Set on the beautiful Suffolk Coast, Orford is an attractive fishing village that boasts a world-class nature reserve, intriguing historical sites, and charming seaside holiday cottages.
Orford cottages provide a large variety of dog-friendly and luxurious accommodations. We offer a wide range of unique and interesting holiday cottages to suit every preference and need. We’ve got you covered whether you want a large garden for the children to run around in, a bubbling hot tub for absolute relaxation, or stunning views of the sea to enjoy while you unwind.
Orford Castle and the iconic Orford Lighthouse are situated right on the seaside and can be accessed by boat across the tranquil water of the River Alde. If you’re seeking a charming respite on some of England’s finest safeguarded heritage coastland, you should look no further than an Orford holiday cottage. In addition, Orford plays host to a popular flower show and some fantastic English pubs.
Find Your Perfect Orford Holiday Cottage
This charming Suffolk holiday cottage, right across from Orford castle and just a short walk from the Alde estuary, is a great place to stay for a holiday.
There is ample room for three visitors in this comfortable, stylish red brick house. The sitting room has a wood-burning stove, the kitchen is well supplied, and the contemporary shower room gives you all the space you need.
It’s the perfect cottage for a self-catered break in the popular coastal village of Orford, where you can dine alfresco and relax in the lovely enclosed garden with your furry friend, as this holiday cottage is pet-friendly. Excellent local food, pubs, and riverside pubs are what make this historical seaside fishing spot so popular.
There are some excellent cycling and walking routes and trails in the region, in addition to the lovely coastal town of Aldeburgh, which is only a short drive away. It’s a quintessential seaside town on the Suffolk coast with stylish shops, delicatessens, cafes, and promenades.
Pump Cottage offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, sleeps two, and welcomes one family pet.
The Little House
Do you wish for a unique, luxurious getaway in one of the quieter, more secluded cottages in Orford? Do you want to escape from the hectic urban life? If so, we recommend The Little House.
This delightful self-catering cottage is a newly built tiny house that replicates the charming and lively spirit of the tiny house movement. Combining elements of the famed Scandinavian design with a personal touch, The Little House provides an immersive and engaging environment that stimulates the imagination and generates warmth.
The Little House’s matchboard and panelled walls help create a spacious yet cosy atmosphere. The open-plan living area of this secluded cottage is unified by a central fireplace and includes a kitchenette, sitting, and dining areas. In addition to natural textures, the flooring and rugs provide a homey environment.
The peaceful and private location of The Little House guarantees a true break away from everyday life where guests can enjoy bird-watching, walking to the Orford quay, and simply taking in the awe-inspiring surroundings.
The Little House offers one bedroom, one bathroom, sleeps two, and does not allow pets.
Wing Cottage is the ideal place to stay when visiting Orford, where you can walk to the pub, shop, Orford castle, the village’s bakery, and the lovely Orford beach with little effort as this lovely Orford holiday cottage is set just outside the market square.
Wing cottage is one of the best self-catering family holiday rentals in Suffolk, situated behind a high brick wall and providing sea and estuary views as well as a castle at the bottom of the garden.
Wing Cottage has been designed for comfort, using Jim Lawrence lamps and Farrow and Ball paintwork. The interiors are contemporary and stylish and can accommodate four guests comfortably.
The outside terrace contains a parasol, table and chairs and makes for the ideal spot to take a deep breath and relax. Children will also love the large enclosed garden where guests can fully experience the outdoors of this excellent holiday property.
In addition to its excellent local food and pubs, this historical seaside fishing spot is renowned for its lovely river trips on the pretty waterfront.
Wing Cottage offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, sleeps four, and does not allow pets.
There is no denying that Bailey Cottage is an excellent place to stay if you are looking for a more homely and cosy feel on your Suffolk holiday. Located in the centre of the charming coastal village of Orford, this recently renovated self-catering holiday cottage boasts lovely views of the beautifully preserved, magnificent Norman castle keep.
The cottage is furnished to an exceptionally high standard, ensuring you have everything you need for a wonderful time on the Suffolk Coast. On cold winter evenings, sit by the wood stove in the sitting room or open the stable door and enjoy the view of the castle.
The Master Bedroom has wonderful views of the castle, whether to unwind with a glass of wine and a novel or to enjoy the landscaped garden in summer. A traditional cottage stairway leads to the two bedrooms.
This property is the perfect choice for a carefree stay on the coast, with quick access to Orford quay, the wonderful castle, pubs, and numerous footpaths. The cottage has been furnished with the holidaymaker in mind and includes a landline phone for urgent and incoming calls (the signal in Orford is often weak).
Bailey Cottage offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, sleeps three, and welcomes one friendly pet to join.
The charming character of Ruffles Cottage is magnified by its scenic location in the picturesque town of Orford. This self-catering cottage is located near Market Hill and the village green.
Upon entering this little house, you’ll find a spacious entryway where you can hang up coats and put down shoes. After a long day of hiking the Suffolk coast, you can relax in the comfortable open-plan living room and dining area.
The Grade II cottage is characterised by its original fireplace, ceiling beams, and oak door with a latch. A wood burner serves as the room’s focal point, and French doors from the dining area open onto the back garden. A cloakroom is located on the ground floor.
Orford quay and Market Hill, the village’s most popular destinations, are just a few yards from Mariners Cottage, which is situated in the heart of Orford, close to Aldeburgh. Orford Castle, a 12th-century structure, stands on Market Hill, just a short walk away.
