Holiday Cottages in Suffolk

Suffolk surprised us. We came for Anglo-Saxon treasures and Norman castles, but we were seduced by the peace and the oodles of beautiful little lanes for riding tandem. Add spanking fresh vegetables, immaculately tasty fish and very friendly people and we had a holiday that's stayed with us for a long time.

And something else that stayed with us: the sadness of seeing villages and their hundreds of years of history disappear into the sea, churches with unusual round towers, with spires reaching valiantly into the sky, too big for the tiny villages they serve, and water towers that look as if they're art.

As for places to stay: holiday cottages in Suffolk are almost in a league of their own. I cannot think of another county where so many old buildings have been so lovingly restored. So whether you're looking for a tiny characterful hideaway for two or a large Victorian town house for 10, Suffolk will not disappoint.

Here's a small taster of what historical marvels you could be staying in...




Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: The Cottage, Dunwich | cottages.com

The Cottage
Dunwich
Sleeps 6


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Kiers Cottage, Beccles | cottages.com

Kiers Cottage
Beccles
Sleeps 6-8


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Poppy Cottage, Lavenham | cottages.com

Poppy Cottage
Lavenham
Sleeps 4-6


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Bread Oven Cottage, West Row | cottages.com

Bread Oven Cottage
West Row
Sleeps 2


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Field Mouse Cottage in Linstead Parva | cottages.com

Field Mouse Cottage
Linstead Parva
Sleeps 2


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Swallows Nest, Icketshall St. Margaret | cottages.com

Swallows Nest
Icketshall St. Margaret
Sleeps 2


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: The Smoke House,Culford | cottages.com

The Smoke House
Bury St. Edmunds
Sleeps 4


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Brockford Railway Sidings, Brockford | cottages.com

Brockford Railway Sidings
Brockford
Sleeps 4


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: The Old House, Potash Farm, Mellis | cottages.com

The Old House
Mellis
Sleeps 7


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Burnt House Cottage, Darnsden| cottages.com

Burnt House Cottage
Darnsden
Sleeps 8


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: St. Michael's House, South Elmham | sykescottages.co.uk

St. Michael's House
South Elmham
Sleeps 9


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Faith Cottage, Bradfield St. George | sykescottages.co.uk

Faith Cottage
Bradfield St. George
Sleeps 6


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: The Byre, Brent Eleigh | sykescottages.co.uk

The Byre
Brent Eleigh
Sleeps 6


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Old High Hall, Bury St. Edmunds | cottages.com

Old High Hall
Bury St. Edmunds
Sleeps 10


Holiday Cottages in Suffolk: Old Hall Farmhouse, Halesworth| cottages.com

Old Hall Farmhouse
Halesworth
Sleeps 9


History on your Doorstep

You've picked your favourite from the many holiday cottages in Suffolk, you're all set to spend a relaxing week. Now for your itinerary. Suffolk is a tranquil county and a treasure trove of history to boot. Many treasures have been lost to the sea - a whole Roman town amongst them - but equally much remains and is worth exploring. Here are a few attractions that should make it onto your must-see list when you're staying in one of the many wonderful holiday cottages in Suffolk.

Bury St. Edmunds

Only one of England's kings has ever been martyred for his faith and that was Edmund, King of the Angles, who is entombed in Suffolk's only cathedral. Incidentally, St Edmund was once England's patron saint, until he was replaced by St. George in the 13th century.

Sutton Hoo

One of England's greatest Anglo-Saxon treasures can be found on the edge of the busy little town of Woodbridge: a complete boat burial, believed to be that of the East Anglian King Raedwald. The boat, of course, did not survive, but the many everyday items and the famous golden helmet make this an Anglo-Saxon treasure you simply have to go and admire.

Framlingham Castle

Following the Battle of Hastings and his coronation, William the Conqueror richly rewarded the men who had supported his bid for the English throne. Roger Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, acquired most of East Anglia. Framlingham Castle, still dominating the skyline of this friendly little market town, was one of the strongholds he built to secure the lands he was given.

Lavenham

Visiting Lavenham is like taking a trip into the past. Back to a time when Lavenham cloth was sought after in England and Europe alike, back to a time when wool merchants, fullers, dyers, spinners, weavers and cloth merchants vied for space in this town, when streets and streets of timber-framed houses were built to show off the citizens' wealth.





For other things to see and do on your holiday, check out the Suffolk page.

And if you're still looking for that perfect holiday retreat, you can find a larger selection of holiday cottages in Suffolk by clicking here.