Woodbridge is an attractive, historic, riverside town at the navigable head of the beautiful river Deben some 9 miles from the sea at Bawdsey Quay. The town’s ancient centre has retained all its old world charm and has some great restaurants, friendly pubs, fine galleries and antique shops. The town rather divides itself into two, with much activity down by the river with sailing, rowing, riverside walking and feeding the ducks all attracting. Uphill is the magnificent parish church of St Mary’s just off Market Hill where the ancient Shire Hall dominates the square.
All is within easy walking distance of any of our cottages in the town. Stay at Blackbird Cottage (sleeps 5) to be close to the river. A greater choice is available higher in the town so stay at High Haugh (2), Lilla Cottage (3), White Cottage (4), 11 and 11a Theatre Street (both sleeping 5), 4 Doric Place (6+2) or take 11 & 11a Theatre Street together (10).
Famous for Sutton Hoo, the Anglo-Saxon royal ship burial site now owned by the National Trust. A popular place to stay close by are the Vale Farm Barns sleeping a total of 18 people. They can be rented individually as Vancouver Barn (8), Brand Barn (8) and Sewell Barn (2).
Travelling further down the Bawdsey peninsular is Alderton, a peaceful farming village just a mile from the sea with a handsome Old Rectory sleeping 14 - also does bed and breakfast. There is a pub, shop with post office and believe it or not an excellent indian restaurant. Stay at Bowling Green House (6) for an excellently placed base.
BAWDSEY and BAWDSEY QUAY
Bawdsey is famous for developing the first Chain Home RDF (radar) system. Today there is a museum in the transmitter house. Have a break close by in Green Point Granary (6) or East Lane Cottage (8). For a special treat rent the Martello Tower Y (5) right on the shoreline with 360 degree views.
The Deben estuary provides not only breathtaking views but also a small beach, a beach cafe and boat trips from the quay upriver and across to the small fishing village of Felixstowe Ferry. Enjoy all this fun from the comfort of 5 Ferry Road (4) or 3 Quay Cottages (4)
This charming riverside village lies on the west banks of the river Deben and is ideal for those with a passion for sailing. A sandy beach, lovely riverside walks and an excellent pub, the Maybush, will provide lots of entertainment for anyone staying at Rockhopper (6)
Home to the Suffolk Punch, a fascinating heavy horse once used extensively on farms but now very scarce. The Suffolk Punch Trust based in Hollesley makes a wonderful day out for all the family. You can stay nearby in Perrinott House (4)
NOT a street but a very remote and atmospheric stretch of shingle. Much loved but those who seek to be close to the elements and the sea. 6 Coastguard Cottages (4) in many ways reflects the fundamental environment in which the property is located.
UFFORD and LOWER UFFORD
Ideal for those who want to be close to Woodbridge yet in easy striking distance of Snape and Aldeburgh. Lower Ufford is a charming village with a ‘locals’ pub and a fine church which boasts one of the finest font covers in the country. Some stylish properties to stay in include The Studio at Yew Cottage (2), Hawkeswade Barn (2), Willow Farm Cottage (4) as well as Dower House Granary (2) and Lime Cottage (4) close to the church. A little to the west is Ufford which currently enjoys fine eating at the Ufford Crown. Walk here from Mill Cottage (4), Meadow Lodge (6) or Hollybank Cottage (8) which is adjacent to Orchard Barn (3).
Just 4 miles west of Woodbridge Hasketon's pub The Turks Head is much loved by holidaymakers enjoying a day's cycling or walking. Near by is The Garden House (2) set in extensive gardens visitors can use the hard tennis court during their stay.
A bit further to the west is the village of Otley. Here Is Otley Hall, for many years the home of the Gosnold family. Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) voyaged to the New World, where in 1602 he discovered Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, which he named after his infant daughter. Otley Hall may be visited or used as a wedding venue. On a less grand scale stay but very stylish Vine Barn (6)
Midway between Woodbridge and Framlingham, the village has many ancient cottages, Hope Cottage (4) includes stone taken from Framlingham Castle. Just a few hundred yards down the road is The Granary at Rookery Farm (6) totally refurbished it still contains some fascinating old farm equipment.
Again within 4 miles of Woodbridge, Pettistree is to the north west close to Wickham Market. A picture book village it has a charming church, good eating pub and pretty village green. The Old Stables (4) is in a rural position on the edge of the village.
For lots more information on what to do and see in the area go to Visit Woodbridge