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    Can anyone tell me about nice places to live in Suffolk near a decent but not too expensive independent school? We were thinking about Woodbridge and have seen a house online in Easton. What about Framlingham? We don’t need to be near a train station to commute, so community and picturesque-ness more important.

    Would also be in interested in opinions on Woodbridge School, but will post that under the schools section for Suffolk.




    Wbge is gorgeous. Thriving community, boutique shops, came 2nd on Location Location Locations best places to live in England (after Winchester). I live in Kesgrave and always shop in Woodbridge.
    Also, as a PetSitter – I cover many of the local villages walking my dogs and Wbge offers many beautiful walks. River Deben, children’s parks, close to Rendlesham Forest – just gorgeous.



    Second what Amanda says, Woodbridge is great! A little more lively than the other towns, I’d say. Check out, they’re also on Facebook. As it’s on the river, it’s gorgeous in the summer months particularly, with great local amenities & schools.

    My kids are in the state St Mary’s which has a great rep as do pretty much all the other primaries in the town. Farlingaye is a great local secondary comp. Woodbridge school is really good apparently though I don’t have first hand experience, just what I hear on the grapevine.

    Easton’s beautiful – very villagey and countryfied if that floats your boat – great nursery & nice local pub there.

    Framlingham’s very picturesque too with lots of nice independent shops, a market & things to do. Fram also great for schools for all ages.

    If you want beautiful picturesque you can’t go far wrong with Woodbridge, Easton or Framlingham – anywhere in this area of Suffolk ticks the box. You might also like to check out Waldringfield if you like the water / sailing. And further up the road, Wickham Market / Saxmundham are also sweet.

    Just outside Woodbridge, the villages of Melton and Ufford are pretty. Ufford has an amazing community, and even it’s own magazine

    Hope this helps!



    Check out Saffron Walden in Essex. It’s on the border of Suffolk. Less than an hour by train to London. VERY good schools too.



    Thank you everyone who has replied – your responses are so helpful and really shows what a useful site this is. If I have any more questions, I’ll shout!



    Hi Lucy,

    I moved to South East Suffolk, very close to the Essex border, almost four years ago. My nearest towns are Hadleigh and Sudbury. Sudbury is a useful, bustling market town and the surrounding villages are beautiful. Hadleigh is smaller but truly lovely, very independent and a fantastic sense of community. My children are both at state school but my friends and neighbors use a variety of local independents – Ipswich School has an excellent reputation and across the border in Essex there is the choice of Colchester High or the outstanding grammar schools.

    This is a great location with good access to roads and public transport. I can particularly recommend villages like Boxford, Polstead and Lavenham for beauty, charm and community. Don’t hesitate to ask if you would like any more information on these areas.



    Hi Lucy,
    We moved last october to middleton… but were looking generally in North East suffolk… and if you like to look at all potential risks… you might like to check out the environment agency website and they have somewhere a map of places that might flood…. I know this is being very nerdy… but…in the end one often just loves the house and buy it anyway!
    There are some lovely houses round here and we have found it to be so friendly, especially if you have school age children…



    Hi Lucy, I agree with everyone here.. Woodbridge is lovely – though when we were househunting, properties were extremely scarce, so we ended up moving just south of Bury St Edmunds. (And are pleased we did!) We still kept our yacht at Tide Mill in Woodbridge and loved sailing on the Deben.
    Bury St Edmunds is also lovely with lots to do and good choices of local villages to live in. There are excellent independant shops as well as the major retailers and supermarkets to access locally. We are south of Bury and the countryside here really is beautiful with gentle rolling hills and some gorgeous ‘chocolate box’ houses to search out.
    For us, access to the western side of the A14 has been a real boon as it means we can access Stansted airport in about 40 minutes, London is only 90 miles away, and we are in striking distance of ferry ports as well as having good access to the rest of the country via our starting point of the A14.
    We don’t have children so can’t comment on school options but there’s certainly a lot to choose from here.
    Good luck!



    I agree that Woodbridge is lovely. Smart and lively, nice shops, plenty to do. I get the impression that there is a good community feeling there.

    We live just south of Ipswich on the Shotley Peninsula, parts of which are really pretty, and great for sailing. As someone else said, Boxford, Lavenham etc great for the “chocolate box” Suffolk – really beautiful.

    Can’t help with the school detail though I’m afraid as mine are in a local primary… but round here you’ve got Ipswich High School (on the peninsula) and Ipswich School within 4 miles.

    Enjoy your house hunting!



    Hi Lucy,
    We moved to Waldringfield about 7 years ago – a pretty riverside village, 12 minutes drive (I do it twice a day!) to Woodbridge. Really lovely community with village school and lots of chidlren and summer parties, as well as sailing and swimming in the river.

    Downside is there is no village store anymore so it’s a 10 minute drive or delivery, tho there is a great farm shop in next village, Newbourne

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