Things To Do Around



Boxford is a small village and a civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk,. Located around six miles east of Sudbury straddling the River Box . Quaint tea room serving lunches and cream teas  and a local pub serving hot meals - local post office and grocery store

Walking distance from the retreat - 2 - 3 miles 30 min walk

Primrose Wood

This is a young woodland with wet meadow which is situated alongside the River Box. Purchased as a 'Woods on Your Doorstep' site, it is long and thin. The meadow areas are in two blocks which support important plant communities including Southern Marsh Orchids and Greater Birds foot trefoil. Access is only from Dakin Avenue in Boxford and there is a long walk to the site over difficult ground. However the bank vole and otters are known to use the adjacent river so it could be well worth a visit


Gainsborough's House

Gainsborough's House is the birthplace of the leading English painter Thomas Gainsborough. It is now a museum and gallery, located at 46 Gainsborough Street in Sudbury, Suffolk, England.


For Golf lovers - Newton Green and Stoke by Nayland

Newton Green offers a small friendly golf experience.

Whereas Stoke by Nayland has two 18-hole championship golf courses, within 300 acres of rolling countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – is a truly spectacular sight.

Massage treatments and pamper packages

The Angel therapy rooms is situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and offers a wide choice of massage and holistic therapy treatments to help balance the mind body and spirit - highly recommended

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Flat ford mill - Dedham vale

Picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife combine to create what many describe as the traditional English lowland landscape. Because much of East Anglia's traditional grasslands have already been drained and ploughed for arable farming, the hedgerows and wildflower meadows of the Dedham Vale AONB are among some of England's most precious and vulnerable pastoral landscapes.

Flat ford - east bergholt - CO7 6ULa


Lavenham - great tea rooms

Historical old village offering quaint tea rooms and array of gift shops Steeped in history and definitely worth a visit -

6 miles from Boxford High Street Lavenham Suffolk, CO10 9QA


Long melford

Long Melford has been settled for many centuries. It was a busy village in Tudor times, and still is, attracting visitors and holidaymakers from all over the UK and the world. Houses, shops and other businesses are comfortably mingled along Hall Street and Westgate, making a delightful environment for the wandering pedestrian.

Approximately 5 miles from boxford

High st Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9JR.


Clare Country Park

Clare Castle Country Park in Suffolk, England, was created around the ruins of Clare Castle and incorporates the now defunct Clare railway station on the Colchester to Cambridge branch of the Great Eastern Railway.

The park is beautiful and has a wonderful nature trail and if your feeling fit you can climb the hill up to the turret where there are remains of the castle where you will see beautiful views across the Suffolk count

There is a lovely tearoom now located at the old railway station - definitely worth a visit and a spot of lunch

Malting Lane, Clare, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 8NW


Cycling in Suffolk

There are a wide choice of various cycling trails around the Boxford area.

Guests can bring their own bikes ( we have lockable storage space ) or we have two mountain bikes for hire for guests during their stay.
Beautiful cycle trails as you cycle from the retreat.

The Bulmar Fox - bistro type restaurant

Good food and reasonably priced - lunch and dinner menus available

The Bulmer Fox, Bulmer Tye, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7EB


Bury st Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds, an important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and very convenient for Cambridge.

Bury st Edmunds is 15 miles from Boxford


Kentwell hall - long melford

Enjoy afternoon tea or a delicious light lunch in our Stableyard Tearoom at ketwell hall

The Stableyard Tearoom serves a changing, seasonal menu with a focus on produce from the garden and meat from the farm. Plus, a tasty range of cakes and biscuits to tempt you. Teas and lunches are available on house opening days and special event weekends.

When the House, Gardens and Farm are not open to the public, groups are welcome to book a private viewing or tour of the Manor with refreshments from our tearoom. Please see our Group Booking page for more information.

Kentwell Hall Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9BA