Windmill Lodges is a development of luxury log cabin holiday accommodation based in the beautiful county of Suffolk. If you are looking for a rural holiday in Suffolk, we offer four and five star accommodation, equipped to as a high a standard as a holiday cottage, but with all of the tranquillity that comes with being so close to nature.
Just 13 miles from Woodbridge, one of the county's most picturesque market towns, our log cabins can be hired for short breaks, weekend breaks or full weeks.
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Spotlight on Woodbridge and the surrounding area
Woodbridge with its many interesting and historic buildings is situated on the banks of the river Deben and is always bustling with activity, offering many traditional and independent shops as well as idyllic riverside walks with picturesque views. Here are some things to do whilst staying at Windmill Lodges near to Woodbridge in Suffolk
Entertainment for children
Take a trip to Easton Farm Park. There’s loads of fun to be had there, the kids can ride on the backs of ponies or in carts, learn harnessing, pat the pets in pets corner, meet a really big Suffolk Punch cart horse, go on train rides and watch the lambs and pigs feeding. There are heated play areas and a café that serves up delicious home-made food and cakes.
Take a walk around the ancient burial mounds of Sutton Hoo and discover the incredible story of a buried Anglo-Saxon ship, the King and his treasured possessions. There is an award-winning exhibition, a fully reconstructed burial chamber and some great replica treasures. There is even an actual prince's sword.
Here at Windmill Lodges, we have our own heated covered swimming pool which is open from Easter to October which you are welcome to use but if you fancy a change, or it is out of season, you could visit the Deben swimming pool. The pool is open for various public swimming and family fun sessions and they also offer canoe courses which are great fun. At Deben they also run day camps, which include crabbing, arts and crafts, sports, swimming and much more.
About 17 miles from Windmill Lodges or three quarters of an hour by car, you’ll find Orford Castle with its unique polygonal tower keep. It stands guard over the pretty town and former port of Orford. The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore everywhere from the basement to the lower and upper halls and roof, from where there are some magnificent views of Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets. You can take an audio tour of the castle to learn more about its history.
Entertainment for couples and groups of friends
Of course it depends what you are in to but there are loads of opportunities in Woodbridge and the surrounding area for sports of all kinds, from cycling to rowing and canoeing to karting and if you’re keen on fishing, you really don’t have to go far at all. At Windmill Lodges we have our very own well stocked catch and release fishing lake and all the equipment you’ll need from rods to nets and tackle.
If sport is not your thing then why not take a trip into town to check out some of Woodbridge’s fine watering holes? There aren’t any nightclubs but many of the pubs put on live music entertainment which is guaranteed to have you toes tapping and may even tempt you to dance. The Angel on Theatre Street has Wi-Fi, The Cherry Tree Inn on Cumberland St serves real ales and great food and both The Cross and Crown are well worth a look.
Nearby Ipswich is also well worth a visit, where you will find a wide choice of high quality restaurants, bars and cafés in the trendy marina area and on St Nicholas St. There is also Cardinal Park which offers a large cinema, nightclub and popular chain restaurants. The town has good shopping facilities, a museum and Christchurch park, where many concerts and events are held throughout the year.
Entertainment for the whole family
Woodbridge and the surrounding area was of extreme national importance during the last war and many reminders of this still exist to this day. The Bawdsey Radar and the museums at Bentwaters, Martlesham and Woodbridge are testament to that. WWII aside, there are many other fascinating places to visit in and around the town.
Buttrum's Mill for example, is one of England's finest tower windmills. It was built in 1836 by the famous Suffolk millwright John Whitmore and designed so that visitors and mill workers could climb the tall tower to view its elegant machinery and all four pairs of millstones. Here you can witness first hand, the old way of milling as all the old grinding equipment is still intact. You can also see how these techniques have changed over the years and see flour ground, using modern stone grinding machines.
Another fascinating place to visit is the Woodbridge Tide Mill. The Tide Mill is known as the symbol of Woodbridge and the River Deben and no visit to Woodbridge would be complete without at least a cursory look around inside. The mill may be one of earliest of its kind in England, dating back to 1170. In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted the mill to Thomas Seckford whose home “Seckford Hall” is just a short drive away.After it fell into disrepairit has since been fully refurbished and was opened to the public in 1975.
During the summer months you can climb aboard Woodbridge’s very own open topped bus. A daily ticket will entitle you to board and alight wherever there is a request stop sign in the certain knowledge that you will be picked up an hour later which gives you plenty of time to look around.
Other sites that are well worth a visit while you’re in the area are Dunwich Heath which is adjacent to Minsmere RSPB reserve, Foxborrow Farm, the RSPB Reserve on Havergate Island, Rendlesham Forest with its picnic areas, cycle ways and way marked walks and Daisy's Walk, a delightful short walk a few minutes' drive from Woodbridge.
The town boasts many fine restaurants serving traditional English fare as well as Indian, Chinese and Thai, So if you’re feeling like a treat and want to leave the cooking (and the washing up) to someone else, Woodbridge has something to suit every taste.
Woodbridge’s farmer’s markets are held regularly twice a month and supply a wealth of fresh seasonal foodstuffs including; fish, meat, poultry and game as well as fruits and vegetables, preserves and honey, fruit juices, beers and coffee, eggs and dairy products, cakes and desserts, plants, flowers, herbs and fresh bread.
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