Dunwich Holiday Cottages

Dunwich is a wonderful place for a holiday at any time of the year, relaxed yet within easy reach of civilisation tucked between Aldeburgh and Southwold on the Suffolk Coast. We have a number of Dunwich holiday cottages that are suitable for all types of family and budget.

You would hardly believe that this small unspoilt coastal village was once the capital of East Anglia around 1500 years ago, or that it was at the centre of the wool trade through the Middle Ages. At the height of it’s popularity, Dunwich had an international port as large as London, 6 parish churches and a population of 3000. Unfortunately, during the 13th and 14th centuries, Dunwich was damaged by storm, driving the sea against the spit of land and shifting significant amounts of shingle that effectively blocked the harbour. This was followed by hundreds of years of coastal erosion meaning that most of the town is gone, leaving behind a rural idyll.

Today, Dunwich is a beautiful, peaceful village, and the area is ideal for walking, cycling and exploring straight from the front door of your Dunwich holiday cottage rental. You can walk for miles beneath the cliffs along the vast pebble beach, or if you head north, the cliffs are replaced by sand dunes and beach grass. Here there is a foothpath through heathland that takes you to the neighbouring village of Walberswick. Also locally is Dunwich Forest or Heath and RSPB Minsmere that is close by and very popular with bird watchers and wildlife lovers.

  • Pet Friendly

  • Wifi

  • Rural Location

  • Open Fire/Stove

  • Pub Nearby

  • Sea/River Views

  • Parking

  • Accessible

  • Swimming Pool

  • Sea/River Nearby

  • Hot Tub

  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets? YES

FROM £501.00per week

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets? YES

FROM £1127.00per week

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  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets? YES

FROM £1086.00per week

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The popular pub, The Ship Inn, serves delicious food and local beverages, and on Dunwich beach you’ll find Flora Tea Rooms, renowned for quality fish and chips plus a fascinating museum open from April to October. Nearby in the Westleton area you’ll find a village store, post office and The Crown, also serving local beers and excellent pub food.

All of our Dunwich holiday cottages are pet friendly, meaning that you can bring your furry friend with you! We are actually one of very few agencies that don’t charge extra for bringing pets. Dogs are welcome throughout the year to Dunwich beach and also at Dunwich Heath (with some guidelines). If you would like advice on the best places to walk and visit with your dog, please get in touch with our team.

For the history buffs amongst you, the ruins of Greyfriars, the 13th century Franciscan Friary on the outskirts of the village are worth a visit. Legend says that during certain tides, at midnight you can hear the bells of the churches lost to the sea. To this day, sailors refuse to go out to sea at this time, because they believe that the chimes foretell the arrival of another storm. Also at Greyfriars, you’ll find ‘The Last Grave’, a plaque marking the place of the last surviving gravestone from All Saints Church, which fell over the eroding cliff between 1904 and 1920. Old bones still occasionally weather out from the cliff face!

Things to do near Dunwich

There are many other places to visit within easy reach from you Dunwich holiday cottage:
Southwold is only 15 minutes’ drive and a great example of a quintessential British seaside town. Aldeburgh is approximately 20 minutes by car and very well connected to the arts. In Walberswick, you can spend a morning crabbing in the UK’s crabbing capital, then take the ferry from Walberswick to Southwold for a spot of lunch at the Sole Bay Fish Company.

Thorpeness is home to the unique ‘House in the Clouds’, a picturesque ‘meare’ (artificial lake) covering some 60,000 acres and a popular golf course. Framlingham is one of the prettiest English market towns and the magnificent 12th Century fortress, Framlingham Castle, has gained additional recent fame thanks to Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Castle on the Hill’.
If you’re a music lover, the Latitude festival is great for all the family. It is held annually around the third weekend in July and is just a 15minute drive from Dunwich.
For a slightly different musical and art experience, head to Snape Maltings – during the summer this is the home of the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts, founded by the composer Benjamin Britten. Throughout the year, Snape Maltings host other cultural events, and also has art galleries, restaurants, cafes, Food Hall and an excellent gastro pub, The Plough and Sail. In addition, you’ll find two more traditional pubs in the heart of Snape village.

Finally, the classic English fishing village of Orford has made its name as destination for foodies, establishments such as the Pump Street Bakery, Butley Orford Oysterage and the Crown and Castle. Orford Castle is also well worth a visit; built by Henry II in the 12th century, it is now owned and maintained by English Heritage and home to the Orford Museum. The village also boasts one of the most attractive churches in the UK, located just off the market square.

What to expect from your Best of Suffolk holiday cottage in Dunwich

Boutique standards

Our goal at Best of Suffolk has always been to bring boutique standards to holiday letting. This goes for all of our holiday cottage in Dunwich Suffolk too!
All new properties are assessed to ensure they reach our top-class brand standards and will satisfy our guests. We have an agreed list of contents, including crisp cotton linen, oversized bath towels, flat-screen TVs, travel cots and highchairs.
Furthermore, our luxury holiday cottages are all cleaned to the highest standard and regularly checked. Therefore, you will never know the difference between pet-friendly homes and ones that are not! These small touches underline our commitment to delighting our guests and guaranteeing exceptional holiday cottages.

Whatever suits you

Our portfolio of holiday cottages in Dunwich offers something for everyone. Looking for a romantic couples weekend? Maybe a getaway for a large group of extended family and friends? You are sure to find what you want with a Best of Suffolk luxury holiday cottage. With luxury holiday cottages accommodating from two to over 12 guests we have something for every occasion.

Further advice

We are all local to Suffolk. Therefore, we can provide advice on where to go and what to do for the whole family. Please contact the Best of Suffolk team for top-class expertise in holidays to Dunwich, Suffolk.

Flexibility for you

We want to ensure that you have a fabulous stay in Suffolk and therefore offer as much flexibility as possible.

Whatever size

Looking for a stylish holiday cottage in or near Dunwich for a larger group or extended family and all the dogs? Best of Suffolk can help. Wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays, or simply getting together as a family can mean you’re looking for a large pet-friendly holiday cottage. We have chic and cosy properties that sleep from 2 to even 26, and everything in between.
Please talk to us if you see a Dunwich property that you’d love to stay in, but it’s a little larger than you need. We offer a low occupancy discount on several properties. Furthermore, we may be able to help with others that are not listed.
Also, we can often let properties for less than 7 days. If there’s a property that interests you, but the dates online are not suitable, please contact us. We can often accommodate you or suggest other similar properties.
Don’t forget to check our last-minute deals and special offers too!


If you’re a last-minute planner, you can often book to arrive within the next 24 hours! Give us a call and we’ll be sure to have the ideal cottage in Suffolk for your stay, even with pets. We can arrange same-day arrivals with minimum fuss.
Not ready to book yet? You can hold a property for 24 hours at no charge, allowing you time to confirm with all guests.

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