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Dunwich Heath, Saxmundham, Suffolk

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Staying in Stonechat, for bird watchers, is like having their own hide as it enjoys wonderful views over the nature reserve of Dunwich Heath and Beach. This apartment offers a cosy, comfortable space for two in what was once home to the Coastguards.

A highlight is its close proximity to neighbouring RSPB Minsmere that is home to rare and migrating birds, on the coastal lagoons and reedbeds, such as bittern, marsh harriers and avocet. The area also offers excellent walking along the beach, across heather strewn heath and through surrounding woodland.

After a hike, treat yourself in the neighbouring tea-room and gift shop or for a change of scenery the pretty seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh are a short drive away. For further inspiration for National Trust places to visit and events during your visit to Suffolk click on the ‘Nearby’ tab above.

Here are some other cottages in the same region that you might also be interested in 1 Horsey Barns, Nightjar and 2 Cart Lodge

The cottage's layout

First floor
Open plan kitchen/dining/sitting/sleeping area (1 double), shower room and 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.

Garden: Shared grass area in front of apartments.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Sutton Hoo and selected local National Trust properties during their stay, listings in cottage welcome folder.

Please note: Stonechat 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. Stonechat is not a stand alone single holiday cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub Nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Remote Location
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


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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  • 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

  • Anne Hanley
    • June 2016
    • Shropshire
    Best of all worlds!

    Fantastic location - best of all worlds being next to the sea, Dunwich Heath and RSPB Minsmere.

  • Richard Bowman
    • January 2016
    • London
    Made enjoyable...

    Isolation, Minsmere RSPB, Dunwich Heath, walking the beach, interesting villages and churches nearby.

  • Ron Baker
    • November 2015
    • Buckinghamshire
    Made enjoyable....

    We know what we are going to get from NT Cottages...that's why we rebook...

  • Anonymous
    • October 2015
    • ......
    Made enjoyable....

    We really enjoyed the location at Dunwich Heath - it was exactly what we had hoped for. The fact that the weather was perfect was a bonus, but it wouldn't have mattered too much if the weather had been poor as there are interesting towns nearby (Sothwold and Aldburgh). We would have liked a little more space, but if we return we will simply book into one of the bigger apartments.

  • R Wells
    • October 2015
    • Surrey
    Made enjoyable....

    The location- perfect with the Heath and the beach and Minsmere on the doorstep. And I saw an Osprey.

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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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