While enjoying a log cabin holiday in the heart of Suffolk UK, there are many things you can do. Walking, bird watching, fishing, cycling, sight seeing, shopping and relaxing, are just some of the things on offer here at Windmill Lodges – an exclusive development of luxury 4 and 5 star holiday log cabins, all carefully arranged around a delightfully peaceful, private catch and release fishing lake.
About our luxurious log cabin holiday accommodation
Each of our log cabins is very well appointed, featuring all you would expect, to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Similar to staying in a Suffolk holiday cottage, but with the benefit of being closer to nature, each cabin is very well furnished with quality pieces including dining tables and sofas. The bedrooms have been made as comfortable as possible too, many of them featuring a delightful four-poster bed with matching quality linens.
Our holiday log cabins are prepared and presented with an eye to affording the highest in luxurious accommodation. Each log cabin comes with its own private hot tub for relaxing in at the end of a busy day. On site there is also a heated swimming pool (open Easter to October).
Outside of the lodges in the beautiful Suffolk and East Anglian countryside there is a huge amount to do for all of the family. Whether you are here for a romantic short break as a couple, or on a family holiday in Suffolk, read on for our guide to things to do on your log cabin holiday.
The picturesque Suffolk countryside is on the whole, quite flat. Sure, it undulates in places but never to the point where walking becomes anything other than a pleasure. There is a great deal of quite lovely countryside on your doorstep at Windmill Lodges. Red House Farm, where the lodges are situated is located in the village of Saxtead, which is noted for the windmill after which the site is named. The unusual thing about the Saxtead Green Post Mill is that its whole body revolves on its base. It is one of many such mills that were built in this region around the late 13th century.
Further afield the countryside opens up some more, chocolate box villages and quaint little towns give way to fields of crops and wooded areas. Delightful country pubs serve up lovely home cooked meals with a good choice of real ales and a decent wine list. Why not reward yourself after your exertion with some well-earned and hearty sustenance after you've worked up a healthy appetite?
Suffolk is THE county in which to indulge your love of bird watching. All kinds of birds can be seen here because the landscape is so diverse. The woodlands, marshes, heathlands, and beaches that go to make up this arena, deliver perfect breeding and resting grounds for a myriad of birds both indigenous and migratory.
Among those to be spotted on our shores and in our woodlands are; avocets, barn owls, bearded tits, bitterns, black necked grebes, black redstarts, black tailed godwits, black terns, buzzards, golden orioles, great crested grebes, gulls, hen harriers, hobbies, kestrels, kingfishers, linnets, little egrets, little terns, marsh harriers, meadow pipits, nightingales, nightjars, ospreys, oystercatchers, redshanks, sand martins, short eared owls, shovelers, snipes, sparrow hawks, stonechats, swallows, tree pipits, warblers, .wheatears, widgeons, woodcocks and woodlarks.
Another pastime that you can really throw yourself into at Windmill Lodges is fishing and here on site, we have our own catch and release fishing lake to enable you to do just that. The 40m x 60m lake is kept well stocked with a variety of fresh water fish including carp and tench to make fishing the lake as rewarding as possible for all the family, regardless of age or fishing prowess.
At the reception desk on the development you will be able to purchase or hire all you’ll need for a good days fishing including bait, hooks, floats, landing nets and fishing rods. There is even a “how to” book available to buy if you get really stuck. Fishing at Windmill Lodges is excellent fun for the whole family and you don’t have to be a keen angler to really enjoy the day either. Some of our fish just never learn and seem to even enjoy the whole catch and release process!
Many of our guests bring their own bikes, strapped to the back of their cars and we have even had those who have visited us by bike, using public transport to get here. This is actually quite easy since Woodbridge railway station is only 14.8 miles away and can be directly accessed via Harwich International, Ipswich, Westerfield, Melton, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Darsham, Halesworth, Brampton, Beccles, Oulton Broad South and Lowestoft as well as from any connecting station further afield. Or if you would rather hire bikes once you’re here, there are a number of quite local cycle hire shops.
Once saddled up the Suffolk countryside is your oyster. You can pedal away to your hearts content, enjoying expansive vistas and great swathes of unspoilt countryside and since you wont be free wheelin down too many big hills, you won’t have to struggle to get back up them again.
Whether travelling by bike or on foot, opportunities for sight seeing and taking photos exist at every turn. In the nearby market town of Woodbridge, you can visit the Woodbridge Tide Mill. The symbol of Woodbridge, if you buy postcards in the town, it is bound to be featured somewhere. It is one of the earliest tide mills still in existence.
Sutton Hoo is another must see visitor favourite. This Anglo Saxon ship burial site is demarcated by a group of low grassy mounds, overlooking Woodbridge from the banks of the Deben. This is the final resting place of Redwald, King of East Anglia. He was buried here with his ship and all his treasure, as was the custom in his day. The burial ground was uncovered in 1939 and is now under the charge of National Trust.
Another great place to visit whilst you’re here is the magnificent 12th century curtain walled castle at Framlingham. This impressive fortress stands guard over the town and is a constant source of education and attraction to visitors. An exhibition within its walls tells the story of its transformation from powerhouse to poorhouse. Throughout the summer, there are regular events staged at the castle including falconry exhibitions and shows for your young knights and little princesses.
Other buildings of historical interest in the area include; Christchurch Mansion, Euston Hall, Eye Castle, Glemham Hall, Hadleigh Guildhall, Holton Saint Peter Postmill, Kentwell Hall, Lavenham Guildhall, Leiston Abbey, Melford Hall, The Malthouse Project, Orford Castle, Snape Maltings, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Saxtead Green Post Mill, Somerleyton Hall & Gardens, Southwold Lighthouse, Thorpeness Windmill and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, many of which are within fairly easy striking distance of Windmill Lodges.
Shopping, whether for essential supplies like fresh bread and meat for the barbeque or for souvenirs of your trip, is amply catered for by the nearby towns of Woodbridge and Framlingham. These come to you with the added bonus of both being really quite charming places to visit.
During your stay, why not take a trip out to the seaside towns of Walberswick, Southwold and Aldeburgh or further inland, but still beautiful, the famous medieval town of Lavenham. Each of these towns is oozes charm and individuality and they attract all sorts of arty types who set up shop selling their wares. You are bound to find a picture you’ll fall in love with or some memento of your visit that you simply cannot be without and don’t forget your camera, you’ll need that too.
If your ideal short break involves doing nothing more than simply chilling out and relaxing, then a short break in a log cabin might be just what the doctor ordered. You can use the time to relax and fully recharge your batteries. There are televisions and stereos in the cabins, and good ones too, but you don’t have to switch them on. You could take the time to immerse yourself in a good book instead, or to touch base again with your partner.
All too often work and family commitments get in the way of relationships and cause us to lose focus on what is really important. A long relaxing weekend away provides the perfect opportunity for you to rekindle your relationship, especially when we tell you that our log cabins feature their very own, private hot tubs. What better way to relax than have the warm water and air bubbles go to work on your tired muscles whilst you lie back and relax, and how romantic, to gaze up at the stars with a glass of wine in hand, no phones, no email, no blackberry – just you.
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