10 Best Villages to Live in Suffolk
13th December 2020

10 Best Villages to Live in Suffolk

What are the best villages in Suffolk?

If you are thinking of moving to one of Suffolk’s many excellent villages, this is the article for you.

The county of Suffolk has around 1,450 square miles of space and is home to almost 750,000 people.

Living in Suffolk provides locals with an amazing rural location.

As with all of the best rural counties, Suffolk is home to some truly charming and quaint locations.

Suffolk boasts a riveting history, stunning countryside and some gorgeous villages.

So, what are the best villages in Suffolk?

The county has fast become one of the hottest locations for commuters from the capital looking for a more peaceful lifestyle.

There are some truly amazing villages throughout Suffolk, so it is no surprise that this popularity has grown!

In this article, we will discuss all of the best villages in Suffolk.

We have put compiled a list of our top picks.

Hopefully, we can help you to choose your dream new location!

Here are our 10 best villages in Suffolk.

A historic Tudor manor house in an English villag


Sitting in the heart of Suffolk, Coddenham is renowned for its remarkable walks, picturesque views, and charming locale.

This small village was the largest settlement in Suffolk during the Roman occupation of Britain. Today the village is far calmer.

Coddenham’s facilities include a local shop, café, clubhouse as well as a pub and community hall.

Regardless of Coddenham’s rural status, the village is situated just 8 miles away from Ipswich.

Being so close to the town gives locals easy access to a range of shops, pubs and bars.

Be sure to check out some of the amazing walks in the surrounding area.

Coddenham’s excellent location and impressive rural locale makes it a popular spot.

This popularity is certainly reflected in house prices in the village.

The average price for property in Coddenham stands at £736,063 in December of 2020.

This is much higher than the average cost of a property across the whole of Suffolk which sits at £297,5575

Regardless of the high prices, Coddenham is one of the best villages in Suffolk.

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The quaint village of Cavendish is located in the Stour Valley and is renowned for thatched cottages and the stunning green landscape, all of which is set against the backdrop of the historic Saint Mary’s Church.

Cavendish offers a great community spirit.

The village has a choice of different clubs and activities that run year now.

Notable clubs include Cricket, Football, Bowls, and Scouts.

The village has a very active Community Council.

Organising events throughout the year, they ensure the community spirit in the village remains strong.

The biggest events include the Summer Fete and annual fireworks display.

There is a proud tradition of community that runs throughout the village with its many events and facilities operated by locals for the benefit of the wider public.

The village’s local pub, The George, has a lovely beer garden, varied menu and excellent location.

House prices in the villages currently sit at £473,022, which represents excellent value for a community focused location.

If you are thinking about living in the county, Cavendish is certainly one of the best villages in Suffolk.

Kersey, Suffolk


Kersey is another of the best villages in Suffolk.

Located in the Babergh area of Suffolk, the village boasts picturesque views, thatched cottages, and a medieval church.

This truly makes it one of the most notable villages in Suffolk

Kersey is a particularly small village with just 350 inhabitants.

However, in the summer months the area is teeming with visitors who flock to the region for its outstanding beauty. Neighbouring Kersey Mill offers locals and visitors a host of wildlife and uncommon birds. Some great facilities round off this popular hotspot, including a charming tearoom, florist and gallery.

With such a small population, property in Kersey is particularly popular. The average price for a property sits at £649,450, significantly exceeding the average price in the wider region.

If you are considering living in Suffolk, Kersey offers an exclusive, quintessential English village location.

Long Melford

Long Melford is undoubtedly a contender for the best villages in Suffolk.

Located on the border of Suffolk and Essex, the village offers a great escape from hectic city living.

The village lies on the River Stour and is a short 25-minute drive from thriving Bury St Edmunds.

Small community owned antique shops, cafes and restaurants make Long Melford a great location for a quaint, rural lifestyle.

If you are looking to escape the rat race but still want to enjoy the benefits of an charming community, Long Melford is ideal for you.

Lying on the banks of the River Stour right on the converging of Essex and Suffolk, the village is home to Kentwell Hall and Long Melford Hall, two of the best stately homes in the county.

Local Kentwell Hall is known for its recreations of life in Tudor times.

The local hotspot also play host to various events throughout the year including, open-air plays, concerts and the popular annual Halloween event Scaresville. The stately home also has some marvellous gardens and maze, making it a great place to bring the whole family.

The average cost of a house in Long Melford is currently £363,055.

Whilst this is above average for the wider Suffolk area, the village offers residents some great amenities, as well as a perfect location to commute to Bury.

Thorpeness, Suffolk


Another addition to our best villages in Suffolk must be Thorpeness.

