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9 cosy breaks close to Essex

PUBLISHED: 09:31 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:31 18 January 2016

One of the Suffolk Escape lodges

One of the Suffolk Escape lodges

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If you are looking for a weekend getaway that doesn’t involve taking on a long winter trek, why not try these top ideas for 
a short break without the long drive?

The Red Room in StrattonsThe Red Room in Strattons

Snape Maltings

Visit the idyllic destination of Snape Maltings on the Suffolk coast, where you can shop, walk, eat, listen to wonderful music and enjoy the amazing scenery. The iconic Victorian buildings house a collection of independent shops, Café 1885 and The Granary Teashop, alongside the world famous Concert Hall, all set beside the River Alde. So why not take the chance to walk to Iken church or to Aldeburgh, go to a concert and stay for a long weekend in one of the beautiful properties?

Wakes Hall Lodges

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or just fancy a few days away from the hustle and bustle, unwind in the tranquil beauty of the Colne Valley. The award-winning Wakes Colne Lodges are located in idyllic countryside and each lodge benefits from its own hot tub, wifi and en suite facilities. All of the lodges are fully furnished, offering availability for either one bedroom or two bedrooms. Now these award-winning lodges are offering luxurious breaks for a minimum stay of two nights (week days only), subject to availability in the off-peak season.

Linden House Hotel

One of the beach lodges at Aldeburgh BayOne of the beach lodges at Aldeburgh Bay

Each of the nine guest rooms at Linden House has been individually designed to the highest standard and with pure luxury in mind. You’ll find a large, extremely comfortable bed, the finest quality linen, Duck Island toiletries and complimentary refreshments in your room. While all rooms retain the historic charm of the two buildings that comprise Linden House, modern amenities will further enhance your experience. Wifi access is available free of charge and if you’d like Champagne, flowers or chocolates in your room to mark an occasion or to make your stay at Linden House extra special, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The Suffolk Escape

The Suffolk Escape’s luxurious log cabins are the perfect place to stop, relax and unwind. With just four two-bedroom lodges, each set on the edge of the lake, The Suffolk Escape offers self-catering in spacious log cabins equipped with designer kitchens, hot tubs and private dining decks out over the water, which are perfect for al fresco dining. As a small, adult only destination, the 300-acre farm is the ultimate, romantic destination for couples or small groups of friends looking for a peaceful, relaxing break away from everyday stresses. The Suffolk Escape is located just off the end of the A12 before Ipswich.

Strattons Hotel

Tucked away behind the market place in the small Norfolk town of Swaffham, Strattons is an award-winning boutique hotel, restaurant and cafe deli offering cool, contemporary style with originality. Enjoy afternoon tea by the fire, a light lunch from the cafe deli or a delicious dinner in the chic restaurant. Stay in one of the 14 individual, sumptuous and eclectic bedrooms — perhaps with a Jacobean four-poster bed, an open fire, a freestanding bath at the foot of the bed with room for two, original period features or a huge decked balcony. Special offers throughout January include bed & breakfast from £99 or the Strattons Club with afternoon tea, a bottle of wine, dinner and breakfast from only £201.

Thorpeness Golf Club & HotelThorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

The White House

The White House is a delightful, historical manor house dating back to the 15th century and, while coming highly recommended by the British Tourist Board and with four yellow stars by the AA for its outstanding facilities and services, guests will not be disappointed. Despite its convenience to Stansted Airport, The White House is set in an acre of serene gardens and is actually an oasis of calm for those about to prepare for a busy flight. To ease pre-travel stress, staff at The White House can even help with issues such as airport transfers. Owner Mike Shields also runs The Lion and Lamb pub just down the road in Little Canfield. Open seven days a week with all its traditional country charm, The Lion and Lamb is well worth a visit, be it for a taste of the wine menu, a sample of the freshly-prepared food or just for the friendly front of house service.

Down Hall Country House Hotel

Escape this winter with a relaxing break at Down Hall. Try a warming Winter Pimms in the bar or lounge before you enjoy all of Down Hall’s facilities and the fabulous grounds before sitting down to a delicious three-course dinner in the stylish Grill Room Restaurant. Relax with a luxury treatment in the Eden Spa and revive in the new gym, sauna and steam room facility. Then relax for a restful night’s sleep before tucking into a full English breakfast, after which you can check out feeling completely refreshed.Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Thorpeness, Aldeburgh

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel has 36 bedrooms located in the main hotel and in the annexed Braid Lodge opposite the first tee of the golf course. Guests benefit from being less than a minute’s walk from the first tee, which places a special premium for golfers who can say they literally stayed on course. Golfers also love the tranquillity and seclusion of the course – which offers a true escape from the pressures of everyday life. While the hotel pays tribute to the sport of golf, it is tastefully presented to appeal to all guests, many of whom may be staying for the nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, coastal walks, nature reserves, visitor attractions and proximity to the coastal villages of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. The rooms are comfortable and contemporary in style.

Aldeburgh Bay Holidays

Located in Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast, Aldeburgh Bay Holidays could not be better placed to offer you an idyllic holiday retreat. Purpose built in 1910 to provide holidays for friends and family on the coast, Thorpeness has lost none of its original charm. The homes, all individually designed, still retain their uniqueness and character and the village remains one of the most beautiful, unspoilt areas in the county. Choose from a large house in a beachside location, a quaint cottage for two or a family retreat in the stunning Suffolk countryside.

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