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Bury Saint Edmunds, Great Britain

Our home May 2014

Our home May 2014

Mill Lane Thurston May 2014

Mill Lane Thurston May 2014

Summer view from kitchen-diner

Summer view from kitchen-diner

Our home in early Spring

Our home in early Spring

Winter view from kitchen-diner

Winter view from kitchen-diner

Our home in summer

Our home in summer

Sunset viewed from our home

Sunset viewed from our home

Entrance Hall

Entrance Hall

Kitchen

Kitchen

Kitchen-breakfast area

Kitchen-breakfast area

Living room

Living room

Dining/Garden Room

Dining/Garden Room

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Daisy our 14 year old (1914) cat

Daisy our 14 year old (1914) cat

Photo taken in Mill Lane about 250 meters from our home

Photo taken in Mill Lane about 250 meters from our home

Sheep Lane, Thurston in summer - one of many walks around Thurston just a short distance  from our home

Sheep Lane, Thurston in summer - one of many walks around Thurston just a short distance from our home

The field behind our home (just visible) has a different crop most years

The field behind our home (just visible) has a different crop most years

View of field behind our back garden/yard. Field has different crops each year. Photo taken after field had been harvested.

View of field behind our back garden/yard. Field has different crops each year. Photo taken after field had been harvested.

A footpath to the countryside starts from outside our home

A footpath to the countryside starts from outside our home

Harvesting can come close to our home - photo is of a Bumblebee on Lavender flowers

Harvesting can come close to our home - photo is of a Bumblebee on Lavender flowers

Depending on the time of year Geese regularly fly over our home from nearby Barton Mere, see map. Mobile camera photo so not ...

Depending on the time of year Geese regularly fly over our home from nearby Barton Mere, see map. Mobile camera photo so not ...

Thurston Church on a Spring afternoon

Thurston Church on a Spring afternoon

Lavenham Suffolk

Lavenham Suffolk

Village sign  topped with the Thedwastre Oak, the symbol of the old Thedwastre Hundred whose elders were reputed to have met ...

Village sign topped with the Thedwastre Oak, the symbol of the old Thedwastre Hundred whose elders were reputed to have met ...

Mike and Diana -  Italy

Mike and Diana - Italy

Unique Georgian Theatre experience in nearby Bury Saint Edmunds

Unique Georgian Theatre experience in nearby Bury Saint Edmunds

Abbey Gardens 
Bury St Edmunds May 2014

Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds May 2014

Nathaniel Hodson established the present Abbey Gardens in 1831 and was modelled on the Royal Botanic Gardens in Brussels.

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Nathaniel Hodson established the present Abbey Gardens in 1831 and was modelled on the Royal Botanic Gardens in Brussels. ...

Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds in spring

Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds in spring

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds reputedly has the smallest pub in Great Britain

Bury St Edmunds reputedly has the smallest pub in Great Britain

Abbeygate Bury St Edmunds

Abbeygate Bury St Edmunds

Edmund statue and old houses at Bury St Edmunds

Edmund statue and old houses at Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds twice weekly market

Bury St Edmunds twice weekly market

Modern shopping in nearby Bury St Edmunds

Modern shopping in nearby Bury St Edmunds

Framlingham Castle Suffolk

Framlingham Castle Suffolk

Painter Constable lived and worked at Flatford on the Suffolk/Essex border. Gainsborough also lived at nearby Sudbury Suffolk

Painter Constable lived and worked at Flatford on the Suffolk/Essex border. Gainsborough also lived at nearby Sudbury Suffolk

Cambridge colleges

Cambridge colleges

Cambridge Kings College Chapel and River Cam

Cambridge Kings College Chapel and River Cam

Hartest village nr. Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

Hartest village nr. Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

Early morning on Newmarket gallops

Early morning on Newmarket gallops

Early morning on Newmarket gallops. To be able to get close to hundreds of thoroughbred horses training on Newmarket gallops ...

