Why Choose Suffolk?
In some ways we could divide Suffolk into two or more different areas. Firstly there are those places close to the Essex and Cambridgeshire county boundaries which offer commutes in just about an hour, such as the Shotley peninsular. You can take the train from from Ipswich or Manningtree offering a great solution for people looking for a perfect home and idyllic lifestyle.
Secondly there is a wonderful coast which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ‘Suffolk Coast and Heaths’ reaches all the way from Manningtree to just short of Lowestoft where ‘The Broads’ begins.
Finally the rural countryside which hosts numerous festivals is home to many artists and those wanting a real feeling of the countryside peppered with history and culture.
All of Suffolk has a rich history as it was a centre of the wool industry. It is well known for the pretty thatched cottages but there are plenty of timber framed houses and a fair few opulent Stately Homes.
Suffolk has a long tradition with artists. Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, in a house that is still open to the public, and he then moved to Ipswich. Constable was born in the nearby East Bergholt.
The countryside is gently undulating, some would say not all that exciting but everything we read about the area talks of the far reaching views, the community spirit and the sense of history and interestingly, the food gets quite a mention too.
In 2014, four Suffolk towns made the Sunday Times best places to live. The places listed were Bury St Edmunds, famous for it’s beautiful Cathedral and Abbey Gardens. Framlingham was another, a town that featured in the Domesday Book and built in view of Framlingham Castle. Another listed was Orford, with it’s Orford Ness on which the Orford lighthouse sits and East Bergholt which is especially credited with their strong community spirit.
In another list completed by the Sunday Times in 2015, Clare was chosen as one of the the best rural places to live, coming 13th. Apparently it earnt it’s place as Clare is full of period properties and rich in history, but doesn’t suffer the chocolate box perfection nor the endless bus tours that go with it!
Suffolk has some of the lowest crime rates in the country and has 2 hours more sunshine than other parts of the country! Add to that the face that house prices represent good value for money in many of the charming villages and small towns particularly for those looking to live a little bit further away from London
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Some areas are very much over an hour for the commute so it’s worth assessing if you need to be doing it on a daily basis.
Road travel in Suffolk can be slow. There are plenty of windy lanes and it’s best not to travel in a rush. The A14 passes through the heart of mid Suffolk to Ipswich so check noise.
Villages can sometimes feel isolated and sometimes don’t have many amenities. Most ‘bigger’ facilities like hospitals and theatres are accessed in the major towns like Ipswich.
Trains run into Liverpool Street and London Kings Cross.
It’s not quick but manageable from some parts. Two places of note are East Bergholt voted by many as a top location in Suffolk and commutable from the nearby Manningtree just over the border in Essex. Nayland is also popular but means commuting from Colchester which is 53 minutes to London.
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Things to Do in Suffolk
Newmarket is the home of racing and also houses the wondering National Horse Racing Museum with stories of many of our racing heroes.
For a history of medieval Britain visit Lavenham which is like walking through a well preserved Medieval World. Long Melford is another weaver village boasting the longest high street in England at 2 ½ miles long).
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