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9 fantastic places for a mini break in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 12:23 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 23 August 2018

Snape Maltings (c) worldoflard, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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When you have a few days spare for a short break in Suffolk you could head to one of these gorgeous 9 properties for a stay on our county's coast or countryside

1) Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP | 01728 687172

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The perfect destination for a short break or a longer stay in one of the luxury holiday properties ranging from a cosy, one bedroom cottage to a fabulous six-bedroom family home.

The properties are set in the heart of the Maltings around a private Courtyard, along the historic frontage or at Iken View with wonderful views across the river towards Iken itself. All are appointed to a high standard with everything that is needed for a relaxing break.

On site there is a collection of independent shops, cafes and a teashop, a pub and the world famous Concert Hall as well as ample free parking. Stay at Snape Maltings and enjoy all that the glorious Suffolk coast has to offer.

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2) The Merchant House at Isaacs on the Quay

80A Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LB | 01473 284000 (option 2)

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A stay at The Merchant House in Ipswich is one which you will cherish forever. Built-in 1636 it has been beautifully restored and is full of character, with exposed beams throughout. It’s set just moments from Ipswich’s historic waterfront, where you’ll find a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars, offering some great views of the moored boats and across the water.

The Merchant House offers a great base to explore the Suffolk countryside and coast, with easy access to main roads and the bus and train station both approximately a 20-minute walk away.

Great for a break away with friends or family this self-catering accommodation sleeps up to 14 people. It also has a fully functional kitchen, dining room and two living spaces.

Find out more about The Merchant House today and start planning your Ipswich getaway.

Merchant House by Isaacs on the QuayMerchant House by Isaacs on the Quay

3) Wheatacre Hall Barns

Wheatacre Hall Barns, Wheatacre, Beccles, NR34 0AS | 01502 677208

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Wheatacre Hall Barns is luxury Self-catering Accommodation in eight Converted Barns on a working Arable and Dairy Farm.

They are situated in the beautiful peaceful rural Waveney Valley adjoining the southern tip of the Norfolk Broads. Many fantastic sandy beaches and attractions can be found a short distance from Wheatacre Hall Barns making this a great place to base your visit in your discovery of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Facilities include a games barn, fitness barn, soft play barn, hot tub and plenty of outdoor space for fun and games.

Wheatacre Hall BarnsWheatacre Hall Barns

4) The Perch by Suffolk Secrets

19 Market Place, Southwold IP18 6EA | 01502 722717

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The Perch, Southwold: Are these the best views in Southwold? Anyone lucky enough to book this award-winning building will know that this architect-designed property has been created to maximise and reflect the beauty of its stunning surrounds, enviably located as it is between the heart of the town and the harbour.

This is no ordinary holiday home. Cleverly designed by its architect owners to offer clean sight lines and panoramic views (the first-floor glass balcony off the master bedroom a particular highlight), The Perch remains true to its past (a traditional black weatherboard fisherman’s cottage) on the outside whilst offering its guests light, bright and colourful interiors with a Scandinavian feel.

It’s spacious open-plan layout and contemporary kitchen make for a great place to gather, whilst natural light floods through windows and the rear bi-fold doors. Outside, there’s decking and a pretty landscaped garden to relax in and enjoy the scenery. The best views in Southwold? Come and find out for yourself.

The Perch by Suffolk SecretsThe Perch by Suffolk Secrets

5) The Lodge by Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Unit 1, Deben Wharf, Tide Mill Way, Woodbridge IP12 1FP | 01394 389189

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Found in the village of Cowlinge, almost slap bang in the middle of the rolling Suffolk countryside between Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Clare, The Lodge is a recently renovated holiday property which provides an oasis of calm and a real get-away-from-it-all feel.

Despite being surrounded by fields, quiet country lanes (a boon for walkers and cyclists), and a lovely village pub, The Three Ways, the interiors are metropolitan- modern: cheerful, bright, colourful and bang up to date.

With a mustard yellow and grey palette throughout, both in its open plan ground floor, the master bedroom and twin room ideal for children, a lovely, generous outside garden with play area and table for al-fresco dining, you may not want to leave for the entire stay. But, if you do, it’s the perfect, centrally located property from which to explore.

