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37 Polstead Community Shop England’s second-oldest community shop is welcoming and well-stocked. Pretty village setting with the Cock Inn and Vintage Tea Room opposite. The Green, Polstead, CO6 5AL, ,, 01206 263464. 52.0077, 0.9020 s

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38 Cobbs Cottage 17th-century thatched cottage with chocolate-box charm. Located down singletrack lane on an ancient estate overlooking the Box River valley. Stands beside a larger cottage. Stoke Tye, Stoke-by-Nayland, CO6 4RP, ,, 01787 211115. 52.0018, 0.8818 g XX 18

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40 Rushbanks Farm, R Stour Simple riverside campsite with jetty and canoe hire. Two miles W of Nayland near Wissington. CO6 ,, 4NA, 01206 262350. 51.9644, 0.8373 2f1

47 Twee Gebroeders This restored 1897 Dutch sailing barge is quite unique. Nostalgic interior with riverside walks and wildlife-watching from the deck. Pin Mill, 200 yards L of Butt & Oyster pub ,, (IP9 1JW), 01394 410597 (or 0117 204 7830 via canopyandstars.co.uk). 51.9967, 1.2120 g

43 Freston Tower Striking six-storey Tudor folly with great views over the River Orwell. Set in undulating parkland.

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45 Badwell Ash Lodges Four waterside timber lodges set beside fishing lakes. Each has private hot tub and veranda. Adults only. Hunston Road, Badwell Ash, IP31 3DJ, ,, 01359 258444. 52.2805, 0.9112 g 46 Stanstead Camping Camping field overlooking a pond and arable fields. Farm produce sold. Adults only. Farmhouse B&B also here. Stanstead Hall, Hitcham, IP7 7NY, ,, 01449 740270. 52.1450, 0.8911

42 Purton Green Carry your luggage by wheelbarrow to this thatched medieval cottage – all that’s left of the lost village of Purton Green. 13th-century features, surrounded by rural Suffolk views. A real treat. Stansfield, 01628 825925. Exact address ,, given on booking. Landmarktrust.org.uk 52.1512, 0.6041 g

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44 Swattesfield Campsite Secluded seven-acre site with back-to-basics feel. Fire pits and pizza oven, with bell tents, pixie hut and shepherd’s hut available. Near Thornham Estate gardens and parkland. Gislingham Road, Thornham Magna, IP23 ,, 8HH, 01379 788558. 52.3030, 1.0592 f

39 Henry’s Lake, Rattlesden Three miles from the nearest village, the stargazing at this small camping and caravanning site can be fantastic. Fishing lake, electric hook-ups and honesty shop. High Town House, Rattlesden, IP30 0SZ, ,, 01449 736600. 52.1670, 0.8825

41 Spencers Farm Shop campsite Small, peaceful site with PYO, farm shop and café. Village pub and shop five-min walk. Wickham Fruit Farm, Wickham, CO9 2PX, ,, 01787 269476. 51.9906, 0.6710 f XX 40

Nr Freston, 01628 825925. Exact address ,, given on booking. Landmarktrust.org.uk 52.0126, 1.1722 g

48 Mill House Camping Smallholding with six-pitch camping site. Open-air shower, sustainable and selfsufficiency ethos, own produce often available. Mill Hill, Earl Soham, IP13 7RP, ,, 01728 684312. 52.2184, 1.2573 f 49 Ling’s Meadow Wildlife-rich camping meadow on an 80-acre wheat and barley farm. Vehicle-free site, with wheelbarrows for luggage. Bell tents available. Stanton Road Farm, North Common, ,, Hepworth, IP22 2PR, 01359 250594. 52.3403, 0.8911 f