Set on the beautiful Suffolk Coast, Minsmere is one of the RSPB’s premier nature reserves. This is particularly famous for the thousands of Avocet that visit every year along with the Marsh Harriers, Booming Bitterns and many other species of birds.
Within a short distance is Dunwich Heath, one of Suffolk’s most important conservation areas. There are plenty of walks with excellent coast line views. You may also wish to visit the museum in the village and find out about the lost town of Dunwich.
The village of Thorpeness, a few miles from Scotts Hall Farm, was created by G S Ogilvie in the early 1900s. The idea was to create a place of charm, and for children to while away long hours in fascination and safety. With the House in the Clouds, 64 acres of mere (boating lake), superb golf course and delightful beach, there is plenty to do for everyone.
Aldeburgh is 1 mile south of Thorpeness, an attractive peaceful resort which grew on the site of an old medieval fishing and ship building town. Local fresh fish is still sold from the fisherman’s huts along the beach. Home for many years of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Aldeburgh was the setting for some of Britten’s famous operas. The high street is full of restaurants, shops and art galleries.
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, famous for its Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts (held in June), was converted from a Maltings by composer Benjamin Britten in 1968. Also around the Maltings complex are various shops, a gallery and antiques and collectors centre.
Within a short distance is Orford, a picturesque and unspoilt market town dominated by its 14th century church and 12th century castle. It is also famous for the Orford Oysterage as well as the Crown and Castle which has won several awards over the last few years. From April to September there are 4 hour cruises along the Rivers Alde and Ore on the Lady Florence where lunch is served.
Southwold is situated a few miles north of Scotts Hall Farm. Famous for its colourful beach huts and Adnams Brewery, Southwold also offers a wonderful choice of shops, art galleries, restaurants and antique centres.