Welcome to 2021 at Best of Suffolk!
Looking ahead to better times? Suffolk might be the ideal location for a getaway without travelling too far from home next year.
Miles of beaches, acres of forest and market towns rich in history and tradition. Add in some of the country’s finest local food and drink producers, and you have the recipe for an ideal cottage holiday in Suffolk.
The below selection of hand-picked stylish places to stay are all available to book for dates in 2021. Why not take a peek, and give yourself something to look forward to?
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Best Of Suffolk
So who are Best of Suffolk, and what are they all about? Well, we sum it up in one handy phrase;
“Luxury, hand-picked, stylish holiday homes in Suffolk, from your independent Suffolk experts”.
When booking a Suffolk holiday cottage, book with Best of Suffolk. “Why?”, we hear you ask. Allow us a few moments to explain and we’re confident you’ll never book your Suffolk break with anyone else!
Best of Suffolk bring a boutique hotel style finish to self-catering accommodation in Suffolk. What does that mean in practice? Well think crisp, white, 200 thread count linens. Think fluffy bath sheets to wrap yourself up in after a plunge in the roll top bath. Think a bottle of decent wine and goodies upon arrival.
At Best of Suffolk we’re picky for a reason. Each and every one of our 400+ holiday cottages in Suffolk is hand-picked as representing Best of Suffolk high quality standards.
We understand your time is precious, and that when you do enjoy your much-deserved time off, you want the holiday you deserve. We only want the best for our guests, which is why went we appoint a new property the check list of ‘must haves’ is now a 32 page guide!
Not all holiday cottages in Suffolk offer the Best of Suffolk experience. By booking with Best of Suffolk, you can relax in peace of mind knowing everything will be as you hoped it would be.
Not content with the drab holiday cottages of years gone by, Best of Suffolk add a touch of panache to all of their properties. With our gorgeous Suffolk holiday cottages oozing style, prepare to sip a glass of something cool in bubbly in chic surroundings.
With many of our properties dressed with pieces of both local and fine art, colourful furnishings and throws, prepare to feel as though you’re in a photoshoot for a luxury lifestyle magazine!
If you’re looking to book a break with an independent, family owned Suffolk holiday cottage company, look no further.
Founded in 2006 by Alex and Naomi Tarry with a collection of just six properties, Best of Suffolk is proudly independent. We’ve grown consistently every year since.
We’re not part of a national brand, or multi-brand agency. We are exactly who we say we are; Best of Suffolk. When you call our number, you’ll get straight through to us in our charming converted barn office in rural Suffolk.
We really do love Suffolk! We’re lucky enough to be located in the stunning rural Suffolk countryside, with the coastal hub of Aldeburgh just a short drive away.
We eat, sleep and breathe Suffolk. When out and about at weekends and evenings, the Best of Suffolk team are busy taking photos and taking notes for our blogs. We can’t wait to share our experiences with you. Walks, pubs, attractions, restaurants, events – we’re out there experiencing Suffolk in all its glory and we cannot wait to share it with you!
Our Suffolk expertise is what makes us different. Want to book a Suffolk cottage knowing if there’s a pub in walking distance? Whether there’s a playpark nearby for the kids? Any decent walks nearby for the dog? You know who to call!
Our knowledge of Suffolk is second to none. We happy to provide personal, firsthand knowledge of our gorgeous county of Suffolk.
24 Hour Reservation
So you’ve taken a peek at our gorgeous Suffolk holiday cottages and found the perfect place! Now all you need is to speak with family members and get it booked. But what if someone snaps it up whilst you’re trying to get the nod of approval?! Worry not. You can place a free 24 hour reservation or provisional booking on a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage so no one else can book it.
Simply book your property and select ‘bank transfer’ on the payment screen. You’ll then be sent an email confirming the provisional booking with a link to make payment online or our contact details to pay over the phone within 24 hours.
At Best of Suffolk, we completely get that one size doesn’t fit all. You want to arrive on a Tuesday? Of course you do! We have a number of stylish holiday cottages in Suffolk that offer any day arrival. Just give our friendly reservations team a call on 01728 638962 and they will be delighted to help.
Why Holiday in Suffolk?
This is an impossible question to answer! Not because we’d struggle to know where to start, but because we’d struggle to know where to stop!
Beaches, woods, heaths, country pubs, tasty restaurants, exciting events and so much more.
A Suffolk for all Seasons
Suffolk truly is a year round destination. Once we’ve helped to find you the perfect Suffolk holiday cottage for your needs, the next big decision is when to stay. You could visit our glorious county in each season and have a totally different experience each time.