Early morning on Newmarket gallops. To be able to get close to hundreds of thoroughbred horses training on Newmarket gallops ...

Horse racing at the July Course Newmarket

Horse racing at the July Course Newmarket

Ipswich waterfront

Ipswich waterfront

Sculpture by artist Maggi Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh  Suffolk

Sculpture by artist Maggi Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh Suffolk

Rutting Red Deer at Westleton Suffolk

Rutting Red Deer at Westleton Suffolk

Pakenham -Suffolk (2 miles) is unique in being the only village in England with two working mills, a water mill and a windmill.

Pakenham -Suffolk (2 miles) is unique in being the only village in England with two working mills, a water mill and a windmill.

Pakenham watermill - grinding corn for at least 900 years

Pakenham watermill - grinding corn for at least 900 years

Pakenham Windmill

Pakenham Windmill

Suffolk Punch - powerful even when standing still One of the Suffolk Trilogy of animals

Suffolk Punch - powerful even when standing still One of the Suffolk Trilogy of animals

Ancient House, Thetford (20kms)

Ancient House, Thetford (20kms)

Thomas Paine was one of the greatest political figures of his day. He was born in Thetford (20kms) 1737

Thomas Paine was one of the greatest political figures of his day. He was born in Thetford (20kms) 1737

Orford Castle, Suffolk

Orford Castle, Suffolk

Lavenham (23 kms) Suffolk One of England's finest medieval village and food capital of Suffolk

Lavenham (23 kms) Suffolk One of England's finest medieval village and food capital of Suffolk

Our home

Our home

Our home May 2014 Mill Lane Thurston May 2014 Summer view from kitchen-diner Our home in early Spring Winter view from kitchen-diner Our home in summer
Sunset viewed from our home Entrance Hall Kitchen Kitchen-breakfast area Living room Dining/Garden Room Bathroom Bathroom Bathroom Daisy our 14 year old (1914) cat Photo taken in Mill Lane about 250 meters from our home Sheep Lane, Thurston in summer - one of many walks around Thurston just a short distance  from our home The field behind our home (just visible) has a different crop most years View of field behind our back garden/yard. Field has different crops each year. Photo taken after field had been harvested. A footpath to the countryside starts from outside our home Harvesting can come close to our home - photo is of a Bumblebee on Lavender flowers Depending on the time of year Geese regularly fly over our home from nearby Barton Mere, see map. Mobile camera photo so not ... Thurston Church on a Spring afternoon Lavenham Suffolk Village sign  topped with the Thedwastre Oak, the symbol of the old Thedwastre Hundred whose elders were reputed to have met ... Mike and Diana -  Italy Unique Georgian Theatre experience in nearby Bury Saint Edmunds Abbey Gardens 
Bury St Edmunds May 2014 Nathaniel Hodson established the present Abbey Gardens in 1831 and was modelled on the Royal Botanic Gardens in Brussels.

... Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds in spring Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds reputedly has the smallest pub in Great Britain Abbeygate Bury St Edmunds Edmund statue and old houses at Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds twice weekly market Modern shopping in nearby Bury St Edmunds Framlingham Castle Suffolk Painter Constable lived and worked at Flatford on the Suffolk/Essex border. Gainsborough also lived at nearby Sudbury Suffolk Cambridge colleges Cambridge Kings College Chapel and River Cam Hartest village nr. Bury St Edmunds Suffolk Early morning on Newmarket gallops Early morning on Newmarket gallops. To be able to get close to hundreds of thoroughbred horses training on Newmarket gallops ... Horse racing at the July Course Newmarket Ipswich waterfront Sculpture by artist Maggi Hambling on the beach at Aldeburgh  Suffolk Rutting Red Deer at Westleton Suffolk Pakenham -Suffolk (2 miles) is unique in being the only village in England with two working mills, a water mill and a windmill. Pakenham watermill - grinding corn for at least 900 years Pakenham Windmill Suffolk Punch - powerful even when standing still One of the Suffolk Trilogy of animals Ancient House, Thetford (20kms) Thomas Paine was one of the greatest political figures of his day. He was born in Thetford (20kms) 1737 Orford Castle, Suffolk Lavenham (23 kms) Suffolk One of England's finest medieval village and food capital of Suffolk Our home
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Enjoy our garden and views across the countryside which is yours to explore together with our region's ancient villages, towns. cities and coast. London by train.in under 2 hours (Thurston train station is 10 minutes walk from our home)

