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Top places to live in Suffolk 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. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Constable Country…need we say more? Just imagine The Hay Wain and that’ll be the backdrop to your new life in this impossibly pretty part of Suffolk, birthplace to John Constable. City commuters love this side of Suffolk as they can get the proper country life and still make it in to London for morning meetings.

EAT

Milsom’s and Le Talbooth in Dedham (just over the border into Essex) are the places to go if you’re after fine dining, while the village itself has three great pubs to choose from – The Hare & Hounds, The Carrier’s Arms and upmarket brasserie The Red Lion – as well as a cute cafe.

SHOP

There’s a small supermarket and village shop and post office, a bakery, an antiques shop and a small clothes boutique.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The whole Stour Valley and Constable Country is one big local attraction, with the National Trust’s Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s Cottage being the prettiest places to start exploring. Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park is a wholesome place to go for a family day out or for a delicious, Suffolk-sourced meal. Same Star Yoga have made a big investment in an exciting new wellness centre on the edge of the village, which opens in November.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

On the higher end of the Suffolk prices scale at £464,453 because of its city commuting potential. Last year detached properties sold for an average price of £510,977 while terraced properties sold for an average of £298,333.

HOT PROPERTY

This gorgeous four-bedroom Tudor cottage lies on Rectory Hill in East Bergholt and is on the market for £740,000.

SCHOOLS

You’re spoilt for choice with good schools around the Ipswich including Royal Hospital School (read our review here) and Ipswich School, Prep and Senior schools, both of which are easily commutable from East Bergholt and have results and facilities that are pretty hard to beat.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Constable Country isn’t just in Suffolk! Don’t make the mistake of saying to someone from the Essex side of the border that it is – it won’t go down very well!

COMMUTE

Good news, you could happily live here and commute into the city on a daily basis, thanks to its proximity to Manningtree station (1 hour into London Liverpool Street).

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