Suffolk in Spring
Think snowdrops and daffodils in the most idyllic countryside setting this spring. Wrap up warm, pop on your wellies and head off on an adventure.
After your stroll, warm up by the fire in a cosy country pub offering delicious comfort food direct from Suffolk’s pastures.
Suffolk in Summer
The Suffolk coast was made for long summer days! Building sandcastles, beach cricket, a walk on Southwold pier; what could be better?
Head to a local Suffolk butcher or greengrocer and pick up some delicious food for a BBQ in your holiday cottage garden.
After an evening stroll to the local pub for a glass of something cool, why not stop off for ice cream?
Suffolk in Autumn
Head to the woods or heath for a walk crunching fallen leaves beneath your feet in Suffolk this autumn. Go foraging for blackberries and head back to your cosy Suffolk holiday cottage to whip up a delicious crumble.
Suffolk in Winter
It wouldn’t be winter in Suffolk without a series of Christmas fairs and light switch-on events. Plus a host of our period attractions hold carol concerts, wreath making workshops and of course Father Christmas’s Grotto.
If it’s cold and wet outside, what better excuse do you need to stay cosy and comfy by the fire of your Suffolk cottage with a wood burner?
Suffolk Events 2021
Prepare to be truly spoiled for choice for events in Suffolk next year! Easter sees the start of the lambing season. Head to a Suffolk farm attractions such as Jimmy’s Farm or Easton Farm Park and you might be lucky enough to help feed the lambs.
The Suffolk Show is usually held in May and features two full days of country delights, shows and displays. A must for a showcase of all things Suffolk!
Latitude Festival usually takes place in July in Henham, near Southwold. This iconic festival has brought internationally recognised artists such as George Ezra and Stereophonics to Suffolk and continues to grow in popularity. Also featuring live theatre, comedy and art, plus family entertainments this is one Suffolk event not to be missed.
Aldeburgh Festival takes place in August every year at Snape Maltings and features internationally renowned artists in a 30 day concert programme.
October sees Half Term and Halloween combine, providing the ideal opportunity for some family friendly Halloween events at our stunning Suffolk attractions.
Bury St Edmunds plays host to their annual Christmas Fayre in the last weekend in November. And absolute must for anyone looking to explore this charming market town and get in the festive spirit.
Where to Stay in Suffolk?
This quaint, coastal, market town could not be any more picturesque! From the brightly-coloured beach huts on the promenade, to the traditional pier, Southwold really is full of British seaside charm.
Deckchairs, fish and chips, building sandcastles and everything else that comes to mind when thinking of the British seaside can be found in Southwold.
The town of Southwold itself is equally as charming as the seafront. Local brewer Adnams offers brewery tours and beer tastings. The picturesque market place still holds a regular weekly market and sits in front of the local butchers and greengrocers.
Along the vibrant High Street you will find a number of independent shops, galleries and antiques shops. Not to mention the huge range of options for food! Head to a local delicatessen to [pick up some tasty treats for your picnic. Collect some freshly caught fish and chips in the fishing huts by Southwold harbor. Or why not head to any one of the tempting local restaurants for locally sourced, fresh ingredients with a Suffolk twist.
We have some simply gorgeous Southwold holiday cottages. Take a look at our apartments for two, family cottages for four, dog friendly holiday cottages and larger holiday cottages for groups in Southwold.
We also hire Southwold beach huts, so you could have a base by the sea in beautiful Southwold to compliment your week on the Suffolk coast.
Aldeburgh is the ideal location for a holiday in Suffolk. A stunning pebble beach that seems to stretch on for miles and miles. Ideal for walks, with or without the dog! You’re never too far from a delicious restaurant or pub serving local Adnams ales. Plus there’s the vibrant town centre that offers the perfect mix between local, independent shops, antique shops and nationally recognised brands.
The independent cinema shows an eclectic mix of films, from lesser known documentaries to international big hitters. In the summer months Aldeburgh Summer Theatre sees the seaside town play host to a collection travelling theatre productions.
Take a look at our impressive collection of Aldeburgh holiday cottages to see if you can find your ideal accommodation. Looking for an Aldeburgh holiday cottage with sea views? No problem, we can help you find the perfect pad.
Looking for a dog friendly holiday cottage in Aldeburgh? It’s the ideal destination for those looking to bring the family dog. Simply use our search filters for dog friendly holiday cottages in Aldeburgh.
You get the best of both worlds in Woodbridge; river views and walks with a bustling town centre.
Do you like looking round independent boutique shops, antique shops and galleries? Woodbridge is a must!
Prefer a longer walk taking in a stunning view? Head down to the river and enjoy a walk along the footpath by the river. Watch the many sailing boats bobbing in the water, the setting sun and taking in some fresh air.
