Location of Watsons Farm
Exploring Suffolk and the surrounding area
The cottage is ideally situated for exploring the Suffolk Heritage coast. Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich are all within easy reach. Southwold is a delightful, old fashioned seaside town with beach huts, a lighthouse, bookshops, and an award winning pier. At the harbour there are a number of places to buy freshly caught fish. Walberswick, on the other side of the estuary, is a charming seaside village with dunes and a large sandy beach.
Dunwich has a shingle beach and a very good fish and chip restaurant. The forest behind the beach has wonderful walks and next door is the RSPB reserve at Minsmere. An annual music festival founded by Benjamin Britten is held in June at Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings. The latter is a complex of galleries, craft shops, places to eat and a concert hall.
There is an excellent selection of pubs and restaurants in the area serving locally sourced produce. Outstanding amongst these is the Fox and Goose Restaurant in Fressingfield itself.
The coastal area is an unspoilt mixture of estuaries, marshes and forests, ideal for walkers and bird watchers. The immediate area around Watsons Farm has proved popular with cyclists for its quiet country lanes and softly undulating countryside. There is ample storage space for bikes. There is a pay and play golf course in Halesworth. Tennis courts are available for hire in the village of Fressingfield.
For gardeners there are a number of specialist nurseries in the area including Blooms of Bressingham, Woottens of Wenhaston and the delightful Walled Garden near Saxmundham. The market Towns of Beccles, Bungay, Harleston and Halesworth are all nearby.
The cathedral city of Norwich is less than an hours drive, it has many unique individual shops as well as large shopping complexes. The Castle Museum and historic mediaeval streets near the river Wensum are well worth a visit.
In the south of the County of Suffolk, is the ancient wool town of Lavenham with 16th century timber framed buildings, and Framlingham where one can visit the remains of the Castle. Sutton Hoo is also within easy reach.