Fondly known as ‘Fram’ the ancient market town of Framlingham in Suffolk famous for its spectacular 12th century castle on the hill, immortalised in song by one Ed Sheeran, offers a slice of quintessential rural living. It goes back to Anglo Saxon times and a mention in the 1086 Domesday Book. Did you know that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England behind the castle walls in 1553? Its many visitors will find chocolate box worthy houses set amongst a wealth of independent shops, great cafes and pubs and a beautiful church not to mention plenty of holiday guest cottages and a leading independent school. Surrounding the village is the wonderful Framlingham Mere Nature Reserve under the management of the Suffolk WildlifeTrust. It’s a haven of flora and fauna and migrating birds. Great for dog walks. Remember to bring your wellies.