Gorse can be easily found in the Southwold area of north-east Suffolk where it thrives on the many areas of common and heath. Old gorse bushes can be impressive, growing well above head height. In abundance the distinctive yellow flowers create quite a perfume and brighten even the dullest day. There is an old local saying that 'When the gorse is not flowering then kissing is out of season' - and gorse flowers all year round! The Blyth Valley Suffolk, from Laxfield to Southwold

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Blyth Valley area of Suffolk
 

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Lovely Tudor House in Laxfield Tudor house at Laxfield This lovely Tudor House in the village of Laxfield is a classical timber framed Suffolk House. Originally the roof would have been thatched (note steep angle) and the door is in line with the chimney. The house is just one room deep and the upper floor projects beyond the lower floor (called jetting). Even the colour is typical of the area.
The River Blyth rises near Laxfield in Suffolk and wanders out to the sea between Southwold and Walberswick. As it does so it passes a number of ancient and attractive towns and villages. We hope to give you a passing flavour of a few of these as we take our photo tour. The Blyth is quite a short river and the gentle scenery it passes through is typical of the area. Blyth at Walpole Early stages of the Blyth at Walpole
Heveningham Hall Heveningham Hall Designed by Sir Robert Taylor and James Wyatt and with Capability Brown grounds, this is one of England's finest Georgian mansions. A Country Fair is held on the Estate every year to raise funds for local churches.
This is a fine example of an early refrigerator in the grounds of Heveningham Hall! In the days before mechanical cooling was invented the only way to chill anything was by using ice. If you had a large estate with a lake you could ensure a plentiful supply of ice all year by collecting it from the lake on winter mornings and storing it in special buildings like this. It has no windows and the only door faces north and it is built on a north facing slope. Once filled with ice the temperature would remain around freezing all year. Ice houses at Heveningham Ice House, Heveningham Hall
Blyth Valley at Ubbeston Blyth valley at Ubbeston Archaeological finds suggest a Roman villa was built at Wenhaston overlooking the river.The Saxons fought the battle of Bulcamp beside the river near Blythburgh and it was here in the 7th century that Bishop Felix established a monastery. In the Middle Ages fortunes were made exporting wool from the bustling port of Blythburgh.
Whilst the Blyth Valley is well known for its gentle rural scenery there is still the odd surprise to be found! This is part of an old Vulcan bomber which is being restored in a private garden in the hamlet of Mells near Halesworth. Vulcan jet Vulcan Bomber under restoration in a garden in Mells hamlet
Steeple End, Halesworth Steeple End, Halesworth Former Almshouses at Steeple End, Halesworth, built in 1686.
Dating back to a time before the invention of Steam engines, Suffolk has a number of fine windmills. This post mill has been extensively restored by the owner with help from Suffolk County Council. The mill is privately owned and only opened to the public one or two days a year. It is a fine landmark in the village of Holton St Peter just outside the town of Halesworth. Holton Mill Holton Post Mill

Some Favourite Websites For November 2014:

Sail Loft Self Catering - 1 Mackenzie Mews, Southwold - Self-Catering for Two, Central and with Own Parking

AVAILABLE FROM EASTER 2015! New modern mews accommodation centrally-located off Southwold High Street, with own parking. Light, well-furnished and open plan accommodation. Short breaks offered (minimum 3 nights). Regret no children or pets accepted.

Far View Holiday Homes, Southwold - Two high quality self-catering apartments in Southwold

Far View 1 and Far View 2 are conveniently located in Southwold and are aptly named as both have views to Southwold Common and beyond. Both apartments sleep two persons (plus 1) in very comfortable accommodation maintained to a high standard. Use of garden. WiFi. Welcome pack. Sorry, pets not accepted. Short breaks available.

4 The Martins - Self Catering accommodation in Walberswick for up to six people

Spacious centrally-heated accommodation in a converted Edwardian mansion set in own wooded grounds opposite Walberswick Church. Lift in addition to stairs. WiFi. Parking. Weekly lets Saturday-Saturday. Short breaks available out of season. Sorry, no pets.

Valley Farm - Five Star Bed and Breakfast plus two Four Star self-catering cottages near Halesworth

Set in over two acres of grounds Valley Farm offers a choice of accommodation - comfortable en-suite Bed and Breakfast within the farmhouse or two self-catering cottages with many eco-friendly features. Cottages both sleep up to four people + cot. WiFi. Private heated indoor swimming pool available. Strictly no pets accepted due to allergy.

Amy Wilks Makeup Design - Amy Wilks Makeup Design - For Special Occasion, Bridal and the full range of professional makeup

Professional, experienced and talented, Amy offers the full range of desirable makeup, whatever the event or special occasion. From Fancy Dress, Weddings, and Personal MakeOvers (the Clarity range) to striking original creative and Avant-garde design (the Corruption range). Take a look........

Whitehouse Barns - Whitehouse Barns - Two skilful barn conversions superbly placed near Blythburgh close to Southwold

Set in a spectacular location with views over farmland and protected important countryside, including the River Blyth estuary. Upper Barn and Lower Barn offer all year round well-equipped self-catering accommodation with woodburning stoves, WiFi, own parking and separate Play Shed. Excellent location for enjoying birds and wildlife. Upper Barn sleeps up to five people (+ one), Lower Barn sleeps up to eight (+ cot). Book both for larger family gatherings - the linking internal doors will be unlocked. Those with limited mobility may find that Lower Barn suits their needs. Midweek reductions possible for couples and singles. Dogs allowed. Lots of information on website.

Ebenezer - Homely Four Star Bed and Breakfast at Sibton in Twin Bedroom. Walkers, Cyclists, Dogs welcome.

A modern bungalow, quietly placed off the A1120 tourist road at Sibton near Yoxford. Just a stroll to village pub and to village tea room. Holder of Breakfast Award. Close to cycle routes. Cyclists and walkers welcome. Well-behaved dog welcome. Children not accepted. Closed Christmastime.

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