Willow Tree Cottage

Saxmundham, Suffolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1728 602161 +44 (0)7747 624139
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£80 - £110
per night

Near Southwold beach, bird reserves and Suffolk castles, a peaceful getaway with orchard, views and generous breakfasts. Good value


1 room


Rooms sleep 2

£80 - £110 per night

The Experience

Seductively near RSPB Minsmere, medieval castles and the glorious Heritage coast. The evening sun pours into the back of this contemporary cottage with butter yellow walls; you are on the edge of the village so all is quiet with an orchard behind and a bird-filled garden for tea and cake. No sitting room, but easy chairs in your pretty bedroom face views. Caroline is a good cook and breakfast is delicious (try her kedgeree and homemade jams). Snape Maltings for music, Southwold for the famous pier, Aldeburgh with its shingle beach, boats, fun shops and good places to eat – all are close by. Holly the labrador adds to the charm.


  • Swimming pool
  • EV charger
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £80
Damage deposit
Singles £80.
1 Double
From £80


Special offer: For the month of June a £10 voucher for two is available to use at our excellent Local The Poachers.

Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub/restaurant 1.5 miles.


We had a very lovely stay at Willow Tree Cottage with Caroline and Holly the dog. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious. Wonderful welcome when we arrived with tea and cake too. Caroline is an excellent host. We would well recommend anyone staying here.

Berenice, Colchester

A very warm welcome from Caroline. The accommodation is set in peaceful surroundings with all the comforts of home. The location is perfect for visiting the Suffolk coast and inland Towns and villages. We really enjoyed our stay.

Leslie, Orpington

A very warm welcome from Caroline. The accommodation is very peaceful and well situated for exploring the countryside and coastline. Room, amenities and breakfast were all excellent.

Leslie, Orpington

We stayed at Willow Tree Cottage from 4-7 April. Caroline Youngson and the lovely Holly the Dog were very welcoming with tea and homemade cake. The cottage and bedroom were clean and nicely decorated, the shower was strong and everything you could have wanted had been thought of and provided by Caroline. The breakfast was delicious (again with homemade jams and marmalade.) Holly had been trained not to be in the breakfast room and so was not a nuisance. We had dinner twice in the very good village pub and enjoyed our visit. We are used to a large bed, but the bed is a normal double.

Peter and Kathy, Ascot

We were very pleased to be able to book Willow Tree Cottage for the Easter weekend and enjoyed an extremely comfortable and deliciously well-fed stay with fantastic breakfasts, including home-made jams. Both bedroom and breakfast table windows overlook the lovely garden, right at the edge of the village - very peaceful and we enjoyed the birdsong. Caroline is a very thoughtful, welcoming host and we enjoyed meeting her and her lovely dog Holly. Her cottage is ideally close to many of the Suffolk coast's best places and we really appreciated her troubling to recommend a delightful walk.

Jane, Cambridge

We stayed at Willow Tree Cottage for three nights. Caroline...and Holly the Labrador... were so friendly. It is a lovely, cosy cottage and pretty garden, in a quiet location. The guest bedroom was beautifully equipped with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. The breakfasts were delicious. There is a pretty pub close by for an evening meal. Southwold is not far away and and Aldeburgh is close by, both with beautiful beaches and definitely worth a visit. We would without doubt stay again with Caroline if we are lucky enough to return to the area.

Liz, nottinghamshire

Caroline was a very thoughtful and welcoming host and her assistant Holly the dog was a joy. Really enjoyed our chats. The room was charming and comfortable and the area very peaceful.

Michaela, Ipswich

We had a wonderful 3 night stay here, remarkably comfortable room, with pleasant surroundings. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful, the fruit pots are a real treat! The scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast was superb, and set us up for the day. Nothing is too much trouble for Caroline, she is a wonderful host, and Holly the Labrador is great fun to have around. Willow Tree Cottage is genuinely one of the very best B&Bs that we have stayed in, and we will book again as soon as we can!

Daniel, Derby

Willow Tree Cottage is set in a lovely, quiet, country location without being too remote from local facilities. Destinations such as Aldeburgh, Snape, Southwold and Dunwich are all within easy reach. The welcome from Caroline & Holly is wonderful and breakfasts are always varied and excellent. The accommodation is comfortable & cosy, with lovely views of the garden and the orchard.

