An immaculate impressive barn conversion sitting in a countryside position in Badley, a peaceful little hamlet on the outskirts of the historic town of Needham Market in Suffolk. Ideal for large groups of friends or families wanting to get together or celebrate a special occasion and within easy reach of the coastline and the areas many attractions.
This lovely holiday cottage is ideally positioned within a short stroll of the historic medieval castle and market town of Framlingham with its good selection of restaurants, pubs and shops. Set amongst beautiful Suffolk countryside, the area offers lovely cycling, walking and is within easy reach of Suffolk's beautiful Heritage Coast.
Elms Farmhouse is located on the edge of Wangford, within walking distance of a popular farm shop and two friendly pubs. It's a fantastic location for this Grade II listed holiday home, which dates from the 15th Century and sleeps 18 people in eight bedrooms. Features include an authentic country kitchen well-equipped for group self-catering, a covered outdoor swimming pool, and a games room. You're only a few miles from Southwold, Beccles and the Norfolk Broads, so there's a wide choice of activities and attractions.
Perfect for couples looking for a weekend away or a longer holiday exploring East Anglia, this romantic Four Star Gold holiday home sleeps two guests and sits in the village of Flixton on the Suffolk/Norfolk borders. There is a village pub a short walk away as well as the popular Aviation Museum. St Peter's Brewery is also within walking distance and the lovely beaches and nature reserves of the Suffolk coastline are within easy reach by car. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
The Old Coach House has wide appeal, offering couples single level dog-friendly self-catering. Sitting on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in the village of Flixton (with village pub and Aviation Museum within strolling distance), this welcoming cottage for two provides the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of both Suffolk and Norfolk including the coast, nature reserves, Norwich and the nearby Norfolk Broads. Short breaks and longer holidays available all year round. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
A delightful Four Star Gold holiday retreat sleeping two on the Suffolk/Norfolk borders in the village of Flixton with a village pub and the Aviation Museum a short stroll away. St Peter's Brewery is also within walking distance and Suffolk's coast is a short car ride away with beaches for lazy days and some of the country's top nature reserves. Short breaks offered all year round - an excellent choice for couples who enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching, exploring and relaxing. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Providing single storey self-catering, Sam's Stable offers Four Star Gold self-catering for couples and is conveniently located on the Suffolk/Norfolk border in the village of Flixton. There is a village pub and the Aviation Museum within easy strolling distance as well as St Peter's Brewery (a little further but still within walking distance for those who intend on sampling a pint or two of Suffolk's finest!). All the right ingredients for a relaxing break and within easy reach of the coast for days at the beach or visiting the nature reserves. Norwich city centre is also within easy reach. Short breaks available all year round (two night minimum). Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Orchard View is a single-storey holiday cottage offering 4-Star Gold accommodation for couples with well-behaved dogs welcome. It's in the grounds of The Old Rectory in Flixton, two miles from Bungay and within easy reach of the Norfolk Broads, beaches like Southwold and Lowestoft, and the medieval city of Norwich. It's a wonderful location for walking, cycling, fishing, and boating, starting with the picturesque seven-acre grounds with gentle views of fields and countryside. Bookings are available all year round, with short breaks possible depending on availability.
Alfred’s Barn, a stunning timber-framed thatched barn dating from 1740, with open plan kitchen sitting and dining area, sitting TV room, games room, and 4 bedrooms (2 ensuite), is full of original details with a contemporary style and sleeps up to 8. This amazing conversion is extremely spacious, full of light and furnished with a pleasant mix of classic and contemporary style. Located in an idyllic rural setting at Grove Farm with its extensive gardens and surrounded by farmland, woods, an orchard, and ponds, it provides the perfect holiday escape. For larger groups who choose to also stay in the other properties at Grove Farm, the dining area seats up to 27 people (with extra tables and benches) under the unique globe chandeliers.
A cosy, pretty holiday cottage which is single-storey and dog-friendly, located in the lovely market town of Saxmundham near to Snape and the popular coastal town of Aldeburgh. Step back in time and enjoy everything this riverside market town has to offer including a good choice of shops, galleries, restaurants and a weekly market. Perfect for a family holiday or getting away for the weekend with friends. Tourist board rating: 4 Star. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
The Milking Parlour is an exceptional, self-contained, converted farm building - a bright and spacious open plan kitchen diner, a sitting room with a classic Jotul wood stove and 2 bedrooms, sleeping up to 4. The floor to ceiling glazed doors provide amazing light and open on to the terrace and extensive south facing garden. The spacious galleried hall with the open plan dining area, seating area and stylish kitchen beyond, creates a relaxing and wonderful space for a holiday. This stylish holiday cottage has been restored to an exceptionally high standard by its owner who has paid much attention to provide a charming blend of character features with a contemporary feel.