Perhaps one of the most unique villages on our list, Thorpeness has an intriguing history.

Formerly a small fishing village, Thorpeness was transformed when it was purchased in 1910.

The Scottish owner, Stuart Ogilvie, turned the village into a ‘wonderland’.

Tranformation came to Thorpeness with mock Tudor buildings and the construction of an artificial lake, The Meare

Today, the village is extremely highly sought after.

Thorpeness is home to some of the most diverse and interesting properties in the whole of the UK!

Often busy in the summer months, living in Thorpeness provides a great balance of lively and quaint living.

This location has to be one of the best villages in Suffolk for its seek uniqueness.

East Bergholt

East Bergholt is not only one of the biggest villages in the Stour valley but also one of the best villages in Suffolk.

The spectacular beauty of the surrounding area is world-renowned.

Located on the northern bank of the River Stour, the village boasts a number of local pubs and ensures residents have access to some great local amenities.

If you are looking for a spot of shopping, living in East Bergholt is great for you.

Lying on the Suffolk-Essex border ensures locals are a just8 miles from Ipswich and 10 miles from Colchester.

The village also provides residents with both a primary and secondary school.

Both have received ‘good’ reports from Ofsted.

Both schools are easily accessible and are within walking distance.

Properties are currently averaging at £511,888.

Whilst this is expensive when compared to the whole of the county, it is clear to see why prices are premium.

East Bergholt offers residents a quaint yet connected home and is surely one of the best villages in Suffolk.


Shottisham embodies tranquillity, securing its place as one of the best villages in Suffolk.

With a small population of 200, the village provides locals with a particularly rural lifestyle.

Encompassed by farmland and stunning rolling fields, Shottisham provides locals with a noticeably slower pace.

In line with the Suffolk tradition, thatched cottages and unique architecture can be seen throughout the village.

The busy summer months add some spice to the village.

The small local campsite is thriving in the summer months, drawing visitors and adding a real buzz to the area.

The average price of houses is currently £423,356, which is slightly above the average for the whole of Suffolk.

Shottisham is certainly worthy of its placement as one of the best villages in Suffolk.

Lake Dedham

Dedham Vale

Another worthy addition to the best villages in Suffolk has to be Dedham vale.

This area Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located on the Essex-Suffolk border.

Located in the ‘Constable Country’, Dedham Vale offers serene rural scenery within easy reach of numerous busy cities.

The village is very well connected.

Residents can take four trains per hour which travel to London Liverpool Street in around an hour.

Trains arrive in Ipswich in around 13 minutes.

The nearby A12 connects the town to the wider region.

There are also a range of excellent schools for locals to choose from in the village.

A number of local primary schools have achieved the coveted “outstanding” review from Ofsted.

These include; Nayland, Boxford C of E, Bures C of E and Dedham C of E.

The region offers buyers a plethora of property types.

From timber-framed houses, thatched cottages, and Georgian farmhouse.

The average price of properties in Dedham Vale is currently £589,289.

Although significantly higher than the average in Suffolk, Dedham Vale presents a tremendous location and great facilities.


The 9th addition to our best villages in Suffolk is Somerleyton.

This charming village is located on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and is a few miles from both Lowestoft and Beccles.

Many of the houses and thatched cottages are placed alongside country lanes, the village green and a lovely duck pond.

The village is home to a primary school that received a good report from Ofsted.

There is also a local post office and useful village shop.

The Dukes Head is the local watering hole.

Housed in a restored barn on the Somerleyton Estate, it is famed for its choice of real ales and its excellent menu.

The area is well known for the Somerleyton Estate’s pleasure gardens.

This public space is an excellent local attraction.

Here you can explore the various iron and glass greenhouses as well as the 70ft pergola.

Moreover, you can also find explore some of the finest yew hedge mazes in Britain, dating back to 1846.

Tudor Building, Suffolk


Our final addition to the best villages in Suffolk is Polstead.

One of the biggest villages in the county, the areas thatched cottages are especially famous

Located on the banks of the Rover Box, Polstead boasts stunning views of neighbouring Box Valley.

In the summer months, the pubs are full of tourists, dog walkers and city dwellers looking for a break from the fast lane.

Adding to the overwhelming charm of the village is the local pond and village green.

There are a host of great local amenities in the village.

These include a post office, village shop and a village hall.

There is no surprise that this Suffolk village is as popular as it is.

Property prices average out at £725,301 which is significantly higher than the Suffolk average.

This inflated price is understandable.

Living in Polstead provides residents with a community-centric, rural lifestyle.

If you are thinking of moving to the county, this is certainly one of the best villages in the county.

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