Secret Suffolk

Being a Brega I am Suffolk born and bred. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to travel – I love exploring new places, but I wanted to share some of my favourite places with you,  these are my Suffolk Secrets. 

Boxted, Hartest and Hawkedon

These three villages are in the secluded Suffolk countryside, near Sudbury and I love them because I grew up in them. Boxted Hall can be rented out for family staycations. The Queens Head in Hawkedon is a great pub for an afternoon in the sunshine, or by the fire in winter. There are some great places to visit when in this neck of the woods, including Wool Towns like Lavenham, Kersey and Hadleigh. 

Here are some Suffolk places to stay near Sudbury…

1. Hylton Cottage, Lavenham 

2. Mulberry Cottage, Hadleigh

3. Ayres End Studio, Kersey

Moving towards the coast now and as we head to the east we get to another place where my family has a connection to. Walberswick, this old fishing village, now labeled as the most expensive place to buy a house in Suffolk (Aug 2020) is where we spent many family holidays crabbing. The whole area flooded in 1053 and that was when my Dad’s side of the family ran the pub, The Bell Inn. My dad had to be rescued by boat from the attic window at the age of 3. We still have the newspaper from that time. 

Here are some coastal places to stay near Walberswick…

1. Hex Cottage, Sibton

2. Flint Cottage, Wenhaston

3. Snow Hall Barn, Peasenhall

The most southernly area on my list now is Dedham Vale. Mike and I went to explore Constable Country a year or so ago and this area is very characteristic of Suffolk with its meandering river and lowland arable fields. A visit to here isn’t complete without visiting Flatford Mill, where John Constable painted one of his most well known pieces of art. 

Here are some lovely places to stay near Ipswich

1. The Presbytery, Colchester

2. Rose Barn, Stoke by Nayland

3. The Old Post Office, Higham

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite places in Suffolk. I will be following up with a second blog about my favourite places in the Chilterns and the Lake District. There are affiliate links in this blog, but all the places linked to are truly gorgeous. 

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