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Birdwatching in Suffolk

Suffolk is one of the best areas in the UK for birdwatching all year round, with a wide variety of habitats producing a long list of species.

The coastal marshes are well known for breeding Bittern, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier and Avocet.

The RSPB reserve of Minsmere is perhaps the best known of the wetland reserves, but many other sites invite exploration, including the newly created Hen Reedbeds just outside Southwold.

Heaths along the coast (often adjoining the marshes) hold Wood Lark, Nightjar and Dartford Warbler.

Away from the coasts, the countryside often boasts large and extensive hedgerows and provides excellent walks between attractive villages. Try the St Cross Farm Walks on an award winning farm where good conservation practice goes hand in hand with good farming.

See our Suffolk Reserves guide for more information.

Other useful Suffolk sites;
Bungay Town Guide
Southwold Scene

 

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Suffolk - Hotel & Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Accommodation for birdwatchers

A range of bed and breakfast ( b&b ) accommodation all in or close to the Suffolk countryside with its wealth of excellent birding sites - ideal for the visiting birdwatcher to Suffolk. See also our section on self catering accommodation

 Suffolk Hotel and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
 
bed and breakfast The Lord Nelson Inn - Holton, nr Southwold 

Mill Road, Holton, Suffolk IP19 8PP   Tel: 01986 835734    email website

The Lord NelsonThe Lord Nelson Inn is a former public house situated siituated in the pretty village of Holton, one mile from Halesworth and seven miles from Southwold and only 10 miles from RSPB Minsmere. We are close to fishing lakes, golf courses, horse riding and plenty of glorious walking or cycling in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

Our accommodation comprises two double rooms and one twin bedded room, all with en-suites, TV WiFi, hospitality tray and hair dryer.

We offer full English breakfast including cereal, fruit, local honey and jam. We have parking and garaging available for bicycles or motor bikes.

bed and breakfast Bankside - Uggeshall, nr Southwold 

Bankside, The Hills, Uggeshall, Suffolk      email website

Bankside, UggeshallBankside is an elegant boutique B&B situated in peaceful village of Uggeshall, just 10 minutes from Southwold and 15 minutes from Minsmere RSBP nature reserve. The property is situated opposite attractive woodland where Barn Owls, Little Owls, Marsh Harriers and various species of woodpecker and deer are regular visitors.

The two south-facing double bedrooms have a stylish contemporary look- and-feel created by the use of hand crafted American oak furniture. They are elegantly furnished with king-size bed, flat screen TV with Freeview , top of the range linens and towels and en-suite facilities. Hospitality trays provide a range of tea, coffee, biscuits and complimentary mineral water. Wi-Fi is freely available and guests really appreciate the silky soft water provided by the water softener. There is ample off-street parking and secure overnight storage for bicycles.

 
bed and breakfast The Courtyard B&B - Saxmundham 

The Courtyard, Lime Barn, Alder Close, Aldecar Lane, Benhall Green, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1HL Tel/Fax: 01728 603554 email  website

The Courtyard B&B, Saxmundham Situated 3 miles from Snape in a quiet village. The courtyard offers self contained accommodation with independent access in a converted cart lodge attached to the main barn.

Newly converted and tastefully furnished an excellent base for exploring the local area and attractions. 20 minutes from Minsmere RSPB.

Rates from £80 per room per night. No smoking/no pets.

 
bed and breakfast Church Farmhouse - Uggeshall 

Church Farmhouse, Uggeshall, nr Southwold, Suffolk NR34 8BD
Tel: 01502 578532  
email   website

Church Farmhouse, Uggeshall This lovely listed 17th century farmhouse sits on the edge of a wonderfully rural hamlet - yet it is only one mile from the A12.

Marsh harriers and Barn Owls can be seen from the house.

Prices from £90 per night for a double/twin bedroom with bathroom ensuite inclusive of the most wonderful breakfast sitting round a big square table in our lovely beamed dining room. -

Delicious locally sourced breakfast! All extremely peaceful, relaxed and truly comfortable.

No children under 12 - No smoking - Awarded 4 diamonds ETB.

 
bed and breakfast Old Post Office - Saxmundham  

The Old Post Office, Middleton, Nr Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 3NN Tel: 01728 648493  email   website 

Old Post Office, SuffolkEnjoy the character and comfort of The Old Post Office which overlooks the Minsmere River.

We have one twin room with private bathroom available.

