Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011, holiday cottages and hotels
PUBLISHED: 14:14 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 20-page 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 our guide to Suffolks finest hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and activity breaks
Compiled by LAURA VINCENT
Aldeburgh Cottage, Aldeburgh
Tel: 01728 638962
Close to Aldeburghs shingle beach this is a stylishly refurbished cottage sleeping 4. Traditional techniques and materials have been teamed with the latest mod-cons to make this a great holiday spot. Added extras like the an open fire and patio area also add to the appeal.
Price from 445 per week.
Stable End Cottage, Halesworth
Tel: 01502 578278
A rustically styled Grade II, converted 18th century stable complete with two double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a courtyard/garden, Stable End Cottage is a perfect base to explore the bustling market town of Halesworth, surrounding Suffolk and neighbouring Norfolk. Sleeps 5
Price from 410 a week.
Faith Cottage, Bradfield St George, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01244 356655
Charming grade II listed thatched detached cottage that dates back to around 1480. It boasts a child friendly garden with views over the glorious Suffolk countryside and is just ten minutes walk away from one of the oldest woodlands in England. Property sleeps up to 6 people.
From 268 per week in the low season (now until March) or from 231 for short breaks.
Eelsfoot Cottage, Hemley
Tel: 01394 382770
Go down to the banks of the River Deben at Hemley and youll find this delightfully-named cottage. With lots of country-living character this place is hard to resist. Follow the river bank path to Felixstowe Ferry, spend the afternoon seal-spotting or relax in the elegant surroundings of the cottage. Sleeps 5.
From 539 a week.
Tel: 01502 578278
The ultimate romantic hideaway in a beautifully presented bijou holiday cottage, with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views of the beautiful river Ore. Brownies is based in the centre of Orford and when you experience all the comforts of the chic interior youll never want to leave.
Price from 415 a week.
Abbey View Lodges, Leiston
Tel: 01728 831128
Log cabins in the heart of Suffolks countryside that allow you to get closer to nature in style. Youll have all the romanticism without the roughing it; so enjoy luxuries such as four poster beds, saunas and hot tubs in the special occasion lodges. Make use of the 25 discount when booking for over a weeks stay.
Prices from around 325 for short breaks.
South Green House, Southwold
Tel: 01502 722717
This stylish Georgian house looks out on Southwolds famous South Green in the heart of the charming town and is perfect for a seaside getaway. Look out over Gun Hill and to sea while you enjoy the minimalist yet welcoming interior and the five beautifully decorated bedrooms. There is a large, well-equipped kitchen and two bathrooms as well as a terrace, playground and lawn area.
Price from 920 a week.
Butley Mills, Woodbridge
Tel: 01394 459132
Set in the peaceful surroundings of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these five self-catering apartments make the perfect setting for a family gathering or large reunion. Situated at the edge of Butley Creek and carved out of the quaint old water mill Butley Mills, accommodation is also offered in the form of two converted cottages (which each sleep up to 6 people).
The main house has a communal ground floor, which includes a snooker table, a huge lounge and a great terrace which overlooks the pond and is child friendly too. The apartments each sleep 2 to 6 people, housing up to 18 in total.
Price from 250 per week and 140 for short breaks.
Bruisyard Hall, Saxmundham
Tel: 01728 638712
A beautiful 14th century manor house, with a homely atmosphere and with space for up to 20 people to sleep, Bruisyard Hall makes a wonderful stately setting for all types of events. There is a large games room, sitting room, dining room and a big kitchen to fit everyone comfortably with room to spare. Midweek stays from 1250.
Elmswell Hall, Elmswell
Tel: 01359 240215
Elmswell Hall is a Grade II listed 16th century manor house situated on the edge of this mid-Suffolk village with lovely countryside views. The new Coach House offers accommodation in two rooms each with en suite bath/shower room and guests have use of a separate sitting room, adjoining conservatory and elegant private dining room.
Contact direct for prices.
Snape Holiday Cottages, Snape
Tel: 07802 878172
Situated in the rural village of Blaxhall, a stones throw from Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh, these three tranquil Suffolk holiday cottages are full of character and furnished to a high standard. Throughout the year you can birdwatch at RSPBs flagship Minsmere reserve, go to concerts at Snape Maltings, shop at the local farmers markets, antique shops and interesting boutiques, or visit churches, castles and Anglo-Saxon burial sites. If you are feeling active there are miles of breathtaking walks and cycle trails and plenty of opportunity for horse riding. Sleeps 12 in total.
