The Local Area – Places of Interest
• Framlingham – Is a beautiful market town just five miles from our farmhouse, the town is dominated by its imposing 12th Century Castle. A local produce market takes place in the market square every Tuesday and Saturday.
• Snape – Snape is five miles from Alde Valley Breaks and is a well known and highly regarded venue for Concerts, including The Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Proms.
• Aldeburgh – Aldeburgh is a popular sea side town on the Suffolk coast with a well known golf course and long pebble beaches. A short drive from Sandpit Farm and you can enjoy one of the many restaurants in Aldeburgh, serving locally sourced food, such as the Regatta or The Lighthouse.
• Thorpeness – Thorpeness is further north up the coast from Aldeburgh and in walking distance of each other. Thorpeness is a few miles from our farmhouse. A great attraction there is the Mere, as well as the Golf Course and the quite unique House in the Clouds.
• Minsmere – This RSPB bird reserve is very nearby and well worth a visit. Set along the Suffolk Coast near Dunwich, it is nationally recognised and is home or stopping off point for a host of obscure or rare bird life.
• Dunwich – There are wonderful walks incorporating both the sea shore and the heath and in the spring the stunning blue bell woods. There is a fascinating museum all about the history of Dunwich before the settlement fell into the sea.
• Walberswick – You can walk from Dunwich to Walberswick and in the summer enjoy the crabbing with the children, it is just across the river from Southwold and there is a small ferry that runs in the summer months between Walberswick and Southwold.
• Southwold – Southwold is a very pretty and unspoilt seaside town with many attractions. The lighthouse rises above the houses and a walk along the pier is fun and you can sit and enjoy fish and chips watching the waves. Walk along the seafront and see all the pretty painted beach huts and then stroll across the sand dunes to the harbour where you can buy freshly caught fish from some of the old fishing huts. Theatre productions take place in the Southwold Summer Theatre and you can visit the fully restored and unique Southwold Electric Picture Palace. The famous Latitude Festival also takes place near Southwold.
• Shawsgate Vineyard – One of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards producing a range of White, Red and Rosé wines as well as Quality English Sparkling wines. Shawsgate Vineyard conduct tours as well as wine tastings. Well worth a visit.
• Bruisyard Hall –Bruisyard Hall is a stunning nearby venue for weddings and events in Bruisyard which is only a short drive through the countryside and across the river Alde.
There is also Orford castle, Woodbridge Tide Mill, antique shops and the very significant and fascinating Sutton Hoo National Trust site.
Bury St. Edmunds, Newmarket, Lavenham, Cambridge and Norwich are an easy drive for a day of exploration.
There are also many specialist plant nurseries, fascinating churches and wonderful walks, cycle rides and golf courses, all within just a few miles.