Nature & Wildlife Holidays

Nature and WildlifeHistoric towns and chocolate-box villages nestling amid fertile farmland and beneath big, starry skies remind you just how unspolit Suffolk is, while a wealth of wildlife reserves, ancient habitats and peaceful heathlands offer safe haven to all manner of animal, bird and insect life.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty that abounds and you’ll get a real sense of being ‘at one’ with the landscape and all those it gives life to; look closely and you’ll be surprised by how much is going on – lots of it virtually on the doorstep of your self-catering cottage. 

There’s never a dull moment when you’re in the countryside – you might spot a muntjac deer wandering along winding lanes, an owl searching for prey or a starling murmuration – the RSPB reserve at Minsmere is a great spot for watching the latter, along with an impressive variety of birds including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. Head here between the end of September and mid-November and you’ll witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles: the red deer rut.  

The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has a number of nature reserves across the county, all free to visit. Near to Woodbridge, Foxburrow Farm is filled in spring or early summer with birdsong, wildflowers and gambolling lambs, while skylarks nest in the meadows and spotted flycatchers and pied wagtails flit around the farm buildings. Just outside Stowmarket, Combs Wood is a small but botanically-rich reserve where carpets of spectacular spring flowers include early-purple orchid, ransom and ragged robin, along with rare oxlips, which are limited to sites in East Anglia. And at Lackford Lakes near Bury St Edmunds there’s a whole programme of events each year, along with a landscape rich in bird and insect life. 

The Forestry Commission’s site at Thetford is the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest, with more than 18,000 hectares to explore and a rich variety of animal and plant life. Noted for its spring flowers and autumn fungi, the Lynford Arboretum here is the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet. 

Closer to the coastal edge of the county, river trips are available from the picturesque village of Orford to the National Trust site at Orford Ness which is a protected area and home to a number of species including Chinese water deer and birds of prey including falcons and marsh harriers.

And further north, Coastal Voyager offers tranquil trips on the River Blyth where you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy – often at close quarters – the varied wildlife that enjoys the tranquility of the tidal waters and marshlands beyond Southwold Harbour’s famous Bailey Bridge. An area protected by Natural England, the river is home to many important birds and insects, while Blythburgh’s resident seals may be seen sunbathing on islands of mud. 

If you’d like to get up close to animals a little less shy, then do make time to visit the Suffolk Punch Trust. The Suffolk Punch is the oldest English breed of working horse and at its Hollesley HQ the Trust is training a new generation of professionals to work with these iconic gentle giants. And, finally, you’ll find more animal fun just outside Ipswich, where Jimmy’s Farm offers encounters with reptiles, butterflies and meerkats as well as traditional farmyard favourites.



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Parham, The Suffolk Countryside

GDNV

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£345 - £610
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Garden View is a lovely first floor apartment in the village of Parham. Situated within Parham Hall the accommodation would make a lovely couples retreat to Suffolk.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Tennis court
  • Pub 5 miles

All Saints South Elmham, The Suffolk Countryside

OBP

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£440 - £740
per week
From £340 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A beautiful barn conversion set in the countryside, Partridge offers flexible accommodation for a couples retreat in South Elmham.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Games room
  • Pub 1 mile

Nayland, Constable Country

TOCA

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£425 - £665
per week
From £329 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • An incredible piece of Suffolk history cleverly converted into self-catering accommodation - The Old Chapel Annexe is a former congregational Chapel and truly unique.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Snape, Woodbridge and Orford

SFAHS

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£565 - £790
per week
From £434 for a 3-night stay
  • Overlooking the stunning countryside of the Suffolk coastal area, Albion House is wonderfully located to enjoy all that Snape has to offer. The world famous Snape Maltings is a mere 10 minute stroll from the property.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Orford, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

TLHO

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£650 - £850
per week
From £498 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Are you longing for a luxury, one-of-a-kind retreat in the centre of Orford? A break from the fast-paced life of the city? Then we prescribe a stay at The Little House.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Framlingham, The Suffolk Countryside

BFT

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£460 - £520
per week
From £323 for a 3-night stay
  • Try your next Suffolk holiday in this cute and cosy Shepherd Hut located in the countryside - Thyme is in perfect position for exploring rural Suffolk. SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.4 miles

Ufford, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

HOCO

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£480 - £725
per week
From £370 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Hope Cottage is a charming cottage located in the popular village of Ufford. Offering a touch of luxury this is the ideal retreat for any couple.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

SFGCS

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£455 - £660
per week
From £351 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • This private and charming detached holiday cottage was completely refurbished in 2016. It's open plan design features large, south facing windows which open onto a verandah overlooking the garden and the fields beyond.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Laxfield, Heart of Suffolk

3CHV

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£375 - £645
per week
From £291 for a 3-night stay
  • Set in the heart of Laxfield, 3 Church Villas boasts striking views of the impressive church. With pubs and a shop on your doorstep you can truly relax and take in your beautiful Suffolk surroundings.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 13.7 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Shottisham, Woodbridge and Orford

SFSBS

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£500 - £760
per week
From £385 for a 3-night stay
  • Surrounded by acres of ancient heathland, woods and meadows, Sewell Barn is in the ideal spot for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle. This comfortable, charming barn conversion offers guest an excellent stay.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Long Melford, Bury and the Wool Towns

PKC

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£470 - £810
per week
From £363 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • A picture perfect holiday cottage nestled in the heart of Long Melford, Pink Cottage is a beautiful example of a romantic retreat for couples in the Suffolk countryside.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 3 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Kersey, The Suffolk Countryside

PRI2

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£505 - £820
per week
From £389 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Primrose Cottage is a cosy cottage, full of character and perfect for a romantic getaway. The village of Kersey is very pretty and Lavenham is easily accessible from this location.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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