Keith, Hadleigh, Suffolk

We had a delightful stay with Caroline and Holly. Willow Tree Cottage is very well placed for birdwatchers and opera lovers alike. Caroline’s breakfasts are healthy, delicious and with attention to detail. The room is very comfortable with all you could need. We had our cycles with us which Caroline kindly stored for us. We would thoroughly recommend Willow Tree Cottage and hope to visit again. Caroline and Holly.

Rosalie, Nr Oxford

Willow Tree Cottage is delightful, quiet and well located for visiting Suffolk. Caroline is a charming host and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I wholeheartedly recommend Willow Tree for a relaxing break.

Tessa, Winchester

Very convenient and homely stay, and excellent base for touring delightful and interesting local area. Caroline suggested two excellent pubs nearby for delicious evening meals.

Christopher, London

Caroline is very welcoming and helpful. She kindly met me from my train and took me to pick up a hired car. Her house is very comfortable, it was the perfect base for me and I enjoyed my stay very much.

Martha, Sligo

Caroline is a very welcoming host. Perfect base for my 3 days cycling around the Suffolk coast. Very spacious comfortable room and a wonderful breakfast. Definitely will visit again. Trevor (Burnham Berkshire)

Trevor, Burnham Berkshire

We have just made our third visit to Willow Tree Cottage - so it goes without saying that we really, really enjoy our stays here. Caroline is the perfect host - friendly, generous, a pleasure to talk to and on top of all of this, she has a very loveable dog, Holly. We enjoy the peaceful atmosphere - a pretty garden filled with flowers and bird song and the room is spacious and comfortable. There's a great breakfast too - what's not to like! We will definitely visit again.

Sarah, London

This was a great base for a visit to the Minsmere RSPB Sanctuary and to Southwold. Caroline welcomed us with tea and cake straight from the oven, served on the patio in the afternoon sunshine, then showed us to a comfortable double room overlooking the garden. She helped us find local places for dinner, gave us an excellent breakfast, and entertained us with friendly conversation and witty asides. It was a pleasure staying at Willow Tree Cottage. This is not a historic house with a spiral staircase or a moat, but it is spacious, comfortable and very well presented. We are happy to recommend.

Simon and Cathy, Brighton

A welcoming pot of tea with a pastry. An extremely comfortable room with all facilities. A freshly prepared & ample breakfast. And a kindly and attentive hostess. What more can one expect?

Robert, London

We loved staying at Willow Tree Cottage, it was so quiet, relaxing and comfortable. Caroline was very generous and went out of her way to ensure we were well looked after. I can certainly recommend her B&B and hope to return again one day.

Helen, Whitland

The room is very comfortable, with a good bed and facilities. It is up a steep staircase. Caroline is very welcoming and helpful. Holly, the dog, is also very friendly. We were offered a good choice for breakfast and needed to write down our choices for the evening before. Finding the address was helped using Google maps and Streetview. Belvedere Close has a very narrow entrance off Main Road, Kelsale.

David, Reading

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Willow Tree Cottage. The room was very comfortable and Caroline was an excellent hostess. We also enjoyed the company of Holly the Labrador! Highly recommended.

Diane, Kidderminster

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Caroline Youngson

  • The local Pub is the Poacher Pocket which is excellent and only half a mile away down Rosemary Lane.. tel no 01728-602940..
  • Woodbridge is well worth a visit, with its regenerated water front and Magnificent Tide Mill, good restaurants with local fare and Ales .
  • Music lovers - a ten minute drive away from Snape Maltings, home to the Aldeburgh Festival and Britten-Pears Concert Hall, 9-25th June . 2023.
  • History lovers - a visit to Sutton Hoo is a must. Plus the Castles of Framlingham, Orford and much more.
  • Lady Florence River Cruises, Lunch/dinner is served on this enjoyable trip. From Orford past Iken, Snape, Havergate Island. The entire length of Orford Ness. Tel. no. 01473 558712.
  • Explore the pretty coastal towns of Aldeburgh, Southwold, Arts Festival 24June-1st July) Walberswick and Dunwich. Go bird-watching at Minsmere