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Thorpeness, Cavendish and Lavenham voted by readers as Suffolk's prettiest villages




We may be biased, but we think Suffolk is home to some of the prettiest villages in the country.

From Polstead to Kersey to Somerleyton, every village has something uniquely stunning to offer its visitors and residents.

We asked our readers to choose the Suffolk village they think is the prettiest. Here are the results:

Which is of these Suffolk villages is the prettiest?
Which is of these Suffolk villages is the prettiest?

3. Thorpeness

Thorpeness is a coastal village in East Suffolk, well known for its intriguing architecture and stunning sea views.

A small village of just 400 residents, increasing to around 1,600 in peak holiday season, Thorpeness was given the accolade of Weirdest Village in England by Bizarre Magazine in 2003.

Thorpeness was given the accolade of Weirdest Village in England by Bizarre Magazine in 2003. Picture: Google maps.
Thorpeness was given the accolade of Weirdest Village in England by Bizarre Magazine in 2003. Picture: Google maps.

The village mixes contemporary home design with quintessentially British seaside properties and, a mile from Aldeburgh, is a great place for walking, cycling and birdwatching.

In 1923, in order to hide a water tower in the village, a small wooden house structure was built on top of a five-storey tower.

The site is known as the "House in the Clouds", and provides views over the land from Aldeburgh to Sizewell.

House in the clouds, Thorpeness. Picture: Visit England/Suffolk Coastal
House in the clouds, Thorpeness. Picture: Visit England/Suffolk Coastal

An artificial mere, which is used for the Thorpeness Regatta in August, was also created and the names of its islands, coves and creeks were inspired by J. M. Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan.

The village's unique row of colourful terrace homes on the beach front is another iconic feature of this Suffolk seaside escape, and puts Thorpeness on our list as one of the prettiest villages in the county.

Thorpeness mere. Picture: Visit England/Suffolk Coastal
Thorpeness mere. Picture: Visit England/Suffolk Coastal

2. Cavendish

Cavendish Church. Picture by Mark Westley
Cavendish Church. Picture by Mark Westley

The South Suffolk village of Cavendish, famous for its pretty thatched cottages and a vibrant village green, is second on our list.

The village is extremely historic, with relics discovered dating back to the Late Bronze Age.

The village boasts a number of interesting historic buildings including Grade I listed St Mary the Virgin's Church, which features stunning reused Roman bricks and dates back to about 1300AD.

Cavendish is known for its pictureque thatched cottages and village green. Picture: Google maps.
Cavendish is known for its pictureque thatched cottages and village green. Picture: Google maps.

Many privately owned mansions can be found in Cavendish including Nether Hall, which dates back to the mid 14th century and Houghton Hall, which is currently a health spa and dates back to the 1400s.

Visitors can also spend the night in Cavendish Hall, a sprawling country house built around 1800 that is available for holiday rentals.

Three pubs, The Five Bells, The Bull Inn and The George, offer everything from real ales and craft beers to tasty meals and a tea room, Tea on the Green, serves freshly made cakes and snacks with a view of the quintessentially British village.

1. Lavenham

Lavenham
Lavenham

The South Suffolk village of Lavenham comes in at the top of our list as the prettiest Suffolk village, as voted for by our readers.

Lavenham is considered to be one of Britain’s best preserved medieval villages, and is home to over 200 Grade I listed buildings.

For fans of history, a visit to Lavenham is a must, particularly to The Guildhall of Corpus Christi and De Vere house, which was also featured in a Harry Potter film.

Lavenham Guildhall
Lavenham Guildhall

The village is popular with tourists and has a number of welcoming independent shops, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

For the nature lovers, The Lavenham and Long Melford Walk is a 9.8 mile loop trail which begins near Lavenham, and offers the chance for hikers to see the Suffolk wildlife and birds.

Lavenham's historic charm and stunning architecture make it an obvious number one with our readers.

De Vere House in Lavenham which appeared in a Harry Potter film. Picture: Mark Bullimore
De Vere House in Lavenham which appeared in a Harry Potter film. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Do you agree with these top three prettiest villages? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments.

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