Suffolk Coast and Heaths Cottages
As our branding suggests, Suffolk Cottage Holidays specialises in countryside properties. We do however, have a small but delightful collection of holiday cottages in the coastal areas around the popular seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold.
Suffolk Cottage Holidays is one of a family of local brands owned by The Original Cottage Company, along with sister brand, Suffolk Secrets. If you would like to view a wider selection of holiday cottages on the Suffolk coast, please take a look at the Suffolk Secrets website, where you can find over 200 holiday cottages in and around Southwold and 180 properties in and around Aldeburgh.
The shingle beaches of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness are decorated by bright flowers, the marshes awash with lapwing, snipe and godwit. Aldeburgh has a fine heathland golf course from where there are panoramic views of the lowland heaths and Alde Estuary beyond. Popular as a healthy seaside resort since the 18th century, Aldeburgh has retained its Edwardian elegance and charm, whilst now boasting some excellent galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs.
World famous for its association with Benjamin Britten, arguably this country’s greatest composer, Aldeburgh is an excellent holiday location for all generations, providing opportunities for sailing, golf, bird watching, walking and an eclectic series of arts events including annual Documentary, Literary and Poetry Festivals.
Just 1.5 miles up the coast from Aldeburgh is utterly unique and totally fascinating. Designed at the beginning of the 1900s at the height of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Thorpeness was created as a holiday retreat for the middle classes. In the centre of Thorpeness is the Meare, a wildlife rich 65 acre lake, with rowing boats, canoes and punts for hire. Thorpeness also has a Country club with tennis courts and 18 hole heathland golf course, a good pub, village shop and restaurant.
Just a few miles north is Dunwich, once the third largest port in the country, now a tiny fishing village and neighbour to Minsmere, RSPB's best known bird reserve.
Aldeburgh and Snape will forever be associated with Benjamin Britten, the internationally renowned Suffolk composer. Halfway between the two is Friston. There has been a settlement here since the 1st century. Friston (meaning Frisian in old English) has always been a farming village, although many cottage are now used as holiday homes. Its church stands on the hill overlooking the wide and attractive village green. Friston’s most famous building is the old post mill; at 55 feet, it is the tallest post mill in England.
Close by is Sternfield. This tiny hamlet consists of little more than an a large country house, some traditional Suffolk cottages and a couple of farms.
At Snape Bridge the river narrows outside the famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall where there is a complex of shops and restaurants and three lovely pubs. Snape is the perfect for dog walking with a number of lovely riverside and heathland paths, one of which - The Sailors Path - leads to Aldeburgh. A mile or so down river from Snape is Iken, one of the prettiest stretches of river in Suffolk.
BLAXHALL AND TUNSTALL
Just down the road from Snape are two rural villages. Blaxhall is really convenient for those who want to be close to Snape but be a bit quieter. There is a good village pub called The Ship where you can dine well.