Spring is in full swing in Southwold and area. During May Bluebells are 
a carpet of colour in the woods, yellow rape brightens roadside fields, 
bitterns are booming, nightingales are trilling and youngstock such as 
lambs and calves are a delight to watch. There are two Bank Holiday 
weekends in May so lots of opportunity to getaway to the coast and 
countryside of north-east Suffolk. See our accommodation choices from 
the menu on the left of this page. The Blyth Valley Suffolk, from Laxfield to Southwold

Home   Photo-Tour of the
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 May 2015:

Holly Tree Cottage - Self-catering for up to six in 4-bedroomed cottage in Wangford, three miles from Southwold

Holly Tree Cottage is a comfortable cottage, with central heating, garden and own parking. WiFi. Sleeps five in four bedrooms (one is a downstairs bedroom), sleeps six when using the additional stackaway bed. Downstairs bathroom. Open all year. Sorry pets not accepted.

Pimmrose Cottage - Period Cottage with WiFi sleeping up to 4 + Cot. Close to Coast and Countryside. Dog allowed.

Comfortable cottage just off the Market Place in Halesworth, a delightful friendly market town just ten miles from coast at Southwold and well worth exploring. Two bedrooms, sleeps four (+ cot). Dog allowed. WiFi. Good location for public transport links, with train station and bus services.

Victoria Cottage - Centrally-located Southwold Cottage for Two, plus up to two dogs at no extra charge

Located just minutes from seafront, High Street, pubs and pier, this one-bedroomed Victorian cottage has views of Southwold's iconic lighthouse from the upstairs day room and from the charming rear courtyard. WiFi enabled FROM JUNE 11TH. On-street parking. Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome, at no additional charge.

Avocet, Reydon Heights - Self-catering three-bedroomed detached family house in quiet area close to Southwold

Detached house set in own gardens facing towards Southwold over the creek that divides Southwold from Reydon. From here there are views to Southwold and its marshland plus the landmark lighthouse, water towers and church. Parking for two cars. One well-behaved dog considered.

Green Haven Holidays - Caravan and Camping Site near Halesworth

Stuart and Katherine have enthusiastically established their campsite in the village of Rumburgh just north of Halesworth. From the outset they were keen that this would be an eco-friendly business. Village CAMRA pub close by. Re-opened on 1st May for the 2015 season.

Thalassa, Walberswick - Self-catering accommodation in Walberswick, for up to eight people

An elegant and substantial south-facing house with own parking. WiFi. Well-placed for Walberswick's village green, beach, common and walks. Handy too for shops and both village pubs. Weekly bookings Friday-Friday. Short breaks offered out of season. Sorry, no pets.

Beaufort Search Agents - Independent Property Search Agents Offering A Personal Service

Independent Search Agents located on Suffolk's beautiful Heritage Coastline. Offering a wealth of experience and expertise in all aspects of residential buying and letting property. Let our vast knowledge of the area and the East Anglia region work for you.

The White Swan, Halesworth - The White Swan, Halesworth - Timber-framed traditional Public House

In London Road, Halesworth, close to the Market Place and St.Mary's Church. This fine timber-framed and heavily-beamed 17th century Public House offers two public rooms with a central bar and a great atmosphere. Open fireplaces, wooden settles, pool table, dartboard and live entertainment. Serving Adnams plus a good selection of beers, spirits, lagers and ciders. Car park at rear. Open all day every day from 11am. Function Room.

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