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Enjoy our garden and views across the countryside which is yours to explore together with our region's ancient villages, towns. cities and coast. London by train.in under 2 hours (Thurston train station is 10 minutes walk from our home)
Hi. we are retires Mike and Diana
In the 1980s/early 1990s our family had successful home swaps via. Intervac. Since rejoining in 2014 we have enjoyed successful swaps with USA (twice), England and Germany
OUR HOME is a one level property and currently has two double bedrooms available, living room with wood burner (there is also gas central heating) and oak parquet floor, kitchen (fridge dishwasher, electric induction hob, oven, microwave, toaster etc) with breakfast/dining area, a garden/dining room, family bathroom, utility room (freezer, washing machine, tumble drier), cloakroom and boot room. There is also a double garage but this is used as a store and work space.
The property sits in a 1300 sq. mt. plot with the garden consisting mainly of grass, trees, shrubs. There is a BBQ for outdoor cooking/grilling. There are open fields both behind and to the front of the property and the front has views across the Suffolk countryside.
Our home is located on the edge of Thurston, a small village (pop. 4000) in the county of Suffolk and 5 miles/8kms to the east of the ancient market town of BURY ST EDMUNDS to which it is connected by ROAD, RAILWAY and CYCLE WAY.
Village facilities are a 5-15 minutes walk and include local stores, butchers, petrol(gas) station, pharmacy, cafes, pubs, restaurants, library, train station, and bus stops.
Also very near our home is The Grange Country Hotel, a beautiful hotel with restaurant and spa (see map) .
BURY ST EDMUNDS (5 miles/8 kms) is packed with history, quirky and unusual shops, there's loads to do. It's home to some great restaurants, real ale pubs, cafes and bistros, a unique Georgian theatre / cinemas, museums and concert hall and parks. Brewer Greene king have been making beer here since 1799.
The county of SUFFOLK is the southern part of the region called "East Anglia". On the map of England it's the bulge that sticks out into the North Sea just to the north east of London and is the place where the “south folk” live. The area is characterised by ancient market towns, rolling farmland dotted with villages that still have thatched and colour-washed cottages. Both Diana and Mike are native East Anglians.
Our location makes it very easy to visit attractions from sea and coast, wet lands, heath lands and forests to ancient towns and cities. We are within an hour by car from the Suffolk Coast with miles of beaches.
From the horse racing town of NEWMARKET in the west to the North Sea coast in the east Suffolk measures about 60 miles/96 km and the south of the county is only 60 miles/97 kms from LONDON.
See http://www.visitsuffolk.com /suffolk-stories/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-suffolk/ for 10 things you probably don't know about Suffolk
HIKING (Wanderung/para caminar/a piedi) Walks in the countryside,, some even starting from a footpath immediately adjacent to our home. One local walk is included in book Ramblers Best Walks Britain published 2010 see http://www.marpa.org.uk/walks/Walk04v9.pdf
Suffolk and Norfolk countryside can also be explored by hiking in many different types of countryside from beach to forest. Most larger towns and cities also have walking or bus tours or both.
CYCLING The area around Thurston is good for cycling if this is your wish, for gentle rides we have two bicycles you can use, see pic.
Cycling history. The winner of the worlds first Official Cycle Race which took place in Paris in 1868 was won by James Moore who was born in Bury St Edmunds and his cycle is on display in Ely (see towns to visit) Museum.
PETS We have one cat named Daisy, see photo, who would like you to keep her dry food and water topped up for her. If you should be away we have neighbours who would make sure she has food and water while you are away..
We also have a Black Labrador called Jess who will go to kennels during our swaps.
HONEY Mike is also a hobby beekeeper so you will be able to try our honey (every hive produces a different honey depending on hive location and the time of year the nectar is collected by our bees) and, if you are interested, Mike can arrange for a local beekeeper to show/tell you more about honeybees and beekeeping.
The region has many historical attractions including Castles, Cathedrals, Prehistoric Flint Mines, Anglo-Saxon royal burial mounds and much more. Mill Lane is part of a Roman Road and we are told the road also ran along the rear of our property.
See examples at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/#?Place=Suffolk
FARMING HISTORY. Suffolk is also home to three English iconic animal breeds collectively known as "The Suffolk Trinity" consisting of The Suffolk Horse, now one of the rarest animals in the world with only a few hundred animals left, The Suffolk Black Face Sheep and Suffolk Red Poll Cattle, see pics.
Suffolk's rolling countryside and sea shores have made the county very attractive to artists throughout the centuries and right up to the present day.
There are art/music festivals in the spring and summer in most nearby towns and cities nearby including Bury St Edmunds.
For information on some of the more famous English painters who have lived and worked in Suffolk, see below
and Gainsborough http://www.gainsborough.org/
NATURE RESERVES. Suffolk has many nature reserves including a major Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve at MINSMERE on the Suffolk coast. Suffolk Wildlife Trust has many reserves including one in Thurston.
THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING and STUD
Also nearby is the town of NEWMARKET (20 miles/32 km) the UK home of thoroughbred horse flat racing in the UK where in the summer it is possible to combine horse racing with entertainment by musical groups and singing stars; see http://newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket-nights
Newmarket is also home to The National Stud where you can go on tours and in the spring see the new foals.
The NEW National Horseracing Museum is also located in Newmarket see http://www.nhrm.co.uk/
VILLAGES AND TOWNS
BURY ST EDMUNDS (5 miles/8km) is a lovely ancient town and is known as "The Cradle of the Law". It is believed that in 1214 the English Barons secretly and deliberately met at the Abbey. They drafted the Magna Carta, the cornerstone of English Liberty, hence Bury's town motto, "Shrine of a King, Cradle of the Law".
LAVENHAM (14 miles/23 km), which has been described as the "finest medieval town in England" and has more than 300 buildings listed as being of architectural and historical interest. It has an abundance of art galleries, independent lifestyle shops and boutiques, fine dining restaurants, pubs and cafes.
LONG MELFORD (16 miles/ 26 km) is situated in the lush Stour Valley, the landscape that was the subject of many of John Constable’s paintings. It is a town full of heritage, popular with visitors because of its historic buildings and interesting shops.
IPSWICH (23 miles/ 37 km) One of England's oldest towns and is also the oldest English port town and has a cosmopolitan water-front developed from what was a former dock. Ipswich also has a Museum which contains the largest collection of transport items in Britain devoted to just one town. Everything was either made or used in and around Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. see http://www.allaboutipswich.com/
SUDBURY (20 miles/ 32 km) Sudbury is a lovely market town surrounded on three sides by its famous water meadows and rolling hills. A Suffolk wool town famous for its historic links with Thomas Gainsborough and Simon of Sudbury. see http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Sudbury.asp
The Suffolk Coast is an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Suffolk coastal towns include:-
ALDEBURGH (41 miles/ 66 km) is famous for its composer Benjamin Britten connection and is home to one of the world's great musical centres, founded by Britten in 1948. see http://www.visit-aldeburgh.co.uk/
SOUTHWOLD (46 miles/ 74 km) is a quintessentially English sea resort town see http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Southwold.asp
Below are some towns and cities in neighbouring counties which are within easy reach by car but also can be reached by train from Thurston Station so you can have a day out without the need to drive.
CAMBRIDGE (35 miles/ 56 km) Whilst just outside the county it is well worth a visit. Be inspired by the many beautiful museums and art galleries. Admire the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings and the famous Kings College Chapel. see http://www.visitcambridge.org/visitor-information
ELY (32 miles/ 51 km) Nestled in the Fen countryside and with its majestic Cathedral and riverside setting is another city that can be reached by train from Thurston see http://www.visitely.org.uk/pdfs/ElyGuideMain2016.pdf
NORWICH (42 miles/ 68 km) A Cathedral City and UNESCO City of Literature. Also home to Norwich Castle built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. There is also an iconic daily Market.seehttps://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/explore-and-experience/ Norwich is another city that can be reached in one hour from Thurston Train Station.
Also nearby are found the wet land area known as "the Broads" The Broads are Britain's and Northern Europe's largest protected wetland and are home to a wealth of wildlife, especially birdlife. Sailing and motor boats can be hired. sehttp://www.norfolkbroads.com/e
Norwich is also home to The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, see http://scva.ac.uk/
LONDON (85 miles/ 136 km) Home to world famous attractions too numerous to mention here. Thurston has good major road connection to London via A14/M11 but it is also possible to travel to London by train from Thurston station (fastest service to London Liverpool Street Station 1 hr 49 mins) or by bus to London Victoria Coach Station from nearby Bury St Edmunds.
Thurston village has a train station (ten minutes walk from our home) with connections to LONDON, CAMBRIDGE, IPSWICH, NEWMARKET, ELY, NORWICH, PETERBORUGH and coastal resorts of FELIXSTOWE, LOWESTOFT and OULTON BROAD as well as many pretty towns such as WOODBRIDGE and SAXMUNDHAM. For details of the local rail network see:
….BUS There is also a regular bus service from Thurston to Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. There are also bus connections from Bury St Edmunds to London and many other towns and cities. http://www.nationalexpress.com/destinations/timetables/490.pdf
….ROAD The nearest major road (A14) is two miles to the south of Thurston and provides easy access by car to the east coast (approximately 60 minutes), Cambridge (35 minutes) Central London (100 minutes).
....SHIP The car/passenger Ferry Port of Harwich is just under an hour drive with two sailings each day to The Netherlands. Harwich is also a port of call for cruise ships.
....AIR The nearest airports with international connections are London Stansted (60 minutes), Norwich (60 minutes). London Luton (90 minutes), London Southend (90 minutes), London Heathrow and London Gatwick airport are each 120 minutes by car. You can also travel to/from these airports by train or bus or taxi.
We hope we have given you some ideas for an interesting and relaxing vacation in Suffolk. We will, of course, take great care of your home.
If you have a specific requirement or question please ask and we will try to help
Best wishes Mike and Diana This info. last updated April 2017
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