Mill House Bed and Breakfast in Ipswich ★★★
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Mill House Bed and Breakfast is situated just four miles north of Ipswich, but is very much in the country. The location is ideal either as a base to explore the Suffolk countryside and Heritage Coast or for those visiting the Ipswich area on business and you are certain of a warm welcome from your hosts Chris and Elizabeth Peeke.
Mill House is a charming Grade II listed village house dating from the 16th Century and offering high quality accommodation. Nestling in the Fynn Valley, the house is set back from the road in an acre of picturesque Arts-and-Crafts style terraced gardens, which back onto meadows leading down the valley.
There is central heating and broadband access throughout the house and guests are welcome to come and go as they please, returning when they wish to freshen up or just relax listening to music or reading in the lounge, conservatory or garden.
The comfortable residents lounge has a large inglenook fireplace with a blazing log fire during the winter months. The lounge has a TV and hi-fi system with a wide range of CDs. There is also a selection of newspapers, magazines and books to while away the time.
An outdoor, solar heated swimming pool is available for guests' use during the summer months. Outdoor table tennis, boules and croquet are also available. There are two spacious, individually decorated bedrooms - the Granary Suite and the Garden Room. The rooms are non-smoking and have good quality, comfortable beds with crisp cotton sheets. In each bedroom you will find deluxe toiletries, a hair dryer and clock radio. Both rooms also have a TV and DVD player. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the rooms with fresh milk always available. A trouser press, iron and ironing board are available on request. A full laundry and dry cleaning service is available for those on a longer stay.
This area of Suffolk is an ideal choice for a short break or longer holiday, with many local market towns and unspoilt villages and hamlets, rolling countryside and miles of heritage coast. Wherever you go there are interesting places, traditional local pubs and numerous rural tracks and paths.
The historic site of Sutton Hoo is nearby as are the castles at Orford and Framlingham. In the Middle Ages the wool merchants made this area very wealthy. The results of this are still visible today in the many splendid churches throughout the county and in picturesque towns and villages such as Lavenham and Dedham. Dedham on the River Stour is at the heart of ‘Constable Country’ made famous through the paintings of John Constable and is easily accessible, as is Flatford, his birthplace and scene of his most famous paintings.
The riverside town of Woodbridge is seven miles away with the Suffolk heritage coastline beyond, studded with Martello towers – a relic of the Napoleonic wars. Here seaside towns like Southwold and Aldeburgh can be enjoyed along with beaches such as Walberswick or Dunwich as well as the unique areas of Minsmere bird reserve and Orford Ness.
Ipswich is the County town of Suffolk and offers all the facilities one would expect from a major town. The exciting developments around the wet dock, once the largest in England, have generated a new vibrancy to the area successfully integrating modern structures with Sixteenth century merchants’ houses which are some of the oldest buildings in the town.
Dating from Saxon times the town is the birthplace of Cardinal Wolsey. It received its Royal Charter from King John in 1200 and was an important centre for the wool trade. There are many historic buildings including the Ancient House built in 1567. The front of the building is an outstanding example of Suffolk pargeting part of which depicts the continents of the world as they were then known. Christchurch Mansion is a classic example of Elizabethan architecture. It is set within Christchurch Park, and is now a museum and art gallery housing a collection of works by Constable, Gainsborough, Munnings and many other famous Suffolk artists.
Witnesham itself is a small village 4 miles north of Ipswich. There is a Post Office and the local pub, The Barley Mow, is just five minutes walk from Mill House and serves local beers and meals seven days a week.
There are also pubs with good restaurants in the neighbouring villages. Just over a mile away is the Moon & Mushroom at Swilland, which has won various awards and always has at least seven local real ales on tap. Approximately one mile by road or an easy 3/4 mile walk along the river valley is the Tuddenham Fountain, a gastropub serving good quality meals.