Nature & Wildlife Holidays

Nature and WildlifeHistoric towns and chocolate-box villages nestling amid fertile farmland and beneath big, starry skies remind you just how unspolit Suffolk is, while a wealth of wildlife reserves, ancient habitats and peaceful heathlands offer safe haven to all manner of animal, bird and insect life.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty that abounds and you’ll get a real sense of being ‘at one’ with the landscape and all those it gives life to; look closely and you’ll be surprised by how much is going on – lots of it virtually on the doorstep of your self-catering cottage. 

There’s never a dull moment when you’re in the countryside – you might spot a muntjac deer wandering along winding lanes, an owl searching for prey or a starling murmuration – the RSPB reserve at Minsmere is a great spot for watching the latter, along with an impressive variety of birds including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. Head here between the end of September and mid-November and you’ll witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the red deer rut.  

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has a number of nature reserves across the county, all free to visit. Near to Woodbridge, Foxburrow Farm is filled in spring or early summer with birdsong, wildflowers and gambolling lambs, while skylarks nest in the meadows and spotted flycatchers and pied wagtails flit around the farm buildings. Just outside Stowmarket, Combs Wood is a small but botanically-rich reserve where carpets of spectacular spring flowers include early-purple orchid, ransom and ragged robin, along with rare oxlips, which are limited to sites in East Anglia. And at Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds there’s a whole programme of events each year, along with a landscape rich in bird and insect life. 

The Forestry Commission’s site at Thetford is the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest, with more than 18,000 hectares to explore and a rich variety of animal and plant life. Noted for its spring flowers and autumn fungi, the Lynford Arboretum here is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. 

Closer to the coastal edge of the county, river trips are available from the picturesque village of Orford to the National Trust site at Orford Ness which is a protected area and home to a number of species including Chinese water deer and birds of prey including falcons and marsh harriers.

And further north, Coastal Voyager offers tranquil trips on the River Blyth where you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy – often at close quarters – the varied wildlife that enjoys the tranquility of the tidal waters and marshlands beyond Southwold Harbour’s famous Bailey Bridge. An area protected by Natural England, the river is home to many important birds and insects, while Blythburgh’s resident seals may be seen sunbathing on islands of mud. 

If you’d like to get up close to animals a little less shy, then do make time to visit the Suffolk Punch Trust. The Suffolk Punch is the oldest English breed of working horse and at its Hollesley HQ the Trust is training a new generation of professionals to work with these iconic gentle giants. And, finally, you’ll find more animal fun just outside Ipswich, where Jimmy’s Farm offers encounters with reptiles, butterflies and meerkats as well as traditional farmyard favourites.



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Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD3

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  • 5 Star
  • Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life? Look no further! Be transported into the heart of the countryside with beautiful views, luxurious accommodation and onsite facilities to allow you to truly unwind and relax.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Sunnyside

3SS

The Old Chapel Annexe

TOCA

Woodbridge, Woodbridge and Orford

PHW

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£995 - £1645
per week
From £746 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • A luxury top floor apartment which has been beautifully furnished and has the most spectacular views over the River Deben.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 16 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Stoke by Nayland, Constable Country

LOD5

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  • 5 Star
  • This beautiful penthouse lodge is the ideal base for any couple looking to unwind and relax. The lodge offers guests a real touch of luxury being surrounded by beautiful countryside views and having access to onsite facilities.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 23 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

The Nook

NOK

Hope Cottage

HOCO

Orchard Barn, Hadleigh

SFOBH

Eye, Waveney Valley

WLO

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£405 - £750
per week
From £304 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star Gold
  • A luxurious and contemporary lodge for two, perfect for a couple's escape in the heart of rural Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 1.3 miles

The Garden Flat

TGF

Shottisham, Woodbridge and Orford

SFSBS

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£460 - £720
per week
From £345 for a 3-night stay
  • Surrounded by acres of ancient heathland, woods and meadows, Sewell Barn is in the ideal spot for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle. This comfortable, charming barn conversion offers guest an excellent stay.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.8 miles
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