Old Picturesque Villages Near London – Day 4: Houses with an interesting history and peaceful nature

Today you will visit the abbey, after which you will go to church whose dimensions are very impressive. Next you will see stately home in the village of Long Melford. Later you can enjoy the beauty of nature in the botanical garden and park.
Old Picturesque Villages Near London

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

Anglesey Abbey


The Augustinian canon society built Englesey Abbey during the reign of Heinrich the First in the 12th century. The priests were expelled from the abbey in 1535 during the Dissolution of the monasteries. The former Priory was acquired in 1600 by Thomas Hobson, who converted it into a country house for his son-in-law, Thomas Parker. Now the house is decorated with a valuable collection of furniture, paintings, objects of art, including 37 rare clocks. In the vast landscaped gardens grow roses, dahlias, here you can find dozens of different varieties.

St. Peter And St. Paul


In 1525, the famous Peter and Paul Church was built, which is considered the highest in Britain. Its size is simply impressive, and once again show how rich the city was. The church was built with the money of Springs the most affluent merchant family Lavenham. The church is too big for the size of the village, and its towers, towering to a height of 43 meters.

Melford Hall National Trust

Historic Sites

A manuscript book was found in the estate of Melford Hall, containing an extensive collection of works by the eminent English poet John Donne. The manuscript was discovered by the expert of the Sotheby’s auction house Gabriel Heaton, who examined the Melford Hall private archive. In one of the boxes along with other documents, was a calfskin bound volume. According to experts, the collection from Melford Hall is the only manuscript collection of poems by John Donne, which is now privately owned. It put up Sotheby’s at the next auction on subjects related to English literature, science and history.


Italian Restaurants

At Prezzo you can always enjoy Italian dishes. The chef at this place prepares good sea bass, pizza and bacon salad. Many guests recommend to try a good ice cream, panna cotta and cheesecake. According to reviews of visitors, they offer a good prosecco. Most guests say that there is a first-class interior and a pleasant atmosphere.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall


The former farm estate Hyde Hall with a total area of about 55 hectares was acquired in 1955 by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson. The farmhouse of the 18th century is located on the top of a hill blown by all the winds, in the driest region of England. When the couple came here, there was no garden here, only six trees on bare and clay soil, practically unsuitable for gardening. The spouses managed not only to clear the territory, but also to break up a magnificent garden with a lot of various plants, including various species and willows, which theoretically cannot grow in such conditions. The Robinsons began to create their own garden as part of the National Gardens project.

Weald Country Park


Review from visitor: "Great place to visit, lots of wildlife. The deer were beautiful and it was lovely to be able to get so near. So nice to see parents and children enjoying the wildlife. We were very impressed with the cafe - the lady who was serving was really friendly, smiled and engaged with you - such a difference from other places we have visited. We will definitely visit again".

Shepherd & Dog

Restaurants, Pubs

Try British cuisine at this restaurant. Order here an amazing pork belly, roast lamb and roast beef. In Shepherd And Dog you can order a good toffee pudding, cheesecake and apple crumble. Be sure to try the great ale, craft beer or draft beer. In this restaurant you can enjoy live music. Many visitors say that the staff at this bar is great.