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Birdwatching at Minsmere
Tucked away in the idyllic Suffolk countryside close to the Norfolk border you will find Athelington Hall a working farm, which dates back to 1620. An impressive moat and acres of open fields surround the 17th century Hall, complete with a fine avenue of oak trees. The comfortable log cabin lodges are ideal just to relax, unwind and escape the hassle of work or as a base to explore the East Anglian countryside, the heritage coast, and the Norfolk Broads.
What does the area have to offer?
The breathtaking Suffolk Heritage Coast is only twenty-five minutes drive away and the famous seaside towns of Aldeburgh, Snape, Minsmere and Southwold form part of this historic Heritage Coast. There is also a historic castle at nearby Orford, and Minsmere Bird Reserve. The riverside town of Woodbridge is only twenty minutes away and the new Sutton Hoo National Trust site has recently opened just outside of Woodbridge. There is also Easton Farm Park, which will keep both adults and children alike entertained. Framlingham, a market town with a medieval castle is also a short distance, much like Bury St Edmunds with the Abbey and spectacular gardens or Newmarket, home of the racing.
Athelington Hall is located between Norwich and Ipswich on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. If you do wish to escape the countryside for the day, both these towns have plentiful opportunities for you to discover.
The city has a delightful selection of medieval streets and lanes with attractive half-timbered houses. The castle towers over the city and now houses a museum acclaimed as one of the best in Britain. Norwich was voted one of the top ten shopping destinations in the country with a wide choice of individual small boutique shops, full of local character alongside the larger departmental chain stores. Norwich is also home to one of East Anglia’s largest shopping centres, Chapelfield, with over 90 shops, restaurants and cafes.
Set beside the River Orwell, Ipswich is England's oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town with many historic medieval buildings. The recently developed and up and coming waterfront has a Marina, numerous restaurants with different cuisines and river cruises. The town centre is also good for shopping, nightlife (theatres) or just a fun day out.
The log cabins at Athelington Hall are therefore situated in a perfect location, allowing you to go off and explore and indulge in the beautiful scenery North Suffolk has to offer.
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