Lavenham Holiday Cottages
Lavenham is the most famous of the West Suffolk medieval Wool Towns. One of the wealthiest areas in the country in the 12th to 16th century the gentry stamped their mark on the area by building magnificent churches including the Abbey at Bury St Edmunds, grand meeting houses and opulent country and town houses. An easy drive from the Suffolk coast to the east and Newmarket and Cambridge to the west, the area is ideal for visitors from abroad being just a short drive from Stansted Airport. Stay in one of our lovely self catering properties in the wool towns and villages of Suffolk where - whatever the weather or the time of year - you will find fascination at every turn.
Its streets are lined by delightful timber framed mediaval buildings with bowing walls and deeply pitched traditional Suffolk roofs; its magnificent Market Place houses the wonderful Guild Hall (NT), and Little Hall, an outstanding restaurant - The Great House and several delightful pubs. Lavenham is well known for its fascinating and charming galleries and shops and fine church. The countryside around the town is criss-crossed with footpaths. Stay at Pilgrims (sleeps 3) just a few yards from the Market Place and the High Street.
Another medieval town Hadleigh lies on the banks of the river Brett. Once again there are loads of ancient buildings in the central streets, the area around the church being particularly interesting. A cookery school, several excellent pubs and some good restaurants can be found in the town centre and it's within just 7 miles of both Ipswich and the heart of Constable Country. Stay at The Lodge (sleeps 6) or Orchard Barn (sleeps 4).
Just a couple of miles from Hadleigh is the tiny village of Semer, set amidst rolling countryside, the river running through its midst. Enjoy a farm holiday at Bridge Farm Barns (sleeps 14), Old Barn (8) or Stable Cottage (6). All have access to a heated outdoor pool, loads of outdoor space, fishing on the lake and lots more.
As the name suggests this charming little village sits astridge the river Box. A charming and delightful village to explore, its quiet streets are lined with 17th century properties created for the wealthy wool merchants of the time. There is an old fashioned cavern of a village shop selling everything you might need for your holiday and more, a Post Office and two pubs, The Fleece and The White Hart. In earlier centuries there were several other pubs including the White Horse.
Often described as the most attractive village in Suffolk, Kersey is simply a long village street leading from the brow of one hill, where stands the church, to the "splash" at its centre and up the other hill, where stands a picture postcard cottage Priory Holme, (sleeps 6).
From one stunning village to another. Monks Eleigh is a very painterly village. The hill leads down past the church and the village pub to The Street where there are some delightful Suffolk cottages and a lovely village pub serving excellent food.
Midway between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, Lawshall is a charming old village, its Grade 1 listed church - All Saints - dating back to the 15th century. Lawshall Hall, a rather grand old building visited by Queen Elizabeth I, was thought to have been converted from an ancient monastery. Its 18th century pub, The Swan, has a collection of World War 1 coins left by local soldiers. Stay in Lawshall at The Ryes, a traditional beamed and thatched cottage (sleeps 4)
Sudbury on the Essex Suffolk border has, for centuries, been the home of British silk production, and it is from here that the silk for royal wedding dresses is made. Standing beside the Stour River, Sudbury has many fine ancient buildings and is famous for its Great Common, a wonderful unspoilt wildlife area where cattle graze the rich grasses undeterred by the occasional canoeist, walkers and birdwatchers.
Close to the idyllic villages of Stanton and Walsham-le-Willows, Upthorpe is ideally placed for exploring this pretty corner of the county and beyond, with good access to both Suffolk and the North Norfolk coasts. Oak Lodge is state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly, and set amongst beautiful gardens.