Scapa Lodge

Tunstall, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

  • 4 Star
  • Just steps away from wonderful woodland walks, a perfect holiday cottage for a couples.  Deer and owls are frequent visitors, a bird watchers dream.

You can book this property from:

  • £441 per week
  • £63 per night
  • 4 Star


On the edge of Tunstall Forest (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), yet only ten minutes by car from the coast, Scapa Lodge provides well designed and appointed self-catering accommodation for two. A single-storey barn beautifully extended and refurbished to create a well-insulated, cosy and comfortable holiday home. Boasting a bright, chic interior, the Lodge is perfect for a couple looking for quiet surroundings. Guests can enjoy the delights of woodland walks, bird watching and cycling without ever getting into the car.

 SNAPE 2.5 miles ORFORD 5.4 miles, ALDEBURGH 8.4 miles, WOODBRIDGE 9.8 miles, DUNWICH 15.5 miles,  SOUTHWOLD 20 miles

About the Property: Scapa Lodge has a rustic wooden facade in contrast to the bright, stylish and comfortable interior. It has been thoughtfully arranged to provide an open-plan living space with a well appointed fitted kitchen, a feature apex ceiling with sky lights and a cosy sitting area for two. In the sitting area, French doors open onto a private paved patio with views over the garden beyond. The one large double bedroom has a double sized bed and hanging space, and the shower room has a spacious corner shower. With everything on one level and wide doors, the property would suit some wheelchair users.

There is plenty of private parking beside the Lodge. 

Sleeps: 2 in one double bedroom, also large enough to accommodate a travel cot. 

Accommodation is all on ground level

  • Front door into hallway with coat hooks and room for shoes or boots. The bedroom, shower room and open plan living room are all accessed from the hall
  • The open plan sitting room has a two seater sofa with views from the french doors over the patio and to the extensive garden beyond. There is a small table with two chairs, floor standing lamp and a wall mounted flat screen TV with integral DVD player. The kitchen area is bright with contemporary units, plenty of work surface and is well equipped with a microwave oven, dishwasher, fan oven, electric hob, extractor fan and fridge with freezer compartment & if you require a washing machine the owner is happy for you to use hers.
  • The bedroom has a double bed, bedside cabinets and lamps and hanging space.
  • The shower room has a large corner cubicle with electric shower, WC, heated towel rail and inset wash basin with a mirror with light above.


  • The driveway leads past the Lodge and opens to a large parking area. The Lodge has its own patio area with table, chairs and charcoal barbecue for guests to use. The owners live in the adjacent property and are happy for guests to use the extensive garden at the rear of the Lodge. On the opposite side of the parking area is a brick outbuilding where guests can store bikes and fishing equipment. There is a freezer and tumble dryer that guests are welcome to use. 


  • Electric radiators throughout.
  • Bed linen and towels are provided but please bring your own beach or sports towels.
  • Unlimited Wifi is provided, DAB radio with CD player and USB port, SD card port, please bring your own leads.
  • In consideration of other holidaymakers please do not smoke in the house
  • Tea, Coffee & milk on arrival.

Setting: Tunstall, a country village 6 miles from the Suffolk coast, is home to the Church of St Michael's, noted for its distinctive box pews. Scapa Lodge is located in the hamlet of Tunstall Common which lies half a mile south of Tunstall on the margins of Tunstall Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It provides walkers, cyclists (including mountain-bikers) and horse riders alike a beautiful site of ancient lowland heath to explore. Nature lovers might like to see the broadleaved trees and new coniferous plantation rife, with fauna and flora (ground nesting nightjar and woodlark, fallow deer, bell heather, milkwort, speedwell and sheep's sorrel). Bookworms will be fascinated by the hamlet and forest; it is the setting of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Black Arrow: A Tale of Two Roses (1888).

This property is ideal for: Couples looking for a relaxing weekend in the countryside. At Scapa Lodge, you are perfectly situated to enjoy the best of both worlds; the property is in close proximity to the thriving music and art scene at neighbouring Snape as well as the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh. For the more sporty, this area has much to offer with bike trails, an equestrian centre, canoe hire at nearby Iken and some of the best fishing marks at Bawdsey, Orford and Aldeburgh.

For keen golfers, there are challenging courses at Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Thorpeness.

Eating and Drinking Out: The nearest pubs are The Crown, Snape,  The Plough & Sail at Snape is certainly worth booking, especially if there is a concert. 

Orford is only 10 minutes by car and a comfortable cycle ride along some very scenic country lanes. En route, you should detour to The Froize, another renowned restaurant and pub. Orford offers plenty of options for eating out; The Crown & Castle for more formal dining and both The Jolly Sailor and The Kings Head for great traditional pub meals and local ales. 

Further afield, Aldeburgh has some great restaurants too. The RegattaThe Lighthouse and Aldeburgh Market all specialise in fish dishes and there are plenty of tea rooms dotted along the High Street. 
Self Catering: To sample the local produce, there are several good farm shops nearby, Friday Street Farm Shop on the A1094 just before you get to the A12 and The Farm Cafe and Food Market, Marlesford. There is also a great deli and tea room at Snape Maltings. The nearest supermarket is an East of England Co-op in Wickham Market, and all the main superstores will deliver to this address. 

