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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect apartment close to see and town centre."

    Well equipped and nicely decorated. Beds comfy and all kitchen utensils needed. Nice fire but no wood on arrival would have been nice touch. Settees weren’t very comfy but thankfully not in much so not too much a problem. Great location and perfect for us 3 with our dog. Beach a stones throw away brilliant. First visit to Suffolk will definately be back.

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Feb 2024

  • "Noise from upstairs was sometimes disturbing."

    Particularly early morning. Squeaky floorboards and footfall. Would carpeting assist? Bed somewhat uncomfortable and low. But we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Thank you for your feedback, and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Kestrel. I am very happy to let you know that the owner has had some sound-insulating work done between the flats, and appeciates you flagging this issue. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenn4.7Oct 2023

  • "We loved our stay."

    As a family we had both Osprey and Kestrel which worked well although outside space was a little bit small. Outside light not working which was only a small disadvantage. Being so close to the beach was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Jo4.1Sep 2023

  • "Nicely decorated apartment."

    Very good location and parking easy .

    Reviewed by Juliette4.4May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Kestrel & Southwold."

    Flat is lovely and we have no complaints. Enjoyed lots of walks in Southwold. Visited Aldeburgh, Woodbridge & Framlingham. Frequented many pubs, Sole Bay Inn & Red Lion were faves. Ice cream at H&S is lovely! 10/10 would visit again

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "A lovely flat with a nice little garden for the dogs."

    Quiet and close to the beach and pubs. Parking is a worry in Southwold, but we were lucky. We loved the flat and will hopefully return.

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "Very convenient well equipped apartment, Enjoyed exploring old haunts."

    Sleet, snow and winds added to the interest.

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "Had a lovely long weekend."

    Flat suited our purposes - by the sea, cosy and dog friendly. Super food at the Sole Bay Inn, Coasters & Harbour Inn. Very windy walks along the beach but out of the wind with a drink in hand made such good memories. Couldn't get TV to work - but may have been problems with the wind! Hope to return sometime - out of season as I bet this place takes on a new meaning in the Summer!! Thank you x

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "Very enjoyable few days."

    We love Southwold and would be very happy to stay here again. Thank you.

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "We had a really enjoyable few days looking up places we had seen in the past."

    Very comfortable flat and the location is central to shops, beach, fish and chip shop & ice cream shop

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay in this lovely apartment, It has everything needed for a relaxing time and we really enjoyed staying her."

    Thank you very much!

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "Great stay - Kestrel very convenient location."

    Kestrel - spotless, charming room decor, rooms very quiet, perfect. Lovely and quiet in Southwold as first visit in term time! Have been visiting for many, many years and Southwold and surrounding area never fails to delight. Beer / food excellent - tour to Adnams always good. Covehithe circular walk very pretty - erosion very evident by the cliffs & collapse of parts of them. Walk to Walberswick always beautiful.

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "We had a great stay and enjoyed staying in this open plan apartment."

    Enjoyed walks around Southwold, Aldeburgh & Woodbridge. Also went to a wedding! Many thanks for all the information provided and the place was beautifully clean and well stocked.

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "We had a lovely couple of nights in Kestrel Wednesday and Thursday however a family arrived in the flat above on Friday which made Friday night and Saturday morning which honestly ruined the experience a little bit."

    The family were not being particularly noisy but we could hear every word and footstep clearly. We had to put headphones on to fall asleep and were woken up early by them as well. It really is disappointing when you’re paying so much to stay somewhere. Just a couple of other things are that the welcome/property folder was very tired and again not in the condition I would expect for the money. The wheelie bins were not located where advised and I wasn’t able to locate them. Finally the outside light was not working.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have contacted the council about the missing wheelie bin which should be replaced shortly. We have replaced the light bulb in the outside light. With regards to the noise upstairs, this is a Victorian town house and while we do everything we can (insulation between the floors and thick rugs upstairs) the nature of a Victorian house does mean there is some sound transfer. We hope the character of the building outweighs this and it is advertised as an apartment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kayleigh4.1Apr 2023

  • "Had a lovely long weekend, the flat suited our purposes - by the sea, cosy and dog friendly."

    Super food at the Sole Bay inn, Coasters and Harbour Inn. Very windy walks along the beach and returning to the warm cosy flat with a drink in hand made such good memories.

    The TalliesApr 2023

  • "Lovely to come away and experience Southwold."

    A fantastic location for popping down to the beach or into the town. Despite it being chilly outside we've been warm and toasty inside Kestrel. Hoping to come back in the summer! Thank you.

    AnonymousApr 2023

  • "This holiday apartment is absolutely lovely."

    It was spotlessly clean, very cosy and within walking distance of the town, pier and beach. The little garden was perfect for our two little dogs and (accepting it was not high season) we managed to park right outside. We were lucky the upstairs apartment was not occupied during our stay as it was also really quiet and our dogs tend to bark if they hear noises! I would recommend this apartment and I would consider coming back another time.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely apartment , contemporary quality decor, best location near the beach , we had our dog with us , he loved it, great garden Great pub - sole Bay inn just 2 mins away Other very good places to eat in the town and of course Southwold is wonderful, so much walking The only issue was the noise from upstairs apartment , could hear the conversation and children running about, luckily they left after 2 nights and it remained unoccupied Not sure what could be done re soundproofing ?"

    Perhaps carpeting might help

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "This is a beautiful property in the perfect location."

    The apartment had everything we needed and was very clean, comfortable and cosy! It is decorated to a high spec and had everything we could have wished for! The reason we have given 4 stars and not 5 is because on our first night there was a family staying above us and the noise was noticeable. We were lucky that they left the next morning and the flat was empty for the rest of our stay making it perfect! But sadly this would put us off booking again.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay and Kestrel was perfectly located, clean and comfortable."

    I would just like to note that sound proofing could be better, we felt as though the family in the flat upstairs were in the same room as us for most of the weekend! I slept (or didn’t sleep in fact!) in the bedroom at the back and could hear their baby crying most of Friday night and we could hear every footstep and clear conversation from the flat above. Just a note as we had a lovely weekend but this could be improved upon.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Feb 2023

  • "Perfect property and location for a New Year break with the family and dog."

    Very clean, super inventory and well presented. Would return and recommend.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Dec 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.


  • Ground-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be made up as super-king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Gas range oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Baby equipment such as travel cot, highchair, stairgate, baby bath, steriliser, baby monitor, baby step, etc available on request
  • Unallocated roadside parking available
  • Gardens with patio, furniture and barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.1 miles

The property

You are welcomed into a shared entrance hall with the apartment above, a door opens to the sitting room which features an open fire and large bay sash window, beyond that there is a modern kitchen with double doors opening to the garden, a lobby leading to the double bedroom, twin bedroom and family bathroom, to the front of the property there is unrestricted on-road parking and to the rear there is a fully enclosed landscaped patio garden with sun terrace and garden store. Kestrel is located on the ground floor with shared entrance, opening in the internal entrance door into the sitting room with large bay sash window offering views over the front aspect and glimpses of the sea, there is an open fire, two 2 seater sofas, armchair, open fire, polished wood flooring, flat-screen TV with Netflix (own account required) and leads into the kitchen with a range of wall and base units with granite work surfaces, stainless steel sink unit, Smeg 4 ring gas hob/oven, dishwasher, Bosch fridge/ freezer, washing machine and table, and 4 chairs along with part glazed double doors opening to the rear landscaped patio garden.

The lobby with slate flooring and doors leading to the bedrooms and bathroom.

Bedroom one has sash window offering views over the rear garden with king-sized double bed with side tables and lamps and a free-standing wardrobe with drawers below.

Bedroom two has a window offering views over the side garden, twin beds with side table, and chest of drawers.

The family bathroom consists of timber fronted panel bath with overhead shower, WC and wall-mounted washbasin.

At the front of the property is unrestricted on-road parking and accessed through the kitchen at the rear is a beautifully landscaped garden with a fully paved sun terrace with a table and 4 chairs, at the foot of the garden, there is a useful garden store suitable for bicycles and beach equipment.

You can also book Kestrel with Osprey, the flat above Kestrel and Osprey.

Note: We cannot offer a Sunday arrival.
Note: It is possible to book Kestrel together with the neighbouring apartment Osprey.

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

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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: We cannot offer a Sunday arrival.
Note: If you wish any baby equipment to be made available please request at time of booking.
Note: It is possible to book Kestrel together with the neighbouring apartment Osprey.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas