Towering cliffs and sandy beaches give way to quaint, quiet countryside, but if you’re hankering for the hub-bub of the city, you’re never far from a bustling cultural gem– proof that East Anglia really has it all.
In the City
With its medieval outline still visible, Norwich is a beautiful and historic city. Walk along the banks of the river Wensum, enjoying its gentle waters drifting by then explore the spires of its cathedral and the lanes of the city, as well as the produce on Norwich’s market, recently declared the best in Europe.
And then there’s Cambridge, a university city that has all the trappings of city life but with a relaxed atmosphere. Perhaps it’s the gentle meander of the river Cam that flows east through the city that carries the stresses and strains of modern life away. You can enjoy the richness of city life but opt out every now and then, lunching on the many green lawns and benches of city parks.
Norwich and Cambridge are not your only options. Bury St. Edmunds is a large, thriving town with plenty on offer and Ipswich’s quintessential harbour is packed with many years of history.
A slice of the quiet life, it feels a world away from the throng of the capital, and yet London is within easy reach with reliable rail links. Thanks to the new Norwich in 90 rail service, London is just 90 minutes from Norwich so you really can have the best of both worlds.
The salt of the sea
Maybe the taste of salt in the air and the gentle tumbling tides are more your thing. The choice of coastal towns and villages are many and varied. If you enjoy a wild swim, then hop into the water – the vast, dramatic coastline of East Anglia has played its part in many films and TV productions. Monarchs past have also enjoyed the sea air here, with the Household Cavalry taking to the sands to train.
Enjoy the sounds and smells of the sea at Wells and Southwold, against the backdrop of the iconic beach huts. Aldeburgh offers stunning sculptures and both Southwold and Cromer offer the nostalgia of ‘walking into the sea’ on a quintessentially quirky pier.
Fish and chips by the sea, the taste of salt in the air, beach huts, ice creams… the things fond memories are made of.
The colourful tapestry of the countryside
East Anglia is known as the breadbasket of Britain, thanks to the important part it plays in the country’s agricultural landscape. A rich, colourful tapestry, the rural landscape is simply stunning. Fields of red poppies, yellow rapeseed oil and maize sway gently providing a great sight to start any day.
There are county shows to enjoy too, with the Royal Norfolk Show being the largest but not dulling the shine of the Suffolk Show. Local produce is abundant as you would expect, making its way onto the menus of local hotels, restaurants and pubs. There are micro-breweries dotted around the region as well as some of the UK’s largest brewers – Adnams, Woodfordes and Greene King, all basing their brewing in East Anglia thanks to the depth and breadth of local ingredients available.
And don’t forget the forests and the woodlands for walks and picnics. Who knows, you might come across an old ruin, and relive the areas romantic past.
Why not stay longer in East Anglia?
You could enjoy everything East Anglia has to offer all year round. To find out more about buying a holiday home or creating a permanent base within easy reach of London, call Jamie for an informal chat or email to arrange an appointment.