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Things to do… Places to go… People to see…

within 10 miles


Belle Grove is on the southern fringe of the small village of Westhall. This has a shop cum Post Office and a down to earth pub, The Racehorse, which is within walking distance (20 minutes), keeps good beer, serves pub grub and is dog-friendly.  We provide a map of footpaths around the village which is one of those spread out affairs, the pub 2 mies from the Church!  St Andrews, parts of which are Norman,  is tucked away in a glade of trees – an architectural gem, definitely worth a visit.


A charming & timeless seaside town. Sand & shingle beach (Blue Flag) and famous beach huts*. Open greens surrounded by period houses and cottages. Individual shops. Lighthouse. Amber Museum. Real Ale (Adnams). Working harbour – fresh North Sea fish. Restaurants. Fabulous re-born Pier.  Good for antiques. Electric Palace Cinema.

*One of the famous Southwold Beach Huts is available for rental on a day by day basis.


Only 2 miles away, this is the nearest market town and has all facilities. With its range of independent shops (see Foodie Heaven), attractive setting, old buildings, many eateries and antique shops, not to mention friendly inhabitants, Halesworth is one of those unassuming towns that people love to ‘discover’ for themselves.   Good selection of antique & vintage shops,  a monthly ‘brocante’ and a famous annual antique street market. It was home to the founder of Kew Gardens, Sir William Hooker and the ‘Bloomsbury Set’  came to the locality for their summer holidays. It has a brilliant Arts Centre in The Cut and hosts a hugely successful Arts Festival every October. Every other year it participates in Open Heritage Week. See What’s On.  Railway buffs may like to know that the moveable railway platforms at the Station enabled traffic to continue to use the road except when a train in the station. It’s the only example in the country.


The famous Holy Trinity Church with its ‘angel’ roof is a ‘must see’. ‘This Cathedral of the Marshes’ overlooks the Blyth estuary and is famously illuminated at night.


Pretty cottages around village green. Dunes, sands and walks. Much favoured by artists since 19th century. Approach by road or be rowed across from Southwold. Pubs. Visitor Centre. Walberswick National Nature Reserve – Sandlings heathland, reed beds, inter-tidal mud flats, marsh, woodland and tidal estuary of the River Blyth form an unique grouping of habitats.


Another unspoilt market town: excellent delis,  ruins of Norman castle; indoor swimming pool; good for antiques. Nearby is the excellent North Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton. At nearby Earsham visit Flint Vineyard for a fascinating tour and their ’15 mile’ lunch.


Fine old market town with 14th century church & a major boating centre for the Broads. Excellent new Lido. Lovely gentle boat trip up the  River Waveney to Geldeston Locks. Bargains can be had at the weekly furniture auction.


Walpole Old Chapel (Historic Chapels Trust)


The privately owned fine 18th century Heveningham Hall is not open to the public (except the lovely restored grounds on limited occasions) but it is interesting to drive by and see the extent of the work that has recently gone into re-creating the Capability Brown-designed landscape. The grounds are thrown open for the annual Country Fair and November Fireworks.

The Saints:

Fascinating time-forgotten corner of Suffolk where its famously easy to get lost in the car ! Stunning St Peters Hall as well as Batemans Barn and the mysterious ruins of the Minster.

Other villages:

Halesworth serves several outlying villages which have excellent public houses and food. Many of these have Garden Open Days in the summer.

One of the star attractions of Southwold, the Pier

within 15 miles


In medieval times a major thriving port, since claimed by the sea. The sound of Old Dunwich church bells are said to be heard on stormy nights! Walks. Ruins. One (great) pub, The Ship. Excellent museum chronicling the erosion over the ages. Fresh fish from the boats and best fish ‘n chips ever.

Dunwich Heath:

National Trust Nature Reserve. Great walks and views. Lighthouse keepers cottage turned teashop. Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty, one of only 41 in the country.


A classic pretty village. Adjoins the Minsmere Bird Sanctuary (one of the RSPB’s premier sites and host to BBC’s Springwatch) – nature trails and Hides.


Traditional seaside town put on the map culturally by the Festival of Music & the Arts. Benjamin Britten connections. Historic buildings inc. the 16th century Moot Hall. Fresh fish off shingle beach. Excellent restaurants. Cinema. Near Snape…


The Maltings Concert Hall (brilliant acoustics and a world famous performance venue. Walks through the reeds and marshes. Boat trips. Great Shopping Centre. Antiques.


