Just one hour from London by train, Suffolk is brimming with exciting towns, attractive villages, beautiful beaches and stunning country side. The Suffolk Heritage Coast offers some of the finest landscape in the United Kingdom. With 40 miles of coastline, most of which is designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', you will find super sandy beaches, stunning pebble beaches and miles of natural rugged coast. Our properties are situated in the ever popular towns of Aldeburgh, Southwold, Woodbridge and Claydon which is a small village on the outskirts of Ipswich. Surrounding these excellent locations are a host of interesting, historic and beautiful towns and villages.More information
The Kingdom of Essex was traditionally founded by Aescwine in 527 AD, occupying territory to the north of the River Thames, incorporating much of what would later become Middlesex and Hertfordshire, though its territory was later restricted to lands east of the River Lee.Colchester in the north east of the county is Britain\'s oldest recorded town, dating back to before the Roman conquest, when it was known as Camulodunum, and was sufficiently well-developed to have its own mint. Subsequently the Kingdom of Essex was subsumed into the Kingdom of England and Essex eventually became the historic county. More information
Southwold is a delightful town and a great place to visit at any time of year, whether just for a day, a weekend, for a week, or longer. More information
Aldeburgh is a coastal town in Suffolk, the town is notable for its Blue Flag shingle beach and fisherman huts (freshly caught fish sold daily), More information
Melton is a village in Suffolk, England, located approximately one mile north east of Woodbridge. More information
Claydon is a small village just north of Ipswich in Suffolk, England. The meaning of the name is 'clay-on-the-hill', though it is not much of a hill. More information
Aldeburgh is a traditional seaside town which is blessed with breath taking scenery both seawards and following the river Alde inland. Once an important Tudor port, many of the historic buildings remain beautifully intact and restored, all adding to the ambiance of this popular and much loved holiday location. The town is famous for being the home of composer Benjamin Britten, there are many reminders of his life around the town. The Aldeburgh Music Festival was established by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948 and is now an internationally recognised festival held at nearby Snape Maltings annually. The towns summer season of events includes Jill Freuds Aldeburgh Summer Theatre which is held in July and August and the infamous Aldeburgh Carnival and Regatta which take place in August.
The High Street boasts an array of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and quaint tea shops and cafes. All along the beach you find fisherman's huts selling their daily catch and just a short distance from the town the beach 'scallop' sculpture by Maggie Hambling. The Aldeburgh Museum is housed in The Moot Hall which is of the most important timber framed buildings in England dating from the first half of the 16th century. The town has a very active sailing club as well as two popular golf courses, all weather tennis courts and of course excellent bathing!
NEARBY PLACES OF INTEREST
THORPENESS - distance from Aldeburgh 2 miles. A wonderful day out can be had in the picturesque village of Thorpeness, just 2 miles up the coast from Aldeburgh. With a central boating lake 'The Mere' this Victorian model village will delight visitors with its quaintness. Enjoy a cup of tea in the cafe or an excellent pub lunch in The Dolphin.
WOODBRIDGE & THE RIVER DEBEN – distance from Aldeburgh approx. 12 miles
This cosmopolitan market town is just a short drive from Melton. The town offers many individual boutiques, restaurants and shops. Being situated on the River Deben you will find an interesting marina and boatyard alongside the famous Tide Mill. There are many historic buildings in the town, all centrally located.
SNAPE MALTINGS – TEL: 01728 688303 – distance from Aldeburgh approx. 6 miles
A unique collection of C19th former barley Maltings, set on the banks of the River Alde. Here you will find the world famous concert hall which is home to the Snape Festival as well as an interesting collection of shops and galleries. There is a tea room, restaurant and a traditional Suffolk public house which serves excellent food both lunch time and evening.
SUTTON HOO, Tel: 01394 389700 – distance from Aldeburgh approx. 15 miles
Looking across the river from Woodbridge one can see the lower slopes of Sutton Hoo, one of Britain's most important archaeological sites. It is the burial ground of the Anglo-Saxon pagan kings of East Anglia. The 250 acre site of unspoilt heath lands, you can view the burial mounds and visit the exhibition centre.
DUNWICH & MINSMERE distance from Aldeburgh approximately 8 miles
Dunwich is a super location for walking and cycling over the natural heath land. Visit the ruins of the 13th century Greyfriars Friary or walk along to the Dingle Marshes. Close by is Minsmere, one of the RSPB’s most famous nature reserves. It has been a RSBP reserve for over 50 years and pioneered the use of observation hides and management of wetland areas to enable visitors to view the huge range of birds that pass along the Suffolk coast.
WALBERSWICK – distance from Aldeburgh approximately 10 miles
Across the River Blyth from Southwold you'll find the affluent coastal village of Walberswick - another charming destination which is popular with ramblers and nature lovers owing to its wide variety of flora and fauna, not forgetting crabbing enthusiasts - this is the location for the annual summer British Open Crabbing Championship. In the centre of Walberswick village you will find a quaint village pub serving traditional food.
SOUTHWOLD, THE BEACH, PIER AND TOWN - distance from Aldeburgh 15 miles. Southwold remains one of Suffolk’s most visited and popular towns on the Heritage Coast. It retains its old world charm and boasts one of the best sandy beaches in East Anglia. The pier was built in 1900 and in 2002 won the ‘Pier of the Year’ award. The town has many independent boutiques and shops along with good restaurants and bistros. You can also enjoy the freshest fish and chips for miles, locally caught fish of course!
LEISURE, PAMPERING & ACTIVITY
THEATRE, CINEMA & CONCERT HALL:
ALDEBURGH CINEMA, 51 High Street, Aldeburgh – Tel: 01728 452996
LEISTON CINEMA, High Street, Leiston – Tel: 01728 830549
THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE & CINEMA, Quayside, Woodbridge – Tel: 01394 382174
SNAPE MALTINGS CONCERT HALL, Snape, Bookings – Tel: 01728 688303
HAIR & BEAUTY:
THE HAIR SHOP, 22 High Street, Aldeburgh – Tel: 01728 452780
THE LOUNGE HAIR SALON, 12 New Street, Woodbridge - Tel: 01394 382173
SAILING / RIVER TRIPS:
DEBEN YACHT CLUB, River Wall, Woodbridge – Tel: 01394 385400
SNAPE RIVER TRIPS, Snape Maltings, Snape – Tel: 01728 688303
LADY FLORENCE, River Cruise Restaurant, Orford – Tel: 07831698298
BEACH FISHING – There are several excellent beaches for fishing: ALDEBURGH, THORPENESS, SIZEWELL
MARSH FARM LAKES, Sternfield, Saxmundham – Tel: 01728 602168
THORPENESS MERE, Thorpeness – Tel: 01728 453771
VALLEY FARM CHILDRENS ACTIVITY CENTRE, Wickham Market – Tel: 01728 746916
POPLAR PARK, Hollesley, Nr Woodbridge – Tel: 01394 411023
KIDZ KINGDOM, Martlesham Heath – Tel: 01473 611333
SNAKES & LADDERS, Cavendish Street, Ipswich – Tel: 01473 255000
CHILDRENS INDOOR ACTIVITY/PLAY AREAS:
MOO MOO PLAY FARM, Brampton – Tel: 01502 575841
ADVENTURE ISLAND, 15-17 Pinbush Rd, Lowestoft – Tel: 01502 519933