Local Area

Located between The Suffolk Town of Eye and the Norfolk Town of Diss, guests can visit all that Suffolk and Norfolk has to offer, as you are located right on the border. A perfect location based centrally for days out in East Anglia . For walkers, Abbey Farm has a circular walk on its door step, fantastic for dogs! For cyclists there is secure shed for bikes on site.

Local attractions include Banham Zoo, Oasis Camel Park, Framlingham Castle, Bressingham Steam and Gardens, and the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Thetford Forest is about a 25-minute drive from Abbey Farm to give even more choice of places to walk and ride. Children will love visiting the wild ponies at Knettishall Heath which is a 12 minute drive. Yaxley Fishing Lake is less than three miles from Abbey Farm and is well-stocked with carp and tench. Diss Golf Club is 5 minutes drive from Abbey Farm and visitors to the club can book on line.
For lovely day outs within an hour of the house, why not go to Flatford Mill, Constable country or Cambridge.

If a drive isn't in your plans, you can put on your boots and explore on foot. A network of country lanes, and a circular footpath walk, are located just few minutes from your doorstep, allowing you to enjoy the open countryside away from the road, or simply take a stroll by the local parish church. Another particular favourite is the 12 miles of footpaths through the Thornham Estate, an ancient parkland, with woodland and farmland, as well as a Victorian walled garden. With many walks and cycle trails available close by you will be spoilt for choice.


Further afield, the ancient city of Norwich with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop, has a wealth of sights to see including its castle and one of the oldest outdoor markets in the UK consisting of approximately 200 stalls. The famous Norfolk Broards with 125 miles of navigable lock free waterways are an easy day out from Abbey Farm. Bury S Edmunds with its lovely Cathedral, St Edmundsbury and the home of Green King Brewery is 22 miles from the house. Cambridge university city is within easy reach for a day trip and London Liverpool Street is accessible with frequent trains from Diss station.

For anyone with an interest in history or wildlife, this is an area rich in historic treasure and wildlife sanctuaries including Redgrave and Lopham Fen a wild watery landscape of sedge, rush, heath and hundreds of pools created over many centuries by local people as they eked out a living, digging peat for fuel and cutting reed and sedge for thatching. For the birdwatchers RSPB Minsmere is just under an hour.

The beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast is approximately 28 miles from the house. There is Southwold's stretch of sand and famous pier, serving very good fish and chips, Dunwich and Walberswick, Lowestoft or Aldeburgh, the latter of which has fantastic restaurants selling fresh crab and lobster.

For shopping, Diss has a good selection of supermarkets and small independents with a market on Friday mornings together with Banks, Chemists, family run Butchers and everything you may need during your visit. Eye has a Deli, Bakers, Pharmacy, Post Office two family run Butchers and some very nice gift and antique shops and two small Co-Op supermarkets, one of which is open until 10pm for those little emergencies.

These are a few of the local restaurants, please check for yourself on TripAdvisor

Some Hospitality Venues may not be open, it would be advisable to check before