Southwold's model yacht pond, and the regattas held there every summer, typifies the appeal of Southwold and area for family holidays. Beach, sea, countryside and lovely Suffolk skies! 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 May 2016:

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

Just minutes from Southwold's seafront, High Street, pubs and pier, this Victorian cottage has views of Southwold's iconic lighthouse from both the upstairs day room and the charming rear courtyard. WiFi. On-street parking. Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome. Summer weeks and breaks available.

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

B&B available at beautiful and historic Frostenden Hall. Standing in mature gardens and peacefully set within a 600-acre farm, yet less than five miles to the seaside town of Southwold. Full English breakfast or vegetarian option. WiFi.

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.

Stoneware Birds - Life-sized handmade and unique British birds, now available to buy online.

A charming unique gift or a treat for oneself. See the website to know how each one is made. Now available to buy online. Each bird is an individual creation, varying in choice from the perky wren to the plump bullfinch together with other well-loved British birds. Which will you choose?

Halfpenny Cottage - Self-catering cottage in the heart of Walberswick sleeping 4 (+ 2 in the eaves)

A much-loved Walberswick cottage close to beach, pub, village green. Enclosed rear garden. One well-behaved dog accepted. Booking for weekly-lets only from now until mid-October.

Lamorna Cottage - Affordable three-bedroomed self-catering cottage in Reydon near Southwold

An end-terrace cottage with garden offering accommodation for up to five in quiet residential street. Close to village shops. 15 minutes walk to the sea. Open fire in Living Room. Radio, board games, puzzles and books but no TV. Sorry, no pets.

Hall Farm - Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a Grade II listed farmhouse

Two double B&B bedrooms available, one with en-suite and one with private facilities. Aga-cooked breakfast. Walkers and cyclists welcome. Bus route to Southwold passes nearby. Close to village freehouse pub with open fire.

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