For more information on places to eat and things to do in the area, please take a look at Visit Snape


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 1 bathroom
  • Towels provided


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 3 miles
  • Shop 3 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi


  • On one level, no stairs
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room


We had a very friendly welcome from Deborah & Craig upon arrival at Scapa Lodge & were pleased with the welcome gift of tea, coffee and cookies. We have enjoyed walking from the door to Snape Maltings through Tunstall Forest and also walks from Aldeburgh, RSPB Minsmere, Rendlesham Forest, Orford & Southwold. Scapa Lodge is a very clean & cosy accommodation, perfectly located for a walking holiday - coastal, forest & heathland walks are all close by. Lynn & Kevin. Lincs

Past Customer,

Very nice accommodation - a comfy bed and good shower. Location was perfect for our first visit to Sutton Hoo and for bird watching. Thank you. Barbara & Graham. Devon

Past Customer,

My partner and I stayed at this delightful property in August 2019. It is owned by Craig and Debbie who were excellent hosts. They could not have been more helpful, advising us on where to go and what to see in the area. We were offered (and gratefully accepted) a lift to our concert at the famous Snape Maltings nearby so that we could enjoy some liquid Suffolk hospitality. The Lodge itself was spotlessly clean, warm and inviting. It was well-equipped and perfect for a short break or even a longer holiday. It is in a quiet part of the owners' garden with a small patio for sitting and enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine. We would recommend Scapa Lodge without hesitation! Nick and Isabelle.

Past Customer,

Thanks for a lovely stay. A really nice, clean, welcoming accommodation. A lovely place in tranquil surroundings. A great location to explore the area, particularly enjoyed canoeing at Iken, and great food at The LIghthouse in Aldeburgh.

Previous Customer,

lovely location plenty of walks

Mr derek o,

Thank you for a lovely stay. Nice walks and not far from the beach and Minsmere. Great to see Deer in the garden every day. Lovely clean lodge, nice wildlife.

Previous Customer,

The owners Debbie and Craig were very helpful and friendly. Property very well placed to visit the Suffolk coast from south wold in the north to Woodbridge in the south. Also constable country within the hour and snape maltings on the doorstep.

Mr Ian W,

What a lovely place to stay to explore the surrounding area. We seem to have fit so much into our week and of course the weather has been kind to us. Thank you for your kindness to us, you have a lovely place.

Previous Customer,

This property is a true gem and Debbie and Craig perfect hosts. The property is spotlessly clean and maintained to a high standard. The coast at Orford , and Snape Maltings within a few minutes drive and also superb walks in the forest on the doorstep. Perfect place to unwind.

Mr Alan T,

Very relaxing place to stay. Excellent location for visiting a super area. Accomodation first class, would love to return to Scapa for a full week. Thank you

Sue A,

Scapa Lodge was a last-minute choice for us after accommodation we had already booked was withdrawn at short notice by its owner, but it turned out to be one of the most delightful holiday properties we have ever used. It is cosy, bright and well equipped and pleasingly situated within a large, quiet garden surrounded by fields. The owners, Debbie and Craig, were friendly, welcoming and helpful. We enjoyed the constant birdsong and I was delighted early one morning to hear, distantly, the beautiful song of a woodlark coming from Tunstall Common, which is only a couple of minutes’ stroll from the cottage and the start of many heathland and forest walks (with the chance of hearing nightingale and nightjar as well as woodlark). By car the cottage is within easy reach of destinations such as Woodbridge, Orford, Snape, Aldeburgh and Framlingham, and RSPB Minsmere is only 12 miles away. We have always enjoyed visiting this area, and we intend to return to Scapa Lodge next year.

Past Customer,

We has a wonderful stay, very cosy and well equipped and the perfect location. We loved seeing all the birds especially. Thank you for being excellent hosts.

Bridgette & J,

Our hosts, Debbie and Craig Priest were very welcoming, friendly and great to talk to. Scapa Lodge was a lovely place to stay. We were very lucky with the weather as well! The lodge was very comfortable and overlooked a huge garden. Terrific!

Mr Robert H,

Lovely well equipped cottage in a super setting. Jess & Craig are friendly welcoming hosts. Lots of interesting places to visit close to the property. Peace and quiet if the area made for a very relaxing break, thank you.

Menill & S,

Amazing location, very well presented. We brought our 2 year old along, and it was perfect, lots of walking and enjoying the scenery. We will be sure to come back again.

The F,

I used Scapa Lodge as a base for cycling, for which it is ideal. There is a place to securely store your bike, and it is perfectly placed to explore all the delightful quite lanes and tracks that will take you up and down the coast or off into the equally good cycling inland. National cycle route 41 runs close by, and numbers 40 and 42 are not far off, (although bear in mind that Butley Ferry one the cycle route from Orford towards Felixstowe, only runs at weekends in the summer), although worth popping down anyway because it's a nice bit of route. Lots of local interest, Orford Ness, Snape Maltings, Aldborough etc, but in the end peaceful and beautiful quite lanes, with pretty historical villages are the main attraction. Craig and Debbie friendly and helpful if you need any advice.

Mr Steven H,

Very clean and pleasant property. Had everything we needed and allowed us to relax.

Mr Will C,

Thanks to Craig and Debbie for the warm welcome. Suffolk was a lovely surprise especially Sutton Hoo, Orford Castle and Woodbridge. We usually walk for most days on holiday but the weather was too hot this time would love to return and do some walks on the beautiful coast.

Mr Stephen P,

Great small property off the beaten track but not too far from large parts of Suffolk.

Mr Martin L,

We have loved our stay here, so clean, comfortable and quiet. Location was perfect for everything that we wanted to see. Thank you for the goodies on arrival. We would have no hesitation in recommending 'Scapa Lodge' tour family and friends.

Diran & N,

The Lodge, beautifully designed and in a lovely area. Have enjoyed our stay and will return. We were made very welcome by our host and the lodge is a credit to them.

Dorothy & A,

We had a wonderful break here at the Lodge. Everything was just perfect for us, very well equipped and quiet and plenty of wildlife from the front door. We will be back.

Jim & J,