Suffolk holiday cottages in Nayland are perfect as a place to stay for visitors who want to discover the idyllic countryside of the Dedham Valley, while experiencing life in one of Suffolk’s most picturesque villages. This medieval community lies in the Stour Valley, near the Essex border. Located within the Dedham Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is surrounded by the meadows, rivers, woods and farmland which were made famous by the paintings of John Constable. Wander along the banks of the River Stour from your Nayland holiday cottage and you will notice rows of distinctive timber-framed homes. There are a number of family-run businesses in the village, including a small grocery and a butchers. Overlooking the river, the Anchor is a welcoming pub on Horkesley Road with its own smokehouse and locally-brewed ale.
The pub also has a waterside garden where you can while away an afternoon with a pint or a bite to eat. Many historic landmarks can be seen on the doorstep of holiday cottages in Nayland, including St James Church, which houses a painting by Suffolk’s best-known artists, John Constable, and is featured in a number of his works. You will notice striking 15th century buildings in the village, one of the finest examples of which is Alston Court. Many lovely walks meander away from the village, into the surrounding countryside. An ancient route known at the Pilgrim’s Way passes Nayland, from Winchester in Hampshire to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury. The charming town of Colchester is a 15-minute drive southward from Nayland, with a variety of shops and an imposing castle to explore. A little further afield, to the village’s east, the Suffolk coast is a spectacular stretch of secluded beaches, clifftop walks and ancient fishing communities. Nayland is easily reached by public transport, and is a two-hour drive northeast from London.