Staycation in Suffolk

I spent last weekend somewhere I’ve never been before, Suffolk.

On the East Coast of England, just a couple of hours outside of London.

We were offered a cottage for the weekend on the rather marvellous sounding Wilderness Reserve, a 5000 acre estate peppered with farm houses and cottages for guests.

Naturally my fella and I jumped at the chance and we took my parents along too.

Arriving late on Friday, after a long lazy supper, a great deal of wine and a raucous game of Heads Up we all tumbled into bed and slept like logs.

Waking with the sunshine and making the very most of having baths at the end of our beds…


Everyone padded downstairs for a leisurely breakfast.


And a walk around the garden, in the gorgeous morning light.


Keen to explore Suffolk we set off in search of the coast.

Weaving through winding lanes, through a wonderland of flaming orange countryside.



We didn’t pass a single house we wouldn’t have happily moved into.



We heard the beach shortly before reaching it, announced by the unmistakable screech of gulls overhead.


Wrapped up warm we took a stroll along Aldeburgh beach, sinking into the pebbles with every step… much to Mr Custard’s annoyance.



Oversized scarf scarf (11 colours!)

Camel striped coat (UK/US – 25% off with code : BLACKFRIDAY25)

Jeans // Red wellies (on sale)

Dad’s scarf // Cap // Jumper

Striped shirt // Jeans




We walked the length of the beach, skimming stones and catching up as we went.




Someone went swimming, then regretted it.

Botticelli met his match…


And we visit the strange and wonderful town of Thorpeness.


Which feels incredibly Dutch, for obvious reasons.


Before seeking out lunch back in Aldeburgh.

Which is delightful.









We picked up a few bags of fish’n’chips from the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop and had them on the beach.



Silver May bangles // Rose sparkler

Finishing up with one last mooch around the town, partly to do a little shopping but mostly to warm up very cold bottoms.




Before setting sail back to The Reserve, and our very own Moat Cottage.



Where it didn’t take long for this lot to disappear…



And while mum and dad snoozed beside the fire, we went out to enjoy the hottub.


Off the shoulder swimsuit


We watched the sun set, turning the sky pinker and pinker until we were plunged into the sort of darkness only proper countryside can muster.

Then it was just us, the candles and the stars flickering into life one by one.

Turns out you don’t have to go far from home to reconnect with the world and all its beauty. In fact, we’ve got a pretty nice slice of it on this funny little island we call home!

I look forward to exploring more of it.

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  • What a beautiful place! I think baths at the end of beds is a fantastic idea. Kinda brings me back to my boyfriends parents house in Somerset, hot tub sessions at night are the perfect stargazing spot. So magical! Immy x

  • This looks like a beautiful and relaxing break! Love all the gorgeous pictures and autumn colours! Gorgeous!


  • Beautiful pictures. Looks like a fun trip!

  • The slow pace

    That’s the kind of British dream I’d love to live in!

  • Harriet Wild

    I love this post. The writing, photos and beautiful sentiment is just wonderful. Reading it filled me up like a big bowl of porridge. Thank you for sharing. x

  • Simply gorgeous and breathtaking beautiful . . . As always! 🙂

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  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    You just can’t beat a staycation! What a gorgeous little part of the U.K. Xx

  • Klara

    Looks wonderful! Really like your blog! Used to live in London but don’t do it no more as I moved back to Sweden where I’m from. Will visit London with my parents in two weeks, what pub in central London would you suggest to eat?:-)

  • This looks gorgeous! 🙂

  • This post makes me want to move to the country, by the sea – even though I already live in the country, by the sea! I haven’t had the chance to explore Suffolk yet though, need to do something about that! 😀

  • What a stunning place! The pink cottage is so dreamy 🙂

  • Hi Rosie, we visited Suffolk with my little family last Easter and loved our week away in that part of the UK! We saw lots of super cute villages (I love seeing so many colourful cottages along the way), National trust properties, forests and Aldeburgh was such fun too. I would definitely return and would happily try Wilderness reserve. Plus it’s easy to get to from London. I hope you are feeling relaxed and vivified after your weekend down there. Julie x

  • I was very lucky to accompany by husband on a business trip to Aldeburgh 6 years ago. I wandered over to Thorpesness and Southwould as well. I cannot wait to get back there again and take our little ones with us.

  • Definitely putting that bath on my ‘future house’ goals. Could easily spend a few hours in there watching the world go by.
    I Love your adventures Rosie, they inspire me to travel so much!

  • That swimsuit is gorgeous! And the photo of you taking a dip in the hottub is stunning!

  • This place looks incredible! I have always loved little coastal towns and this one is a must visit on my list!

  • Perdie Nelson

    My family have a house in Thorpeness and I’ve been heading there every summer for as long as I can remember! Falling asleep by the sea is the easiest thing in the world. Your pictures make me want to visit in winter!!

  • Those little food bowls for Teddy and Mr. Custard are adorable!!

  • OMG this looks like the DREAM getaway, so jealous and that house is SO cute! Love AP xo

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  • Joules

    That swimsuit is really flattering on you! Beautiful photos, as always!

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  • What an absolutely gorgeous house, I’m very jealous of the hot tub (and your beautiful swimsuit!) I went to Southwold for a weekend recently and loved it, it’s so beautiful over there xxx
    Lucy @

  • Absolutely stunning – such unique buildings too!

    I still think you should team up with England’s tourism board because this country is SO beautiful, be lovely if more places outside of London got the spotlight too, especially as you do such a cracking job of capturing it! x

  • This looks so perfect. Staycations sometimes really are the best to just let go of the stress and enjoy a few days in a slightly different environment.I just recently did the same here in San Diego. Have a lovely holiday season. (