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The best holiday cottages in Suffolk

Southwold, Suffolk
The seafront at Southwold, Suffolk Credit: AnglianArt - Fotolia

Just 90 minutes from London by car, Suffolk offers everything one could need for a family holiday: long, sandy beaches, lively towns packed with fun things to do, a fine selection of pubs and restaurants and, of course, a wide selection of picturesque cottages and holidays lets to stay in.

Whether it’s the charming seaside towns of Southwold or Aldeburgh, or the big-skied Broads that straddle the border with neighbouring Norfolk, chances are there’s a cottage that fits your every need.

After visiting dozens of cottages around the country, here are our pick of the best properties in Suffolk.

1. Martello Tower Y, Bawdsey

Telegraph expert's rating: 9/10

A superb and imaginatively designed conversion of a brick-built, early 19th-century circular tower in a dramatic, isolated position overlooking the sea in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Martello Tower Y, Bawdsey

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2. Wing Cottage, Orford

Telegraph expert's rating: 9/10

A cosy and beautifully-designed little cottage, attached to a larger house, and overlooking a 13th-century castle keep in one of the region’s most picture-perfect seaside villages.

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3. Gardens House, Ickworth

Telegraph expert's rating: 8/10

Sitting in an idyllic setting in the heart of the beautiful 1,800-acre Ickworth estate, the cottage provides a welcoming bolt-hole, with out-of-hours access to the grounds and within walking-distance of the hotel's restaurants.

Gardens House, Ickworth

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4. Number Six, Southwold

Telegraph expert's rating: 9/10

A doll's house-sized hidey-hole at the end of a terraced row of tiny, seafront cottages behind white picket fencing in a prime spot overlooking Southwold beach.

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5. South Green House, Southwold

Telegraph expert's rating: 9/10

This popular, recently-renovated Georgian house, equidistant between beach and shops in this jolly seaside town, is perfect for groups of friends or families holidaying together.

South Green House, Southwold

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6. Mill Cottage, Walberswick

Telegraph expert's rating: 8/10

An atmosphere of understated chic presides at this mellow-brick, two-storey house sleeping eight, in the centre of a quietly fashionable seaside village on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast.

Mill Cottage, Walberswick Credit: © Dominic Whiten/Dominic Whiten www.dominicwhiten.com

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