Here in Suffolk we have some of the most beautiful villages in the country. Colourful cottages, village pubs and duckponds, gorgeous scenic walks and winding country roads: we have it all.
The EADT Suffolk magazine has chosen 10 of the prettiest places, in it’s opinion, to live in Suffolk.
The list is impressive (not least in its decisiveness – we wouldn’t want to have to choose merely 10 locations!); beginning with Coddenham, where in spring you can spot bluebells and snowdrops from the footpath.
Cavendish is the second choice, a true English village – lots of local clubs and plenty of fun to be had, including the annual village bonfire!
Kersey, notable for its rare birds and wildlife, is full of narrow winding roads and beautiful historic properties. It’s also home to‘Kersey Mill’- a rural hub of local businesses.
Beautiful medieval Lavenham in West Suffolk, takes it’s well-deserved place in this list. Its quiet country roads, lined with pretty Tudor cottages, have been specifically safeguarded – in 1967, the telegraph poles were removed and replaced with underground wires, to preserve the historic look of this charming village!
Long Melford – the village where the houses tell tales of medieval wealth. Large timber-framed buildings, a grandiose church and spectacular Tudor architecture: this village is full of fairytale stories just waiting to be discovered.
East Bergholt, a pretty hamlet just south of the county town of Ipswich, is one of the largest villages in the Stour valley. Once home to painter John Constable, it’s easy to see why the rural beauty of this village was a strong influence in his work. The enchantment of nearby Flatford Mill, is also a must see.
For peace, tranquillity and a slice of the rural life, Shottisham has a tiny population of approximately 200 people and it’s surrounded by miles of picture-perfect countryside. Shottisham is so rural that there isn’t a public bus service, but the cosy local pub with a grassy beer garden is a great place for the local community to catch up over supper and real ale.
The village is adorned with tiny cottages with thatched roofs and colourful doors, and the neighbourhood has a tight community. Make the most of the bucolic location by enjoying a peaceful G&T in the garden, or a long dog walk in the surrounding fields.
The end of this impressive list contains some real gems. The whimsical seaside village of Thorpeness, transformed (only last century) from a fishing hamlet into a private folly, by wealthy Scottish businessman Stuart Ogilvie, has buildings based on mock Tudor and Jacobean architecture. An artificial lake known as ‘The Meare’ was dug and it is believed to have inspired J.M Barrie’s Pater Pan! Today, no longer private, the village is tranquil for the majority of the year, outside of the bustling summer season. The ‘House in the Clouds’ is a must-see!
This list’s penultimate entry, the pretty village of Somerleyton, with its thatched cottages and village green still boasts a delightful village duck pond. Near the village are the stunning pleasure gardens, open to the public and a joy to explore!
Finally, bringing up the rear on this breath-taking list is Polstead. A typically Suffolk village, Polstead has colourful thatched cottages, wide open greens and country houses lining the banks of the River Box.
A beautiful ending to a stunning catalogue of must-visit spots, here in our very own county of considerable charm.