Hi. we are retires Mike and Diana
In the 1980s/early 1990s our family had successful home swaps via. Intervac. Since rejoining in 2014 we have enjoyed successful swaps with USA (twice), England and Germany

OUR HOME is a one level property and currently has two double bedrooms available, living room with wood burner (there is also gas central heating) and oak parquet floor, kitchen (fridge dishwasher, electric induction hob, oven, microwave, toaster etc) with breakfast/dining area, a garden/dining room, family bathroom, utility room (freezer, washing machine, tumble drier), cloakroom and boot room. There is also a double garage but this is used as a store and work space.
The property sits in a 1300 sq. mt. plot with the garden consisting mainly of grass, trees, shrubs. There is a BBQ for outdoor cooking/grilling. There are open fields both behind and to the front of the property and the front has views across the Suffolk countryside.

LOCATION
Our home is located on the edge of Thurston, a small village (pop. 4000) in the county of Suffolk and 5 miles/8kms to the east of the ancient market town of BURY ST EDMUNDS to which it is connected by ROAD, RAILWAY and CYCLE WAY.
Village facilities are a 5-15 minutes walk and include local stores, butchers, petrol(gas) station, pharmacy, cafes, pubs, restaurants, library, train station, and bus stops.
Also very near our home is The Grange Country Hotel, a beautiful hotel with restaurant and spa (see map) .

BURY ST EDMUNDS (5 miles/8 kms) is packed with history, quirky and unusual shops, there's loads to do. It's home to some great restaurants, real ale pubs, cafes and bistros, a unique Georgian theatre / cinemas, museums and concert hall and parks. Brewer Greene king have been making beer here since 1799.
http://www.theatreroyal.org/
https://www.theapex.co.uk/
http://www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/

The county of SUFFOLK is the southern part of the region called "East Anglia". On the map of England it's the bulge that sticks out into the North Sea just to the north east of London and is the place where the “south folk” live. The area is characterised by ancient market towns, rolling farmland dotted with villages that still have thatched and colour-washed cottages. Both Diana and Mike are native East Anglians.
Our location makes it very easy to visit attractions from sea and coast, wet lands, heath lands and forests to ancient towns and cities. We are within an hour by car from the Suffolk Coast with miles of beaches.
From the horse racing town of NEWMARKET in the west to the North Sea coast in the east Suffolk measures about 60 miles/96 km and the south of the county is only 60 miles/97 kms from LONDON.
See http://www.visitsuffolk.com /suffolk-stories/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-suffolk/ for 10 things you probably don't know about Suffolk

HIKING (Wanderung/para caminar/a piedi) Walks in the countryside,, some even starting from a footpath immediately adjacent to our home. One local walk is included in book Ramblers Best Walks Britain published 2010 see http://www.marpa.org.uk/walks/Walk04v9.pdf
Suffolk and Norfolk countryside can also be explored by hiking in many different types of countryside from beach to forest. Most larger towns and cities also have walking or bus tours or both.

CYCLING The area around Thurston is good for cycling if this is your wish, for gentle rides we have two bicycles you can use, see pic.
Cycling history. The winner of the worlds first Official Cycle Race which took place in Paris in 1868 was won by James Moore who was born in Bury St Edmunds and his cycle is on display in Ely (see towns to visit) Museum.

