The village of Cretingham lies on the banks of the River Deben, in East Suffolk. Set amid unspoiled fields and woods, and a short drive to a spectacular coast, it is an idyllic base for a holiday in Southeast England. Centred around a crossroads, this rural community is known for its remarkable concentration of historic architecture, with 21 listed buildings to discover. Exploring the village from your holiday cottage in Cretingham, you will notice the graceful church of St Peter on The Street, dating back to the 14th century. The sound of change ringing can often be heard from the church’s ancient tower. Self-catering holidays in Cretingham would be incomplete without a pint of Suffolk cider or ale, or a bite to eat, at the Cretingham Bell, housed in a series of 17th-century cottages, at the crossroads. Lovely walks can be enjoyed from Cretingham, past the area’s many farms, and into the surrounding countryside. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies to the east of the village, with shingle beaches, farmland, forest and salt marshes to discover.


The Blackbird Song is a cosy log-wood cabin set among nature in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The charming rural cottage enjoys seclusion and opportunities for kayaking and nature walks. The interior décor and open-plan design welcome natural light and add to the charm & the hot tub is inviting

Recommended Places to Visit From Your Cretingham Holiday Cottage


Baylam House Rare Breeds Farm

A day out at this fun-packed attraction is highly recommended, with an incredible collection of rare farm animals, plus activities for children.


Mid Suffolk Light Railway

Take a ride through idyllic countryside on Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway, with regular steam trains departing from Brockford Station, near Stowmarket.


Museum of East Anglia

Don’t miss this informative museum, set in beautiful countryside, with exhibits on rural life in the region, as well as history talks and guided tours.


Helmingham Hall and Gardens

Wander through the magnificent 16th-century gardens and deer park, before treating yourself to a refreshment at the tearooms.


Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Meet barn owls and other birds of prey at this popular family-friendly attraction, a scenic drive from Cretingham.