The Old Post Office is a short walk to The Bell Inn for your evening meal.

 
bed and breakfast George's House - Woodton  

The Nurseries, Woodton, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 2LZ Tel: 01508 482214 email   website 

George Cottage, SuffolkBed and breakfast accommodation in our delightful 17th century cottage situated on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, within easy reach of the historic city of Norwich, the beautiful Norfolk Broads and the Suffolk heritage coastline.

Our guest accommodation consists of two double rooms - each with its own private shower room and toilet - and one en-suite twin room. All rooms have coffee/tea making facilities and Digital Freeview TV's. WiFi is available for our guests.

Guests are invited to use the Television lounge and Sun room. Ample parking is available.

 
hotel Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa - Melton

Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1QW     Tel: 01394 383555 email   website

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and SpaUfford Park is set in 120 acres of historic parkland located in the heart of Suffolk. With easy access off the A12 it is ideally situated as your one stop destination to visit Minsmere Bird Sanctuary, Snape Marshes, Dunwich Heath, the Deben estuary and the heritage coast either at your leisure or on a specific residential bird watching tour with Brian Small.

Two night leisure breaks start from only £140pp (Inc. Dinner, B&B & unlimited use of health club in a standard room). Golf & Spa is available on site at an additional cost.

 
self-catering Touchwood Bed and Breakfast - nr Saxmundham, Suffolk 

Touchwood, Main Road, Kelsale, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2NS
Tel: 01728 603214
email   
website

TouchwoodEnjoy the pleasures of a family run bed & breakfast at 'Touchwood'.

Jo and Roger pride themselves on making everyone truly welcome in their Suffolk home. All rooms are en-suite, with colour television and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as plentiful off road parking. A full English breakfast is included as part of your stay to give you an excellent start to your day and WiFi is available for your convenience.

You can find us just 1 mile from Saxmundham and the A12, wonderfully located for Minsmere and the beautiful surrounding countryside and coastline this part of Suffolk has to offer.

Twin & double rooms - £40 single & £60 double occupancy.

 
bed and breakfast Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast - Yoxford  

Little Street, Yoxford, Suffolk IP17 3JN Tel: 01728 668651      email website

Oaktree Farm, YoxfordOak Tree Farm is a Georgian farmhouse set in six acres just outside the lovely Suffolk village of Yoxford.

We have three ensuite double/twin rooms all with period charm and countryside views.

Each room has tea making facilities and television. There is a separate lounge room for guests to use.

We are just a few miles from RSPB Minsmere. Framlingham Aldeburgh and Southwold are also close by.

 
bed and breakfast Bankside - Uggeshall, nr Southwold 

Bankside, The Hills, Uggeshall, Suffolk      email website

Bankside, UggeshallBankside is an elegant boutique  B&B situated in peaceful village of Uggeshall, just 10 minutes from Southwold and 15 minutes from Minsmere RSBP nature reserve. The property is situated opposite attractive woodland where Barn Owls, Little Owls, Marsh Harriers and various species of woodpecker and deer are regular visitors.

The two south-facing double bedrooms have a stylish contemporary look- and-feel created by the use of hand crafted American oak furniture. They are elegantly furnished with king-size bed, flat screen TV with Freeview , top of the range linens and towels and en-suite facilities. Hospitality trays provide a range of tea, coffee, biscuits and complimentary mineral water. Wi-Fi is freely available and guests really appreciate the silky soft water provided by the water softener. There is ample off-street parking and secure overnight storage for bicycles.

 
bed and breakfast Valley Farm - Middleton, nr Saxmundham

Middleton, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 3NA
Tel: 01728 648217
email     website

Valley FarmJust three miles from the Minsmere Bird Reserve Valley Farm House is the perfect base for keen birders. it offers beautiful walks through field, hedgerow wetland and woods. It is also handy for Aldeburgh, Snape, Southwold, and the beautiful Suffolk coast.

We have a large double bedroom with TV and private shower room. The excellent breakfasts feature local produce and our own eggs.

We have the one large double room with a south-facing window that overlooks the garden.

 
bed and breakfast Rendham Hall Bed and Breakfast - Saxmundham 

Rendham Hall, Rendham, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2AW. Tel: 01728 663440 email   website 

Rendham Hall, SuffolkRendham Hall is situated just under 3 miles from the A12 and has great access to all the local attractions. We have been running the bed & breakfast for 25 years and love meeting all our guests! Come and spend a night or a week, you will not regret the time spent in our tranquil surroundings whilst relax in our large comfortable rooms enjoying the idyllic views. The farmhouse is part of a 200 acre dairy farm in the heart of beautiful Suffolk where you can enjoy the countryside, explore the heritage coast, cycling, walking and birdwatching - MINSMERE BIRD RESERVE just a 12minute drive away.

