It's the final instalment in our Suffolk Wedding series...
And what about the Honeymoon?
Suffolk is proving a popular scene for newlyweds: not only did stars such as Claudia Schiffer and David Morissey tie the knot here, Prince William and Kate famously spent their first anniversary night at the Westleton Crown, near Southwold.
So, since Suffolk is fit for a princess, why not make it the backdrop to your honeymoon from heaven!
For a touch of luxury, head to one of Suffolk’s grand stately home hotels.
For that special night, why not stay at the luxurious Ickworth near Bury St Edmunds in the Marquis’ bed chamber, or at the 4 star Seckford Hall on the outskirts of Woodbridge, with AA rosette winning food. Alternatively, you could book yourself into an elegant room at Hintlesham Hall between Ipswich and Constable Country, and enjoy four poster or canopy beds and antique furnishings.
If you’d prefer something boutique and modern, try the Romantic Suites at The Angel in Bury St Edmunds, or The Salthouse Harbour Hotel on Ipswich’s glamorous waterfront. The penthouse suite has wonderful panoramic views of the harbour.
On the other hand, you might like the flexibility that comes with renting your own couple’s retreat. Take in the sights of Suffolk through the day, dine out in award winning eateries every night, then come home to your own private space.
White Cottage, Woodbridge - This delightful Victorian cottage, close to St John’s church, is bright, spacious and beautifully decorated. Right in the heart of the historic market town.
Honeypot Cottage, Woodbridge - For something truly delightful, this neat little Grade II terraced cottage is within easy walking distance of all the town’s amenities.
Willow Farm Cottage, Lower Ufford - Nestled down a quiet country lane on the edge of the sleepy village of Lower Ufford, Willow Farm Cottage overlooks the water meadows of the River Deben
Sewell Barn, Sutton - Head to the heart of the countryside to Sewell Barn in Sutton. This stylish barn conversion, with outside terrace and first floor balcony, is surrounded by 3,000 acres of ancient heathland, conservation farmland, woods and meadows, and yet is just a couple of miles from the sea!
The Garden House, Hasketon - This beautiful luxury cottage, with large verandah, overlooks the rolling countryside beyond.
Seahorse Cottage - Just yards from the beach is one of Aldeburgh’s most iconic properties, with fantastic views over the sea.
Writer’s Studio, Snape - For a stylish, open-plan retreat, Writer’s Studio in Snape is just a stroll from Snape Maltings and its world famous concert hall. Plus, it’s next door to the Old Mill where Benjamin Britten lived for eleven years.
White Horse Cottage, Boxford - Retreat to the rural in Boxford, with the ancient market town of Bury St Edmunds nearby. A comfortable and spacious property wIth a private garden to enjoy.
Oak Lodge, Upthorpe - Clad in Cedar wood, Oak Lodge near Bury St Edmunds is a super stylish, luxury retreat for those who desire a place with eco-friendly credentials.
Daphne Cottage - This sleekly styled, early Victorian cottage sits on a peaceful road between the Market Hill and the quay. The perfect spot for fine dining and delightful coastal walks.
Quay View - There’s no better position in Orford; the beautiful Quay View sits right on the waterfront, with magnificent views across to Orford Ness and Havergate Island. One of our favourites.
Akenfield Cottage, Letheringham - Close to the lovely market town of Framlingham and embedded in the gorgeous Suffolk countryside, this bright barn conversion has a garden leading down to a private jetty with your own rowing boat! Rural paradise!
Willow Cottage, Monks Eleigh - Close to the beautiful landscapes that inspired John Constable’s infamous artwork, Willow Cottage is set in the charming village of Monks Eleigh tucked away in some of the prettiest countryside Suffolk has to offer.
Black Barn, Brampton - Nestled in the Suffolk countryside, near to Southwold and the Broads is Black Barn. Perfect for those seeking rural peace, with an interest in wildlife, cycling and walking.
Red Sails, Blythburgh - This cute little couple's retreat overlooks the Blythe Valley and is within near equal distance to the delightful market town of Halesworth and Southwold.
