Self-catering is a great way to enjoy the comforts of home and have the privacy of your own front door while lodging in a new location. For a family or large group, self-catering can be a great value option, too, so you can spend the money you’ve saved in our fantastic Suffolk Restaurants or on enjoying more of Suffolk’s Attractions! We’ve got lots of self-catering options on offer in Suffolk, from campsites to grand mansions and everything between, so here’s a selection to whet your taste buds…
White Sheep Cottage in Peasenhall is part of a gorgeous and immaculately restored Suffolk longhouse dating from 1560, with beautiful and extensive gardens. It features two king ensuite bedrooms and one twin plus a huge eat-in kitchen with an inglenook and big outdoor spaces with lots of eating, relaxing and playing areas making it perfect for family getaways. Peasenhall, a charming village near the Heritage Coast and near the English countryside where pubs, villages, and excellent walking and biking are all close by, is where you’ll find us.
Primrose Cottage in Kersey is an award-winning delightful one-bedroom cottage that has been renovated to a high standard. The well-equipped kitchen, cosy lounge with wood burner, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with standalone roll top bath and large walk-in shower and underfloor heating and small sunny courtyard garden make it the perfect place for a romantic retreat at any time of the year. There is also off-road parking. Kersey is a beautiful village with a local pub and is a perfect base for visiting Hadleigh, Lavenham, Cavendish and Clare.
Kings Forest Holidays, West Stow offer two superior Holiday Homes which sleep from 3-4 people, and both are well equipped and tastefully furnished to a high standard and within a few steps of the gate into the forest. The beauty of the landscape is accessible for all to enjoy, as well as the picturesque tree-lined avenue that winds down to the pub. Hikers, dog walkers, and nature enthusiasts will all appreciate the Fallow Deer grazing in the horse fields and forest that lie below. Horse holidays and ‘park and ride’ are also available, allowing owners to enjoy miles of scenic riding of all types.
For a relaxing rural retreat, Potton Hall in Westleton offers two recently renovated holiday cottages consisting of two double/twin bedrooms, each with a large lounge (including a double sofa bed), kitchenette and shower room. There is a laundry on-site, and each cottage has its own garden area with an outside table and chairs together with a BBQ. The cottages are situated in 10 acres of gardens and grounds within thousands of hectares surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside. Guests are also welcome to use the onsite health spa facilities, including a swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The properties are not suitable for pets or children.
Stay at one of the luxury farm cottages or shepherd huts at Boundary Farm to unwind in charming rural settings. Situated close to the historic town of Framlingham and the scenic Suffolk Heritage Coast, these properties are perfect for families, couples, and groups of friends alike. White House Farm, Badingham offers one, two, and four-bedroom Victorian Farmhouses, as well as two-bedroom Shepherd Huts on secluded meadow vistas or Willow Cottage, a converted brick farmhouse on a traditional Suffolk farm pond. The Cart Lodge has the added bonus of being suitable for disabled people. The cottage is accessible to people using wheelchairs as it has a large wheel-in shower room, shallow steps to the back patio, and an entrance ramp. To find out more, visit Boundary Farm Cottages.
Between Saxmundham and Woodbridge, Water Meadow Cottage in Benhall is a homely cottage in a beautiful setting where you can enjoy a really relaxing break. This pretty cottage is Grade II listed with a newer extension offering family-sized accommodation. Two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom are on offer, plus a large kitchen and large cosy living room with wood & coal burning stove. Surrounded by fields, the cottage is ideal for a family with children and for nature lovers. You may well glimpse the beautiful white barn owl around the water meadow at the bottom of the garden, where you will also see some beautiful Suffolk horses. If this sounds like the place for you, you can find out more by clicking on the link above.
Potash Barns is located just 20 minutes from the Suffolk Heritage Coast, so if you want a day out at the beach but also live in the country, this could be the place for you. Offering three unique, 4-star rated self-catering holiday barns in a tastefully converted Grade II listed farm building, the Barns can be booked individually for self-catering holidays or combined for larger groups. Families with children, dogs, small parties and larger groups are all welcome.
Some absolutely lovely self-catering options in Suffolk come from Windmill Lodges, Saxstead. A collection of luxurious log cabins located in a former strawberry field can be hired for your break – perfect for large groups, family holidays or a romantic retreat. The cabins are set around a small lake, and each lodge features a decked veranda with patio furniture, a feature fireplace along with underfloor heating, and its own private outdoor hot tub! Many also have four poster beds. Click on the link above now for full details.