We have 2 very spacious rooms at Rendham Hall, overlooking the fields with panoramic views of the sunset that Suffolk is so famous for. Our delicious breakfasts are made using local ingredients.

We are very close to Framlingham, Saxmumdham and all the coastal towns such as Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpness. There are lots of attractions and places to eat to sample the local flavours.

 
 Chapel Cottage Bed and Breakfast - Yoxford 

High Street, Yoxford, Suffolk. IP17 3HP. Tel: 01728 667096 email   website 

Chapel Cottage, SuffolkJust a ten-minute drive from Minsmere, we offer friendly, comfortable and private B&B accommodation throughout the year in an 160 year-old cottage which overlooks the River Yox and water-meadows.

The Cottage is in the High Street of this attractive village, midway between Norwich and Ipswich and at the head of the scenic A1120 Tourist Route.

We are rated as a four-star B&B by VisitEngland with their Silver Award for exceptional quality in all areas and this year we again received their coveted Breakfast Award.

Unlike other B&Bs in the area, we accept one-night bookings.

 
bed and breakfast Buckland House B&B - nr Bungay  

Buckland House, Halesworth Road, Ilketshall St Lawrence Suffolk NR34 8LB Tel/Fax: 01986 781413 email   website 

Buckland House, SuffolkWe offer luxury accommodation in an extended 18th century cottage that was once a Methodist chapel. Comprising 2 doubles and 1 ground floor twin, all en-suite.

We are ideally situated for the Heritage coast, the Broads and Suffolk's beautiful countryside. Minsmere and Dunwich are also within easy reach.

Full English breakfasts made with local ingredients are included to start your day. Packed lunches can be provided. Cyclists and walkers are welcome.

 
bed and breakfast Little Greyfriars - Dunwich, nr Minsmere 

Little Greyfriars, High Street, Dunwich, Suffolk. IP17 3DN. Tel: 01728 648488   website

Little Greyfriars Set in 14 acres of gardens with views to the sea. We have 3 twin rooms.

. Tea and Coffee making facilities
. Private washing facilities
. Shared bathrooms/shower rooms (2)
. Guest dining room & lounge with TV
. Parking

Minsmere Bird Reserve is within walking distance. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to the excellent bird watching hides.

Please notify us of any special requirements such as vegetarian at time of booking.

 
bed and breakfast Colston Hall - Woodbridge

Colston Hall Badingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 8LB. Tel: 01728 638375  email website

Colston Hall Farmhouse For a peaceful, comfortable break deep in the heart of rural Suffolk, choose our Farmhouse B&B accommodation.

Our six bed and breakfast rooms are all located in the Elizabethan farmhouse and flint stables - buildings with hundreds of years of history and real character. Each room is different, and each has its own unique 'feel'.

Opening a Suffolk latch door, you'll find oak beams and original brick floors, co-ordinated fabrics in traditional style and delightful views over our parkland, lakes and old kitchen garden. The Squire's Room even features an antique mahogany four-poster bed! The Breakfast Room

All rooms feature modern en suite bathroom, facilities for making hot drinks and guest-controlled central heating. Three are on the ground floor for easy access.

Take a look at our website for bird watching opportunities - click here.

 
bed and breakfast The Loft at Bridge House- Broome nr Bungay

The Loft, Bridge House, Yarmouth Road, Broome, Bungay, Suffolk. NR35 2NZ. Tel: 01986 894253 / 07919364207 / 07860435326 email website

A newly converted large loft apartment in a beautiful garden and lake of 2 acres. Secure parking area adjacent to accommodation in isolated position outside the village but within a short distance of an award winning public house.

Guests are welcome to use outside seating areas of garden and lakeside situated between the smll market towns of Beccles and Bungay where boat hire and Broads navigation can be found. 30 minutes south of the city of Norwich and 30 minutes west of Suffolk's Sunshine Coast and the timeless coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh.

 
bed and breakfast The Dolphin Inn - Thorpeness

Old Homes Road, Thorpeness, Suffolk. IP16 4FE. Tel: 01728 454994 email   website

The Dolphin Inn Popular and well know to the locals for its relaxed, friendly service and delicious seasonal food all sourced from the immediate area.

The bar dispenses award winning ales and has an excellent wine cellar. A roaring log fire in the winter, a huge garden with barbecues in the summer and well appointed 4 star rated en-suite rooms. The Dolphin Inn, a short stroll from the beach is a must visit.

Minsmere Bird Reserve is within walking distance. Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to the excellent bird watching hides.

