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Our guide to luxury Suffolk holidays

From the timber-framed market towns of Lavenham to the charming seaside haunts of Southwold and Aldeburgh, Suffolk offers the creme-de-la-creme of both coast and country. This is the Unique guide to luxury Suffolk holidays.

Suffolk is a siren call to weekend explorers escaping the city, with its unspoilt AONB, charming network of waterways, pretty Wool Towns, and flaxen shores. Here in Constable Country, there might be fields of barley and patchwork quilts of farmland, but there's also coves echoing with lore of smugglers, castles linked to Mary Tudor, and mysterious tales of the "Lady in the Lake". Whether you’re visiting in winter’s brume or summer’s warm embrace, let our guide to luxury Suffolk holidays lead the way on what to see, do, and where to eat during your stay.

The county’s cultural calendar is one of its main draws, with the Aldeburgh Festival — an annual pilgrimage for lovers of classical music — held each June, and a year-round roster of talent at Red Rose Chain, and Theatre Royal. Touring gastronomes will be well catered for in the culinary hotspots of Bury St. Edmunds and Newmarket, whilst history buffs will beeline to the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo. Where to stay? Perhaps a mythological manor or a Martello tower, near the 300-year-old Tide Mill for living history gone luxe.

Locations in Suffolk

Cast away on the Deben Peninsula in Bawdsey or Woodbridge, or venture further into Suffolk´s heartland to leafy Beccles, with its timber-framed buildings, artisanal bakeries, and oodles of olde-worlde charm.

Collections in Suffolk

From rebellious Rococoan country homes that call for equally opulent New Year´s Eve gatherings to soul-soothing coastal escapes; whatever you´re craving, our curated collections have you covered.

Things to do in Suffolk

Spend halcyon days among the buds and blooms in Beccles, crafting botanical displays with the Southwold Flower Company, or indulge in R&R at Ufford Park´s thermal spa before a night under the stars at Thorington Theatre.

Things to see in Suffolk

There´s no shortage of natural wonders to marvel at in Suffolk; from ancient heaths and shingle beaches to the panoramas at Dunwich Heath and Ness Point; not to mention the toadstools and water voles of The Broads.

Where to eat in Suffolk

Savour slow mornings over matcha lattes and truffled mushroom toast, Sunday roasts in thatched village pubs, or line up with the locals for Baja tacos and lobster and chips from a clapperboard-shack in Southwold.

Journals about Suffolk

Trace the blueprint of Britain´s architect-designed homes — including a former Martello tower turned modernist RIBA award-winner — or read the wistful round-ups of the nation´s best summer houses and party spaces.

To the ends of the Earth

To the ends of the Earth

Ah, the ends of the Earth. From Ittoqqortoormiit to Alaska, all explorers have their own idea on the matter. But the notion that an “end” exists reveals a truth so often missed. Call it a reawakening.

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The Great British Spa-cation

The Great British Spa-cation

Put the wrapping paper down and the feet up. This year, the most sought-after winter stays are all about warm water therapy, palatial living, and never missing out on poolside Champagne.

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The best houses to rent for a New Year’s Eve getaway

The best houses to rent for a New Year’s Eve getaway

From glittering affairs where grandparents waltz under crystal chandeliers to romantic getaways in cottages with hot tubs, New Year’s Eve parties are as unique as the folk who make them.

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Places to visit from London

Places to visit from London

We’ve curated a list of the best places to visit from London – from Kent´s coast to the Cotswolds´ countryside – and covered everything to see and do when you get there.

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Suffolk FAQ´s

Looking for advice on local cuisine to sample during your stay? Want to know the best beaches in the county? If you have a Suffolk-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

What is the largest town in Suffolk?

Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, and one of England’s oldest. Over 1,000 years of maritime and agricultural history shroud the town in myth and legend from eras that stretch from the Vikings to the Saxons. Foodie hotspots are beginning to pop up all over, from French fine dining aboard an 18th-century Dutch barge to bistros serving up dishes of tangy bacon and courgette tagliatelle. Indy theatres are also popular with the locals, with live music, comedy and even dinner dances all running every week.

What food and drink is Suffolk famous for?

Suffolk’s wide, flat landscape and temperate weather keep agriculture booming, providing fresh, local produce in abundance. Butchers, breweries, fishing boats, independent bakeries; Suffolk is all about simple food, done extremely well. A visit to one of the county’s many artisan bakeries to pick up a loaf of freshly baked sourdough is a must. In the 19th century there were over 500 grain windmills peppered across the land, its rich milling history leaving a floury fingerprint on the county ever since, with baker’s ovens firing up ever since. Suffolk’s rich, light soil also makes for perfect pig pastures, seen dotted among pink cob cottages and wildflower meadows all over. As such, sausages and bacon are among the best in the UK. The county is also famed for its breweries; Adnams, Greene King and Aspalls are the biggest, but you’ll find pint-sized breweries hidden in every other town too.

What is the lost city of Suffolk?

Once a thriving port town the size of London’s square mile, Dunwich was home to over 3,000 residents in 1086. Built on fishing, trade and religious patronage, it was almost the capital of East Anglia. Alas, in 1286 a huge storm swept away its monastery, many homes and much of the port. Coastal erosion continued to bury the bustling town underwater, with the ‘new’ rebuilt 13th-century monastery now the only remaining remnants of its past, and standing perilously close to the cliffs. Today, many say this lost city is England’s answer to Atlantis – you can still stay in the modern one-street village above, its tiny B&B welcoming visitors all year round. If you listen carefully, many people say you can hear the bells of lost churches ringing underwater in the storms.

Where are the best beaches in Suffolk?

Far from the crowds, with the North Sea lapping at its shores, Suffolk is full of seaside charm and a mixture of flat, wide sand and shingle beaches. The water is warm enough in the summer for a little dip, with plenty of space for the children to run around and dry off. Shingle Street is a quiet and deserted shingle beach that seems almost untouched, once commandeered as a defensive minefield in WW2 (long since cleared). A short hike over the marshes and the reward is a coastal refuge packed with wildlife. Lined with tiny beach huts, South Beach in Lowestoft offers golden sand for family sandcastle competitions, whilst The Denes Beach at Southwold is a wide, dog-friendly beach popular with kite surfers. And there are plenty more:

Felixstowe Beach – sand, shingle and pebbles for four miles as the sun rises.

Walberswick Beach – unspoilt sand and low-lying dunes.

Dunwich Heath Beach – backed by rich heather and gorse in vibrant pink.

Aldeburgh Beach – pastel-coloured houses right on the shingle bring seaside charm.

Can you see seals in Suffolk?

Yes. Wide, sandy and hot property among the seal population, you’ll spot these sea creatures lazing on the shoreline at Southwold and Walberswick beaches from June to August. As part of the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve, these beaches are prime spots for seal watching, at land or at sea in a local barge. If you’re prepared to brave the cold during winter, you’ll also catch the pupping season here from November to January.

Own a property in Suffolk?

Are you the keeper of AONB architecture? Or the custodian of salt marsh shack? From Bury St Edmunds to Beccles to star-speckled Southwold, we´re seeking Suffolk´s most unique homes to join our growing portfolio.

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