Serena Cottage

Shottisham, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

  • 4 Star
  • Serena Cottage is an ideal cosy getaway for a couple or small family looking for the idyllic Suffolk getaway. With The Sorrel Horse pub right on your doorstep serving fantastic food and local ales, Serena Cottage offers charming character features in a lovely village location.

You can book this property from:

  • £515 per week
  • £74 per night
  • 4 Star


With its cosy woodburning stove, wealth of beams, private country garden and prominent village position, Serena Cottage ticks all the boxes. This pretty holiday cottage located in the popular village of Shottisham near to the Suffolk Coast is perfect for a holiday at any time of year. The cottage is ideal for a couple or small family looking for a cosy place to stay whilst exploring all that Suffolk has to offer. Being pet-friendly and only a few footsteps from the village pub which serves excellent food, Serena Cottage is the number one choice. Shop: 2 miles Pub: 100 yards.

Sitting Room/Dining Area: Samsung TV, DVD, woodburner, dining table and chairs, oak flooring.
Kitchen: Electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, microwave, washer dryer.
Shower Room: Shower cubicle, washbasin and wc.
Garden Room (accessed through the garden): A peaceful haven perfect for reading and relaxing including a sofa, TV and freezer.

Steep spiral cottage stairs to
Bedroom 1: Double bed with goose down mattress topper and duvet.
Bedroom 2: Single bed.

Garden: Private patio garden with furniture.
Parking: Private for two cars.
Heating: Electric plug-in heaters and woodburner.
Pets: One well-behaved dog welcome.
Notes: Wi-Fi, Laura Ashley towels, bedding and White Company mattress topper for the winter season provided. A starter pack of wood for the woodburner is also provided. Highchair available to use.

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Shottisham is a pretty village situated between Bawdsey at the mouth of the River Deben and the busy market town of Woodbridge; it is also just a short distance away from the coast at Shingle Street. There are many public footpaths to explore in this area of Suffolk and after getting out and about why not enjoy a well-earned drink in the fantastic village pub called the Sorrel Horse which hosts many social events throughout the year.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Freezer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided


  • Family friendly
  • Highchair


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Shop 2 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Welcome pack


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


Our second visit has just been just as good as the first in Serena Cottage. We have enjoyed many places to go and visit and some of our favourites were Shingle Street, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo and the Suffolk Punch Trust and Jimmy's Farm if you like animals. We have been to our favourite restaurant the Ramsholt Arms twice and have had outstanding meals overlooking the river, completely dog friendly. It's been a lovely experience staying in Shottisham and maybe we'll be back for a third time.

Previous Customer,

Lovely 3rd stay to be near my father-in-law Eric who is 100! Fantastic walks to the river, stoner point, and more gentle running than west yorkshire. Ernie the springer spaniel loves the walks and Eric enjoyed some home cooking for Christmas. I am sure we will be back. Welcome pack much appreciated particularly the cranberry relish went very well with everything.

Previous Customer,

We have had a lovely stay at Serena Cottage. We have been to lots of different places in Suffolk this week but our visit to Sutton Hoo was definitely a highlight and it was even better that it is so nearby. My sleeps have been BRILLIANT! On Saturday we went to see the house in the clouds in Thorpeness and after we walked from there all the way to Aldeburgh and back. Serena Cottage is a wonderful place to stay and I would come back very soon. Thanks alot!

Previous Customer,

The cottage was very well equipped, warm and comfortable. There is an excellent pub almost next door which serves very good food,

Mrs P,

We had a lovely visit to Suffolk. The weather was better than forecast which was a bonus. We visited Bawdsey, Shingle Street, Orford and Sutton Hoo. Unfortunately the petrol situation curtailed our exploring any further afield. Had lovely meals at Sorrel Horse, White Hart & Ramsholt Arms. An amazing meal at the Unruly Pig. All dog friendly. Suffolk people have been very friendly and hospitable.

Mr Maurice L,

Our second visit has been just as good as the first in Serena Cottage. We have enjoyed many places to go and visit and some of our favourites were Shingle Street, Alderburgh, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo and the Suffolk Punch Trust and Jimmy's Farm if you like animals. We have been to our favourite restaurant the Ramsholt Arms twice and have had outstanding meals overlooking the river - completely dog friendly. It's been a lovely experience staying in Shottisham and maybe we'll be back for a third time.

Mrs Sharon S,

A well presented cottage with lovely touches like flowers, jam & eggs. We used 'Diana Irwin's Suffolk A Dog Walkers Guide' to source some wonderful walks. The Sunday lunch at the Maybush Waldringfield was exceptional - do book. The Dog at Grundisburgh is very dog friendly. A wonderful week. Maurice, Margaret & Bevan GR.

Mr Maurice L,

Lovely cottage, lots of walks and places to visit.

Past Customer,

We have had a splendid few days in Shottisham. Long walks, rivers and the sea. Perfect. Smashing cottage with everything provided. The garden room is lovely, and we have used it and the garden chairs. Thank you for the welcome treats - much appreciated.

