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Sleeps 10 adults Bedrooms 5 Pets Not accepted Region Suffolk Town/village Aldeburgh

Welcoming Group Retreat, near Aldeburgh (SFKSASF)

An oasis of calm in the very heart of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, the stunning Yacht House, hidden within its own sunny walled gardens, has the look and finish of a world class private yacht combined with the spaciousness of a luxury beach house.

SNAPE 5 miles (8km) ORFORD 12 miles (17km) WOODBRIDGE 20 miles (33km) SOUTHWOLD 24 miles (39km)

Just a few steps from the beach in the heart of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast, this stunning holiday home, hidden within its own very private sunny walled gardens, has the look and finish of a world class private yacht combined with the spaciousness of a luxury beach house.

About the Property: Built for style, comfort and ambience, The Property has the symmetry of a luxury ocean going yacht but with a lot more space. On the Lounge Deck (ground floor) there are large areas of glass and bi-fold doors opening on to the deck; the sitting room is filled with sunlight even on the greyest day. There is a Steinway piano (available to experienced pianists by agreement with the owners) and technology throughout the house is top of the range and includes an Arcam iPod/iPhone system with Vita Audio sound system and Samsung smart TV. There is an excellent selection of books with a bias towards the arts.

Housing an eclectic collection of modern art, some of which has been exhibited at The Tate, there is much to enjoy. The large log burning stove draws your eye towards the beautiful walled garden and the large traditional pool with its gently playing fountain, lit at night for a superbly romantic and relaxing feel.

There is lighting for every mood, from a romantic dinner party to an afternoon of reading in front of the log burning stove. Light streams in from the Velux windows in the roof and there are electrically operated blinds to allow you to adjust the level of light to your taste and mood. If the sun from the garden is too much there is a canopy above the sliding doors which can be used to shade diners on the decking or to reduce the light in the sitting room.

The sitting room is divided from the dining area and kitchen by beautiful low level cedar wood shelving, giving the area a feeling of warmth and depth, work surfaces are made of Ullswater Green Slate - stunning!

Both the dining area and spacious galley kitchen are designed for people who take pleasure in eating; the large dining table begs for a dinner party. There is a separate study bedroom with en suite shower room ideal for an elderly relative or someone with limited mobility.

Mid decks: The first floor has a master bedroom with large and lovely en-suite bathroom and a small work area with desk and chair and door to your own private balcony overlooking the walled garden. A slightly smaller double bedroom, again with en-suite shower room stands at the other end of the landing and next door is a bunk bedroom.

The top deck: is reached by a beautiful wooden spiral staircase. It is wide and gentle and very comfortable to use. There is a twin bedroom and a single with a pull out bed, a bit more yacht-like up here; these are rooms to sleep in rather than to lounge in. There is another balcony and a good sized bathroom from which there are lovely views over the river. There are views of the sea from the landing and you can relax on the balcony which overlooks the garden.

The Grounds: One of the most remarkable features of this delightful Aldeburgh property is its unassuming entrance. It is truly a hidden gem. On a narrow residential street between the High Street and the sea front stand two blue doors opening into a covered area, which can be used as a garage; it hardly hints at what lies beyond. There is a small conservatory beyond which is the dining deck, ideal for al fresco dinner parties and a large grassed area and a small seating area with table, chairs and parasol; lots of perfumed planting and culinary herbs in the flower borders, and to the left a further decked area with ornamental pool with water feature and a further seating area. Once again the owners have thought of everything and there is subtle evening lighting to create just the right atmosphere for an outdoor dinner party.

Sleeps: One king, one double, four singles, one set of bunks and a sofa bed. There are beds for 10 but we would suggest that the single with pull out only works for two if they are children. Adult only groups - we would suggest a maximum of 8 due to the size of the smallest rooms.

Parking: There is parking in the garage for one car but it is quite narrow so be careful if you have a big car, otherwise it is a great area for bike storage and sea side bits and pieces. Additional cars: Parking permits for the surrounding car parks can be purchased from Suffolk Coastal District Council. There are offices in Woodbridge and Felixstowe if you wish to purchase and collect in person. These can be ordered over the phone by calling 01394 383789 and posted to you second class, we therefore recommend that you book these well in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8.45 am - 5 pm, Thurs 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Fri 8.45 am - 4.30 pm.

This property is ideal for those looking for absolute comfort and privacy in this vibrant seaside town. Children will love its top deck bedrooms and the portholes, their parents will adore the privacy and security of the garden (be aware, the ornamental pool is not fenced and is about 1 metre deep) the comfort and ease of the house. Musicians will be overjoyed to know that there is an upright Steinway piano. Kept covered it can be made available to serious musicians and able amateurs by prior arrangement.

Under a hundred miles from London, Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk coast, has managed to incorporate the best of 21st century eating and dining with a seaside feel reminiscent of the 1950s. There is sailing and yachting on the estuary and two fine heathland golf courses within a mile. There are superb coastal and riverside walks where you can enjoy the sight and sound of rare and wonderful ground nesting birds. Couple all this with an international reputation for musical, theatrical and literary performance and art and you have the quiet seaside town of Aldeburgh.

