The village of Orford lies within the Suffolk Heaths and Coasts Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a well-deserved reputation as one of the prettiest villages on the Suffolk coast. This historic community has a rich heritage as a port and fishing village during the Middle Ages. There is a medieval castle overlooking the banks of the River Ore, and the listed parish church of St Bartholomew’s. There is a sailing club, and river cruises depart from the Quay. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Orford, Orford Ness is a vast shingle spit that juts into the mouth of the River Ore, with marshes, lagoons and waterways. It was a haunt of smugglers during the 19th century and has been used for various military developments and tests by the Ministry of Defence. Today it is a nature reserve managed by the National Trust. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Orford, a ferry runs to Orford Ness and the neighbouring nature reserve of Havergate Island. In the village centre, there are several independent businesses, including pubs, cafes, and a bakery. Pinney’s smoked fish is also highly recommended.
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