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A unique custom-built beach house located in a secluded and stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Finished in July 2018 to a very high standard, with stunning views towards the cliffs and beaches of Covehithe, The Listening Station is a contemporary property designed to blend in with its natural surroundings.

As with its sister property, The Watch Room, it sleeps four in two spacious double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The central area of the property is a comfortable living / dining area opening out on to a decked terrace. With only a low-lying cliff-edge and a near-private beach separating you from the sea, sit outside and enjoy the changing light of Suffolk’s big skies and appreciate nature at its best.

The Listening Station is located on a track in a private estate on the site of a World War II listening station – a location once used by Royal Navy Wrens for listening out for German submarines. It is a mere 5-minute cycle ride or 15-minute walk on a private track from the charming seaside town of Southwold with its iconic beach huts, lighthouse and pier. It is also possible to drive this track into Southwold town.

With a beautiful, secluded beach on your doorstep, an easy walk or cycle into Southwold, lovely coastal walks and amazing birdlife just outside your windows, this really has to be the perfect place to appreciate all that Southwold has to offer whilst giving the peace and seclusion in which to really relax.


BarbecueBed LinenCentral HeatingClose to coastDishwasherDog FriendlyDownstairs BedroomElectric CookerFridge/freezerGarden FurnitureHigh chairMobility Friendly Nespresso coffee machine & podsOne DogParkingSea ViewsSonos Sound SystemTelevisionTowels providedWashing MachineWiFi


All Ground floor accommodation:

Open-plan living area:
Kitchen/dining room
With an electric cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine, table and chairs for four.
Sitting room
With widescreen Freeview television and Sonos smart speaker.
Bedroom one
With a king-size bed, sea views and en-suite bathroom containing bath with shower over.
Bedroom two
With a super-king zip and link bed, sea views and en-suite shower room.
Utility room
A separate room on end of property, containing washing machine / drying area and store area.

A decked terrace with garden furniture and barbecue.
Beach cart with windbreak and picnic chairs.

Additional Information:
One small well behaved dog welcome (small additional charge).
Please note that the property is set on a cliff top, and outside space is not enclosed. Children and pets should be supervised at all times.
Motorised blinds at the large windows and pull down blinds on the smaller windows and doors.

Floor plan

Surrounding local area

The Heritage Coastal Towns

This charming coastal town lies at the mouth of the River Blyth within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ranked in the top six of beaches by the Sunday Times travel supplement, Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery, famous lighthouse, a maize maze, colourful beach huts, an 800 ft long pier, art galleries, shops and pubs as well as the Blackshore Harborside for fresh fish and the ferry to Walberswick.

One of Suffolk's hidden gems, Walberswick is tucked away across the River Blyth from the much higher profile Southwold. The village is most famous for its crabbing. Try your hand anytime and there are many crabs to be caught and returned to the water. With a lovely sand dune backed beach this is probably one of the best beaches in the area for sandcastles.

Built by a wealthy Scottish barrister in the 1900s, and transformed into a fairytale holiday village, with Peter Pan islands in its man-made lake (the Meare), a 70ft fairytale “house in the clouds” and pretty mock-tudor homes, Thorpeness is everything an English seaside village should be. Boasting a golf course, a tennis club, boating lake, cafes, a great local pub, cycle routes, a beach as well as a number of ice cream shops, Thorpeness is the perfect holiday location.

A pretty coastal town on the river Alde in Suffolk which enjoys breathtaking views both seawards and following the River Alde inland. Possibly best known for having been the home of composer, Benjamin Britten and as the location of the internationally renowned Aldeburgh Festival. Aldeburgh remains an artistic and literary centre as well as a popular destination for holiday makers and sailors. Famous for many things - good food, great fish & chips, Aldeburgh Music, Maggi Hamblings' Scallop on the Beach being just a few.

The internationally renowned Snape Maltings, five miles from Aldeburgh, is one of the world’s leading centres of music. It offers inspiring concerts and festivals throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival in June to the folk, world and jazz of the Snape Proms throughout the month of August. For visitors, Snape Maltings brings together outstanding concerts and events alongside distinctive, independent shops, cafes, galleries, walks and river trips, all set against a breath-taking expanse of reeds, water and sky.

