The years come and go but Southwold's lighthouse still catches the morning sun as it has since late Victorian times. Southwold itself offers get-away-from-it-all holidays which centre around the sea, beach and common, with the added delights of its pier, independent shops and art galleries. The town and surrounding area offers both B&B and self-catering accommodation so now's the time to book that spring or summer holiday or out-of-season short break. See our listings in the menu below for both seaside and countryside choices in this attractive north Suffolk area.
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The Bulcamp OddityThis unusual structure is set into the embankment on the east side of the A145, just north of the A145/A12 junction near Blythburgh.

Located approximately halfway between Blythburgh and Bulcamp (grid ref: TM450762) it perhaps gives the appearance of an uncomfortable bus shelter. However, as it is believed to date from the mid-1800s the wait for a bus would surely have proved intolerable and may account for the belief that it is haunted.

Another suggestion is that it was indeed a shelter, but for those whose journey to the nearby Bulcamp Workhouse (a 'House of Industry' dating from the 1700s and presently under conversion to housing units) meant that their arrival was after the House had closed for the night. Surely though, this structure is much too small to linger in.

Seating for two, the Bulcamp OddityPerhaps clues to its purpose lie in references to the Tollgate, or Turnpike, Cottages which stood nearby, just down the hill, but on the opposite side of the road. Was the structure in some way associated with the Turnpike road?

Or again, perhaps it should be noted that the land lying behind the structure is named 'Springhill', and, on a walkers' map, this stretch of road is named 'Springhole Lane'. Perhaps the structure marks the site of an ancient spring, now no longer in evidence.

Article by Eileen Heaps, photos by Tim Heaps


Some Favourite Websites For March 2015:

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

Located 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 contains 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 accommodates up to 100 people and is available for day and evening meetings, celebrations, gatherings and wedding parties.

Horseshoe Cottage - Self-catering in a three-bedroomed Southwold cottage

Centrally placed in Southwold, just minutes from beach, High Street, Common etc. Open all year. Short Breaks available out of season. Dog accepted.

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.

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.

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.

5 St James Green - Self-catering cottage accommodation for four, centrally situated in Southwold

Facing St.James Green, close to beach, sea, lighthouse and High Street, this two-bedroomed cottage has been refurbished in a contemporary style. Available all year. Out of season Short Breaks. WiFi. Sorry, pets not accepted.

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

A comfortable three-bedroomed period terraced house, centrally placed. WiFi. 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.

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.

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