Open-plan, contemporary luxury by expert architect design, set on the stunning Shotley Peninsula...spectacular views are guaranteed both inside and out.
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

Sleeping up to 6 people, the spacious, open-plan Upper Lodge is the ideal location for a group holiday with a sparklingly scenic difference.

Perfectly situated on a quiet lane close to the tip of the Shotley Peninsula, itself beautifully positioned between the picturesque Rivers Orwell and Stour, Upper Lodge is the result of an expert collaboration between the locally renowned Andrew Hughes and David Gibson Architects – whose brief was to create a stylish and contemporary living space that complemented its surroundings, whilst also addressing sustainability concerns.

Upper Lodge is a mostly single-storey building, purposefully configured to make the most of the panoramic river and countryside views with a wall of windows in the main living space that allow natural light to flood beautifully inside, with doors that open out onto a welcoming deck and garden.  You’ll find plenty of hanging and storage space throughout, and a handy shed outside for storing bikes and sailing equipment.

Make the most of the exceptional scenery with wooden stairs that lead to a stunning first-floor lookout – the ideal spot for watching boats glide by on the River Orwell (with the port of Felixstowe in the distance) as well as keeping an eye out for the abundant local wildlife…or even simply relaxing with a book.  Later on, why not use the telescope provided and try to name some stars? 

The garden is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, wrapping around three sides of the house and offering plenty of space for barbecues and al fresco conversation, as well as games of any description!

Continue the games inside, with table football in the far end of the main living area…and at the other end discover a well-equipped designer kitchen with a refectory table, benches and chairs that will soon have everyone relaxing over a few glasses of wine and a hearty meal.

Discover three spacious bedrooms at the back of the house – simply claim your favourite.  The south-facing master bedroom is wonderfully sunny, with a luxurious king-sized bed and matching units.  Cleverly concealed within cupboard doors, you’ll find a warming ensuite shower room!

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At a glance

  • Architect designed, contemporary holiday home set mainly on one level with open-plan living, sleeping up to 6 people. Located on the Shotley Peninsula.
  • Accessed easily by road, with off road-parking for three cars at the side of the property.
  • Linen, towels, heating and electricity are all included, plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits. A travel cot, stair gate and high chair are available on request.
  • Close to the Rivers Orwell and Stour, ideal for boat and bird watching! Further afield are plenty of coastal walks and cycle routes, with ample opportunity for sailing and renowned local pubs nearby.


  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly


Sleeps up to 6, 2 king bedrooms (master with en-suite), twin bedroom, family bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining/lounge space, fridge freezer, dishwasher, double oven, gas hob, microwave, iPod docking station, TV with FreeSat, DVD Player, WiFi, washing machine/dryer, outdoor deck, furniture, BBQ, garden, parking for 3 cars.

Local activities

Boating, fishing, beaches, cycling, coastal walks, museums, amusements, Landguard Fort, river cruise.

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The second bedroom is decorated in soothing colours, and features a cosy double bed, while the west-facing twin bedroom houses plenty of books younger guests are sure to enjoy. 

A large family bathroom includes a sumptuous bath, corner shower and wash basin, with heated towel rail. 

Outside the house, why not explore the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stroll along the country lane to scenic Pin Mill, where you’ll find the celebrated Suffolk pub – the Butt and Oyster – serving local ale and tasty food as you enjoy views of barges and swans sailing by from the garden?

Birdwatching is a particular treat in this wonderful location, so don’t forget your binoculars!  For those who want to travel even further afield, there are plenty of walking and cycle routes that will take you all around the Peninsula.  Yachting enthusiasts will enjoy travelling through the rivers, or even out to the open sea.

So for a design-led, seafaring-style break that’s set firmly on scenic dry land…come and set sail to Upper Lodge!

Things to note

Travel cot, highchair and stair gate are available to arrange at time of booking, no smoking, no unaccompanied teenagers, suitable for those with mobility issues (one step from drive to front door).


Where you'll be staying

Shotley, Suffolk

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