Cotman House

Felixstowe, Suffolk

Rebecca Bewley

Care Home Manager

At Cotman House Care Home, we provide residential care for up to 61 elderly residents in Felixstowe, Suffolk. Cotman House is built into the cliffside directly above the pier and faces due south, offering superb uninterrupted sea views of Felixstowe bay with all the sea traffic in and out of the Haven Ports.

  • Call us free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0808 223 5321
  • We can assess your needs at home or in hospital
  • Raised decking area offering the perfect location to relax and take in the fantastic sea views
  • Individually tailored care plans
  • Weekly wellbeing plan created with our residents
  • Weekly menu prepared with our residents
  • Fantastic cliffside location
  • Brilliant sea views
  • Close to local amenities

Our commitment to care

Cotman House offers residential care – including trial stays, short stays and convalescent care, as well as long-term care.

Care is provided closely in line with each resident’s person centred care plan, this not only details specific healthcare needs, but also important events that have happened so far in their lives, and preferences in every day aspects of life. We appreciate the positive impact that family involvement can have in a residential care setting and we welcome active involvement and feedback from family members.

Cotman House retains the services of a local general practitioner, district nurses, chiropodist, optician and pharmacy to ensure that the professional nursing and healthcare team are supported to deliver continuity in every aspect of the care we provide.

Our professional Care Team work closely with residents to ensure everyone who wishes to can play an active role in the day to day activities at the home. We have dedicated Health and  Wellbeing Coordinators who ensure there is a broad range of events for residents to participate in – from keep-fit classes and creative activities to day trips.

Cotman House Residential Home

Cotman House is a purpose built home with a light and airy ambience, providing a family atmosphere with the highest level of residential care and benefit from a peaceful setting, superb care and support in enviable surroundings.

All of the bedrooms and communal areas are designed to be fully accessible and are tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. All bedrooms are complete with en-suite facilities, and residents are encouraged to bring important personal possessions to help make their room their own. A number of further bathrooms provide assisted bathing facilities for residents requiring extra support. Some of the rooms benefit from individual access to the landscaped gardens and their own balconies, which offer a peaceful and tranquil place for our residents to relax and enjoy the attractive surroundings.

When the weather is fine our secluded terrace and enclosed gardens offer a tranquil retreat. Internally, the home has a light, airy and welcoming ambience with residents benefiting from a broad and stimulating range of activities.


We are conveniently located within easy level walking distance of all the amenities in the town centre– including a post office, shops, library, community centre and bus routes. We are also within easy reach of all the town’s medical facilities – with four different GP practices, a local general hospital and minor injuries unit.

Historical note

Cotman House Care Home is named after the well-known and prolific architect Thomas W. Cotman (1847-1925) who designed many of the most famous buildings in Felixstowe. His works include the Railway Station, Harvest House (Felix Hotel), the Orwell and Bath Hotels, both Barclays and Lloyds Banks – plus many others.

Thomas Cotman also designed and lived in the original bungalow that forms the lower two floors of Cotman Lodge. He was the nephew of John Sell Cotman, the famous Norwich water-colour artist.


Our home is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission and has Hospitality Assured accreditation.

Visiting us

Cotman House Care Home has a reputation as being one of the top residential homes in Felixstowe and we operate an open visiting policy, so residents and loved ones can visit at the times that are convenient for them.

Care Facilities

To promote optimum health in our residents, a personalised nutrition plan is created for each individual, with specific dietary needs taken into account.
We offer reminiscence therapy to give residents an opportunity to recall and share happy memories. This is an enjoyable social activity, which can increase confidence and self esteem.
Our trusted and well-liked visiting physiotherapist is available to treat and advise our residents.
Residents do not have to wait for treatment or travel to a GP's surgery, thanks to our retained GP.
The regular team of visiting nurses are able to provide guidance, support and treatment to our residents.
Residents can relax in our tidy and clean environment, without lifting a finger, thanks to our dedicated daily cleaning service team.
Our laundry is handled in-house, meaning residents do not have the hassle of washing and drying clothing and linen themselves.
Trained dementia care staff are on hand to support our residents and ensure their time with us is spent safely and positively.
We use a friendly registered mental health nurse, who residents are familiar with and trust.
Our dedicated Internal Quality Assurance Team ensure our accreditations are maintained and these high standards are reflected across the facility.
Once we have reviewed the results of the pre-admission assessment, Individual Care Plans are carefully created and a detailed approach to every resident's care is formulised.
Telephone and face to face advice is available to any resident with bladder or bowel concerns. Patients do not need to be incontinent to receive this information.
Our specialist group of activities co-ordinators make sure there are a range of mental, physical and social activities for our residents to participate in and enjoy.

