Why choose Suffolk for your English Cottage Holiday

The staycation revolution continues…

Increasingly, people are choosing to holiday in the UK, to discover the vast swathes of breathtaking coastline, historical towns and cities, and miles upon miles of inspiring landscapes and forests that are on our doorstep or a short distance away. One particular favourite of these new staycation holidaymakers is the county of Suffolk. Discovering the big blue skies and the more relaxed approach to life is very appealing.  

Front of the holiday cottage - Keep Cottage Orford Suffolk
Front of the holiday cottage – Keep Cottage Orford Suffolk


Suffolk truly offers something for the whole family. From castles to lovely towns and villages, from fabulous dining to energising sports, you will find that Suffolk takes you back 30 years to a life that is a little more laid back, where you can enjoy the fresh air, great walks and over 50 miles of heritage coastline and unspoilt award-winning beaches. These are just some of the reasons why we chose to have our beautiful holiday cottage in Orford, Suffolk.

Something for everyone

Unlike travelling abroad, there is no need to worry about finding your passports or worrying about baggage limit,  simply pack what you want and head off – Orford is just over 2 hours from Greater London and the Home Counties so just about long enough for some travel games and sweets but not too far to be a drudge.


What’s the weather like?

We need to talk about the weather, it is after all a National obsession. East Anglia is as east as you can get, which means our weather is quite changeable. Looking on the bright side East Anglia where we barely manage to reach 700mm of rain a year compared with the Lake District where they get around 2000mm. Watch out if you are out on your bike – the farmers have super hoses watering their crops – was drenched last year! We have a couple of bikes or bring your own – we have secure storage. Biking in Suffolk take a peek here.

view of Orford Castle from the holiday cottage garden
view of Orford Castle from the holiday cottage garden


A cottage with a home from home feeling

A holiday cottage gives you the freedom to truly unwind and relax, a home from home experience. There is something about being able to eat when you fancy it, grab a snack or drinks from the fridge. It’s all about chilling in a relaxed and homely place.

Keep Cottage is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, situated in Orford, it is a pretty village, with great facilities shop, bakery, pubs and restaurants and even better Orford Ness is a mere 5 minute way from the front door. Orford is famous for its castle keep, and you can get a great view of this majestic landmark from the gardens at Keep Cottage.


The cottage is very old and characterful, it has nooks and crannies and not a lot of straight walls, but the rooms are large and the interior has a spacious feel with rooms varying from cosy to bright, eclectically furnished spaces. These are spaces that offer more of themselves to you, the more time you spend in them.


There are other great benefits of using a ‘home from home’ like not having to dress for dinner unless you want to, or if you fancy it you don’t have to get dressed at all. It’s all about your choice, your schedule, what you want.

We have lovely fluffy dressing gowns perfect for mooching around all day. We also have a holistic masseuse who comes out to to the cottage, affectionately known as ‘Golden Hands’ see https://www.aldeburghmobilemassage.co.uk/.


You do not need to pack bed linen or towels – we have it covered. We have a well stocked kitchen for any wannabe cooks, there’s foil and store cupboard essentials –  all here ready and waiting so you can leave your chilli flakes at home. And obviously we have a corkscrew! And an honesty wine supply.  


If you need a little holiday cooking inspiration look here



There are a couple of bikes that you can use or bring your own – there is secure storage. Biking in Suffolk see… Cycling in Suffolk …


WIFI at the cottage is excellent.  Although the phone signal can be patchy there is lots of free wifi all over the county where you can make and receive internet calls.


Al fresco breakfast on the patio at Keep Cottage, enjoying the sunshine along with delicious pastries from The Pump Street Bakery
Al fresco breakfast on the patio at Keep Cottage, enjoying the sunshine along with delicious pastries from The Pump Street Bakery

Things to do and to see

If you are looking for something to do, you won’t be short of ideas, geographically we have a number of coastal villages with unique things to offer and are easily reached for a day out. Or if castles are your thing we are awash with them.

If you are more of a beach person Aldeburgh has a long stretch of pebble beach or go to Southwold for a sandy beach.

Sign up here for the insiders A to Z of Suffolk – we have some of the lesser known attractions.


Wellies ready for a walk?
Wellies ready for a walk?


What’s the cost?

A week at Keep Cottage starts from £595.00 in low season and during July and August will cost £1298.00 per week – the cottage sleeps 6 we have two king sized beds and a twin room.


The Wood Store for a week starts at £431.00  and during July and August is £804.00 per week and sleeps 2.


Larger families or group of friends? Why not rent them both together, they are on adjoining plots so you would have extra indoor and outdoor space.


We include bed linen, towels, cooking basics and a welcome hamper. If you stay for two weeks we include a midweek clean and change the linen.


Both Keep Cottage and the Wood Store have been furnished and maintained to an extremely high standard, the washing appliances are Miele, the range oven by Bertazzoni, we have best in class hotel standard mattresses, high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen and extra fluffy towels. We don’t put a time limit on our housekeeper, she spends the time she needs to make sure the cottage is in a perfect condition for when our guests arrive.


If you are taken by the idea of a Suffolk holiday and are interested in other places to stay here is a great review by the Travel section of the Telegraph :http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/articles/best-suffolk-cottages/   Or if you are more of a Guardian reader:



If you have any questions please pop an email over, sara@keepcottagesuffolk.co.uk



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