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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 July 2014:

Wissett Lodge - Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast plus Self-Catering (all with WiFi), on Working Farm

Come and stay at Wissett Lodge near Halesworth which offers Bed and Breakfast in the spacious period farmhouse, or self-catering in the converted Victorian stables. In the farmhouse the roomy guest Bedroom combines with a large en-suite bathroom and tasty breakfast served in the Conservatory to ensure a comfortable stay (minimum two nights). WiFi. Cyclists and Walkers welcome. See website for Wissett Lodge Self-Catering holiday homes, one of which accommodates disabled/wheelchair users and holds a Visit Britain M2 Mobility Award.

The Penthouse - Spacious self-catering penthouse apartment for six in Walberswick

Super views to Southwold from the Penthouse. Close to Walberswick's harbour and beach. Parking for one car plus lockable storage for bicycles, pushchairs etc. Friday to Friday bookings. Sorry, pets not accepted.

Hawthorn House - Comfortable Bed and Breakfast with WiFi at Reydon, within easy walk of Southwold

With tea and cake offered on your arrival you can tell that Monica and husband Brian at Hawthorn House Bed and Breakfast have many years experience of hospitality. Two comfortable rooms, WiFi, off-road parking plus secure storage for bicycles and motorcycles. Close to public transport links.

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.

Frostenden Hall - Bed and Breakfast in a Grade II* Listed Former Manor House, with WiFi, Close to Southwold

Peacefully set within a 600-acre farm but less than five miles from the seaside town of Southwold, historic Frostenden Hall stands in mature gardens and overlooks a notable round-tower church. WiFi.

Halesworth Cycle Routes - Cycling Around Halesworth, Guided Bike Rides and Info

National Cycle Route 1 passes through the centre of Halesworth, close by the train station. Even without this important cycling link Halesworth is an excellent starting point for coast and countryside cycling in this area of north-east Suffolk being surrounded by country lanes and just ten miles from Southwold and the Suffolk coast. Lots of information on this website, including Guided Bike Rides.

23 Stradbroke Road - Spacious self-catering house in Southwold, sleeping six

A comfortable three-bedroomed period terraced house, centrally placed in the same road as Southwold Lighthouse. Close to beach and Pier and just minutes to the High Street. Sorry, pets not accepted. Short breaks available late September to mid-May.

Seabreeze Cottage - Southwold Cottage Sleeping Four

A cosy three-bedroomed cottage centrally placed in Southwold High Street, sleeping up to four. Original features. Centrally heated, linen and towels included. Rear courtyard. Free parking nearby. Sorry, pets not accepted.


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