Orford Holiday Cottages
In our opinion Orford is the prettiest town on the Suffolk coast. Once a mediaeval seaport and stronghold, Orford now has been distanced from the sea by an intriguing shingle spit - Orford Ness - the longest in Europe.
Dominated by a magnificent church and castle keep, Orford is sleepy and relaxed yet boasts two excellent pubs, an award-winning general stores, The Butley Orford Oysterage and The Trinity Bistro at The Crown and Castle - two superb restaurants, an intriguing smokery, a riverside tea rooms and the nationally renowned Pump Street Bakery. There is a choice of boat trips from the quay with the option of having a river cruise lunch on The Lady Florence. The river bank is delightful and there are lots of forest walks, the fascinating castle keep, the magnificent church - all must be explored.
Stay in one of Suffolk Cottage Holidays’ charming properties and be within easy walking distance of all of Orford’s wonderful amenities. Prefer to be close to Orford Quay and the water? Then stay in one of the following: Quay View (sleeps 4), Ferry Cottage (sleeps 6/7), Mariners Cottage (4), The Moorings (4), Oyster Cottage (2+2), Ruffles Cottage (5), Lismore Cottage (4), Daphne Cottage (2). Or up near Market Hill, the church and the castle? Then Cutting Cottage (4), Moat Cottage (8), Wing Cottage (4), The Pump House (7), 89 Pump Street (3), Pump Cottage (3) will all appeal. A fraction further away from things? Try Old Rectory Cottage (4), Anchor Cottage (5), Millers Cottage (4), The Bothy (4), The Stable (4) or Brambles (8).
Walk westwards along the Gedgrave Road towards the Butley River, where the local oysters are grown, and you will be treated to some stupendous views of Orfordness with its fascinating pagodas, relics of a less peaceful purpose. Stay in High Broom (4) and enjoy these views from your windows.
The original house in Sudbourne Park, rebuilt by Wyatt in 1780 became the largest sporting residence in Suffolk. During its heyday it was owned by industrialist Kenneth Clarke (father of the eponymous art historian). It declined rapidly after 1918 and was demolished in 1953. The remaining properties are now private residences although there still exists the magnificent cricket ground. Stay close by in Marshlands, a fine converted barn accommodating 16 people.
A small village worth visiting when dining at The Froize Inn - great for Sunday lunch but do book in advance! Just outside Chillesford you can even stay in a traditional woodsman's cottage on the edge of Tunstall Forest - Padley Water (sleeps 4)
A village known for its 14C Augustinian monastery of which only the gatehouse remains - now a ‘fairytale’ wedding venue. If invited to a wedding there then do book The Old Cafe at Butley Barns (sleeps 6), Butley Barns (sleeps 14), or The Barns at Butley - two stylish barn-conversions together accommodating up to 20 guests. Nearby and very rural is Butley Mills, available all together to accommodate 18 in 5 apartments, or in the separate apartments - Coralline (sleeps 2), Thomas Crisp (sleeps 2), Lucam (sleeps 4), Provender (sleeps 2 + 2), and Samphire (sleeps 6).
For lots more information on what to see and do in the Orford area go to Visit Orford