Kersey and Surrounding Area

Kersey and Surrounding Area

Village of Kersey

Dating back to medieval times, Kersey itself is a picturesque, traditional Suffolk village, featuring many listed properties. The village became prosperous and famous for its “Kersey Cloth” during a period centred on the 14th and 15th centuries, when the broadcloth industry provided wealth to the south Suffolk communities. There was a steady decline in the 17th century when the village experienced a period of poverty. The village now has a thriving community, with many societies and events taking place throughout the year.

In many ways, Kersey is a hidden gem, but once found it is never forgotten and it appears on many postcards, calendars, TV programmes and even a jigsaw puzzle. Visited by painters, walkers, cyclists and tourists. Over the years countless scenes have been shot here for films, TV programmes and advertisements. The first scene of “Lovejoy” is through the famous “Splash”. Kersey was also the scene for a recent Meerkat advertisement and home to the author Sir Hammond Innes who lived at “Ayres End”.

Village of Kersey in Suffolk, UK

St Mary’s Church at the top of the South end of the village is visible for miles around (especially when floodlit). Every Thursday evening between 8-9 pm you will hear the bell ringers practising.

The 14th Century Bell Inn is just 100 metres up the road from our holiday cottage. It has oak beams, a cosy open fire and offers good traditional pub food and local ales.

Kersey Mill is located just off the main road before the Kersey Village sign. It’s a Grade II* listed mill house and watermill, together with a Grade II listed converted maltings. It stands in grounds of around 16 acres on the banks of the River Brett near Hadleigh. The buildings have now been converted into a gym, hair salon, beauty rooms, art gallery, and tea room.

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towns in the Surrounding Area

Suffolk has so many medieval towns and rustic, rural villages to visit during your holiday in Suffolk.
Guests at Cressland love how many places there are to explore nearby.  

Hadleigh - 2 miles from Kersey

Just 2 miles from Kersey, Hadleigh is one of Suffolk’s charming market towns. At the heart of Hadleigh (full of traditional colour-washed houses) is the impressive 14th-century church. It was built in medieval times with donations from wealthy wool merchants and features a wood and lead spire. Hadleigh has lots of quirky shops, most of them independently owned. In fact, of the 137 properties on the High Street, 90% are listed! So even if you don’t go into the shops, there are plenty of interesting sights to see. There’s a fantastic choice of restaurants, pubs and cafes to visit; a pretty riverside walk and railway walk as well as the Guildhall/and 15th-century deanery tower complex.

Hadleigh High Street UK

Photo by Andrew Hill 

Crooked houses in Lavenham, UK

Photo by Janet Lute 

Lavenham – 8 miles from Kersey

Perhaps the most famous of the wool towns is Lavenham. It once enjoyed such a high standing that in the reign of Henry VIII, Lavenham was ranked as the fourteenth wealthiest town in England. For at least 500 years, the manufacture of various kinds of cloth and the preparation of wool and yarn were the main source of this wealth. The appearance of the town has changed little over the years. With more than 300 listed buildings, half-timbered houses lean crazily over the narrow streets while the magnificent Swan Hotel, a mass of wooden beams, now encompasses several surrounding cottages. The famous Lavenham Guildhall, was built in 1529 by the Guild of Corpus Christi. One of the town’s most prominent feature, the building is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. Little Hall (home of the Suffolk Preservation Society) is on the east side of Market Place and is also open to the public. Don’t miss a visit to the Church in Lavenham. The Church of St Peter and St Paul is likely the last of the great Suffolk ‘wool churches’ to have been completed by 1530, just before the reformation. The town also has an abundance of art galleries, boutique shops, tearooms, and restaurants.


