Lazy boat trips on the Broads in East Anglia, the Suffolk coastline and the gentle flatlands of the Walsh; it’s not hard to see why this corner of the world inspires such loyalty from people.
In East Anglia, take some time to explore the quiet paths and bustling places of the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely. Discovering the birthplace of Anne Boleyn in the wonderful turreted red-Blickling in Norfolk is another treat, as is exploring the coast at the wonderful Brancaster estate on the North Norfolk Coast and the Gothic library, lakes and walled gardens at Felbrigg Hall. There really is no getting away from water in this part of England – especially at Oxburgh Hall, a 15th century moated manor house with woodlands.
If you’re near the lovely Suffolk coastline and fancy catching your breath after a day in the sea-air, we look after Ickworth, a circular house (also called a rotunda) containing paintings by Titian and Gainsborough. Catch a show at the open-air theatre and explore the cycle routes around the estate.
Cambridgeshire is famous for ancient colleges and seats of education, and the countryside around offers lots of learning opportunities too. Discover how a great estate became the powerhouse of the community at Wimpole then delve into the eccentric character of Anglesey Abbey, before getting close to the ponies, swans, and other animals at England’s last remaining fenland, Wicken Fen, by foot, bike or boat.
The charms of Lincolnshire are often overlooked, but spend some time exploring the flat lands of the Wash and the rolling wolds, pretty villages and soaring church spires of the north and you’ll be glad you made the effort. Gunby Hall offers lots of events to take in part in throughout the year, from open air theatre to bug-hunting and walking festivals in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.