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Harbour Lights

(Ref. 1117049)

Southwold, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed at Harbour Lights for a long weekend and had the most wonderful time."

    The location is perfection, straight out of the garden gate and onto the beach, plus the super close proximity to the town. The owners have done an exceptional job with the house in terms of design, layout and comfort and also with the additional touches - logs, kindling, matches, kitchen cooking and bathroom basics, like hand wash with every sink, which you don't get everywhere even at other high end properties. This is especially great for a long weekend v a longer stay. We loved it so much we booked for another long weekend later in the year while still there, I think that probably says it all! Thanks so much x

    Thank you so much for your absolutely lovely feedback. It means an enormous amount to hear that people enjoy the house. I have strived to make it a home from home so that my guests can just relax and enjoy the beautiful location. We look forward to welcoming you back later in the year. Best wishes, Inez Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally-ann5.0Feb 2024

  • "We have visited Southwold on many occaisions."

    This visit was perfect, walks along the beach and then back to harbour Lights to hunker down and listen to the winter storms outside. This house is well equipped and perfect for our group. Thanks to all for providing a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2023

  • "The house is in a great position not far from the Walberswick foot ferry."

    Despite it being the end of October, the weather was very kind. We were celebrating a family birthday for which the accommodation was perfect. It was an added bonus that there was a car charging point as one of our party had an electric car. There was everything available in the house to make a comfortable week end; we loved the decor and furnishings; it is a lovely seaside house.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It really is a joy to hear that people enjoy the house as much as we do. I'm glad that the charger came in handy - my husband tried to 'trickle charge' his before we installed the charger point and it took two days! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very easy and quick service to book."

    The property was superb with everything we could possibly have wanted, right down to games to keep the children amused. The location couldn't have been better for access to Southwold town, the Walberswick ferry and the lifeboat museum. The situation was ideal with the beach so close and plenty of space for the children to expend all thier energy.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful property in a fabulous location right next to the beach and a short walk to the harbour (in one direction) and Southwold town centre in the other."

    Harbour Lights is clean and cosy and the well equipped kitchen, ample parking, home from home comforts and little touches make it a great location for a family holiday or escape for a group of friends. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was the second year at Harbour Lights which tells you something."

    It was as good as before. This is good as there were 2 young children with us. We had an issue with the kitchen tap which was handled very efficiently even though it was over a bank holiday. We've already booked again for 2024!!

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent location, and well maintained and furnished."

    Reviewed by Ed5.0Aug 2023

  • "This property is wonderful."

    It was very well equipped with everything we needed. The location is stunning. We’ve been coming to Southwold for the past 30+ years and have many to compare with. 3 generations (5 adults and 2 small children) were all very comfortable and the weather was wonderful. Just a couple of niggles :- No welcome goodies, which were mentioned in the greetings. I asked if we could have a stair gate ( my 2 year old granddaughter was sleeping in a upstairs bedroom) but was told that it wasn’t in the description and that the owner would not provide one. A light haired dog must have been staying the week before us and for the first 4/5 days I hoovered twice a day and picked up several hoover full of dog hair, from the floor, rug, carpet, bean bag, sofa and throws. Thank you for sharing your property

    Hello. Thank you for your feed back and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. I'm so sorry about the niggles you had to endure. I have chased up to find out what happened with the welcome goodies as these are meant to be there when you arrive so you can start the holiday as you mean to go on! The dog hair one is a challenge and the down side of allowing dogs. But I do appreciate the last thing you should be doing on holiday is hoovering. I'm going to trial a different hoover to see if it is more effective than the Henry as the cleaners are usually very thorough. With regards to the stair gate it is something we have explored but it poses a challenge largely because the hallway is narrower than modern houses. Any permanent fixings would stick out of the wall and have potential for guests to catch themselves on. However I am always trying to enhance the property so will keep pursuing this to see whether there is a safe, user friendly option. I do hope you will visit Harbour Lights again sometime. Best wishes Inez Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Jun 2023

  • "It was like a home from home, every little detail was well thought out."

