Visit Suffolk on a luxury self-catering holiday and discover its countryside, historical houses and its beautiful coastline. Suffolk boasts something for everyone from the spectacular coast in the east to the beautiful green countryside in the west. You can even discover the wetland broads in the north of the county or the delightful wool towns that are found in the south. The county is also home to some intriguing walking and cycling routes, fantastic festivals and of course delicious farmers markets. Indulge yourself on the amazing local produce whether you choose to dine in at your luxury cottage or venture out to a local restaurant. If you adore the quaint and the historical then you should truly enjoy a cottage stay in Suffolk. Find a more relaxed pace of life in Suffolk and soak up the atmosphere in the idyllic chocolate box villages and fine market towns. Or take it easy and enjoy time by the sea, the choice is yours!
There are also plenty of exciting places to visit for a brilliant day out including Oasis Camel Centre, Jimmy’s Farm and Africa Alive for the kids, plus Framlington Castle, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the Newmarket experience.
Rural Suffolk offers tranquil surroundings to immerse yourself in on a luxury break. Farmlands, fields, woodlands, meadows and heaths are all features of Suffolk’s beautiful countryside. For really stunning rural views head for Dedham Vale, a dedicated area of outstanding natural beauty, within which lies Constable Country, made famous by John Constable’s paintings.
For some, what makes Suffolk truly special is the county’s historical towns and villages.
Long Melford: this village with its wide streets resplendent with historical buildings is a great place for a pleasant stroll. On the outskirts of the village is the National Trust’s Long Melford Hall along with the pretty village green.
Lavenham: this beautiful village offers tea shops, cafes and high quality fare. Wander around and enjoy the surroundings of many a medieval building. To get the most out of your visit we recommend you visit the National Trust’s Guildhall in the centre of the village.
Hadleigh: this small market town boasts a number of elegant historical buildings and is a fine place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. With buildings built from the wealth of the wool trade, this town is a fine place to spend time.
If you enjoy the finer things in life you may want to visit some of Suffolk’s country houses. Kentwell Hall is located not far from Long Melford and is a stunning moated mansion where Tudor recreation days are often held. Other impressive country houses in Suffolk include Glemham Hall and Helmingham Hall, see their own websites for information on tours and events on throughout the year. There are also a couple of castles in Suffolk, namely Framlingham Castle, a fortress dating back to the 12th century and Orford Castle.
One of Suffolk’s best known attractions is Sutton Hoo, a National Trust site where an extensive Anglo-Saxon burial site was found with an award winning exhibition.
For families visiting Suffolk on a luxury self-catering break there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. Africa Alive is an award winning attraction with a sightseeing train and a variety of different animals which roam free within the confines of the park. For those who love animals, there is also the award winning Banham Zoo, set within 35 acres of grounds. More animal fun can be found at the Oasis Camel Centre where they offer camel rides, train rides and a chance to learn more about these interesting animals. Jimmy’s Farm offers nature trails and woodland walks. For an adrenaline fuelled day head for Pleasurewood Hills theme park.
Suffolk’s coast is so beautiful it is home to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths includes some 155 square miles of coastline and seaside towns such as Aldeburgh and Southwold. Also within this area of outstanding natural beauty is Orford Ness Nature Reserve, a haven for keen birdwatchers and Minsmere, an Enjoy England quality assured nature reserve protected by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Southwold is an elegant seaside town with a refined air. Also at this town is a lighthouse, a theatre, an award winning pier, beach and pretty beach huts.
Aldeburgh is a quaint seaside town to visit on a luxury self-catering break, well known for its award winning shingle beach and quaint fishermen’s huts. With pretty fishing boats dotted along the shore, it’s a beautiful place to visit. River trips are on offer in Aldeburgh. Also of note along the Aldeburgh coastline is the Martello tower, which has now been converted in to unusual holiday accommodation. Nearby to Aldeburgh is Snape Maltings and Thorpeness where the fascinating Scallop sculpture can be found.
As you can see, Suffolk is bountiful when it comes to attractions and beautiful towns and villages. All in all, Suffolk could be an excellent choice for a luxury cottage break, whether for a romantic self-catering break away or a family holiday.