What comes to mind when you think of Suffolk and north Essex?
A wealth of gaily coloured, picture post card, half timbered , wonky cottages in idyllic pastoral surroundings? Magnificent medieval churches and warm welcoming pubs? It’s a wonderful place to live, work and raise families.
The beautiful Suffolk coastline, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its famous towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh is at your doorstep. Dedham Vale is the area known as ‘Constable Country’ with the picturesque River Stour valley virtually unchanged for millennia. This is the area made famous by local 19th century artists such as John Constable, famous for his painting ‘The Hay Wain’ at Flatford Mill and Thomas Gainsborough who was born in Sudbury.
The centre of the district is characterised by picture post card rural villages and historic market towns, such as Long Melford, Lavenham (voted the best maintained medieval village in UK), Stoke By Nayland , Kersey and Hadleigh. This area was the heart of the richest region in England in the Middle Ages due to its importance in the wool industry. The vibrant historic town of Bury St Edmunds in mid Suffolk has a burgeoning food scene and a wealth of quality properties. It is well connected with hourly trains to Cambridge (45 mins), hourly or half hourly to Stowmarket (20 mins) and Ipswich (35 mins). The A14 passes through – 45 mins to Cambridge and the M11, or the other way to Ipswich, 50 mins to the coast at Felixstowe or Aldeburgh.
The popular town of Hadleigh with a population of around 9,000 can be found on the Essex/Suffolk border just 10 miles from Ipswich, 15 miles from Colchester and approximately 70 miles from London. It is maybe one of East Anglia’s best kept secrets with its excellent nearby transport links to the A12 and A14, together with access to main line rail stations in Ipswich, Manningtree (55 mins to Liverpool St and 50 mins to Stratford for the City) and Colchester which makes for convenient commuting. In 2018 it was voted ‘one of the best places to live’ in the Sunday Times. The character of the town is maintained by a wealth of independent shops lining the main High Street. Most villages in this area are fortunate to have junior schools which are very highly regarded. The senior school of Hadleigh is a specialist science school with a strong presence in the Suffolk school league tables.
Property prices : In Bury St Edmunds you can expect to find large detached townhouses, £450,000-£1.2m. Detached and smaller townhouses up to £450,000. For more rural properties you can find anything from beautiful 4 bedroom barn conversions with land for £500,000 to Grade 2 listed 6 bedroom Georgian country houses up to 1.3 million.