Top places to live in Suffolk Beccles
Get more property for your buck in this thriving market town on the southern tip of the Suffolk and Norfolk Broads. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
This fast-growing market town in the scenic Waveney Valley is ideal for days out to surrounding castles, coast and countryside. Plenty of independent shops, restaurants and cafes, picturesque quayside and it even has its own lido.
Graze Bar and Grill at The White Horse is a fabulous local, serving everything from tandoori scallops to wild mushroom risotto in the gorgeous garden or cosy restaurant (or sip a porn star martini in the new cocktail lounge instead). Follow the path beside the River Waveney to the Wherry Inn, a pleasant spot for a Sunday roast. The riverside restaurant at Waveney House Hotel also boasts a tranquil setting by the water and top nosh while restaurant with rooms The Angel Inn lies four miles away in Wangford and serves classics like sea bass and samphire, posh burgers and delicious desserts. A weekly Friday farmer’s market creates a community buzz.
You’ll drool daily passing the freshly baked bread, pastries and cheeses in the window of Baileys Delicatessen, while The Galley Cookshop with a bite on the side is another gem for foodies, selling stylish cookware (everything from oven gloves to egg cups) with the added bonus of a small cafe too. Browse the shelves of Beccles Books, pick up your organic meat from Bob Knight’s Butchers and stock up on haberdashery at Parlour Made Craft Shop if that’s your thing.
You don’t need to leave Beccles for things do to – go for an open-air swim at the Lido (there’s a toddler’s pool, inflatable slide and it’s open in the winter too, Wim Hof fans), visit Beccles Museum in Grade I-listed Leman House in Ballygate or see a live show at Beccles Public Hall, which has a thriving youth theatre. Still keen to leave town? Hop aboard Big Dog Ferry and cruise along the River Waveney to Geldeston (around three miles). Trips to nearby Lowestoft, Southwold and Framlingham Castle are a must.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Prices are still reasonable here, with an average of £263,014, up 5% on the previous year. Detached houses sell for an average of £316,000, with terraces fetching just £199,845. Total. Bargain.
Butterfield House dates back to the 16th Century and is one of the best properties in the town (though the interior need some love), with five bedrooms and river views. Yours for £800,000.
SET Beccles School is rated Good by Ofsted overall and Outstanding for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare. Independent prep (2-and-a-half to 11 years) The Old School lies less than five miles away in Henstead. Over the Norfolk border, Langley School is a co-ed day and boarding school for 2-18 year olds.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Beccles was once home to Catherine Suckling, mum of Lord Horatio Nelson!
Beccles station has frequent trains to Ipswich (75 mins), where you can connect to trains for London Liverpool Street (70 mins) or Lowestoft (18 mins). Driving? The A12 is close by, creating easy access to Ipswich (60 mins) or Norwich on the A146 (34 mins).
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