Suffolk Cottage Holidays

The beautiful county of Suffolk is a popular holiday destination and home to some truly picturesque towns and villages. These are all steeped in rich history and heritage and perfect for short breaks or holidays. Booking a Suffolk holiday cottage couldn’t be easier with the range of self-catering Suffolk cottages that we have available. Read on to find out more!

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Self-catering Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Best of Suffolk is a family-run award winning holiday cottage lettings agency. We have grown incredibly from 6 properties in 2006 to now represent over 400. Our mission has always been to deliver 4/5 star boutique hotel standards to self-catering accommodation. All of our Suffolk cottages are consistently checked and must adhere to our brand standards. These include particulars such as crisp cotton linens, oversized bath towels and family conveniences such as travel cots and highchairs. We are always working to delight our guests and ensure that they have wonderful cottages.

Holiday cottages in Suffolk provide the perfect base from which to explore the local area and whole county. Whether you are looking to discover the famous Suffolk coast or beautiful countryside, we have a variety of properties to suit all the members of your family, including pets!

What Makes us Special

Here at Best of Suffolk, we’re proud of being a local agency. We’re a sister brand of award-winning holiday cottage agency Sykes, and all Suffolk experts. When you call us, you’ll speak directly to a friendly member of our team in our charming converted barn office in rural Suffolk.

What’s more, we really do just love Suffolk! It’s hard for us to imagine why you’d want to go anywhere else. Our team all live and breathe Suffolk, and it’s our expertise that makes us different.  We have all the best tips, from the best pubs or fish and chips to the most gorgeous dog-walks. We just want to share it with you! We’re happy to let you into all the local secrets of our gorgeous county of Suffolk.

Situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. Suffolk is the perfect family holiday destination, full of charming villages and medieval towns that draw in artists and writers. Moreover, its bounty of great produce and restaurants make it a special spot for foodies.

Suffolk cottage holidays by the seaside

Suffolk is renowned for its 50 miles of diverse coastline, much of which is undeveloped and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here at Best of Suffolk we have a number of Suffolk cottage holidays by the sea, providing sea views and easy access to sandy beaches.


Southwold is one of the best-known Suffolk towns. It is your quintessential British seaside town, complete with Victorian pier and lighthouse. With its sandy beach, beach huts lining the promenade and thriving market town atmosphere, Southwold is the perfect destination for young and old, families and couples. Here at Best of Suffolk, we even hire Southwold beach huts! So you could have a base by the sea to compliment your stay on the Suffolk coast.


Aldeburgh is another perfect location for a holiday to Suffolk. Obviously ideal because of its coastal location, Aldeburgh has far more to offer than its stunning beach and sea views! From art galleries, craft and antique shops, an independent cinema, the Jubilee Hall and host to the annual Aldeburgh Literary Festival, what more could you want?!

Moreover, Aldeburgh is a foodie paradise; home to reputably the best fish and chip shop in the country, as well as an award-winning delicatessen! Check out our Aldeburgh area guide for more, as well as our impressive collection of holiday cottages in Aldeburgh.

The lesser-known coastal locations are equally beautiful, with an undiscovered charm.


Stay at one of our holiday cottages in Orford and explore this enchanting village. Orford possesses an unexpected bounty of foodie delights and a depth of folklore surrounds its unique castle. When the weather permits, find endless enjoyment crabbing in this tiny fishing village.


Created as a private fantasy holiday village, Thorpeness retains its fairy-tale charm. Dominated now by a Peter-Pan-inspired boating lake and the quirky ‘house-in-the-Clouds’, as well as a heathland Golf course and Country Club, Thorpeness is the perfect holiday retreat. Choose to stay in one of our holiday cottages in Thorpeness to best experience this wonderfully wacky location.

Market Towns

Bury St. Edmunds

The picture-perfect Bury St. Edmunds is another gorgeous place to book your holiday cottage in Suffolk. Once home to one of the most powerful monasteries in medieval Europe, Bury St Edmunds has some extraordinary architecture. This includes St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the flower-filled Abbey Gardens. As well as fascinating history, Bury also offers award-winning restaurants and fantastic shopping.