Mariners Cottage is a mid-17th century brick-built, traditional fisherman’s cottage that has been nicely renovated to accommodate up to four people for a pleasant stay. There is a small, sheltered patio at the back, which is well protected from the wind and gets plenty of sun during the summer months.
If you’re seeking a pleasant getaway in lovely surroundings where all amenities are accessible, this is the place for you. Mariners Cottage offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, sleeps four, and does not allow pets.
Scapa Lodge, a well-designed and well-appointed self-catering cottage for two people, is situated on the edge of Tunstall Forest, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Barn has been beautifully refurbished and extended to create a warm, cosy, and well-insulated holiday home. The Lodge is the perfect holiday home for a couple seeking quiet surroundings, which boasts a vibrant, stylish interior.
This rural retreat sits in the ideal location for nature enthusiasts. Standing outside the patio door on a clear night, you can admire the stars and planets at Scapa Lodge, where light pollution is minimal.
The house has been designed to provide open-plan living areas with a well-equipped and spacious kitchen, an apex ceiling with lovely skylights, and a comfortable sitting area. French doors in the sitting area lead to a private patio boasting views across the garden.
Scapa Lodge offers one bedroom, one bathroom, sleeps two, and does not allow pets.
This Grade II listed timber-framed cottage, on Orford village green, halfway between the quay and Orford’s interesting Norman church, has been beautifully renovated to accommodate up to four people for a pleasant stay. The kitchen is delightful and thoroughly up to date, and yet the whole house retains its welcoming, rustic feel. It would be perfect for a getaway to the Suffolk coast, no matter the season.
The cottage is located near the estuary, providing everything needed for a wonderful family or group vacation. The log burner and central heating provide comfort throughout the year, while the large terrace with tables and chairs and the charming fenced garden provide enjoyment for summer visitors. There even is a summer house where you may keep your bikes.
Lismore Cottage has an inviting sitting area with oak floors, a wood-burning stove, wifi, a Smart TV, and a wide variety of books and games.
The kitchen, utility room equipped with laundry facilities, and lavishly appointed bathroom all boast a contemporary design. There is a king-sized bed in the luxurious upstairs double bedroom in addition to a large and beautiful walk-in shower.
Lismore Cottage offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, sleeps four, and allows two pets to join your Suffolk holiday.
The Old Rectory Cottage
Orford’s charming Old Rectory Cottage is located on the picturesque grounds of The Old Rectory, ideally suited to discover the pretty village of Orford and the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
Those seeking a picturesque place to relax will not be disappointed when arriving at this charming property with the Alde and Ore rivers just a 10-minute walk away. Old Rectory Cottage is a peaceful cottage with its own private and secluded garden.
This is one of the best cottages in Orford for a small family of four to discover all the beautiful villages set on the Suffolk coast. History buffs will be pleased to find the mesmerising views of Orford Castle on the skyline. Just across the river, you’ll find the biggest vegetated shingle spit on the continent, Orford Ness National Trust Nature Reserve.
Things To Do in Orford
Orford Ness, part of the Orford Ness Nature Reserve, is a seven-mile-long sand and shingle spit that extends from Orfordness to the north of Aldeburgh. Be sure to visit Orford Castle to get a better look at its unique geographical features if you are interested in seeing the reserve from a new perspective.
The structure at Orford Castle has been standing since the eleventh century, but the one currently standing was built for King Henry II in the twelfth century and is still in remarkable condition. A visit to English Heritage is a wonderful experience, where you can explore its turrets, corridors, and grounds.
Despite the fact that Orford Ness is one of the UK’s only Atomic Weapons Research Establishments, it has been inactive for years, so explosions are no longer a risk.
There are currently no other testing sites of this kind that are open to the public in Britain, and the two pagoda test lands feature impressive concrete pagoda structures. Due to the presence of detonator materials, an explosion was very likely, and therefore concrete pagoda structures were required. Orford is a wonderful destination if you are fascinated by mystery and history. This famous landmark is well worth a visit.
Food & Drink
There are many unique restaurants in Orford that serve different delicacies every day, making it a food and drink paradise. The Lady Florence is a one-of-a-kind dining experience, perfect for those seeking something unique. While enjoying magnificent views of the Orford coast, you can dine on breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Pinney’s of Orford is famous locally for its smoked salmon and seafood dishes, and the property owner also owns the Butley Orford Oysterage restaurant and a local shop. You can dine there or shop at the store to try their extensive selection of smoked fish. Pump Street Bakery has a range of chocolate, sandwiches, sausage rolls, and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Orford plays host to a myriad of excellent pubs serving delicious food, including the Kings Head, The Crown and Castle, and the Jolly Sailor, all set in a wonderful position close to all the local amenities you may need.
Woodbridge is a charming riverside market town less than half an hour away from Orford and boasts its own range of wonderful holiday cottages for a Suffolk holiday.
A very short distance away, you can stroll the golden sand of Thorpeness beach, which is a great alternative to Orford beach if you bring your four-legged friend with you on your Suffolk holiday, as Orford enforces seasonal dog restrictions. Thorpeness beach welcomes dogs right throughout the year. Fortunately, there are many cottages in Orford that also welcome pets to join the Orford holiday.
All you want out of a holiday can be found in Orford, where you can experience local history and culture, fine food, beautiful scenery, and everything else that Suffolk has to offer.