Lots of the properties we help you buy, sell and let are within the Waveney Valley. We consider ourselves lucky to work in this area – there are some lovely villages and market towns all set within stretches of beautiful countryside. Running along the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, the best of both counties is within easy reach. It’s a great place to live.
If you’re not familiar with the area, we thought it might be helpful to write a short guide to the main towns in the Waveney Valley that we service to help you narrow down your search for the perfect home.
We’ve written about Beccles in some detail before. With a strong sense of community, quaint architecture and historic quayside, the town oozes old school charm. As one of the fastest growing market towns in the country, there are also all the modern conveniences you would expect; it’s very family-friendly. It’s been referred to as “one of Britain’s best kept secrets” and there are some delightful character properties as well as plenty of newer houses.
Perhaps not the place for you if you’re looking for a fast pace of life – some say time has stood still here! But we love the traditional atmosphere, quirky cafes and independent shops. Explore the alleys and lanes around the centre of the town to discover some picturesque Georgian properties. The bright painted houses on Bridge Street are particularly eye-catching. Down by the water you’ll find some posher properties with views over the valley – perfect if you’re looking to combine your own slice of countryside living with the convenience of a town.
A pretty market town just 9 miles from desirable Southwold on the stunning Suffolk coast. Halesworth is a haven for food lovers with a renowned monthly produce market and an array of small independent shops. There’s even a local vineyard! A thriving centre for culture and the arts, you can enjoy the town’s café bars and year-round events. The annual Halesworth Arts Festival brings visitors to the town each Autumn. Enjoy a stroll along the banks of the River Blyth – a haven for wildlife to make the most of the town’s rural location.
Halesworth railway station is on the East Suffolk line with good connections to Norwich, Ipwsich and London.
Harleston is another vibrant town which still boasts a local market every Wednesday. Browse the independent shops which add plenty of character. There are a few good pubs too and a thriving arts scene. With some lovely cycling routes directly from the town, Harleston is a great place to bring up a family. With a wide range of housing on offer, it’s well worth a look.
Loddon lies within the Broads National Park. Take a stroll along the River Chet to make the most of the town’s beautiful setting. The growth of the town over the centuries can be traced through the fine selection of buildings. With local shops, eateries, pubs, a library and plenty of activities to entertain the whole family, Loddon has a lot to offer. The frequent bus services to Norwich, Lowestoft and Beccles make it a convenient base to commute from.
Want to know more? The Visit Waveney Valley website has loads of information on the area. Or why not take a tour of the area and take advantage of the free audio tours you can download from the Explore Waveney Valley website.