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The Watch Houses

For a larger family group or gathering of friends, the cottages are the perfect location for relaxing in a gloriously tranquil setting, yet with all the amenities of a bustling town nearby. With only a low-lying cliff edge and a near private beach separating you from the sea, you can enjoy the changing light of Suffolk’s huge skies, expecience spectacular sunrises and sunsets, hear the sounds of the waves and appreciate nature at its most idyllic.

Consisting of two detached beach houses that can be booked separately or together, The Watch Houses take their name from World War II, when Royal Navy Wrens listened out for German submarines from this coastline. Both beach houses have been finished to a very high standard, and offer clean, contemporary styling that is the perfect complement to the huge views of sea and sky from the windows. The Listening Station has views towards the cliffs and beaches of Clovehithe, while The Watch Room looks out onto Southwold’s iconic pier. Each property is of the same design, comfortably sleeping four in two double bedrooms. All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the two bedrooms in each property are linked by a modern living and dining area.

Spend the morning just gazing on the amazing birdlife just outside your windows, then wander down to Southwold and browse the boutiques – you might end up buying some of the local catch for a mouthwatering supper. There is easy access to the quiet, peaceful beach just a 5 minute walk along the cliff. You’ll find plenty to keep you entertained beyond Southwold too. From stately homes including Royal Sandringham, through to boating, surfing, golf and more, you can be as lively or as relaxed as you want to be.

The two properties can be booked individually through Rural Retreats; The Listening Station (sleeping four guests) accepts one well behaved dog and The Watch Room (sleeping four guests) is pet free.

This holiday at a glance

  • Sleeps eight guests.
  • Four double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom.
  • Open plan accommodation, all on one level.
  • Beachfront location.
  • Decked terrace.
  • WiFi.
  • Parking.
  • Children and infants welcome.
  • The Listening Station welcomes one small dog (small additional charge).
  • The Watch Room is pet free.
  • Minimum three night stay.

Additional features

  • Sunning sea views.
  • Electric cooker.
  • Fridge freezer.
  • Washing machine and dishwasher.
  • Widescreen television with Freeview.
  • Sonos Smart speaker
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Garden furniture.
  • Barbecue
  • Beach cart with windbreak and picnic chairs

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • The Watch Houses are ideally situated for you to stroll out onto Suffolk’s tremendous coastline, with its sandy cliffs, dunes, bays and creeks. The coast stretches for 40 unspoilt miles or so, with many well-managed and award-winning beaches.
  • Southwold is just a 15-minute walk or 5-minute cycle ride away from the property. As well as having an award-winning beach, Southwold offers plenty of galleries, shops and pubs. You can also buy freshly caught fish here.
  • From Southwold, you can take a ferry out to Walberswick. The town is most famous for its crabbing. Make sure to return any crabs you catch back into the water.
  • There are some superb historic buildings worth visiting nearby, including the late 12th century castle in Framlingham. Dating back to the 14th-century, the remains of Leiston Abbey are very evocative and are some of Suffolk’s most impressive ruins.
  • Adrenaline junkies will find plenty to like here too. Try a ‘Drive of your life’ experience aboard the high-speed RIB Coastal Voyager from Southwold, or you can learn to surf in the rolling waves on Southwold beach.

For additional inspiration on what to do within the area, please click here.

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