Friday, 9 September 2016

Going on the Antiques Trail in Suffolk

antiques shops, holidays in Suffolk

East Anglia is famous for its antiques shops and markets, as featured in the much-loved classic TV series Lovejoy. Windmill Lodges’ luxury holiday cabin site in Suffolk is ideally located for you to explore some of these attractions, and maybe find a piece of history to take home as a special souvenir of your stay with us.

Searching for collectables can be very relaxing and enjoyable, as you browse through items at a shop or stall. This is the total opposite of chain store culture and mass production, since every shop and its contents are unique. It is fun to pursue your own interests by looking for specific items, from Art Deco and jewellery to stamps, postcards and rural bygones, discovering the thrill of the chase.

Here is a look at just a few of the top spots for antiques which you can look forward to visiting while staying at our site in Saxtead. There are also many others to discover during your lodge holidays in East Anglia. Opening hours vary and can also be changed at short notice, and some shops are mainly open by appointment, so it is always a good idea to check by phone before making a special journey.

Just a few miles away from Windmill Lodges in Saxtead, Framlingham is one of Suffolk’s best-known historic towns. Dominated by its famous castle, it also boasts many other well-preserved old buildings. The town’s love of history is reflected in the variety of antiques and collectors’ shops which are based there.
In Fore Street, Carley’s Yard is a building dating from the 18th century, which was once a pub and then a well-known grocer’s, most recently called Carley & Webb. It now has a number of traders based in six rooms spread over two floors. As well as a wide range of vintage and retro items to explore, the centre also sells upcycled items. It includes an art gallery and holds regular decorative paint workshops. There are also a number of other antiques shops in and around the town.

Another beautifully-preserved historic town within a short distance of our site is Woodbridge, on the River Deben. The town is known for its fine range of independent shops. Located on Quay Street, Woodbridge Antiques Centre specialises in smaller items, such as jewellery and vintage toys, making it a great place to look for holiday souvenirs. It has over 20 showcases, with items from a number of different antique dealers on display.

Another popular venue is Vintage Forty Nine, in The Thoroughfare, which has antiques and collectables from 20-plus dealers. In a nearby village is Marlesford Mill, a 3-storey former grain mill with over 30 independent retailers selling a mix of old and new furniture and collectables. 

Yoxford and Debenham
These are two large villages in the area which are both known as antiques destinations. Stock from around 70 dealers is showcased at Yoxford Antiques Centre, which has a large showroom set among five acres of gardens. An unusual attraction here is a number of colourful beach huts, where various arts and crafts are on sale. You can also admire the centre’s Alpacas and chickens, or enjoy a snack at its Flying Goose CafĂ©. 
Shops in Debenham include Deco Debenham, based in the Foresters Hall, stocking a wide range of Art Deco furniture. Swan House and Garden in the High Street sells a wide range of antique furniture, decorations and textiles.

Long Melford
This famous village is about an hour’s drive from Saxtead, but is well worth the trip for a day out if you love antiques. It is known as East Anglia’s “antiques capital” and was featured in the TV Lovejoy series. The village has an amazing range of antique shops, including Melford Antiques and Interiors Warehouse, in the centre. This is a 4-storey building with over 150 dealers exhibiting items.

There are also plenty of historic items and gifts to be found in surrounding towns and villages, including Lavenham, which is the starting point for an “Antiques Trail” tour created by the Lavenham Forum. This is a drive taking in a range of shops and warehouses in Clare and Halstead as well as Long Melford.

Vintage Markets and Auctions
Various centres in Suffolk regularly hold antiques fairs.  Snape Maltings is one popular venue close to Windmill Lodges, with clothing and furnishings among the items sold at its vintage markets. The Maltings complex also has an antiques and collectors’ store, as well as other shops, restaurants and galleries to explore.

Auctions are another popular way to snap up an antiques bargain. Clarke & Simpson holds antiques and fine art auctions 5 times a year in Wickham Market, near Framlingham, as well as rural bygones and Art Deco sales.

If you are a lover of history, staying in a luxury holiday cabin in Suffolk is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing break. Our quality log cabins are close to Saxtead Mill, a popular heritage attraction, allowing you to get away from it all and relax amid the unspoilt countryside.

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