We may be close to the end of the summer, but there’s still plenty of time for a little staycation! If you’re looking for a getaway without a long drive, why not try one of these unique places to stay in Suffolk?
Gypsy caravan and yurts – Alde Garden, Sweffling
Need to get away from it all? Head to Alde Garden, in Sweffling (between Saxmundham and Framlingham) where you have a choice of different accommodations including yurts, a bell tent and a gypsy caravan. This tranquil retreat is so quirky and eclectic, its beautiful surroundings are perfect for chilling out and leaving the stress of life behind you. The campsite is surrounded by nature and even has an eco-friendly jungle shower. Another bonus to the location is its very close proximity to the pub, The White Horse.
Find out more about Alde Garden from Georgia’s review last year.
Martello tower – The Found, Bawdsey
This accommodation is very luxurious and perfect for a large group of people. It caters for up to 6 guests, perfect for a family stay or just a nice getaway with your friends. The Martello tower has undergone a large renovation, making it one of the most glamorous destinations. The tower in Bawdsey has three floors for guests to enjoy, fully furnished with rugs and logs for the fire. Enjoy the amazing views of the Suffolk coastline from the floor to ceiling windows.
Hobbit house and glamping pods – West Stow Pods
West Stow Pods offer a wide range of accommodation including cosy MegaPods, Lodges and the Hobbit-inspired Pod Hollow. Based a few miles from Bury St Edmunds, West Stow pods is a one of a kind glamping experience in a very breath-taking woodland. Have fun with the family in Pod Hollow, a halfling inspired subterranean dwelling or enjoy a peaceful camping experience, without the hassle of your own tents. The site is also close to the West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, a museum, playground and country park with lots to entertain the children.
Forest lodges – Forest Haven
Hire out East Gate Lodge, named after the East Gate of RAF Woodbridge. The lodge sleeps four people and has an en-suite wet room. The beds surround a central fire-pit, which sounds super cosy on a chilly winter evening. Or dine outside around the outdoor fire pit with the grill. The lodge also has its own hot tub, perfect for chilling out and watching the sun go down. This lodge has no television or Wi-Fi so this is the ideal place to reconnect with nature. There is even a range of services that promote wellbeing such as therapies, massages, fitness training and life coaching.
Luxury B&B – Five Acre Barn
Five Acre Barn is a stunning, contemporary bed and breakfast in Aldringham, close to both Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. This light and bright B&B, surrounded by nature, has king size beds with a roof light so that you can lay back and watch the beautiful Suffolk sky above you. The B&B is dog-friendly and has a relaxing atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.
Find out more about Five Acre Barn from Georgia’s review from last year.
Shepherd’s hut – The Scrumpy Shepherd, Brandeston
Head down to the quiet scenic Suffolk countryside where you will find this beautiful farm in Brandeston, near Framlingham. Stay in this Shepherd’s Hut, which is fully equipped including a comfortable double bed, a fold-out oak table, a beautiful kitchen area, an ensuite shower room and much more. You will even receive a welcome tray with some local goodies.
Airstream caravans – Happy Days Retro Vacations
Go back in time and stay in one of the 8 Airstream caravans at Happy Days Retro Vacations. The vans have such an iconic Americana style to them – it’s like something out of a movie. The sit is situated in the countryside, close to the seaside town of Aldeburgh. There’s a toilet and shower block on site, with shower rooms and hot water. Another unique thing about Happy Days is that it has it’s own Escape Rooms on site! The Suffolk Escape Room has been created from an original wartime Nissen hut and there are two games to choose from; an Area 51 experience or Air Raid challenge.
Safari tents – The Lost Garden Retreat
Hidden within the Hintlesham Hall estate, The Lost Garden Retreat is a beautiful secluded place to getaway. Each safari tent is fully equipped and able to hold up to 6 guests with a master suite, kitchen, bathroom with roll-top baths and so much more. Each safari tent has its own car parking, a fire pit with seating and a terrace with a barbeque.
Train carriages – Coppins Farm
At Coppins Farm near Sudbury, you have an opportunity to stay in one of 4 converted train carriages. This is the ideal place for anyone who has a love for history or trains. The converted train carriages are equipped with living and kitchen areas. They all have outdoor seating so you can enjoy evening meals under the stars.
Log cabins – Windmill Lodges
Located near Framlingham, enjoy a rural get-away in the Windmill Lodges log cabins. They offer relaxation in such picturesque and peaceful surroundings. These lodges are self-catering but fully equipped with all the essentials including a private hot tub, sofas, kitchens and bathrooms. The cabins surround a beautiful small lake and there is even a heated swimming pool for summer use.
Luxury barn – Retreat East
Retreat East, in Hemingstone, is a private members club which is currently opening its doors for a limited time – and it’s definitely worth exploring! The luxurious complex has ten converted barns that can be hired for your staycation. Each has been decorated in a contemporary, country style with all the mod-cons to make your stay easy and relaxing. The Farmhouse is the biggest barn and holds up to 8 people, or choose something smaller like The Nook which is a studio for 2. You can visit the communal spaces which include the stunning restaurant and dining space, bar, gym, sauna and hot tub. Everything is on site for a rejuvenating staycation.
Find out more about Retreat East from Georgia’s review earlier in the year.
There are so many unique places to stay in Suffolk. From safari tents to shepherd huts, you’ll have a great stay in our beautiful county.
About the Author: Chloe Lamb is a Fashion Communication & Promotion student and writer who focuses on fashion, lifestyle, books and mental health awareness. If she’s not writing for her blog https://chloelwrites.wordpress.com then you can find her with her nose in a book!