so the suffolk cottage is finally ready to rent; situated in Wrentham just 5 mins drive from the beautiful covehithe beach and 10 mins drive from popular town of southwold. It is a pair of listed Georgian Cottages knocked together, sleeping up to 6 people in 2 doubles, and a twin bedroom, a shower room, a bathroom, downstairs cloakroom, kitchen, dining room, living room through to a library room, plus a light airy garden room – designated for relaxing! the whole design and furnishing is by myself. there is also a roomy shed and a summer house and beautifully landscaped garden, designed by Laura Arison, gold award winning designer at last year’s Hampton Court flower show. The website is in the process of being made, but in the meantime you can reserve with myself and see the photos on this website.
missed my place by the sea, but now we have a cottage not far from the sea in Wrentham, Suffolk. its 5 mins drive from the beautiful nature beach Covehithe and 10 mins drive from the lovely seaside town of Southwold and nearby Walberswick. its actually 2 georgian cottages that have been joined together, with wild flower garden, a couple of sheds and a summer house – we have spent the last few months repairing, restoring and furnishing. i had totally forgotten how stressful it can be working with builders from a distance, keeping an eye on work, quality and price. fortunately it is just about possible to drive there and back in a day, which is what i have been doing all summer. soon it will be all ready and it should be available to rent by the autumn.
to make the journey seem shorter, i have been stopping off at different places to break the monotonous journey on the A12. recently i discovered Woodbridge. woodbridge is inland, but has a lovely village green on which you will find numerous shops, old and new, including a lovely violin making shop, moose interiors and lifestyle for lovely indian furniture pieces, vanil for scandinavian look, geometric rugs and cushions, , homespun for cashmere and labels such as YMC and margaret howell. for healthy lunch, try wild strawberry cafe.
its been an adventure discovering the different areas of suffolk, but one that i have loved; its not whitstable, and almost double the time to get there, but there is definitely something very special about the area. here is our local beach covehithe – beautiful sandy beach completely unspoilt.
my friend Garry makes these beautiful bags in his spare time – they are soft high quality leather that wears with time to an even softer touch; in a variety of colours and sizes, each one is hand made especially for you. he also makes cases for iPads, phones and wallets. no website yet, but you can contact him through instagram https://www.instagram.com/ryehidelondon/
by the way, this is my recent purchase from YOXFORD antiques in suffolk, hand made coral silk skirt circa 1950!
i love discovering new things in remote spots that you would never know existed; the alde valley spring festival has just started at White House Farm in Great Glenham, suffolk – celebrating food, farming, landscape and the arts. you are greeted with fields of bleating lambs, a shepherds hut, tea room with homemade flapjacks, and several barns and outhouses filled with art, including works by the renowned local artist Maggie Hambling. outside is a covered seating area, laid out for dinner for many; there are supper evenings on thursdays cooked with ingredients grown on the farm, lots of activities for children, all in all a lovely place to drop by, have a cup of tea and see some art. i particularly loved the hand made knives by Tobias Ford. there is even a shop selling ethically sourced baskets, local honey and ceramics. take a look at their website to see whats on.
darsham nurseries in suffolk is quite like a smaller version of petersham nurseries – lovely cafe for breakfast and lunch, gift shop selling some local ceramics and gifts and of course lots of plants!
the pump street bakery in nearby orford, is also another good place for lunch and cakes. orford is right by the sea, so wrap up warm and take a brisk walk and enjoy the fresh air. i love the seaside at this time of year.
spent another sunday exploring the suffolk coast, this time our first stop was orford - a lovely little town with its own castle and nature reserve, its perfect for walking, sailing and smoked salmon! pop into Pinney’s for a variety of fish. close by we passed snape maltings and popped in to find a complex of shops, cafes and concert hall! the wonderful buildings were originally used for malting of barley, but by the 1960′s this ceased to happen; fortunately they were taken over by the Gooderham family and turned into a classical concert hall and gradually into shops. we continued onto the very pretty village of walberswick, a short walk to the sandy beach with its natural marshes. you can take a ferry across to nearby southwold. such a lot of pretty towns along the coast, suffolk is definitely a place to explore.
i had never been to suffolk before and was pleasantly surprised to find such pretty historical fishing towns – Aldeburgh is definitely a lovely day out – we ate a delicious lunch at Brudenell hotel, mainly choosing there because of a vacant table facing the sea on the terrace and it just happened to be 1pm. aldeburgh is more sophisticated, grown up and quite a serene air. we then drove onto southwold, which is a busier, more family orientated seaside town – a bit difficult to park, but again it seemed a lovely place with a seaside pier and rows of beach huts along the sand. if you have young children, there is definitely more to do at southwold.