The Loveliest Holiday Cottages On The Suffolk Coast For 2023
With its quaint seaside towns transporting you back to the days of yesteryear and a wealth of beautiful holiday cottages on the Suffolk Coast, Suffolk is just the perfect destination for a UK beach holiday.
There’s so much to love about Suffolk.
One of the biggest draws of visitors to Suffolk is the completely unspoiled Suffolk coastline, most of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read all about the best beaches in Suffolk here.
There is also a fabulous choice of pubs on the Suffolk Coast that are ideal for foodies. There are award winning vineyards in Suffolk. There are historical sites such as Framlingham Castle which is among the top castles in the country.
There really is so much to see and do in Suffolk. I think you’d be hard pressed to find something not to love about Suffolk!
You can reach Suffolk on a day trip from London but we highly recommend spending some more time here. It is a fabulous UK staycation destination for families with lots of family-friendly things to do in Suffolk.
The small towns and villages along the Suffolk Coast are where you will find some of the best holiday accommodation in Suffolk.
We have focused on Dunwich, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Walberswick in this guide. They all offer something different and aren’t a million miles away from each other so wherever you are based, you can easily explore more of Suffolk.
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These are the best holiday cottages on the Suffolk Coast
These Suffolk coast holiday cottages are all located in our favourite places to stay on the Suffolk coast.
All of these holiday cottages on the Suffolk Coast are available on Plum Guide, Plum Guide is like Airbnb but the difference being that they only hand select the best properties to feature on their site. The quality of the properties they offer is superb.
Before visiting Suffolk, you might want to grab a copy of the Rough Guide to Suffolk & Norfolk which is the most comprehensive and up to date guide out there. We also love this Suffolk pub walks guide.
Visiting Dunwich these days, it is hard to believe that it was once one of the most important cities in England and a thriving port. A series of storms in the 13th century all but destroyed Dunwich and today there is just a handful of houses, a pub and museum telling the fascinating story Dunwich.
With Dunwich being such a small village, everything is within easy walking distance.
See below for the holiday cottages in Dunwich that we recommend.
Slowly Drifting has beautiful panoramic views of Dingle Marshes. It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps up to 8. There is lots of outdoor space for kids to enjoy and the holiday home is a short walk to the nearest pub.
If Slowly Drifting is not available, there is also Coastguard which is a lovely rustic cottage with period features. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps up to 5. There is a small, enclosed garden.
Walberswick is really too quaint for words with its little village green lined with impossibly cute cottages. Once home to the World Crabbing competition, it’s also a fabulous destination for trying out some crabbing.
More info on Walberswick: See our guide on things to do in Walberswick.
See below for the holiday cottages in Walberswick that we recommend.
If you’re looking for holiday accommodation in Suffolk with a pool, Bounce House is the perfect choice. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps up to 4. As well we the lovely outdoor pool, it has a sunken trampoline and a hammock in the garden.
Monochrome Dreams is a fabulously stylish house clad in black timber in the style of the traditional Walberswick fishermen’s huts that you’ll find just a short stroll away on the beach. It has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and sleeps up to 10. There is also a large patio area and garden with lawn games and views out to sea.
Coast & Anchor
If you’re looking for a accommodation in Walberswick for a large family or a group accommodation in Walberswick, the absolutely gorgeous Coast & Anchor has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 10.
It has a huge open plan area downstairs which is perfect for large gatherings and is less than 300m to the beach.
This is one of the loveliest Suffolk coastal cottages we’ve seen.
Aldeburgh has been the perfect seaside escape since Victorian times and it has maintained much of its original charm. It is one of the nicest beaches close to London.
You can come by train from London on a day trip but it is most definitely enjoyed at a slower pace over a weekend or longer.
More info on Aldeburgh: See our guide on things to do in Aldeburgh.
Whilst there aren’t many hotels here, there are lots of lovely holiday rentals in Aldeburgh. See below for the holiday cottages in Aldeburgh that we recommend.
Can you really come to the beach and not have sea views? Rest Assured is a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom property sleeping up to 6.
The property oozes Suffolk Coast holiday rental charm with its whitewashed walls. It is the perfect holiday accommodation in Aldeburgh if you’re looking for Suffolk cottages by the sea.
With 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeping up to 14, Whale Song is the perfect house if you’re looking for large holiday homes in Aldeburgh.
It’s a short stroll down to the quaint High Street (less than 100m to Aldeburgh Fish & Chips) and you’re practically onto the beach.
Southwold often ranks among the best beaches in the UK – (although mostly for its quaint seaside charm rather than for the beach itself).
The relatively small town with a predominantly shingle beach boasts a pier, a lighthouse, rows of colourful beach huts and, of course, Adnams Brewery.
More info on Southwold: See our guide on things to do in Southwold.
See below for the holiday cottages in Southwold that we recommend.
Bird’s Foot is an absolutely stunning Southwold holiday rental is located just a short walk from the centre of town and a quick stroll to the beach.
It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps up to 8. It has an enormous garden and beautiful views over the marshes towards the sea.
Sea and Salt
If you’re looking for large group accommodation in Southwold, you should check out Sea and Salt. It has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and sleeps up to 14.
It has large indoor and outdoor dining areas and is the perfect place for entertaining. It is located right on the sea front close to the lighthouse and has beautiful views out to sea.
Thorpeness is the ultimate family holiday destination in Suffolk. It is a purpose built holiday village dating back to the beginning of the cenury with a Peter Pan themed boating lake at its centre.
It is also home to the famous and quirky accommodation in Suffolk, The House in the Clouds.
More info on Thorpeness: See our guide on things to do in Thorpeness.
Where to eat: The Dolphin.
See below the holiday cottages in Thorpeness that we recommend.
The Bay is one of the lovely, traditional black and white Mock Tudor houses that make Thorpeness such a charming holiday destination in Suffolk. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 10.
Topsail is another lovely holiday cottage right on the beach front in Thorpeness. It has 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps up to 4. It has a courtyard garden which is ideal for drinks in the summer.
We hope you love this selection of holiday cottages on the Suffolk Coast as much as we do and that you find something suitable for your next holiday on the Suffolk Coast!