A luxury romantic holiday cottage ideal for couples. Backing onto a Nature Reserve leading to Snape and beyond to Aldeburgh, Queenies is perfect for anyone (including pet owners) wanting a luxury character cottage. Great walks and ideal for exploring Suffolk with the coast and a multitude of attractions on the doorstep. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
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
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
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
A beautiful self catering holiday cottage with lovely views providing cosy romantic holiday accommodation in the heart of Suffolk within easy driving distance of Lavenham. Nestling amidst beautiful rolling countryside, Dons Barn is just perfect for couples looking for a relaxing holiday where you can recharge and is a great base for exploring this beautiful area and its many attractions. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
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 29 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).
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.
Why settle for average when you can stay somewhere as amazing as Onderneming? This beautiful barge, which is over a century old, is moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings, just a stone's throw from the popular Plough and Snail pub. With three double bedrooms and a comfortable sofa bed, there is easily room for eight adults to stay, but the charming decor and lovely proportions mean that it doesn't feel too big for couples or small families who want more space to themselves. Snape Maltings is one of Suffolk's many popular attractions and a great place to base yourself with so much to enjoy on the doorstep and the coast and areas attractions within easy reach.
Perfect for couples but with space for four, Twee Gebroeders is a fantastic holiday barge moored in a prime location in Woodbridge. Step across the gang plank, and you're immediately in the stylish new Whisstocks leisure development with cafes and shops, and just a short walk from the centre of town. There are lots of lovely paths for walking and cycling along rivers and through gorgeous Suffolk countryside, or jump in the car or on a train and head out for a day at the beach. The owners have thought of everything during the barge's recent renovation, meaning that you can stay in complete comfort in a unique self-catering retreat in one of the most beautiful parts of England.
Picture-postcard pretty, Cambridge Cottage is everything you could wish for in a Suffolk holiday cottage. Painted in pink with a green front door, the cottage is packed full of character features like original oak floors, a log burner in the fireplace, beams and a bathroom with a deep roll-top bath. Outside is every bit as appealing with a sun-trap garden to the rear and an enclosed area to the front where you can sit amongst the roses and clematis and soak up local life in one of Suffolk's prettiest villages. Ipswich is only 8 miles away and the coast is less than twenty, making this a great base for exploring Suffolk and perfect for those looking for a romantic retreat.
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.
Sitting on the high street of the medieval village of Lavenham, No 24 is a charming Grade II listed holiday house sleeping four guests in two bedrooms. With plenty of indulgent touches to make your self-catering break extra special, this town house is perfect for family holidays or romantic getaways. Whether you want to spend lazy days exploring the picturesque village of Lavenham or enjoy walks from your front door, this is a beautiful spot to enjoy Suffolk's finest villages and beautiful rolling countryside.
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 friendly 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 11 people in six bedrooms, making it ideal for families and groups of friends.
Badger Cottage is a rural idyll in a fantastic location with the bonus of an award-winning pub just a few steps away. Set in a peaceful garden on the edge of Sweffling in Suffolk, it is a few miles from Saxmundham and Framlingham, and within easy reach of Aldeburgh and Southwold. The cottage comfortably sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples, families or friends who want a country escape just a few hours from London. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
A true Suffolk gem - Boatmans enjoys a magical waterside position alongside the River Deben and is a gorgeous holiday cottage offering all the right ingredients for a romantic self-catering break at any time of the year. Surrounded by beautifully tranquil countryside for walking, a rowing boat for exploring the river, a log burner for cosy nights and a sun-trap patio (plus conservatory) for alfresco dining with views of the river, you will find it hard to choose a more perfect retreat for relaxing. Heaps of character in a simply stunning setting abundant with wildlife.
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
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Many head 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 choice for those looking for a traditional seaside experience, with its sandy beaches, colourful beach huts and iconic lighthouse that keeps watch over the town. Surrounded by beautiful countryside is the charming heritage seaside town of Southwold, 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.
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 today show some of the finest examples of medieval architecture in the country.
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 (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 and a convenient location for many seeking a weekend-away. If you only have a couple of nights to see Suffolk's many attractions, take a look at our things to do guide to help you experience a true taste of Suffolk life.