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.