Please notify us of any special requirements such as vegetarian at time of booking.

 
bed and breakfast Sandpit Farm - Bruisyard, nr Saxmundham 

Sandpit Farm, Bruisyard, Saxmundham, Suffolk. IP17 2EB
email    website

Sandpit Farm, Bruiseyard, SuffolkCountry House bed and Breakfast
Enjoy the tranquility. peace and beauty of our mellow Grade ll listed home set in 20 acres, hidden in the magical Alde Valley. Stunning views, abundant birds and wildlife.

The river Alde meanders along the boundary of our water meadows. A warm welcome, beautiful and comfortable rooms and delicious breakfasts. An idyllic and relaxing place to stay, ideal for visiting Minsmere, Aldeburgh, Snape, Southwold and the Heritage Coast.

 
bed and breakfast Jolly Farmers B&B - Fressingfield

Jolly Farmers, Chippenhall Green, Fressingfield, Suffolk IP21 5SJ
Tel: 01379 586166
email     website

Jolly FarmersA birdwatchers paradise between the villages of Fressingfield and Cratfield in a nature conservation area and SS 1, surrounded by rural fields, ponds, and a 40 acre common. RSBP Minsmere, Dunwich, Broads all nearby.

A former Farmhouse and Inn, it was built in 1590. Oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and a warm welcome guaranteed. Our Gardens and surrounding area support various types of Owl and Woodpecker, Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Waxwings, Turtle Doves, and many more. Wildlife includes Stoats, Foxes, Hares and Deer. We also offer self catering accommodation at Gates Lodge for details - click here

 
bed and breakfast The Roost - Middleton  

The Roost Leiston Road Middleton Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 3NS. Tel: 01728 648112 email     website 

The Roost, Middleton, SuffolkA warm welcome awaits you at The Roost' - a bungalow extensively renovated to provide good quality accommodation.

'The Roost', situated on the edge of the quiet village of Middleton in the heart of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, is within easy reach of unspoilt estuaries, marshes, forests and Nature Reserves. We regularly walk to RSPB Minsmere via public footpaths close to The Roost'.

We offer two newly furnished bedrooms (1 double: 1 twin) both with en-suite - please see our website.

 
bed and breakfast Gavelcroft - Holton nr Halesworth 

 Gavelcroft, Bungay Road, Holton, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LY
Tel: 01986 873117    
   email  

Gavelcroft, SuffolkEnjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Gavelcroft, a listed C16th farmhouse set in 2.5 acres of garden and apple orchard,

We offer comfortable self-contained ensuite rooms (one double/family, one twin) with all facilities for guests with a wood burner for winter evenings. Ample off-road parking. One room at ground floor level

Gavelcroft is well situated to explore the coastal and inland areas being only a short drive from Minsmere, the Reydon Hen Reed Beds or the Norfolk Broads. Rates for 2009 - From £60prpn (double/twin) £40 prpn(single occupancy)

Children welcome. This is a non smoking house.

From November to March : 4 nights for the price of three (not Bank Holidays). We are open all year round.

bed and breakfast Valley Farm - Holton, nr Halesworth 

Valley Farm, Bungay Road, Holton, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8LY
Tel: 01986 874521  
   email  website

Valley Farm, Holton, SuffolkA warm welcome awaits you in our lovely old Suffolk farmhouse. Just a short drive from the Heritage Coast with its wild heathlands and nature reserves yet only one mile from the centre of Halesworth where there is a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Our rooms a double and a family room are well furnished, each with an en-suite shower room, TV/Video and hot drinks tray. An indoor heated swimming pool, is available to guests.

For medical reason (severe allergy) we regret no smokers or animals, including working dogs.

Self catering accommodation also available.

self-catering Thatched Farm Bed and Breakfast - nr Woodbridge, Suffolk 

Thatched Farm Woodbridge Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4PW
Tel: 01473 811755
email    website

Thatched Farm CottagesJust 5 minutes south of Woodbridge the Grade 2 listed Thatched Farm is surrounded by peaceful countryside and footpaths yet only 5 minutes from local pubs and the A12.

We are ideally situated to explore the Heritage Coast and all its birding opportunities.

2 double rooms available, each with private bath/shower room and each with its own private sitting area with TV.

Laundry facilities on site plus ample parking and beautiful gardens to enjoy.
English Tourist Board 4 Star Rating. Free Wireless Internet access

 
bed and breakfast Gorse House - Southwold

19b Halesworth Road, Reydon, Southwold IP18 6NH
Tel: 01502 725468
email   website

Gorse House, Southwold B&B Gorse House is a 1920s detached property just over the bridge in Reydon. This means that you can walk to the centre of Southwold in just 10 minutes and can leave your car by the house in our spacious off-road front car park. One of the great advantages of our location is that there is some excellent walking in almost every direction.

