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10B South Green, Southwold, Suffolk

By Rachel Ducker | @rachelducker

Southwold is by far one of my favourite places to stay in the UK.

Its famous for its brightly coloured, overpriced beach huts, award winning brewery, and was home to George Orwell, the British novelist.

For me, this place takes me back to my childhood – collecting 2p coins from my grandparents to spend at the arcade at the weekends, followed by a 99 on the beach. I am now ready to recreate this nostalgia with my own kids, it’s a special place.

The property

This deceptively large apartment is perched just off the stunning Suffolk coast, surrounded by the South Green, (hence the name) at the top end of the bustling high street.

Ideal for family gatherings 10B made the perfect location to celebrate my mother-in-laws 60th birthday, sleeping six adults and two children.

The classic décor celebrates the properties natural grandeur – it’s styled with large ornate mirrors, elegant chandeliers, and timeworn antique furniture throughout.

The kitchen, if a little basic, does the job, but for foodies I would suggest eating out, there are plenty of options. One of which, fish and chips from one of the coastal chippies.

There are three good sized bedrooms, one was a family room with bunk beds, which the kids loved. The others both have en suites, with the king room overlooking views of the sea.

They all join via a large landing space, great for communal cups of tea and a place to join up and plan the day ahead.

Location

Step out of the front door onto the first-floor balcony and the sound of seagulls confirm your setting. The beach is literally a stones throw away, in fact a few of the rooms offer that all important sea view and a good one at that. This outdoor space is limited for families but offers an ideal place to watch the sunset and to enjoy an ice cream.

Southwold hits tourist season from May to August, so it’s likely the town will be heaving during these months, so booking anywhere is essential.

From independent boutiques to books shops and delis, the high street is quaint and quirky. You can spend hours wandering up and down, although you will most probably end up popping in for a drink at one of the local Adnams run pubs, there are four, including The Red Lion, 10Bs neighbour.

Things to do whilst staying

With the high street so close, you will find a few places to get breakfast from, my personal favourite is Two Magpies Bakery. Top tip: If you are hungry leave early – there is usually a cue, but if you do come across one its worth the wait.

After breakfast, the weather was on our side, my in-laws brought a couple of kites along to fly on the beach. I’m not sure who had more fun us or the kids, but it was a great activity to do. In fact, it was so warm my husband even decided to take a dip, so if you can brave it bring your swimmers!

After lunch we took a stroll down the promenade and ended up at The Pier. We couldn’t miss a visit amusement arcade, followed by a 99 of course.

Finally, to round up the day, after a little rest and relaxation at 10B, we headed out for dinner at the nearby The Sail Loft, just a ten-minute walk away up towards the harbour.

It was nice to be so close to the restaurant, after the meal we enjoyed a further stroll back and appreciated a glorious sunset – followed by more drinks and Saturday night TV in the 10B living room.

Other attractions

If you want more of a beach base for the day, you can rent beach huts for as little as £25 on Southwold’s promenade through beachhutsouthwold.co.uk.

Just behind The Pier you will find Southwold Boating Lake. Bring back childhood memories by watching your little one’s paddle away in one of their paddle boats, whilst you enjoy a cream tea in the 1940’s style tearoom.

For adults only, why not take a visit to Adnams and try a ‘make your own experience’ or brewery tour? Discover how Adnams create their range of award-winning spirits from the start of the process in our super-efficient brewery through to distilling and, of course indulge in a sample or two.

Other fun family activities include crabbing, you can get lines and nets from many of the local shops, and for thrill seekers a sea trip on Coastal Voyager is a must. During the summer you can visit the Maize Maze or hire bikes from Southwold Cycle Hire – both situated at Old Farm Southwold.

The Verdict

10B South Green offers the perfect coastal location for many types of different people, its close proximity to Southwold Denes, makes it an ideal retreat for walkers and nature enthusiasts.

On the flip side if you want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of a market town, there is plenty to see and do.

Or for family staycations the beach offers hours of entertainment. The house welcomes family life, but is not dog friendly, so your four legged friends will have to miss this one out.

I loved my visit to this property and so did my mother-in-law who turned 60 in style waving to people from 10Bs balcony.


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