Lying within the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Orford is a quiet, pretty village, steeped in history. The village grew in importance in the 12th Century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built. Orford is famous for its local oysters and smokehouses and has two shops selling a wide range of smoked produce. Pop into Pinney's in Orford to pick up some of the finest fresh fish in the county.

Things to do


There is a magnificent late 12th century castle in Framlingham. This small market town, boasting Ed Sheeran as one of its more famous offspring, is perfect for a stroll and lunch with a Town Trail marking all the primary sites of historic interest. Orford Castle further down the coast is also well worth a visit.

Leiston Abbey is made up of the mainly 14th-century remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian canons. Among Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins, with some spectacular architectural features.


Suffolk has a tremendous coastline, stretching down from Norfolk in the north, through Lowestoft and down to Felixstowe and Shotley in the south, featuring sandy cliffs, dunes, bays and creeks. Covering a stretch of approximately 40 miles, Suffolk boasts several well-managed, award-winning beaches.
Possibly best known, due to its sandy beach, multicoloured beach huts and pier is Southwold, which is ranked in the top six of the UK’s best beaches in a Sunday Times travel supplement.

Stately Homes

Helmingham Hall’s gardens are perhaps its most spectacular feature, designed and maintained by the award-winning Lady Xa Tollemache, whose family have lived here since the 1480s. The Hall itself is a perfect example of a courtyard manor house; its four sides are surrounded by a moat, and every night Helmingham’s two draw bridges are raised, as they have been since 1510, leaving the hall an island.

You’ll find Somerleyton Hall in the heart of the Suffolk Broads, amongst swathes of parkland peppered with thatched cottages and the occasional windmill. Though its history dates back to the Viking invasion of East Anglia, this opulent hall is largely the work of two great Victorians and it is now one of Britain’s most well-preserved stately homes and gardens.



The coast allows for picturesque easy to navigate routes of varying lengths, ranging from a 2.3km walk up to as long as you would like, while never having to walk the same route twice. Making it accessible to everyone, to enjoy the stunning views seen throughout Suffolk and in particular around Southwold. See: for more detailed information.
At Dunwich and Minsmere, within a few minutes’ walk of the beach, are woodland and heath known for its birdlife and natural beauty.

Bird Watching
Discover some of the UK's rarest wildlife and enjoy family-friendly activities at Minsmere. Choose an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds, including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. If you're lucky, you might see an otter around the reedbed pools.


For golfers with handicaps, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness have world-famous courses which must be booked in advance. Aldeburgh also has a 9 hole pay and play course as does Halesworth and Hinton.

For a more adrenaline fuelled boating afternoon book either “the seal and windfarm” trip or a “drive of your life” experience aboard the high-speed RIB Coastal Voyager in Southwold.
Hire a canoe, kayak or paddleboard at Iken and discover creeks and flood waters on the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh.


Southwold Surf School allows for private, group lessons or you can just hire the equipment and take yourself out and enjoy the rolling waves seen on the beach.

Another outfit, Surfworld, allows for hiring of sailing, canoeing, windsurfing & surfing equipment. Allowing you to go and enjoy the water and be able to see Southwold from the water which is a spectacular view in its own right looking back up at the cliffs with the old guns sitting at the top.


The Pit Stop Café on the Common has three tennis courts next to the café available for hire – the café is open 10-5 daily. Email:


Beccles Lido is a traditional outdoor, heated swimming pool. Try your hand at the impossible giant inflatable, put up between 1-3 daily in summer! Voted second in the BBC’s “Top 50 Things To Do In Suffolk” in 2014!

Combine a day at the Lido with a trip on the Big Dog Ferry.

Local Southwold Experiences & Tours

There is for the avid Adnams fan, a tour of their brewery with a tasting section of the local drinks. And for those who like to be more hands on there is a make your own gin experience allowing for you to decide how you would like your drink to taste followed by a tasting.

