Suffolk is a fantastic county to visit. It’s filled with natural beauty, scattered with medieval towns, pretty villages, vast expanses of countryside and bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline. And what better way to enjoy it than a stay at a unique and exciting accommodation? Suffolk has plenty of quirky places to stay, and we’ve put some of our favourites together below.
West Stow Pods
West Stow Pods is a family-run glamping site with a range of unique accommodation options. The Pod Hollow is a hobbit style subterranean house complete with its own woodland clearing. Inside, you’ll find circular doorways and rustic architectural details, alongside home comforts like a cosy fireplace and comfy chairs. The site also has a range of MegaPods which are snug, self-contained cabins sleeping up to four people. There are also two lodges which provide a peaceful hideaway for two or four people. All the accommodation options feature cooking facilities, shower rooms/wet rooms, TV and DVD player, heating, lighting and electricity.
Want to feel like you’re on safari? Kaya Lodge is based at Lewis Farm in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. There is currently a single canvas safari tent, beautifully set out with bespoke furnishings and authentic African pieces. The tent sleeps up to six guests and has two king-size rooms and one twin room. You’ll find a shower room with a separate flushing WC room, a fully equipped kitchen, and plenty of comfy furniture to lounge about on. Of course, a safari tent wouldn’t be complete without outdoor seating and a large charcoal BBQ.
Happy Days Retro Vacation Campsite
This award-winning vintage glamping site is just five miles from the Suffolk Heritage Coast and offers a fun countryside break for the whole family. There are a selection of vintage retro American Airstream caravans dating as far back as 1959, each individually designed and sleeping between two to five people. Onsite, there is a large toilet and shower block with large, family style shower rooms, a children’s play area, and an onsite cinema showing classic family friendly films twice a week. Challenge you and your friends to the escape room based in two of the wartime Nissen Huts.
If you’re looking for somewhere unique to celebrate with a large group, there’s no better place than Suffolk Skytower. This 80ft landmark tower was once a water tower and has since been converted into an accommodation which sleeps up to 18 people. Positioned between the rivers Orwell and Stour on the Shotley Peninsula, it’s the perfect setting for an unforgettable break. Spread over seven floors, you can expect stunning views all around. There are nine bedrooms, six bathrooms, a large kitchen area, a luxurious living area with a pool table, a games room on the top floor, a theatre-style cinema room and an amazing roof garden. Additional facilities include a hot tub and charcoal BBQ.
All aboard the Twee Gebroeders, an award winning renovated Dutch sailing barge. Moored at the iconic waterfront in the town of Woodbridge, the barge is perfect for couples and small families. Step down into the living quarters and you’ll find a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, private shower and toilet room, and a large living area with a fully fitted kitchen and dining space. Windows run the length of the room and there is a skylight above, making the whole space light and airy. You’ll also find seating on the upper deck where you can enjoy a picnic on sunny days. The barge is decorated with cute floral curtains, tiles painted in Dutch Delft style and nautical finishings.
Unwind amongst the wildlife at this award-winning glamping site. Owned by a registered wildlife charity, the site is located within a 115 acre County Wildlife site. Perfect for families, couples and groups, there is a range of unique accommodation options. Set within a secluded meadow area, Gypsy’s Rest caravan is super stylish and sleeps up to four people. The Hobbit Box is a converted horsebox which has a rustic theme throughout, complete with round windows looking out onto ancient woodland. There are also some luxury lodge tents which are nestled in their own private wooded area. You’ll find everything you need for a five star holiday here.
Balancing Barn is an architectural wonder which is literally ‘balanced’ over the Suffolk landscape. Set on the edge of a nature reserve you can be assured of spectacular views. Modelled on the old farm buildings of rural Suffolk, Balancing Barn is full of visual delights, from bespoke lighting and furniture, to huge windows set into the floor. There are four double bedrooms to choose from with ensuites in each. There is a luxuriously spacious living room, kitchen and dining area, with six private acres of gardens for yourself.
This Huckleberry Finn-style cabin is surrounded by its very own moat, complete with a rowing boat. Surrounded by 4,500 acres of parkland means blissful privacy is guaranteed. There are six ensuite bedrooms available, and you may have to fight over the stylish cabin bedroom perched above the moat. Cooks will love the large kitchen, complete with a central island and electric range cooker. Underfloor heating, open fires and a hot tub add to the luxuries of Moat Cottage.
This restored windmill offers a luxurious stay in scenic surroundings. Although the building dates back to 1891, it’s full of modern home comforts and interiors which complement the original features. Sleeping up to four people, there are two double rooms with king-size beds, a bathroom with a freestanding bath and rainfall shower, and a fully equipped kitchen and diner. The best floor is saved for last, which is the fourth floor living space with irresistibly comfy seating, balcony terrace and uninterrupted views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. Enjoy an al fresco dinner in your private garden. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a holiday with friends, you won’t find anywhere like The Windmill.