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Large House Within Very Short Walk Of The Beach



Updated: 11-Oct-2016
House in Kessingland, Suffolk, England - Quiet Location, Ideal Family Holiday Home

Clifton House is a substantial detached Victorian property with spacious accommodation arranged over three floors. The house enjoys sea views from upstairs and a short footpath leads directly from the front door to the beach just a minute or two walk away with access to the Suffolk Coastal Path. Situated in the popular Suffolk coastal village of Kessingland within walking distance of good local amenities including pubs and shops and an excellent restaurant. The house is well situated for visiting Suffolk coastal areas and local attractions in both Suffolk and Norfolk.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Tired and needing attention

  • 2 of 5

This has the bones to be or was a great house. Sadly it has started to fall in to the, It really needs maintenance category. The approach to the property is now quite overgrown to the point you cannot see the gate pillars making it difficult to place your car in the drive. Ah the drive., now getting very overgrown on both sides. The garden bushes haven't been cut back for years and the mass expanse of Ivy on the front of the house is now blocking the main bay window of light and even sticking to the glass. The general gardens are very overgrow with only the grass being cut on a regular basis. Bushes and shrubs seem to run wild. Outside seating is broken and left on the Patio. All security Light are broken, not good on an unlit lane also making the garden black at night.

The house does need attention though the bedrooms seem to have had some decorative work. There is a small area of damp in the master bedroom but this is probably as there is a small garden growing in the guttering above.

Kitchen is adequate but both Fridges and the freezer have bits broken on them so nothing can be stored in the doors and the freezer only working on fast freeze. TV is a little complicated made harder that it doesn't have a remote and is the only TV in the house (10 people 1 TV!). Central heating System broke and we and to remain in for British Gas to come and repair it, not what you expect on a holiday.

If this house was really cleaned up, the gardens stripped back so you can take advantage of there size and fawner, Lights fixed, Ivy stripped off to get natural light and a huge amount of TLC this place would be great.

Sadly it needs all of the above to get there.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guests have posted four reviews in 2016, two 4*, one 5* and this, we are a bit flummoxed. The heating engineer came next day at 8.30am and was there for less than an hour, we hoped this would not inconvenience the guests too much. The shrubs in the garden are huge and I think 'wild' is probably a fitting description, sea air and mild winters I think, we like the privacy they provide although they are viciously cut back each year. The lane is very dark, there is no light pollution because it is so close to the sea, the security lights have been disabled after other guests felt they intruded into the house and garden. We will try to think how to site them to suit both concerns. There are two TVs in the house both with DVD players, one in the sitting room and one in the playroom, we are reluctant to have them in the bedrooms. I didn't realise the guests hadn't located the remote control, instructions for using the freesat are in the welcome notes. The kitchen fridge is less than two years old although with ten people in the house those door pockets can take a bashing. The back up fridge freezer is an age though and I will get on and order a new one forthwith. The garden furniture was fine for the previous guests but one bench is broken now, I have ordered a replacement. Three bedrooms were decorated AW2015 and the other two get done this year, one bathroom is scheduled for the spring and the outside of the house is 25% complete. It is a bit of a 'Forth Bridge' really, you just finish and then start going around again. Clifton House is 'lived in'. We have five children and I suppose we have the house as we think is suitable for a big family group, with stacks of room for adventures, space to eat together and sit together and celebrate quite often, in an environment where everyone can feel relaxed.
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Large, well equipped home by the sea

  • 4 of 5

Property was a good size and easily accommodated us (7 adults, 2 children and 1 dog). Located very close to the beach. Lots of attractions fairly close by but a car is needed to get to them. Nice enclosed garden which the children and dog really enjoyed. Only one issue, there was no remote control for the TV so had to get up to switch on/off and change channels. We had a lovely long weekend and particularly enjoyed our visit to Oulton Broad.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A summer weekend in Clifton House

  • 4 of 5

I booked Clifton House for a family weekend away, which included my 2 young grandchildren. Clifton House suited our needs perfectly, close to the beach which gave us space to play and the sea to jump in! Many rooms and cupboards to hide in and a garden big enough for us to play 'tennis' and practice our cycling circus skills! Ok, so most of theses activities were aimed at our 4year old, but the house was great, suited us perfectly.

A really comfortable and spacious house with comfortable beds too!

I wouldn't hesitate to book this house again, thank you for having us.

Annie and co.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this wonderful house with two other families between Christmas and New Year and found it to be the perfect place to escape from the world. The house itself was warm and homely with plenty of space for the six children to roam and play and for the 5 adults to relax and unwind. It had a “lived in” feel making it ideal for families. The kitchen was the best feature of the house, providing the perfect communal area for everyone to meet and chill over a game of cards, a few nibbles and a bottle of wine. We didn’t make use of the conservatory however I’m sure that it would be equally as comfortable during the warmer months. We all loved the old fashioned Victorian bath and it was great to have shower facilities too.

The second best thing about Clifton House was having the beach so close by, and the sea views from two of the main bedrooms; this proved to be a real tonic and aided the feeling of getting away from it all. We didn’t venture to the nearest restaurant and pub which were about 5minutes walk away instead optioning to explore Southwold and Lowestoft. Southwold was another gem of a place and the pier is one of the quirkiest I’ve ever visited. It was a pleasant surprise for the Dad’s to discover that Adnams Brewery is based in Southwold, which could have been the reason why we returned three times in a week!

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with your stay at Clifton House, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location Location Location

  • 5 of 5

My Family and I celebrated my 60th Birthday at this house. It was fantastic. The house is lovely throughout, decor, comfortable, clean and just a great feel about it. It's also just a 3 min walk to the beach. Location is down a narrow lane which gives it a quiet location. We had a great time, 7 people plus a baby but the house coped greatly with enough space for everyone to find their own snctuary (essential with families). Strongly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Property in Suffolk

  • 4 of 5

There were 2 families (totalling 9) staying for halft term. It was a lovely property and ideal for a walk on the beach or a short drive to Lowestoft and Southwold. Ideal base for a week in Suffolk/Norfolk and so much space that even with 4 children aged 8 to 16 with us the adults were able to have some quiet time with a wine on an evening.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests


2 minutes walk


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year 2017
21 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Changeover Day:
Changeover day usually Saturday but will be flexible if we can. Arrival at 4pm departure at 10am

Notes on prices:
One or two well behaved dogs are welcome. £25 per dog per stay.

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Updated: 11-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • First floor bathroom with roll top bath with shower over, wash hand basin, W.C., and bidet. First floor shower room with shower, W.C. and wash hand basin. Second floor bathroom with bath, wash hand basin and W.C.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with king size bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with double bed. Bedroom 5 with bunk beds.


  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Flat enclosed garden to front, side and rear, patio with solid wood picnic benches, other outside chairs and sun loungers available. Please note there is a tiny pond Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen included. Changed weekly Other: Upstairs playroom with sofas, games, toys, TV and playstation

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