Albion House

Snape, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

  • Outstanding views over the valley towards Snape Maltings and the Alde river, this lovely self-catering property sleeping up to 4 is superbly furnished and is ideal for concert goers, walkers, cyclists and anyone visiting the Suffolk coast.

You can book this property from:

  • £618 per week
  • £88 per night


A delightful and very spacious property for 2, beautifully furnished in keeping with its Edwardian style. Featuring large rooms and a charming attic area, Albion House is located at the top of a hill, overlooking the beautiful countryside of the Suffolk coastal area. With the Alde river and the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall just a 10 minute walk from the property, Albion House is ideally located to enjoy all that Snape has to offer. 

ALDEBURGH 6 miles, ORFORD 7.5 miles, SOUTHWOLD 18 miles, DUNWICH 17 miles WOODBRIDGE 11 miles 

Albion House Studio is a delightful self-catering property with rooms that overlook open fields and farmland. It accommodates up to two guests and has been beautifully furnished in keeping with the Edwardian style of the house. The bright spacious rooms include a charming attic room for artists, writers, calligraphers and book lovers. 

The property is located in the centre of the village close to three pub/restaurants, and is just a short stroll from the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home to the Aldeburgh Festival. Opera, jazz, and literary festivals are presented throughout the year.

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Albion Studio is close to a glorious river, and is wonderfully located for exploring the Suffolk Heritage Coast.

About the Property: Albion House Studio is an incredibly spacious and utterly delightful holiday home for two people. The bedroom has a super king, zip and link single bed/s and charming little balcony - ideal for al-fresco breakfasts).

The ground floor kitchen/dining room includes a very well-equipped, fully-fitted galley kitchen and attractive dining table overlooking the garden. The first floor sitting room has a small balcony with cafe style table and two chairs. The large en suite bedroom has windows on two sides, offering far reaching views of the countryside with the Snape Maltings and the river in the distance. There is both an en suite bathroom and a separate shower, wash basin and w.c. A further flight of stairs takes guests to the 'quiet' room; a studio, writing room or just somewhere for quiet contemplation.

Albion House has a rich history. It was once a convent, home to a dozen or more nuns. The current owners have lovingly restored the house and its outbuildings, converting the stables into a Writers Studio. Charmingly furnished, the owners (both of whom are writers) have included an eclectic selection of books, music and art. 

Ground Floor

  • Hall with coat stand, door to kitchen/dining room, stairs to first floor.
  • A galley kitchen with hob and oven, washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, cafetiere and lots of kitchen equipment. There is a lovely antique dining table in front of the window, 4 chairs and a large dresser with cutlery and china, and a wall mounted TV.

First Floor

  • Cloakroom with wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail.
  • Bedroom with zip and link singles / super king bed, bedside tables and lamps, easy chair, occasional table and lamp, a flat screen TV and CD Player. Large ensuite bathroom with bath and overhead shower, wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail.
  • Shower room with shower.
  • Sitting room with sofa, tables and lamps, chest of drawers, writing desk and chair, two arm chairs and a large selection of books. TV, DVD and CD Player, and Tea & Coffee making facilities. French doors lead to a small balcony with cafe style table and two chairs. Wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.

Second Floor

  • A steep staircase leads to the second floor. Headroom is limited as you enter - this room is not suitable for those with mobility problems. Known as the 'quiet room' there is a desk with typewriter, easel and book stand, and seating, Small TV, space and ambience for yoga or relaxation and Tea & coffee making facilities.


  • The garden is to the front of the property, fenced and gated with a small lawn surrounded by flower beds. Large grasses and trees allow guests privacy whilst sitting at the outside table.


  • Central heating throughout.
  • Bed linen and towels are included but please bring your own beach towels and bedding for the cot, if required. Both synthetic and feather duvets and pillows are available. Please let owners know if you have allergies.
  • In consideration of other guests, please do not smoke in the property.
  • Off street parking for one vehicle.
  • Wifi service is provided. Internet reception can be patchy and the connection provided should NOT be relied on for work use and is unsuitable for games or downloading of films.
  • A welcome basket of tea, coffee, milk, bread, jam, eggs and wine.
  • Washing machine/dryer and iron with ironing board provided.

Parking: Off road parking for one car. 

Setting: Situated on high ground in Snape, visitors are within easy walking distance of three excellent pubs. The property's location allows visitors to take in views over the Alde Estuary and Snape Maltings, a small complex of shops, restaurants and galleries, as well as the renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall. 

