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WHAT MAKES IT SO SPE­CIAL? Its lo­ca­tion, at the end of a row of clap­board houses with a sandy beach and rolling dunes in front, foot­path be­hind and only a five-minute stroll from the cen­tre of Southwold. It has pretty much every­thing you want from a Bri­tish sea­side break: beach huts, pier, light­house, sand and good pubs. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the style is all beachy, coastal chic – think New Eng­land meets Suf­folk – and the restau­rant (it would be silly not to or­der seafood, specif­i­cally the cray­fish bisque risotto) has out­side ta­bles so you can breathe in all that healthy ion-filled sea air while you’re knock­ing back the rosé. Staff will let you take a drink into the dunes at sun­set, too, if you want to pre­tend you’re one of the Big Lit­tle Lies cast in Mon­terey (and, re­ally, who doesn’t?).

WHO GOES? This place gets plenty of lo­cal trade along­side Bre­ton-striped Lon­don­ers on a Nor­folk mini-break. Fam­i­lies flock here in the sum­mer and half-term hol­i­days, but there are lots of cou­ples, too, snug­gled up at the bar, tum­bling dewy-eyed out of the best bed­room and wan­der­ing hand in hand along the shore. IT WOULD BE A CRIME NOT TO…

Stay. This is re­ally a beach restau­rant with rooms (there are only five), so book well in ad­vance. If you can, get Room 4, which has doors open­ing onto a ter­race with sea views.

From £140 per night; Sailloft­south wold.uk

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