Suffolk Regional Information

As your new home for family life, your retirement or even just as the most convenient of weekend retreats, the areas of Suffolk and north Essex are a wonderful place to live.

The commute into London is becoming quicker and more convenient, the most popular daily commute routes to Essex and Suffolk on the mainline via Ipswich, Manningtree and Colchester being:

  • Into London Liverpool St
  • Into Stratford for easy access to The City

The proximity of the A12 and A14 and M11 motorway give prompt access to the country’s road networks to nearby cities such as Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Colchester and Chelmsford.

Stansted is the most convenient international airport, accessible from the A120 and M11. Also Norwich and Southend.

High quality state schools are aplenty with a strong in sustaining the small village local schools that are the lifeblood of communities.

A wealth of private prep (primary age) schools provide a steady stream of pupils to the top secondary schools in the country, many of which are also conveniently located in or near Suffolk and Essex.

For those wanting private schooling (also known as Public Schools or Independent Schools), the following schools are all easily accessible to residents of Suffolk and Essex, as the county can provide a great permanent family base for balancing the simultaneous demands of commuting and also being near enough to the school of choice.

Shopping in Suffolk can mean anything from browsing a bustling farmers’ market, shopping for designer clothes in a high street boutique or looking around antiques shops. So, whether your taste is high end or shabby chic, there will be shopping in Suffolk to suit you.

There are several shopping centres in Suffolk where you can find high street and designer brands, such as the Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds. Bury St Edmunds’ medieval streets are also lined with independent shops, as are the charming streets near Ipswich’s waterfront, where you’ll find everything from vintage boutiques to modern cafés.

The abundance of independent shops is one of the best reasons to go shopping in Suffolk. WoodbridgeSouthwold, and Beccles boast fantastic boutique and independent shops, as well as regular vintage markets. Lavenham has some of the best independent shopping in Suffolk, especially along the charming Merchants’ Row, while Sudbury offers a range of independent shops, restaurants and cafés, and a twice-weekly market that has taken place on the same spot for almost 700 years


Antique shopping in Suffolk is centred in Long Melford, a haven for antiques buyers and traders. However, the whole of Suffolk is a treasure chest, with notable antiques shops in ClareWoodbridgeFramlinghamSouthwold, Yoxford, Leiston and the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds.

You can find antiques, independent shops, markets, cafés and art galleries at Snape Maltings, an arts and retail complex set inside gorgeous Victorian buildings, and at Stonham Barns, a retail complex in the village of Stonham Aspal.

Food shopping in Suffolk is a great way to bring a little bit of The Foodie County to your kitchen. Exploring the Adnams Celler & Kitchen stores or any of the superb delicatessens and farmers markets in Suffolk will unearth a bounty of produce, from specialty cheeses and artisan beers to fresh seafood and smoked Suffolk ham.

There’s a wide variety of housing stock in the region which appeals to everyone’s needs. Young families yearning to move away from London and other cities will find plenty of attractive and affordable properties in rural and village settings with good schools in their neighbourhood. With more buyers looking to work from home rather than commute they can be safe in the knowledge that there is decent broadband connectivity and the added luxury of sufficient work space. Money goes much further. Downsizers will find convenient and comfortable homes in market towns spread all over the region and new developments including retirement homes are springing up everywhere. Weekend bolt holes and holiday homes are widespread as they are very accessible to those living in the city.

For more information on househunting in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Southwold, Aldeborough, Woodbridge, Sudbury, Lavenham, Long Melford, Hadleigh, Colchester, Manningtree, Coggleshall and throughout rural Suffolk and Essex give us a call.

Specialising in the Suffolk Region


Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year. 

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Lavenham is the archetypal Suffolk Wool Town. It’s often called ‘England’s Best-Preserved Medieval Village’, containing no less than 340 listed buildings. Today you’re more likely to discover foodie delights

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The village of Kersey is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in East Anglia, straddling a ford (known locally as ‘the splash’) across the River Brett and up the slopes of a little valley. 

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East Bergholt

Poole lives and dies by its harbour, and as everyone knows, “there is nothing, simply nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”.

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Call Gillie or Anthony to discuss what you are looking for.
Tel: +44(0)7531901506 / Tel:  +44(0)7715279230

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