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Ten places to stay this winter that you need to know about

If you’re planning a trip to Suffolk, there’s a wealth of amazing places you could stay. From B&Bs to self-catering, contemporary to traditional, high end chic or slumming it in style, Suffolk has something for every taste and need and is the ideal place to recharge after a long week. We unearth unique, bold, original and fun accommodation. Once you’re here, you’re never far away from total relaxation, unforgettable days out and insta-worthy places to see.
The Windmill SuffolkBond-style hideout in the Suffolk countryside: The Windmill

1. Happy Days Retro Vacations, Saxmundham

Set in the Suffolk countryside, just a mile away from Saxmundham and 5 miles from the coast, you will find Happy Days Retro Vacations; taking glamping to new levels of cool. The retro-Americana inspired site has a range of authentic vintage American Campers and Airstream trailers from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s - available for your stay (choose from Nettie, Dee-Dee, Elsie, Betsy, Peggy, Gloria and Annie). The campsite is situated on farmland and surrounded by trees, with all the facilities you might expect: toilets and family style shower rooms and hot showers.


Happy Days Retro VacationsVintage breaks with Happy Days Retro Vacations

2. The Angel, Bury St Edmunds

The iconic 18th century boutique The Angel Hotel, set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, is ideally situated for a weekend of shopping, eating and mooching about. The hotel proudly boasts that it still has in use the four-poster bed stayed in on two separate occasions by none other than Charles Dickens (ask for Room 215!).

The hotel is stunning inside and out: a large building situated in the open square of Angel Hill, its exterior attired in pink flowered window boxes, complimented by decadent and stunning ivy-clad walls. Inside, glimpse contemporary areas with designer furniture and modern art.


The Angel Hotel Bury St EdmundsOnce a coaching inn, The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds attracted the likes of literary legend, Charles Dickens

3. The Treasure Chest, Southwold

You can’t beat a bit of seaside chic for a weekend of relaxation. If you want a place to your own for the weekend, then The Treasure Chest is just for you! Available to hire, this luxurious 1-bedroom penthouse is located in the centre of the town, set within a beautiful period property, just a short walk from the beach. The apartment is finished to an exceptional standard with designer kitchen; so you can stock up on local produce and goodies at the many Delis that Southwold boasts and rustle up a feast for dinner or breakfast during your stay.



Acanthus HolidaysVisiting the Suffolk Coast, Acanthus is on hand to help

4. Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich

A feature of Ipswich’s Waterfront, Salthouse Harbour Hotel is located within a converted warehouse building. The independently owned hotel is unashamedly contemporary but still retains some of the original features of the merchant’s warehouse.
With floor to ceiling windows, copper roll top baths (many with views), Temple Spa toiletries and Bose Sound Systems, this is contemporary chic at its finest. You needn’t travel far for good food either. The hotel’s Eaterie serves an array of modern dishes; with Mersea Rock Oysters, 45 day aged 17oz Angus T-Bone steak and Gressingham Duck, all on the menu.


Salthouse Harbour Hotel in IpswichDreamy views of Ipswich waterfront from the Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

5. Five Acre Barn, Aldeburgh

Five Acre Barn is a contemporary bed and breakfast centred around a 19th century barn, offering five guest suites and set in (you've guessed it!) five acres of garden and woodland. This scandi-styled property has received deserved attention from the national press including The Guardian and The Standard among others and offers guests the ultimate rural location and chillout spot whilst still being close to the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. Should you wish to venture out, take a stroll along the beach and discover great food. Rent one of the uber-cool rooms or hire the entire complex for a weekend away with friends or family.


Five Acre Barn AldeburghRelax at Five Acre Barn on the Suffolk Coast

6. The Rutland Arms Hotel, Newmarket

Right in the heart of historic Newmarket, The Rutland Arms Hotel is a former 17th Century coaching inn harking to the town’s long and prestigious horse racing heritage. Stay in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms and take a morning stroll around the famed training grounds of Newmarket and watch the horses outside enjoying their exercises. As for food, the hotel’s very own bar & lounge, The Nell Gwynne Bar, serves award-winning local food from breakfast through till dinner.


Rutlands Hotel NewmarketExperience great heritage at the Home of Horseracing, Newmarket

7. The Windmill, Lavenham

Stay in an original 19th century windmill, with views across the Suffolk countryside, at The Windmill - the ultimate country hideaway. Just a short drive from Bury St Edmunds and the idyllic towns of Lavenham and Clare, it combines total indulgence and high-level design within a timeless iconic building originally built in 1891. The Windmill offers stunning panoramic views of the rolling landscape either from the top floor POD living space or from the 4th floor external balcony where you are likely to enjoy a beautiful evening and the absolute treat endless Suffolk skies.

The remoteness doesn’t compromise the facilities. Wi-Fi on all floors and audio inputs throughout the mill allow you to enjoy your own music wherever you are in this truly unique property.


The Windmill Lavenham in SuffolkBond-esque breaks in Suffolk

8. House in the Clouds, Thorpeness

The House in the Clouds does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a 70-foot high house which must be seen to be believed. The building has been described as “A fantasy unmatched in England” and offers self-catering stays for large parties, situated within an acre of grounds overlooking Thorpeness Mere. The village of Thorpeness is one of Suffolk’s iconic villages; it remains unspoilt since it was built in the 1920s, and was the inspiration for J.M.Barrie’s Peter Pan! You are also close to Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere or just a short drive away from the rest of the Suffolk coast.


House in the Clouds, Thorpeness'Get high' in Thorpeness at the House in the Clouds

9. West Stow Pods, near Bury St Edmunds

Recently listed as one of the top 10 glamping sites in the U.K., West Stow Pods are nestled in a woodland copse just four miles away from Bury St Edmunds. Book into a woodland lodge or Megapod and explore nearby King’s Forest, by foot, bike or horse and disconnect from a fast-paced way of life.
For something truly unique, their addition of ‘Pod Hollow’ is a winsome halfling inspired subterranean dwelling! The hollow mixes old-world (or Middle-earth!) charm and modern comforts; step through Pod Hollow’s perfectly round wooden door and you will feel like you’re entering The Shire. The self-catering home sleeps 4 (+1) so is ideal for couples and families looking for a truly memorable getaway!


Pod Hollow at West Stow PodsLive like a Hobbit at West Stow Pods deep in the Suffolk countryside

10. Pentahotel, Ipswich

For anyone looking for absolute convenience and indulgence in one stay, Pentahotel combines the two. The hotel has vibrant creative interiors offering inspiring design, artwork and furniture and a menu that spans classic, simple and cultural. Located in Ipswich town centre, it's just a short walk from the train station (with direct lines from London) and the Waterfront Marina; home to contemporary eateries, bars and Jerwood House, the home of DanceEast.

If you’re after a weekend of relaxation, then you can set up camp in the Pentalounge, or muster up a bit of energy to catch a show, concert or comedian at the Ipswich Regent. Try some of Ipswich’s award-winning restaurants, and if you’re a fan of the beautiful game, Portman Road, the home of Ipswich Town FC is also just a short distance away.

Ipswich WaterfrontStroll along Ipswich waterfront for urban-style restaurants and cafés

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