Local Suffolk Tips

Meet Angie

Guest Services Manager

♥ The seaside gem of Southwold

Angie's tip

It’s clear to see why Southwold is so popular with holidaymakers and locals alike. There are some fantastic eateries in the High Street, boutiques plus some great walking routes which can take you all the way to Walberswick. One of my favourite things to do in Southwold on a warm summers day is to indulge in an afternoon tea at The Boating Lake. Served in vintage crockery in a truly peaceful setting, it’s so lovely to sit outdoors and watch the paddle boats on the lake with the backdrop of Southwold Pier and the beach. Want to find out more about Southwold? Take a look at our Southwold guide and a full list of our Southwold holiday cottages here

Meet Leah

Marketing Executive

♥ The village of Dunwich and it's vast history

Leah's tip

Whilst I grew up in the village of Reydon on the outskirts of Southwold, as a family we always preferred the beaches slightly further afield, with Dunwich being one of our favourites. As a child our Sunday mornings were always spent walking through the forest of Dunwich on the Suffolk coastline with our family dog Bella, and, if we were lucky, we'd stop off for a bag of chips from the Beach Cafe afterwards. It's a tradition I plan to carry on with my own family one day. Today Dunwich is an enchanting place, situated within Suffolk's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There are plenty of walking trails to try and you're always guaranteed to spot plenty of wildlife along the way. Car parking isn't an issue as there are many different starting points throughout the forest depending on the length of walk you want to try. All walking routes are clearly signposted. Dunwich has a vast history and as a child on school trips we often visited Dunwich Museum. Known as the Lost City, Dunwich was once thought to have been the size of London but due to the great storms in the 13th and 14th century, most of the village was lost to the sea. At the museum you can see a model of what Dunwich used to look like compared to what's left today. Whether you're a budding historian or just intrigued by this part of the Suffolk coast, I highly recommend stopping at the museum and learning about Dunwich's extensive past. The beach is mainly shingle but much quieter than Southwold or Aldeburgh. In the summer season you can stop off for an ice cream at the Beach Cafe or just a short walk away is The Ship Inn serving Adnams Ales and scrumptious fish 'n' chips. If you fancy holidaying in Dunwich, take a look at our lovely collection of Dunwich cottages here

Meet Chloe

Marketing Assistant

♥ East Bergholt in the Suffolk countryside and Southwold on the Suffolk coast

Chloe's tip

I grew up in Suffolk and it has been a joy to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside, parks and rivers. My favourite of all places to visit in Suffolk is East Bergholt where I lived for a number of years. Made famous by John Constable who painted areas such as Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, it's no surprise that the area is a beautiful landscape. It was great heading down to the River Stour as a child where we would take the kayak and if it was particularly warm, enjoy a wild swim. I also love days spent in Southwold where you can enjoy great food, scenic walks on the beach and of course, a pint of Adnams. I’m a massive foodie (although a vegetarian) and really enjoy going to The Sail Loft in Southwold, which is located along Ferry Road just behind the Dunes. There's so much to discover in the Suffolk countryside, why not browse our countryside cottages here