PETS We have one cat named Daisy, see photo, who would like you to keep her dry food and water topped up for her. If you should be away we have neighbours who would make sure she has food and water while you are away..
We also have a Black Labrador called Jess who will go to kennels during our swaps.

HONEY Mike is also a hobby beekeeper so you will be able to try our honey (every hive produces a different honey depending on hive location and the time of year the nectar is collected by our bees) and, if you are interested, Mike can arrange for a local beekeeper to show/tell you more about honeybees and beekeeping.

HISTORY
The region has many historical attractions including Castles, Cathedrals, Prehistoric Flint Mines, Anglo-Saxon royal burial mounds and much more. Mill Lane is part of a Roman Road and we are told the road also ran along the rear of our property.
See examples at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/#?Place=Suffolk

FARMING HISTORY. Suffolk is also home to three English iconic animal breeds collectively known as "The Suffolk Trinity" consisting of The Suffolk Horse, now one of the rarest animals in the world with only a few hundred animals left, The Suffolk Black Face Sheep and Suffolk Red Poll Cattle, see pics.

ART/MUSIC
Suffolk's rolling countryside and sea shores have made the county very attractive to artists throughout the centuries and right up to the present day.
There are art/music festivals in the spring and summer in most nearby towns and cities nearby including Bury St Edmunds.
For information on some of the more famous English painters who have lived and worked in Suffolk, see below
Constable, http://www.john-constable.org/
Munnings http://www.siralfredmunnings.co.uk/
and Gainsborough http://www.gainsborough.org/

NATURE RESERVES. Suffolk has many nature reserves including a major Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve at MINSMERE on the Suffolk coast. Suffolk Wildlife Trust has many reserves including one in Thurston.
http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves/black-bourn-valley
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/m/minsmere/index.aspx

THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING and STUD
Also nearby is the town of NEWMARKET (20 miles/32 km) the UK home of thoroughbred horse flat racing in the UK where in the summer it is possible to combine horse racing with entertainment by musical groups and singing stars; see http://newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket-nights
Newmarket is also home to The National Stud where you can go on tours and in the spring see the new foals.
http://www.nationalstud.co.uk/
The NEW National Horseracing Museum is also located in Newmarket see http://www.nhrm.co.uk/

VILLAGES AND TOWNS

BURY ST EDMUNDS (5 miles/8km) is a lovely ancient town and is known as "The Cradle of the Law". It is believed that in 1214 the English Barons secretly and deliberately met at the Abbey. They drafted the Magna Carta, the cornerstone of English Liberty, hence Bury's town motto, "Shrine of a King, Cradle of the Law".

LAVENHAM (14 miles/23 km), which has been described as the "finest medieval town in England" and has more than 300 buildings listed as being of architectural and historical interest. It has an abundance of art galleries, independent lifestyle shops and boutiques, fine dining restaurants, pubs and cafes.

LONG MELFORD (16 miles/ 26 km) is situated in the lush Stour Valley, the landscape that was the subject of many of John Constable’s paintings. It is a town full of heritage, popular with visitors because of its historic buildings and interesting shops.

IPSWICH (23 miles/ 37 km) One of England's oldest towns and is also the oldest English port town and has a cosmopolitan water-front developed from what was a former dock. Ipswich also has a Museum which contains the largest collection of transport items in Britain devoted to just one town. Everything was either made or used in and around Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk. see http://www.allaboutipswich.com/

SUDBURY (20 miles/ 32 km) Sudbury is a lovely market town surrounded on three sides by its famous water meadows and rolling hills. A Suffolk wool town famous for its historic links with Thomas Gainsborough and Simon of Sudbury. see http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Sudbury.asp

The Suffolk Coast is an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Suffolk coastal towns include:-

ALDEBURGH (41 miles/ 66 km) is famous for its composer Benjamin Britten connection and is home to one of the world's great musical centres, founded by Britten in 1948. see http://www.visit-aldeburgh.co.uk/

SOUTHWOLD (46 miles/ 74 km) is a quintessentially English sea resort town see http://www.suffolktouristguide.com/Southwold.asp

Below are some towns and cities in neighbouring counties which are within easy reach by car but also can be reached by train from Thurston Station so you can have a day out without the need to drive.

