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On the Map: Our Top 20 Places to Stay in Sensational Suffolk

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Published 11/09/2020 On the Map: Our Top 20 Places to Stay in Sensational Suffolk


Seriously, what's not to love about Suffolk?

For starters, the historic county's famously relaxed atmosphere is borderline addictive - and with Constable Country in abundance, you'll feel that long-lost creative spirit re-emerging as if by magic! 

Peppered with medieval towns and sleepy villages, there's also 50 miles of coastline to explore... a mesmerising Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that'll have you whipping out that camera phone in no time at all.

You could even learn to sail at the shimmering Shotley Peninsula, or just sit back and enjoy a drink along the bustling Ipswich waterfront. 

Whichever activity you choose, an unusual location like Suffolk demands an unusual place to stay. And we've got some of the very best for you to browse, right here.

Author: Nina Jervis
Image: Balancing Barn | Thorington, Suffolk

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Happy Days Retro Vacations

Experience the nostalgia of authentic vintage Airstreams and caravans, all blissfully set on a peaceful Suffolk campsite.   A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!  Hold on to your headscarf, kick off your brogues, and get ready for an unforgettable retro getaway at Happy Days Retro Vacations! Described by owners Jenni and Kevin as the ‘ultimate in kitsch camping', Happy…

Lantern & Larks luxury campsite Sweffling Hall

Lantern & Larks luxury campsite Sweffling Hall

Luxury glamping accommodation at Sweffling Hall in Suffolk. Find peace and tranquillity at Lantern & Larks: Sweffling Hall.  This luxurious glamping experience in the beautiful Suffolk countryside is a world away from day-to-day life and waiting for you right now. Based in Saxmundham, Sweffling Hall is ideally located for all the highlights of Suffolk, from its…

The Granary Barn

The Granary Barn

If you like your accommodation to come with an added dose of history and character, then look no further than The Granary Barn, a unique barn conversion set in beautiful rural Suffolk. Dating back over 300 years, The Granary Barn is one of a collection of seven luxurious and dog-friendly converted barns at Woodfarm Barns, located just outside the village of Stonham Aspal in the…

The Vintage House

The Vintage House

Wind your clock back to the style and beauty of the late 1920s, with an authentic Suffolk period cottage that's also packed with contemporary creature comforts. A stay at The Vintage House is an absolute must for those who appreciate the unique atmosphere of times past...times that were steeped in glamour, style and a certain sense of quality.  Noted as one of the ‘Top…

Brockford Railway Carriage

Brockford Railway Carriage

Experience an incredible railway holiday without ever moving with a stay in this fabulously converted static railway carriage in the heart of Suffolk. Nestled in a quiet spot not too far from Stowmarket with views out to open countryside, sits the peaceful Brockford Railway Sidings, home to a uniquely converted railway carriage.  Excellently appointed and spacious, with capacity to sleep…

Secret Meadows

Secret Meadows

Unwind amongst wondrous wildlife and amazing accommodation luxuriously inspired by the Great Outdoors, with unspoilt Suffolk countryside as far as your eye can see. Award-winning Secret Meadows is anything but an ordinary glamping site.  Owned by a registered wildlife charity and with glowing green credentials, you can rest assured that just by arranging your booking, you are supporting…

The Windmill Suffolk

The Windmill Suffolk

You'll be swept away to the height of luxury at The Windmill Suffolk - a glorious towering bolthole as seen on George Clarke's 'Amazing Spaces' and overlooking idyllic countryside, just two miles north of historic Lavenham. From a romantic break for two, to a memorable retreat for four, The Windmill Suffolk promises utter indulgence, sublime scenery and the chance to unwind in this…

Twee Gebroeders

Twee Gebroeders

All aboard for luxury on the award-winning Twee Gebroeders - an exquisitely renovated Dutch sailing barge, moored at the iconic Waterfront in the Suffolk town of Woodbridge. Perfect for both couples and small families, Twee Gebroeders (‘Two Brothers') offers a wonderfully unique chance for couples (but up to four guests) to experience life on a Dutch barge without leaving any creature…

Five Acre Barn

Five Acre Barn

Shake off any preconceptions of old-fashioned holiday rentals - at Five Acre Barn, you'll enjoy modern accommodation, peaceful surroundings and exceptional hosting just a mile from Suffolk's sensational coast. Five Acre Barn is found in the small village of Aldringham, just one mile from Thorpeness and two miles from Aldeburgh. Centred around a 19th century barn, this gorgeous property has…

