Suffolk Cottage Holidays self catering accommodation makes the ideal base for exploring the beauty of the Blyth Valley.
This very popular seaside town boasts a sandy beach and a traditional pier; step over the bridge, or take the row boat ferry, to Walberswick for that intimate and timeless village feel. Visit Britain's largest fresh water reedbed, RSPB Minsmere and Dunwich Heath for a great walk and stunning scenery
Southwold is perhaps the best known coastal town in the area. A popular resort for those who want to get away from city bussle and return to an England very little changed since the 1920s and '30s - lighthouse, pier, a sandy shore and beach huts. And much more besides - fishing huts and fresh fish, fine food and excellent restaurants, bookshops, galleries and of course good Adnams beer. Stay close to the promenade at Walton House (sleeps 10) or overlooking the Green and golf course at Forest Lodge (8). Try Amory House (10) for a group of friends any weekend outside high season.
Walk south along the seafront to the open marshes and the entrance to the River Blyth. From here one can look down this glorious little estuary towards the ‘cathedral of the marshes’, Blythburgh church, and the beautiful Blyth valley where you can stay at Red Sails (2). Off the road to Beccles in a charmingly rural spot is Cravens Manor, a detached house with outdoor swimming pool (12). Two miles south of Blythburgh is the delightful, unspoilt village of Westleton.
A delightful rural village with its large village green, two excellent pubs, open heathland and RSPB Minsmere just a mile or so beyond. Stay overlooking the green at the Apple Store (sleeps 4) or up towards the heathland and on a direct footpath to Minsmere at High Oaks (5) For a real treat, if there is a family ocassion to celebrate, book Rowan House (10)
Westward up the valley you come to Bramfield with its Gothic House and the lovely crinkle-crankle wall outside the thatched church, which unusually has a detached round tower. A few yards from the church is the Queen’s Head, Suffolk’s ‘Dining Pub of the Year’ 2001 and 2002. Holly Meadow Cottage (4) is tucked away just off the road or for a superb property for a group of friends stay at The Manor House (10)
This charming little village has a delightful main street, white-timbered fan-tailed windmill at the lower end and the round towered church at the top. A lazy stream runs beside the quiet street with its attractive old houses, village pub and the delightful well-kept green. Here you could stay in One Well Cottage (3). The attractive market town of Halesworth is just over a mile away.
The village, with its five commons, is one of the larger villages in the area and dates back to Roman times! The fine, small church houses the famous medieval 'Doom' painting.
Pop down to the Low House below the churchyard. Here you can enjoy good pub food, excellent company and one of the few original tap rooms in the County. A lovely village to stay in and an ideal base for both the coast and rural Suffolk. Stay in Blyth Cottage (4) or Meadow Cottage (6)
(Near at hand is Heveningham with its great Palladian Hall. The fantastic Capability Brown serpentine lake and landscaped park lovingly restored in recent years).
For much more information on the area do view our own guide website Visit Southwold.