Architecture

St Andrew’s Church at Westhall didn’t make it into Simon Jenkins' book on Britain's top thousand churches, but it’s definitely worth a visit (local opinion has it that he was quite wrong to leave it out). Of Norman origin (with a good font and arch) and with a celebrated roodscreen, it's in a beautiful setting at the very far end of the village down a winding country lane.  Also nearby is a fine example of a round tower church at Spexhall (with one of our favourite walks going through the churchyard and across the fields at the back - ask us when you are here).

The Church Tower at Beccles is open in the summer months and the effort of climbing the stairs is rewarded with panoramic views from the roof (for those not troubled by vertigo).

Slightly further afield, Blythburgh's “Cathedral of the Marshes” - Holy Trinity - does feature in Simon Jenkins’ top thousand. It’s glorious and is illuminated at night. And climb up the steep spiral staircase to check out the tiny chapel up there with wonderful views over the marshes as well as the 17th century Nun's prayer.

The “Church within a Church” at Covehithe is interesting, and there’s more in the way of ecclesiastical architecture at Dunwich (as well as the excellent Ship Inn).

If you prefer your architecture modern, Alain de Botton's Balancing Barn is nearby too, on the coast just south of Walberswick.

The Saints is an area of small hamlets just to the north west of us - great for cycling and with a fantastic range of churches to visit as well as St Peter's Brewery, which is a fine piece of 15th century architecture that happens to house a great pub and also does brewery tours.