Suffolk Cottage Holidays partners with various service providers to help you enhance your holiday experience; from health and wellbeing experts, to hot tub hire, photographers and sport and leisure companies. The services are easy to add on at any time from the point of booking. Make it a honeymoon to remember!
Once you’re settled into your accommodation, there’s plenty to do and see.
Sample some of Suffolk’s famously fabulous cuisine. There are spots all over the county for fine dining. See our guides to Michelin recommended restaurants by area:
Or dine a little differently. The Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant sails the calm waters of the rivers Alde and Ore, whilst serving freshly prepared food, sourced locally. Shearwater Sailing School offer a similar service on the River Orwell: an evening sail down the river to a quiet anchorage, where a meal and wine for two can be taken in the sumptuous saloon, or in the comfortable cockpit. Then, sail back under the stars. Heavenly!
Take a boat out on the gentle waters of Thorpeness Meare. Swans stream elegantly by as you take in the magical architecture of the fairytale village. Finish with a meal in neighbouring Aldeburgh; try the award-winning Brudenell on the beach front, with panoramic sea views, or The Regatta, with a fantastic seafood menu featuring locally caught fish.
Similarly, boat hire is available from Dedham on the beautiful River Stour in Constable Country. Glide past Flatford Mill, the scene of some of John Constable’s most famous paintings. Then, return your boat and pop into the The Boathouse for dinner.
Take in the fresh air with a walk through the beautiful countryside, or along the stunning coast. There are plenty of nature reserves in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the famous RSPB Minsmere.
If you’re feeling super active, hire some bikes and explore the Painter’s Trail. Suffolk is a great place for cycling, with plenty of forest tracks, quiet lanes, and relatively flat terrain.
With such a beautiful landscape here, there’s plenty of spots to enjoy a romantic picnic, be it on the beach, by a river, or amongst the woodland. Enlist the help of a local deli in sorting out the menu - lots of places will put together lovely hampers, sampling some of the best local produce, to delight the taste buds. Try Lawson’s Delicatessen in Aldeburgh, the Green Olive Deli in Woodbridge, Earsham Street Deli in Bungay, or The Black Olive Deli in Southwold.
Indulge in some retail therapy in the many independent boutiques dotted across Suffolk’s High Streets, or pamper yourself silly at one of the many luxurious spas. Try Ufford Park, situated in impressive grounds to the north of Woodbridge, or Clarice House near Bury St Edmunds, in a stunning Neo-Jacobean Mansion.
Or, book yourself into the health suite at the Stoke By Nayland, one of the only spas in the area to offer the unique and exotic Hammam and Rasul Mud Therapy treatments.
For the adventurous couple, have a go at something a little wilder, like an outing on Southwold’s Coastal voyager, an adrenaline pumping power boat; take a hot air ballon ride over the Norfolk Suffolk border; try Go Ape's zip wire, treetop adventure.
Keen cyclists might like to check out Peloton Training in Butley, which aside from world class triathlon coaching provides exciting services, such as guided mountain bike outings.
And, of course, there are ample opportunities for you to learn something new together!
Find out about the brewing process on a fantastic Adnams Brewery Tour in Southwold. Alternatively, take a more arty course and learn to pour bronze with local artists at Butley Studios, or get creative with Cowshed Art courses in Thorington, or a wildlife photography class at Kersey Mill.
Perhaps an night at the theatre is more your cup of tea?
There’s always an array of concerts taking place at Snape Maltings - for the annual highlight, look at the summer programme when the Aldeburgh Music Festival takes place.
There are always great performances taking place at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, or at the New Cut in Halesworth and Apex in Bury St Edmunds.
As ever, take a look at our family of visitor information sites for a full list of places to stay, places to eat, things to do, and what's on!
Visit Aldeburgh, Visit Woodbridge, Visit Orford, Visit Southwold, Visit North Suffolk, Visit Framlingham, Visit Constable Country, Visit Lavenham and Destination Bury St Edmunds.
And what about the Honeymoon?It's the final instalment in our Suffolk We...