The Lodge by Suffolk Cottage HolidaysThe Lodge by Suffolk Cottage Holidays

6) Suffolk Hideaways

161a High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AN | 01728 666300

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Suffolk Hideaways, based in the bustling coastal town of Aldeburgh, offer a fantastic and ever-growing selection of holiday homes throughout this glorious county – from hidden gems, perfect for a romantic weekend for two, to larger properties for family holidays.

The properties, many of which are dog-friendly, vary but what they all offer is a chance to relax in total comfort. Take a short-stay in a coastal cottage, country hideaway or a quaint historic village; sometimes a weekend break somewhere beautiful is all it takes to recharge those batteries.

Make Suffolk Hideaways your first choice for holiday properties in beautiful rural Suffolk…your Hideaway heaven awaits…

Suffolk HideawaysSuffolk Hideaways

7) Best of Suffolk

Lime Tree Farm, Badingham, Woodbridge, IP13 8LU | 01728 638962

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Best of Suffolk, boasts over 370 stylish self-catering holiday cottages across Suffolk and along the historic heritage coast. From traditional cottages to modern contemporary holiday homes with views of the sea, they are sure to have your perfect accommodation.

Best of Suffolk have locations across the whole of Suffolk, including firm favourite coastal towns like Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, as well as rural escapes in stunning scenery. Suffolk is also known for its market towns, from Framlingham’s Castle on the Hill to Riverside Woodbridge and medieval Lavenham.

They aim to accommodate guests in luxury and a stay in one of our stylish holiday homes is sure to be the perfect base from which to explore all that this beautiful county has to offer.

High Ash Farm by Best of SuffolkHigh Ash Farm by Best of Suffolk

8) Milsoms

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Hall Road, Kesgrave, IP5 2PU | 01473 333741

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If you’re looking for a ‘Suffolk Mini Break’ then Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is perfect. A contemporary 4* hotel within an easy drive to the Suffolk Heritage Coast (Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Southwold) and towns such as Woodbridge and Newmarket, the hotel offers 23 bedrooms ranging from standard through to ‘super deluxe’ all set up to the high standard you’d expect from a Milsom Hotel.

The restaurant is open all day, with plenty of theatre from the open plan kitchen. Head Chef Aaron champions all that is great about local produce, specials are available every day to make full use of the seasons.

Guests can dine on the terrace in the summer under a huge architectural sail. Visit their website to check out the latest short break offers such as Super Sunday, Step into Summer and Suffolk Weekend.

Milsoms Kesgrave HallMilsoms Kesgrave Hall

9) Mollett’s Farm

Main Rd, Benhall, Saxmundham IP17 1JY | 01728 604547

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With temperatures soaring in the UK, why go abroad?

Mollett’s Farm is a family run haven of peace and tranquillity set in open farmland. You can relax here or you are within easy access of the Suffolk Heritage Coast with all it has to offer – the choice is yours! The self-catering accommodation comprises of three accessible studios and three cottages, sleeping 2 to 5 people.

They also have a Caravan & Motorhome CL. Places are still available in August and September, book now to avoid disappointment. They look forward to welcoming you soon.

Mollett's FarmMollett's Farm

10) Ravenwood Hall

Rougham, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP30 9JA | 01359 270345

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Offering a balance between the old and the new, Ravenwood Hall is the perfect place to enjoy your Suffolk stay.

Enjoy a walk around their seven acres of secluded Suffolk countryside just outside Bury St Edmunds or breathe in the rich history with origins dating back to the reign of Henry VII. Ravenwood Hall is crammed full of character and architectural features such as an ornate carved oak structures, inglenook fireplaces and rare 15th century paintings.

But it also boasts modernity at its heart and a delicious dining experience all year round. From family celebrations to a quiet weekend away, they have rooms to suit all occasions. The main hall has seven individually designed rooms, all reflecting the historic nature of the building with antique furniture and gorgeous bathrooms.

The seven rooms in the Mews offer contemporary elegance to unwind while Ravenwood’s five rooms on the ground floor enjoy their own terraces, making them ideal for ease of access or for guests with dogs.

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