Simpers Drift


A tastefully converted dairy in the grounds of a 17th-century listed farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside, near the coast.

Simpers Drift


A tastefully converted dairy in the grounds of a 17th-century listed farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside, near the coast.

Simpers Drift


A tastefully converted dairy in the grounds of a 17th-century listed farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside, near the coast.

Simpers Drift


A tastefully converted dairy in the grounds of a 17th-century listed farmhouse in the Suffolk countryside, near the coast.



Simpers Drift is a lovingly converted and comfortable dairy ready for your holiday or short break. We’re located just off the A12, in the quiet Suffolk village of Great Glemham.

Situated within the grounds of our home, it has stunning high ceilings, original features throughout and fabulous modern touches.

The cosy wood burner is ideal for those cooler evenings and a mature garden and sprawling grounds to explore outside.

View the full list of amenities on offer at Simpers Drift below.

Check-in: 4pm – 10pm

Check out: 10:00am 

No smoking allowed

Dog friendly

Our Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Covid cleaning and sanitisation to government guidelines.
  • Temporary removal of some non-essential high touch items.
  • Safe key collection and key drop.
  • Hand soap or sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing measures where appropriate.
  • Later check-in and earlier check out applies during Covid restrictions, these will be flexible when possible.



  • Private parking
  • WiFi internet
  • Heating
  • Hot Water
  • Electric car charging point
  • Welcome pack

Living Room

  • TV with Freeview and access to streaming services
  • Log burner (see Other)
  • Two sofas
  • Coffee table


  • Electric Oven and Induction Hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Well equipped
  • Dining table

Shower Room

  • Heated towel rail
  • Shampoo / Soap
  • Towels

Mezzanine Bedroom

  • Kingsize bed
  • Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Hangers
  • Storage
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron


  • Large fenced and gated garden
  • Garden furniture
  • BBQ
  • Bike store
  • Bike hire available (half and full day charges)


  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Smoke alarm
  • No smoking


  • Travel cot / high chair for 1 infant
  • Well behaved small to medium sized dogs welcome for small extra charge
  • Occasional dog sitting available if needed
  • Free initial basket of logs, then £5 for an additional pack of firelighters  kindling and logs


Great Glemham, near Framlingham, Suffolk

Simpers Drift

Getting around by car

  • London rail links – 10 mins
  • Harwich for ferries to Holland – 1 hr
  • Felixstowe – 35 mins
  • Stansted airport – 1 hr 20 mins
  • Cambridge – 1 hr 30 mins
  • Bury St Edmunds – 1 hr
  • Ipswich – 35 mins
  • Colchester – 45 mins
  • Norwich – 1 hr 15 mins
  • Sutton Hoo – 18 mins
  • Aldeburgh – 18 mins
  • Orford – 25 mins
  • Snape Maltings – 13 mins
  • Rendlesham and Tunstall forests – 20 mins
  • Nearest beach – 9 miles
  • Nearest shop, pub and restaurant – ½ mile

Find out more about what’s on offer in the area in the Things To Do section below.

Looking for a town stay instead?

We have an apartment that sleeps four in the historic market town of Framlingham in Suffolk.

House On The Hill Apartment


An absolute gem of a place

Rated 5.0 out of 5
5 July 2022

Close to all the local seaside locations, including Southwold, Aldeburgh, Orford and Felixstowe. The gardens of Simper’s Drift were ideal to relax in and eat breakfast or dinner al fresco. Beautiful surroundings and the cottage, itself, is spacious for two and everything you need is there and if not, the Host, June, is always happy to help out and recommends where to go for days out, eating out and local places for fresh fruit and groceries. Everything in the cottage was perfect and I can highly recommend Simpers Drift for a great getaway to relax and enjoy it.


The ideal rural and idyllic retreat!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
24 June 2021

We had such a fabulous time here. Fantastic hosts, beautiful gardens, friendly dogs and a warm and welcoming vibe. It was like a home away from home – I arrived feeling frazzled from London life, and left feeling rejuvenated and full of energy.


Highly recommend!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
24 May 2021

Simpers Drift was so cute, clean and convenient for exploring the local area.