    There was more available than we thought , we could have packed less. What a convenient location between 2 beautiful towns/villages. The dogs were in heaven with the access to the beach. There were 8 of us staying for my mums 80th and we did not feel on top of eachother as there was plenty of space and bathrooms. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jun 2023

  • "WOW, what an amazing place Harbour Lights is."

    I had booked this to celebrate my partners 50th birthday, never been to Suffolk before but will definitely be coming again. The house is so comfortable and so clean. The facilities are very good, including dishwasher which is a luxury when there are six of you. We visited the museum next door and the ice cream parlour(frequently) and had Sunday Lunch in The Sail Loft (hit and miss on the food depending on what you ordered) Thank you Inez for sharing your beautiful home with us. There was a bottle of champagne left for us which was lovely.

    What lovely feedback, thank you so much. I hope your partner had a fantastic birthday. The ice cream parlour is a must-do for us, however we too have found the Sail Loft to be a bit hit and miss recently which is a shame as it's so close! I hope you come back to Suffolk again - there is certainly lots to keep you busy! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Apr 2023

  • "Our Harbour Lights stay was amazing, very comfortable home."

    Fabulous garden stunning views. The top toilet was dirty on arrival but probably just an oversight, bleach sorted the problem. The real disappointment was the goodies we should have received were not there. It would have been nice to have been able to have a sit down with a cuppa and piece of cake after a seven and a half hour journey. The owners had mentioned that the goodies were from a local shop so they were biased as they were friends of the owner. We searched but nothing was left! Wednesday we called in to the cafe and mentioned we were staying at her friends and how lovely it was. She then said “I still owe you a cake, I’ll drop it off this evening”, this was Wednesday, we were eating so she said she would leave it on the door step for us. We decided not to have a dessert as we would have cake back at the house. Nothing was there on our return! we popped in the cafe on Friday and were given a selection of obviously left over cakes of the day which was a real disappointment especially after her cafe is recommended in the in house information guide. If we weren’t told we would have lovely treats to enjoy we would not have thought about it but with such praise being given, it was a disappointment! We would however love to go back in the summer months for a stay as the property was fabulous.

    I'm so sorry to hear about the toilet and cakes. I have fed back about the toilet to the cleaners as they are usually very reliable so hopefully it's a one-off. With regards to the cakes I must absolutely hold my hands up as I gave Cafe 51 the wrong dates initially. I suddenly realised once your stay had begun and sent Ally a panicked message but it put her on the back foot during a busy time as they were re-launching. I hope you can forgive me as Southwold is wonderful during the summer months and we'd love to see you back. I've also taken on board your point about the welcome note and will be revising it for the future. Best wishes, Inez Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennie4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had the perfect Easter break at Harbour Lights."

    The house was faultless .. we all felt so at home and the attention to detail was outstanding. Well done.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Apr 2023

  • "As a group we've been coming down to Southwold for long weekends for quite a few years, and this is by far the nicest property we've stayed in."

    The location is absolutely fantastic and the house extremely well equipped with lots of attention to detail. We had a fabulous time and look forward to coming back.

    I'm so glad you loved the house. It's a real pleasure to hear that other people find it as special as we do. I'm always working on it to keep it fresh and appealing to guests so hopefully you'll come back to see the new downstairs bathroom! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved Harbour Lights ."

    The view was amazing . The comfort was fantastic. The facilities were brilliant . Only had two concerns . 1.The front gates could be opened by anybody walking past & as we have 3 small dogs these could have been running loose on the road without us knowing .. would only concern people with dogs & children . We worked out a way to block the sides of the property off with the windbreaks . 2.The shower over the bath has no working temperature control - it is stuck on hot ! I couldn’t stand under it & had to use the shower by the front door .

