Suffolk self-catering made easy

Top Flat, Clare House

Aldeburgh - Aldeburgh & Orford Coast

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No pets
  • No private parking
  • WiFi available
  • Friday changeover
£700 - £970 per week *


Situated on the sea front in the much loved coastal town of Aldeburgh, Top Flat occupies the Penthouse position at Clare House and enjoys stunning panoramic views of the sea from its private balcony and sitting room. Perfect for couples or families who want to be in the centre of it all with a holiday on the Suffolk coast.

SNAPE 5 miles (8 km), ORFORD 12 miles (17 km), WOODBRIDGE 20 miles (33 km), SOUTHWOLD 24 miles (39 km) 

About this Suffolk Cottage Holiday Property: Situated on the seafront and occupying the top floor of Clare House, Top Flat is the perfect retreat for holidaymakers wishing to explore the Suffolk coast. With panoramic views of the sea to be enjoyed from the balcony and sitting room, sit back with a morning brew or an evening tipple as you watch the waves roll in. Early risers will love watching the sun rise from the comfort of the double bed, whilst walkers will love walking the coastline and surrounding marshes.
Top Flat encompasses the second floor of a large Victorian sea front property and benefits from two bedrooms and two bathrooms making this perfect for two couples or a family. In addition there is the "cabin" - with a raised platform with single mattress, it's a perfect hideout for young children or teenagers who want to study. The light and bright sitting room has been designed to make use of the delightful sea view, and modern essentials are provided including a flatscreen TV with DVD player and Sky+HD. For winter evenings a selection of books of varying genres have been provided, as well as a small collection of DVDs and board games. 
Parking: Parking permits for the surrounding car parks can be purchased from Suffolk Coastal District Council, Tourist Information Offices. There are offices in Woodbridge and Felixstowe if you wish to purchase and collect in person. These can be ordered over the phone by calling 01394 383789 and posted to you second class, we therefore recommend that you book these well in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8.45 am - 5 pm, Thurs 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Fri 8.45 am - 4.30 pm.
About the area: Aldeburgh is a very special seaside town, held in a time warp by generations of families delighting in its Edwardian elegance, its timeless feel and its relaxed atmosphere. Writers, artists, composers, musicians, actors and those who hanker for the simple pleasures of holidays in their youth return to Aldeburgh year after year. In the past half decade Aldeburgh has become home to a number of smart boutiques and excellent local shops selling fresh local produce and organic food. Several super restaurants have been established and the visitor can now enjoy anything from Aldeburgh?'s world famous fish and chips to a top quality gourmet meal.
The boating lake remains an irresistible draw for even the most sophisticated 21st century youngster and you can still stroll down to Slaughden for sailing or a boat trip on the Alde. There are tennis courts open to the public, a wonderful golf course, quiet coastal and heathland walks and cycle rides. Aldeburgh Cinema has a great selection of films throughout the year as well as hosting live streaming plays, opera and ballet. 
Despite Aldeburgh being one of the east coast's most famous holiday destinations, the town is only really crowded during the Carnival in mid August. Even then just a short stroll along the beach or across the water meadows towards Slaughden or Thorpeness will give you the opportunity to leave the people behind and commune with the natural beauty of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, awash with a plethora of birdlife and unspoilt coastal landscape.
Eating and Drinking Out: There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and tearooms to choose from, all within a stones throw of Top Flat. The White Lion Hotel has sea views and a traditional menu and Prezzo provides a relaxed, friendly atmosphere for all ages.
For slightly more formal dining try Regatta or The Lighthouse but no trip to Suffolk could be complete without trying the world-class Aldeburgh fish and chips. There are two great fish and chip shops in Aldeburgh High Street... you may have to queue but it will be well worth the wait.
Self Catering Eating: In the High Street you will find all the holiday provisions and treats you need; butchers, bakers, greengrocers, Lawsons Delicatessen, and Co-op general store. However, the pièce de rèsistance is the wonderful selection of freshly caught fish available from the fishermen's sheds which are dotted along the beach. You will be able to see the boats coming in from the sitting room or the balcony so no problem being first in the queue for fresh fish in the morning - perfect!
The pretty little town of Orford, situated on the rivers Alde and Ore is a 20-minute pleasant drive through rural Suffolk and well worth a visit. Pinney's of Orford have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s and continues to supply freshly smoked fish every day and the award winning Pump Street Bakery has the most amazing breads and pastries. Snape Maltings is only a few miles away with The Food Hall and Farmers Market

Alternatively, most of the major super markets will deliver to this address. For more ideas on places to visit and things to do, please see our information websites Visit AldeburghVisit Orford and Visit Southwold.


