Monday, 2 April 2012

Book yourself a log cabin holiday in Suffolk to look forward to!

Early spring is the perfect time to book a week away - and what better than a log cabin holiday with hot tub in Suffolk!

Whether you’re looking to take your break now or later in the year, our luxurious log cabin holidays offer many benefits.  First and foremost our seven individually designed cabins to offer a home away from home but with finishing touches such as private hot tubs and coal effect fires to offer that extra bit of luxury. Windmill Lodges provide well equipped, warm, comfortable and spacious accommodation in a beautiful country setting overlooking a fishing lake. 

When you stay in one of our log cabins, holidays are truly flexible - the kitchens in all of our wooden lodges feature everything you need to cook yourself a fabulous meal, including a full size cooker, fridge and a dishwasher so you don’t have to wash up! We even provide a complimentary welcome pack including essential groceries and all linen, towels, tea towels and bathrobes - so less for you to pack.  If you’d prefer to eat out, then you won’t be disappointed, as holidays in Suffolk will give you access to a fine selection of pubs and restaurants.

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Holidays in Suffolk - Towns to Explore

Whatever the weather Suffolk offers a number of gems for you to explore providing enjoyable days out whether holidaying as a family, couple or a group of friends.

The ancient market town of Bury St. Edmunds is steeped in history.  As well as giving you the opportunity to walk through the grand stone gateway to the ruined abbey, you can also visit St. Edmundsbury Cathedral offering 1,000 years of worship and pilgrimage. 

This breathtaking cathedral was originally built to house the remains of Edmund, King of the East Angles who died at the hands of the Danes in 1869. St James Church was later built within the confines of the abbey and eventually became a cathedral in 1914.  Many people visiting the church, regardless of if they are religious or not, take the opportunity to light a prayer candle.  If you are interested in visiting the Cathedral you may want to time your holiday in Suffolk with Candlemas or ‘The Presentation of Christ in the Temple’ which takes place on 2nd February and marks a significant Christian festival.

If it’s heritage you’re seeking then look no further than the Theatre Royal, the sole surviving Regency Playhouse in the UK.  This truly wonderful theatre has been fully restored to its original 1819 glory and offers insight into the history of English theatre.  As well as offering guided tours, workshops and an impressive library archive, the theatre includes a full programme of live productions throughout the year.

The Theatre Royal’s owners are no other than Greene King, the UK’s largest independent brewer since 1799 and whom still reside in the centre of Bury St. Edmunds town.  Visit the brewery for a guided tour which offers a great insight into the history of brewing.  You’ll also get to visit the brew house where cask ales such as Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale are produced.  As well as the infamous brewery, Bury St. Edmunds is home to the smallest pub in Britain, The Nutshell where you can quite literally spread your arms and touch one side of the pub to the other.

While on holiday in Suffolk, the village of Thorpeness, built at the turn of the last century is also well worth a visit.  Originally a small fishing village rumoured to be a route for smugglers into East Anglia,  is awash with Tudor and Jacobean architecture thanks to Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie who developed this area into a fantasy holiday village for his friends and family back in 1910.  Possibly his most ingenious achievement was the ‘House in the clouds’ - the village’s wooden clad water tower made to look like a small house on top of a five-storey tower.

Thorpeness also has a 65 acre boating lake loosely themed on Peter Pan where traditionally painted rowing boats are available to hire.  This has been a popular location for both residents and tourists for over eighty years.  The boating lake is also the location for regular events hosted throughout the year.

Holidays in Suffolk - Get Out for a Stomp!

A break in Suffolk wouldn’t be complete without a good old stomp around the countryside, with the winter months offering possibly one of the best times to go walking.  Wrap up for the weather and you’ll be sure to lift your spirits and blow away the cobwebs. 

With its stunning scenery and magnificent coastline Suffolk offers the perfect place for walking.  Some of the County's best places to walk include Orford Ness, voted amongst the top 10 walks in the whole of the UK.  The National Trust also vote this now nature reserve walk as best for history based on it spanning a once top-secret military testing site, which still bears signs of its darker past.

If a coastal or beach walking is more appealing you’ll be spoilt for choice with beautiful villages such as Aldeburgh, a famous sailing resort, Southwold, a lovely seaside town with a pier, fishing boats and brightly painted beach huts or Dunwich which boasts a wide stretch of pebble beach.

A walk of truly outstanding natural beauty can be found at Dedham Vale, more commonly referred to as ‘Constable Country’ after the famous painter John Constable.  Walk along the banks of the River Stour which elegantly straddles the Essex Suffolk border and see John Constable’s father’s watermill, known as Flatford mill; the same watermill depicted in one of his most famous of paintings.  There is also a public footpath which runs between Flatford and East Bergholt with a distance of about 1½ miles.  

Holidays in Suffolk - Enjoy Fish and Chips, A La Carte Dining or a Cosy Pub Meal!

Despite its often poor reputation, English food is something us Brits wouldn’t be without even when we’re abroad!  There’s something about a roast dinner on a Sunday, sausages and mash with lashings of gravy and good old fish and chips by the sea that’s so hearty and comforting particularly in the winter months. 

If you’re looking for an intimate meal or merely a la carte dining then head for Woodbridge, Framlingham or Orford.  The Waterfront Café in Woodbridge is set in a 300 year old granary and has an idyllic location overlooking the banks of the River Deben.  The welcoming atmosphere of the Galley with its fabulous menu and wine list to match is another popular place to eat, as is the Regatta in Aldeburgh which was mentioned by Nigel Slater, celebrity chef and writer for The Observer and praised in the Michelin Guide. Orford also offers two wonderful fine dining restaurants; The Crown and Castle and Butley Oysterage which has its own smoke house!

If traditional pub grub’s more your thing there are plenty to choose from; or a friendly pub with a rustic atmosphere and excellent beer and food visit the Kirtling Red Lion in West Suffolk.  For cosying up next to roaring open fires try the Jolly Sailor in Orford or the Middleton Bell serving home cooked and locally sourced food in an attractive and inviting atmosphere - the hub of this pretty little village.  Finally the 16th century Brewers Arms in Rattlesden offers brunch, lunch and dinner in a peaceful location not far from Stowmarket.

Finally, no coastal holiday in Suffolk would be complete without fish and chips.  After experiencing the peace and tranquillity of Dunwich’s coastal lowland heath, sandy cliffs and beaches rich in wildlife, you’ll be sure to have built up an appetite so why not pay a visit to Flora’s Tea Rooms voted amongst some of the top seaside fish and chips you’ll ever taste? Named after the shipwrecked barge whose timbers built the original tea room back in 1987, this wooden shack sits on the shingle beach of what was once East Anglia’s capital before most of it was swallowed by the sea in the 14th century.  Fresh fish comes from Lowestoft and better still can be washed down with BYO wine or beer!

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