Nature & Culture

Visit the historical medieval town of Framlingham and Orford both with their English Heritage Castles from the Middle Age.

Take some time to visit Sutton Hoo, a trip back into Anglo Saxons times, a National Trust site.

If nature is your thing, Suffolk is a place to be with RSPB Minsmere, plenty of long walks in the area with
birds watching on the coast at the Ordord Ness, another National Trust site.

We are also a 20 minute drive from Helmingham Hall, Chelsea Flower Show winner Garden and hosting many shows during the season.

Coastal Life & Family Day Out

Only 15 minutes away from the Old Rectory you will find the coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness for a traditional seaside escape.

Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year. Pastel-coloured 19th Century holiday villas line the promenade and to the east, the pebble beach with fisherman’s huts selling the daily catch and finally, the best fish and chips in the world!

Thorpeness, is a small village dominated by the Mere, which is popular all year round and bears witness to the village’s fantastical past with pretty mock Tudor houses and the fairy-tale ‘House in the Clouds’

Just 10 minutes away, Children might like to meet the animals at Easton Farm Park. An amazing interactive farm, fun for the whole family which is also a good escape if it rains with an indoor barn.

Children from 4 years old can try an Poney ride lesson at Valley Farm.

For more family fun and museums in the area check here


There is a tennis court guests can use on demand when the weather permits it

The breathtaking Heritage Coast is a region of conservation and much is classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty, ideal for walking and cycling. Click here for trails.

For outstanding golf in the area, visit the Aldeburgh Golf Club or the Thorpeness Golf Club located on the stunning heritage coastline, boasting one of the most picturesque and enjoyable golf courses in Suffolk.

For Horse Riding, Valley Farm is only 10 minutes drive from the Old Rectory. This equestrian farm has something for everyone. They cater for kids and all levels of riders.

With miles of award-winning coastline, what better way to explore the stunning Suffolk coast than by the seas, rivers and estuaries. Whether you remain wrapped up and warm or are happy to don the wetsuit come rain or shine, exploring. To organise an unforgettable sailing experience check here.

Aldeburgh Music Festival

Aldeburgh Music is one of the leading year-round performance centres founded by British composer Benjamin Britten set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast in Snape Maltings. For programme and booking check here.

It’s remarkable that lying amidst breathtaking views of reeds, marshes, sea and vast skies is one of the world’s great musical centres.