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The 8 best places to live in Suffolk

The results are in! See where you voted as the best place to live in Suffolk.

Looking for a county that has it all? Look no further than this Eastern idyll that is home to everything from charming medieval market towns and chocolate box villages to miles of stunning coastline and pretty open countryside.

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Polstead

We've cherry-picked this quintessential Suffolk village due to its pleasing amount of thatched cottages, historic church, beautiful rural setting and manor house thrown in for good measure.

5

Long Melford

Melford, as it’s known locally, has got it going on. From a celebrated high street with top quality galleries and antique centres to plenty of period properties and not one but two stately homes - this is prime relocation territory.

4

Beccles

Get more property for your buck in this thriving market town on the southern tip of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads.

1

Southwold

Want to feel like you’re on holiday every day? Time to move to this scenic seaside town with fabulous architecture, great pubs, hot hotels, sandy bay and colourful beach huts.

7

East Bergholt

Grab your paint brushes (when you're not commuting into the capital), because this stunning bucolic corner of Suffolk might just inspire your creative side à la famous former resident John Constable.

6

Framlingham

This genteel central Suffolk town has sublime castle views, is surrounded by some of the county's best countryside and even inspired a famous musician to write a "love song to Suffolk". Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

2

Bury St Edmunds

"The jewel in the crown of Suffolk". The streets here are lined with pastel-hued town houses, independent shops and a lively food and arts scene, meaning this market town certainly lives up to its name.

3

Woodbridge

Life on the estuary is not to be sniffed at. You can enjoy all the best bits of the gentrified Suffolk coast without the price tag in this charming market town.

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Ampthill - Bedfordshire

After a gorgeous market town, where you can't move for independent shops and restaurants? Ampthill may well be the one for you. This pretty riverside town has oodles of character, and great independents. and as they say, it's very much 'on the up' right now.

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Newbury - Berkshire

Soak up the history, river location and period architecture, Newbury is a vibrant market town with a buzzy foodie scene and indie shops aplenty, that's just a stone's throw from open countryside.

Marlow

Marlow - Buckinghamshire

Well-heeled Marlow is a dead cert for city dwellers thanks to the super-speedy London commute, fabulous shopping and Michelin-starred foodie scene (courtesy of local boy Tom Kerridge).

Ely - Cambridgeshire

This fenland town has a lot going for it - direct trains to Cambridge and London, indies aplenty and of course the cathedral. Rolling hills there are not, but the flat, water-logged countryside has a strange kind of beauty you'll come to love.

Falmouth - Cornwall

This laid back, pretty waterside university town has an arty feel and has an attractive town centre, surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside.

Topsham - Devon

Want a waterside location but without the tourists and schlep to the shops? Welcome to Topsham, an oh-so pretty, bijou town on the Exe estuary, less than five miles from the bright lights of Exeter.

best places to live Sherborne Dorset

Sherborne - Dorset

Picture postcard market town in north west Dorset with gorgeous medieval and Georgian properties, good schools, a magnificent abbey and not one but two castles.

best places to live Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden - Essex

Cosy pubs, a medieval market town and more country walks than you can shake a wellie at. Here's how SW serves up a slice of the good life.

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Cheltenham - Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Spa gives you one of the poshest postcodes in Glos, with top-drawer schools, leafy Regency streets and an arts, culture and shopping scene to rival the capital. Worthy of the weighty price-tag? Read on to find out.

Lymington

Lymington - Hampshire & IOW

Perched between the forest and the sea, Lymington is the best of both worlds when it comes to countryside living.

Hitchin - Hertfordshire

I'm just going to come out and and say it - I am in love with Hitchin. This super convenient commuter town has everything you could possibly want, and more.

Sevenoaks - Kent

Craving the rolling hills of rural west Kent but still want an easy commute into London and a busy social scene?. Sevenoaks could be just the ticket although – be warned – it’ll cost!

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Market Harborough - Leicestershire & Rutland

Great shopping, beautiful buildings and a growing arts and culture scene, you'll be hard pushed to find a better place to live than this pretty market town plus, it's easy to head to the city when required..

Earls Barton - Northamptonshire

Looking for loft living but want to ditch the Shoreditch price tag? Welcome to Earls Barton where the legacy of the Northants shoe industry lives on in warehouse conversions and, for the wine lovers, there's even a local vineyard.

Norwich - Norfolk

With its indie shops, buzzy cultural scene and riverside walks Norwich is one of the UK's coolest cities with a radical history and vibrant future-facing energy.

Jericho - Oxfordshire

For those who're not quite ready to ditch city life Jericho is a happy middle ground - its foodie scene punches well above its weight, plus you're a stone's throw from central Oxford.

Langport - Somerset

Thriving laid back indies and a spirit to match on the edge of the Somerset Levels (and with the possible return of the railway it could be a good time to buy).

Godalming - Surrey

A pretty historic market town on the River Wey, with an impressive high street bulging with independents.

Southwold - Suffolk

Want to feel like you’re on holiday every day? Time to move to this scenic seaside town with fabulous architecture, great pubs, hot hotels, sandy bay and colourful beach huts.

Chichester - Sussex

Bright lights, cathedral city. The administrative capital of West Sussex is pastoral and quaint with fine dining galore and indie HQ Draper's Yard.

Henley-in-Arden - Warwickshire

The one-mile long High Street here is a conservation area with more than 150 buildings of historic interest, close to the lush ancient Forest of Arden and Stratford.

MALMESBURY

Malmesbury - Wiltshire

A charming market town with plenty of indy shops, cafes and a fabulous newly refurbished hotel.

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Tenbury Wells - Worcestershire

Keen to leave behind the stresses of the city but not willing to compromise on your foodie and arts scene passions? Then get your sat nav firmly pinned on Tenbury Wells.

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