In a lovely rural setting, Belle Grove is very conveniently located for coast, country and town. Only 7.5 miles away through pretty back roads, Southwold is a very popular destination – as are plenty of characterful coastal spots such as Walberswick, Dunwich, Aldeburgh and Orford. See Out & About
Belle Grove is a 2 – 2.5 hour drive out of London, traffic permitting. There is no motorway into this part of East Anglia (something which has helped preserve its character). We’re easy to find using a Sat Nav or Google, but even so, take note of the final directions – link below. If you prefer to follow a traditional map but could do with more guidance, we are happy to send detailed directions.
A village shop is within 20 minutes walking by road or 30 minutes stroll over the fields. While there is also a village pub, it has temporarily closed while looking for a new owner. But Belle Grove is just two miles from the charming market town of Halesworth with its useful supermarket and array of independent shops. How many small towns nowadays have two excellent butchers?!
Nearby Halesworth also has a railway station, with regular trains from London Liverpool Street via Ipswich. The trundly two-carriage train service running on the branch line between Lowestoft and Ipswich passes on a wooded embankment nearby, which guests tell us they don’t find in the least bit intrusive. In fact, why not use the train to explore Lowestoft or pretty Woodbridge near Ipswich? Local buses go here and there from Halesworth. Further information available on request & timetables in the properties + local taxi firms contacts (also provided on booking as part of the Information Pack).
But it’s fair to say that wheels will definitely facilitate your stay, especially to reach all the wonderful pubs and eateries in the vicinity. There is plenty of private parking on site.
By the way, if you happen to look on Google Earth, please don’t be disheartened by the image! It dates back to March 2007 when building works were being carried out with all sorts of materials and farm machinery strewn about and, being in a rural area, updating it doesn’t appear to be a priority with Google. The image bears no resemblance to the current site. What’s more, what appears to be an ‘airstrip’ nearby was last in use in 1948!
We have now installed a free-to-use EV charging station
On a clear night, the Constellations & Milky Way can be seen from the fields in full glory. (See Heavens Above). However, you may be able to indulge in a little star-gazing of another kind hereabouts: just a few miles away, Southwold, Walberswick & Aldeburgh attract artists, actors, authors, journalists and media types. For example, P D James, Libby Purves, Michael Palin, various scions of the Freud family notable Emma Freud and Richard Curtis, Louis de Bernières, Ralph Fiennes, Diana Quick, Bill Nighy, Julia Blackburn, Jonathan Aitken, Angela Lansbury, Martin Bell and and, no doubt many others, have strong links with this popular area.