This traditional Suffolk cottage is believed to have been built in 1650 as a smithy and extended in the 1870s and 1970s; the original layout has been opened up without losing its snug feel. Liz and Paul will leave you a cake made locally and a bottle of wine, and as they stay here often you’ll find all the necessary basics too.
Choose a book and settle in a sofa in front of the the wood-burner in the huge old fireplace. One bedroom overlooks an enclosed little garden leading off from the kitchen, and there’s a shaded loggia for eating outdoors.
Find several pubs nearby, and within half an hour’s drive along the coast there are Southwold, Walberswick, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings with its world-renowned concert hall, Dunwich and Orford – all with pubs and restaurants offering excellent food and ales. Visit the internationally important and beautiful Minsmere nature reserve.