Southwold is one of the Suffolk coast’s much-loved seaside getaways. Perched on the east coast of England, this charming town welcomes visitors with its own working lighthouse, a sandy beach and not forgetting the ever so ‘modest’ beach huts, including one that’s up for grabs for an impressive £150,000.
After a multimillion-pound refurb, the striking Georgian facade of The Swan Hotel remains a highlight of the town. Lovingly restored by the owners of the Suffolk Brewery, Adnams, the hotel presides over Southwold’s marketplace and is now one of the most exciting places to stay in the region.
On the perimeter of Suffolk, close to the A12, Kesgrave Hall presents the perfect place for a weekend retreat standing in 38 acres of parkland. After our recent wedding, my husband and I were looking for just that.
Upon arrival, we journeyed through the forest, up the long driveway, and there stood the charming Suffolk country mansion. The Grade II listed building is home to a modern restaurant, lively bar and 23 luxury bedrooms, all looking out across sweeping lawns, ideal for children and dogs at this time of year, both welcome at Kesgrave Hall.
Built in 1812, the mansion opened as part of the Milsom Hotel Group in 2008 and is now rated as a 4-star hotel. The beautifully proportioned Georgian building also looks stunning inside. The lounge and dining area blend a mixture of American glamour and modern British country house.
Deciding on a honeymoon destination is an arduous task. When I first told people that my husband and I had booked to go to Corfu, I received mixed reactions.
Areas of stunning natural beauty surround the Greek Islands, however, Corfu carries the stigma of being a ‘party island’ similar to that of Ibiza or Mallorca. I continued to keep an open mind as this was my first visit to Corfu and I am so glad I did.
One of the largest Ionian Islands, Corfu is far more than its trademark blue-hue seas and mountainous coastlines. For those who love history, exploring ancient monasteries and escaping the 21st Century for a little while, you will love revealing the layers of this unspoilt and unchanged island one step at a time.