Past Customer,

Had a lovely break. The flowers were a lovely touch. Spent lots of time exploring the peninsula. Sutton Hoo was a highlight. The cottage was lovely and comfortable. Many thanks.

Past Customer,

Lovely comfortable cottage in a quaint village with a great pub.

Mr T,

Serena Cottage was well presented and clean, with everything you required in a holiday cottage!! We had a lovely time exploring and walking around this beautiful part of Suffolk. Enjoyed many pubs for food and drink. The maps in the cottage were great and we've walked nearly all the paths from Shottisham. Thank you for a wonderful stay and break.

Mr P,

A perfect way to spend a (chilly) bank holiday weekend. We really appreciated the all thoughtful touches - flowers, scones, milk - and of course the better than average selection of films. Thank you.

Mrs G,

Lovely very clean quiet cottage in a traditional Suffolk village. Flowers and treats for both of us and our dog on arrival. Walks from the door plentiful, you really are spoilt for choice. Beaches and shops within a short drive. Fabulous holiday would love to return.

Mrs B,

Great stay at Serena Cottage. Fabulous location to explore Suffolk. Loved the fresh flowers in the rooms and the welcome goodies. Loads of walks to do and although the weather wasn't as good as expected it was absolutely fine.

Ms Louise R,

Lovely relaxing stay, highly recommend Dunwich beach if you have dogs, car park & fabulous cafe right on site. Ramsholt Arms is a wonderful pub with stunning views and amazing food. The Guests.

Mrs Zoe G,

Wow, what a week we've had - can't beat being in England in a heatwave and even better being by the seaside! Great cottage, very clean, lovely welcome pack and a great location for exploring with loads to do. Would definitely recommend to family & friends and have no hesitation returning. Many thanks, Clare & Jon-Paul

Mrs Clare H,

The cottage has been a perfect base and a lovely touch with the scones and fresh flowers on arrival. The Sorrel Horse is a good little pub and the food was excellent. A very enjoyable stay so thank you!

Mrs Elaine S,

We have loved our few days in Suffolk. The cottage has been a perfect base and a lovely touch with the scones and fresh flowers on arrival. The Sorrel Horse is a great little pub and the food was excellent. A very enjoyable stay so thank you...

Previous Customer,

This was our first visit to Suffolk and we will definitely be back. We loved exploring the gorgeous unspoilt towns and villagers and beautiful beaches. Thank you for the lovely welcoming touches within the cottage. My husband used the summer house as gym every day whilst i was out walking the footpaths with our dog Fergus. Southwold, Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Snape Maltings, Thorpeness and Woodbridge, all worth a visit and The Sorrel Horse Pub next door was lovely. Thank you so much

Previous Customer,

Lovely cottage - has everything. Suffolk is really beautiful Thorpeness is one of our favourite places. The Sorrel Horse very good, also The Wilford Arms. Thanks for the flowers and the food. PS. The suffolk Horse Trust is really worth well worth a visit...

Previous Customer,

A small but perfectly formed cottage in a lovely quiet village for miles from Woodridge. Very good local pub and another only two miles away. Small private garden and garden room.

Ms M,

Delightful cottage with small private garden situated in pretty village. Arrived to a very welcoming food parcel and vases full of gorgeous flowers.

Mr S,

Serena cottage was beautiful and although compact had everything we needed for a short break in lovely Suffolk. The local pub the Sorrel Horse does great food and was very welcoming and there are countless footpaths and bridle ways from the village for dog walks. My husband used the summer house each day as a gym and the courtyard garden was a real sun trap. SHOTTISHAM proved a great base from which to explore the countryside and beaches - we loved Aldeburgh Southwold and Dunwich and Woodbridge was lovely for shopping and a great Riverside walk. The owners had also provided some lovely extras like fresh flowers in every room and delicious home made jam so thank you for a lovely stay - we will definitely recommend and will be back.

Mrs T,

A lovely few days in Suffolk. Really enjoyed the cottage, walks and wildlife. Great area for cycling

Mrs Shirley R,

A wonderful week with the family in a lovely cottage. Blessed with amazing weather which always helps. Lots of things to do and some enjoyable walks to be had. Thank you for the flowers and food, we will be back.

Mrs Christine H,

Fantastic week in a beautiful cottage, Very pretty village, weather was amazing all week! Lots to do and see and very enjoyable walks right outside your door. Everywhere we went everyone was very friendly and very dog friendly also! Thank you so much for the welcome pack and flowers. The plum jam was delicious! Loved the garden room to relax in. We will definitely be back!

Mrs Emer S,

Our 4th visit to this lovely cottage, we have had mixed weather however managed some nice walks. We love Woodbridge for shopping, everyone is so friendly. Thank you so much for all the goodies and the plant. I would have loved to buy more blackberry and apple jam, it was so nice (maybe next time). We will be back.

Mr Charles T,

Lovely cottage, enjoyed our little stay, welcome pack and flowers on the table. A nice touch and we will stay again. Sorrell Horse is very nice, great walks and shingle beach which is great for our Fox Terrier Trevor. He also liked the doggie treats. Dad loved the garden room.

