Yoxford is a charming village in the east of Suffolk, conveniently close to the towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh (roughly 8 miles in either direction) making it very well placed as a base to explore the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
The village is well connected, situated on the A12/ A1120 junction, with the Darsham railway station just a mile or two away. It is 25 miles north of Suffolk’s county town, Ipswich, and 94 miles from London. However, despite being well connected, Yoxford is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The village takes its name from a ford of what is referred to locally as the River Yox, which runs nearby. The name of the village means a ford where oxen can pass – as removing the ‘Y’ from the beginning of the name shows. Yoxford is surrounded on all sides by beautiful parklands – towards Peasenhall one can find Sibton Park, with a large fishing lake. In the village is Grove Park, and Rookery Park on the Leiston Road. Also surrounding Yoxford are extensively farmed areas (particularly fruit farms). These coupled with the parklands earns Yoxford the much-deserved title of ‘The Garden of Suffolk’.
Thatched Shelter, Yoxford
Yoxford is known for its shops, especially its antique and second-hand book shops, plus its variety of cafes, restaurants, traditional inns and other shops of general interest. There is also a thatched shelter on the high street which is pretty unique even for Suffolk.
Yoxford Antiques Centre and Gardens offer a wonderful array of quality furniture, ceramics, books, jewellery and collectibles from a bygone age. New to the centre are a selection of colourful Arts and Crafts Beach Huts and pieces from celebrated artists, designers and sculptors.
Church of St Peter, Yoxford
Beyond the high street lies Mulberry Park, a pretty family area with picnic facilities and children’s amenities. A favorite destination for tourists, almost in the centre of the park, is the Church of St Peter, kept and cared for with love over the centuries by its parishioners. The Church is a grand sight, with its unusual spire featuring a cock to mark its highest point, and its 18th and 19th Century headstones. Visitors will discover a Victorian-styled interior, along with one of the largest collections of brasses and hatchments in Suffolk.
Places to Stay in Yoxford
Holly Tree Cottage
Explore the nooks and crannies inside Holly Tree Cottage, or relax with a drink in the conservatory looking out on lovely gardens. The B&B offers one double ensuite room and one double with a private bathroom for your warm and friendly stay.
Oak Tree Farm B&B
Oak Tree Farm B&B has three en-suite double or twins room available. Set in beautiful surroundings, this Georgian farmhouse is located on the outskirts of Yoxford.
Haw Wood Farm Caravan and Camping Park, Darsham
With pitches from just £7 a night, Haw Wood Farm is an inexpensive way of setting up camp in Suffolk. Ideal for reaching many attractions, with the popular Latitude Festival just five minutes away.
Mill Barn Cottages, Middleton
Well behaved pets are welcome at Mill Barn Cottages, while there is also an en-suite B&B; room available in the owners’ house. See Mill Barn Cottages and Mill House B&B for details.
High Lodge, Darsham
From fishing, shooting and golf to hot tubs and a host of children’s activities, this fabulous complex set in 100 acres of woodland, has something for everyone. Lodges sleep up to six. Find more at High Lodge.