Stowmarket holiday cottages are hard to beat if you want to experience the slow pace of rural life in a typical Suffolk market town, with some of the county’s most beautiful countryside on your doorstep. Stowmarket lies in the heart of Suffolk, on the banks of the River Gipping. With Bury St Edmunds to the west and Ipswich to the southeast, this welcoming community is a great base for exploring the region’s sweeping shingle beaches and moody marshes and heaths. Stowmarket is on the main railway line from London to Norwich, making it easy to reach by car or train, despite its out-of-the-way feel. Every Thursday and Saturday, the town’s market is the perfect opportunity to pick up fresh produce, straight from the fields and coast of Suffolk.

Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Stowmarket and you’ll soon discover impressive historic landmarks, such as 14th century St Peter and St Mary Church, the former vicarage and Haughley Park, a magnificent red-brick country house set in stunning grounds. Nearby, the Museum of East Anglican Life is home to rare cattle and sheep, fascinating exhibits and a series of pretty riverside and woodland trails. In and around Bury Street and Old Fox Yard, you’ll find a delightful mix of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

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If you’re looking for a romantic cottage getaway for two, then look no further than Wild Bryony. This rural cottage is tucked away in the Suffolk countryside near Mendlesham Green. The Cottage is cosy and warm with comfortable furniture and every appliance needed for a true home-from-home holiday.

Cocketts is a rural holiday cottage set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside just north of Stowmarket, sleeping 6 (+3) guests in beautifully furnished bedrooms. This pet friendly Suffolk cottage breathes history, exudes comfort and is child-friendly, with attic playroom and gorgeous 1-acre garden.

Stowmarket hosts a variety of events, including a lively carnival with a funfair and fireworks, and Stowfest, a renowned music festival held every year at Chilton Fields. In the town centre, the Regal Theatre and Cinema shows films, drama, comedy and live music.

Self-catering holidays in Stowmarket are perfect if you’re planning on exploring the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is less than an hour away by car or public transport, with idyllic fishing villages, classic seaside resorts and pristine beaches. If you fancy a day in the city, Norwich and Cambridge are also nearby