Willow Tree Cottage

Saxmundham, Suffolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1728 602161 +44 (0)7747 624139
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Near Southwold beach, bird reserves and Suffolk castles, a peaceful getaway with orchard, views and generous breakfasts. Good value


1 room


Rooms sleep 2

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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 2 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub/restaurant 1.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £76
Damage deposit
Singles £78.
1 Double
From £76


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

I much enjoyed my week's stay. Carolyn was an attentive and very generous and kindly host. I felt very much at home t=with her. Her cottage is a haven of peace and was an excellent centre for the remoter parts of the Suffolk coast I wished to explore.

Veronica, Horsham

We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay in this lovely cottage with our delightful host Caroline. She made us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for her. The cottage is immaculate and the accommodation is very comfortable.

Howard and Jennifer, Chichester

Very pleasant short stay of 4 days with Caroline and Holly the Labrador. A warm welcome, fine accommodation, excellent healthy breakfasts. Enjoyed sitting in the garden and chatting like old friends. Excellent weather and good information on what to see and where to eat. Thank you Caroline.

Andrew and Ruth, London

We had a lovely 3 night stay at quiet secluded Willow Tree Cottage. Caroline is a friendly and knowledgeable host who welcomed us with tea and home made chocolate buns on our arrival. Our double bedroom was very comfortable and equipped with all the facilities and toiletries you would expect - and incredibly clean. Healthy breakfasts of cereals, fresh fruit salad/yoghurt, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or kedgeree (on request) were excellent. All the top tourist attractions of Southwold, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Orford and Framlingham Castles are a short drive away. Perfect 3 days.

John & Charlotte, Aylesbury

Caroline was very welcoming. We had a lovely 3 night stay. Breakfasts are excellent. Enjoyed sitting in the garden with Caroline's Labrador, Holly. Caroline helped us find places to visit and is a very helpful and friendly lady.

Christine, Chichester

Caroline was extremely welcoming We had a relaxed and very comfortable two nights. The bedroom is large and light with an excellent shower room en-suite. Breakfast delicious It was the perfect place for us to stay and I cannot fault it in any way.

Carole, London

We have always had great faith in Sawday's recommendations, this was no exception, everything was up to expectations, a lovely room, quiet location and the host Carolyn making sure that everything was as it should be, we would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone, lots to do in the area and plenty to see.

David and Pauline, stansted

We can thoroughly recommend this delightful B & B, Caroline was such a lovely hostess & couldn't have done more to make our stay comfortable, relaxing & enjoyable. Sitting in her beautiful cottage garden was heavenly. Her breakfasts were delicious & very varied with lots of home made treats. Our room, with a garden view, was so comfortable that we didn't want to leave. Brian & Patrice

Patrice & Brian, Langport

Caroline was really welcoming. She went to great lengths to meet our dietary requirements and we were hugely grateful for this. She made our stay a truly happy one. Thank you Caroline!

Zac, London

Caroline is a charming host, she made us feel so welcome and we appreciated the home made cake and tea on arrival. The room was spotless and very comfortable and one of the best breakfasts we have had in a B&B. Such a quiet and convenient location to explore Suffolk, would thoroughly recommend.


We very much enjoyed our stay with Caroline and her Labrador Holly. Very friendly and welcoming,lovely room and excellent breakfasts. Willow Tree Cottage is ideal for exploring the area.

Norma, Sheffield

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Immaculate room and tasty breakfasts. Friendly landlady and her dog. Ideal for the Aldeburgh Music Festival and lots to do in the area.

Susan, Canterbury



Excellent B&B, lovely large light room. Warm welcome with tea and cake in the garden, very good breakfast. Would definitely go back if in the area again.

Stephen, Leeds

I was visiting family in the Kelsale area and felt so fortunate to find Willow Tree Cottage B and B. It was so quiet and peaceful, the room was spotless and lacked for nothing. Food was excellent. I would highly recommend this beautiful cottage to anyone visiting the area. Caroline will make you feel very welcome.

Gwendoline, Mountain City, Tennessee

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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.
  • 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, Walberswick and Dunwich. Go bird-watching at Minsmere