Local Area

Southwold AND fOOTPATHFressingfield is situated in the natural beauty of High Suffolk, and the unspoilt River Waveney Valley. Enjoy walking the well marked footpaths around the village, or along the River Waveney, with its old Water Mills. In the next village is the Wingfield Barns Art Centre and the magnificent church. Your host Rosemary keeps a stock of maps and is happy to advise with her local knowledge.

The village is a short walk from the house with its steep roofed houses, many of which were formerly thatched. In the centre of the village is the church, the old guildhall (now a restaurant) and the pub. The church has the original 15th century carved oak pews- not too comfortable for the present vibrant congregation!

Archbishop William Sancroft is buried in the churchyard; Son of a Fressingfield farmer he became Dean of Emanuel College Cambridge and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral at the time of the fire of London, before becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury. Rosemary has a wealth of information about local history- buildings and people, as she is a founder member of the Fressingfield Local History and Archive Group.

There are fascinating small local towns to explore with their galleries, antique and book shops, locally sourced food shops and Farmers markets at Harleston, Bungay, Diss, Beccles, Framlingham and Woodbridge.

Always inviting is Southwold and the coast, 30 minutes by car. Drive through the undulating countryside to Snape Maltings with its craft shops and Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. Within easy reach, are the town under the sea at Dunwich and the R.S.P.B Minsmere Bird Sanctuary. This has ample parking, provides access to walk the beach, cliffs and foreshore.  You can end your walk at the shop and the National Trust Coastguard tearooms.

Visit Orford with its Castle built by Henry ll in 1165 and the harbour with enjoyable river trips. Enhance the day with a lunch of smoked salmon, oysters and mussels at the famous Pinney’s Butley Oysterage restaurant.

Make time to visit the famous Bressingham Gardens and Alan Bloom’s steam museum and nurseries, also the centre of Dad’s Army collection, old trains and miniature railway. Norwich and Bury St Edmunds are equi-distance with their fine cathedrals, old buildings and retail shopping centres.

Yarmouth with the Nelson Museum and Time & Tide Fishing Museum.

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham makes a fascinating place to visit.

Flixton Aviation Museum has more than 60 aircraft 6 miles away.

Theatre: The Fisher Theatre at Bungay, and in the holiday season, Jill Freud’s summer theatre at Southwold.

Boat Day Hire at Beccles for the Broads.

Diss Golf Club and Bungay Golf Club are 9 miles away. Wingfield Driving and Equestrian Centre 3miles away.

Priory House, Priory Road, Fressingfield, Eye,
SUFFOLK, IP21 5PH

Telephone/Fax: 01379 586254  

Stephen and Rosemary Willis assure you of a warm welcome at Priory House.