A rare quality of life in beautiful Suffolk
Enjoy a rare quality of life in the pretty, friendly village of Laxfield where it is easy to make the most of your precious leisure time. Take a short stroll to the superb 8-acre playing field, where you can play cricket,
football and bowls or let younger family members have fun at the well-equipped play area. The village hall is popular for events and hosts regular clubs and activities including Karate, Table Tennis and a Kids Games Club.
At the heart of Laxfield is the beautiful 16th century Guildhall, home to a museum. All Saints’ Church and the Baptist Church both hold regular services and events. The two pubs, The King’s Head (also known as The Low House) and The Royal Oak, both have an excellent food offering. When you want to have brunch with friends, a quiet drink or a meal to celebrate a special occasion, there are plenty of other pubs and eateries in neighbouring towns and villages too.
Laxfield has a Co-op food shop and Post Office, which is a short walk from Blacksmiths Way. For your weekly shop, there is a choice of supermarkets within a 20-minute drive, including a Waitrose and Partners’ store at Saxmundham.
For families with children, Blacksmiths Way is conveniently located opposite to All Saints’ Church of England Primary School, which was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2016. There is also a pre-school and a toddler group. Stradbroke High School, rated Good in 2018, is a 10-minute drive. For those looking for independent schooling, there is a selection of local options, including Framlingham College and Woodbridge School. For further education, both Suffolk New College and the University of Suffolk are based in the county town of Ipswich, just 45 minutes away by car.
It’s easy to stay active from Blacksmiths Way. Stradbroke Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre is under five miles away and includes a state-of-the-art gym, as well as outdoor tennis courts. Golfers will appreciate the many clubs in the area, including Halesworth Golf Club, which is close by. If you prefer to exercise while you explore the countryside, there are endless walking, running and cycling routes around Laxfield to enjoy.
The neighbouring towns of Framlingham, famous for its castle, and Halesworth are minutes away and have an excellent selection of independent shops, as well as cafés, restaurants and colourful markets. Charming Woodbridge, on the River Deben is 18 miles from Blacksmiths Way. Enjoy its many shops and eateries or visit Sutton Hoo, home to one of the UK’s greatest archaeological discoveries. The charming towns of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Walberswick are also close by, offering a quintessential coastal treat for foodies, families and lovers of art and nature alike.
When you want to travel for work or pleasure, it is easy thanks to a choice of bus and train routes. The 118 bus runs from Stradbroke to Ipswich several times a day while from Saxmundham Train Station you can be at London Liverpool Street in under 2 hours, Norwich in 90 minutes and Ipswich in 39 minutes.
Enjoy a family day out at Easton Farm Park, Africa Alive Zoological Reserve or Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park, all within an hour’s drive away. For a relaxing day, visit one of the wildlife and bird havens, nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest dotted around the area. Delight in the flora and fauna at Winks Meadow Nature Reserve, Framlingham Mere or Knettishall Heath. You’ll want to be a frequent visitor to the stunning Suffolk coast, just 30 minutes away by car. Spend endless hours exploring the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its unique wildlife habitats and beauty.