A great base for running, cycling, walking and lovely pubs

Rated 5.0 out of 5
20 October 2020

A lovely converted old dairy, located perfectly for the Suffolk coast and villages.

The hosts were lovely and on hand to offer great advice to help us make the best of this beautiful part of England during autumn.


Things To Do

The village pub provides good food and a good welcome to dogs and humans and the property is within easy reach of numerous wedding venues, as well as the Suffolk coast.

Here are just a few ideas for things to do during your stay at Simpers Drift…

Walking and Cycling

From the doorstep you will find an extensive network of walks and cycle routes meandering through the pretty Suffolk villages, both country and coastal including the Suffolk Coastal long distance walk.

Maps and guides available.

Nature Reserves

RSPB Minsmere – world renowned wetland, Boyton and Snape Warren.

National Trust Orford Ness.

The nearby Woodland Trust Pound Farm is a wonderful mix of woodland, orchard, grassy race, wildflower meadow and ponds covering 250 acres and nearly all fenced – ideal for those with four-legged guests!

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has several smaller reserves.

Hamford Water National Nature Reserve for seal watching trips (from Harwich via the Felixstowe to Harwich harbour foot ferry).


For miles of wonderful sandy beach you won’t beat Southwold (home of Adnams brewery) with its lighthouse, gaily painted beach huts and Walberswick (try not catching a crab).

From Dunwich to Felixstowe is basically one long beach, mostly shingle and sand with the gentile seaside town of Aldeburgh the closest beach to Simpers Drift.

Sutton Hoo

Just a 15 minute drive away is National Trust owned archaeological site Sutton Hoo, featured in the book ‘The Dig’ (filmed starring Ralph Feinnes, Carey Mulligan and Lily James). The exhibition includes replicas of the astounding Saxon treasures (originals in the British Museum) found at the site.

Port of Felixstowe

Within a 35 minute drive is Felixstowe with its beaches.

A passenger and bike Ferry leaves from Landguard Fort (English Heritage) to historical Harwich and Shotley, This is provided by award winning Harwich Harbour Ferry Services who also run fascinating seal watching trips all year round.

Outdoor Sports

For golfers there are good local golf courses at Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Southwold.

There is beach fishing at Aldeburgh, Southwold and Thorpeness and fishing trips can be booked with local firms.

Riding stables near beach, forest and river.

Historical Towns and Villages

Framlingham is well worth a visit with historic architecture, market square and castle (English Heritage and subject of Ed Sheeran’s song Castle on the Hill) along with its excellent restaurants, pubs and shops.

Orford on the coast also has an English Heritage castle, Pinney’s fish smoke house and National Trust Orford Ness nature reserve.

Woodbridge is a larger, attractive market town on the river Deben with a wide range of shops, facilities, cinema, pubs and restaurants.


Snape Maltings is the home of the world renowned concert hall and of the Britten Pears Music Trust. The trust also owns Red House in Aldeburgh the home of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears which is open to visitors and gives a great insight to the life and music of Britten. The concert hall has regular performances across all musical genre including the Snape Proms season.

Several of the large estates have summer evening events of performance art.

There are cinemas at Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Leiston, Ipswich and Southwold which also has a summer theatre.

There are several good art galleries, some in quite unexpected places across the local area.

Food and Drink

You will find a wonderful variety of venues serving excellent local food from fine dining to fish and chips.

Local farm shops and markets selling a wide range of locally grown or prepared food and drink.

A warm welcome at every bar with several Suffolk breweries well represented.

Enjoy wine tasting at nearby Shawsgate Vineyard.

For more information on the Suffolk Coast please visit


We try to manage our properties in a sustainable way.

  • When buying we try to source from local and/or fair trade businesses.
  • We try to minimise plastics by:
    • Refilling consumable cleaning / washing products from bulk dispensers.
    • Not providing single use plastic shower products (but our handwash in the shower rooms is good for body and hair as well).
  • We try to source environment friendly, plant based cleaning products and avoid non-essential products such as fabric conditioners.
  • Our laundry is air dried where possible.
  • Our dirty laundry bags are reusable cotton.
  • We provide (hot washed) cleaning cloths for your use.
  • Our electricity is from 100% non-fossil generation.
  • We encourage you to recycle waste in line with local authority arrangements.


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