Another jewel in Suffolk’s crown is Woodbridge. This riverside market town is brimming with character and history. With a choice between browsing the excellent boutique shops or enjoying a walk along the footpath by the river Deben how could you say no to a holiday in Woodbridge!


Although most famous for being Ed Sheeran’s childhood home, a holiday in Framlingham promises much more to be discovered. Explore the gorgeous Tudor castle and admire the stunning views, seeing if you can spot any birds over the 13.8ha mere. Moreover, head to the market square on a Tuesday or Saturday, when it is transformed with independent local traders. Ready to explore? Check out our holiday cottages in Framlingham.

Rural Delights

Although famous for its beaches, the countryside in Suffolk has its own kind of magic. A holiday in rural Suffolk promises serenity. Head to the woods or heath for a walk, stopping at one the fabulous pubs Suffolk has to offer. Alternatively, simply enjoy some time to yourself reading with the soundtrack of birdsong in the background. If it’s peace and relaxation you’re after, our holiday cottages in the countryside have all you need.

Activities For All


Suffolk offers activities to suit everyone. Our Suffolk cottage holidays are perfect for nature lovers, where you can birdwatch in the gorgeous gardens of some of the properties. Suffolk also offers RSPB Minsmere – 2,500 acres of nature reserve. Choose to wander among the wetlands and woods and potter along the beach at Minsmere. In addition, members of our loyalty scheme can actually enjoy a discount to Minsmere.


Avid golfers will find our cottages the perfect place to base themselves, whether looking for a quick round of 9-holes or a competition in Aldeburgh.


There is also much to do for historians, with two twelfth-century castles in Orford and Framlingham, as well as the Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge.

Furthermore, while Suffolk is well known for having gorgeous coastal areas, it is also the location of pretty and picturesque wool towns. These include Lavenham – ‘England’s Best-Preserved Medieval Village’- as well as Clare and Long Melford. Choose one of our holiday cottages in this area as the perfect base to explore!


Providing inspiration for famous artists from Benjamin Britten to Ed Sheeran, Suffolk is the perfect place for music-lovers.

Founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten, Snape Maltings is one of the world’s leading centres of music.  Located close to the famous Snape Maltings concert hall, our Aldeburgh music cottages are perfect for those wanting to enjoy the outstanding concerts and festivals throughout the year. From the flagship Aldeburgh Festival – one of Europe’s top classical events – to the folk, world music and jazz of the Snape Proms, Snape Maltings is truly a place of energy and inspiration.

Every year, Latitude brings a host of people to Suffolk. With an eclectic line up that combines the worlds of music, literature, comedy, theatre, dance, and poetry, Latitude is the festival that ticks every cultural box. Not keen on camping? Stay in one of our cottages near the festival, like the gorgeous Fishpond.


There’s even more to do if you’re planning on bringing the kids! Enjoy seeing all the animals and let the youngsters play enthusiastically in the play areas at Suffolk farm attractions such as Jimmy’s Farm or Easton Farm Park. From crabbing in Walberswick, to the wacky under-the-pier show at Southwold, a stay in Suffolk is sure to make the kids happy.

A holiday at one of our cottages in Suffolk offers something for everyone, check out our blog for more activities.

Suffolk Cottage Holidays – Whatever the Weather

Since of course you will decide you want to come to Suffolk, the next question is when? Suffolk has much to offer throughout the seasons. Come rain or shine, Suffolk is the place for you!


There’s no need to go abroad when you could go to the sunny Suffolk coast! Spring and Summer provide the opportunity to make the most of the outdoors and especially the seaside and sandy beaches. Imagine a day sunbathing and making sandcastles, before heading back to your holiday cottage to make use of the BBQ in the glorious garden. Check out our Summer holiday cottages for more.

Colder Weather

When the weather isn’t at its best, Suffolk has a wonderful windswept charm and spectacular views to be enjoyed. Our cosy cottages in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside are perfect. Wrap up warm and get ready to explore. Why not try the walk along Sailor’s path or a walk in Walberswick? Then get warm and cosy by the open fire of your holiday cottage. Just remember to bring your wellies!

In addition, the Christmas lights in our picturesque market towns are a magical must-see.

