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The Watch Houses

The Watch Houses, Southwold, Suffolk

  Booking through:
Rural Retreats

Sleeps a maximum of: 8

Pricing From: £1212.00

The Watch Houses are two custom-built beach houses tucked away on a track just metres from the sea and the Suffolk Coast. Despite the beautiful seclusion, the charming seaside town of Southwold is just a 15-minute stroll or 5-minute bike ride away.

For a larger family group or gathering of friends, the cottages are the perfect location for relaxing in a gloriously tranquil setting, yet with all the amenities of a bustling town nearby. With only a low-lying cliff edge and a near private beach separating you from the sea, you can enjoy the changing light of Suffolk's huge skies, expecience spectacular sunrises and sunsets, hear the sounds of the waves and appreciate nature at its most idyllic. Consisting of two detached beach houses that can be booked separately or together, The Watch Houses take their name from World War II, when Royal Navy Wrens listened out for German submarines from this coastline.

Both beach houses have been finished to a very high standard, and offer clean, contemporary styling that is the perfect complement to the huge views of sea and sky from the windows. The Listening Station has views towards the cliffs and beaches of Clovehithe, while The Watch Room looks out onto Southwold's iconic pier. Each property is of the same design, comfortably sleeping four in two double bedrooms.

All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and the two bedrooms in each property are linked by a modern living and dining area. Spend the morning just gazing on the amazing birdlife just outside your windows, then wander down to Southwold and browse the boutiques - you might end up buying some of the local catch for a mouthwatering supper. There is easy access to the quiet, peaceful beach just a 5 minute walk along the cliff.

You'll find plenty to keep you entertained beyond Southwold too. From stately homes including Royal Sandringham, through to boating, surfing, golf and more, you can be as lively or as relaxed as you want to be. The two properties can be booked individually through Rural Retreats; The Listening Station (sleeping four guests) accepts one well behaved dog and The Watch Room (sleeping four guests) is pet free.

This holiday at a glance

  • Sleeps eight guests.
  • Four double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom.
  • Open plan accommodation, all on one level.

  • Beachfront location.
  • Decked terrace.
  • WiFi.

  • Parking.
  • Children and infants welcome.
  • The Listening Station welcomes one small dog (small additional charge).

  • The Watch Room is pet free.
  • Minimum three night stay.

Additional features

  • Sunning sea views.

  • Electric cooker.
  • Fridge freezer.
  • Washing machine and dishwasher.

  • Widescreen television with Freeview.
  • Sonos Smart speaker
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Garden furniture.
  • Barbecue
  • Beach cart with windbreak and picnic chairs


  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Lodge
  • One Dog
  • Baby Welcome
  • Ground Floor Bedroom
  • Dog Friendly
  • On Site Parking
  • Wifi
  • Pub Nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Children Welcome
  • Welcome Hamper
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Walking
Approximate Location

Map is approximate and should only be used to get a rough idea of the cottage location.

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Southwold, St Edmund's Church - 1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Walberswick, St Andrew's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Covehithe, St Andrew's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Blythburgh, Holy Trinity Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Dunwich Leper Chapel - 5.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Dunwich Greyfriars - 5.1 miles (Abbey) Heritage Rating

Blyford, All Saints Church - 5.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Wenhaston, St Peter's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Sotterley, St Margaret's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Westhall, St Andrew's Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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