Mrs Karen D,

Beautiful property in a very pretty village, local pubs all dog friendly and good food. Lovely area to explore and locals very friendly and welcoming. Would recommend a visit to this area and although cottage is small finishing touches were excellent, garden room a real bonus!

Mrs S,

Serena cottage, although small is perfect in every way . Well equipped very comfortable Great location for the most wonderful walks 4th visit, and already looking forward to the 5th

Mrs M,

Thank you for having us at Serena Cottage! The cottage was in a great location and was very clean. Had some lovely walks and trips to the beach.

Miss Rosie K,

Lovely week in a great cottage. Thanks for the welcome treats. Great walks and lovely to explore Suffolk.

Ms Philippa P,

Delightful spot for a short break. Took the advice to take the ferry across to Old Felixstowe - worth doing. Minsmere is also an excellent day out.

Mrs Joanne S,

A comfortable and very well appointed cottage which enhanced our brief stay here in Suffolk. We even slept well! Sutton Hoo was definitely the highlight of our stay, the weather was rather damp and bleak but it just added to the atmosphere. We finished our trip with an excellent meal at the Sorrel Horse - highly recommended.

Mrs Jo H,

Thank you Serena Cottage, we have had a lovely stay. The cottage has been perfect for our family and puppy. Thank you for the extras, a really nice touch. We really enjoyed exploring the beaches at Shingle Street and Aldeburgh. Thorpeness was a delight and a great walk at Sutton Heath. We enjoyed meals at the Sorrel Horse, Ramsholt Arms and the Unruly Pig - all pubs super dog friendly too. Shottisham is a great base to explore the area and would love to come back.

Mrs Sharon S,

A really lovely week - great cottage and area. Fab walks - Shingle Street, Woodbridge and Thorpeness to Aldeburgh circuit Best food by far at the Unruly Pig but also enjoyed the Sorrel Horse -who wouldn't enjoy being 40 paces from a pub. Overall, loved being in this area.

Mrs Linda H,

Though cut short by the new lockdown we have enjoyed our stay - warm and comfortable. Thanks for the provisions on arrival. A wonderful chance to savour the coast in all its moods and the autumn peace which has descended on Shottisham. A return in April is planned.

Previous Customer,

Another lovely time at Serena - our 6th! Great weather, walks and food at the Sorrel Horse - what more could we ask for! Back again in 2021.

Previous Customer,

Thank you for a wonderful week. We used many of the recommendations listed by previous guests and explored nearby beaches and towns. All meals at the Sorrel Horse, the Wilfred Bridge and the Ramsholt Arms did not disappoint. We also took advantage of the cottage and ate in.

Rowenna & S,

A delightful cottage, cosy and comfortable. The location is peaceful with some lovely walks and cycle rides from the front door. There was easy access to local points of interest and attractions. Bawdsey Quay is a must see! Plus a quick ferry ride across the river to Old Felixstowe. A very enjoyable stay.

Caroline & T,

Our second stay at Serena Cottage and we didn't expect a heatwave! But the daily swim at Shingle Street made it tolerable. Emie the spaniel really enjoyed sea swimming. We walked to Ramsholt and up the river passed the Ramsholt Cliffs. Excellent lunch at The Sorrel Horse, pizzas one evening too! The Blue Rabbit cafe/smallholding is a real gem. - The Batchelar family

Mr Peter B,

A wonderful cottage in a wonderful location - so peaceful and a variety of fabulous walks straight from the door, highly recommend the circular walk to Ramsholt. We have been extremely fortunate with the weather and have had some delicious meals sitting outside The Sorrel Horse, The Ramsholt Arms and the magnificent 'Table' in Woodbridge. The local wildlife has put on quite a display with sightings of deer, hares, seals and a range of birds including spoon bills and a black swan at Ramsholt. The cottage has been the perfect place to explore the Deben Peninsular - already one of our favorite areas. For us highlights have been visits to Snape (particularly the boat trip to Iken from Snape Maltings) Orford, Shingle Street, Woodbridge (of course!), Bawdsey Quay (including a ferry trip to Felixstowe Ferry for a drink at The Ferry Boat pub) and a walk on the beach from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness. Many thanks for the Welcome Pack, it was very much appreciated - The jam was delicious and the various flower displays just beautiful! We would hope to be able to make a return trip to Shottisham in the future! - The Hallion family

Mrs Jane H,

Lovely week, cottage was perfect, good weather. We brought our bikes and enjoyed some excellent days out exploring the area. Breakfast at Blue Rabbit cafe excellent. Sorrel Horse lovely and Ramsholt Arms perfect in the evening!

Mrs Joanna E,

We've had a wonderful week here in Suffolk. Serena Cottage has been perfect for us - and we really appreciated the lovely flowers and provisions on arrival. Our four year old has loved skipping down the country lane, and returning to the cottage after wonderful days out. Highlights have included, a couple of swims at Shingle Street, a sunset supper at The Ramsholt Arms, a trip to Framlingham Castle and a walk to Felixstowe Ferry. Thank you for helping us have such a relaxing break! - The Bacon Family

Ms Victoria B,