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The Watch HousesSouthwold, Southwold & surrounding area

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Consisting of two custom-built beach houses, located side by side without actually being joined, the Watch Houses are contemporary properties designed to blend in with their natural surroundings.

Located in a secluded and stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Watch Houses boast one of Suffolk’s most peaceful locations. Both properties enjoy totally unspoilt views – one in the direction of Covehithe, while the other looks out towards Southwold’s iconic pier - with only a low-lying cliff-edge and a near-private beach separating you from the sea.

Recently finished to an exacting standard, each property is of the same design, comfortably sleeping four in two double bedrooms. All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the two bedrooms in each property are linked by a modern living / eating area.

The Watch Houses are a mere 5-minute bike 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 along this track directly into Southwold town.

Built for comfort, location and awe-inspiring views, The Watch Houses are perfect for two families wanting to holiday together, whilst enjoying a small degree of separation, or for a larger family gathering. Each property is also available to rent separately at:

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 enjoy all that Southwold has to offer whilst giving guests the peace and seclusion in which to really relax.

Please be aware The Listening Station is a dog friendly property, however we are keen to keep The Watch Room as a dog free property.


BarbecueBed LinenClose to coastDishwasherDog FriendlyDownstairs BedroomFridge/freezerGarden FurnitureMobility Friendly Nespresso coffee machine & podsParkingSea ViewsSonos Sound SystemTelevisionTowels providedWashing MachineWiFi


Layout of Each Property:

Bedroom 1: King size bed, sea views, en-suite bathroom containing bath and o/h shower

Bedroom 2: Super king bed with zip and link feature, sea views, en-suite bathroom containing shower.

Kitchen / Living Room: open plan containing two sofas, widescreen TV, fully-equipped kitchen and door opening onto decked terrace with outside furniture.

Utility Room: separate room on end of each property, containing washing machine / drying area and store area.

Please be aware The Listening Station is a dog friendly property, however we are keen to keep The Watch Room as a dog free property.

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.

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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