The Suffolk Coast is one of the most glorious vacation spots to be found in the United Kingdom. It’s a popular destination for those who love the natural beauty of the coastal regions, including beaches, sand cliffs and natural habitats for a variety of birds and animals. It’s also an excellent choice for those who love charming seaside towns, historic villages and holiday adventures. Whether you’re interested in a romantic getaway or a family vacation, the Suffolk Coast is sure to meet all of your needs.

Enjoy Your Stay

One of the best things about visiting the Suffolk Coast is staying at the luxurious Kesgrave Hall Hotel. This elegant boutique hotel has only 23 comfortable bedrooms, but it is replete with modern amenities which will ensure that your stay there is unforgettable. While you can stay fully connected with the rest of the world, you probably will not want to once you settle into your charming surroundings.

The setting of this hotel is peaceful and lovely, and from the grand and open terrace you will enjoy seeing the well-manicured lawns stretching out before you. The friendly and courteous hotel staff will do everything they can to ensure that your stay is wonderful in every way.

Experience the Restaurant

Kesgrave Hall Hotel’s has an on-site brasserie-style restaurant, and it’s every bit as dramatic as the landscaping. The kitchen is open, allowing every guest to see what is happening as their food is being prepared. A world-class chef and his well trained staff consistently prepare delicious dishes featuring the finest Suffolk produce. The daily specials board allows the chef and his team to take advantage of whatever the freshest seasonal foods happen to be that day. The brasserie restaurant is open all day and has a special menu for kids, making this the ultimate in family fine dining.

One of the special treats at the brasserie is a “proper” English afternoon tea, served daily from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Enjoy delicious scones slathered in clotted cream and jam, sandwiches and an assortment of cakes; add a glass of champagne for a truly decadent experience.

Explore the Area

The Suffolk Coast has a rich cultural history. Visit one of the many artisan bakeries such as The Two Magpies Bakery, take a romantic drive down the scenic Suffolk Coast or tour the Woodbridge Tide Mill and see the giant working waterwheel and exhibits that proudly display the art of milling over the years. Be sure to check out the local events happening at the time of your stay, as well. Do your shopping and enjoy the stunning scenery at the same time. Bike along the coastline, discover the Saltmarsh Restoration project or photograph the picturesque setting from the Southwold Pier. There is something to suit every interest on the Suffolk Coast.

Come Sail Away

While you will certainly enjoy relaxing at the hotel or exploring the many quaint shops and historic sites nearby, you will not want to miss the opportunity to experience something even more fantastic, an exclusive offer for guests of the Kesgrave Hall Hotel. Consider a “Stay and Sail” experience, combining the luxury of this four-star hotel with a day of sailing on the Viking Blue, a 52-foot luxury yacht.

This Stay and Sail getaway includes a two-night stay in the best available room at Kesgrave Hall and a day of sailing with Viking Mariners on the Orwell and Stour rivers. Cruise in luxury for an entire day with a qualified, professional skipper and crew. Relax and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings in the comfort you deserve, and leave your worries behind you. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can let your skipper show you how to work the ropes, set and trim the sails and even navigate using modern electronics and charts. You may even get to take the helm at some point during your sail.

Everything you need will be provided, including refreshments and lunch. The Viking Mariners is one of the most exclusive boating services on the East Coast, and all your safety gear and sailing kit are included in this package. This unique experience offers you the chance to escape the everyday and take in the breathtaking scenery and create life-long memories. This is an exceptional opportunity, particularly when paired with a stay at the luxurious Kesgrave.

Return and Relax

After a wonderful day on the water, return to your home at the Kesgrave Hall Hotel where you will be treated like royalty. With the Stay and Sail package, you still have time to pursue your interests in this lovely setting before you have to return to the real world again.

Whether you want to play on the beach, sample the quality local food, discover some of Britain’s rarest wildlife or explore the cultural history and shopping, you can do it here on the magnificent Suffolk Coast. Your stay at the elegant Kesgrave Hall will not disappoint, and a day of sailing in luxury will allow you to relax and enjoy your holiday. Whether you choose to make your visit a romantic interlude or a family getaway, you’ll be glad you chose the Suffolk Coast as your destination.

+ Sue Bunting

Thu 8 May 2014, Milsom Hotels