Room Facilities

Residents can use en-suite facilities with added peace of mind with an emergency call point.
We provide step-free, non-slip showers, which are safe and convenient for our residents.
For sanitary reasons and convenience, residents are provided with their own personal basin.
An en-suite WC and basin is provided for the convenience of our residents.
Private bathroom and shower facilities are offered to all residents, so they don't have the inconvenience of sharing, or waiting to use the washroom.
For added safety and peace of mind, secure grab rails have been fitted in washrooms.
Electronically operated, homely and safe nursing beds are provided for the comfort of our residents.
The ultimate in luxury, our divan beds provide a good night's sleep as well as plenty of storage for residents.
Residents can enjoy cross ventilation, improved daylight and a range of views, thanks to our double aspect bedrooms.
Secluded patios provide a private space for residents to enjoy the gardens.
Individual balconies provide an elevated, spectacular view of our garden areas and allow residents to enjoy the garden from their own bedroom.
Safe Juliette balconies provide welcome fresh air to bedrooms, as well as an exceptional view of our landscaped garden.
Residents and guests can enjoy peace of mind in the sanctuary of our secure patio area.
Residents are able to enjoy all their favourite television shows and films, thanks to our modern television sets.
The full range of Freeview stations, including popular channels such as Challenge and Film4, can be enjoyed by all our residents.
Clean, well-maintained furniture can be provided for residents to enjoy their own fully-furnished bedroom without the hassle of sourcing and moving in appropriate furniture.
Residents are welcome to bring their own furniture to personalise their space and create their own homely environment.
Our clear fronted wardrobes means residents can view their contents at a glance, aiding them with the daily routine of getting dressed.
Special sensors indicate when doors are opened or when movement is detected in the room. These alarms help reduce risk to vulnerable residents.
Window limiters ensure residents are safe and secure at all times, whilst still allowing fresh air into the rooms.
Padded headboards aid residents who want to sit up in bed, read and relax in comfort.
Private documents and cherished belongings can be kept secure in each resident's individual safe.
Residents can relax and sleep easy, knowing their rooms are fitted with reliable, professionally-fitted locks. These recommended locks are safe and appropriate for our residents.
Bright walls and high contrast carpets are used throughout our facility to help residents find their way around the building.
To reduce anxiety and support patients' independent living skills, we have installed toilets which are visible from the bed.
Classic fixtures and fittings, such as traditional taps, bath plugs and light switches have been introduced to the facility to help reduce confusion.
Only non-toxic, thornless flowers and shrubs have been planted in our gardens. This reduces the risk of residents harming themselves.
Solid, easy grip door handles are provided to aid residents' navigation around their bedroom and the rest of the facility.

