Nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, Kingfishers offers a new level of luxury for all who love the finer things in life. Amid a tapestry of fields on the edge of Cretingham, a picturesque village where thatched and prettily-painted cottages sit close to the quiet banks of the upper River Deben, you’ll find the all-new Kingfishers. Formerly known as Cretingham Golf Club, it’s the ideal location for a break that can be as busy or laid-back as you’d like.
There are currently four holiday lodges on offer within Kingfishers with many more lodges coming soon. Each lodge has been individually styled yet they all come with a bubbling hot tub - perfect for relaxing after a busy day sightseeing in the glorious Suffolk countryside.
The owners of Kingfishers, Claire and Mathew Thacker, arrived here in December 2017 and immediately set about a major refurbishment that puts guest experience at the heart of their restaurant, lodges and golf offering.
Aiming to provide high-end ‘destination’ in a family-friendly environment, they’ve given a country hunting lodge look to the rebranded Tom Foolery bar and restaurant. Complementing that approach is Kingfishers’ collection of luxury log cabins, which have also undergone a complete transformation and, in some cases, rebuild. There’s a real emphasis on quality here, with accommodation for between two and six people, all the conveniences expected of a holiday home-from-home, and private garden areas that include a hot tub and barbecue.
The real money-can’t-buy factor, though, is the lodges’ location – just a short stroll from the bar and restaurant building, they’re in a spacious, landscaped setting with access to a wildflower meadow and lakes that’s are haven for wildlife; otters and kingfishers are regular visitors.
“If anything sums up the tranquillity, serenity and beauty of the place, that’s it,” says Claire.
For golfers, Kingfishers is a picturesque, par 71 parkland course with the River Deben winding throughout. A team of skilled grounds staff and all the associated heavy equipment keeps everything top-notch, but still it’s been a steep learning curve for the the Thackers. “Neither of us knew anything about golf,” Claire explains.
What they did bring with them, however, is a passion for Suffolk and for their new business. “My husband grew up on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, and we’ve spent lots of time at a family home in Aldeburgh – we’ve always loved the area,” Claire says. “I fell in love with this place the moment I saw it – it doesn’t matter where you look, there’s beauty in every direction. We’re very excited about living and working in such a beautiful setting, and look forward to sharing it all with our guests.”