Prices from 420 for 7 nights/per week.
Snape Maltings Holiday Apartments
A perfect holiday location for those who love the Suffolk Coast, fine food and stunning landscape. Available all year round and for short breaks these apartments are concealed by a secret garden as a sanctuary amongst a vibrant collection of Victorian buildings. Visitors can start the day with a walk along the river as the sun rises over the reeds toward Iken church then return to Metfield Caf for a leisurely breakfast. Take time also to discover the stunning collection of shops and galleries to see why Snape Maltings was chosen as the nations leading independent retailer.
For bookings telephone John or Julia on 01728 688 303 or visit www.snapemaltings.co.uk
The Granary, Rookery Farm, near Framlingham
Tel: 01394 412304
Really impressive, luxury conversion of an old granary that sleeps up to 6. Original features including the old granary chute doors and old oak beams, particularly add character and Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo and the coast can all be reached in under 20 minutes. A great place for cycling, walking and bird watching.
Prices from 513 a week.
26 Pier Avenue, Southwold
Tel: 01502 723292 Option 2
A delightful 1930s semi-detached family house, that sleeps 4/6 within easy reach of the shops and beach and all other amenities. Kitchen/dining room with French windows to balcony terrace overlooking back garden and children are more than welcome with a play room with mini table tennis and football. Includes an exclusive 10% discount off all purchases at Southwold Pier.
Prices from 375 a week.
The Workshop at Lime Tree Farm
Tel: 01728 638962
Self-catering at its most chic, the Workshop is a Victorian stable conversion, designed by an award winning architect and ideal for couples looking to escape to the Suffolk countryside. Sharp 21st century architecture with a wet room and suspended fire meets classic designs from Arne Jacobsen and Eero Sarinen complemented by a unique hand-made bed and contemporary kitchen, all set in its own meadow, often complete with sheep! The Workshop has received great reviews so book early for 2011!
Prices from 820 a week and 328 for short breaks.
6 Town Steps, Aldeburgh
Tel: 01728 638962
A classic Georgian cottage in the heart of Aldeburgh, this pretty house sleeps 3 in wonderful period style with an open fire, a hand-made oak bed and bespoke kitchen, all just yards from the beach and High Street. In the sitting room there is a large leather sofa and armchair to relax by the fire, with the kitchen-diner beyond, itself leading on to a pretty south-facing courtyard, catching the morning sun. Quintessential Aldeburgh in every way.
Prices from 380 for a week and 247 for short breaks.
The Crown, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge
Tel: 01394 384242
Bringing 21st century inn-keeping to the heart of Woodbridge, the recently revamped Crown is the complete cosmopolitan bolthole a 17th century townhouse facade with a stylish bar and 2 AA rosette winning restaurant. There are ten relaxing bedrooms that put relaxation and indulgence over fussiness and make a calm retreat from everyday stresses and the buzz of the bar and restaurant downstairs. This newcomer to the Suffolk hotel scene is well worth seeking out.
Prices from 120 including a full English breakfast.
Clarice House Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 705550
The Clarice House group of health clubs boasts three hotels. The Bury St Edmunds club is a Jacobean-style mansion, which is sure to cater for all your pampering needs. Guests can make use of a state of the art gym, swimming pool, dance studio and a beauty centre all amid the beautiful Suffolk countryside.
Bed and breakfast from 100.
Seckford Hotel, Woodbridge
Tel: 01394 385678
Converted into a hotel in 1950, this former Elizabethan hall boasts impressive Tudor chimneys and mullioned windows. Modern facilities are successfully blended with the hotels varied and regal past, beautiful oak panelling, ceilings and doors and intricate carvings depicting the history and splendour of its period. Make use of the large pool, gym, beauty salon and the nearby golf club for a real treat.
Weekend breaks from 185 and double rooms from 109.
The Swan Hotel, Southwold
Tel: 01502 722186
Sister to the Crown Hotel, The Swan is simply charming. A short stroll from Southwolds busy square, the hotel is perfectly located. The 42 bedrooms are beautifully furnished and visitors to the South facing top-floor will be treated to views over Southwold and out to the marshes. Brewery tours can also be arranged for guests and there are no fewer than five Adnams pubs within walking distance to enjoy a taste of the famous beer from the coast.