Pseudo-Tudor ‘planned’ village just north of Aldeburgh, built in the early 1900’s around the Meare – a 60 acre huge artificial lake studded with islands and a paradise for children. Think ‘Swallows & Amazons’. Also the ‘House in the Clouds’ and working windmill.


once a flourishing fishing port and Britain’s most easterly point (Lowestoft Ness). To be honest, not a madly attractive town centre but has excellent sandy beaches (Blue Flag) and a long promenade.

Oulton Broad:

Gateway to the Broads and a mecca for boating enthusiasts and naturalists. Considered one of the finest stretches of inland water in England.


Good beach. ‘Acclaimed Africa Alive’ Wildlife Park. Huge Car Boot sale every Sunday.


Church ‘within’ a church. Clifftop walks where dramatic coastal erosion is only too evident.


Raveningham Hall Gardens & Centre – oriental carpets/hand-crafted kites etc.

Reedham Ferry:

The only crossing point of the River between Norwich and Lowestoft.


Attractive town surrounded by pretty countryside and dominated by 12th century castle walls with 13 towers.  Concerts and live performances held at the Castle throughout the summer. Hospitality at the 16th century coaching Crown Inn. Antiques. Vineyards nearby.


Here there is an award-winning thatched Tudor pub without a ‘bar’ – beer still served from the barrel in the old kitchen, known locally as The Low House.

The wild beach at Covehithe
Framlingham Castle
The famous Lock's Inn nr Beccles
cliff erosion near Covehithe

45 minutes by car


  • county town of Norfolk and one of England’s best preserved medieval cities
  • Splendid Cathedral
  • Sainsbury Centre for Modern Art (Norman Foster designed)
  • The Forum – state of the art new Library & Media centre
  • Norman Castle – Keep & Museum
  • Historic buildings, parks, churches
  • Maze of streets and lanes
  • Shopping malls / Good individual shopping
  • Famous outdoor market
  • Arts and entertainment/Cinemas & Theatres

Great Yarmouth

Amusement arcades & games. Pleasure Beach rides. Family entertainment although a disappointing destination otherwise! Sea Life Centre aquarium.  Race-course.


Great shopping! Great walks. Great pub. Not only that but it’s near the excellent Friday Street Car Boot Sale held every Sunday Easter to October.


  • County town of Suffolk.
  • Historic wet dock – maritime heritage
  • Medieval churches
  • 16th century Christchurch Mansion
  • Tolly Cobbold Brewery.
  • Magnificent Parks.
  • Shopping.
  • Arts and entertainment/Cinemas & Theatres


  • Orford Castle. Boat trips.
  • Famous seafood – ‘The Butlery at Orford’
  • Orford Ness – Nature Reserve (longest vegetated shingle spit in Europe) with de-classified military installations
  • (development of radar). Accessible by boat from Orford Quay.


  • on River Deben Once noted for ship building and sail making
  • Now an attractive town – pedestrianised centre & narrow streets
  • Good shops – Antiques. Tide Mill on quayside – functioning up to1957.
  • Suffolk Punch Horse Museum.
  • Cinema
  • Nearby is family-orientated Easton Farm Park.

On opposite bank is Sutton Hoo (National Trust)

Sutton Hoo:

Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Site (National Trust) where treasures were only unearthed in 1939.


Alan Bloom’s Dell Garden, Adrain Bloom’s Foggy Bottom Garden & Steam Centre


Wyken Hall – Elizabethan manor house, vineyard, gardens. Restaurant in 16th barn.


Banham Zoo. Sunday Car Boot sale. And much more…


Orford Castle. Boat trips. Famous for oysters & seafood,

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Anglo-Saxon mask at Sutton Hoo

Wider Context

  • 60 minutes Bury St Edmunds (fine Georgian Theatre)
  • 60 minutes Snetterton (motor racing circuit)
  • 75 minutes Newmarket (Racing, Anglesey Abbey Gardens)
  • 90 minutes Ely (Cathedral)
  • 90 minutes Cambridge (Colleges)
  • 90 minutes Thetford Forest (walking, riding and outdoor pursuits)
  • 90 minutes Lavenham & Long Melford (superb medieval buildings)
  • 90 minutes Dedham & Flatford Mill (Constable country)
  • 100 minutes Sandringham & several National Trust Houses
  • 100 minutes Norfolk Heritage Coast (Cromer, Blakeney Point)

The nearest town to Belle Grove is Halesworth, a charming and ‘undiscovered’ market town just a few miles inland from the coast. For more information see 

Suffolk sunrise
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The area caters for most tastes and interests…


Art Galleries, Centres for Visual Arts, Artists’ Open Studios


Antique centres & shops, antique fairs & flea markets


Look for some on the beach –  best place in Britain to find it

Aviation history:

WW2 airfields & memorial museums


Sutton Hoo, Dunwich, Grime’s Graves


Rich in Medieval timber-framed buildings


Weekly at nearby Beccles and Diss


Clean and safe bathing on sand and sand shingle beaches


RSPB Minsmere Bird Sanctuary, Orford Ness


As in ‘messing about in’ on the Broads, Thorpeness Meare, Fritton Lake


Second-hand & antiquarian

Car Boot sales:

Friday Street Car Boot every Sunday in season + numerous others


Good hire facilities in nearby Southwold


Framlingham, Orford , Norwich, Bungay


Potteries, ceramics, textiles, glass


Did you know that there are over 500 medieval churches in Suffolk alone?

