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Patio area - The Old Dairy
View from The Hayloft
Pond area
Bird watching, walking & horse riding  breaks in rural
Bird watching, walking & horse riding  breaks in rural
Bird watching, walking & horse riding  breaks in rural
Bird watching, walking & horse riding  breaks in rural
self catering suffolk holiday accommodation
Things To Do In And Around Suffolk

Bird watching, walking & horse riding breaks in rural Suffolk - and much more!

Did you know that East Anglia has on average more hours of sunshine each year than any other part of the UK? Suffolk, in particular hasn’t in the past, been thought of as a tourist spot, so many of our sights and attractions have developed with time and taste in mind. You are less likely to have to contend with the ‘madding’ crowds and jams of traffic.

We do have hills but of the kind where a leisurely cycle ride is indeed that! We are known as ‘Sleepy Suffolk’ and take it as a compliment that we have a gentler pace of life and can enjoy quiet walks away from the everyday stresses of modern day living. Take a stroll through our nearby woods and challenge yourself to naming the many varieties of wildlife, trees and plants you will encounter. Ask to borrow our books if you need an aid to identification! Suffolk Wildlife Trust have several sites in the county, including Foxburrow Farm and Lackford Lakes and the RSPB reserve at Minsmere is also an alternative for observing nature close up.

Henley and the surrounding villages are served by a wealth of pubs serving excellent, locally produced food and real ale and some are within walking or cycling distance. Regular Farmers’ Markets are held in the area so tempt those taste buds with everything from cheeses to chutneys washed down by a pint of quality real ale.

Henley itself has a thriving Community Centre and Social Bar and visitors to the area will be more than welcome to join in any of the events or activities or just enjoy a reasonably priced drink.

We are ideally located to provide easy access to the Heritage Coast, which includes the towns of Aldeburgh, Southwold and Dunwich, with their stunning beaches, or the world famous Snape Maltings and Concert Hall.

Closer but equally worth visiting, are other local attractions, such as Helmingham Hall and Gardens, The Museum of East Anglia Life, Stonham Barns Owl Sanctuary and Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion and Museum. The market towns of Framlingham (with it’s famous castle) and Woodbridge are only a short drive away and the historic town of Bury St Edmunds with its Greene King Brewery and Moyse Hall Museum are also worth a visit. The National Trust is well represented in the area by the famous Anglo Saxon burial grounds at Sutton Hoo and historic Ickworth House, Park and Gardens.

Ipswich has all the features you would expect of a medium sized town with good places to eat, catering for all tastes (and pockets), a lively shopping centre, a newly developed waterside area with bars and restaurants, a cinema and of course Ipswich Town Football Club.

Suffolk is well known for its association with the artist John Constable and the picturesque villages of Dedham and Flatford feature in many of his famous paintings. Long Melford, Kersey and the ancient wool town of Lavenham also form part of ‘Constable Country’.

Visitors may also enjoy a day out in London with its famous museums, buildings, history, theatres, London Eye, etc. Trains run from Ipswich Railway Station at least once every hour and the journey only takes an hour. Car parking is available at the station.

If it is an action packed holiday you are seeking – look no further! Bring your horse (or horses) and enjoy our numerous bridleways (maps provided) many of which barely touch a main road. Some rides may be accompanied if requested. We also have our own 25m x 45m menage and there are several shows held in the locality throughout the year for the competitive element. Visit Newton Hall Equitation Centre in the nearby village of Swilland is BHS Registered and has a number of horses and ponies suitable for all kinds of abilities.

Suffolk's Beautiful

For the sailing enthusiast there are numerous points of access onto the rivers Deben and Orwell or inland water sports are available at Alton Water in the village of Holbrook. Why not take advantage of their range of bicycles to hire and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife around the reservoir.

Still on a watery theme, supervised children could enjoy a spot of fishing from our well-stocked farm pond (bring your own rod) or for a more professional approach, visit the fishing lakes in the neighbouring village of Akenham, (day passes available by arrangement).

Whilst the rest of the group are busy, why not enjoy a round of golf at Fynn Valley Golf Club. Visitors are welcome to purchase a day pass to take in the 18 or 9 hole courses, the pitch and putt or the floodlight driving range.

A little further away, an activity for the family with adventurous older children perhaps, is Thetford Forest’s aerial assault course, ‘Go Ape!’ Swing through the trees in true Tarzan style! Cycles can also be hired from the Forest Visitor Centre for some hardcore mountain biking (in the bomb craters) or a gentle pedal round the forest tracks.

On the subject of cycle hire, Outdoor Hire Centre operates a fleet of cycles available for hire to visitors and residents in the North Essex and South Suffok area. They deliver and collect, free of charge (subject to order value).

If it’s animals you love – enjoy a wide choice from Banham Zoo, Suffolk Wildlife Park, the renowned Colchester Zoo or nearby Baylham Rare Breeds Centre. All have a wide range of animals; some provide hands-on experience and will entertain the whole family for at least half a day.

You don’t need to be a horseracing fan to enjoy a visit to Newmarket (but it helps!) Watch the horses exercise on the gallops or see the mares, foals and stallions of the National Stud.

Please also consider taking a look at a website which gives walkers all the information to get out and enjoy the Suffolk countryside.

For further local details of Farmer's Markets and additional activities visit

And for those that like something to do on the premises, we have a specially built games and leisure room containing a pool table, table-tennis, and various other games and activities.