Project Description

Lying in the Brett Valley, Chelsworth is the quintessential English village with thatched cottages, sale a pretty church and cosy village pub and is surrounded by lovely countryside with plenty of footpaths and opportunities for walking.

The village has been much admired over the years and a view of it, which is felt by many, is summed up by the great grandson of Queen Victoria’s poet laureate, Julian Tennyson, who said:

I have a perfect village of my own finding…….it is Chelsworth and lies completely hidden in a little valley. Its cottages are irregular, very well kept and finely timbered. It borders a stream, whose banks are lined with rich, gigantic trees. I can’t tell you why I think it’s perfect, perhaps it is because Chelsworth has been left to itself

This is very true and photographs from the 19th century, show how little the village has changed over the decades and centuries.

Need to Know…

The village is well known for having homes with beautiful gardens which are open to the public for one Sunday a year. Keep an eye on our events listings page for the event which usually comes up at the end of June. The gardens are fabulous, some of them large and graceful, others small and crammed full of gorgeous flowers as befits a cottage garden. Chelsworth Open Gardends day is also a chance to get close to the architecture of the houses and enjoy sitting in some lovely surroundings, enjoying a cup of tea and homemade cake that will be on offer in some of them.

Village pub

South Suffolk Cycle Route