  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • No pets
  • No private parking
  • WiFi available
  • Friday changeover
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • No smoking
  • Nearest shop 0.1 mile
  • Nearest pub 0.1 mile
  • 0.1 mile from the coast


The penthouse flat at Clare House

  • Accessed by three flights of stairs; the front door opens onto a small hallway with doors leading to the Kitchen, Living Room, Cabin and Bedroom beyond.
  • Two steps down take you into the Kitchen with fully fitted units, circular table with 4 folding chairs, plenty of cupboard space, hoover, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle, 2 slice toaster, radio, electric oven with 4 ring electric hob and fridge/freezer. A door leads to a second hallway with doors to the Family Bathroom and Twin Bedroom.
  • Family Bathroom with bath and hand held shower, w.c., wash hand basin, heated towel rail, small wall mounted bathroom cupboard and ceiling mounted hanging rail for beach towels.
  • Twin Bedroom with full sized single beds, bedside lamps, chest of drawers, Roberts radio, WiFi router, writing desk and chair, a selection of books and board games, wardrobe with hanging and shelve space, iron, ironing board. A door leads out onto a small Juliet balcony with views over the Aldeburgh rooftops.
  • 4 steps from the main hallway lead up into the 'Cabin' with a full sized single mattress taking up the majority of the room. This is the perfect area for children who may want a bit of space to read a book, have an afternoon nap or study.
  • Sitting Room with round table and 4 folding chairs, floor lamp, Boang chair, easy chair, 2 seater wooden framed sofa, writing desk and chair, coffee table, flatscreen TV with DVD player and Sky+HD box, a selection of books and DVDs. A door leads out onto the balcony.
  • The Balcony covers the whole length of Top Flat and enjoys panoramic views of the sea, beach, fish huts and surrounding buildings. A small table and 2 chairs make this the perfect place for a morning coffee.
  • Double Bedroom with standard sized double bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, books, occasional chair and sea views. A tilted mirror means you can enjoy see views when lying down on the bed!
  • Shower Room with wash hand basin, w.c., heated towel rail and shower unit. There is a small step up into the shower.


  • Central heating, bed linen and towels are included, please bring your own beach towels.
  • Wi-fi service is provided, wi fi speeds in Aldeburgh can be slow. Excess use will be charged.
  • In consideration of other guests, please do not smoke inside the property.
  • There is no designated parking for Top Flat, Clare House. Parking permits for the surrounding car parks can be purchased from Suffolk Coastal District Council. There are offices in Woodbridge and Felixstowe if you wish to purchase and collect in person. These can be ordered over the phone by calling 01394 383789 and posted to you second class, we therefore recommend that you book these well in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8.45 am - 5 pm, Thurs 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Fri 8.45 am - 4.30 pm.



Great holiday, made by a fantastic location. Flat has great facilities and even better views! April 2017 - 3rd August 2017
Relaxing stay at Top Flat. Aldeburgh a lovely town, super shops. View and sound of the sea a real pleasure. Walks on the beach, trips to Southwold and Snape, all in all a great holiday. Thank you. June 2017 - 3rd August 2017
Beach and Sea on tap! Uber relaxing. Flat a little haven, Thanks. June 2017 - 3rd August 2017
Great Stay. Fantastic views. Look forward to return visit. Very comfortable flat. April 2017 - 3rd August 2017
Office staff very helpful. Mrs J Burchell - 24th July 2017
A lovely place to stay. The sight and sound of the sea - the balcony - perfect!A previous customer - 27th July 2016
Thank you for a lovely stay in Aldeburgh. Top Flat is so comfortable and has lovely views.A previous customer - 8th July 2016
A delightful place to stay. Loved all the artwork... felt very attractive and comfortable. Had a great week.A previous customer - 24th June 2016


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