Accommodation · Dog friendly · Out and about

Our visit to The Garden Coop, Suffolk

Back in September 2017, we packed up the car and ventured east to picturesque Suffolk and all of its lovely towns, villages and beaches.

Searching for dog-friendly accommodation is fun and frustrating at the same time! Thankfully we found a great website with plenty of options: Cottage Tree. They have their own website, plus additional listings on Airbnb. Definitely worth checking it out.


There are plenty of cottages to choose from and they all look wonderful. We opted for The Garden Coop – yes, partly for the name! – and we weren’t disappointed.


The Garden Coop is a one bedroom cottage, ideal for couples or young families, and perfect for dog owners. Downstairs there’s an open plan living area with underfloor heating and log burning fire; upstairs is the bedroom and bathroom, plus views of the surrounding Sotterley estate.


Cooper quickly made himself at home in the enclosed gravel garden with his favourite ball, whilst we ran about taking photos of the beautiful cottage decor, which was like a Pinterest dream! I’ve made mental (and physical) notes for future home ownership!


It was great to see Cooper on the beach again, making the most of the sun, sea and sand. We’ve been so lucky with UK holidays in September over recent years – fair weather and quiet locations (once the schools have gone back!). The beach at Kessingland is dog-friendly all year round, and great for a photoshoot.


We visited Lowestoft, Kessingland, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness during our week of exploring. Suffolk is a beautiful part of the country. The walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness is worth doing, especially as dogs can be off their leads. Once you get to Thorpeness, have a walk up to the House in the Clouds; it’s a dream location I’d love to stay in one day.


As you probably already know, Suffolk is really dog-friendly and it was easy to find places to eat out – and on the occasions that we did, Cooper got so much attention I think we could have left him there!

I’d love to return to Suffolk one day, and would highly recommend The Garden Coop as a great base for touring around. The surrounding estate has also got plenty of walking routes, with maps available to borrow from the cottage.

Photo credit: Ben Squire.