Southwold needs little introduction, a friendly, apparently old-fashioned up-market little sea-side town with a surprisingly wide choice of excellent pubs, restaurant, and shops.
Underneath, however, there’s a buzz of innovation and clever ideas that have led to some fascinating developments and services. We believe that Southwold is unique in the world and that’s why we chose to live here.


Local Wildlife
We are both keen wildlife watchers – birds, mammals, reptiles, & increasingly, insects, moths, & butterflies – and have a real passion for the nature in and around Suffolk and have travelled to every continent except Antarctica.

Although perhaps lacking the rarity potential of Norfolk or the Scilly Isles, Suffolk is the national stronghold of a good number of rare breeding species and bittern, marsh harrier, bearded tit, Dartford warbler, Cetti’s warbler, barn owl, and nightjar could comfortably be seen in a couple of days on the Southwold – Walberswick – Minsmere axis. We have an extensive reference collection of fieldguides that you are welcome to browse.

We can give excellent advice on where to go to see target species or just enjoy great walks with quality pubs and teashops. (Day or half-day escorted trips by arrangement). We can also advise on where to eat and shop - Suffolk is a paradise for individual producers and shops and is one of the few areas where independent food producers are actually growing in number.

For experienced Suffolk visitors, or those with specific interests, we can also help with more arcane pursuits: the county was very much in the front line in the last two world wars and there is still a lot to see in terms of military history – research the “Kennedy Connection” or the “Theberton Zepperlin”, or even the “Nazi invasion at Shingle Street”.


We love our garden and have been astonished at the local availability of unusual, reasonably-priced plants. The nationally-famous Wootten’s nursery (www.woottensplants.co.uk) is just a few miles away and the amazing Henstead Exotic Garden (www.hensteadexoticgarden.co.uk) is now generally open twice a week in the season.

June, in particular, is a time when a variety of nearby villages throw open many of their gardens at weekends to raise money for charity. For some, this is an annual event, while others restrict themselves to once a decade or less! However, all are fascinating and many of these private, “hidden” gardens are on an amazingly large scale - over 13 acres in one case.

Many of these gardens sell plants very cheaply and, if you do succumb to temptation, we can crèche your purchases with shade and water until you leave.



Contact: Mike Thompson
Gorse House, 19b, Halesworth Road, Reydon, Southwold, IP18 6NH
01502 – 725468 or e-mail stay@gorsehouse.com