Sutton Hoo, situated near Woodbridge in southeast England, is home to two Anglo-Saxon burial grounds dating from the sixth and seventh centuries and an important collection of excavated treasures, from gem-studded armour to ceremonial helmets. Discover the best places to stay when you’re in the area, from self-catered apartments to an extravagant boutique in Ipswich – all bookable on Culture Trip.
Bentheim-designed rooms at this smart gastropub and restaurant come as twins, doubles and superior doubles with roll-top tubs and walk-in showers. Treat yourself to a half-day package at the partnered Bathsheba Spa, a four-minute walk away, and return in time for an afternoon tea of sandwiches, sweets and prosecco. Take a Pimm’s and lemonade or Aperol spritz (discounted during happy hour from Sunday to Thursday) before tucking into artfully presented mains such as crispy sea bass with chorizo, gnocchi, broad beans and prawn bisque.
These fully equipped modern apartments are among the best self-catering choices near Sutton Hoo. With whitewashed, minimalist decor, they feature one double and one twin bedroom (maximum capacity four), a showroom-style kitchen with hobs, oven, microwave and dishwasher and a living area with sofas, armchairs, a fireplace and a flat-screen TV. Within a ten-minute walk are several pubs, a Bangladeshi restaurant, the Woodbridge Museum and the Woodbridge Tide Mill. Free on-site parking is available.
Golfers have all the fun at Ufford Park, a large estate with the only two-tier driving range in Suffolk and an 18-hole course. There’s also a spa with an indoor pool, sauna, treatment rooms and jacuzzi. Most rooms overlook the greens, and the premier and deluxe options have private balconies. Head to the Park Bar for a pint of local Aspall cider or Adnams ale before dinner at the restaurant, where dishes are prepared using locally sourced organic ingredients.
Run by local twins Alex and Oliver Burnside, this 17th-century inn offers three ensuite B&B rooms, one of which is dog-friendly. Breakfast options are impressive, ranging from a full Suffolk with locally produced bacon and sausages to lighter choices such as smashed avocado on sourdough or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Other meals to enjoy by the fireplace in the stone-flagged bar include pie of the day (check the board) and country pub rarities such as spiced falafel with raita dip and rocket.
If you’re looking to combine a visit to Sutton Hoo with some relaxation on the Suffolk coast, this is a great choice. Set back from the shingle beach of Aldeburgh, a 30-minute drive from the archaeological site, all double rooms wear beachy blues and offer sea views through floor-to-ceiling bay windows. On the seafront terrace, tapas-sized bites such as devilled whitebait and olives with feta are available, alongside a net-fresh catch of the day served with herb-crushed potatoes and local greens.
This seaside three-star hotel in Aldeburgh has been meticulously run by the same family since 1920, and offers rooms overlooking the fishermen’s huts that supply its restaurant. The signature seafood bisque is available in a gluten-free version, and vegetarian and vegan options range from wild mushroom risotto to a tofu Thai curry. Nearby attractions include the Sailors’ Path Walk to Snape Maltings (10km or 6mi each way), Aldeburgh Museum and the Red House, formerly home to composer Benjamin Britten.
Loud aesthetics dominate every corner of this Ipswich boutique, from a futuristic bar packed with contemporary art to designer suites with copper tubs and marina views. The star dish at the restaurant is a seafood platter fit for a king, heaped with smoked salmon, halibut, crevettes, mackerel and whitebait, and doused with saffron aioli and marie rose sauce. Accompany it with something from the wine list, ranging from France and Spain to Chile and New Zealand. Sutton Hoo is a half-hour drive away.
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