From 135 for a double room.
Hotel Victoria, Lowestoft
Tel: 01502 574433
A classic British seaside hotel with seafront views from many of its 24 en-suite bedrooms. From trying the local catch of the day to taking a stroll along the Blue-flag beach, you can savour a true seaside experience for all the family.
Double room from 68 including breakfast, mini-break specials from just 51.50 per person per night including 3 course dinner and full English breakfast.
The Bull Hotel, Long Melford
Tel: 01787 378494
The Bull is located along the vibrant high street of the historical village of Long Melford and has endless charm with an original 15th century timbered-framed front and oak beams. With 25 unique en-suite bedrooms, a roaring fire in the bar and a restaurant renowned for its excellent cuisine, The Bull makes for a perfect winter retreat.
Prices from 99 for a double room including breakfast.
Satis House, Yoxford
Tel: 01728 668418
Satis House is a Grade II listed Georgian house, surrounded by three acres of eye-catching parkland, and is oozing with character. Offering modern comforts in 18th century splendour, the hotel accommodation includes tastefully furnished bedrooms in a variety of sizes and a restaurant specialising in the finest British cuisine. Satis House is conveniently located close to the A12 and has quick access to the coast. Pets are welcome too.
Doubles from 100.
Milsoms Hotel and Restaurant, Dedham
Tel: 01206 323150
A hotel that exudes a modern, relaxed vibe and scores high in understated elegance in all of its 15 bedrooms. Set amid Constable country, crisp white linen, mod cons and great food are order of the day.
The restaurant serves local and global foods to a high standard (with a great kids menu too) and there is a lovely outside terrace, perfect for an alfresco lunch.
Doubles from 115.
Salthouse Harbour Hotel Ipswich
Originally a warehouse, the independently-owned Salthouse Harbour Hotel has been transformed into a contemporary styled 70 bedroomed hotel with dazzling marina views. Luxury accommodation is splashed with an eclectic mix of artwork, designer furniture and exposed brick creating a contemporary setting. Stay in one of the 27 new rooms, some featuring copper baths, underfloor heating, chaise longues, free-standing walk-in showers, air-conditioning and organic toiletries, or sleep like royalty in one of the two penthouses. Dine in the contemporary brasserie, while enjoying the display of striking modern artwork, cool sculptures and fine wines. For a business stopover or weekend away, the Salthouse Harbour Hotel zings with chic style.
Rooms from 130 including a full Suffolk breakfast.
The Crown Hotel, Southwold
Tel: 01502 722275
Located on Southwolds High Street, this former coaching inn is owned and run by local brewery Adnams. There is a great wine list and choice of beer as well as delicious local food. The 14 bedrooms are simply decorated with neutral colours and deeply comfy beds, which make for a truly relaxing experience.
Standard double from 125.
The Bildeston Crown
Tel: 01449 740510
Full of character, this original 15th century coaching inn stands proud in the heart of Suffolk village of Bildeston and is an excellent base for exploring the nearby villages of Lavenham, Kersey and Monks Eleigh. Winner of East of England Enjoy England Awards there are ten highly individual en suite bedrooms, catering to all tastes from contemporary to traditional, two welcoming bars and a restaurant renowned for its superb food. A great, cosy retreat this time of year.
Prices from 150 for a double room.
Ravenwood Hall Country House Hotel, Rougham
Tel: 01359 270345
Packed with antiques in a cosy, traditional setting, Ravenwood Hall offers the classic country hotel experience. Its yards from the A14, near Bury St Edmunds, yet hidden behind trees and each of the 14 rooms boasts luxurious features such as deep pile carpets and heavy embroidered bedspreads. Choose the four-poster or half tester beds if you fancy somewhere special to relax after taking a stroll in the seven-acre grounds.
Prices start at 157 including breakfast.
The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 714000
The Angel Hotel is where traditional Georgian elegance meets contemporary design. Originally a coaching inn, it now harnesses its heritage with a modern twist, retaining traditional values yet welcoming innovation. With an array of awards, The Angel offers 74 rooms all with individual charm, ranging from more traditional rooms restored to their Victorian best to contemporary rooms with the latest in design. Also enjoy a comfortable, relaxed and stylish meal in the eatery, which serves delicious locally sourced food, fresh baked bread as well as an excellent choice of wines.