Self-catering eating and drinking: Grocery deliveries are available and there is a great selection of catering options for your stay at The Property, King Street. Just yards from Aldeburgh high street, you will find all the holiday food you need to stock up on - butchers, bakers, greengrocers, general stores galore. And of course there is no shortage of fish sheds dotted along the beach, selling freshly-caught seafood throughout the day.

Tip: If you can drag yourself out of bed, the best time to buy fish is early in the morning, just as the fishing boats get in. Slightly further inland, down the A1094 just before you get to the A12, you will find Friday Street Farm Shop, a large range of excellent home-grown and locally-made produce, it is the perfect place to stock up on holiday food.

The pretty little town of Orford is situated right on the rivers Alde and Ore, and well worth a visit whilst exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Pinney's of Orford have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s and their smoke house supplies mouth-watering freshly smoked fish every day. Or why not take a trip to Richardson's Smoke House in Orford and stock up on melt-in-the-mouth ham hock and smoked cheese?

Eating out: There is no shortage of good pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance of The Property.
Cross Keys Inn, Aldeburgh 01728 452 637 Dating back to 1540 the pub is glowing with history and has great character. A large courtyard garden facing onto the sea front, makes this the perfect place to enjoy a pint of Adnams! The Cross Keys serve an extensive selection of fresh seafood, which is caught daily by the Aldeburgh fishermen.
The Mill Inn, Aldeburgh 01728-452563 The Mill Inn is another pub that stands directly opposite the beach front. With plenty of old world charm, its beams and leaded windows take you back to the days when this was once the haunt of local smugglers, who plied their trade the length of the Suffolk Coast. Meals are cooked using fresh, local ingredients, hand-selected by the Chef. The seafood dish of the day is chosen depending on the success of the Aldeburgh fisherman who land their catch on the beach opposite. What is more, if you fancy a hearty cooked breakfast The Mill Inn in the place to go.
The White Lion, Aldeburgh 01728 452720 The White Lion Hotel enjoys fantastic views of the sea, and is a great place to enjoy a good meal. The menus are fresh and inspired, using produce sourced from the land and sea close to Aldeburgh. Fish and seafood are both specialities, as well as traditional favourites such as braised oxtail or devilled lambs kidneys.
The Brudenell, Aldeburgh 01728 452071 With its relaxed, informal dining room and patio heaters which allow you to eat al fresco after the sun has set, The Brudenell Hotel is a great place for a special holiday meal. Suffolk has the reputation of being the country's richest producer of healthy, locally-grown organic food and the head chef plays homage to this with his firm ethos of using sustainably and ethically sourced local produce.

Family Holidays: All hardware such as highchair and travel cot are supplied for your use at The Property, Aldeburgh. The garden is generous and with the beach practically on your doorstep there is plenty of space to be explored by the kids.

Packing tips: Wellingtons and walking boots will be very useful so you can have a good old stomp along the coast without ruining your best shoes! Do remember beach towels, fishing nets, crabbing lines and sailing kit. Do think about bringing or hiring bikes as this is a wonderful place for cycling, whatever your age or ability
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  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • High chair
  • Open Fire
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Garden

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LocationAldeburgh

Aldeburgh has a pretty beach front with colourful villas and stunning views both seawards and inland to the River Alde. As well as a boating lake, there is also a yacht club which offers lessons and the high street has a wide range of craft and boutique shops, antique stores and a few pubs to choose from. The town is famous for is its ties to the composer Benjamin Britten and the Aldeburgh festival is a great celebration of classical music, there is also a vibrant music and arts scene with many art galleries through the resort.

Although much of the original town has been lost to coastal erosion there are still a few fascinating Tudor buildings including its Norman church, the Moot Hall which also houses the local museum and the Martello Tower, a defensive tower at the mouth of the peninsula. For a shopping day out, visit the Snape Maltings art centre which has gift shops, galleries and the concert hall which has a diverse programme of music throughout the year.

The surrounding area of wetlands and heathland are home to many rare species and moor ponies. Guided walks are available from the RSPB, or you can take a stroll along the estuary. The Meare at nearby Thorpeness is well worth a visit; here you can hire a boat or canoe and take a leisurely sail around the lake.

Suffolk

The somewhat curious county of Suffolk forms a part of the region known as East Anglia. Its eastern edge is bounded by the North Sea, with neighbouring Norfolk to the north and Essex to the south. The county of Cambridgeshire lies to the west. It has no cities and no motorways, but it does have many gardens and ruins and history in spades, from the Magna Carta to the Saxon relics of Sutton Hoo.

Unusual (for Britain) timber-framed buildings, dating back to the 16th century, vie with Tudor mansions in the attractive streets of market towns. In common with Norfolk, it is a fairly flat county, with much of its area devoted to farming and other rural pursuits. Its coastal geology of sand and clay, combined with the longshore drift current of the sea, means that the land is eroding constantly. Sea defences protect many of the towns but, equally, a good deal of property has been lost as the cliffs are worn away, and more is threatened.

Suffolk is famous throughout the UK for its distinctive dialect, horse racing (the town of Newmarket is the epicentre of British racing) and the arts. Festivals and other shows are common, and fish and chips and Adnam's ale are the order of the day.

East of England

This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.

Area Suffolk

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