This property is ideal for: Albion House is the perfect base for those who enjoy walking, cycling, music, art, fine dining or simply relaxing. Snape Maltings Concert Hall has an all year round programme of music and dance in every genre, as well as hosting such events as the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival and FlipSide, a Latin American celebration of the arts. This is also a great place to start a walk, exploring the historic landscape and wonderful natural environment of the Alde valley; either follow your own chosen path (there are many spectacular walks from here) or join one of the guided tours from the Snape Maltings. We also recommend taking one of the boat trips down the river Alde to Iken church, an area naturally rich in wildlife and a haven for wildfowl. 

Suffolk is not completely flat, as anyone who has cycled here will confirm, but the quiet country lanes and pathways provide a picturesque ride with some great pubs and tearooms to punctuate your journey. Snape, Woodbridge and particularly Aldeburgh are rich in art galleries for viewing, collecting or inspiration. You will find a great art shop in Woodbridge that is an Aladdin's cave of art materials, perfect for creating your own landscape masterpiece. 

Eating and Drinking: With three local pubs, all of which offer food from fish and chips to gourmet cuisine, you can dine out without even getting into a car. Further afield, Aldeburgh has some great restaurants; The Regatta and The Lighthouse are both very popular and there is also a good choice of shops selling excellent local produce. 

The historic fishing town of Orford is situated on the rivers Alde and Ore and well worth a visit for lunch, supper or just to explore. Pinney's of Orford have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s, and their smoke house supplies mouth-watering freshly smoked fish every day. The Crown & Castle, co-owned by Ruth Watson of TV's The Hotel Inspector fame, offers a wonderful menu with great reviews. 
Self-Catering: There are several good farm shops nearby; Friday Street Farm Shop on the A1094 just before you get to the A12 and The Farm Cafe and Food Market, Marlesford. There is also a great deli and tea room at Snape Maltings.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds (combine for king/super king)


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Shop 0.1 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 5:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


It has been a joy to be able to return so soon so Albion House - it is fast becoming a second home. We feel very blessed indeed to have discovered it - and its owners Barbara and Jemma. To be able to go to a live concert at The Maltings was a particular pleasure on this visit. And the walk around the estuary to Iken never fails to delight. An especial pleasure was to spend some time in Barbara and Jemma's company. We can hardly wait for our next visit in January. Adrian and Megan

Mrs Megan D,

In 'Covid Times' a few days' holiday in this part pf the world is bound to qualify in the list of breaks we'll never forget. Albion House is such a fabulous place -- books and more books, every room packed with details on three floors, and then there's the sunsets -- well worth seeing, a reminder to watch our star sink into the west. The walks are great, do try the Snape Warren and catch the heather and gorse in flower. Thank you Barbara and Jemma for your hospitality and kind words in our 'hour of need' when our car broke down, and of course for the Welcome provisions on our arrival. I hope we'll be back -- next time with a fully functional gear box! Rosie and Colin

Past Customer,

Thank you for a relaxing stay and welcome. This was a much needed break, which Suffolk fitted with abundance -- thanks to you both. We would love to return and will let our friends into the pleasures and beauty of this place. David and Gavin

Past Customer,

"This really has been the most perfect escape from 2020 problems to a part of Suffolk we only knew rather vaguely and now cannot wait to return. Next time we won't bring books -- there are so many interesting ones here in Albion Studio --and also so many thoughtful touches. Thank you Barbara and Jemma for making us (and Beatrice, of course!) so welcome, and for all the thoughtful little extras grocery from the Welcome Basket to everything else. We recommend Orford and to eat at the Butley Oysterage -- and wonderful sea food from Pinneys to buy fish to bring back); Helmingham Hall Gardens (half an hour away) and Huntingford Church for amazing ceiling paintings -- the list is endless. Thank you, David and Rosie (and Beatrice, vintage Bentley) Eldridge.

Mr David E,

"We have enjoyed this very welcome interlude in a comfortable, convenient, well-managed Albion Studio. Going away during a pandemic is not something one does often, but we haven't felt worried here. The area is just the place for some gentle pottering or longer walks. To readers looking for suggestions: don't miss a short stop at Holy trinity Blythburgh, particularly to look outside, which is a marvel of design and construction. The disappearance of England's 6th largest city into the sea is also worth pondering -- it happened just up the road.' Charles and Yvonne

Mr Charles O,

Thank you for a lovely fortnight in your beautiful house. What a relief from this difficult year, just to relax here amongst so many interesting books, pictures and things with no doubt a long history to them. We have enjoyed exploring, rambling and generally mooching about the area. This has included re-visiting old haunts from many years ago. We appreciated the Welcome goodies and the comfortable facilities. So good to have such a base to come back to on the few days when the weather was wet or blustery, Very best wishes, Jean and Steve Pennant

