Monday, 23 January 2012

Holiday Accommodation Suffolk With Windmill Lodges - Reasons to Visit This Beautiful County!

When you are deciding on your holiday accommodation, Suffolk is a natural choice. Windmill Lodges have wonderful log cabin holiday accommodation with hot tub, in the heart of its rural countryside. Our seven luxury cabins are located in Saxted, about 15 miles from the pretty market town of Woodbridge which is an ideal base to explore this beautiful unspoilt county.

With more people taking breaks in the UK, all year round, holiday accommodation in Suffolk has never been so popular but our log cabins offer something just that little bit more unusual.

Each cabin comes with a coal effect fire and under floor heating keeping you snug and cosy in winter after long walks in the fresh air. For summer breaks patio doors lead out to garden furniture for al fresco dining and BBQ’s. This makes Windmill Lodges the ideal all year round holiday destination.

We leave you a complimentary welcome pack (which includes milk, eggs, tea coffee, sugar sachets and wine) to get your holiday off to the right start. Our wooden lodges also boast a very well equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge, dishwasher and microwave, all perfect for rustling up a feast from the gorgeous local produce on offer in the area. All towels and bed linens, including tea towels, are provided which makes packing for your holiday much less stressful. We even supply bathrobes for you!

What really makes our holiday in Suffolk special are our private outdoor hot tubs for each log cabin. These are perfect to relax in at the end the day and soak up the wonderful views and sunsets that the big blue skies of Suffolk have to offer.

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There is So Much To Do Here!

Suffolk is all about the great outdoors whether it’s the country or the coast and long walks are an essential part of the visit.

Rendlesham and Tunstall Forests close to Woodbridge and Wickham Market are excellent for walking, cycling, horse riding and bird spotting. Rendlesham Forest was the scene of the UK’s most significant UFO sighting in 1980 and there is a walking trail dedicated to that along with other marked paths for walkers with lots of wildlife to discover.

Needham Lake just south of the market town of Needham Market is a nature reserve and picnic area based along the River Gipping. You can fish the lake with a permit and the walk takes about half an hour. After all that activity you can settle down with a picnic for lunch and enjoy the view or take a short drive into Needham Market itself for a meal in one of it’s many pubs.

With its elegantl gardens and maze Somerleyton Hall near Lowestoft is a one of the country's most beautiful stately homes and a fantastic example of Tudor-Jacobean architecture. Home to the Crossley family since the middle of the 19th century, the hall and gardens are open to the public and provide a wonderful and relaxing day out strolling around this magnificent setting.

Of course there’s also the Suffolk coast with picturesque seaside towns like Southwold and Aldeburgh with its world-renowned fish and chips, close by to Windmill Lodges.

One of these seaside towns is Walberswick, which is a little jewel along the coast and is much smaller than the better-known seaside resorts nearby. Part of the Suffolk coasts area of outstanding natural beauty, Walberswick is popular with tourists and locals alike for a day on the beach, a walk along the marshlands or a meal in one of it’s tearooms or pubs. Locally caught fish is also available to buy and take back for a superb supper at your lodge. No visit to Walberswick would be complete without a spot of crabbing off the little bridge with bacon for bait. Every year a crabbing competition is held in the town to raise money for charity.

The Weather is Pretty Good - Even in Winter!

Suffolk is consistently one of the driest parts of the UK making it perfect for breaks all year round. The annual rainfall in Suffolk is one of the lowest in Britain, often half that experienced on the South Coast of England and only one fifth of the rainfall in Devon and Cornwall.

Suffolk has a superb record of sunshine and benefits from two more hours of sun a week than the national average. On top of this the heat of the sun in Suffolk isn’t so intense as other inland parts of the UK. Cool coastal winds coming off the sea mean the climate is warm and dry but much more comfortable.

The sheltered location of Suffolk also means it avoids high winds and heavy snowfall so even in autumn and the depths of winter it is a great choice for a short or weekend break.

Suffolk is Easy To Get To

The Suffolk countryside and Windmill Lodges at Saxted are easily accessed by the A14 from the Midlands and the Home Counties, through the market town of Bury St Edmunds and then onto the A1120. From London and the south it is just a short drive up the A12 to Ipswich, then onto the A14 and the A1120 again.

UK short breaks and summer holidays are now so popular and easier to organise and pack for, especially if you have a young family. It’s simple to just pack your car and go rather than waiting endlessly at airports and suffering delays and hold ups. 

The Kids Will Love it!

There is so much for families with children to do in Suffolk. Of course there are the beaches and seaside towns to amuse the kids but Suffolk has some other hidden treasures on offer too.

Open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from May to September the Mid Suffolk Light Railway at Brockford has a full sized collection of steam trains and rolling stock, plus a museum and various special events and exhibitions throughout the summer.