CAMBRIDGE (35 miles/ 56 km) Whilst just outside the county it is well worth a visit. Be inspired by the many beautiful museums and art galleries. Admire the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings and the famous Kings College Chapel. see http://www.visitcambridge.org/visitor-information

ELY (32 miles/ 51 km) Nestled in the Fen countryside and with its majestic Cathedral and riverside setting is another city that can be reached by train from Thurston see http://www.visitely.org.uk/pdfs/ElyGuideMain2016.pdf

NORWICH (42 miles/ 68 km) A Cathedral City and UNESCO City of Literature. Also home to Norwich Castle built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. There is also an iconic daily Market.seehttps://www.visitnorwich.co.uk/explore-and-experience/ Norwich is another city that can be reached in one hour from Thurston Train Station.
Also nearby are found the wet land area known as "the Broads" The Broads are Britain's and Northern Europe's largest protected wetland and are home to a wealth of wildlife, especially birdlife. Sailing and motor boats can be hired. sehttp://www.norfolkbroads.com/e
Norwich is also home to The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, see http://scva.ac.uk/

LONDON (85 miles/ 136 km) Home to world famous attractions too numerous to mention here. Thurston has good major road connection to London via A14/M11 but it is also possible to travel to London by train from Thurston station (fastest service to London Liverpool Street Station 1 hr 49 mins) or by bus to London Victoria Coach Station from nearby Bury St Edmunds.

TRANSPORT

….TRAIN
Thurston village has a train station (ten minutes walk from our home) with connections to LONDON, CAMBRIDGE, IPSWICH, NEWMARKET, ELY, NORWICH, PETERBORUGH and coastal resorts of FELIXSTOWE, LOWESTOFT and OULTON BROAD as well as many pretty towns such as WOODBRIDGE and SAXMUNDHAM. For details of the local rail network see:

https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/destinations/london?gclid=Cj0KEQjwuZvIBRD-8Z6B2M2Sy68BEiQAtjYS3C0GL9RtHhAB_nRcSsCZAwKC53zqWx0xzG3Kdw8z98waAqRv8P8HAQ

….BUS There is also a regular bus service from Thurston to Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. There are also bus connections from Bury St Edmunds to London and many other towns and cities. http://www.nationalexpress.com/destinations/timetables/490.pdf

….ROAD The nearest major road (A14) is two miles to the south of Thurston and provides easy access by car to the east coast (approximately 60 minutes), Cambridge (35 minutes) Central London (100 minutes).

....SHIP The car/passenger Ferry Port of Harwich is just under an hour drive with two sailings each day to The Netherlands. Harwich is also a port of call for cruise ships.

....AIR The nearest airports with international connections are London Stansted (60 minutes), Norwich (60 minutes). London Luton (90 minutes), London Southend (90 minutes), London Heathrow and London Gatwick airport are each 120 minutes by car. You can also travel to/from these airports by train or bus or taxi.

We hope we have given you some ideas for an interesting and relaxing vacation in Suffolk. We will, of course, take great care of your home.
If you have a specific requirement or question please ask and we will try to help

Best wishes Mike and Diana This info. last updated April 2017

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 9 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Retired
  • Retired

Our Home

  • House Type: Single storey home
  • Floor: 2 double bedrooms
  • Environment: In the country
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Not allowed

Exchange Types

  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • BBQ
  • Bicycles: 2

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy
  • Pet care wanted

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • United States
  • Italy
  • England, UK

Spoken Languages

  • English

Occupation

  • Retired
  • Retired

Children

  • No children will be traveling with us.

Pets

  • One cat named Daisy just requires her daily dry food and water to be kept topped up.

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