The Suffolk coast has so much to offer –unspoilt beaches, stunning wildlife, world class arts, picturesque villages – and as one of England’s driest sunniest counties provides the weather in which to enjoy them.
As relative newcomers ourselves, we have been busy exploring – seeking out the best walks, tastiest fish and chips, the cosiest pubs. We also keep our ear to the ground to share what is going on locally that guests might otherwise miss.
For some inspirational ideas, check out what the ‘professionals’ recommend on images and videos on www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk.
Eating Out – as well as some lovely Suffolk pubs (including our own Parrot and Punchbowl in the village and The Dolphin in Thorpeness) we suggest the Lighthouse in Aldeburgh (www.lighthouserestaurant.co.uk), Darsham nurseries (www.darshamnurseries.co.uk), Butley Oysterage (www.pinneysoforford.co.uk) and the Pumpstreet bakery (www.pumpstreetbakery.com)in Orford and last but no means least, Mains in Yoxford (www.mainsrestaurant.co.uk).
Arts – The renowned Snape Maltings is just five miles away with a classical programme throughout the year culminating with the festival in June and Proms in July. There is the Aldeburgh festival in August and the not to be missed High Tide theatre programmes in September (www.hightide.org.uk). Love Latitude, hate camping – sleep blissfully whilst everyone else are sweltering in their tents in the July heat.
Nature – Located on the edge of an area of outstanding beauty the Suffolk coast’s heath,wetlands and estuaries are brimming with wildlife – the National Trust’s – Dunwich Heath and Orford Ness are not to be missed and RSPB Minsmere – home of the BBC’s Springwatch – is only five miles away.
Beaches – seek out the quiet and unspoilt sand Covehithe, solitary Shingle Street or get out the bucket and spade and tradition seaside of Southwold
Villages – As well as the ever popular Aldeburgh and Southwold there are also some wonderful villages close by – the now much diminished Dunwich, Walberswick – the choice of many of London’s literati, Orford with its 12th century keep and picturesque streets, and of course the weird and wonderful Thorpeness with its ‘House in the Clouds’ and boating lake.
Walking – 2016/17 is Suffolk’s year of walking – find out more www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk . We have a number of guides and walking maps for guests to use
Cycling – bring your bike and cycle the winding lanes or hire one locally.
Golf – we have two superb golf courses on our doorstep – Thorpeness and Aldeburgh. We can arrange passes for guests.
Kayaking – hire canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards on the River Alde – for more see www.ikencanoe.co.uk