Walsham le Willows

Accommodation - Rented

Self catering: Sideways

Self-catering holiday let in the centre of the village, with off road parking.

One bedroom 2+2 in bunk beds, also a cot is available if this should be required. Overlooking part of the owners garden which is featured every year in the ever popular Open Gardens Weekend which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Within easy reach of many historical places and the delightful East coast.

For more information speak to Mary or Reg by telephone on: 01359 259224 or you can email on: sidewayscottage@btinternet.com

Mary and Reg Bradley
The Street
Walsham le Willows
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP31 3AZ

Self catering, short breaks: Gabriel’s Cottage

Self-catering holiday accommodation. 1640’s cottage in the centre of the village, available for short breaks, weekends etc. Including off road parking.

Two bedrooms, sleeping three people. Ideally positioned for visiting many popular Suffolk villages, within easy driving distance of such sought after coastal towns as Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh. Also convenient for the ever popular Open Gardens Weekend which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

For further comprehensive details see Grove Cottages. or telephone John Stebbing on 01359 259061 or e-mail him on john@architectatwork.co.uk

Self catering accommodation in Slovenia

This accommodation is owned and rented out by Mark Moody and his wife Ruth. Mark is a Walsham ex-cricketer who is still remembered by his many friends in Walsham and has asked if we might add his accomodation details to our website. All of the details are on his website which is shown below and the first apartment will be opened in time for Christmas. We do not usually include " Commercials" on this website but as this is not in competition with any of our own residents and to give a little bit of help to an old aquaintance we are accepting this as very much a 'One-off'.

For further comprehensive details see Mostrana.

Elmside Lea - the Hopkins Homes development

October 2009

This next section has appeared in the Updates section of this website for the last two years. It is felt that it is now the time to move the basic information into this section as it appears to be more relevant to viewers who may be looking to move into the area. However, it is not intended to be seen as some form of Estate Agency and it willonly apply to this important and far reaching local develoment.

There is currently a development site in Finningham road where Hopkins Homes are in the process of building over 50 houses, which also includes a number of "Affordable Homes".

On the 18th of May 2007 an archaeological team completed their exploration of a newly opened area of the above site where they found evidence of a house 10 metres by 8.5 metres, and the associated pottery sherds suggest a 12th century date. It was probably in use for several generations, and was of high status, as indicated by a seal and a 13th century buckle of museum quality. The material is now with a specialist unit, and the findings will be published in due course.

We have now fast forwarded to autumn 2009 and the development is now in full swing with a showhouses open on site along with their Sales Office. The developers have now named the site "Elmside Lea" - not a title that has pleased many local residents but then the whole project has not been without its local critics; when the original proposals were shown to the village there was almost unanimous opposition to many facets of the plan, namely the sheer scale of the proposal which was for over 90 houses - a vast increase on the 452 homes that were in existence at the time of the Village Appraisal carried out in the spring of 2002. That figure was eventually reduced to just over 50.

Now, here in 2009 Hopkins Homes have obtained Planning Approval to complete the building on the remaining part of the site. As everyone is well aware we have been inthe midst of a serious recession during the last year and consequently there was a lull in the building work that was ongoing on this site. Along with the whole of the building industry - apart from the development of the Olympic stadium etc., the building of the houses on this site completely dried up, as did the interest in the sales in the whole housing market.

However the work was restarted some four months ago and the sales of the houses have now increased with the result that the building work is back on stream with 25 houses now occupied and with another half a dozen sold and just awaiting final completion.

It is interesting to note that the concern regarding the strain on the village infrastructure that would affect the Primary School, local traffic etc. has so far not happened! And in fact these new residents are now beginning to join in the local village activities and it is also noticed that the development has naturally attracted a range of younger people to the village, an asset that will become more and more evident in the coming years.

The development plan, as shown below, shows 15 affordable homes with the remaining 38 being a mix of 15 different styles of 2,3,4 or 5 bedroom houses. There is also a mix of detached, link and terraced house styles. The site plan also includes a shop which is positioned across the corner to the right of the new entrance road. The plan also shows an area between the development site and the houses in Townhouse Road which is marked as "Future Development" and this includes the old Elmside house and the new "visitors parking space". This is the area which has recently been approved for the future development. Also shown below are the names of the various houses along with their relevant plots. Three plots shown on the list as the Elmswell are the 5 bedroom types with the Claxton, Hoveton, Walcott, Hethersett, Costessy, Mundham, Hardwick and Brundall all being 4 bedrooms and just the Wrenningham being 2 bedrooms. You have guessed it - the remainder are 3 bedroomed.

The illustration shown with the house details is a computerised "photograph" taken from in front of plot 30 looking across towards plots 20 and 21, ie The Hoveton and The Walcott with the end of plot 19, The Bawburgh, shown to the right. It can be seen on the plan that in some cases the garage is some distance from "it's" house which will not be ideal when the owner returns home from shopping with perhaps two very young children and five or six shopping bags to unload! With 53 new houses in the village there can be an expected addition of a minimum of 100 young children to attend local schools, the play area etc. plus at least another 60 cars to add to our already very busy main street.

A separate typed sheet is included inside the brochure which gives the current prices. This information is taken from the Hopkins Homes very comprehensive brochure and from conversations with their sales personnel, plus one or two comments from Ken Stockton! For more information either visit their Marketing Suite (Sales office!) or click onto www.hopkinshomes.co.uk which will take you direct to their website.

A colour plan showing roads and houses with lots of green backgrounds. A photograph of road with two white houses and the end of a bricked house with a blue sky and the leaves of trees.

That the fully furnished Showhouse is now open, basically from Thursdays until Sundays daily from 10.00am until 5.00pm. Mondays, 1.00am until 5.00pm. In addition to those house which are now occupied there are also now many more houses in various stages of construction and the site has now been adjusted to allow visitors to see how the whole area is being developed, complete with the large open grassed area as shown on the plan and their own small play area.

The 15 affordable homes were built for the "Flagship Housing Group", whilst the tenanting and managing of the tenancy will fall to Suffolk Heritage Housing Association (who are a member of Flagship.) My understanding is that Flagship is a respected player in this particular field and they have recently completed a development of a similar nature in Bury St Edmunds. These houses are now all occupied.

Five of the affordable homes will be shared equity, with the remaining 10 for rented use for people on Mid-Suffolk's housing register.

If you wish to find out more about Flagship click on www.flagship-housing.co.uk which will take you direct to their website. Once again this information has come from reliable sources; believe me!

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