Country pursuits:

Agricultural Shows, Game Fairs, Farmers Markets, Riding, Clay shooting etc

Country Estates & Houses:

Sandringham, Somerleyton, Holkham Hall, Blickling, Oxburgh Hall etc

Eating Out:

Excellent pub meals to fine dining


Pleasurewood Hills, Banham Zoo, Play Barn, Suffolk Wildlife Park, Discovery Centre, Dinosaur ,Adventure Parks, Aquariums, Fritton Countryworld etc


Deep sea, trout lakes, coarse fishing (angling licence needed)

Fresh food:

PYO, markets, preserves, roadside stalls, farm shops


Old Buckenham Airfield and other


Specialist nurseries, village open gardens, country house gardens


Excellent local courses with day memberships

Going to the Dogs:

Great Yarmouth Stadium


Black Shuck at Blythburgh, the Bungay Bigod Ghost!


Equestrian centres, riding, horse sanctuaries, specialist museums


Newmarket, Fakenham


Museums, medieval buildings & ancient monuments


Acquire a hand-crafted one and fly by the sea!


Working Windmills, Tide Mills, Tower Mills

Motor Racing:

Sport/banger/karting/ at Snetterton, Foxhall, Yarmouth


Everything from classical to jazz to contemporary


Not a lot –  clubbing in Gt Yarmouth/Norwich?


Loads of choice from seasonal open-air productions of Shakespeare to whodunnits at Southwold Summer Theatre + mainstream at Norwich, Ipswich and Lowestoft

Rail & Steam:

Narrow gauge railways, steam locomotive rallies and museums

Real Ale:

Adnams, St Peters Ale and many more


Peter Beales, Mannington Hall Gardens


Leiston Abbey, Covehithe church, Framlingham Castle, the Minster

Rural trades & crafts:

Agricultural museums, farm tours etc


Southwold Pier, street cafes, town strolls


Fresh-off-the-boats fish, crabs in season


Blue Flag beaches, indoor heated pools


Snape Maltings, Southwold, Norwich, Woodbridge etc

Urban Fix:

Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge


Excellent locally made wines from Wissett, Shawsgate, Wyken…


Coastal & marsh walks, country rambling, forest trails

Water Sports:

Sailing, wind-surfing, water-skiing


Birds of Prey/Owls, RSPB Sanctuary, Nature Reserves

Note: American visitors may be particularly interested in the ‘american connections’ page of

Further detailed information as to many of these places – and others – is supplied in the Information Pack at the cottage which has been compiled for your use.

Fields of rape seed ready for harvest

Events through the Year

This is just a quick synopsis of the main annual events hereabouts but there are many more going on all over, especially in the summer. Please check  specific dates which of course change from year to year on line or ask.

January – April:

  • Daffodil walks & gardens
  • Easter Programme at Snape
  • Easter Bunny Trails
  • Bluebell walks


  • The Suffolk Show, Ipswich
  • INK Festival, Halesworth
  • Suffolk Game & Country Fair, Glemham Hall
  • Norfolk Open Studios
  • Southwold Fair
  • Southwold Literary Spring Festival
  • Local asparagus season
  • Garden Antiques Exhibition & Sale, Southwold
  • Grand Brocante, Glemham Hall
  • Garden Street Markket, Bungay


  • The Royal Norfolk Show, Norwich
  • Suffolk Open Studios
  • Sandringham Country Show & Horse Trials
  • Southwold Smack & Classic Boat Rally
  • East Coast Regatta
  • Summer Antiques Fair, Southwold
  • PYO strawberries


  • Regatta, Beccles
  • Latitude Festival, Henham
  • Antique Street Market, Bungay
  • Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts
  • Southwold Summer Theatre
  • Heveningham Country Fair
  • Westleton Wild Flower Festival
  • Framlingham Horse Show


  • Antique Street Fair, Halesworth (recommended!)
  • Southwold Summer Theatre
  • Snape Proms
  • Lowestoft Carnival


