Out & About
"Lovely, cosy little cottage in the quaint village of Boxford.
Perfect little bolt hole for exploring the historic towns close by" Phillipa
We are spoilt for choice for walking near our holiday cottage The Old Forge. There are many lovely walks of varying lengths right on our door step with no need of a car. In Lavenham the old disused railway line provides a pretty circular route or if you wanted to go further you can walk all the way from Lavenham to Long Melford. The water meadows in Sudbury are the pride of the town. The land has never been farmed and is a haven for wildlife situated along the meandering River Stour. Further along the Stour at Flatford Mill you can see the little changed landscapes painted by Constable. Walking along the riverside you come to Dedham where you can grab some lunch in one of the excellent pubs. Christchurch Park in Ipswich and the gardens in Bury St Edmunds have beautiful town parks.
There is also a good variety of cycle routes following the winding country lanes close to The Old Forge. The pretty villages of Kersey, Chelsworth, Monks Eleigh, Polstead, Stoke by Nayland and Nayland are all accessible by bike.
Lavenham Railway Walk
Places to Visit
Suffolk is known for its big open spaces, beautiful landscapes and magnificent skies. There are a huge variety of outdoor activities with areas of outstanding natural beauty and over 60 nature reserves, including RSPB Minsmere. Suffolk has some breath-taking castles: Framlingham, Orford, Colchester, Castle Hedingham; medieval villages: Kersey, Hadleigh, Lavenham, Clare, Cavendish, Sudbury and more; stately homes: Long Melford, Kentwell Hall, Ickworth; and gardens for exploring (check out local village open garden days). The coast is not too far with Frinton's sandy swathes of beach and the rougher seas at Felixstowe where you can take part in the county sport of crabbing. Aldeburgh and Southwold are further up the coast.
Polstead Wood in May
Bury St Edmunds is a good stop for culture with a restored Regency Grade I listed Theatre Royal. Bury is home to the Apex concert hall, an independent cinema and cineworld. Snape Maltings near Aldeburgh has some widely acclaimed concerts. Benjamin Britten, born in Suffolk, founded Aldeburgh Music in the 1940s and it is still highly regarded for its musical performances. Suffolk is the birthplace of the artists Thomas Gainsbourough, John Constable, Alfred Munnings and Maggi Hambling. Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich boasts the largest collection of Constable's and Gainsbourough's outside London. Colchester has a theatre, the first site gallery and Castle Museum and Ipswich has three theatres, a museum as well as Dance East studios. Cambridge, also accessible from The Old Forge, has a wealth of culture. Nearer to home Boxford Church hosts the touring Suffolk Villages Festival at the end of the summer.
Coffee Box Boxford
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
Suffolk is a great place for the foodie. The award winning Suffolk farmer's markets are frequently held in local villages and provide the best stop to get fresh local food to eat at home. Hadleigh has a yummy delicatessen and an Adnams shop for great wine and beer. Jimmy's farm shop (made famous on TV) is just outside Ipswich and well known for its delicious pork sausages. Close to Jimmy's farm is the Suffolk Food Hall an excellent farm shop and cafe set alongside the beautiful river Orwell.
Dining out there is a great selection from take away fish and chips eaten on the beach to fine dining cuisine. Tea and cake shops are plentiful, always a treat on holiday. We even have our own buzzing Coffee Box in the village, close enough to get your breakfast with a delicious cup of coffee.
For that extra special occasion the award winning restaurant The Great House is in Lavenham. Shillingfords, a pop up restaurant at Sudbury's Quay Theatre, opens at the week-ends to serve foraged food. Booking is essential! And beer lovers will appreciate the wide range of brews available in our pub The Fleece and also The White Horse at Edwardstone featured in The Good Beer guide for 20 years it has won CAMRA cider pub of the year 2017.