The Suffolk Countryside Specialists


Sudbourne - Woodbridge and Orford

Perfect for a family get together or a group of friends. Spacious and comfortable Marshlands is in countryside location close to the Suffolk coastal village of Orford, with footpaths from the house to the water. Everything is provided including a games room and large garden. Dogs allowed by arrangement.
  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Well-behaved pet allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
£2750 - £4235 per week *


This Suffolk Big House is just the place for a group of friends or two or three families to enjoy a self catering holiday on the Suffolk coast. All bedrooms en-suite. Big skies. Open plan ground floor. Kitchen, dining and living area ideal for celebrations, reunions and family get-togethers. Small games or quiet room. A country retreat which is close to walks, boat trips, sailing, golf, fishing and forest tracks. Part of the Heritage coast and convenient for Orford, Snape Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, Sutton Hoo, RSPB reserves, activities, history, restaurants and country markets. Set amidst arable and livestock fields close to the Alde Estuary.

ORFORD 3 miles (5 km), SNAPE 5 miles (8 km), ALDEBURGH 12 miles (17 km), WOODBRIDGE 12 miles (19 km), SOUTHWOLD 26 miles (42 km), FRAMLINGHAM 13 miles (22 km)

Big House Style:  
Magnificent Suffolk barn conversion, which has been designed for families, groups of friends or colleagues seeking comfort, space and contemporary accommodation.

A private south-facing patio overlooks the large main garden and the fields beyond, where there is a large charcoal barbecue and plenty of seating for everyone.  Beyond is a large area of grass with planting and trees at the end of which is a fantastic new fire pit - a great place for al fresco dining.  Beyond the garden fence are fields, a large fishing lake and woodland area.  Quite beautiful

Plenty of off-road parking

16 in 3 double, 4 twin bedded rooms (one with bunks)

This Big House is ideal for families, groups of friends and colleagues, or even a special-interest group, as there's loads of space for people to work or craft. In fact, the area has something to offer everyone; walkers, sailors, fishermen, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers, those interested in history and food, or simply wanting to relax! There are exceptional facilities for walkers, cyclists and fishermen. 

Long weekends and mid week breaks available, except from early July until the end of August, and the Christmas and New Year period.

Big House minimum hire:

Three nights; except in high season when it is a week. Changeover is usually a Friday.

No smoking; pets may be allowed by prior agreement.

Self catering eating and drinking:
Grocery deliveries are available and there is a great selection of catering options for your stay at Marshlands. The Orford General Stores has a great selection of local produce, a post office and cash machine. Pinney's of Orford have cultivated oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s and their smoke house supplies mouth-watering freshly smoked fish every day. Or why not take a visit toBrinkley'sfresh fish shed on Orford quay is the place to buy freshly caught fish, fantastic on the BBQ!

Family Holidays:
All hardware such as a highchair and a travelcot are supplied (please bring your own child's bedding) at Marshlands for your use. There are plenty of lovely grounds for children to explore, with an outside games hut containing a selection of games. Inside Marshlands there is a separate games room for the whole family to enjoy, with TV/DVD, snooker table and games table. For coast lovers, Marshlands is just a short drive from Orford, where the whole family can enjoy the Alde and Ore Estuary, or explore the magnificent12th Century castle.

Corporate Visitors:
For companies looking for a venue for team building, a business get-together, conference, or strategy development meetings, there is an option to sleep 7 people, each in their own room or 12 in separate beds. The property provides an excellent open plan space ideal for meetings and socialising at the end of a busy day. Grocery deliveries, catering, conference stationary, equipment hire, delegate collections service and team building packages can be provided.

The Property includes two TV and DVD players, CD player and wi-fi access.

Big House Holiday Packing Tips:
Plenty of firelighters and coal for the barbie. Beachwear, Wellington boots, and walking boots so you can really make the most of exploring the local area without getting too mucky!

Best beaches:
There is a lovely patch of sand at Orford, ideal for children to build sand-castles and great for bird watching over the Estuary. You are just a fifteen to twenty minute drive to the beautiful seaside town of Aldeburgh where you could easily spend a day wandering in-and-out of local art galleries, boutique shops and cafes, or simply relaxing on the beach.

Nature lovers should certainly exploreOrford Ness National Nature Reservewhich has a fascinating 20th century military history. This wild and remote extremity of eastern England is the largest vegetated shingle spit in Europe and supports internationally important flora and fauna. And for you war historians, it is also the site of secret Cold War military testing, a poignant symbol of 20th century warfare. For those of you who would prefer to view the estuary by boat, why not take a river cruise on Regardless, a wooden clinker open boat, very traditional for Suffolk. Trips are offered for adults with commentary, and children with activities included. Call 01394 450169 or visit And of course, you must not forget a walk around magnificent 12th century Orford Castle, once a major pillar in the defence of the English coast! For more information on the area please have a look at our own online guide Visit Orford. 

