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Smugglers Rest, Aldeburgh

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Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a tiny property but so well proportioned that it feels snug and cosy."

    It has everything you need. The courtyard with garden furniture is wonderful. The cottage is perfectly located for the beach and town.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at the Smugglers Rest."

    Aldeburgh was beautiful and we had lots of fun enjoying the area. Thank you.

    AnonymousAug 2023

  • "A well appointed beautiful cottage that has everything you need."

    Great location and the outside space is a real bonus. Parking nearby was always easy and the cottage location is great exploring Aldeburgh.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2023

  • "There are no improvements to the property to justify a price increase since last year."

    Energy cost increases are not relevant to a Summer stay. If there are rules such as wearing cheap disposable slippers when going upstairs this should be made clear on the listing. We have stayed here twice before and will not be returning.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear you feel that way in comparison to all the previous, positive feedback from guests. The owners request that guests wear the new slippers they provide for each booking to protect the new carpets and newly tiled wet room floor (which also now has underfloor heating to expediate its drying time and provide extra comfort during the colder months). The owners are also continually adding improvements to Smugglers Rest, with a new fridge and a living room sofa and armchair this year alone. While we appreciate the heating is not always used during the summer months, the hot water, electrics, and water are all still key parts of enjoying a holiday let, even in the summer. We are saddened to hear that you have decided not to return to Smugglers Rest again in the future and that the slippers and agreed rental affected your enjoyment of the property. Kind Regards, Best of Suffolk. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandy3.8Jul 2023

  • "On arrival we were greeted by this lovely cottage, once inside we found it very highly finished and really well layed out."

    Very comfortable lovely bedrooms and bathroom facilities. Breakfast in the courtyard garden was a delight. A well fitted kitchen and a very comfortable lounge. Overall the cottage plus Aldeburgh was a real delight, a lovely break which we really enjoyed. Would come back again.

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your holiday at Smugglers Rest and hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "The details as we read online are exactly as when we arrived."

    A very pretty cottage with all the facilities as you would need. Lovely courtyard garden for breakfast in the morning. The town of Aldeburgh is just perfect, plenty of interesting shops plus eateries. The beach front walk is lovely. Well placed for visiting other areas. Overall a superb cottage with great accommodation, made for a great holiday.

    Georgia & MitchJul 2023

  • "We've had a great week - the weather mixed but not a problem."

    House is well equipped and comfortable, most importantly it is tasteful! Aldeburgh is an excellent location, some fabulous shops, beach and delicious places to eat. It also makes for a good base and this year we went to Orford, amongst others such a beautiful village, well worth visiting. Thank you for a great week.

    Frances & StephenJul 2023

  • "Great location, attractive cottage which was comfortable, well equipped, tastefully decorated and a pleasant courtyard garden."

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this kind review. It is always lovely to hear that our guests have enjoyed their holiday at Smugglers Rest, and even better to know that you had the weather to enjoy the courtyard garden! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances4.7Jun 2023

  • "When we arrived 26/5/23 we found out the road was to be closed off from later that day through to 5/6/23."

    Letter in cottage regarding the closure dated 27/4/23, If I had known I would have cancelled. The fridge in kitchen we filled up upon arrival, the next morning we rose and found, the goods inside were frozen solid, this was reported on Saturday, but nothing was done until Tuesday, the fridge was changed to another that had been in the outside shed which we were informed was now fully working properly. after a few hours we smelt a really strange smell , this was traced to the fridge it smelt like rotten gone off cheese, as a consequence we had to turn it off when we were in the cottage and turn it on when out or in bed. this was notified and was told something would be done, as a result of this and other matters namely non information of bathroom being a wet room where everything got soaked, cob webs above kitchen cabinets, no information on how to operate hob and oven, dirty and worn paintwork, grubby furniture in lounge, the garden was a tiny courtyard with overgrown plants and shrubs. this all together is why we decided to call it a day and we left at lunchtime Thursday 1/6/23 my wifes birthday!! the reason we left at lunchtime and not before was because my car was blocked in by the work going on in the road otherwise we were ready to go at 9.30..