Rooms from 100 including a Full Suffolk Breakfast.
Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Kesgrave, Ipswich
Tel: 01473 333741
Not surprisingly, rolling out the Milsoms formula at this former school, tucked away in woodland on the outskirts of Ipswich, has proved a success. The Milsoms mantra, eat, drink and stay is apt, with the bistro restaurant delivering inventive, reasonably priced food in simply stylish surroundings overlooking the lawns. Upstairs there are three uber cool en suite bedrooms ranging from standard through to principal.
Prices from 120 per night.
Kesgrave Hall also offers a fantastic two night golf break, which includes; 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast in a superior room and 2 rounds of golf, from 225 per person.
The Bull Auberge, Yaxley
A traditional, family run hotel, The Bull offers a total of 11 beautifully furnished rooms that each provide a snug getaway from the winter weather. The former pub has maintained its warm and relaxed atmosphere and has a superb dinner menu.
Doubles from around 110.
The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Situated in an idyllic seaside setting, just a pebbles throw from Aldeburgh beach, the Brudenell Hotel typifies all of the elements of a luxury four star seaside hotel. Each of the 42 fantastic bedrooms are modern and bright with a relaxed vibe and the floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room make a great viewing station.
Doubles from 140 including full English breakfast.
The Randolph Hotel, Reydon
Tel: 01502 723603
Only 15 minutes walk from bustling Southwold, the quiet Randolph in Reydon offers the best of all worlds. Relax in one of the ten spacious, simple bedrooms or take stock of the local beers on offer while enjoying the contemporary, light feel of the bar and restaurant areas.
From 80 a night including breakfast. Special offers include the online only January Madness 2011 special offer, of a minimum of 2 nights with breakfast included, for just 55 per room per night.
The Crown and Castle, Orford
Long-established Suffolk hotelier, chef, writer and TV personality Ruth Watson runs this stylish Victorian property just off Orford square. The location, dcor, food and staff lend an air of serenity to the place with the emphasis on fine food and relaxation. With 19 beautifully decorated bedrooms and divine food, such as Orford lobster and Cromer crab, rooms get booked up pretty quick, so be sure to book early.
Prices for a double start at 130.
The Westleton Crown, Westleton
Tel: 01728 648777
Sitting on Westletons village green youll find this 12th century, quintessentially English hotel. With everything youd expect from open log fires, traditional features and cosy beds to snuggle down into after a pint of local ale. All the usual comforts and more think roll top baths, goose down duvets and delightful pub-grub.
Doubles from 90 including breakfast.
The White Lion, Aldeburgh
Tel: 01728 452720
With great views over Aldeburghs seafront, the White Lion is a traditionally run, privately owned seaside hotel. A great choice for settling down in comfortable, clean rooms after a day of exploration.
Doubles from 118 with breakfast.
Brook Hotel, Felixstowe
Tel: 01394 278441
The Brook Hotel is a family-run hotel, offering warm service and attention to detail just minutes from Felixstowe seafront. Traditional food, clean, beautifully simple rooms and friendly staff are the order of the day.
Doubles start at 80.
Black Lion Hotel, Long Melford
Tel: 01787 312356
This historic hotel commands a glorious position overlooking the green in one of the most attractive villages in England. With opulently decorated en-suite bedrooms, most of which offer beautiful views over to Melford Hall, it makes a perfect spot to explore one of the local antique shops or relax on the outside terrace with a spot of alfresco dining.
Doubles from 157.
Maison Talbooth, Dedham
Tel: 01206 322367
Scenic Dedham Vale provides the backdrop for this small but beautiful hotel. Boasting features like an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a Garden Room restaurant, this is country living with a difference.
The standard of the opulently decorated room varies from Delux to Superior and all have traditional furniture along with all the mod-cons one could need. Doubles from 190.
The Bell Hotel, Clare
Tel: 01787 277741
Picture a roaring log fire, the scene framed by old oak beams and plenty of nooks and crannies to enjoy a quiet drink. The Bell Hotel is cosy and a truly pleasing experience. Wholesome, simply cooked food is available at fair prices so your wallet will be happy too. This is a lovely place to enjoy the small and friendly market town of Clare.
