Holiday cottages in Southwold – a quintessential British seaside resort

Southwold is one of Suffolk’s most picturesque seaside towns. Our selection of Southwold cottages are all near to the Adnams Brewery and offer many places of interest to visit, including the elegant pier, the harbour, a lighthouse and more!  With so many cafes, shops and restaurants to choose from, self catering in Southwold couldn’t be easier. Be sure to check out the fantastic pier at Southwold, located near to our holiday homes.

What to do in Southwold

Southwold is a wonderful location for a traditional seaside holiday, with its award-winning beach, Victorian pier and beach huts along the promenade. The town sits at the mouth of the River Blyth and within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Southwold Pier was originally built in 1900 as a landing stage for steamships arriving from London. It was 810ft long initially, but since then has suffered storm damage, had sections removed to prevent invasion during the war and even been damaged by a drifting sea mine! In 1999, work was started to rebuild the pier. This was completed in 2001 and the pier is now 623ft long and Britain’s only 21st Century Pier. The Pier hosts 3 eating venues, 3 shops, an amusement arcade and lots of other activities.

Another focal point in the centre of Southwold is the famous Adnams Brewery. Brewery tours are available throughout the year, as are additional experiences such as gin making and wine tasting. Adnams also has a large shop, filled with treats for all and there are Adnams pubs throughout Suffolk to try.

The iconic Southwold Lighthouse is also worth a visit. Standing 31 metres high, the lighthouse has been in place since 1890, with a now automated light that reaches 24 miles out into the North Sea.

Over 40 of our properties are within walking distance of the centre of Southwold and have the flexibility of multiple options that best suit you and your family. Click below to view all of our Southwold cottages, or read on for more information…


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Southwold Coastal Cottages

If your ideal Southwold holiday includes waking up to sea views and the beach, we have a number of coastal cottages available:

St Mary’s View is a stunning, spacious apartment with uninterrupted sea views and a short walk to the sandy beach. Sleeping 8, this extremely high quality apartment occupies the first and second floors of a beautiful Victorian building on the Southwold sea front.

This is a luxury Southwold holiday property, with impressive furnishings and fittings such as chandeliers, Swarovski cupboard handles and quartz floor tiles. The opulent bathroom features a claw foot roll top bath and body jets in the separate shower room. The front courtyard features a small seating area to bring the seaside right to you.


28 South Green and Harriet’s Cottage is perfect if you have a large group or family.

28 South Green is a large townhouse, that has been lovingly restored and furnished to a very high standard. It features sunny, spacious rooms across 3 floors and far reaching sea views. The top floor master suite is an absolute treat, plus there is a patio with chairs and table for al fresco dining. Harriet’s Cottage is tucked just behind 28 South Green and accommodates up to 4 people, giving a total occupancy of 12 across both properties. This stunning cottage is in a quiet location, but just a short walk from the town centre and with sea views from the master bedroom. In addition, there is a small courtyard garden and fence for privacy from the townhouse.

For an added piece of luxury, why not book the owners’ beach hut Escapade, just a couple of minutes walk from both properties. There is a 25% discount when booking 28 South Green or Harriet’s Cottage.

For a romantic seaside break, 1 Mackenzie Mews is perfect. This luxury one bedroom self-catering property is situated in a quiet modern mews very close to the high street and a short walk from the pier and seaside. One of the property’s owners is an interior designed and therefore the apartment has been furnished and equipped to provide a luxurious experience for couples.


Bring your dog on holiday!

We love spending time in Suffolk with our dogs and we’re confident your pets will love the county too. Best of Suffolk has over 20 dog friendly cottages within the Southwold town area alone, plus more in the surrounding areas.

Southwold is very dog friendly, with the availability of beach walks and pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops that welcome dogs.


4 Dunwich Road is perfect for style-conscious guests looking for cottages in Southwold with genuine boutique standards. Owned by a fashion industry professional, the property showcases her sense of style, with designs and imagery from the rock and roll heydays. This stunning dog-friendly accommodation has views of the Suffolk coast combined with a central location, so all of the town’s amenities are just a short walk away.

With 3 bedrooms, the cottage can accommodate up to 5 people and has views of Southwold Pier and the Lighthouse.


The Bridge House is a great choice if you need a little more space for family and friends. Sleeping up to 7, this original house has a bridge to the front door and second entrance with parking for 2 cars – a rarity in Southwold! The house is just 300 metres from the sea and set in one of the town’s most popular streets. The open plan ground floor opens up to the garden in the summer months and in the colder months, there’s an open fire to cosy up in front of.


Walton House is a fantastic spacious apartment, occupying the first and second floors of a house, but with the added bonus of a ground floor conservatory and courtyard garden. The property is set within one of the best locations within Southwold and just steps away from both the thriving town centre and the sandy beach. With 4 bedrooms, kitchen and dining room, large living room and tv room, Walton House can easily accommodate up to 8 guests, plus the family dog.


We also have Southwold cottages with a number of other facilities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Wi-fi
  • Ground floor bedroom and bathroom
  • Low occupancy discount


Whether you’re looking for short break or long stay in Southwold, then a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage is perfect for you and your friends or family.


How to get to Southwold

The seaside town of Southwold is just off the A12 and easily accessible from most major towns and cities.

By Bus:

There are local bus services from Lowestoft and the surrounding areas, including Beccles, Halesworth, Bungay and Norwich.

For timetables and further information go to

By Train:

The nearest rail stations are located at Darsham and Halesworth, which provide connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Lowestoft, Cambridge and London Liverpool Street.

Greater Anglia operates frequent train services across The Suffolk Coast, more information and tickets are available at

The Best of Suffolk team are all local to Suffolk, so if you need a advice on where to go and things to do in Southwold and the surrounding areas, let us know! We can advise on places to eat and drink, fun activities for the whole family and even where your dog is welcome.

If you’re looking for short stay or longer Suffolk holiday to explore this beautiful county, then a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage is perfect for you.

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