“A peaceful countryside location stunning views and beautifully maintained grounds.” - VisitEngland Assessor
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Suffolk Retreats offers accommodation, in a peaceful and tranquil location for groups of up to 24 guests in 5 properties. Situated on the Essex/ Suffolk border in a picturesque countryside setting, the main accommodation, The Granary, was a former grain store that has been carefully converted to offer luxury open plan living for family groups. There's even an option to add use of large Canadian hot tub that seat up to 9 people, in a covered area. There's plenty of parking on site and room to play outdoor games with croquet and giant chess provided. All guests also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive indoor games room, which has table tennis, darts, pool table and air hockey machine. For larger groups we can add use of our luxury traditional Mongolian yurts (closed in winter), which are fully kitted out with all you will need during your stay, including a wood burning stove. This is all located near to range of beautiful places to visit including Newmarket (for the races), Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds, Clare great for country walks, tea and antique shops, and its splendid church) and Long Melford.
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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