What holiday tribe are you? Do you and your family thrive on the simple things in life? Are you tempted by tech-free bonding time, to cycle through forests, walk along rivers or run the dogs along the beach? Or are you culture vultures who love nothing more than stepping back in time, by visiting Tudor castles, country estates, Anglo-Saxon burial sites or medieval, ‘Harry Potter’ houses?
Although just over an hour from central London, Suffolk is a haven for every type of family holiday tribe wanting to get away from it all. Boasting Blue Flag beaches and picture-postcard villages, foodie hotspots and more than its fair share of natural beauty, it’s a county that offers a much calmer pace of life for frazzled families.
Thanks to the county’s leading holiday lettings providers, we’ve cherry-picked three of the best family-friendly properties to showcase the best that Suffolk has to offer, coast and countryside. What could you be doing?
Who? Cosy Culture Vultures
Where? The Three Blackbirds, Lavenham, sleeps 6
Why? The roaring, inglenook fire takes centre stage in this historic property, situated as it is in Lavenham, the UK’s best-preserved medieval town. Home to ‘Harry Potter’s house’, wander the wonky streets and discover why the place used to be one of England’s richest wool towns. Stop for a spot of lunch in a 15th century inn, or book Mum in to the new and award-winning spa at The Swan Inn. Peruse the independent shops, art galleries and museums. Fill up on cake from a cosy tea-room before walking it off along the fields and country lanes which surround the area.
How? www.suffolkcottageholidays.com T. 01394 389189
Who? Sea-loving large-group luxury lovers
Where? South Green House, Southwold, sleeps 12
Why? Is this the best large holiday home in Southwold? Located in the most prestigious post-card in town, Grade II listed South Green House boasts fabulous Georgian exteriors, contemporary interiors and a sea-view to match. Dig sandcastles on the Blue Flag beach, wander along the pier or sip some of the UK’s best loved beers and spirits direct from Adnams brewery. If you’re feeling more active, take a high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled boat ride out into Sole Bay, or head to nearby Pleasurewood Hills for amusement park thrills. Whatever you do, don’t miss Southwold Pier’s quirky ‘Under the Pier Show’, arguably the strangest amusement arcade in the UK.
How? www.sosouthwold.co.uk T. 01502 543133
Who? Best for on-trend bargain bolt-holers
Where? Pantiles, Aldeburgh, sleeps 7
Why? Bright, colourful and contemporary, this family retreat in the heart of the coastal resort of Aldeburgh is an absolute steal. Newly renovated, kids will love coming home here after a day spent eating fish and chips, scooting along the beach-front path, flying kites or sailing mini-yachts on the miniature boating lake – 1950’s pastimes in up-to-the-minute-accommodation.
How? www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk T. 01502 722717