The brand new self-catering accommodation on Mollett’s Farm offers new custom-designed holiday Apartments and Cottages for 2-4 people in a fantastic location close to the Suffolk Coast. The three studio apartments are individually designed with their own patio areas, and each pays special attention to those with disabilities without compromising on style or comfort.
The cottages are arranged over two floors, each with its own front door. The twin or double bedroom plus bathroom with a shower is located on the first floor, and the ground-floor lounge has a double sofa bed and a flat-screen TV. The new kitchens are fully equipped with all the utensils, crockery and cutlery you’ll need for your stay, and each Cottage offers private outside space to relax in.
Additionally, you can find a Caravan Club Certified Location at the Farm too
Find out more – Mollett’s Farm Self Catering Accommodation
Cottages make for a perfect self-catering holiday, offering a cosy and homely environment whilst providing all of the facilities needed to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Cottages are often found in idyllic, secluded and beautiful scenic spots, and there are plenty of these in Suffolk!
Situated in the pretty village of Middleton is Mill Barn Cottage with two dog-friendly self-catering cottages that sleep 2. Both are situated on the ground floor level and have their own private garden and views over open countryside. These two converted barns are near RSPB Minsmere and the coast and retain many of the original features. Music lovers, walkers, and bird watchers, among others, would find these cottages an ideal retreat.
You may have heard of Kersey already as it was traditionally known for its potteries, but equally well known now is the Kersey ‘Splash’, where the river overflows its banks and floods the only road through the village. Cressland Holiday Cottage is a charming, 5-star gold 15th century Grade II self-catering cottage overlooking the ‘Splash`, so take your waterproofs just in case! The cottage has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people, with three bathrooms, a large sitting room with an open fire, a dining room with a log burner and a large country kitchen with a dining table. The cottage is only 100 yds from the village pub and has fantastic walks straight from the door.
Kersey is the perfect place to experience the peace and tranquillity of the Suffolk countryside, being close to the market town of Hadleigh (3 miles) and Lavenham (7 miles). The Suffolk Coast is also within a 30-minute drive. Find out more by clicking on the link above, and book your getaway now!
In Woodbridge, you will discover Thatched Farm (pictured above), which provides self-catering in two lovely cottages on the grounds of the farm. The cottages were once farm buildings that have been renovated to offer peaceful holiday accommodation in an ideal location to explore Suffolk’s Heritage Coast. There is ample parking, a laundry room on-site and free wireless internet access.
For a range of dog-friendly accommodation options, take a look at Dog Friendly Accommodation in Suffolk
Close to the Suffolk Coast, RSPB, Snape Maltings and lots of lovely towns and villages to explore nearby are Rose Farm Barns – two self-contained, 4-star self-catering cottages in a converted Victorian stable. Offering plenty of charm and character, each cottage sleeps 2, and both have high-quality furnishings & fittings. This is an excellent location to explore the Suffolk Coast and AONB.
For a full list of all cottages available for hire, please see Cottages in Suffolk
Suffolk Self Catering Agencies
If you’re looking for a wide range of choices, with the convenience of online availability checking and booking, then take a look at these self-catering agencies. Some of them are based in Suffolk and specialise in the county, and others are nationwide.
Best of Suffolk in Aldeburgh offers a wonderful range of accommodations in stylish holiday cottages along the Suffolk Coast and throughout the countryside. Please click on the links above to view their full range of cottages and for booking information.
Caravan Parks and Campsites also make for an enjoyable, family-friendly self-catering holiday in the wonderful Suffolk countryside. There is a huge selection to choose from in Suffolk, offering a range of facilities such as shower block, on-site shop, beautiful surroundings and easy access to town centres and local attractions. Caravanning and camping also make for very cost-effective holidays so take a look at our guides on Caravan Parks in Suffolk and Camping in Suffolk.
Another important reason for choosing self-catering accommodation in Suffolk is that one of the hot secrets of the county is that it is overflowing with excellent food shopping. You can buy vegetables straight from the farm and plunge deep into the cheeses, cured meats and local produce of gourmet delis, washed down with some local Adnams or Greene King beer, or even local wine. You can skip cooking altogether and just enjoy the fare of farmers’ markets or raid the counters of Suffolk’s wonderful farm shops.
Find a list of them here – Suffolk Farm Shops and Farmers’ Markets
For an up-to-date listing of events happening throughout Suffolk during your stay, please see What’s On Suffolk
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