New to Host Unusual: Seven unique holiday properties from Best of Suffolk
Situated on England's east coast, Suffolk is a glorious county of idyllic villages, historic medieval towns, beautiful countryside (as immortalised by the Suffolk-born painter John Constable) and no less than 50 miles of coastline. It's easy to see why it's so popular with holidaymakers looking for the perfect place to unwind.
With this in mind, we are delighted to have teamed up with Best of Suffolk to showcase seven of their most unique and unusual holiday properties in and around the county, including contemporary architect-designed homes, impressive converted farm buildings, an elegant country estate for private hire and a vintage house steeped in history.
This former farm building overlooking acres of countryside has all the ingredients for a perfectly romantic rural break. The Seed Store is a remarkable award-winning renovation, transforming the original structure into a stylish and contemporary holiday home for two. Just four miles from the market town of Framlingham, this luxurious retreat boasts panoramic countryside views from the impressive curved sitting room, plus plenty of designer touches to make your stay truly memorable.
Just across the border in Cambridgeshire, the Ellis-Miller House is an exceptional and striking architect-designed property close to historic Ely. Designed by multiple RIBA award-winning architect Jonathan Ellis-Miller in the 1980s as his own home, lucky guests can appreciate designer living at its most outstanding here. Fans of modernist architecture will delight in the design details, and the soothing rural views from the large windows are sure to impress.
This spacious and luxurious holiday property for couples combines ultra-modern 21st century design with the former stable block's original architecture to great effect. The traditional red-brick of The Workshop blends with sleek contemporary minimalism for a truly stylish break, set in an acre of wildflower-strewn countryside in the grounds of a farmhouse. The market town of Framlingham and the scenic Suffolk coastline are within easy reach.
For group holidays or celebrations, the Reydon Grove Estate is the perfect venue. Sleeping up to 20 guests across three luxurious buildings in a tranquil rural location, this exceptional country house estate is just 10 minutes from the charming seaside town of Southwold. With features such as an outdoor kitchen, sun terrace, sports area and detached games room, guests can never complain that there's nothing to do! The estate even boasts exclusive use of a charming Southwold beach hut.
At 10 Well Street guests will discover a surprising and utterly modern architectural take on a grade-II listed Georgian townhouse. This inspired renovation by architects IF_DO has preserved many of the classic historic features of the property whilst blending contemporary features for a townhouse stay like no other! Sleeping up to four people in Bury St. Edmunds, a medieval market town, shopaholics, historians and design fans will be equally impressed.
The picturesque coastal town of Aldeburgh is the location for this next intriguing holiday home. The Vintage House is a time capsule of 1920s style, filled with authentic restored period furniture - much of which is original to the house, having been purchased by the owners back when it was built in 1928. Let time stand still, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of a relaxing break in times gone by. There is even a room dedicated to the original owners, with photographs and memorabilia to bring the house's story to life and satisfy guests' curiosity.
Upper Lodge is a spacious, open-plan contemporary holiday home situated on the Shotley Peninsula, close to the Rivers Orwell and Stour. This architect-designed retreat is mostly all on one level, making the most of the panoramic river and countryside views whilst also bearing sustainability in mind. The first-floor lookout affords superb views across the River Orwell, and over to Felixstowe port in the distance. Sleeping up to six guests, this is the ideal location for a sea-faring style break on dry land, and is perfect for boat and bird watching!