For more information, click here to see some of the events that happen each month.

Suffolk Cottage Holidays to suit your tastes

If you’re looking for luxury holiday cottages in Suffolk, either as a romantic retreat or for a special occasion, we have a range of over 200 cottages to consider. Many of these can offer additional services such as housekeeping, chefs or butlers to hire, countryside pursuits and golf days.

Extra Special

If you’re looking for something extra special, we have Grade II listed country houses like Henstead Hall, with sparkling chandeliers, large sash windows, and marble fireplaces. Moreover, we have cottages in Suffolk with hot tubs, saunas, swimming pools, games rooms, gyms, and even cinemas!


Furthermore, for those of you looking for a new holiday experience, our more quirky, unique cottages could be just the thing! You might find a gorgeous shepherd’s hut in the middle of a meadow might be just the place to relax, unwind and enjoy the simple life. Or choose from other properties including barn conversions, grain store granary, and even a yurt!

Whether you like old or ultra-modern, Best of Suffolk have it all.

Everyone is Welcome


Here at Best of Suffolk, we work hard to provide Suffolk cottages to rent that are suitable for the whole family. The majority of our properties are entirely family-friendly and provide free travel cots and highchairs. Some properties can also provide additional baby/child equipment such as stair gates, steriliser, baby bath, baby monitor, children’s step, cutlery, and crockery. Please check out our family-friendly cottages, and contact us for more information.

Mobility Issues

If mobility is an issue, take a look at our properties with ground floor bedroom and bathroom. These properties all have at least one bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor but may have stairs to other parts of the property. If you need a property that is all on one level and can’t find the right one, please contact us for further assistance.


As for the family dog, we encourage you to bring them on holiday! We have over 270 dog-friendly Suffolk cottages. Furthermore, Best of Suffolk are one of the few agencies that do not charge an extra fee for your well-behaved pets to join you on holiday.

Suffolk is extremely dog-friendly, with a high proportion of pubs that welcome four-legged friends, plus miles of beaches and countryside walks to enjoy. 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!

The Best of Suffolk team are all dog lovers too; read the favourite things we do in Suffolk with our dogs here.

Not just for holidays

Business Accommodation

Heading to Suffolk for business and looking for flexible self-catering accommodation? We have a wide selection of properties near Sizewell A, Sizewell B, BT Adastral Park, Snape Maltings, The Cut in Halesworth, Leiston, Ipswich and across Suffolk.

Our Sizewell accommodation offers workers on short-term contracts at Sizewell A or Sizewell cost-effective and well-equipped accommodation for anything between 2 nights and 6 months. We can offer home-from-home freedom and privacy costing less than a B&B per night. We’ve helped several professionals stay in our properties for business purposes; one recent booking in the town of Aldeburgh agreed a rate of just £20 per person per night.

Our business properties all provide free wifi access, discounts on local eateries and leisure facilities, and the option for additional housekeeping and cleaning services.

Please view our business accommodation here, or contact us for further assistance.

Flexibility for you

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


Looking for a stylish holiday cottage in Suffolk for a larger group or extended family?  Best of Suffolk can help.  Wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays, or simply getting together as a family can mean you’re looking for a large holiday cottage. We have chic and cosy properties that sleep from 2 to over 12even 26, and everything in between.

If you see a property that you’d love to stay in, but it’s a little larger than you need, please talk to us. We offer low occupancy discounts on a number of properties and may be able to help on others that are not listed.

In addition, 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 as we can often accommodate you, or suggest other similar properties.

Don’t forget to check our last minute deals and special offers too!


Even for you last-minute planners, you can book to arrive within the next 24 hours!  Give us a call and we’ll be sure to have the ideal Suffolk holiday cottage for your stay.  We can arrange same-day arrivals with minimum fuss.

Still Planning?

Not ready to book yet? You can hold a property for 24 hours at no charge, allowing you time to confirm with all guests.

If your holiday is still in the planning phase, sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with our latest news and offers. We have a number of area guides to help your planning, or please contact the Best of Suffolk team. We are all local to Suffolk and can provide advice on where to go and what to do for the whole family.

If you’re looking Suffolk cottage holidays or business stays, then a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage is perfect for you.

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