Tried and Tested: Apostle Cottage, Southwold

Welcome to the latest edition of the Best of Suffolk ‘Tried and Tested’ blog series, featuring Apostle Cottage Southwold.

We try out our properties with our families and friends to provide first-hand experience of our stays.  From the property itself to the local area, things to do and places to eat – we ‘try and test’ it all.  After all, there’s nothing better than a personal recommendation, especially when it comes to something as important as a holiday!

In this edition, Tim (our Director or Operations), his wife Laura, son Olly and daughter Lily tried out Apostle Cottage in Southwold in August.

Apostle Cottage, Southwold

Renovated and furnished to a high standard, Apostle Cottage is in a great location, a short walk from Southwold’s sandy beach, fun filled pier and the bustling high street.  Comfortably sleeping five guests with a lovely kitchen/dining room, cosy living room with open fire and courtyard garden for balmy evenings, Apostle Cottage is ideal for a seaside holiday or short break with friends and family.  Find out Tim how and his family spent their long weekend in Southwold over the summer.


Apostle Cottage Southwold

Location, Location, Location!

When it comes to picking a holiday home in Southwold, one of the key things to consider is location.  Apostle Cottage could not be better placed for a long weekend or week-long break in this traditional Suffolk seaside town.  The children loved being so close to the play area at Tibby’s Green.  It’s so handy for shops and restaurants as well as days spent on the beach.  I liked being able to get up, go for a run on through the town to the beach and prom all from the front door!

Apostle Cottage Batholomew Green

Tucked away on Bartholomew Green, this gorgeous period property sits comfortably next to St Edmunds Church.  I was worried the church bells might wake us up in the morning, but the quiet location and plenty of Suffolk fresh air soon meant we were sleeping soundly!

The location inspires you to get out there and enjoy all that Southwold has to offer.  We could nip out and get fresh croissants, bread and coffee from one of the bakeries every morning.

Apostle Cottage Bartholomew Green

First Impressions

We were eager and excited to get to Apostle Cottage for our long weekend.  After a challenging year, this was our first holiday in 2020 and we were so keen for a change of scenery.  Who could wish for a more picturesque scenery than Southwold?!  We checked in at 5pm, an hour later than normal to allow for the additional cleaning measures.  After we got our keys from the key safe we had a very excited look around.  The property was absolutely spotless!  As standard with Best of Suffolk, we had a welcome bottle of wine on our arrival as well as some yummy biscuits.  Apostle Cottage gets the thumbs up from Lily!

Apostle Cottage Front Door


The Lord Nelson

After we had unpacked, and nipped to the local shops to stock up on a few essentials, it was time for a well-earned drink.  We had a number of pubs to chose from, all serving drinks to take away and enjoy whilst employing social distancing.  We had our pick of the beach, one of the many greens in Southwold or a bench or the prom from which to enjoy our refreshments.  We picked The Lord Nelson for our welcome tipple, who were dispensing drinks from their serving hatch.

Apostle Cottage Lord Nelson

After collecting our drinks, we found a sunny spot on South Green. The open space, fresh air and sea views were so very welcome!  The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and safe.  There were plenty of families all trying to do exactly as we were, and enjoy a traditional family holiday by the sea.

Apostle cottage South Green Drinks

Exploring Southwold

After our drink, we took full advantage of being so centrally located at Apostle cottage and took a walk around the quintessential seaside town.  The children were absolutely buzzing at the sight of the sea, the lighthouse, pier and of course the cannons!

Apostle Cottage Cannons

Before we knew it, the sun had set on our first day.  And what a beautiful sunset it was!

Apostle Cottage Southwold sunset

A Family Breakfast

The well-equipped kitchen and dining room at Apostle Cottage were perfect for family breakfasts.  We sat and discussed the day ahead with plenty of space for the whole family.

Apostle Cottage Dining Room

Sea Swimming!

We were completely lucky to have the most glorious sunny weather during our stay in Southwold at Apostle Cottage over the summer.  Being so ideally located, we decided to brave the North Sea, and head out for a sea swim!

Apostle Cottage Southwold Sea Swimming

What an incredible experience!  The ideal location of Apostle Cottage meant we could get back to our gorgeous holiday home within a few minutes walk.  The  downstairs shower room by the back door proved very useful with two sandy children!

Southwold Pier

In the afternoon we made arrangements to meet with friends and enjoy Southwold Pier.  The whacky amusements and crazy mirrors proved to be a huge hit with the children!

Apostle Cottage Southwold Pier

Southwold truly is a family friendly destination, and Apostle Cottage more than catered for our needs during our family holiday.

Crabbing in Walberswick

We decided on our last full day at Apostle Cottage to venture over to Walberswick to take part in a bit of crabbing!  Walberswick can be reached easily by foot from Southwold, crossing over Bailey’s foot bridge than passes between Southwold and Walberswick harbours.  You can of course also catch the Walberswick Foot Ferry, for a small fee.

Apostle Cottage Crabbing Walberswick

Board Game Fun!

It would not be a classic family holiday without some board games.  After we got back for our adventures in Walberswick, the children made full use of the cosy sitting room in Apostle Cottage to play.  Our family holiday was lucky enough to be in the summer and we had glorious weather.  The welcoming sitting room would be wonderful on cooler, wetter days with the open fire and very comfortable sofas.

Apostle Cottage Living Room Board Games

If I Had More Time, I Would…

Take a tour of the Adnams Brewery

Being within staggering distance makes a tour of the brewery, and tasting of delicious samples afterwards, a very tempting option!  You can chose from a tour of the brewery or gin and whiskey distillery.

Apostle Cottage Adnams Brewery

Get to the top of Southwold Lighthouse

Only open on very selected days, Southwold lighthouse is a must-see attraction in Southwold.  The view from the top truly is spectacular!

Southwold Lighthouse

The Verdict: Apostle Cottage

Apostle Cottage made for a very well located family holiday to Southwold.  If you’re looking to enjoy all that Southwold has to offer, look no further.  Ideal for the beach, bustling High Street and park, every box is ticked at Apostle Cottage.  Why not take a look at availability, and secure your break to Southwold today?