    Reviewed by Ian1.3May 2023

  • "Smugglers Rest is a lovely little cottage very conveniently located for all Aldeburgh has to offer."

    Pubs, restaurants, beach, dog walks etc all within easy walking distance. The cottage is suitably equipped for stays and the complimentary Prosecco is very welcome.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0May 2023

  • "Great cottage, with everything you could possibly need."

    We thoroughly enjoyed staying there. It's close for dog walks and close to the town.

    Reviewed by Nadia4.7Mar 2023

  • "Found the stairs to be very steep, which presented difficulties for my wife."

    Similarly, low back on sofas may look nice but don't offer enough support when you reach a certain age. Otherwise, the cottage was well presented and in a good location.

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Mar 2023

  • "Very cosy, clean and comfortable cottage in an ideal location just off the High Street but close enough to all the facilities."

    Very clean and well equipped. The biscuits, proseco and dig treats were a nice surprise and most appreciated. Thank you very much, Ian, Nary and Lucie.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a fabulous central position in Aldeburgh."

    Everything was catered for, and the extras (biscuits, wine and dog treats) were much appreciated. Bed was comfortable. Only negative was the sofa, could really do with a larger more comfortable one. Thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Justine4.4Feb 2023

  • "Found. Controlling the heating difficult"

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Sep 2022

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This property is part of the Best of Suffolk collection.
Best of Suffolk is an award-winning, local holiday cottage lettings agency, bringing the experience of a boutique hotel to self-catering cottages in Suffolk.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size 1 x single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • On-road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed rear garden with furniture and barbecue
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog, it must be mentioned at the time of booking
  • Note: Guests receive a welcome gift on arrival

The property

A white terraced cottage with a blue door, settled into the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, within easy reach of local amenities and the beach, Smugglers Rest is ideal for a family of three.

Enter into an open-plan sitting area with wooden flooring and two sofas encouraging you to recline beside the woodburning stove as the designated chef cooks up a storm, presenting it at the central dining table, making this space a great social hub for all guests to enjoy.

The master bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and mirror and is decorated in calming creams and browns, whilst the single bedroom is perfect for a child, with a family bathroom within easy reach of both bedrooms.

If dining alfresco is a must for your holiday, you will be delighted to find a patio with seating and a barbecue.

Aldeburgh is a fantastic seaside town with a lot on offer, beginning with the eateries and independent shops, where you can try out local produce, stock up on essentials and enjoy a hot meal before heading out to the beach, where watersports, walk and wild swimming can be enjoyed.

Visit the local museum to learn more about the local area or enjoy the scenery at Snape path and Haven Nature Reserve.

A little further from the property, take a day trip to the quaint village of Orford where you can visit the wonderful Orford Castle and picnic in the grounds.

Make a family holiday to remember with a stay at Smugglers Rest.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


  • Thorpeness 2.1 miles
  • Saxmundham 7.2 miles

The popular, vibrant seaside town of Aldeburgh is famous for its culture, traditional feel and one of the best fish and chip shops in the country! Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings are home to one of the world’s greatest music festivals and has been named as one of the top 50 places to live in Britain. Crag Path runs along the seafront dividing the beautiful pebbly beach from the unspoilt pastel-coloured seafront properties and the town. The beach is a popular place for groups and couples to enjoy the wonderful fish and chips throughout the summer months. The town is steeped in history and has become a wonderful town for shopping with a good mixture of independent and chain stores to enjoy. The town also offers a good selection of pubs and restaurants or why not buy some freshly caught fish from the huts on the seafront and cook up your own feast at home. For those wishing for a more action-packed holiday there is excellent walking, cycling, sailing and golf at Aldeburgh. Growing in popularity you will want to return to Aldeburgh again and again!

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Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking Note: No unaccompanied teenagers permitted at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas