Location

Drift End Cottage is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of Eastbridge, a small quiet village beside Minsmere Bird Reserve, home to avocets, bitterns and a wealth of sea birds, and a short drive from some of the most attractive villages and towns on the Heritage Coast, from Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich to the north, to Thorpeness, Aldeburgh and Orford to the south.

The area is quite magical – wide open skies, acres of protected marshland, meadows, heath and woodland, miles of deserted seashore, quiet rivers and country lanes. It is the perfect spot for nature lovers, birdwatchers, walkers, cyclists and painters, and has strong musical connections – Benjamin Britten founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings, and smaller concerts abound in local churches and other venues.

Eastbridge has a famous Adnams pub, The Eel’s Foot Inn, which serves full meals and bar snacks, and where musicians gather on a Thursday night for a folk session. Nearby Middleton and Westleton also have pubs, and between them a farm shop and village shop. Dunwich, once the capital of East Anglia and now mostly buried under the sea, has an inn and a tiny museum full of local interest, and you can buy fish and chips on the beach. Walberswick is popular for crabbing, and in summer a small passenger ferry takes you across the River Blyth to Southwold, often described as the ‘quintessential English seaside town’.