Mrs Jean P,

We have had such a wonderful stay in Albion House Studio, and we can barely believe a week has passed. If only it could have been longer. Our happy explorations of the Suffolk coast and countryside has been blessed by the daily return to Albion House Studio’s haven of cosy, literary delight. The novels we brought with us remain unread, as we have been beguiled by your own delicious selection – especially the ones relating to birds, Britten, and Blythe. Much further reading will ensue as a result. We hope it will not be too long before we are able to return – until we do, we will carry the happiest memories of our time as your grateful and contented neighbours. With fondest wishes Adrian and Megan

Adrian and M,

We have very much enjoyed getting to know Snape and its surroundings in Coastal Suffolk, an area hitherto unfamiliar to us. Your lovely, comfortable and charming home has been a delightful place to retreat to after hours of walking each day, in what turned out to be something of a heatwave. The tasteful decor and furnishing combined with the literary and artistic touches lend Albion House a welcoming and homely feel, quite unlike many of the holiday properties we have previously occupied. Thank you for sharing part of your home and many of your possessions with us this week, and for the welcome pack of thoughtfully selected groceries, which were much appreciated’.

Previous Customer,

Thank you Barbara and Jemma for the hospitable welcome, of which we made proper use! This is a return visit for us, and it was good to see that the area is a lovely as ever, and offers as much as we could want or need. A special mention needs to be made of your wonderful collection of books, the best ever in our experience, which have given us lots of ideas for future reading. We had a turbulent week in terms of weather and of politics, but the peace and loveliness of the house and surroundings, especially of a wonderful walk to Iken by the side of the Alde estuary more than mollified it.

Previous Customer,

We have had a very enjoyable two week stay in this lovely home. Many thanks to Barbara and Jemma who made us very welcome. Lovely ladies. A great area to visit with many places of interest. Two good pubs, The Crown and The Golden Key (Harry and team great people in Key). Good food in both. Lovely views out of master bedroom. House well equipped and spotless. Thank you both.’

Previous Customer,

What a fabulous week we’ve had at Albion House! From the wonderful hospitality shown to us from Barbara and Jemma and Oscar – who not only lent us child-friendly DVDs but who looked after our elderly spaniel Lottie when the weather became too hot. We’ve enjoyed exploring Southwold Beach, Framlingham Castle, Woodbridge and Aldeburgh, We will never tire of watching the sunset from the master bedroom – utterly magical. Thank you so much. We hope to see you again soon. Lots of love,

Previous Customer,

Albion Studio is a delightful homely base for visiting so many lovely places. Loved being able to walk to Snape Maltings and the pub with our Cockapoo, Maisie. We were made to feel very welcome on our arrival, with some essentials, and a personal visit from Jemma. When the weather deteriorated we even received a text inviting us to turn on the heating! Beautiful views to the rear of the property and everything provided for our stay – thank you so much.’

Previous Customer,

We have had a lovely week in Suffolk (our third visit to the area). Albion House Studio is a real `home from homr’ with everything we could possibly wish for. Barbara and Jemma made us feel very welcome, including our dog, Marley; and the little extras for him were much appreciated. We loved the huge comfortable bed and the fantastic power shower was the best we have ever had! So many lovely places to visit here – Aldeburgh, Southwold, Woodbridge, Thorpeness. We recommend a boat trip from Oulton Broads, the estuary walk from Snape Maltings , Sutton Hoo and Helmingham Hall gardens (all dog friendly, too).

Previous Customer,

What can we say to do the spacious accommodation justice, other than it is perfect and blissful. Can’t wait to come back!

Previous Customer,

We have had a good week of weather and enjoyed touring this part of Suffolk – here for the first time. Plenty to see – pretty villages, the coast (vulnerable to the North Sea); galleries, coffee shops, the Red House, Dunwich Museum, being some of the highlights. Snape has been a good base to explore from and Albion House Studio flat like a home from home – could have spent lots of time working our way through its `library’. Thanks for a good stay. PS: Oh, yes, the Hollyhocks! And we loved the wild flower road verges – full of colour.

Previous Customer,

We have really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful, well equipped studio. Thank you for the `Welcome’ pack – much appreciated and enjoyed. There is much to explore – a few examples: Snape itself and the Maltings. Walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness. Walk to Walberswick to Southwold (Adnams brewery, pier clock, Tiptree shop and sand). Minsmere RSPB (marsh harriers). Woodbridge tide mill, Framlingham, Lavenham.Swift project in Aldeburgh and much more ... and of course Hollyhocks everywhere – gardens, beaches, anywhere – just perfect at that moment.

Previous Customer,