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant, Orford 07831 698 298
Fancy fine dining whilst cruising the calm waters of the rivers Alde and Ore? Then a trip on The Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant is certainly for you! Trips take place all year round, with a cosy coal fire in the winter. Cruises include a 3 course American-style brunch, a la carte lunch or a la carte dinner, and there is an informative commentary. With a maximum of 12 passengers on a spacious 50ft vessel, customers are assured of a very high standard of attention.

The Butley Orford Oysterage01394 450 277
The Butley Orford Oysterage, in Orfords pretty market square, was opened by the Pinney family forty years ago and remains a family business. In a relaxed bistro atmosphere, they serve fish and seafood caught daily from their boats and smoked fish from their smokehouse in Butley Creek.

The Crown & Castle, Orford 01394 450 205
Co-owned by Channel 4 presenter, Ruth Watson, the Crown and Castle has a lively restaurant which has 2 AA rosettes and a Michelin bib gourmand in recognition of its excellent, locally sourced food.

The Jolly Sailor, Orford 01394 450 243
The Jolly sailor is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers good local, freshly cooked produce.

Kings Head Inn, Orford 01394 450271
This historic 13th Century pub combines all the atmosphere of a traditional inn with great real ales, classic pub lunch favourites and a more traditional evening menu.

And why not try the world-class Aldeburgh fish and chips, forget the calories, you are on holiday after all!


  • Sleeps 16
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Well-behaved pet allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • No smoking
  • Nearest shop 2.9 miles
  • Nearest pub 2.9 miles
  • 2.9 miles from the coast
  • Barbecue
  • Detached


Ground Floor

  • The back door leads into a large entrance hall, ideal for walkers and families with youngsters, coat hooks and plenty of space for buggies and surf boards. There is a sink for washing off walking boots and wellies. NB: Dogs are restricted to this lobby area only
  • Cloakroom with wash basin and w.c.
  • Utility area with washer dryer
  • Easy staircase to one end of the first floor
  • The open plan living area includes
  • Large and extremely well equipped kitchen with larder style fridge and separate drinks fridge, freezer, loads of cupboards, two dishwashers, a range cooker with ceramic hob (space for 7 saucepans) and 3 ovens and grill, toaster, slow cooker, mixer, liquidiser
  • The kitchen is divided from the dining area by a large breakfast bar with bar stools
  • A large dining table with chairs and benches for 16 people. Views from the dining area over the southerly facing paved terrace to the fields
  • A wood burning stove opens onto the dining and sitting area where there are seven sofas, occasional tables and lamps, TV showing Freesat and DVD.
  • A further sitting room / games room is ideal for the younger members of the party. TV/DVD, snooker table, games table with seating for up to six and bean bags which can be easily moved for games or watching TV
  • A further hallway with mirror, occasional table, coat hooks and door leading to the terrace

First Floor - the bedrooms are named after fields on the farm

  • The first floor is divided into two areas, each with its own staircase. Bedrooms 1 - 3 are accesses via a staircase from the front hall
  • Bedroom 1 (Black Walk) - A large bedroom with two single beds and a pair of full size bunks, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe and chest of drawers
  • Ensuite bathroom with bath with overhead shower, wash basin and w.c.
  • Bedroom 2 (Crag Pit) - A twin bedded room with bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, hanging hooks
  • Ensuite bathroom with bath with overhead shower, wash basin and w.c.
  • Bedroom 3 (Alder Carr) - A twin bedded room with bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe
  • Ensuite bathroom with bath with overhead shower, wash basin and w.c.
  • Bedrooms 4 - 7 are reached via a staircase from the back hall
  • Bedroom 4 (Badger Pit)- Twin beds with bedside tables, inset hanging area and chest of drawers
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower, wash basin and w.c.
  • Bedroom 5 (Lamberts) - With double bed, bedside tables and lamps, inset hanging space with shelving
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower, wash basin and w.c.
  • Bedroom 6 (Oakhill) - With double bed, bedside tables and lamps, inset hanging space
  • Bedroom 7 (Longdrift) - With double bed, bedside tables and lamps, inset hanging space
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower, wash basin and w.c.