    Hello, I'm so glad you loved the house. The views are truly special. Although I hadn't had any feed back about the front gates and access to the front of the house before we've just been doing some work in the garden and have added a fence and gate at each side of the property which should give added peace of mind to parents and dog owners. I'm also sorry about the experience you had with the over-bath shower. We weren't aware it had stuck. That bathroom has actually just been completely re-done to provide easier access to the bath so fingers crossed there won't be problems like that again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a fabulous holiday at Harbour Lights."

    Just a little niggle, the kettle had a lot of scale & dribbled hot water on hand if not careful. Everything else was perfect. Great accommodation, wonderful position with beach just a few steps away and the harbour and Southwold just a few minutes walk away. None of us wanted to go home.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Sep 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.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super-king with zip-link (can be set up as a twin on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin (can be set up as super-king on request) with en-suite, with walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x upstairs super-king with zip-link (can be set up as twin on request), 1 x upstairs twin (can be set up as super-king on request) both sharing Jack and Jill bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower-room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen/dining and living area
  • Utility
  • Heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Smart TV, FreeView, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars with EV charging port
  • Rear garden with patio, lawn, furniture and access to beach
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking
  • Note: Bedroom 4 is best suited to be set up as a twin
  • Note: If you wish the super-king-sizes to be set up as twins or the twins as super-king-sizes please let us know
  • Note: This property cannot accept Sunday arrivals

The property

Gazing out across the dunes of Southwold, Suffolk, Harbour Lights is a seaside retreat, newly refurbished and perfect for groups of friends or families.

Park off-road in the ample spaces provided and even use the EV port provided and take in the spectacular seaside views this property has to offer.

Be welcomed into the sitting room, where you can warm your feet beside the woodburning stove and catch up on some reading, or when the weather is warmer, open the glass doors and let in the sea air, giving you easy access to the garden where dining alfresco is a must.

When mealtimes call, the contemporary kitchen, outfitted with green cupboards and stylish furniture, open-plan and connecting to the sitting and dining area through an archway, this is the perfect spot to cook together, as well as a social hub for all guests to enjoy.

A handy utility takes care of your sandy clothes as you get cosy for the night in one of the four bedrooms, including two super-king-sizes and two twins, and each one is tastefully decorated.

Climb over the dunes, hearing the swish of the grasses and the crashing of the waves as you enjoy a stroll along the shore of Southwold, maybe even trying out watersports or daring to wild swim.

When in need of a hot meal, travel over to Southwold town centre, where a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants welcome you to try local produce, and there is a selection of independent shops to explore.

For more walks, head over to the seaside town of Aldeburgh, where there is also a museum, and if it is history that you love, there is no shortage of castles in Suffolk, including Framlingham and Orford Castle.

Fall in love with the seaside of Suffolk with a stay at Harbour Lights.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Lowestoft 13.4 miles; Ipswich 35.1 miles

Southwold is a seaside town situated along the East Suffolk coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and resting between Lowestoft and Ipswich. Southwold is known as the home of Adnams Brewery which was established in the town in 1872 and it also has its own lighthouse, a museum and a picturesque pier which has a selection of colourful beach huts and which plays host to the regular Southwold Model Yacht regatta. The town boasts a number of excellent restaurants and eateries with a particular nod to its seaside location so there is always plenty of seafood and fish on the menu. Southwold has some fantastic independent shops, boutiques, galleries and pubs which are great for a browse and to stock up on essentials for your holiday. Just outside Southwold there are a number of great attractions for the whole family including Africa Alive Zoological Reserve, RSPB Minsmere and Dunwich Museum as well as scenic towns such as Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Leiston and Lowestoft to visit.

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Note: If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking.
Note: Bedroom 4 is best suited to be set up as a twin.
Note: If you wish the super-king-sizes to be set up as twins or the twins as super-king-sizes please let us know
Note: This property cannot accept Sunday arrivals

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas