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The Old Gymnasium

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Southwold, Suffolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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5 Customer Reviews

  • "Our second stay within six months - it’s that good."

    Light, bright and comfortable. Quality furnishings and a comprehensively equipped kitchen.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely property with everything you need for a holiday."

    Had been concerned it might not be warm but all areas were warm and cosy. Garage a real bonus as street parking very limited. Couple of bulbs gone and no outside light although maybe we just didn’t find the switch!. It might be helpful to leave a form or book in the property where breakages etc could be noted and rectified if appropriate

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Jan 2024

  • "Everything was great except it was tricky to get the heat of the property balanced."

    There are a number of thermostats but still didn't quite do the job! We decided that if we had been staying longer we might have cracked it?!?! One guest had difficulty in making her shower hot and getting the towel rail to heat. This was the third floor shower room which is used by the twin room. A low table in front of the TV on the second floor would be great for nibbles and glasses. A snooker/ football table for entertainment would be great.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Dec 2023

  • "We have had a wonderful weekend in Southwold and this accommodation was perfect for our 2 families to relax and enjoy, it was very spacious clean, and everything we expected, we would recommend and also return ourselves!"

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Oct 2023

  • "A really excellent property - spacious, bright, sparkling clean and beautifully furnished."

    The kitchen had all the equipment and utensils you could possibly want. The listing doesn't make clear that the kitchen and principal lounge are on the first floor which was something of a surprise, but not at all a problem. It is set in a quiet part of town just three minutes walk from the High Street with all its attractions. There is a garage for one car and unrestricted on-street parking for others. Strangely the wifi password was hidden away - we finally found it it, quite by chance, taped to the side of a kitchen unit on the third floor!

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Oct 2023

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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: 2 x king size bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms with shower, wash basin, towel rail and WC
  • 1 x twin with en-suite bathroom with bath with overhead shower, wash basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • 1 x twin with en-suite shower room with shower, wash basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • first floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Second floor sitting room
  • Sitting Room with games area
  • Utility Room
  • Balcony
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, 2 x fridges, washing machine, tumber dryer, dishwasher
  • 2 x TVs, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Allocated parking space for 1 car
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Sorry, no unaccompanied teenagers

The property

Boasting spacious and well-presented accommodation, The Old Gymnasium, Suffolk, is the perfect destination for a large family get-together.

The property is ideally located close to the amenities and attractions of Southwold.

The minute you walk into the spacious and airy entrance hall, the tone is set for the style and grandeur of the rest of the property, with it's industrial style stairs curving against the exposed brick wall.

There are three separate sitting areas, one located on each floor, this allows space for all of the party to enjoy.

The large kitchen located on the first floor is fully fitted with all that is needed to be able to create wholesome food for the whole family with a dining space to enjoy long, lazy meals together.

On the top floor there is a balcony accessed from the sitting room, a real sun trap for alfresco drinking and dining.

The four bedrooms are all of a good size and offer a restful place to lay your weary head after a long day of walking and exploring, each with it's own en-suite.

The beautifully presented bathrooms make showering and bathing a pleasure so make sure you find time for a soak in the bath.

Refreshed and raring to go, you’re ready to explore the delights of Southwold which has a great selection of shops and amenities as well as a sandy beach, a pier and a lighthouse.

Attractions nearby worth visiting include RSPB Minsmere, Somerleyton Hall, Framlingham Castle, Adnams Brewery and Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens.

There are so many scenic walks and hikes here, it can be hard to choose where to begin but anywhere within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths will be rewarded with some fantastic views and forms part of a designated Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty.

Other beaches worth a visit in the area include Thorpeness, Walberswick, Orford, Aldeburgh and Dunwich.

The Old Gymnasium provides the perfect holiday destination for the whole family.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas