Places to Stay
The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels. We recommend the following – for more please visit other websites listed below the recommended sites.


Alde Garden ~ ~ just ½ a mile away. Comfortable tipi / yurt / wagon / indoor accommodation in the grounds of the White Horse pub in Sweffling.

Alde Valley Breaks ~ ~ three miles away in quiet countryside near Bruisyard next to the River Alde.

Rendham Hall ~ ~ two miles away. B&B on a working dairy farm – one of the few left in the Alde Valley and home to award winning Mary Belle and Suffolk Meadow dairy herds.

Holiday Cottages

Best of Suffolk ~ ~ Large selection of well-maintained and comfortable cottages in East Suffolk managed by an award winning team.

Suffolk Secrets ~ ~ Family owned company specializing in coastal and inland holiday lets in East Suffolk.

Valley Farm Cottages ~ ~ Family owned luxury selfcatering holiday cottages on a stud farm tucked in between Snape (10 minuntes) and Orford (5 minutes) with views over horse grazed meadows towards the coast. 3 cottages available, sleeping up to 4 guests in each.

Sweffling Hall Farm ~ ~ Just 1 mile away. Offers holiday cottages, glamping and B&B [up to 10 people] in farm setting in the Upper Alde Valley.

The Wash House Studio ~ ~ A stylish Victorian conversion in it's own space on the coast at Orford.

Suffolk Coastal Cottages ~ ~ Cosy cottages, larger houses and a barn,  full of character, set in some of Suffolk’s loveliest and most unspoilt rural villages, yet within minutes of the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast.


The Bell House Hotel, Saxmundham ~ ~ a small independent hotel in the heart of the town, just 5 minutes walk from the train station.

The Brudenell, Aldeburgh ~ ~ next to the beach at the south end of the historic seaside town.

The Crown & Castle, Orford ~ ~ set to one side of the old market square within walking distance of the castle, church, bakery, butcher, smokehouses, the village stores and windswept open countryside .. what more could you want !

The Crown Hotel, Framlingham ~ ~ overlooking the historic Market Hill, home to the Tuesday and Saturday street market; cafes, castle, church, deli and butcher all within 400m, and most within 50m.

The Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh ~ ~ a warm and very welcoming family-owned hotel a stone’s throw from the beach, overlooking the sea and Aldeburgh’s fishing huts.

The White Lion, Aldeburgh ~ ~ recently refurbished with comfortable rooms and a very pleasant bar overlooking the seafront.

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  • Spring Festival 2016

    This year’s Spring Festival launches on 23rd April for 4 weeks with a rich programme of Farm Suppers, Festival Talks, Open Studios and Meet the Artists sessions....

  • A talk by Maggi Hambling :

    6pm for 6.30pm start. Saturday 7th May in the barns at the farm. Email the Festival for ticket sales.

  • Thank you to our sponsors

    Aspall Cyder and Suffolk Coast for supporting this year’s Alde Valley Spring Festival !

  • New for 2016 :

    A sound installation of a nightingale singing by Emma Green; “The Carrier” by Laurence Edwards; “Rite of Spring” by Maggi Hambling and over 200 curated works on show in the barns....

  • New for 2015/16:

    A poetry residency link between the Spring Festival and Cill Rialaig in Kerry, Eire.

  • The Big Spring Picnic takes place on Saturday 14th May.

    BYO picnic sourced from local shops in Framlingham, Saxmundham, Leiston, Snape, Aldeburgh & Orford ! Booking essential – limited places....

  • Pop Up “Hedgerow Tea Rooms”

    Open at Weekends serving cakes and pastries supplied especially for the Festival by chef Peter Harrison.


  • Try out local pubs :

    The Crown Inn, Great Glemham; White Horse, Sweffling; White Horse, Rendham; The Crown and Golden Key at Snape; The Ship Inn, Blaxhall are all within 4 miles.


  • Come and visit the farm on foot or by bike:

    Free parking for cars – share journeys if you can. Children and families welcome – no dogs please.


  • New for 2016 :

    “Meet the Artists” informal guided talks on Sunday afternoons during the Festival from 3-4.30pm.

  • New for 2016 :

    ‘Writing at Great Glemham” – a series of Writing Residencies linked to Farm Suppers and Festival Talks.

  • Don’t forget local market days :

    Mondays at Campsea Ashe auction rooms [with tea room]; Tuesdays at Framlingham; Wednesdays in Saxmundham – and Snape Farmers Market on the first Saturday of the month.


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
Artisan Products

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

For more information....
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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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