The Oasis Camel Centre near Halesworth is open every day from the end of March to the beginning of November. Camels are not an animal you’d normally associate with Suffolk, which makes this animal park so unusual and fun. As well as an opportunity to have a ride on the camel you can take a walk with the llamas and meet the donkeys, alpacas, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets!
Southwold is the perfect place for families with children of all ages, with its beaches, seaside amusements and the pier, but for something a little different there is the Southwold Maize Maze. Open all week from July to the end of September when the maize is growing at it’s highest this puzzle will suit all the family. Set in the middle of the beautiful Reydon marshes on the outskirts of Southwold there is plenty to amuse the children once you’ve cracked the mystery of the maze. They have a secure play area for small children and pedal cars, go-karts and tractors for older kids.

Suffolk is a Romantic Holiday Destination

Suffolk is often described as Britain’s best-kept secret. With it’s beautiful beaches, pretty villages, seaside towns and fabulous local food and restaurants it is a wonderful place for a romantic break for two.
Suffolk is all about its beautiful countryside and coast and both are within easy reach of Windmill Lodges for long, lazy romantic walks at any time of the year. In summer you could even go for a swim as six of Suffolk’s beaches in Felixstowe, Southwold and Lowestoft have all been classed with an "excellent" rating for their bathing water quality by The Good Beach Guide.

After all that walking and swimming Suffolk is great for finding something tasty and local to eat which makes it ideal for food lovers.

As Windmill Lodges are self-catering you will want to bring back regional food and wine for a romantic cosy evening together by the fire.

Local farmers markets are great for sourcing food from Suffolk and finding unusual ingredients. Farmers Markets take place all over the county in Woodbridge, Snape, Halesworth, Aldeburgh and Easton Farm Park.

Selling game, meat and poultry E W Revetts butchers in Wickham Market is a must visit when you are self catering. Famous for their sausages, Revetts have won awards for their produce. They use only locally sourced meat and also sell local cheeses, wines, home baked bread and cakes.

Adnams is probably Suffolk’s most famous export but it’s not just beer they produce. The Adnams shops in Southwold and Woodbridge have a fine selection of wines and spirits along with speciality foods and kitchen equipment.

Adnams also have restaurants and pubs that serve fantastic food in Southwold and the surrounding area too. All these can be found on their website but they range from the formal and elegant dining of The Swan and The Crown to a more relaxed bar meal at The Lord Nelson or The Sole Bay, Adnams first ever public house.

In fact Southwold is a food lovers heaven and a must for any romantic break with walks on the beach, a stroll through the town to shop in the boutiques and art galleries finishing off with a trip to the bakers and specialist delicatessens for olives and local cheeses.

No romantic break would be complete without a meal out. Suffolk has many great restaurants in Woodbridge and Ipswich but close by to Windmill Lodges are two warm and friendly pubs that also serve terrific food.

The Cretingham Bell pub dates from 1545 and is situated only a few miles from Woodbridge. It has a lovely romantic atmosphere with three inglenook fireplaces, beamed ceilings and wood floors. It stocks local beers and cider and has a home cooked menu with a traditional roast on Sundays.

In the nearby village of Framsden is The Dobermann Inn, very much a traditional country pub with locals propping up the bar and swapping stories. Ideal for just a drink of the excellent beer or for a home cooked hearty meal, this pub is tucked away among the twisting lanes of the Suffolk countryside. 

The Countryside is Stunning!

East Anglia has the reputation of being flat but although the landscape isn’t the most undulating in the country it is anything but boring. There’s a true sense of space in Suffolk and room to move and explore the beautiful landscape with over 5,000km of footpaths marked for public use.

From marshlands, farmlands, outstanding areas of natural beauty and the famous Suffolk coastline the countryside has something to offer everyone over all four seasons of the year.

Spring sees Captain’s Wood Sudbourne, between Snape and Orford, burst into a riot of blues and purples with the annual bluebells that carpet the woodland.

Summer is time to head to the coast. Suffolk’s coast and heaths are a designated area of outstanding natural beauty stretching from Lowestoft, the UK’s most easterly point, down to the River Stour.

Much of Suffolk is rural farmland with stunning yellow fields of rapeseed being a lasting image of autumn in the county. This can be seen to the south of Suffolk around the Dedham Vale area, which is another area of outstanding natural beauty.

Finally in winter, a much forgotten part of the Suffolk countryside, The Brecks, come into its own. Lying on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, the Brecks heathland with its striking silver birch and pine trees, is ideal for walking, horse riding and bird watching.

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1 comment:

  1. I think this will be a wonderful experience. Looks like it would be great to spend a vacation at Windmill Lodges and enjoy all those things to do in Suffolk.

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