Indoor Facilities

Our simple to use nurse call system allows residents access to a qualified nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visitors have access to their own, fully serviced toilet facilities.
Residents and visitors can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a coffee in our relaxing on site café.
We offer full use of our modern hair salon, staffed by qualified stylists, to all residents.
Residents are can keep in touch with friends and family all over the world, as well as browse the internet, thanks to our reliable broadband, offered at no extra cost.
Residents can enjoy the cinema experience in the comfort of our bespoke cinema room, designed specifically with the needs of our residents in mind.
An engaging activity room, where residents can take part in group activities or enjoy a game of cards or dominoes, is available for use.
Every bathroom has been designed to make it easier to use for our residents' specific needs.
Residents can enjoy the luxury of a warm shower in their own safe, assisted shower room.
Our well stocked library offers a range of fiction and non-fiction titles for our residents to enjoy.
A modern, spacious and regularly serviced lift is available for use to all residents and visitors.
A special quiet lounge is available for guests and visitors to relax and unwind in, free from the distractions of televisions, radios or loud conversations.
A room where all our residents can keep up to date with their favourite soaps and take pleasure in watching shows and films with their friends.
Residents can relax with a book and a cool drink on our outdoor terrace, complete with comfortable furniture.
Light, airy and temperature controlled dining rooms make the perfect environment for our residents to enjoy their meals.
Residents have the option of eating meals in their own room, thanks to our popular and reliable room service.
Regardless of the time of day, our residents will not go hungry, thanks to our round the clock snack menu, offering healthy and filling food choices.
Our popular themed food events are a great talking point amongst our residents and add a touch of fun and variety to mealtimes.
A packed schedule of games, activities and trips means there is a social event to suit every resident's taste.
Residents are able to take pleasure in a range of entertainment options, including singers and dance troupes, from the various types of visiting entertainment.
We offer a wide range of external trips, to the seaside, shopping centres, National Trust sites and other local areas of interest.
We help residents create memory boxes, filled with items such as photographs or tickets, to help stimulate happy memories from the past.
To assist with hearing in difficult environments, such as a theatre or church, we offer audio induction loops to our residents who use hearing aids.
Reliable, modern and quiet air conditioning units are positioned around our facility to create a comfortable environment, whatever the weather outside.
Convenient handrails have been fitted around our centre to aid mobility.
Gently sloped floors and wide access routes make our centre wholly wheelchair accessible.
Safe, modern hoists are used by our trained staff to make activities such as getting into bed easy and comfortable for residents.
No dead ends – interest is created in the area to help avoid confusion and distress
Our experienced and trained head chef creates a huge choice of meals to suit every palate.
Our in-house laundry team ensure every resident's laundry needs are catered for, so they don't have to worry about washing clothing or bedding.
Wonky shelves, dripping taps and a host of other odd jobs can be fixed quickly and efficiently by our friendly in-house handyman.
Residents can always experience bright, airy rooms and an unobstructed view of the outside world, thanks to our visiting window cleaners.
Our gardens, patios, paths and parking areas are kept clean and weather-ready by our visiting landscape gardening team.
Our well-loved visiting library service allows residents to enjoy all manner of reading and audio books, free of charge.
Residents are able to worship and practise their own religion in our facility, with the support of our visiting multi-faith clergy.
Gentle, relaxing ambient music helps maintain a calm and welcoming environment for our residents.
State of the art computer facilities and tablets are available for use by our residents. We also offer support to those residents needing guidance with these devices.
Independent living is supported in our facility and our in-house shop caters for all our residents' needs, offering snacks, magazines and toiletries.
A range of daily newspapers are offered to our residents, so they can keep up to date with local and international news.

Outdoor Facilities

Our beautifully designed landscaped garden houses a range of plants, trees and shrubs, providing scenic surroundings for all our residents.
Gardening is an enjoyable activity for many of our residents, and we offer raised beds for residents to plant their own flowers and shrubs.
Our listed building is full of grandeur and steeped in history, providing a beautiful, traditional home for our residents.
Our new build development provides all the mod cons you would expect from a modern complex, including secure accessibility and comfortably heated rooms.
Our countryside location means we offer a natural, healthy space for our residents to unwind and relax in.
Residents can enjoy the tranquillity and peace of our extensive gardens, which are fully secure and regularly risk assessed.
Friends and family are able to visit loved ones at any time they choose. We offer 100% visiting time flexibility.

Manager's Profile

As the Home Manager at Cotman House Care Home, I lead a professional team in providing the highest standards of residential care for up to 61 residents. I started my career in care working in domiciliary care, quickly rising to senior carer then coordinator. Following a career evaluation, I decided to move into residential care and started working in a nursing home in Ipswich, where I specialised in dementia and palliative care.

I was then offered my first management role as Deputy Manager of another home and following support from the home manager, I gained my management qualification and I have never looked back.

Care is so important to me as having nursed my husband and mother, I have seen things from ‘the other side’, which gives me an insight into what is important to residents and their family members.  Supporting them to make their choices known and discussing the options available to them helps to empower their choice.

I like that every day is different and the highlights for me are making residents smile, walking the home and spotting things that will make a difference to residents lives. Supporting and developing the team around me is also something that is important to me, as this enhances the resident’s lives and drives outstanding care, so they can have the most fulfilled lives possible.

My love of dogs, of which I have 5 plays a significant role in my life. I rescue dogs – mostly blind – through Blind Dog Rescue UK. I like to live life to the full and experience new things, so a couple of years ago I went to work on a ranch in South Dakota & Wyoming herding buffalo and longhorn. In the future I plan to wing-walk on the top of a bi-plane.

Rebecca Bewley

Resident stories

Margaret’s Story

Margaret came to live at Cotman House following a hip replacement operation. Having previously had two heart attacks as well as mobility difficulties, she was finding shopping and running her home increasingly arduous. She also knew that her two daughters were constantly worried about her living on her own. Now, instead of struggling to keep...

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Garfield Road
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