Friday, 24 February 2012
As our relocation week in Suffolk draws to a close I want to start today's blog with a word of thanks to David and Lyn, owners of the lovely little Barn Cottage in Framlingham where we've been based. It's a great little self-catering cottage that has been designed with every attention to detail and is equipped to a very high standard. It's perfectly located for Framlingham and nearby attractions and we would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a break in the area. You can find details of the cottage on their website BY CLICKING HERE
After five days of research we had a well earned day off yesterday and went for a walk in the surrounding countryside. The local council provides a pack of cards printed with ten different walks each of about five miles and, with the sun cracking the flags, it felt like an early summer's day rather than mid February. It was a relaxing stroll after what had been, both physically and mentally, a strenuous six days.
Our walk ended in the lovely market square where we've enjoyed regular coffee and cakes throughout the week at the Dancing Goat Cafe which has a really nice buzz to it.
It hasn't been a wasted week. We've decided that Framlingham is a perfect place to relocate to and it's little surprise that it has scored highly on a number of lifestyle surveys being friendly, attractive, well located for both coast and country and close enough to London for us to be able to visit Paul and Josephine more often (sorry kids).
The negatives are that old properties within easy walking distance of the town centre have no parking (if any were for sale) whereas the rooms in brand new properties seemed extremely small. We found a house about thirty years old that is in a perfect location with extensive views across fields. It completely lacks the character of our house in Southport and needs a new kitchen, bathroom, en suite, downstairs toilet and windows but the garden is south facing and, with Marion's brilliant eye for home improvements, we shouldn't rule it out completely. Even with massive (and I mean massive) improvements we could possibly have change from the sale of our house.
We've certainly got plenty to talk about on the long drive home.