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Stour Valley

Published: 05/01/2022

Stour Valley

East Bergholt
East Bergholt is a Suffolk village, on the border with Essex, although properties have a CO postcode and 01206 phone number. East Bergholt provides great accessibility to the A12 and with Manningtree Station only approximately 10 minutes away, it is an ideal commuter village.

Being a part of the ‘Constable Country’ living in East Bergholt you can benefit from many beautiful walks, most popular being the Flatford to Dedham circuit.

 The village has many amenities such as a co-op, three pubs, a petrol station, doctors’ surgery, pharmacy, a church, sports centre as well as a high school and primary school. Both schools have an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’.

If you are into your sport East Bergholt has a well-established Cricket Club, which hosts many social events over the calendar year too.


Editor's Foodie Picks: The Red Lion Pub & Restaurant / Constable Water Park / Fields Farm Shop & Café

Dedham is renowned for being the quintessential chocolate box village of the Essex and Suffolk border. Its village centre is a hive of activity all year round with two pubs, two restaurants and three cafés there is plenty of choice if you are stopping off for a bite to eat.

In the summer the river can be very popular with visitors to the area as there is a fabulous walk to Flatford and back which is a popular easy amble for most abilities. You can visit Flatford Mill before you return on the other side of the river.

If you fancy a bit more adventure, Zenith Kiting offer paddle boarding sessions (SUP) along the waterways, with varying passes to choose from (i.e. 2 hour ready to ride or SUP improvers course) they will give you the confidence to get out on the water. You can of course head out by yourself if you own a paddle board but you must have a river licence to do so.

Munnings Museum is a popular spot for visitors to soak in the local art history, “The Munnings Art Museum is at Castle House, the former home of the artist Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) and his wife, Violet. Described by Munnings as ‘the house of my dreams’, he lived and worked in this elegant Tudor and Georgian building for over forty years until his death in 1959. The House, garden, artist’s studio is set in forty acres of beautiful countryside. The museum owns the largest collection of art works by this prolific East Anglian painter.”

Editor's Foodie Picks: The Sun Inn / The Old Bakery Café & Dedham Vale Deli / Milsoms 

Traditionally claimed to be the smallest town in England, Manningtree was reported to have had only seven-hundred people to its twenty hectares at one time.

With a lot of residential development in recent years and subsequently a rise in population, Manningtree has seen an increase of interesting independent businesses taking up shop in the high street, which has provided a fantastic array of choice for eating out and shopping local.

'The Walls' line the river stour and connect Manningtree with the Mistley Towers. Now owned by English Heritage the Mistley Towers are buildings of considerable architectural significance – one of only two churches designed by Robert Adam, whose client was Richard Rigby of Mistley Hall.  You may also have heard of Mistley through its 'free the quay' movement.

The concrete quayside will keep its village green status after a port owner lost its final legal challenge in a 13-year dispute over fencing being erected along the edge of the river. Mistley is also known for its Malting factories, some of which have been converted into homes and flats. The last working factory owned by Edme is now being moved to Horsley Cross by the end of 2022.

Editor's Foodie picks: Lucca Entoca / The Thorn / Estuary Wine Bar / The Mogel / The Whole Food Shop / Seven South Street

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