Moat Cottage

Moat Cottage

Gather your loved ones for a group break in a storybook Suffolk cabin, surrounded by a sparkling moat! Nestled between two picturesque Suffolk villages, and with the spectacular Heritage Coast within easy reach, dog-friendly Moat Cottage is the ideal setting for group holidays with something to celebrate - even if only for a celebration of life and love! Six en-suite bedrooms await…

West Stow Pods

West Stow Pods

How about an unforgettable escape to the beautiful Suffolk countryside with West Stow Pods, where hobbit pods and more offer something for everyone at this glamping idyll. West Stow Pods is a family-run glamping site, about four miles from bustling Bury St Edmunds. You'll discover a range of fantastic glamping pods and unique abodes here, each one perfectly situated in private woodland for…

Suffolk Skytower

Suffolk Skytower

An awe-inspiring 80ft landmark tower ideal for large group celebrations, with panoramic rural views of the Shotley Peninsula. Let's face it: if you're gathering a group together to celebrate something special, you'll have to find a place that's worthy of the effort! Sleeping up to 18 people, and beautifully positioned between the rivers Orwell and Stour on the Shotley Peninsula, The…

Thyme

Thyme

An outrageously pretty shepherd's hut for two, soothingly set in the middle of a farm meadow in rural Suffolk. Suffolk's Boundary Farm is a magical setting, comprising six fresh acres of gardens, woodland, and meadow on the outskirts of Framlingham, a lively market town. You'll discover Thyme in the centre of a beautiful meadow, perfectly primed for a romantic ‘get away from it all' break…

Balancing Barn

Balancing Barn

A Dutch architect-created rural haven, rich in design-led originality and poised dramatically over calming Suffolk countryside. Thirty metres long, immaculately clad in reflective steel tiles, and ‘balanced' over the Suffolk landscape for the most breathtaking views of the surrounding woodland, Balancing Barn makes a striking first impression. Designed by a renowned team of Dutch architects,…

The Old Chapel Annexe

The Old Chapel Annexe

A quintessentially English break awaits, in a heavenly holiday home exquisitely set in Suffolk's Constable country. The Old Chapel Annexe is in a divine location on the Essex and Suffolk border, in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Part of what was once Nayland's United Reformed Church, the romantic accommodation for two has been beautifully renovated, with plenty of reminders…

Secret Water

Secret Water

Escape to Suffolk's beautiful Waveney Valley, in a unique floating glamping pod positioned on the shimmering Southern Broads. The first of its kind in the UK, Secret Water is an elegant floating glamping pod, dreamily set on the unspoilt Southern Broads - the glistening jewel in Suffolk's crown. With soothing countryside views of the Waveney Valley all around, this really is the perfect place to…

The Perch

The Perch

An award-winning, architect-designed hideaway for relaxing holidays by the sea, with glorious Southwold views from all directions. Featured on Channel 4's ‘Homes by the Sea', and the proud recipient of an LABC Building Excellence Award, The Perch was lovingly designed by its architect owners. The result is a coastal holiday haven that's a genuine cut above the rest. Perfectly situated in…

Corton Beach Retreat

Corton Beach Retreat

Check into a stylishly idyllic seaside lodge with panoramic beach views, perfectly nestled on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.Positioned on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, and featuring breathtaking views of Corton Cliff Beach, this beautiful beachside retreat is just perfect for a couples' getaway, with two en-suite bedrooms at opposite ends......and a seriously stylish living space in between!With…

Butley Priory

Butley Priory

A 12th century Suffolk monastery, transformed into a jaw-dropping haven of romantic country style for the ultimate in large group stays. Recently declared by the style bible Vogue as "one of the most romantic houses in England", Butley Priory was originally constructed all the way back in 1171, with its first visitor said to be none other than King Henry III. A regular haunt of historic nobility,…

Still Southwold

Still Southwold

Three lovingly custom-created havens, rich in holiday luxuries and peacefully secluded on a private estate just minutes away from the beach. Beautifully positioned just a stone's throw from the iconic beach at Southwold, the historic hamlet of Easton Bavents was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.   Although this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty forms part of a peaceful and…

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