  • Snape Food Festival
  • Maritime Festival, Gt. Yarmouth
  • Southwold Summer Theatre
  • Maize Mazes in Southwold & Farnham
  • Henham Steam Rally
  • Heritage Open Days, Halesworth (every other year)


  • Halesworth Arts Festival
  • Waveney Food & Drink Festival
  • Herring Festival, Halesworth (every other year)


  • Southwold Literary Festival
  • Britten Festival, Snape


  • Christmas Market, Southwold
  • Christmas Markets,  Halesworth
  • Grand Christmas Bazaar, Halesworth
  • Christmas Street Fairs/Lights in many towns
  • Blythburgh Carol Service

Foodie Heaven

The Daily Telegraph has voted Suffolk  ‘Best Region’ for Food, saying

“Suffolk is a county where, if you only scrape the surface, you will find enough food to fill you to your ears. Villages still have small butcheries; roadside honesty box sales of honey, eggs, vegetables are typical; and fishermen sell their catch from beach huts. The richness of Suffolk is not an accident. Locals are loyal to their independent shops and have fought to keep the superstores out.”

Yes, there is a fantastic array of local produce hereabouts, which makes food shopping a pleasure not a chore!

As well as a large and useful Co-Operative Food Store, Halesworth (2 miles) has

  • 2 excellent Butchers between them selling locally-produced meat, game birds, venison, wild boar & home made pies
  • a renowned Organic /Health food shop offering delicious breads & cakes and smoked cold meats
  • a Delicatessen specialising in cheeses + bread, as well as locally-produced salami
  • 2 greengrocers that stock seasonal local produce as well as the everyday
  • a Wednesday outdoor market: stalls sell vegetables, fruit and fresh fish

On top of that, all the surrounding market towns – Bungay, Beccles, Southwold – have great delis and butchers and there is a monthly Produce Market in Halesworth and numerous other Farmer’s Markets and Farm Shops in the vicinity for example, Middleton Farm Shop now bakes its own bread using local flour and the region’s only commercial wood-fired oven.

Several local food festivals spring up during the year, including:-

  • June – Flavours of Suffolk, Henham Park
  • September – nationally acclaimed Aldeburgh Food Festival at Snape
  • October – Waveney Valley Food & Drink, Bungay
  • December – Christmas Produce Market, Halesworth

Fresh fish can be bought straight off the boats at Southwold Harbour. Loads more detailed information is available in the properties.

So forget that supermarket delivery and have fun buying local!

One of many fresh fish shacks by the sea

Local Eateries

 Local Eating Out:  

Local Take Aways (Halesworth) include Fish & Chips/Chinese/Thai/Indian/Turkish/Italian but do note: no home deliveries hereabouts!

    • The closest pub, within walking distance (18 mins), is The Racehorse in Westhall village. Whilst not a gastropub, it does good unpretentious fairly-priced food (dog friendly too). UPDATE: Unhappily this has just closed and is for sale – hopefully it will find a new owner soon!
    •  Cleones at The Angel. Halesworth. Very user-friendly Italian Restaurant.    2.5 miles. Casual dining, reliable food,  buzzy and fun.
    •, Halesworth (2 miles)  – a new kid on the block and attracting excellent reviews for its cuisine! A good choice.
    • The Star Inn at Wenhaston (4 miles)  is achieving a ‘starry’ reputation for food and atmosphere!
    • The White Horse, Sibton. Deservedly popular for Award Winning  food. 6 – 7 miles
    • Suffolk Stonehouse, Bungay – 6 miles. Truly, the best pizzas in East Anglia!
    • The Castle Inn, Bungay – 6 miles.
    • The Queen’s Head, Bramfield. A past Award Winning pub now changed hands so feedback awaited.  5 miles
    • The Queen’s Head, Blyford – more eating place than pub but excellent reports coming  3 mies
    • Waveney House Hotel, Beccles – 9 miles. Charmingly situate by the River Waveney this is a lovely spot for a drink or a meal. Very food food.
    • Satis House  Restaurant, Yoxford.  English cuisine, excellent for Sunday lunch.   8 miles
    • The Anchor, Walberswick. Popular & fashionable cheffy pub dining although popularity can perhaps lead to inconsistency.   7 miles
    • The Crown, Southwold.  London crowd/good food. Good for lunches in the bar (our favourite) or proper restaurant  7 miles
    • The Sail Loft – an informal eating place on Harbour Lane, Southwold. On trend decor and modern menu.
    • Upstairs at Baileys, Beccles. Fine dining Spanish style on Friday & Saturday nights only so booking essential.  8 miles
    • ‘A taste of Italy’ at The Olive Tree, Ellingham. 9 miles
    • Elegant quality dining at The Randolph Hotel, Reydon
    • There’s plenty of excellent places further afield such as in Aldeburgh (The Lighthouse or  Regatta) and Fressingfield (Fox & Goose).  Lots more information in the  properties including info on Take-Aways in nearby Bungay & Halesworth.
    • Note: a good place to stop on the A12 is the Farmcafe at Marlesford


