Heath View is a quiet oasis of Suffolk with access to everything.
Spend a week relaxing in the tranquil house and garden or venture out to discover the riches of the county
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If it’s nature you like you can visit the Heritage coast, go sailing in the sea, boating up the river, walking through stunning heathland or horse riding along coastal paths.
Heath View is ideally situated in a peaceful conservation area down a private road, yet within 10 minutes drive of the Felixstowe seafront, the market town of Woodbridge and the bustling maritime town of Ipswich.
For those interested in a different kind of walk, our road joins onto the entrance to the top-rated golf course in Suffolk.
Beyond Woodbridge discover the quaint Suffolk seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold.
For culture you can visit Snape Maltings, the home of Benjamin Britten and Aldeburgh Music.
Heath view is an ideal touring base for nearby Constable Country and the historic towns of Colchester and Bury St Edmunds. Ipswich is one hour by train to Central London.
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Our nearest beach is Felixstowe:
10 minutes by car, either directly on the A14 or through the winding countryside, past Goslings farm shop selling lovely Suffolk produce.
Felixstowe beach has two “ends”, Old felixstowe and the pier, both of which are sandy. We can advise on where to park in Old Felixstowe so you are near to the cafe and other amenities or for Blue Badge parking. There are a number of eateries. On the beach, Fludyers pub, has a terrace with heaters for the cooler days and The Alex for coffee, such or dinner with spectacular views. In town, Bencotto is a friendly Italian place with a great atmosphere. All are accessible.
The pier and arcades are great for entertaining young and not so young. It is a nice, easy walk along the promenade joining each part of the beach.
Ipswich is our closest town.
Although guests always says Heath View feel secluded and much further away, central Ipswich is about 4 miles and has two cinema complexes and all the usual high street shops and restaurants. There is a fine selection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants too which we can recommend.
Ipswich has a History Museum, Christchurch Mansion, The Art centre and much closer to us, a Transport Museum. The town also has many green parks with fantastic play areas for children.
Around Suffolk there are several farm parks. Our favourites are:
Baylham rare breeds, where the children can feed pigmy goats and see the rare breed pigs and sheep.
The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, which has all sorts of birds, flying displays, a fabulous play area (with wheelchair accessible roundabout) and even a meerkat enclosure.
Suffolk Punch Trust is where you can get up close to these magnificent horses. They will also be on show at the Suffolk Show.
Jimmy’s farm is home to some rare breed pigs and made famous by Jimmy Doherty, friend of Jamie Oliver. The farm is set in acres of woodland where you can take part in den building. There is a nature trail, a restaurant and shop and every Monday at 9.45 there is story time for pre-school children.
The farm also hosts Shakespeare in the forest in the summer weeks, which is well worth a night out!
Eastern Farm Park, which has pony rides, ride on tractors and several animals.
Woodbridge is a quaint market town 10-15 mins north of us. There are lovely shops, cafes and child-friendly restaurants. You can walk along the banks of the River Deben where you can feed the ducks and swans. Beside this there is a huge playing field and park with equipment for all ages of children.
Although there is usually a queue, it’s worth it!
The promenade here is lined with quirky houses, cafes, fresh fish and ice cream stalls. The beach here is shingle.
Just a few minutes drive further (or a walk/cycle if you fancy) is Thorpeness, a tiny village famous for its Meare, where you can hire rowing boats or Kayaks. The Meare is very shallow and full of swans, ducks and other wildlife. If you take a rowing boat out the children can look out for Peter pan’s lookout, Wendy’s house and the crocodile.
We are a 10 minute walk to Sainsbury’s or a 10 minute drive to Sainsbury’s or Waitress. Tesco is about 15 minutes. Our nearest pubs are both about 2-3 miles. The Thrasher is the closest and if the weather is nice, can be walked to past Sainsbury’s. The Bucklesham Shannon is a 3 mile drive into the village and does very nice pub food. Both are child friendly.
Opposite us is an area of heathland conservation, home to a rare Blue-tipped butterfly and ideal for relaxing walks. Our children take their bikes over there and the paths are level enough for all ages to walk safely. Our eldest daughter goes on the paths in her wheelchair with no problem, whatever the weather!