This fifteenth century farmhouse, restored to exceptionally high standards retaining its original features, provides two sitting rooms with open fires, a huge kitchen diner seating up to 21 (with table extensions), and six individually designed bedrooms. The Farmhouse accommodates up to thirteen guests, making it ideal for large groups of friends or family who want to holiday together or celebrate a special occasion. In an idyllic location, Grove Farm offers a peaceful rural escape yet near to the seaside towns of Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich and excellent pubs and restaurants. For a larger party, the four properties at Grove Farm sleep up to 27 people with ample dining in Alfred's Barn.
A cosy holiday cottage ideal for a single person or couple, located in the lovely market town of Saxmundham near Snape and the popular seaside town of Aldeburgh. Chapel Cottage is an ideal self-catering base to enjoy all that Suffolk has to offer and perfect for romantic weekends away, or for birdwatching or walking trips with many designated country and coastal walks and several bird sanctuaries and nature reserves nearby. RSPB Minsmere just six miles. 4 Star. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Sitting in one of the prettiest villages in Suffolk, Water Cottage gives you and your friends/family the chance to stay in a traditional weaver's cottage, close to 'the splash' in Kersey. There is a good pub in the village and lovely walks from the front door through the beautiful rolling Suffolk countryside. Hadleigh is a short car ride away with its excellent independent shops and the many attractions of Suffolk are within easy reach. Perfect for a weekend away or longer holiday.
An exceptionally attractive luxurious Suffolk Farmhouse with heaps of character sitting in a peaceful countryside position within easy reach of the areas many attractions. With a large garden and wood burning stove, this is a cosy retreat at any time of the year and perfect for a family holiday or weekend away with friends.
One of the issues with group holidays is finding a holiday home where everyone can socialise without compromising their privacy when they need their own space. Lattice Lodge is ideal, sleeping 28 people in 14 bedrooms, each with an ensuite shower room and a TV. The kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped for a group self-catering holiday in Ipswich, and you're within walking distance of pubs, cafes and restaurants if you'd rather dine out. Guests at Lattice Lodge have included those hosting family and friends from out of town for a wedding, productions housing theatre troupes, family reunions, and those celebrating milestone events. Price shown is for 11 rooms sleeping up to 22 people (up to 3 additional ensuite bedrooms are available at a pro-rata additional cost).
The Old Neptune is a superb choice for group accommodation in Suffolk which gives guests a unique opportunity to stay in a historic building in the heart of Ipswich Old Town, steps from the marina and within easy reach of the Suffolk Coast. The Grade II listed building dates from the 1500s and has retained many original features while being carefully updated to provide a high standard of comfort for 21st Century guests. It is a fantastic place to host special milestone celebrations, hen weekend activities, intimate wedding parties, team building events, or family Christmases.
Celebrate a special occasion in this magnificent country house just two hours from London, close to Aldeburgh and only a short drive from the pretty market town of Woodbridge. Pettistree House is an early Georgian country house in which the owners have carefully restored original features like big sash windows and wall panelling, hiding away modern comforts like underfloor heating. Pettistree House provides the perfect place to host your country house party, with 15 stunning bedrooms sleeping up to 30 people and 13 private acres of parkland. The house feels like a luxurious boutique hotel, yet guests enjoy space and convenience of staying in a private residence.
Abbey Farm is a beautiful farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside, close to the Norfolk border and within easy reach of the coast. The owners of Abbey Farm have created a fantastic holiday retreat that is ideal for large or extended families and groups of friends to stay. The five lovely bedrooms can sleep up to 10 people, and the layout is ideal not only for family holidays but also for special celebrations, relaxing retreats, workshops and boot camps. The beautiful location between Eye and Diss, together with the high standard of accommodation makes the house an ideal year-round destination.
