A tranquil slice of rural paradise, with cosy retreats, wood-fired soaking tubs, a kitchen garden and a natural spa, all blissfully secluded close to the Suffolk coast.
  • Sleeps: 2 or 4 per unit
  • Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
  • Bathrooms: 1 per unit
  • Minimum stay: 2-3 nights

Since they put down roots in 2017, The Firs’ friendly owners have worked hard on transforming their beloved Suffolk location into a rural paradise.

Old farm buildings were creatively renovated, and the grounds beautifully restored, to create both a treasured home they love, and a soothing sanctuary for their lucky guests.

First: each of the 6 unique, individually-styled retreats you’ll discover here feature luxury beds, roaring fireplaces, a well stocked kitchen and a wood-fired soaking tub to help you welcome the Suffolk sunset in style!

Second: the entire site is rich in glorious features that will help you relax and enjoy life in the countryside, whether that’s picking fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden, cooking a sizzling supper on the firepit, spotting local wildlife in the woodland or watching the sun go down through the trees.

You could also choose to unwind in the all-natural Piggery Spa, which comes complete with a sauna, a plunge bucket, and an al fresco shower.

Perfect for small families, The Bushel is a spacious safari tent that sleeps two adults and two children. Complete with a private bathroom, kitchen, and dining area, you’ll also have a gorgeous terrace to spend lazy afternoons on, with views of the wildlife-steeped orchard and woodland.

Leaving the kids at home? Stylish and sophisticated, The Cowshed is perfect for two: a romantic countryside retreat with an elegant superking bedroom, and a sumptuous living space that’s perfect for snuggling.

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At a glance

  • A rural Suffolk site with individually-styled accommodation, a spa, and a range of fun experiences for couples and families.
  • Retreats each sleep 2 or 4 guests, with private facilities and a wood-fired hot tub. Examples: The Bushel is an orchard-facing safari tent that sleeps 2 adults and 2 children, while The Cowshed is a romantic bolthole just for 2.
  • Whole-site hire is also available, sleeping up to 14 adults and 2 children.
  • There is an on-site spa with a sauna, a kitchen garden, a moat for wild swimming, and a large communal firepit.
  • Pizza ovens with dough, and an Argentinean-style parrilla grill with local meat options, can be hired on request.
  • A range of on-site experiences, including willow-weaving, foraging and pizza making, will be introduced in the coming months – see the owners’ website for details!
  • Hire some bikes and explore the tranquil country lanes, or head to the coast for a traditional seaside day out at nearby Southwold or Aldeburgh.


  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs
  • Large Groups


Six individually styled and furnished retreats, each sleep 2 or 4 guests.  Private facilities, luxury superking and children’s cabin beds (in the Bushel), fireplaces, woodburning stoves, private outdoor areas with furniture and wood-fired soaking tub.  On site: spa, bike hire, kitchen garden, moat for wild swimming, firepit.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, local pubs, seaside towns, family activities

Accommodation Options

Butterchurn - sleeps 2

Apple Bobber - sleeps 2

Cowshed - sleeps 2

Old Press - sleeps 2

Bushel - sleeps 2 adults and 2 children

Stables - sleeps 4

More information

But if you don’t want to leave anybody off the guest list, why not hire the entire site all to yourselves? With ample room for up to 14 adults and two children, you’ll get to roam the grounds at your leisure, take an energising morning swim in the moat, enjoy lazy sessions in the Piggery Spa whenever you choose and enjoy a game of boules in the newly created Petanque court in the woods, before firing up the al fresco pizza ovens for an epic evening meal!

Later, simply light the giant firepit for marshmallow-toasting and storytelling under the stars; a perfect end to a perfect day with the ones you love.

What to do when you wake up? Hire a bike on-site, or lace up your walking boots and explore the chocolate-box country lanes – there are plenty of traditional inns and picturesque villages to stop in on your way, if you should feel so inclined!

With Southwold and Aldeburgh both in easy reach, you could also enjoy a day by the sea. Enjoy ice cream and a traditional fish-and-chip supper, before returning to your country hideaway just in time to catch another golden sunset.

Things to note

Two-hour sessions in the Piggery Spa can be booked for an additional charge.

Where you'll be staying

Cratfield, Suffolk

What the guests of The Firs Suffolk say

“Had such a fantastic stay in this astonishingly beautiful place! Felt like 5* luxury – everything just perfect and exquisite from warm welcome on arrival to cycle hire to the pub, use of the Firs hot tub and sauna to nighttime log fires and big soft bed, fat pillows and falling asleep gazing at stars through the skylight. The countryside peace was simply perfect to declutter and unwind – will definitely be back very soon!”

“A beautiful setting in the countryside of Suffolk. Tucked away from any main roads and extremely quiet at night, the only sound is owls hooting. A short drive to Southwold beach. A high standard of accommodation, comfortable beds and wonderfully designed rooms. It is very evident Alison and Amy have poured their hearts and souls into making this small piece of paradise in Suffolk. We will be returning to this wonderful place, just don’t tell too many people otherwise we will never be able to get a booking!!”

“We came to stay at The Firs Suffolk as a last minute escape, we desperately needed a break and time out. After just one night here in the Cowshed, we felt like we had been here for days. The accommodation
is so thoughtfully designed, everything has been considered. The beds are the comfiest I have ever slept in! We loved the garden with our own fire pit and sitting just listening to birds and nature, the owls at night, no traffic noise whatsoever was exactly what we needed.  It has been perfect in every way, thank you Alison and Amy!”

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