The Suffolk Countryside Specialists

Scapa Lodge

Tunstall - Woodbridge and Orford

Just steps away from wonderful woodland walks, a perfect holiday cottage for a couple.  Deer and owls are frequent visitors, a bird watchers dream.
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No pets
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
£405 - £500 per week *


On the edge of Tunstall Forest (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Scapa Lodge provides well designed and appointed self-catering accommodation for two. A single-storey barn beautifully extended and refurbished to create a well-insulated, cosy and comfortable holiday home. Boasting a bright, chic interior, the Lodge is perfect for a couple looking for quiet surroundings. Guests can enjoy the delights of woodland walks, bird watching and cycling without ever getting into the car.

 SNAPE 2.5 miles ORFORD 5.4 miles, ALDEBURGH 8.4 miles, WOODBRIDGE 9.8 miles, DUNWICH 15.5 miles,  SOUTHWOLD 20 miles

About the Property: Scapa Lodge has a rustic wooden facade in contrast to the bright, stylish and comfortable interior. It has been thoughtfully arranged to provide an open-plan living space with a well appointed fitted kitchen, a feature apex ceiling with sky lights and a cosy sitting area for two. In the sitting area, French doors open onto a private paved patio with views over the garden beyond. The one large double bedroom has a double sized bed and hanging space, and the shower room has a spacious corner shower. With everything on one level and wide doors, the property would suit some wheelchair users.

There is plenty of private parking beside the Lodge. 

Sleeps: 2 in one double bedroom, also large enough to accommodate a travel cot. 

Setting: Tunstall, a country village 6 miles from the Suffolk coast, is home to the Church of St Michael's, noted for its distinctive box pews. Scapa Lodge is located in the hamlet of Tunstall Common which lies half a mile south of Tunstall on the margins of Tunstall Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It provides walkers, cyclists (including mountain-bikers) and horse riders alike a beautiful site of ancient lowland heath to explore. Nature lovers might like to see the broadleaved trees and new coniferous plantation rife, with fauna and flora (ground nesting nightjar and woodlark, fallow deer, bell heather, milkwort, speedwell and sheep's sorrel). Bookworms will be fascinated by the hamlet and forest; it is the setting of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses (1888).

This property is ideal for: Couples looking for a relaxing weekend in the countryside. At Scapa Lodge, you are perfectly situated to enjoy the best of both worlds; the property is in close proximity to the thriving music and art scene at neighbouring Snape as well as the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh. For the more sporty, this area has much to offer with bike trails, an equestrian centre, canoe hire at nearby Iken and some of the best fishing marks at Bawdsey, Orford and Aldeburgh.

For keen golfers there are challenging courses at Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Thorpeness.

Eating and Drinking Out: The nearest pubs are the The Crown, Snape,  The Plough & Sail at Snape is certainly worth booking, especially if there is a concert and the newly re-opened The Oyster Inn, Butley which has a small village shop and micro brewery and is very popular with locals and visitors to the area.

Orford is only 10 minutes by car and a comfortable cycle ride along some very scenic country lanes. En route you should detour to The Froize, another renowned restaurant and pub. Orford offers plenty of options for eating out; The Crown & Castle for more formal dining and both The Jolly Sailor and The Kings Head for great traditional pub meals and local ales. 

Further afield, Aldeburgh has some great restaurants too. The RegattaThe Lighthouse and Aldeburgh Market all specialise in fish dishes and there are plenty of tea rooms dotted along the High Street. 
Self Catering: To sample the local produce, there are several good farm shops nearby, Friday Street Farm Shop on the A1094 just before you get to the A12 and The Farm Cafe and Food Market, Marlesford. There is also a great deli and tea room at Snape Maltings. The nearest supermarket is an East of England Co-op in Wickham Market, and all the main superstores will deliver to this address. 