Whether you’re looking for a town centre pad or a cosy family cottage Best of Suffolk have got your Woodbridge holiday cottage covered.
Bury St Edmunds
The most picturesque market town of Bury St Edmunds could not be better for your next Suffolk break. Get the ideal mix of urban comforts such as bars, restaurants and excellent shopping facilitates all set within a medieval market place.
The Abbey Gardens are the ideal location for a stroll, a coffee, and a play or picnic if you have younger children. An eclectic mix of independent shops, galleries and eateries all await your discovery.
Central apartments to rural retreats within a few minutes’ drive of the bustling centre, Best of Suffolk have what you need for an ideal break to Bury St Edmunds.
Made famous by Ed Sheeran in ‘Castle on the Hill’, Framlingham is a charming market town in the heart of rural Suffolk. Dominated by an impressive 12 century castle which inspired the chart-topping hit of the local music legend, Framlingham has so much to enjoy.
The weekly market and selection of independent shops and eateries are a charming way to pass an afternoon. Ideally located to explore rural Suffolk, with an abundance of local walks ideal for those looking for a dog friendly holiday cottage in Suffolk.
View our selection of stylish and cosy holiday cottages in Framlingham. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Dog Friendly Holidays in Suffolk
Suffolk is a dog owner’s paradise! Miles of coast to explore on foot. Acres of England’s green countryside to get lost in. An incredibly dog-friendly outlook by local establishments. Dog friendly pubs, restaurants and attractions are commonplace in Suffolk. You’re just as likely to find a four-legged friend at the bar in a cosy Suffolk pub, or curled up on front of the fire, as those of us with two legs!
Dog friendly events in Suffolk are part of the growing events calendar. Suffolk Dog Day is held in July every other year at Helmingham Hall and is a treat for dogs and their owners too! Plus All About Dogs in Ipswich adds to the dog friendly list of reason to visit Suffolk. For those with a dachshund, the biannual Southwold Sausage Dog Walk is a must! Ever-growing in popularity, join the 600 strong attendees and combine it with a cosy Southwold holiday cottage.
Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages
At Best of Suffolk, we understand that a family holiday means the family dog comes too. As dog owners ourselves, we can recommend nearby walks and attractions or places to eat that welcome dogs.
We have an ever-expanding number of holiday cottages in Suffolk that welcome dogs. As a rural country, Suffolk was perfectly designed for a dog friendly holiday. This means the majority of our holiday cottages welcome dogs. When searching on our website just use the ‘pet friendly’ filter.
When booking your dog friendly holiday cottage in Suffolk, let us know the breed of dog. This is so we can advise if the property is a suitable size for the size of dog, but also because we love hearing about your dogs!
Dogs go free!
What could be better than a holiday cottage company that understands the importance of dog friendly holidays in Suffolk? One that doesn’t charge extra for your dog to come too!
At Best of Suffolk, we do not charge extra for your dog to come on holiday with you. Looking to bring more than one dog? No problem. Just give our friendly team a call letting us know how many and their breeds and we’ll recommend the perfect cottage for you, and your dogs!
Dog Friendly Things to do in Suffolk
You and your four-legged friend really will be spoiled for choice with things to do in Suffolk that are dog friendly.
Why not pack a picnic and head to the beach? Suffolk beaches are dog friendly, with only certain restrictions in place on small sections of blue flag award-winning beaches during the peak season. Run off some of that energy by taking a walk on Suffolk’s gorgeous heritage coastline.
How about setting off for a doggy day out to Framlingham Castle? Dogs are allowed on leads in the grounds of the infamous ‘Castle on the Hill’. Outside the castle grounds you’ll also find the most beautiful walk around the moat.
Dunwich Heath is a National Trust site that offers acres of stunning heath and beach to explore. Pond dipping and den building for the kids, and very dog friendly means there’s even ‘doggy parking’ outside the activity centre.
Take a peek at our blog on Dog Friendly Suffolk for recommendations on dog friendly pubs, places to go and dog friendly holiday cottages.
Holiday Cottages for Groups in Suffolk
Looking for a stylish holiday cottage in Suffolk for a larger group or extended family in 2021? Best of Suffolk can help. We have chic and cosy cottages that sleep from 2 to 24, and everything in between.
We often get asked to help find the perfect place to stay in Suffolk for larger numbers or groups for celebrations or occasions. Wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays, or simply getting together as a family can mean you’re looking for a large holiday cottage.
What’s more, once we’ve found the perfect property for your group, we can help advise on private chefs to cater for your celebration or suggest nearby restaurants or pubs. That’s the difference between booking with Best of Suffolk and booking elsewhere, local expertise.