‘Staycate’ in Southwold, Suffolk this summer…
By Rachel Ducker
With vast sea views and sights of Southwold’s 130 acre common, The Old Mill has to be one of the most idyllic places to stay in this quaint little market town based on the Suffolk Coast.
Southwold is well known for its brightly coloured beach huts, (now said to be the UKs most Instagrammable), stretching as far as the eye can see overlooking sandy beaches and its very own iconic pier.
The high street is home to boutique shops, fresh food deli’s and plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants. It’s an ideal size town to explore in a couple of days. Ultimately it makes the perfect staycation spot.
Style and location…
Situated in arguably one of the most desirable locations within Southwold, The Old Mill is a five-bedroom property set back just off Southwold High Street.
First impressions are impressive, its white façade over looks miles of greenery leading down to Southwold Gold Course and the Harbour area.
Set out over three floors this residence is all about bringing friends and family together and sleeps up to 10 people.
There is a large open plan kitchen and dining room, which leads onto a beautiful private walled garden complete with garden room, seating area and BBQ for those warm summer evenings.
During our stay, we also spent a lot of time in the properties front garden which leads directly onto the common. It’s the perfect place to watch the world go by and gets direct sunlight most of the day.
The large drawing room with open fireplace, is the ideal place for those who want to curl up and relax with a book or glass of wine after a long day at the beach.
For entertainment, it even has its own games room with smart TV, games console, a full-size table football game and a 5’ pool table.
All bedrooms are beautifully styled in neutral tones with accents of coastal themes such seagulls, boats and wildflowers. They all come with their own bathrooms, so privacy and waiting times are not an issue here.
The Self-Catering Experience…
The best thing about staying in a house like this is that you have your own kitchen and eating areas, so the way you dine is all down to you.
If cooking is not on your agenda during your visit you are just a walk away from the delights of the town’s eateries.
Two Magpies is your breakfast or brunch hot spot, serving fresh coffees, delicious bread, and the most gigantic pastries, you can either eat in or takeaway.
There are many amazing delis including Black Olive, situated right in the centre of the high street. Here you will find the perfect ingredients to create fabulous mezze lunches and acquire snacks for your stay. (Although there is also a Tesco and a Coop for those essential items).
It would be a crime to miss out on a fish and chip take away whilst staying on the coast. Southwold has multiple chippies to choose from, my two personal favourites are The Little Fish and Chip Shop on the high street and the Sole Bay Chip Co. on the harbour, believe me, you can’t get your fish any fresher!
Lastly, it’s not a trip to the seaside without an ice cream, so pop in at Harris James for a traditional gelato or visit one of the seafront cafes who can whip you up a splendid 99.
If you do choose to cater for yourself throughout your stay – in the kitchen, there is everything you need including an aga, electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, American style fridge freezer, coffee machine and microwave.
Fun Things to do…
If you are spending the day at the beach, be sure to pop along to The Pier where you will also find a large amusement arcade. I have great memories as a child in this place!
If you want more of a sheltered base for the day, you can rent beach huts for as little as £25 on Southwold’s promenade through https://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 the adults, 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, for thrill seekers a ride Coastal Voyager and during the summer you can visit the Maize Maze or hire bikes from Southwold Cycle Hire – both situated at Old Farm Southwold.
Without a doubt this property is perfect for large groups and families.
Having not seen my family properly since covid hit, it was the ideal place for us to reunite and spend some quality family time together, I can vouch for us all when I say we didn’t want to leave!
Location wise you can’t get much better, The Old Mill is the perfect base for enjoying a break by the seaside in Southwold. How you enjoy your time there is all up to you.
Book The Old Mill:
Prices start from £508 per night peak time
1 pet allowed (only in kitchen and dining room)