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Dunwich Heath, Saxmundham, Suffolk

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This ground floor open plan apartment, that was once home to the Coastguards, benefits from the wonderful and peaceful cliff top setting above Minsmere beach. This comfortable apartment for two has a private entrance and courtyard as well as use of the small enclosed garden adjacent. The neighbouring café and gift shop is perfect for those holiday treats and cream teas.

There are numerous walks from the door along the coast and across the colourful heath, ideal if you are bringing your dog along. As well as the amazing birdlife at Dunwich Heath and adjacent RSPB Minsmere the area also attracts herds of red deer and is home to some shy otters.

For a change of scenery the pretty seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are a short drive away. If you are looking for further inspiration during your stay we run events and activities here and at many of our Suffolk properties throughout the year, for details click on the ‘Nearby’ tab above.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
An open plan room with kitchen/dining/sitting/sleeping area (1 twin, which can be a 6’ double bed on request) and separate shower room with lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included. The night storage heaters are linked to a sensor on the exterior of the building and will be activated when the temperature falls below 16 – 18° C.

Parking: Designated parking for one car. There is a level path to the cottage door which is screened from the adjacent gift shop entrance (open daily).

Garden: Shared grass area in front of apartments. There is also a small screened courtyard with picnic table outside this apartment which is for the sole use of Nightjar guests.

Accessibility: A mobility vehicle for heathland trails can be booked in advance.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to nearby Sutton Hoo and other selected East of England National Trust properties during their stay (listings in cottage welcome folder)

Please note: Please note that Nightjar is part of a conversion of former coastguard cottages consisting of 3 holiday apartments, privately let accommodation, a café and a visitors’ centre. As such the building may be occupied by other parties at the same time. Being apartments, there may be some noise from other guests coming and going, although the property is sound proofed. Nightjar is not a stand alone single holiday cottage.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Single storey
  • Remote Location
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • Accessible for occasional wheelchair users
  • Accessible for ambulant disabled people
  • Access statement


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point © Joe Cornish

The ancient kingdom of East Anglia has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions with attractions ranging from the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely, to glorious, often deserted, sandy beaches, lots of seaside fun, outdoor pursuits and the unspoilt waterways of The Broads. National Trust places in East Anglia are equally varied, ranging from the magnificent Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the impressive rotunda at Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, the elegant Anglesey Abbey, to the dramatic coastline at Dunwich Heath, with its neighbouring RSPB sanctuary and the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo.

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place to visit
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  • RSPB Minsmere
  • bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • nature trails
  • walking
National Trust places to visit
Dunwich Heath: Coastal Centre and Beach
Dunwich Heath and Beach Coastal lowland heath sandy cliffs and beach, rich in wildlife, offering tranquillity and excellent views
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve Internationally important nature reserve, with a fascinating 20th-century military history
Sutton Hoo
Sutton Hoo Awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon royal burial site
Elizabethan House Museum
Elizabethan House Museum Delightful treasury of 16th-century domestic history


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Coak
    • April 2017
    • Hampshire
    Cosy cottage

    Fantastic views over the heathland and sea. Cosy cottage.

  • Anonymous
    • September 2016
    • Unknown
    Fantastic location

    The location was fantastic - I suppose you would expect that from a Coastguard lookout. The paths around the heath were superb. Even the sun glinting off the pure white dome of Sizewell B (about 2 miles away) in the morning was rather beautiful.

  • Sarah Parry
    • May 2016
    • Staffordshire
    Friendly NT staff

    We loved being there in the evenings and early mornings when very few people were around. The NT staff were all friendly and helpful.

  • Cliff Rowlinson
    • April 2016
    • UK
    Great birthday surprise!

    Our holiday was booked by family as a birthday surprise, so we did not personally choose the cottage therefore our booking lead was not there to experience it. It was delightful such a picturesque spot, relaxing and the sound of the sea, we will return.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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