I love going to the seaside in the winter – the sea and the landscape changes so dramatically with the seasons; the wind beats the waves into angry turbulence, the grasses waving frantically from side to side – you just have to wrap up and enjoy the fresh air – its quite exhilarating. not often visited because of the power station Sizewell beach is actually quite lovely and although it can be blustery cold in November, the sun can shine, the sky be clear blue and with its wild landscape, the nuclear power station at one end, the huts and boats at the other end makes it quite dramatic. also close by is Leiston Abbey, which is definitely worth a visit.
Suffolk has so many beaches to discover and out of season, its not full of holidaymakers, its just you and nature…. Limeblossom cottage makes a great base for visiting both beaches and inland villages.
still discovering Suffolk, and I find that you usually explore all the coastal towns first – there is something about the sea that beckons you. once you have visited them all, you start choosing the many inland villages and towns to visit. Framlingham is a market town inland from Aldeburgh, there is a central square, where a Saturday market is held. there are also a couple of quality antique shops, ‘dix sept ‘and ‘in da cottage‘, there is also a castle, which I have yet to visit and a great pub, the station hotel which serves very good food.
Orford is actually not far from the sea, but is on the edge of an estuary and for a surprisingly small town has many good food options, including the butley Orford oystery, Pinneys shop selling all kinds of seafood delicacies, pump street bakery, crown and castle. look out for the next slow living fair – which hosts an array of local artisans selling beautiful high quality wares – they usually happen in the autumn just before xmas.
Yoxford has a lovely art gallery, Rowe and Williams, that showcases a mix of local artists works from early 20C to contemporary artists now – the focus being about Suffolk, but also includes some hand made lamps, graphics and ceramics. there’s a restaurant Mains which only opens thurs, fri and sat evenings, and brunch on Saturday, but is very good and uses locally sourced food. they also hold a monthly bread making course on a Sunday, which sounds like great fun. Yoxford also has an antique centre that shows about 25 dealers – anything from mid century furniture to ceramics and trinkets – I actually picked up a lot of the furnishings and accessories for the cottage from here, including lamps, chairs and tableware – all very affordable. I recently found this monogrammed linen runner that I couldn’t resist with my initial C embroidered on it – there was actually a big collection, but I just resisted and bought one piece. I am such a glutton for collecting linen pieces, but hate to use them in case they stain.
I love going to the seaside in the winter – the sea and the landscape changes so dramatically with the seasons; the wind beats the waves into angry turbulence, the grasses waving frantically from side to side – you just have to wrap up and enjoy the fresh air – its quite exhilarating. we visited Sizewell beach for the first time and despite the blustery cold conditions, the sun shone, the sky was blue and we were taken with its wild landscape, the nuclear power station at one end, the huts and boats at the other end. also close by is Leiston Abbey, definitely worth a visit.
we also discovered a lovely gallery in Yoxford, Rowe & Williams, selling local works and some ceramics, definitely worth a visit.