19 fabulous cottages just right for a Suffolk staycation

PUBLISHED: 17:13 30 July 2020

Wheatacre Hall Barns, one of eight luxury barn conversions. Photo: Marcin

Wheatacre Hall Barns, one of eight luxury barn conversions. Photo: Marcin

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Suffolk has a huge choice of holiday homes whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a place for some fun-filled family time. Here’s a selection for starters

Cannons commands a spectacular seafront position at Southwold. Photo: Best of SuffolkCannons commands a spectacular seafront position at Southwold. Photo: Best of Suffolk

Longing to get away from it all? Find freedom under big skies, walk on the wild side, dip your toes in the waves, get close to nature – Suffolk is perfect for a staycation.

Whether you’re planning a romantic retreat or family fun time together there are hundreds of holiday cottages to choose from, and friendly owners ready to give you a warm Suffolk welcome. So, what are you waiting for?

WAVENEY VALLEY

The Seed Store in Peasenhall is just made for two (plus doggy companion). Photo: Best of SuffolkThe Seed Store in Peasenhall is just made for two (plus doggy companion). Photo: Best of Suffolk

Country comforts

Get right back in touch with the countryside staying on a working arable and dairy farm. Wheatacre Hall Barns, on the edge of the Waveney Valley, has eight barns, beautifully converted to holiday cottages, which nestle among farmland and hidden waterways where you can experience space and freedom under wide East Anglian skies. The cottages, all named after birds of the field and woods, combine original features with comfortable interiors and modern luxury. There’s a games room, hot tub, fitness barn and soft play barn. Beauty treatments, catering services and dog minding can all be arranged. The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, sandy beaches and other attractions are a short distance from Wheatacre Hall Barns making this a great base for exploring the beautiful Waveney Valley.

Dog welcome? Yes

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Snow Hall Barn, country comforts in Peasenhall. Photo: Neil LongdinSnow Hall Barn, country comforts in Peasenhall. Photo: Neil Longdin

SOUTHWOLD

Big, bold, beautiful

Cannons is an unforgettable holiday destination - an elegant house, with panoramic views that take in miles of the stunning Suffolk coast. It’s huge, sleeping 10, plus a family room with two bunks, and with three ensuite shower rooms and three ensuite bathrooms, so it’s perfect for families to share and enjoy time together. There’s a generous kitchen/living/dining room, plus games and TV rooms. The ‘Lookout’ is a spectacular spot for cocktails as the sun sets. All six bedrooms are individually designed, furnished with comfort and luxury in mind.

The Dunns is stylishly Scandi in Orford. Photo: Best of SuffolkThe Dunns is stylishly Scandi in Orford. Photo: Best of Suffolk

Dog welcome? Yes

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PEASENHALL

Marsh End view, wide skies and endless horizons. Photo: Neil LongdinMarsh End view, wide skies and endless horizons. Photo: Neil Longdin

Just for two

Perfect for a romantic getaway, the Seed Store is a contemporary conversion of a period detached farm building. It’s set in beautiful rural isolation, overlooking six acres of grounds, which often includes grazing livestock, and there are excellent local walks. The Seed Store sleeps two in one king size bedroom, and the sitting room has far-reaching, panoramic views across open fields, through bespoke curved glass windows and double doors. Dreamy. . .

Dog welcome? Yes

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The Rest is right on the beach in Aldeburgh. Photo: Suffolk SecretsThe Rest is right on the beach in Aldeburgh. Photo: Suffolk Secrets

Walkers – this way!

Snow Hall Barn at Peasenhall is a beautifully renovated barn sleeping four people, overlooking lovely grounds and farmland. A footpath behind the barn leads directly onto the Sibton Estate and it’s a great base for walkers and cyclists who want to explore this part of the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB. Snow Hall Barn is adjacent to the owner’s stunning 15th century farmhouse, accessed via a 300m long private drive from the road. Peasenhall and Sibton villages are only half a mile by road, offering a village pub, The White Horse, butchers, a local store and an antiques shop.

Dog welcome? Yes

Ayres End Studio, a romantic hideaway for two. Photo: Suffolk HideawaysAyres End Studio, a romantic hideaway for two. Photo: Suffolk Hideaways

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ORFORD

Stay in Scandi style

Anchor Cottage for a family escape in Walberswick. Photo: Suffolk SecretsAnchor Cottage for a family escape in Walberswick. Photo: Suffolk Secrets

The Dunns is a stunningly renovated holiday house with Scandi style interiors that sleep four. It has a light and airy open plan kitchen/dining room, equipped with everything you need to cater your holiday, and a comfortable family room relaxing together. The bedroom upstairs has huge windows with views to the river. Lots of local walks, explore Orford village, quay, castle and even nip over to Orfordness.

