity, linen and towels.
The Old Methodist Chapel, Yoxford
Tel: 01728 668333
A truly unique place to stay, The Old Methodist Chapel was used as a place of worship until 1980, and was beautifully converted in the early 1990s. The 30-foot high ceiling and beautifully stained glass windows in the main room are truly unique, whilst the two welcoming bedrooms overlook the pretty courtyard and they have independent access for extra privacy.
From 90 for a double room.
The Little Cat Hotel, Woodbridge
Tel: 01394 383890
Yes, the name says it all. This is a hotel for cats, not to be confused with a mere cattery. Your puss will feel pampered by owner Sarenka Knights feline friendly getaway, complete with heated beds, thermostatically controlled rooms, a garden with running water and a sun terrace. Only five cats are resident at any one time, leaving your precious pet with so much attention theyll think theyve got the cream.
Price from 8.25 per cat per day, or for cats staying more than 7 days, the tariff reduces to 7.25.
Nomad Living (VW camper van holidays)
Tel: 0798 2525 888
This North Essex-based team hire out their lovingly restored camper vans for nostalgic holiday motoring and overnight stays.
Hire rates start at about 325 for a weekend.
Valley Farm Vineyards, Wisset
Tel: 01986 785535
If you are partial to a glass or two, then why not pleasure your palate as you casually meander through the 14 acres of vines that produce Valley Farms own Wisset English table wine. Noahs Ark Barn is a self-catering option and the farmhouse has a B&B offering a three-course dinner available on request.
Contact direct for prices.
Albion Mill, nr Saxmundham
A listed property of unique character. The windmill itself is a round tower dating from the 1820s. The huge interior beams and some of the original wooden hoppers and wheels have been preserved.
Details on www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk
PUBS AND INNS
Badwell Ash Holiday Lodges, Badwell Ash
Tel: 01359 258444
A romantic getaway with a twist. Four log cabins standing above a tranquil lake near Bury St Edmunds. Kick back, relax and enjoy the silence on your veranda or make use of the private outdoor hot tub. No children are allowed, so make the most of the hideaway with Romance for two hampers.
Short breaks from 450.
Old Hall Barn, Darsham, near Walberswick
Tel: 01394 412305
A very spacious, luxuriously finished barn conversion, with a wonderful new hot tub for a truly relaxing holiday to remember. Sleeps up to 14.
Prices from 1716 for 3 nights.
Traditional Charter, Maldon
Tel: 07811 469505
If you fancy a weekend at sea then this is for you. No sailing experience is necessary although you should be willing to muck in and help out on board. Itineraries tendto focus on Rivers Stour, Orwell and Deben.
Prices upon request.
Eels Foot Inn, Eastbridge
Tel: 01728 830154
Cosy inn thats a perfect base for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and lovers of folk music. Its just 400 metres from Minsmere, so ideal for a day or two watching wildfowl. Fine selection of ales and nourishing pub grub too.
From 90 per double.
The Old Cannon, 88 Cannon Street, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 768769
A hidden gem in Bury St Edmunds, which offers the best of all worlds. Ale brewed on the premises, excellent pub food, a building of real character and interest with five rooms with en suite, digital television and wireless internet link.
Price for a double with breakfast 85. Stay two nights B&B Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun with a three-course dinner on Friday or Saturday night for 180.
The White Horse, Sibton
Tel: 01728 660337
Winner of EADT Suffolks best Food Pub in the 2009 Food and Drink awards, this inn also has six rooms, below, for those wanting to stay a while. And these are not your average pub bedrooms since all boast flat screen TVs, freeview, dvd players and recently installed bathrooms with power showers, all overlooking pretty gardens and fields.
Prices for a double room are 80 and include a 'Full English' breakfast.
The Swan Inn, Barnby, Beccles
Tel: 01502 713474
Excellent food and service and an unpretentious friendly atmosphere is the order of the day, not to mention the three uniquely-decorated rooms that will be available from summer 2011.
Contact direct for prices.
The Fox Inn, Eastgate Street, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 705562
For those looking for a reasonably priced stay in one of Suffolks loveliest towns here is a relaxed and welcoming Grade II listed coaching inn located a few yards from the Abbey Gardens. Theres a stylish restaurant, above, and a choice of six spacious, individually furnished rooms equipped with luxury baths/showers or wet rooms and theres a special feature room with four-poster bed.
From 89 per room per night including breakfast
The Olde Bull Inn, The Street, Barton Mills
Tel: 01638 711001
This three star AA hotel is near to Mildenhall, and not far from Newmarket, so is a handy base for those exploring the far west of our county, with a choice of 14 refurbished bedrooms, all with something of a boutique-style twist!
Doubles rooms from 85 including breakfast. Special offer B&B and dinner from the Oak Room Restaurant Menu, 135 per couple.
Easton Farm Park Cottages, Easton
Tel: 01728 746475
Ideal for families, your children will love the easy access to all their farmyard favourites at these pretty self-catering cottages. There are some lovely nature walks along the banks of the River Deben and an outdoor playground, as well as the pigs, Suffolk Punch horses, geese, ducks and more. There is a choice of three cosy cottages, each fully equipped Duke Cottage can sleep up to six adults and four children, Duchess and Sanctuary Cottages both sleep up to five adults and one child.
From 550 per week.
Hill House Farm, Shotley
Tel: 01473 787318
A farm stay aimed solely at adults (although over-sevens are welcome), Hill House sits amid 520 acres of arable land, 10 of which are marshland and a nationally significant area for wading birds. The River Orwell is in walking distance, so take your binoculars and keep an eye out for herons, egrets, lapwings and oyster catchers. There are two double en suite bedrooms with lovely river views and the Coach House offers two en suite ground floor bedrooms both with private access.
Doubles start at 70 per night.
Thorpeness Hotel, Thorpeness
Tel: 01728 452176
Between the Meare and the village and only 10 minutes from the beach, this three star hotel has 30 spacious bedrooms with relaxing lounge and bar areas. Should you want to play some tennis, it is on offer at the nearby Country Club. Whats the next door 18-holer like? Gorse and water hazards make it an exciting challenge and the springy turf means it can be played most of the year.
See website for rates and availability. Winter gold break specials, November to February, golf, dinner, bed and breakfast from 73 per night.
Best Western, Ufford Park Golf and Spa, Melton, Woodbridge
Tel: 01394 383555
Now with a well-established and testing 18-hole course over undulating parkland, this hotel is a good bet for golf groups looking for a base in east Suffolk. Ponds, splendid old trees and conservation areas are dotted around the greens and fairways, so expect a test of your ball placement and a lovely walk through unspoilt countryside. There is a very good golf shop here and tiered floodlit driving range. Accommodation is comfortable and reasonably priced, with two restaurants (one for fine dining) and a state-of-the art thermal suite. Keep fit in the gym and take a dip in the indoor pool.
Double from 109 per room per night and 2 night golf breaks from 199 per person.
The Suffolk Golf and County Club, Fornham St Genevieve,
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 706777
Just off the A14 and a matter of minutes from Bury St Edmunds, this is a modern hotel with a state of the art gym, heated pool, sauna, spa and steam room. Over the years they have altered some of the holes on this parkland course with an annoying number of water hazards! Hit straight and plot your way carefully around.
Doubles from 170 with breakfast