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Our favourite Suffolk villages: Horringer

PUBLISHED: 16:44 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013

Our favourite Suffolk villages: Horringer

Our favourite Suffolk villages: Horringer

Richard Bryson on his soft spot for this pretty west Suffolk village

Richard Bryson on his soft spot for this pretty west Suffolk village



Would this still be a favourite village if you took away the magnificent Ickworth House and its grounds? I still think so.
Whether you approach it from Haverhill or Bury St Edmunds (it is just a few miles south west of Bury) the lovely topiary and mix of thatched houses (some built from flint too) make it a much sought after place to live. I like the little side roads taking you off to one of the countys nicer housing estates, and the village benefits from two friendly, roadside pubs.
The Six Bells used to be more boozer than fine food pub (hope previous owners wont mind that description) and it was perfect for a post-match pint and some nibbles after a cricket match in the park. Up the street the Beehive could lay claim to being the countys first gastropub. The former owners, Gary and Di Kingshott have just moved on the White Horse at Whepstead (see article on our food pages) but it remains a watering hole full of character.
As mentioned the Ickworth grounds are great for a strollthere are gardens to admire, mighty and ancient trees, wild deer, play areas for children and the occasional horse trials. I have personally sampled cricket on one of the countys more interesting pitches. You used to get changed in what was a fairly sparse pavilion I have been told by one former player not to refer to it as a shed but if the facilities were not exactly luxurious the parkland playing conditions, were, and remain, idyllic.
Mind you, sheep are often grazing in next door fields so the recovery of the ball isnt always pleasant.
The rather grand prices at the Ickworth House Hotel are perhaps aimed at the London market but it has a nice balance of relaxing comfort and countryside chic. Certainly you cant beat the setting.
A few yards away the West Wing has magnificent wedding and function facilities as well as a rather wonderful cafe specialising in local produce.

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