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Relax in a traditional holiday cottage in Orford; in our opinion the prettiest village on the Suffolk coast. Something of an enigma; a mediaeval stronghold, Orford now has a sleepy relaxed feel yet boasts excellent shops and restaurants; peaceful river bank and forest walks, a fascinating castle and intriguing shingle spit - must be explored.
Fine houses, a great church and of course the famous landmark Orford Castle were all built during this affluent period which continued until the silting up of the seaport and the expansion of the spit - now stretching from Aldeburgh to Shingle Street - put a stop to the expansion of Orford.
Today it boasts two famous restaurants, The Butley Orford Oysterage and The Trinity Bistro at The Crown and Castle, three good pubs, and an excellent bakery. With wonderful views from the river bank Orford is surrounded by fine coastal and woodland walks. From the quay there are boat trips to Havergate Island and Orford Ness, while sailing boats and yachts and even the occasional Thames barge ply up and down the estuary. Orford has an old world charm all of its own and some lovely cottages in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday, including Millers Cottage, Mariners Cottage, Ruffles Cottage, Quay View, Old Rectory Cottage and the three Chantry Barns conversions.
Since the inception of the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Orford Church has been the venue for first performances and close to Snape, home of the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Orford and nearby Sudbourne - see Marshlands sleeping 16 - are great places in which to stay when going to concerts. Snape too is a great place to stay, with fine concerts and superb views over the estuary; you can walk to Aldeburgh along the Sailors Path. Cottages in Snape include Box Cottage and Whitewalls Cottage.
Situated within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with magnificent views of heathland, reedbeds, marshes, the Alde estuary and of course the sea at every turn it is little surprise that Orford and its surroundings is a favourite haunt of artists, musicians and writers.