We are both keen wildlife watchers - birds, mammals, reptiles, & increasingly, insects, moths, & butterflies - and have a real passion for the nature in and around Suffolk and have travelled to every continent except Antarctica.

We can give excellent advice on where to go to see target species or just enjoy great walks with quality pubs and teashops. (Day or half-day escorted trips by arrangement).

 
bed and breakfast Boundary Farm - Framlingham

Boundary Farm, off Saxmundham Road, Framlingham, Woodbridge Suffolk IP13 9NU
Tel: 01728 723401
email   website

Boundary Farm, Framlingham Farmland surrounds this 17th century traditional Suffolk farmhouse and comfy sofas surround the brick inglenook fireplace in the sitting room where guests are offered tea and cake on arrival.

Upstairs, the handsomely furnished bedrooms are all immaculate, and overlook the 2 acre garden with its ancient bay tree and weeping willow by the pond.

A warm, friendly atmosphere ensures a pleasant stay.

bed and breakfast Wissett Lodge Wissett, nr Halesworth  

Wissett Lodge, Wissett, Halesworth, Suffolk. IP19 0JG
Tel: 01986 873173   
email website 

Wissett LodgeWissett Lodge is a 16th Century Farmhouse on a 300 acre farm. Home in 1916 to the Bloomsbury set. We offer one double bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Tea and coffee making facilities and colour TV in the bedroom. Twin beds available on request.

Breakfast is served in the conservatory overlooking large garden. Farm walks, Nature Trail. Musuem of Farmlife. Barn Owl often seen from bedroom window.

£55 per night for 2 people £35 per night single occupancy Minimum stay 2 nights. No smoking. VistiBritain 4 Star..

 
bed and breakfast Camomile Cottage - Eye 

Camomile Cottage, Brome Avenue, Langton Green, Eye, Suffolk IP23 7HW
Tel: 01379 873528
email   website

Camomile Cottage, Eye A romantic 16th century cottage providing luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in Suffolk. Indulge in comfort with privacy whilst experiencing a taste of the past.

A grade II listed property with a private appeal offering exclusive accommodation for only four guests at any one time, ensuring your comfort is our first aim. Two en-suite double rooms with period furnishings, Egyptian cotton bedding, goose-down duvets, hand made soaps and fresh flowers.

Popular with bird watchers and only 40 minutes from the coast.

 
bed and breakfast Dunan House - Aldeburgh 

Ann Lee, 41 Park Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5EN
Tel: 01728 452486
email   website

Dunan House, Aldeburgh Lovely big house in large wooded garden. Great views of garden, marshes and river. Quiet and peaceful yet short walks to shops, beach, river etc. Scrummy breakfasts with our own eggs.

7 miles from MInsmere and 1 mile from North Warren (first RSPB reserve) and much else.
"Fabulous house, decor, art pottery. Felt completely relaxed and at ease.. Would recommend wholeheartedly.....decidedly the best yet"
Eric and Joyce - London

 
bed and breakfast Brampton Dog - Brampton nr Blythburgh 

Brampton Dog, Brampton, Nr Southwold, Suffolk NR34 8EA
Tel:
01502 575645  Fax: 01502 575649 email  Brampton Dog website

Brampton DogFormerly a Village Inn the property has been converted by the present owners, John and Margaret Benson, to include three comfortable ground floor en-suite bedrooms. The rooms are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, television and hair dryer. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room in the main building and the snug bar has been retained as a bar/lounge for the use of guests.

Brampton is situated 6 1/4 miles from the ever popular Regency Coastal Town of Southwold and the Heritage Coast. The woodland heaths of Dunwich and the Minsmere Bird Sanctuary are also nearby. The start of the Norfolk Broads and the famous 'Cathedral of the Marshes' at Blythburgh are both only 5 miles away.

bed and breakfast The Hall - Milden

The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Tel: 01787 247235
   email website   

The Hall, MildenSpacious 16th century hall farmhouse with big rooms and period furniture, peacefully surrounded by walled garden and ancient hedged countryside. Explore farm nature trails around award-winning woodland, moth and butterfly-filled meadows, dragonfly ponds, and local nature reserves - space, peace and fresh air for the bird enthusiast and natural historian.

A small farm museum, castle earthworks, unspoilt aisled barns and local medieval villages for the historian. Feast on homegrown meat, fruit and vegetables and bantam eggs. Relaxed family atmosphere.

 
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