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Woodlark formerly Coastguard Apartment 1

Dunwich Heath, Saxmundham, Suffolk

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With fabulous views over the landscape of Dunwich Heath and Beach from every window, this first floor apartment occupies an enviable position. The largest of the three apartments in a building that was once home to the Coastguard it now offers excellent accommodation for a couple or family.

This peaceful location is a bird watchers paradise with the heath on your doorstep attracting special species such as nightjar, woodlark and warblers. It neighbours impressive RSPB Minsmere where you can watch rare and migrating birds in the coastal lagoons. Hours of fun can be had exploring the vast, family friendly beach or taking part in the many activities on offer from pond dipping to bug hunting before returning for a well-deserved cake from the tea-room.

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

The cottage's layout

First floor
kitchen/diner, sitting room, shower room and lavatory, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin).
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Garden: Shared grass area in front of apartments.

Parking: Parking in designated area.

Please Note: This apartment is situated over the gift shop/tea room which is open daily.

The apartments are accessed via a shared stairway.

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

Short breaks bookable within 4 weeks of the start date all year at this cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • September 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    The location - Dunwich Heath and the weather. The welcome tray and card/flowers (orange roses, which were very appropriate as we were celebrating our 35th (coral) Wedding Anniversary).

  • Anonymous
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    The location - Dunwich Heath and the weather. The welcome tray and card/flowers (orange roses, which were very appropriate as we were celebrating our 35th (coral) Wedding Anniversary).

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
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    Wonderful location

    LIz, the housekeeper was very friendly when we met her quite by accident. She also had some great ideas for places to visit, which added to our holiday. This is the very reason that I book with the National Trust. In this instance its wonderful location within National trust land and its close proximity to MInsmere. I also found its history fascinating and could quite imagine us as coastguards living in the apartment!

  • Ms Archer
    • December 2014
    • England
    Made special by:

    The welcome flowers and tray much appreciated. Cleanliness very good. Well equipped. Location and views and cosiness of appartment

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  • 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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