Doubles from 90 with breakfast.
Blyth Hotel, Southwold
Tel: 01502 722632
Seaside chic close to Southwolds much loved beach front. The Blyth is airy, cool and welcoming and the restaurant won EADT Suffolks 2009 best restaurant award.
Doubles from 100.
Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
Tel: 01638 713552
Set in 12 acres of fantastic countryside this converted mill will appeal to those who are looking for a taste of upmarket living. Close to Newmarket, it oozes style; deeply comfy beds, baths to fit three, sleek furniture and beautiful surroundings. Dining at Tuddenham Mill certainly doesnt disappoint either, with a six-course taster menu that would be at home in a medieval banquet.
Doubles start at 185 inclusive
Ickworth House Hotel and Apartments, Horringer,
Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 735350
Set in 1800 acres of National Trust parkland the hotel and apartments offer a rare haven of peace and tranquility and are very family friendly. Whether you are in the impressive East Wing hotel itself, or in the Dower House a short walk away, the rooms are spacious and full of character, ranging from the traditional to the more contemporary. Indulge in a treatment at the Aquae Sullis Retreat in the cellar, or make for the game room, indoor pool, tennis court or pony riding. And theres all that glorious parkland to explore!
Standard double inclusive of breakfast from 205.
Hintlesham Hall, Hintlesham
Tel: 01473 652334
Along with the Angel at Bury St Edmunds this is one of our countys best known hotels. A Grade I listed Elizabethan Manor House, once owned by the celebrated restaurateur Robert Carrier and TVs Ruth Watson, it is a haven of comfort and friendly service. Eating outside on the terraces is a summer delight but its just as inviting this time of year in the stately dining rooms.
Rooms from 160 per night inclusive of breakfast, midweek breaks from 179 and weekend breaks from 210.
Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh
Tel: 01728 452312
The Wentworth is everything a seaside hotel should be a blend of the traditional and contemporary.
The hotel has been managed by the same family since 1920 and so takes pride in its traditional values, yet the 35 cheerful and spacious bedrooms (with sea views and binoculars provided!) add a contemporary twist to this beautiful seaside retreat. Theres a lovely terrace bar for relaxed dining, or for something more formal why not book a table in the elegant candle-lit restaurant, offering fresh local produce.
Dinner, bed and breakfast (minimum of two nights) start at 135.
Bedford Lodge, Newmarket
Tel: 01638 663175
The only four star hotel in Newmarket, Bedford Lodge retains the charm and character of a country house yet offers the very best in modern comfort and luxury. The hotels pride in Newmarkets rich racing heritage is evident throughout, from the variety of locally-inspired artwork to the colourful collection of racing silks. The 55 stylish bedrooms and suites have been designed by one of Londons leading interior designers.
Prices from 109 inclusive of breakfast and full use of leisure facilities, special offer of Thursday and Sunday night breaks from 75.
The Pier, Harwich
Tel: 01255 241212
The Pier is a harbour-side hotel in an eye-catching Victorian building, with 14 bedrooms that are fresh, uncluttered and have many individual touches. Guests will struggle to choose between the first floor Harbourside restaurant and the ground floor bistro-style restaurant which offers a great kids menu too.
Prices from 110.
The Great House, Market Place, Lavenham
Tel: 01787 247431
Multi-award winning authentic boutique hotel, with five luxury accommodations on the Market Square at Lavenham one of the finest locations in the county. The Great Houses reputation for superb French cuisine does not disappoint and a recent refurbishment has added further elegance and quality to the five en-suite bedrooms in this super stylish Georgian house.
Doubles from 90.
Fritton House, Somerleyton
Tel: 01493 484008
Fritton House is a nine-bedroom boutique hotel in Norfolk located on the edge of Fritton Lake. The original features of the hotel are complemented by a combination of antique and modern furnishings in all of the en suite bedrooms, plus thanks to the Adnams group management, the informal restaurant and bar has a wide selection of Adnams beers and wines and a seasonal menu. So whether enjoying a tasty meal at the restaurant, taking a leisurely stroll in the acres of woodland or splashing about in boats on the lake, there is something for everyone. Doubles from 140.