Reydon, the ideal family holiday destination

Reydon, the ideal family destination

Reydon is a wonderful, friendly, family-centric village less than two miles away from Southwold.

Here you’ll find a number of local amenities including two village shops for stocking up on holiday essentials and a hotel serving tasty food and good beer. Less than 20 minutes on foot to Southwold and covered by a regular bus route, you will be able to explore the area easily.

Your holiday budget stretches further in Reydon as properties are less expensive to hire for a week than similar properties in Southwold. Ideal for families, properties here tend to have large gardens and off-street parking, a must when holidaying with young children.


Our Reydon highlights

Reydon is a pleasant and friendly village situated next door to and within walking distance of Southwold on the Suffolk Coast, just a few miles to the south of Lowestoft and a similar distance to the north of Yoxford. It’s been assumed that the village was named by the Danes; the name means ‘the uplands on which the rye grows’.

Reydon is listed in the Doomsday Book, when it had a population of about 300 people and in comparison with neighbouring villages this was distinctly ordinary. In the 15th and 16th centuries the village was known as Reydon St Margaret, after the village church. This was to avoid confusion with the village of Raydon near Ipswich. There are two general grocery shops in Reydon, a village hall and the Randolph Hotel which serves food to non-residents.

Benacre National Nature Reserve (NNR) is located on the Suffolk Coast. It includes the reed beds and lagoons of Benacre, Covehithe and Easton Broads, together with the woodlands and heathlands on the higher ground between them. Much of the reserve is private property and access of public rights is by permission only. There are over 100 breeding bird species that use the reserve including marsh harrier, bearded reedling, water rail, a variety of ducks, and, in some years, bittern. Little terns are known to be summer visitors to the shore and the heathlands are home to woodlark, wheatear and hobby. The reserve is made up of two main sites north and south of the village of Covehithe. To the north the reserve extends as far as Benacre village, and to the south, as far as Reydon Smere.

Nearby to Reydon is Southwold Maize Maze. Open March to November, there is outdoor fun and adventure for all of the family, including the maize maze over 8 acres, go-karting, jump pillows, zip wires and so much more to keep you entertained. The café, Old Hall Southwold, overlooks the idyllic marshes of Reydon.

Read our highlights on staying in Southwold and Walberswick.

Why not book a beach hut?

We have a lovely selection of beach huts across the length of Southwold sea front at North Beach, East Cliff, South Green and Gun Hill.

Beach huts in Southwold to hire
Durrants Holiday Cottages in Southwold