Established during the 14th Century, the medieval village of Bildeston is perfectly situated for several of Suffolk's must-see places of interest. This is by no means a definitive list, but here are a few of our favourite places to visit and things to do; all close by so your visit won't be spent in the car:
The Cottage is situated a few minutes walk from the famous Bildeston Crown.
Bildeston - (walking distance)
Lavenham - (15mins)
Long Melford - (20mins)
Hadleigh - (10mins)
Sudbury - (20mins)
Kersey - (5mins)
Bury St Edmunds - (25mins)
Kersey - 5 minutes - a beautiful and quaint medieval village with the famous 'splash', Kersey has a lovely pub called The Bell. It is also renowned for the open gardens in June. There is also a pottery displaying pieces by Fred Bramham and Dorothy Gorst.
Lavenham - 15 minutes - The medieval village of Bildeston is perfectly situated for a visit to the best preserved medieval town of Lavenham. There you may visit the amazing town hall, the little museum in the Market Place and here you will also find the fabulous Great House and the Angel restaurants.
Long Melford - 20 minutes - Known as the antiques capital of Suffolk, Long Melford is a 20 minute drive away, its long high street is a treasure trove for antiques lovers. Kentwell Hall is often open to visitors and has lovely gardens. For lunch visit Scutchers restaurant.
Sudbury - 20 minutes - Sudbury is the birthplace of the artist Gainsborough, whose home is open to visitors.
East Bergholt - 25 minutes - Made famous by Constable's paintings, Flatford Mill is a beautiful and tranquil place to visit.
Dedham - 25 minutes - Enjoy the beauty of the Constable countryside. Once in Dedham you may choose to have a drink at the friendly Sun Inn or something to eat at the Boathouse Restaurant on the river. Here you will also find Munnings Museum and Milsom's Resaurant.
Bury St. Edmunds - 25 minutes - With its cathedral and the ancient Abbey Gardens, Bury is well worth a visit. The town has a wealth of independent shops and you can refresh yourself in style at the Angel Hotel, the Maison Bleue or, for a more informal lunch, at Carluccio's restaurant. There is also a good contemporary shopping centre.
Wyken Vineyards - 30 minutes - For a lovely drive through Suffolk's countryside you cannot do better than to choose Wyken Vineyards as your destination. Here you can have lunch in either the bistro in the Barn or choose the more formal restaurant - both serve excellent food. There is a shop stacked with unusual items for both the home and garden, or you may also take a walk to the Vineyards through the ancient woodlands. On Saturdays there is a farmers market where you will find good, local produce.
Shopping in Bury St Edmunds is 25 minutes away, where there are many independent boutiques, shops and also a contemporary shopping centre.
The Cathedral City of Norwich is one hour and fifteen minutes drive away. Apart from excellent shopping, the Cathedral is a must as are the many medieval lanes.
Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk and located along the estuary of the River Orwell, is a 25 minute journey for your shopping requirements. The Marina with its charming restaurants and in particular "The Salt House Harbour" Hotel is worth a visit.