Our New Home in Woodbridge
Published: Thursday 21st Jun 2018
Properties and people are what make our world go around here at Suffolk Cottage Holidays. We’re excited about all the properties showcased in our self-catering portfolio, and we love the place in which we live and work.
So we’re especially delighted to be part of one of Suffolk’s most exciting new community projects – Whisstocks in Woodbridge, a place in which we’re proud to have our own new ‘home’.
This £15m project has turned a derelict boatyard into the landmark Deben wharf development which includes luxury apartments, a restaurant, a new Heritage Building to house Woodbridge Museum and the Longshed building, where a full-size replica of the Anglo-Saxon burial ship found in 1939 at Sutton Hoo – on the opposite bank of the River Deben – will be built. Just a stone’s throw from the historic Tide Mill, the site is protected from the tidal forces of Mother Nature by a state-of-the-art floodgate.
Claude Whisstock started his boatyard business here in 1926 and during World War II, lifeboats, fireboats and Admiralty launches were all built at the site. Later, one of the ocean-going yachts built here was bought by round-the-world sailor Sir Francis Chichester. Whisstocks Boatyard closed in 1990 and the site was derelict for many years.
Suffolk Cottage Holidays’ General Manager Julian Brackenbury says: “The Whisstocks development presents a fantastic opportunity for us to be in an iconic part of Woodbridge. We are very excited about this relocation – to see the office taking shape and brought to life has created a real buzz within the team.”
The new office supports our aim of providing the very best service to holidaymakers and homeowners alike, and Julian says: “The office will be very customer-focused and inviting, handling general local queries, reservations, homeowner liaison and new enquiries, as well as offering meeting facilities for our business. Opening hours will be 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday – do pop in for a cuppa and just to say hello!”
Written by Gill Bendall