February is here already, with lengthening days, lovely sunrises and sunsets, catkins, bulbs coming into flower and of course snowdrops carpeting shady places. Come and explore! The Blyth Valley Suffolk, from Laxfield to Southwold

Home   Photo-Tour of the
Blyth Valley area of Suffolk
 

Photographs © Roz Gordon or BlythWeb Ltd
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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 February 2016:

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 downstairs), sleeps six when using the additional stackaway bed. Downstairs bathroom. Open all year. Sorry no pets.

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.

Amy Wilks Makeup Design - Amy Wilks Makeup Design - 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....

Strathmore - Self-catering for up to eight in ground floor apartment on Southwold sea front. WiFi.

Self-catering for up to eight in this three bedroomed spacious Victorian property on North Parade. Ground floor apartment. Handy for the beach, Southwold's pier and the town centre. Wonderful sea views from the lounge and front bedroom. WiFi.

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.

Horseshoe Cottage - Self-catering in a centrally located three-bedroomed Southwold house

Just minutes from Southwold's beach, High Street, Common etc. Open all year. Short Breaks available. Dog accepted.

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.

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