What's On

There’s heaps of local information in each property but this list (by no means fully comprehensive)  may help in advance:

Local Arts Scene:

Family Activities in the area – check opening times on web sites:

Being sporty:

Museums, Military, Historical Houses , Churches etc:

note: annual Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival (12 miles)

Farmer’s Markets

  • Produce Market, Halesworth – 2nd Saturday morning of the month in town centre
  • Farmers Market, Southwold every Friday 9 – 12.30
  • Snape Maltings’ Farmers Market, first Saturday in the month (AM only)

Guest Favourites


Southwold:  don’t miss taking the foot ferry between Southwold & Walberswick”

“our all time favourite is an evening walk along the beach topped off by a hot chocolate muffin & latte on the Pier”

Beccles: “taking the Black Dog Ferry to the Locks Inn and walking back, the most perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon

Dunwich Heath:  our favourite place for walking  “Through the bluebells at Dunwich

Covehithe:  “loved the walk along crumbling cliff edge

Snape: “favourite walks are to Iken Church from Snape and in Tunstall Forest”



“Africa Alive was brilliant – we’ve been to London & Whipsnade zoos many times, yet this small zoo was better! “      A big hit with the kids

Thorpeness Mere: “the children just loved the boats – real Swallows & Amazons stuff!

The children loved the slide on the village green at Walberswick!”

New Lido in Beccles:  Kept the children quiet most of the day!”  “Great flume

Southwold maize maze (seasonal): is great fun (if exhausting)

My kids kept busy with the horse riding at Mells and tennis at the courts in Halesworth”

Sutton Hoo:  “a lovely, if windswept, half-day for the children”



Southwold is  “charming and understated”  “the Pier is quirky and fun”  “You don’t have to travel any further…”  “Southwold harbour a delight with sheds selling freshly caught fish”

“Loved walking the ramparts of the castle at Framlingham ”  

“Superb open-air production of Othello at castle”

Flixton Aircraft Museum is “a wonderful place”   “small but truly excellent”

Aldeburgh: “the seaside town time forgot”  “Fresh fish from the Fish Shacks a must for those who like their fish”

“Sutton Hoo is fascinating, especially if you take a guide – and a jacket!”

Orford is a must-see, with quaint cottages around every corner

“Absolutely fascinating boat trip out to Orford Ness”

“Snape Maltings is enjoyable and wheelchair friendly” & “the café does a mean goats cheese & red onion panini”

 “You don’t need to be a twitcher to enjoy Minsmere”

“It’s a must if you’re interested in birds”    “Saw rare stone curlew”

“Tried several golf courses but my favourite was the one at Halesworth”

“A worthwhile trip to Wyken vineyards: and a great lunch too

“Came away loaded with bottles from Shawsgate Winery !”



Dunwich Heath well worth a visit, good walks and stunning views”

We found The Long Shop Museum at Leiston really interesting”

“We loved The Red House”  (nr Aldeburgh- Benjamin Britten)

Such an enjoyable day out at Somerleyton Hall & Gardens”

Thumbs up for the Beer Tour at St Peter’s Brewery – and the Hall was a good place to quench more thirst afterwards!”

“Much enjoyed the Adnams Brewery Tour in Southwold and tea in the new café”

“The church within a church at Covehithe was very interesting”

Fascinating walk along crumbling cliffs down to deserted beach”

“Glorious churches – Westhall Church & the painted ceiling at Huntingfield Church are musts but loads of others”

Loved wandering the ruins of Leiston Abbey while musicians practised”



“Simply loved Focus Organic in Halesworth!”

“I stocked up with their famous smoked ham & bacon” at Emmetts in Peasenhall

“The black treacle bacon from the butchers in Halesworth (Allens)  is to die for”

” The Black Olive (deli) in Southwold great for picnic fare”

“Palmers butchers in Halesworth does fab home made pies”

“We bought a hare here and jugged it – hmm, interesting!”

“Had a lovely day at Aldeburgh with its shops, boutiques and restaurants”

“Lawsons in Aldeburgh stocks really good frozen meals”

“Great kitchen impedimenta and all sorts of things at Snape Maltings. It’s worth a whole day out what with shopping, walking the reed beds and eating in nearby pub”

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