Suffolk is home to some truly picturesque towns and villages, steeped in rich history and heritage.
Suffolk is a beautiful and varied county with holiday activities to suit the whole family. From its humble beginnings, Best of Suffolk now represents over 400 Suffolk holiday cottages to rent.
We’ve always stood by our ethos of consistently high standards and stylish properties. All new properties are assessed to ensure they reach our brand standards and will delight our guests. We have an agreed list of contents, including crisp cotton linen, oversized bath towels, flat screen TVs, travel cots and highchairs. These small touches underline our commitment to pleasing our guests and guaranteeing exceptional holiday cottages.
Best of Suffolk cottages are also regularly checked to ensure standards are maintained to a 4/5 star boutique hotel standard and that guests are consistently happy with their stay.
Suffolk holiday cottages to suit your requirements
Self-catering Suffolk cottages provide a perfect base from which to explore the local area and county. If you’re dreaming of a beach holiday and sea views, we have numerous Suffolk coastal cottages in some of the most sought after seaside towns to choose from. However, if you’d prefer a cottage in the heart of the countryside, where you can snuggle in front of an open fire, we have a wide selection of Suffolk holiday cottages with stunning views, country walks and wildlife to enjoy.
We love sharing Suffolk with our dogs and we’re sure you will too! That’s why we have over 200 dog friendly Suffolk cottages to choose from. Suffolk is very dog friendly; you’re spoilt for choice with walks on the beach or through the countryside and woodland. Many attractions, pubs, cafes and restaurants are also dog friendly; the Best of Suffolk team can provide lots of recommendations.
We also have several additional facilities available at selected properties:
If you’re looking for weekend bolt hole or a longer stay to fully explore the area, then a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage is perfect for you.
In our opinion, Suffolk is truly spectacular and offers something for all the family.
It is actually one of the driest counties in the UK, with many areas receiving less than 700mm rainfall per year. Temperatures are generally 5-10 oC in winter and 20-25 oC in summer, although in recent years temperatures have hit highs of 35 oC.
The town of Lowestoft is the most easterly point in Britain, therefore we’re also the first county to welcome the sun every morning! Suffolk cottage holidays are the best way to enjoy the county to its fullest.
Suffolk is renowned for its 50 miles of diverse coastline, much of which is undeveloped and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Southwold is one of the most well-known Suffolk towns and your typical British seaside town, complete with Victorian pier, lighthouse and beach huts, some of which we have available to rent in conjunction with our Suffolk holiday cottages.
Southwold is also home to the world famous Adnams Brewery, plus a host of restaurants, shops and award-winning fish and chip shop – an absolute must for the seaside! We have an excellent selection of Southwold cottages to rent, ranging in size from 2 to 12 occupants and with a host of other options available.
Just a 1.5 mile walk from Southwold is the lovely village of Walberswick; a tranquil secluded location, but still with shops, tea rooms, restaurants, pubs and the opportunity to buy fresh fish from huts along the harbour.
For nature lovers, RSPB Minsmere is 2,500 acres of nature reserve home to an impressive variety of birds and other species. We have cottages particularly suited to bird watching breaks, including others in nearby Sizewell and Westleton.
Suffolk History, Arts & Culture
If you’d like to experience some history during your Suffolk cottage holiday, stay in Dunwich and learn about the town which has mostly been lost to the sea. Alternatively, head down to Sutton Hoo, an awe-inspiring royal burial site close to the riverside market town of Woodbridge.
For lovers of the arts and culture, aside from a beautiful beach, Aldeburgh is home to art galleries craft and antique shops, an independent cinema and Jubilee Hall, built in 1887 and host to the annual Aldeburgh Literary Festival.
The British composer Benjamin Britten was born in Suffolk and made Aldeburgh his home. Many facets of his life can be found throughout the town. Britten also founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival, celebrating classical music and other arts at the nearby Snape Maltings. This renowned landmark also hosts multiple events and exhibitions throughout the year and has a number of unique shops and eateries. The Maltings itself sits within an area of outstanding beauty that is popular with walkers, nature lovers and bird watchers. If you’re planning to visit the Aldeburgh Festival or other events, Best of Suffolk has a range of locally situated Aldeburgh and Snape cottages sleeping anything from 2 to 24 guests, so feel free to bring a group of your favourite people!
Suffolk also has many other interesting places to visit and stay further inland. The historic Suffolk wool towns used to be some of the richest places in Great Britain. The most significant of these is Bury St Edmunds, which is well connected to London and Cambridge and dominated by a 1,000 year old Abbey and St Edmundsbury Cathedral. A cosmopolitan town, Bury hosts exceptional eateries, shops and activities for the whole family.
A short drive away is Lavenham, one of the best persevered medieval towns you’ll probably ever find. The town has over 300 listed buildings and historic timber-framed grand houses such as De Vere House, featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There are also a number of other wool towns to explore, including Long Melford, Sudbury, Ipswich, Hadleigh and the small town of Clare, which hosts a country park, Augustinian Priory and Clare Castle, dating back to the time of William the Conqueror.
This is just a taster of what Suffolk has to offer. If you’d like further advice or information on Suffolk cottage holidays, please contact the Best of Suffolk team. We’re all local and know where to go for the best food and drink, the activities your children might enjoy, things that might suit older guests and all the places that your dog is welcome to join you.
How to get here
Only 2 hours from London, Suffolk is very accessible by road, the main routes being the A12, A14, A11 and A140. There are numerous more scenic routes and country roads to explore too.
Regular train services run from London and the Midlands and ferries arrive and depart from Harwich International Port to Europe. The nearest airports are London Stansted and Norwich.