The ancient market town of Sudbury is set in the heart of the Stour Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Dating back to Saxon times, for centuries the weaving and silk industry has played a key role in the town’s prosperity and its many fine buildings. Market Hill, an architectural gem, is the main shopping hub. There are lively markets here on both Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the year. Gainsborough’s House is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, where the artist’s life is commemorated. Here you can also enjoy the garden, café and shop. In the evening the thriving Quay Theatre with its bar and art gallery is a source of continually changing entertainment. You will find plenty of cafés, restaurants, pubs, clubs and wine bars to visit in the evenings. The River Stour and the famous water meadows that half encircle Sudbury are a relaxing haven. They provide walking and cycling routes as well as boating and fishing spots to enjoy.

Lots to do nearby our luxury holiday cottage in Suffolk | Cressland

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Long Melford

Long Melford contains a delightful spread of 18th and 19th century fronted shops and houses. All interspersed with the occasional original Tudor building. The village has become a major centre for the antique trade and also has many lovely small shops, pubs and some fabulous restaurants. Nearby is the magnificent Kentwell Hall, a moated mansion approached via a long, tree-flanked drive. Restored in the 1970s by the current owners, it is open to the public and plays host to historic re-creations and other events. Melford Hall, owned by the National Trust is also in the village and is open to the public.


Situated in the beautiful, rolling Suffolk countryside you will find the old wool town of Clare. The town has a fascinating history. There are many interesting and compelling places to visit here. The town has a wide range of shops, antiques outlets and high-quality local cafes and pubs worth a visit whilst you’re here.


Look forward to lazy mornings, long walks in the surrounding meadows of Suffolk and relaxed al fresco suppers in your own private garden


Lying in the Brett Valley, Chelsworth is the quintessential English village with thatched cottages, pretty church and cosy village pub and is surrounded by lovely countryside. The village is well known for having homes with beautiful gardens which are open to the public for one Sunday a year. Chelsworth lies on the Cycle South Suffolk route and is perfect for a village walk.


Flatford lies in the heart of the Dedham Vale and is the wonderful place where John Constable lived and did some of his best-loved paintings. It is a small site in the heart of what is known as “Constable Country” and has Bridge Cottage, owned by the National Trust, a tearoom and gift shop; the Flatford Field Studies Centre where you can stay and learn to paint, take nature study courses, photography etc and the Flatford Visitor Information Centre. Close by is Dedham (a charming walk along the river and across the fields – which is another delightful village with Castle House, home of Sir Alfred Munnings open to the public and a lovely choice of small shops, restaurants. Flatford lies on the Cycle South Suffolk route.

Bury St. Edmunds - 20 miles from Kersey

Bury St Edmunds is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions.

The Coast

If you are looking for a sunny summer holiday, Suffolk and East Anglia are counted among the driest with lowest rainfall and fewest wet days. The Suffolk Coast is a 50 mile stretch of heritage coastline and Area of Outstanding Nature.

With its famous seaside towns (Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Walberswick and Felixstowe to name a few) the beautiful Suffolk coast is within 1 – 1 1/2 hours drive.   A highly recommended day out is the Dunwich museum, followed by crabbing in Walberswick.

Holiday cottage by the coast in Suffolk | Cressland

Photo by Mat Fascione

Visit Norwich, Cambridge and London

South Suffolk is not only the perfect base to explore the county, it is also within easy access of Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Norwich –  With a back drop of 32 medieval churches, 2 cathedrals and a Norman castle shopping in Norwich is a rather unique experience. High street stores, designer brands, independent shops and quirky goods are all on offer in this city listed as one of the top 10 places to shop in the UK.   

Cambridge – Cambridge is merely 1 hours drive from Kersey just off the A14.  Cambridge, home of Cambridge University, not only offers you a fantastic relaxing shopping experience with quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges, the city also has many beautiful, historical buildings, museums and art galleries, pubs, restaurants and cafes.

London – You can be in central London under 2 hours from Kersey.  Regular trains run from Colchester Station – (30 min drive from Kersey) – Liverpool Street Station.  The train journey takes about 50 minutes. If you travel after 9.30 am you are eligible for an off-peak travel card.  There is also a large car park at the station.

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