From the beaches to the cornfields and back again, Suffolk is a dreamy landscape which is the perfect place for a relaxing cottage break.
In fact, Suffolk’s landscape is so beautiful that it has been immortalised in fine paintings which hang in the world’s top art galleries, thanks to local painter John Constable. Cottages with private pools near the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley look like something straight out of a Constable painting, and you will soon discover what he loved so much about this picturesque area.
This leafy, rural county is more photogenic than most, boasting sandy beaches, barge-friendly wetlands, and acres of perfectly manicured meadows. The flat, low-lying plains and coastal light are a photographer’s dream, so pack a camera and produce your own Suffolk masterpiece while you travel.
Suffolk is very much a rural county, with no cities and only one major town – Ipswich. Cottage life here involves plenty of peace, quiet and fresh air, with a healthy dose of culture coming from heritage towns such as Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. By choosing to stay in a holiday cottage with a pool, you will experience the gentle Suffolk way of life, while enjoying the undisputed luxury of a private swimming pool.
Cottages with pools by the coast are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the pretty seaside towns of Aldeburgh, Kessingland and Southwold, while the long sandy beaches of Lowestoft have made it a favourite with families since the Victorian era.
From a cottage with a swimming pool near the river, you can hire a boat and travel all the way from Beccles to the Norfolk Broads. Or head to the far west of the county where you will find the pretty riverside town of Woodbridge. Alternatively, venture off the beaten track and discover the traditional market towns of Eye, Saxmundham, Stowmarket and Halesworth.
Whether you are trekking across a painter’s landscape, or eating fish and chips on a pier, a cottage trip to Suffolk will leave you with beautiful photos and happy memories.
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