What’s going on in Suffolk

A pick of some of the great events going on in Suffolk over the next few weeks

Lavenham Carnival

Lavenham Carnival - wilderness reserve

Date: 27th – 28th August

Following the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Lavenham Carnival gives a Suffolk a taste of Brazil on the last weekend in August. View the Rare Breeds Motor Show, the Hilly Ridge Alpacas and Samba workshops! Other events at the Lavenham Carnival include:

  • Land zorbing, bungee trampolining and an inflatable assault course
  • Children’s activities tent for Clown magic, balloon twisting, face painting and arts & crafts
  • Numerous craft and charity stalls, and some delicious food and beverages
  • Acts and displays in the main arena and performance tent

Find out more here: Lavenham Carnival

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Reasons Why You Need To Visit Lavenham

Tourists to Suffolk are often taken aback with the preserved beauty of Historic Lavenham; one of the best examples of a medieval village in England.

Lavenham is widely regarded as one of the finest places to visit in Suffolk; with it’s vast history, 300+ grade listed buildings, fabulous selection of pubs and restaurants, as well as boutique shops and cafes – it’s quite easy to see why. It’s also the perfect base for exploring nearby towns, villages and the idyllic countryside.

Whether you are a ‘foodie’, enjoy rural walks or simply adore historic buildings and architecture; this stunning village will have something for you. Three of our four cottages in Lavenham have been stamped with the approval of 5 Star Luxury.

Being known as England’s best preserved ‘Medieval’ village is a big factor in why tourists come to visit Lavenham each year, and here we’ve summarised 8 reasons why you should come visit this picturesque part of Suffolk:

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Enjoy a special wedding at Belchamp Hall…

Lovejoy Weddings

Belchamp Hall is a stunning Queen Anne House, steeped in history and located in an idyllic countryside setting on the Suffolk/Essex border. It is a perfect venue for one of the most memorable days of your life.

The Hall is famed from the BBC TV series ‘Lovejoy‘, where it was known as the fictional ‘Felsham Hall’. Lovejoy is adored for its storylines and for the characters who made it so watchable, but also for the countryside of south Suffolk and north Essex of where it was filmed.

With all of the intimacy that a private estate offers, your party would have exclusive use Belchamp Hall and it’s grounds on your wedding day. Specialising in intimate weddings for up to 50 guests, prices are set at just £1,750 for weekdays and £1,950 for weekends.

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Under Suffolk’s Skies…

Well known for its ‘wide skies’, Suffolk is a county beloved of artists both past and present, who appreciate the light, the openness and the dramatic cloudscapes so often seen here.

John Constable (1776 – 1837) was born in East Bergholt and later lived in Flatford, the heart of ‘Constable Country’. He painted many of his most well-known paintings here and was fascinated by the science of cloud formation.  Continue reading

A Joyful Cottage – featuring Deepwell Barn!

We always take pride in the lovely comments from guests about their time spent with the Grove Cottages. Equally, we love reading articles on our cottages from 8,000 miles away!

Despite living in the US and not having visted Deepwell Barn, Nancy Reinke, a holiday cottage enthusiast with a sincere love for “all things cottage”; architecture, gardens and décor, previously featured Cissy’s Cottage in her popular ‘A Joyful Cottage’ blog.

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The Bluebells Have Arrived!

Bluebells in Suffolk

Spring is here and the much-anticipated bluebells and blossom are looking lovely and enticing us to spend time outside. All of our cottages are on the doorstep of beautiful countryside and many have bluebell woods nearby and we can’t think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon than taking a stroll through these magical places.

And if you enjoy the Great Outdoors, check out the programme of 77 guided walks in the Suffolk Walking Festival which takes place 14th May – 5th June 2016.  Details are below.

Lovejoy Mill, romantic cottage in Suffolk

In a lovely and remote location, Lovejoy’s Mill in Belchamp Walter is perfect for a romantic getaway. Sleeping two people, it’s on special offer this coming weekend from Friday, 15th of April for two nights for £300.60 (normally £334.00).

Snow Cottage, Edwardstone, Suffolk

Snow Cottage in Edwardstone, not far from medieval Lavenham, sleeps two people and is on special offer from Sunday, 17th of April, for five nights for £272.70. That’s just £54.54 per night!

Cissy's Cottage, Suffolk

Cissy’s Cottage in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast is on special offer from Sunday, 17th of April, for five nights for £450.90 for four people or £364.50 for two (normal price is £501).

Enjoy a walking holiday in Suffolk!

Suffolk Walking Festival 2016
The annual Suffolk Walking Festival (14th May – 5th June 2016) has an exciting programme of 77 guided walks across the county, taking in the lovely landscapes of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, woodland, heathland, the glorious Suffolk coast as well as our medieval towns and villages.

Walks range from one mile to 60 miles and everything in between. See more at www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Enjoy a post-Easter break and 10% off


Lovejoy Mill, romantic cottage in Suffolk

Make the most of the long weekend ahead and take a break after Easter in one of our romantic cottages.

Bikes, breakfast basket and other goodies are supplied, plus 10% off our standard prices as an automatic last minute discount.*  Please see the offers below and there are more on our website.

The Lovejoy Studio, romantic cottage in Suffolk

Set in beautiful and peaceful countryside on the Suffolk Essex border, where the BBC series ‘Lovejoy’ was filmed, Lovejoy’s Mill (top image) and The Lovejoy Studio (above) are both on special offer with 10% off at £424.35 (normally £471.50) for four nights from Monday, 28th March. Dogs are welcome.

Penny Cottage, romantic cottage in Lavenham

Penny Cottage in the stunning medieval village of Lavenham, sleeps two and is available at the special price with 10% off at £401.06 (normally £445.63) for four nights from Monday, 28th March. This charming, 16th century cottage is just steps away from fine restaurants, boutiques and galleries as well as pretty countryside.

Don's Barn, romantic cottage in Suffolk

Bright and sunny, Don’s Barn sleeps two and is in the heart of the Suffolk countryside in Edwardstone, not far from Lavenham and Sudbury. This beautiful cottage is available for five nights from Sunday, 27th March with 10% off at £397.91(normally £451.95) or four nights from Monday, 28th March for £338.96 (normally £376.63). Dogs are welcome.

Want to see more?

*Vacant cottages are automatically discounted five days prior to arrival. Have a browse around our website to view the other romantic cottages we have on special offer. Many are dog-friendly; most have open fires/woodburners; all have bags of character, charm and original features.

A generous breakfast basket, bikes and a BBQ await visitors, along with maps and other information to help you make the most of your stay.