Southwold, just 40 minutes from our luxury log cabins, is a charming Suffolk seaside town that offers a huge array of things to visit and explore. From the Adnams Brewery to Southwold’s distinctive working lighthouse there is plenty to do on a day trip here, especially during the cold winter months where the town is filled with twinkling lights and warm cafes.
Windmill Lodges offers a scenic holiday in the rural countryside of Suffolk, which combines luxury, relaxation and comfort. Each of our beautiful log cabins comes with its own private hot tub, as well as a coal effect fire to keep you warm during the colder months. Perfect for families and couples, our lodges are fully equipped to the highest standards.
Southwold, a small town on the North Sea Coast, has a population of just 3,680 and is famously known for its harbour which remains one of the main fishing ports on the Suffolk coastline.
Southwold is also famous for its huge landmarks, including its lighthouse which was built in 1933, and stands at 31 metres tall. Guided visits take place at the lighthouse regularly, where you can climb the 113 steep spiral steps to the top of the lighthouse. This lighthouse is hugely important for Southwold’s fishing port, and plays a vital role in guiding the boats to shore each day.
Southwold’s biggest employer, Adnams Brewery, brings tourists from all over the UK to tour the huge brewery and sample their delicious beers and gins. The brewery is open during the winter months, throughout which they sell a range of both winter cocktails and winter spiced beer which have aromas of orange, cinnamon and chocolate.
Southwold Pier was destroyed in 1955 by a gale, but was rebuilt in 2001 to accommodate the thousands of tourists visiting the beach. This popular pier has a collection of modern coin operated novelty machines, which are favoured by children throughout the summer and winter. The pier’s small café is also open in winter, where you can enjoy a hot drink after a brisk stroll along the beach.
Things to do in Southwold
While staying in our luxury log cabins, Southwold is an ideal place to visit for a romantic stroll or family day out at the beach. Here you can enjoy cosy pub lunches, quiet costal walks and can browse in the independent shops which line the streets of the small town.
If you enjoy intellectual and historical days out, Southwold is perfect, with two main museums which boast a huge knowledge of its local history. Southwold Museum has a number of exhibits which focus on the local and natural history of the museum, which is informative and fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Amber Shop is a museum designed to tell the history of amber, and is the only amber museum in the whole of the UK.
Lovers of seafood and high quality food will find themselves surrounded by high end restaurants in Southwold, which serve fresh and local produce all year round. With local produce ranging from lobster to rollmops, you can all try something new while here.
For an exciting adrenaline rush, the Coastal Voyager provides a high speed experience which shows you the stunning view of Southwold from the sea. During this high speed tour you may be able to see porpoises, seals and dolphins if you’re lucky. If you prefer something a bit slower, there are also cruises which take up to 3 hours and 30 minutes, during which you can see heron, cormorants and many other types of seabirds.
The Electric Picture Palace is an old fashioned cinema which was opened in 2002 to show the style of the early 1900’s. With just 66 seats, you can watch a large variety of films here in both black and white, and colour.
Just six miles from Southwold is the Henstead Exotic Garden, which is hidden behind a 200 year old cottage and ancient yew hedge. This exotic garden covers over an acre of land, and is surrounded on all sides by hedges, backing onto a 12 acre woodland full of wildlife.