Christmas celebrations get into full swing at the beginning of the month. Pictured are Christmas Lights in Halesworth Thoroughfare, which complement the seasonal activity in the town. Southwold too, and Reydon, display their own lights, all brightening the short days of December.
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 December 2014:

Bloom's - Comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation on a farm close to Southwold

B&B accommodation just for one or two, in modern farmhouse on working farm close to Southwold. WiFi. Kingsize bed in room. Exclusive use of private adjacent spacious bathroom with jacuzzi bath. Cycle Route 31 passes farm drive. Sorry, no children or pets accepted.

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

Spacious accommodation in a converted Edwardian mansion set in own wooded grounds opposite Walberswick Church. Lift in addition to stairs. WiFi. Parking. Weekly lets start Saturday. Out of season Short Breaks. Sorry, no pets.

Daddy Long Legs Shoes - Independent Shoeshop in Southwold High Street stocking carefully selected Footwear and Accessories

Comfortable, colourful footwear of quality, style and craftmanship to try and buy at this established independent shoe shop in Southwold High Street. Explore our carefully selected range on the website or call in and see for yourself. Accessories stocked.

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

Professional, experienced and talented, Amy offers the full range of desirable makeup, whatever your 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 close to Southwold

A spectacular location for birds and wildlife. Views over farmland, protected countryside and River Blyth estuary. Well-equipped self-catering accommodation, woodburning stoves, WiFi, own parking, Play Shed. Up to five people (+ one) at Upper Barn, up to eight (+ cot) at Lower Barn. Book both for large family gatherings-linking internal doors can be unlocked. Lower Barn may suit those with limited mobility. Ask for couples/singles midweek reductions. Dogs allowed.

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

AVAILABLE FROM EASTER 2015! Book Now! New modern mews accommodation centrally-located off Southwold High Street. Light, well-furnished, open plan. Own parking. Short breaks (min 3 nights). No children or pets.

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

Set in over two acres Valley Farm offers En-suite Bed and Breakfast in the farmhouse or a self-catering cottage with many eco-friendly features. Two cottages, both sleep up to four people + cot. WiFi. Private heated indoor swimming pool available. No pets accepted due to allergy.

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