  • To the front of the barn are mature beech trees amidst grassed areas. Shingle paths lead around the barn to
  • A terrace with tables and chairs which is divided from the main garden by a lavender hedge. Much of the garden is lawned with attractive shrubs. Marshlands now has a fire pit at the end of the garden, ideal for al fresco dining
  • Plenty of parking
  • There is a Games Hut in the garden to entertain the whole family with a great selection of outdoor games.
  • There is a basic brick charcoal BBQ and a fire pit that is at the bottom of the garden for toasting forks etc, but no cooking plate.


  • Central heating and electricity included
  • Bed linen and towels included (please bring your own beach towels). If using the travel cot please provide your own bedding.
  • In consideration of other visitors, please do not smoke in the barn
  • Catering and a large range of activities can be arranged at or from your Big House Holiday property
  • Please note there are two high chairs available at the property, but only one travel cot, please bring your own bedlinen for this
  • A Good Housekeeping deposit of £250 is required with the full or final payment. This deposit is refundable as long as Booking Conditions are met.
  • Immortalise your special occasion with A photo album of your holiday
  • Join one of the art courses now run at Marshlands. For further details go to Sketching on the Suffolk Coast
  • Looking for a special dinner, a relaxing lunch, a vintage high tea or simply a series of wonderful home made meals delivered to your door. See the Catering Options available at your holiday home. Catering arrangements should be made directly with the caterers.
  • You are kindly asked to restrict dogs to the entrance lobby area only
  • An unlimited broadband / wi-fi service is provided. Please be aware that excessive use of this service may be charged at cost
  • This property has Sammy's Seal of Approval for being a family friendly property. On your arrival you will find a welcome postcard from Sammy the Suffolk Seal, a Sammy toy for the children to take on adventures and a picture book, Sammy the Suffolk Seal written by local author (and Cambridge graduate) Lucy Stone and illustrated by Jenny Duke (Cambridge School of Art), for the children (and parents or grandparents) to read during your stay - the perfect introduction to the wonders of this region and the places youngsters and families can visit. If you would like your own copy or Sammy toy to take home with you, they can be purchased at the Suffolk Cottage Holidays shop on 152 High Street in Aldeburgh, IP15 5AQ. Or call Suffolk Cottage Holidays on 01394 389 189 to order a copy by post.
  • Other equipment provided includes: an iron and ironing board, hairdryer and a hoover.



We had a wonderful family holiday. Lots of happy memories were made.Mr B Pitt - 17th August 2018
Many thanks for a great stay. The house is perfect for our large extended family. Lots of crockery, cutlery and utensils and super huge table to feast off. The kids all had a lovely time in the garden. We had great weather and lovely days out. Baxter & Smithers Families - 10th August 2018
A wonderful stay that came up to our full expectations. The games hut and contents were used extensively, as were the grounds, fire pit and surrounding fields. A grand table that we could all sit round for meals and games. The while week including visiting local places was as near perfect as it could get. Thank you so much.Pat & Bernie Pitt - 3rd August 2018
Great venue to celebrate a 70th & New Years Eve. Fantastic space to accommodate 14 of us ranging from 8 weeks to 70 years. The dining and cooking facilities were excellent. The outside facilities were also great, the children loved the space and we made good use of the fire pit on New Years Eve. Thank you for letting us stay!The Browings & Morrisons - 2nd January 2018
We had a great weekend and the house is ideal for large groups. Mrs S Knoester - 6th October 2017
A wonderful week with all our family, the house was ideal for all ages. The garden was well used by the children and we all enjoyed the big family table! Thank you for letting us stay!The Parsleys, Clarkes, Smiths, Fords, Willis, Brown & Watson - 11th August 2017
We booked Marshlands through Big House Holidays for my sister's hen weekend. It was the perfect spot for 16 people, played outside and inside games, made use of the BBQ and firepit, and enjoyed the sun. Would definitely stay here again!The Phillips party - 29th June 2016
We loved our stay at Marshlands - what a cracking house for a big family group. Our Spanish family loved it (they came from Stansted airport, which was straightforward), especially the kids, who had never played croquet. And the English breakfast on our last day worked a treat too (and was super easy to cook thanks to all the ovens and hobs!). Thank you for having thought of everything!Filou Family - 27th May 2016
Cannot fault the accommodation: every convenience provided. More than enough room for party of 16. Very enjoyable stay.The Clargo Family - 12th March 2016
We had an absolutely fantastic time celebrating our Mum's 80th Birthday. There were 16 of us here and we all thought the place was fantastic and young and old had a great time. The facilities and layout and everything here were really good and we couldn't find any fault. We would all love to come back.The Barclay Family - 26th November 2015


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