Our collection of boutique hotels and luxury houses in Aldeburgh, Suffolk begins with Cotmandene. Although not a boutique hotel in Suffolk it is decorated just like one and is a stunning, 5 bedroom seaside house just a few minutes’ walk from the shops on Aldeburgh High Street. There’s a playroom full of toys and dvds for children, a pool room and a small garden and shaded eating for 12 where you can fire up the BBQ on warm, sunny days (pop to Salters Butcher to stock up on sausages: they sell the best in Suffolk) making it a perfect Suffolk luxury house for families or groups of friends. The kitchen is fully-equipped with everything you might need (highchairs are provided) but if you do fancy eating out, there is plenty of choice nearby.
What to do in and around Aldeburgh
The town itself has a pebbly beach (complete with a controversial stainless steel scallop by local sculptor Maggi Hambling), a yacht club and a boating pond. For the sporty and those feeling active, there are tennis courts, two golf courses and canoes for hire so you can explore the Alde estuary, all a short distance away. By far Aldeburgh’s biggest claim to fame is the annual Aldeburgh Festival which attracts classical music fans from across the country. The main festival venue is a famous concert hall 10 minutes drive along the coast in Snape Maltings where it was started in 1948 by composer Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears but events take place at various venues throughout Aldeburgh and sometimes even on the beach. The concert hall also has music productions held throughout the year so it’s worth checking the programme in advance of your visit. It’s such a foodie destination that it also plays host to the annual Aldeburgh Food Festival where you can expect demonstrations and master classes from chefs and plenty of stands selling tempting produce from cheese to bread and preserves. Shoppers will find a handful of one-off boutiques and galleries at Snape Maltings such as Little Rascals, which sells toys, books and clothes for children and the Pond Gallery which supports mostly local artists. Back in Aldeburgh itself, there’s a wonderful independent, one-screen cinema in a restored timber building (which hosts an annual documentary festival) and the Aldeburgh Contemporary Arts gallery. During the summer months the Thorpeness Country Club, just a mile up the coast, is a great place to enjoy a game of tennis, round of golf, family bingo, BBQs and pints of Pimms! Children love a trip on the meare at Thorpeness in a boat or canoe, followed by an ice cream from the meare shop. The Aldeburgh Golf Club has an 18 hole golf course as well as a 9 hole golf course, perfect for fathers and sons.
Try the family friendly Regatta on Aldeburgh High Street where you’ll find lots of fish on the menu (the beautifully cooked salmon is smoked over local oak in the restaurant’s own smoke house) and a separate children’s menu (they will love the homemade Maltesers ice cream!), or The Lighthouse, an unstuffy restaurant with a lively atmosphere serving up everything from fish and chips to pan fried calves liver. While you’re in Snape Maltings pop into the Granary Tea Shop for coffee and cake, the stylish village pub, the Plough & Sail, or Cafe 1885, which serves all-day lunch and brunch. You can also pick up produce by the best local suppliers at the food hall and bakery or, on the first Saturday of every month, at the town’s farmers’ market.
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