One of the warmest and driest counties in England, by virtue of its southeasterly position, Suffolk is also arguably, one of the most picturesque. For centuries artists, poets and writers have been drawing and painting, sculpting and writing, inspired by the landscapes and coastlines that go to make up this most charming piece of the English countryside. Constable’s Hay Wain, Blythe’s Akenfield, Hambling’s Scallop and many of Repton’s gardens were inspired by the scenes, sights, sounds and Sandlings of this beautiful corner of England.
From the Brecks to the Broads and estuaries, Suffolk is best explored on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. There are over 5,000 km of footpath, two officially recognised Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, long distance and circular cycle routes and many bridle paths for you to enjoy, all of which enable you to get closer to nature and enjoy the great Suffolk outdoors.
Each of the coastal and inland towns and villages of Suffolk presents an individual charm and character. Aldeburgh, Blythburgh, Framlingham, Orford, Southwold, Thorpeness and Woodbridge are just a few of the chocolate box delights that await the curious traveller and at every stop, you’ll want to sample the produce from the areas well stocked, natural larders.
Suffolk has long been known for its local food production and there is a veritable feast of produce on offer, including lamb in Baylham, pork in Ipswich, cheese in Orford, ice cream in Creeting, beer in Southwold and wine in Framlingham. Farmers markets are held regularly all over the county, offering the full range of foodstuffs much of which will have been grown organically. So whilst it is possible to stock up at the supermarket whilst staying in Suffolk, it can be a lot more fun to shop locally instead – the choice and quality will amaze you.
With so much to be grateful for, it is perhaps unsurprising that Suffolk is also, a land of festivals. Every different kind of festival takes place within the county’s bounds. These celebrations of life, youth, culture, food, love and the landscape come in many different forms too. Latitude, Hachfest and Gig in the Park celebrate music, with High Tide celebrating theatre production, debate and film.
Whilst staying here in holiday, you may wish to take yourself off to visit the beautiful heritage coast, where you will encounter some real natural gems like Dunwich Heath, with its breathtaking views, sandy cliffs and beaches. Another great day out is the delightful little seaside town of Walberswick, with its array of quaint shops, fine restaurants and art galleries, not to mention the delightful multi coloured beach huts that line its shores.
You may wish to indulge in a spot of sailing along some of Suffolk’s beautiful winding estuaries, river ways and coastline or walk the gently undulating countryside. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll find that, even without thinking about it, your cobwebs are blown away and your batteries are re-charged, such is the beauty of Suffolk.
Windmill Lodges are close to the ancient market town of Framlingham and provide the perfect base from which to explore as much, or as little of the local countryside as you wish. Our luxurious lodges come complete with all the facilities you’d expect from 4 and 5 star accommodation and are designed to help you feel completely at home from the moment you arrive.
Whether you are holidaying as a couple, with family or friends, the only decision you’ll need to make, is whether to relax on the veranda overlooking the lake, or in the hot tub, whilst you make your plans for the following day.
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