Toad Hall offers a rare opportunity to stay in a 16th Century farmhouse. The Grade II listed property sits in two acres of private gardens in a wonderfully rural position on the outskirts of the village of Swilland, yet just a 2 hour drive from London and close to the ancient riverside market town of Woodbridge. Within a small radius are beautiful countryside walks, attractions like Sutton Hoo and Jamie's Farm, and the opportunity to fish on the River Debden and horse ride. The Suffolk Coast is only half an hour away by car, with visitors able to easily access Aldeburgh, Felixstowe and Thorpeness. The holiday house can accommodate up to 10 people in five/six bedrooms (The house can sleep 10 in 5 bedrooms and the GF games room has a double sofa bed, making it ideal for families and groups of friends.
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Many go to the east of the county to visit the stunning coastline which stretches for some forty-five miles, with both beautiful sandy beaches and shingle shores. Sitting within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, Aldeburgh is possibly one of the most popular seaside retreats with its Blue Flag shingle beach, fantastic independent boutiques, fine restaurants, traditional pubs and great fish and chips!
Lowestoft is another popular option for those looking for a traditional seaside experience. With its sandy beaches, colourful beach huts and iconic lighthouse that keeps watching over the town.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside is the charming heritage seaside town of Southwold. This spot is famed for its award-winning pier and loved for its golden sands, weekly markets and excellent restaurants and pubs selling local ales brewed by Southwold-based Adnams.
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Suffolk boasts a rich heritage, bustling towns, great culture and fascinating history making it a popular destination all year round. With so much to see and do here, you will be pleasantly surprised no matter when you choose to visit.
Summer in Suffolk is truly beautiful. With the sun shining over the pretty landscapes, it makes for a lovely time to visit. From June to August you can expect average high temperatures of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Summer also attracts many tourists, so it is one of the busier times to visit the area. With this in mind, there are more attractions and events throughout the season, but the towns and top sites tend to be busy with tourist traffic.
For those seeking a trip full of beautiful scenery, Spring is when to visit Suffolk. With flowers blooming all over the county, you will find unmatched countryside vistas. The weather in spring does get cooler than in summer, with average highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C. This is an excellent time to explore Suffolk’s outdoors as the weather is comfortable for anyone looking to get active.
For a festive break, a trip to Suffolk in winter makes for one of the best getaways. With Christmas around the corner, the many towns and villages in Suffolk begin to deck the streets with lights and pretty decor. You can wander Christmas markets, or spend your time cosy next to the fire. Average temperatures in winter display highs of 6°C and lows of 1°C, making it a much colder time to visit. This is great for those looking to get wrapped up and wander the countryside in Suffolk as it glistens under the winter frost.
A visit to Suffolk would not be complete without a trip to the wetland broads in the north of the county. The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is the largest protected wetland area in the country – a haven for wildlife and great for bird watchers, with National Park status.
With a diverse landscape of heritage coastline, wetland areas, historic towns, quintessentially English villages and beautiful rolling countryside, Suffolk is a unique and popular holiday destination. If you only have a couple of nights to see Suffolk's many attractions, take a look at our guide to help you experience a true taste of life here.
If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance to Suffolk so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.
London: 94 miles
Birmingham: 137 miles
Glasgow: 394 miles
Liverpool: 232 miles
Bristol: 218 miles
Manchester: 220 miles
Leeds: 190 miles
Edinburgh: 392 miles
Newcastle: 272 miles
There are multiple ways to travel to Suffolk. Its excellent public transport links in many of its towns and villages mean you can journey by train or bus from numerous major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.
The heart of Suffolk is home to the wool towns and villages, which gained their wealth in the 15th Century from the wool trade. Still very much encapsulated in the bygone era, picturesque villages and towns such as Lavenham, Clare, Cavendish, Long Melford and Kersey still show some of the finest examples of mediaeval architecture in the country.
Suffolk boasts a stunning coastline, vast countryside and plenty of tourist attractions. Unlike many other popular places in England, Suffolk also displays much drier weather, perfect for those looking to spend some time outdoors. The county is also home to lots of arts and culture, making it a desirable destination for many.
There are so many incredible places in Suffolk, it can be difficult to narrow it down to just one. With places like Lavenham, Aldeburgh, Southwold and more all displaying unique attractions and stunning scenery, there are several great areas around the county. Wherever you choose to go, you will find a place brimming with lovely landscapes, bustling market towns and plenty to do and see.
With pristine beaches and never-ending countryside, Suffolk is an excellent choice for a family holiday. You will find places to explore and adventure at every twist and turn here, perfect for a wholesome break. Whether you’re looking to spend some time outdoors, or would rather soak up the history and heritage in the quaint towns, there is something for all types of families in Suffolk.