For the railway enthusiast there is a tour showing all the closed tracks around the area. The routes shown also allow for a beautiful site seeing day.

Maize maze: a giant puzzle of pathways within 8 acres of maize, which grows as tall as the tallest person you know! With two mazes, 3 jumping pillows, cafe, cradle nest swing, 3 climbing towers, 2 zip lines and a giant sand pit the action is certainly packed! Open mid-July to early September


Latitude: held on the second weekend of July, this local festival now showcases some of the biggest names in music, allowing for a huge weekend of fun. Open to all ages it will leave you star struck after seeing your favourite artist performing alongside Latitude’s infamous pink sheep.

Guest reviews

Amazing! A beautiful location. Comfortable and tranquil! Thank you! x

J Clark - Cambridge, November 2018
1 of 16

If you love big skies, the sound of the sea and walking on empty beaches this is for you. To "get away from it all" was heaven.

P Walker, November 2018
2 of 16

The weather has been fabulous for the time of the year. Southwold will be a yearly treat for us from now on. 10/10 cycling route, amazing beaches etc.

P Knight - East Sussex, October 2018
3 of 16

Had a very special time, wil be back. Excellent build.

C Dodsworth - Cambridge , October 2018
4 of 16

What a fantastic location overlooking the sea and surrounding countryside. The light and the skies are spectacular.
You are away from it all, but close to the wonderful town of Southwold and all its amenities.
The Listening Station was very comfortable for the four of us, not large but the layout is well thought out and it was well stocked with essentials. This included milk and a bottle of wine, tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper, cooking oil, kitchen roll, clingfilm, foil etc.
We cycled into town and enjoyed trips further afield down narrow quiet country lanes taking in the local brew en route.
You have a real holiday feel staying here and we will definitely be booking again for next year.

P Knight, October 2018
5 of 16

A wonderful property that provides peace and tranquillity looking out over the ever changing sea. We enjoyed laying in bed and watching the sunrise in the mornings. The property is luxurious and very well furnished. Easy walk along a track back into Southwold and all the delights of Adnams ales, food and shops. A perfect getaway and we will be back again next year.

N Harris - Ipswich, October 2018
6 of 16

Had the most perfect mini break at this very special place. Thank you so much.

C, M, T & Muggle the Dog, October 2018
7 of 16

We have had a great time, perfect accommodation and location.

K, M, J, P and Dexter the Dog, London, September 2018
8 of 16

Well done to Anne and Phil for creating a great place. Lots of little touches that helped us have a wonderful time. So peaceful and relaxing - helped by beautiful weather. Thanks.

A Osborne - Sussex, September 2018
9 of 16

Great find! Delighted to have discovered this getaway. Location and quality of home will not disappoint.

H Brown - Oxfordshire, September 2018
10 of 16

Excellent accommodation, great location. Beautiful walks with our golden retriever. Can not wait to get back.

D & J Allman, September 2018
11 of 16

Great home to stay in, close to the beach & outdoors with a relaxed home feel. Would 100% recommend.

W & E Robinson, August 2018
12 of 16

A fabulous week in Southworld. Great Views and location from "The Listening Station" The Sunsets have been spectacular. Thank you.

Hugh, Mary and Jane Stalker, August 2018
13 of 16

Had a great week lovely place, peaceful location great beech/food/wildlife.

Lord and Lady C, August 2018
14 of 16

We had a very relaxing week watching fantastic sunsets & sunrises living amongst nature and listening to the sound of the waves. A short walk down to a near private beach and a swim in the warm (yes warm) North Sea. An gentle walk into the bustling centre of Southwold to get provisions or eat at one of many eateries. Further afield there are many places to visit including a great day at Sutton Hoo. The Listensing Station has excellent facilities and the owners, Ann & Phil were on hand if needed. Simply put, a great place for a gentler type of holiday.

Mr Compton, August 2018
15 of 16

We feel very lucky to have been the first guests. Such a tranquil place to stay. Thank you.

Bruce, Claire, Freda and Jasper Coates, August 2018
16 of 16

Welcome hamper included

A complimentary hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.


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