The Curious Oyster


Orford, Suffolk

Magazine-style interiors and foodie Orford on your doorstep - a perfect Suffolk base for 2

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop


Space & setting.

A Scandi-styled bolthole for 2 in the foodie village of Orford, this is ideal for a slow Suffolk staycation. High, beamed ceilings together with a panel of floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light and look out onto the private garden beyond. Brew up a coffee and sprawl out on a cushioned sunlounger, enjoying views of the 12thC Orford Castle — and the peace.

The village centre is just a short stroll away and full of curiosities. Dangle a crab line at the historic Norman quay, walk the dog along the meandering riverbank footpaths, book a bird-watching boat trip on the river or sit sample the famous oysters which have been farmed and smoked here since the 1950s – some guests barely leave the village boundary. But as you’ll need to drive here, you may as well explore further afield, too! Southwold, Aldeburgh, Walberswick, they’re all easy day trips.

Getting here: you’ll need to drive

Owner of Orford Hideaway

“This house was my grandparents’ home for many years, after they moved to Orford in the 1950s. Around 3 years ago I started to renovate it. We stripped it back to its shell then lovingly restored every inch, but it still holds many wonderful childhood memories for me.” Owner, Jodie

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Opening up the double doors on a warm sunny day onto the quiet garden with its views of Orford Castle.”

We love
“The high ceilings that create a sense of space with lots of natural light.”

You may not love
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  • "We returned yet again to this little house, our most favourite of places, for a break. Felt amazing, now that we have finally emerged from London. Jodie spoilt us with lots of goodies. Orford is a great place with unique shops and restaurants. We really loved going to the Butley Oysterage -- the Dover Sole was sublime! We shall be coming back next year."

    Jane and Doug, May 2021


  • Castle View, Orford
  • Castle View, Orford
  • Orford Hideaway
  • Orford Hideaway
  • Orford
  • Orford Hideaway
  • Wander into the village for some just-caught seafood. The Butley Orford Oysterage dishes up fresh oysters and delicious smoked fish.
  • Long riverside walks are best followed by a hot chocolate and raspberry donut at the Pump Street Bakery, also in the village.
  • Neighbouring Orford Ness (National Trust) is a peaceful nature conservation site. With habitats including shingle, brackish lagoons, reed marshes and mud flats, there’s fantastic bird- and wildlife-watching opportunities. Expect marsh harriers, falcons, oyster catchers and Chinese deer.
  • Day trip to Southwold, Aldeburgh and Walbeswick for stunning coastal walks and days on the beach.
  • Or hire a paddleboard to explore the Iken waterways – particularly beautiful at sunset. If you’re lucky, you might see wild seals.
  • Dine at the Crown & Castle, a handsome red-brick restaurant with rooms in the shadow of Orford Castle, which serves excellent dishes centred on local produce.
  • Take a wine-tasting tour at Flint Vineyard, which established vines here to capitalise on Suffolk’s low rainfall and sunny days – said to be one of the county’s newest and most exciting producers.


  • Little house
  • Bedroom with kingsize bed and ensuite bathroom (shower/tub)
  • Plum & Ashby toiletries
  • Well-equipped kitchen; basic supplies
  • Welcome hamper of local produce
  • Dining table for 2
  • Living area with sofas, smart TV and digital radio; good WiFi
  • Books, cookbooks, magazines, board games, cards, toddler toys
  • Highchair and travel cot to borrow on request
  • Deck with alfresco dining furniture and BBQ
  • Lawned, secure garden
  • Dog friendly
  • Off-street parking
  • Walk to shops, pubs and restaurants (5 mins)
  • Booking conditions: stays must be 3 nights (Fri-Mon), 4 nights (Mon-Fri) or 7 nights (Fri-Fri or Mon-Mon)
  • Remember to pack: good shoes for walking, beach towels in summer

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 8+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 8 weeks of stay.
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Yes, one well behaved dog is welcome. 

Yes, the parking is at the very top of the drive.

Pubs within walking distance: The Kings Head, The Jolly Sailor. Restaurants within walking distance: The Butley Orford Oysterage, The Crown & Castle, Pump Street Bakery 

Yes, there is a Nespresso pod coffee machine with some pods provided and also a cafetiere with a bag of Monmouth ground coffee.  

On request, a travel cot and high chair.

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