Long Melford is rightly popular for its glorious historic buildings and magnificent wool church, antique shops, good restaurants, takeaways, art galleries and fashion boutiques.

For eating in, there’s a Co-op supermarket, the highly renowned Ruse & Son butchers, a bakers, a Deli and traditional fish & chip shop. Several takeaways will deliver to the holiday cottage. You are spoilt for choice when eating out too, with The Black Lion, two Indian restaurants all close by, pubs and hotels and a Chinese just 3 miles away in Sudbury. The nearest train station is at Sudbury, just over 3 miles away.

Our five top tips for exploring and enjoying the area:

  1. Enjoy a walk across fields and lanes to Long Melford and have lunch in one of the excellent pubs and restaurants.
  2. Spend a day at the historic moated Tudor Kentwell Hall. Through the summer there are re-creations of everyday life in Tudor times, where Kentwell is inhabited by up to 250 men, women and children who live, act, talk and dress as if still living in Tudor times.
  3. Take a trip to the beautiful ‘Wool Towns’ of Clare, and Cavendish and enjoy lunch in The George pub on The Green at Cavendish.
  4. Visit the magnificent Elizabethan house Melford Hall, owned by the National Trust. The children’s writer Beatrix Potter visited here on several occasions and painted some of her paintings here, a collection of which can still be seen here. The annual fireworks display in the grounds is a very popular event.
  5. Enjoy a stroll around the historic medieval wool town of Lavenham and enjoy afternoon tea at The Swan Hotel.

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