Southwold Property Finder shares tips for finding a holiday home

Published Jan 16, 2021 – 4 mins read

Over recent months more and more clients are approaching us as a Southwold property finder and buying agent for advice on acquiring a holiday home in this wonderful town.

Southwold is a charming market town found on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in East Anglia and the county of Suffolk

The town boasts a traditional high street and then onto the market square and the sea.

The High Street is a mixture of independent retailers as well as mix of the better-known brands.

Southwold is well known for being unspoilt and is a popular place to buy a holiday home.

It is a seaside town but one with great character and is seen by some as a step back in time.

Here we share our top tips for finding a holiday home in Southwold.

Property for sale in Southwold

Southwold has a mixture of styles of houses from the traditional terraces of smaller cottages to the larger family house some with outstanding views of the sea.

A number of these are owned for the owners to enjoy themselves as well as being let out for holiday lets.

Demand is great for these and people need to typically book a year in advance.

Many people finish their holiday and immediately re-book.

With this demand it creates very good investment opportunities for returns.

Not only is the demand for holiday property strong during the summer months it also carries through the other seasons of the year through to winter breaks for long walks followed by pub lunches.

Property in Southwold

Southwold greens and commons

Southwold has a number of stunning pockets and greens which houses are found and overlook.

There are a total of nine greens and the common, greens including South Green, St James’s Green, Barnaby Green, Bartholomew Green, East Green and St Tibby’s Green.

There is also a large common land in Southwold that backs onto the find golf course and tennis club.

Points of interest

There are many wonderful places to explore near to the town with it being located on the Heritage Coast, there are also several points of interest in Southwold itself that are popular places to visit and explore.

Gun Hill

Southwold is famous for its Cannons that sit on Gun Hill which is a prime area for large homeownership in Southwold.

Gun Hill as it suggests sits on a hill and has perfect uninterrupted sea views facing east and can witness the incredible sun rises.

Southwold Beach

Below Gun Hill is the beach and Southwold has a promenade which runs the full length of the town through to the pier.

The beach is mainly sandy and is popular during the summer and winter alike – the summer being the sandcastles and the winter being the beach walks.

Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier is a remarkable structure and extends 190 metres (620 ft) into the North Sea. Lots of fun can be had here whether it be the modern amusements or the retro amusements.

The pier is home to a variety of shops and food offerings.

Southwold Pier


There’s also the opportunity to see Southwold Lighthouse close up or from the end of the pier the view back to the town which has a main focal point in the lighthouse – which is famous in many images of the town.

The lighthouse shines automatically daily and sits nestled in between houses.


Southwold has its own harbour which is an active harbour for fishing boats.

Southwold Harbour is found at the southern end of the beach and can be accessed by road or also by a beach walk through the sand dunes.

Places to eat and drink in Southwold

There are many opportunities to enjoy fish and chips in the town, whether that be from Marks Fish and Chips found at the end of the high street or bought from the Sole Bay or the piers own offerings.

Southwold is also very famous for a large town employer in the Adnams brewery – famous for its bitter, broadside and gin.

Adnams owns many a popular pub, restaurant, and hotel in the form of the recently refurbished The Swan, together with The Crown and The Harbour Inn.

The town is also home to a number of other pubs – The Nelson, The Sole Bay Inn or The Red Lion.

Is Southwold a nice place to live?

As you can see there is so much to Southwold that makes it a gem of East Anglia, a very special place.

This in turn makes it a town and a place that is very much in demand for people wanting to buy a home and either live here permanently or buy to own a holiday home.

Demand for the latter is strong and 2020 has seen this demand grow further.

One lovely feature about the town is that if you are spending a few days or a week in the town, turning up in the town by car, you are able to unload the car, lock the car and then not get back in the car until the end of the break.

Everywhere in Southwold is accessible by foot or bike.

Using a Southwold Property Finder to secure your dream home

Over the years, Garrington have helped many clients find and acquire some of the finest homes in Southwold.

This is even true in 2020 when demand was so strong for homes in the most prime parts of the town that all viewings could not be accommodated given the demand.

The key to success is being thorough and prepared, having intrinsic knowledge local market, and having contacts ‘in the know’.

Many homes in Southwold are family held and therefore it is unlikely they will actually come to the open market as will be handed down through generations.

Those that do come to market are typically marketed discreetly and sold on a private basis; to gain access to these it is local long-standing relationships that unlock opportunities.

Sometimes owners do not want their home to be on a portal and marketed widely and therefore to unlock a viewing a buyer needs to be well advised and at the front of the queue.

Whether this is through relationships a property finder holds with the key agents or by virtue of Garrington being known as the company that can help unlock an opportunity to purchase.

Tell Garrington about your search for a property in Southwold.