For more information on places to eat and things to do in the area, please take a look at Visit Snape


  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • No pets
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • No smoking
  • Nearest shop 3 miles
  • Nearest pub 3 miles
  • 8.4 miles from the coast
  • Barbecue
  • Detached
  • Ground floor bathroom
  • Ground floor bedroom


Accommodation is all on ground level

  • Front door into hallway with coat hooks and room for shoes or boots. The bedroom, shower room and open plan living room are all accessed from the hall
  • The open plan sitting room has a two seater sofa with views from the french doors over the patio and to the extensive garden beyond. There is a small table with two chairs, floor standing lamp and a wall mounted flat screen TV with integral DVD player. The kitchen area is bright with contemporary units, plenty of work surface and is well equipped with a microwave oven, dishwasher, fan oven, electric hob, extractor fan and fridge with freezer compartment (extra freezer space available - see below).
  • The bedroom has a double bed, bedside cabinets and lamps and hanging space.
  • The shower room has a large corner cubicle with electric shower, WC, heated towel rail and inset wash basin with a mirror with light above.


  • The driveway leads past the Lodge and opens to a large parking area. The Lodge has its own patio area with table, chairs and charcoal barbecue for guests to use. The owners live in the adjacent property and are happy for guests to use the extensive garden at the rear of the Lodge. On the opposite side of the parking area is a brick outbuilding where guests can store bikes and fishing equipment. There is a freezer and tumble dryer that guests are welcome to use.


  • Electric radiators throughout.
  • Bedlinen and towels are provided but please bring your own beach or sports towels.
  • Unlimited Wifi is provided, DAB radio with CD player and USB port, SD card port, please bring your own leads.
  • In consideration of other holidaymakers please do not smoke in the house
  • Welcome goodies!



