house-in-the-clouds-thorpenessSome of Suffolk’s most impressive sights are in fact manmade, with a number of quite beautiful and imposing historical stately homes dotting the landscape, alongside other visually stunning, culturally significant buildings.

If you stay in Suffolk in a self-catering holiday cottage, there are plenty of places to visit set in beautiful grounds and arresting landscapes.


Unique Suffolk Structures

The Red House at Aldeburgh was home to the composer Benjamin Britten from 1957 until his death in 1976. If you visit the Red House you can see the studio where Britten worked, as well as the house’s extensive library.

The distinctive House in the Clouds at Thorpeness is in fact a holiday home, but architecturally unlike any other. It was actually originally a water tank topped with a fairytale-style cottage, perched high above the trees. Originally built in 1923, it’s set in an acre of its own private grounds with spectacular views.

On the Suffolk-Essex border is Kentwell Hall, at Long Melford. This is a red brick Tudor mansion surrounded by its own moat. It has extensive gardens and a working farm. The speciality of the house is to celebrate history on a spectacular scale. This happens on regular Tudor Days and can involve around 250 people all recreating Tudor period details and lifestyles across the entire estate.

In Little Glemham, the 16th century Glemham Hall is situated in 300 acres of parkland. It’s a popular wedding and corporate event venue but its gardens are open to the public on selected days in the summer. It also hosts the annual Suffolk Game and Country Fair.

At Clare, you’ll find the grade I listed Ancient House. Constructed from medieval timber, the 14th century building has elaborately carved interiors and decorative oriel windows on its east wing. It’s now run as a museum by volunteers, providing plenty of information about the history of the town, alongside various medieval artifacts.

Pleasingly picturesque, the Pink Cottages in the Suffolk village of Cavendish are a distinctly colourful addition to the landscape. They date back to the heyday of the wool trade and were originally homes for its successful businessmen. The Suffolk Pink hue originally derives from a combination of unlikely elements such as elderberries, dried blood and red earth.

For over 200 years the vivid red and white striped lighthouse at Orfordness has guarded this particular stretch of the coastline. Battered by the elements and unused since the 1960s, it remains, nevertheless, an impressive remnant of a bygone era.

Explore Suffolk and you experience captivating settings with unique buildings and idiosyncratic structures to match. There’s something both eccentric and charming about the scenes that Suffolk offers up to its curious visitors. These are the memories you’ll take away with you.