Sandy beaches and unspoiled countryside dotted with magnificent churches and ancient sites can all be discovered on the doorstep of holiday cottages in Trimley St. Mary. This pretty village is located on the outskirts of Felixstowe, in the county of Suffolk. It lies on a peninsula which juts into the North Sea, with Harwich Harbour on one side and the River Deben on the other. Trimley St. Mary and its neighbour, Trimley St. Martin, are well known for their beautiful churches which resulted from a historical family feud and feature intricate stained-glass windows. Take a stroll around the village and you will discover a variety of family-run businesses, including a small grocery and a traditional fish and chip takeaway.
Overlooking a park at the northern edge of the village, the Mariners is a cosy pub housed in a listed building, with good food and a variety of local ales. A two-day carnival takes place in the village every July, with a parade and live entertainment. Self-catering holidays in Trimley St. Mary would be incomplete without exploring the charming seaside town of Felixstowe, a short walk southward from the village. While away an afternoon on the seafront, where you will discover fine Edwardian architecture, gardens, colourfully painted beach huts, and sand and shingle beaches where a refreshing swim in the sea is highly recommended.
Felixstowe is a great place to enjoy old-fashioned seaside amusements, such as the slot machines on the pier, and the rides at Manning’s Amusements and Ocean Boulevard. Alternatively, take the ferry to the picturesque sailing village of Felixstowe Ferry. From there, you can walk along the banks of the River Deben or buy fresh fish to take back to your Trimley St. Mary holiday cottage. Directly north of the village, the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to the idyllic villages of Southwold and Aldeburgh.