We has a wonderful stay, very cosy and well equipped and the perfect location. We loved seeing all the birds especially. Thank you for being excellent hosts. Bridgette & James - 22nd October 2018
Our hosts, Debbie and Craig Priest were very welcoming, friendly and great to talk to. Scapa Lodge was a lovely place to stay. We were very lucky with the weather as well! The lodge was very comfortable and overlooked a huge garden. Terrific!Mr Robert Hutchinson - 4th October 2018
Lovely well equipped cottage in a super setting. Jess & Craig are friendly welcoming hosts. Lots of interesting places to visit close to the property. Peace and quiet if the area made for a very relaxing break, thank you.Menill & Sheila - 7th September 2018
Amazing location, very well presented. We brought our 2 year old along, and it was perfect, lots of walking and enjoying the scenery. We will be sure to come back again. The Fletchers - 29th August 2018
I used Scapa Lodge as a base for cycling, for which it is ideal. There is a place to securely store your bike, and it is perfectly placed to explore all the delightful quite lanes and tracks that will take you up and down the coast or off into the equally good cycling inland. National cycle route 41 runs close by, and numbers 40 and 42 are not far off, (although bear in mind that Butley Ferry one the cycle route from Orford towards Felixstowe, only runs at weekends in the summer), although worth popping down anyway because it's a nice bit of route. Lots of local interest, Orford Ness, Snape Maltings, Aldborough etc, but in the end peaceful and beautiful quite lanes, with pretty historical villages are the main attraction. Craig and Debbie friendly and helpful if you need any advice.Mr Steven Hubbard - 27th August 2018
Very clean and pleasant property. Had everything we needed and allowed us to relax.Mr Will Coleridge - 23rd August 2018
Thanks to Craig and Debbie for the warm welcome. Suffolk was a lovely surprise especially Sutton Hoo, Orford Castle and Woodbridge. We usually walk for most days on holiday but the weather was too hot this time would love to return and do some walks on the beautiful coast.Mr Stephen Perkins - 6th August 2018
Great small property off the beaten track but not too far from large parts of Suffolk.Mr Martin Liivet - 22nd July 2018
We have loved our stay here, so clean, comfortable and quiet. Location was perfect for everything that we wanted to see. Thank you for the goodies on arrival. We would have no hesitation in recommending 'Scapa Lodge' tour family and friends.Diran & Naomi - 7th July 2018
The Lodge, beautifully designed and in a lovely area. Have enjoyed our stay and will return. We were made very welcome by our host and the lodge is a credit to them.Dorothy & Alan - 15th June 2018
We had a wonderful break here at the Lodge. Everything was just perfect for us, very well equipped and quiet and plenty of wildlife from the front door. We will be back.Jim & Jill - 8th June 2018
We found Scapa Lodge comfortable, cozy, spotlessly clean, quiet and conveniently located for visiting the coast and countryside being right on the edge of the Tunstall forest. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. We would stay again.Mrs J Morris - 4th June 2018
What a pleasant surprise Scapa Lodge turned out to be, cosy, comfy, bright and peaceful. Surrounded by birdsong and beautiful countryside and only a few miles to the coast and very pretty villages and other places of interest to visit. We have seen boxing Hares, Deer, Bats, Marsh Harrier, various songbirds and glimpsed an Owl, oh and two minor celebrities whilst we have been out and about! We've had a great time.Janet & Dave Morris - 1st June 2018
Scapa Lodge is conveniently located being only 5 or 6 miles from the coast but situated in peaceful countryside surroundings. The lodge itself is very comfortable, spotlessly clean, modern and cosy. Listening to bird song from dawn to dusk is magical. The hosts are very welcoming and approachable but respect your privacy. We would not hesitate to book this holiday accommodation again.Mrs Janet Morris - 1st June 2018
We have had lovely weather until today and some of the views and vistas have been simply wonderful in the sunshine. Thank you for a really comfortable and relaxing week . Our canary was also very happy! Beautifully quiet and peaceful.Bob & Hilary Beale - 26th May 2018
Cosy cottage for two ,quiet location and very convenient for this part of the Suffolk coast. Kitchen has everything you need, if you want to cook, but plenty of good pubs and eating places around the area ,not to mention the availability of fresh fish. Good bakery at Snape a few minutes drive away. Good base for walking and wildlife spotting as well as access to beaches.Mr Paul Rayner - 20th May 2018
Thank you Deborah & Craig. We have had such a great time, lovely lodge in great surroundings. So fantastic to hear the birdsong. Suzies cafe on front at Southwold was very good - a great sun trap. Harbour Inn good for seafood especially the Fish Pie. Loved the Galleries in Southwold - do visit Southwold & Blythburgh Churches for the magnificent Angel ceilings.Chris & Paul - 18th May 2018
The property had a bright and cheerful seaside them for its decoration and fittings. I never expected the to have virtually exclusive use of the large and private garden. Lucky with the weather. The resident owners very friendly and helpul. Intend to returnMr Percival Carvello - 18th May 2018
We are biased because we have been blessed with the most incredibly good weather. The only downside was the insects making a meal of us whilst we sat on the lawn reading. A variety of birds kept us company, this is the place to unwind . Sheila & Percy - 11th May 2018
The property was spotlessly clean and freshly decorated. The furnishings, fittings and fixtures were of a high quality. The inclusion of reading material and a DVD library was appreciated. In particular, the owners were extremely welcoming and very helpful during our stay.Mr Larsson - 11th September 2017
Congratulations on providing such great accommodation. Beautifully decorated and appointed. Love the location for both walking and driving access to so many places. I think we will be back!!Victoria H, Essex - 10th October 2016
It's a fine, well-equipped new property in a quiet area, near the forest. For nature lovers and walkers there is plenty to do in the immediate area.A previous customer - 4th August 2016
We had a lovely week in Scapa Lodge. It had everything we wanted, including very friendly owners! It's very quiet and we loved the birds in the garden. We walked in Snape, Orford, Minsmere and the forest. We are looking forward to returning in Spring!A previous customer - 2nd August 2016
A very comfortable and convenient place to stay and very near to Snape for the Aldeburgh Festival!A previous customer - 21st June 2016


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