Dog welcome? Yes

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Letheringham Water Mill Cottages are the perfect retreat for dogs and their people. Photo: Suzanne FosseyLetheringham Water Mill Cottages are the perfect retreat for dogs and their people. Photo: Suzanne Fossey

ALDEBURGH

Leave the world behind

Marsh View is a sophisticated, contemporary ground floor apartment, overlooking glorious, unspoilt Hazlewood Marsh and the River Alde. The apartment sleeps two in stylish comfort - the perfect place to escape the stresses of today’s frenetic world.

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Whilst attached to the owner’s home, Marsh View sits in its own space, set back well back from the road with access to a large garden at the front of the property and its own seating area and private parking. It shares a communal hallway with River View, a similarly stylish one-bedroom apartment on the first floor, and both apartments can be booked together in the combination property Marsh Lodge.

Dog welcome? Yes

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A family favourite

1 The Rest is tucked away just behind the Aldeburgh High Street, a deceptively spacious home that sleeps six people in contemporary, coastal-inspired style. The large kitchen/diner has vast, high ceilings and large windows looking out to the rear garden. Upstairs, the large sitting room with wood-burning stove, has breath-taking views of Aldeburgh’s shingle beach and the sea, as do all three of the bedrooms, each of which has its own private ensuite facilities. But the best bit. . . the garden gate leads straight out onto the seafront promenade. Children can explore the beach while you sit back and keep watch from the private balcony above. This is a wonderful place for family holidays that you’ll simply want to return to time and again.

Dogs welcome? Yes

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KERSEY

A writer’s retreat

Ayres End Studio is in one of Suffolk’s most charming villages. It’s a beautifully converted, thatched studio that sleeps two, set within the charming, landscaped gardens of Ayres End House, and was once the place where author Hammond Innes sought inspiration for his novels and travel books. The large open-plan studio has a handsome, mahogany super king size bed, a spacious sitting area and a large wall unit that cleverly forms a well-equipped, self-contained kitchen, which can be closed up when not in use. Guests also have exclusive access to a medieval-style summer house – the perfect spot for coffee at the start of a day exploring this beautiful part of Suffolk.

Sorry, no dogs.

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WALBERSWICK

Perfect all year round

Anchor Cottage is a beautiful, newly renovated property, with an extension on what was once a traditional, small, cosy cottage. The result is a fabulous large, spacious, modern holiday home that sleeps ten people in five bedrooms. It has glorious sea views and large private gardens so it’s just perfect for enjoying time together. It has an open plan living/dining/kitchen room where everyone can gather and socialise, and there is also a snug for escaping to enjoy some quiet time. Large, sliding doors cleverly slide into the walls so you can bring the outside in during warmer months, and with a contemporary Rais woodburner and underfloor heating throughout the ground floor area this cottage is perfect for holidays throughout the year.

Dog welcome? Yes

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LOWESTOFT

Style by the sea

A chic coastal retreat for ten people, 4 Wellington Esplanade is a Grade II listed property with spacious accommodation over four floors, in a prime seafront position at Lowestoft. The property was originally designed and built by Sir Morton Peto, the entrepreneur and civil engineer who fashioned Lowestoft’s elegant terraces and built Nelson’s Column and the Houses of Parliament. Wellington Esplanade was a centrepiece of Peto’s development of Lowestoft. This house has been refurbished to create stylish holiday comfort. The promenade and beach are just a few steps from the front door and local attractions such as the Claremont Pier, Pleasurewood Hills, Southwold and the Norfolk Broads are just a short distance away.

Dog welcome? Yes

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LETHERINGHAM

Heaven for dogs and people

Award-winning holiday cottages in the peaceful, rural setting of historic Letheringham Water Mill. Owners Jacqui and Richard Gooding have designed the accommodation as deliberately dog-friendly. Their needs are well catered for and there are lots of lovely walks nearby. The newest addition to the cottage portfolio is the Riverside, ideal for a romantic break for a couple, with a spacious, ground floor living room, one master bedroom, and chic wet room. The cottage has both meadow and riverside patios, so you can enjoy sunsets and night skies.

The Woodshed is also perfect for couples, with a ground floor living area, spacious kitchen/dining, and ensuite bedroom with double doors straight out onto the decking and a view down the river – what better to wake up to.

Letheringham Water Mill Cottages are generously supplied with warm rugs, soft throws and creature comforts so your stay will be snug and you can make the most of outside areas whatever the time of year. There are seven acres for dogs to explore with no worries about running off or getting lost. The grounds are completely surrounded by water which acts as a great boundary (unless your dogs are huge swimmers). Dogs get a dedicated dog crate with dog bowls, towel and blanket with a treat left for out furry friends to enjoy.

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