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The Found | Luxury Self-Catering Martello Tower | Bawdsey, Woodbridge

The Found

Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

For a unique escape like no other, whisk the party away to this exclusive, luxury self-catering Martello tower on the shores of the Suffolk coastline, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Settled on the Deben Peninsula and looking across to Bawdsey village, from the moment of arrival via the sandy track and ascending flight of steel stairs, The Found gives the fluttering butterfly feeling of boarding a private jet. Only here it’s not about the journey, it’s all about the destination.


The Found was originally built to defend Napoleonic forces in the 1800s and, after a stylish renovation, now offers a unique self-catering retreat. An occasion house with a capital 'O', this imposing Martello tower in Bawdsey comprises almost a million bricks wrapped around one huge central brick shaft, inviting guests to kick back over three floors of contemporary living spaces. If you can tear yourself away from living like Royals at the tower, the coast path running below is perfect for a picturesque morning jog. As for afternoons, hire a Big Sky classic car for the day and enjoy old-fashioned jaunts along winding Suffolk coastal roads in your vintage Morgan.


Entering on the first floor, guests are welcomed into a circular snug area laid with shaggy rugs and stacked with firewood. From here, a spiral staircase sweeps up to the rooftop level, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide 360-degree views of the Suffolk coastline. Heading downstairs from the first floor, the modern-rustic design flows towards the tower’s sleeping quarters, comprising two sharply modish bathrooms and three sumptuous double bedrooms. Pipes of natural light flood through the fortress’s three-metre walls via angular drilled holes, whilst camera obscura project hazy outside views into the smaller bedrooms, creating a beautiful juxtaposition of elements.


The Found’s roof terrace will rival any in the city when it comes to entertaining. Complete with panoramic views, guests will love to mellow out on the Morroccan-style floor seating and bask in the warm sun during the day. At night, watch as an explosion of stars pinprick the sky, casting darkness over the rolling Suffolk countryside to the west and leaving twinkly reflections in the water meadows and lagoon to the east. As for the surrounds; situated in the small, rural hamlet of Bawdsey, Orford is 13 miles to the north while the riverside town of Woodbridge is a 20-minute drive - desirable holiday destinations for foodies and yachties respectively.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £2,195 per week, £1,595 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThree ground floor double bedrooms, one with king-size bed, two ground floor family bathrooms with overhead showers, one separate WC.
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  • FeaturesFirepit and rooftop terrace
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyDue to the steep stairs, we welcome children over eight years at The Found.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for three cars, access to the tower is through farmland by way of a private unmade farm track (better suited to 4x4s). The kitchen has mod cons including an electric oven, hob, washing machine, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine. Please note, due to the large 360-degree glass windows, the top floor will be cooler in winter months. 
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce, chocolates, bottle of Prosecco, TV, DVD player, two music systems, iPad, WiFi internet, linen, towels, logs and kindling for the fire.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsSorry, no babes-in-arms or children under eight years of age due to the steep stairs
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Rope and sails, seagulls and nets: this thriving market town located right on the river Deben in Suffolk is just the place for boating enthusiasts, not far from the sea and surrounded by miles of greenery.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This unique Martello tower house sits on the eastern edge of Bawdsey village on the Suffolk coast.
  • By Car The Found is approximately two, to two and a half hours from London.
  • By Train Woodbridge train station is just over ten miles away.
  • By Air Stanstead airport is one and a half hours' drive away with car hire available.

From the owner

“The 360-degree views from the top floor are amazing at any point during the day; whether it be morning brightness, moving clouds, sun or moon shining through the round windows in the roof. This has to be one of our favourite areas.”

From the owner

The Found was built as part of a fortification against Napoleon's threat of invasion. Completed in 1808 using over 700,000 bricks in total, it was one of around 100 Martello towers erected in early 19th century. To this day, you can still see the three canon stands on the top floor.

A huge labour of love spanning eight years of work and dedication, the house was converted by a renowned designer, supported by a leading architect. Itself a scheduled monument by English Heritage, The Found’s conversion won a RIBA Award in 2010 and following this, was also shortlisted for the Manser Medal too. 

Boasting such a unique character and history, and with so much to see and do in the surrounding areas, we hope that The Found captures your heart and imagination just as much as it has our own.

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Woodbridge with an insider’s perspective.

Ufford Park
To Do

Ufford Park

Take a trip up to Ufford Park and enjoy an afternoon of pure relaxation. Get pampered and preened in the health spa and gym, golf around the 120 acre 18-hole parkland course and enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant to refuel.

The Sorrel Horse, Shottisham
To Eat

The Sorrel Horse, Shottisham

A charming thatched pub in a great little village, the Sorrel House pub serves fantastic food. Sit outside during the warmer months and in the winter warm up by the fire. There are some wonderful walks nearby too for a post-meal stroll.

Grange Farm Shop, Hasketon
To Eat

Grange Farm Shop, Hasketon

Grange farm shop sell a wonderful variety of local meat, veg, fruit and they also have a bakery section. After you have picked up your groceries you can enjoy a coffee at the cafe too!

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
To See

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Look provides endless hours of entertainment. From ancient heaths to quaint towns to shingle beaches, there are over 155 square miles of landscapes to explore.

Guest Testimonials

The Found is such a unique home! The property certainly has the wow factor in terms of location, interior design, architectural features and comfort! We certainly enjoyed the countryside and proximity to the coastal path and the beach. We enjoyed marvelling at the stars, listening to the waves and the wildlife from the roof terrace. Firepit on, we enjoyed the evening vibes having cooked in the kitchen in subtle relaxed lighting. We all slept for 10 hours each night after all the fresh air, enhanced by the darkness in the bedrooms. We really enjoyed our Unique Homestay!

Usually photos flatter a property and whilst the online photos look superb, when you see it in person The Found exceeds expectations - we were gobsmacked at the fact we were staying there. Such a treat.

I had never been to Suffolk before so The Found was a great opportunity for us to try a unique property with total privacy, something so rare to find these days! A total joy.

We had the best stay at The Found. From misty morning sunrises, pebble hunting, to cosy evenings in front of the fire. We enjoyed windswept walks and we slept like babies within our ‘fortress’. A real escape from reality, this is a ‘unique’ property in every sense of the word. We felt really privileged to be able to stay and we’ll definitely be back!

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Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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