Monday, 2 April 2012

Romantic Weekend Breaks Suffolk - Spoil Your Loved One With a Log Cabin Holiday Break at Any Time of the Year

Romantic weekend breaks in a cosy log cabin are idyllic at any time of year. Whether you want to surprise your loved one for their birthday, celebrate an anniversary or simply enjoy some quality time together, country UK breaks  are great for taking time out from a busy lifestyle and reconnecting as a couple.

If you are looking for a romantic weekend in Suffolk, Windmill Lodges is the ideal destination. Our luxury log cabins are situated in a picturesque rural location and are equipped to the highest standards. And each lodge in this quiet, secluded development has a private hot tub to help make your romantic weekend break away as relaxing and memorable as possible.

Romantic Spring Breaks at Windmill Lodges

Spring is a wonderful time of year for a romantic weekend break. It is when the weather turns mild, flowers start to bloom and new lambs are born. So take time out for a leisurely walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

If you have children, a romantic weekend break in spring offers the ideal opportunity to get away as a couple and take pleasure in each other’s company. A weekend away gives you chance to reminisce on the good times and recall what you love most about each other, returning home refreshed and rejuvenated.

Spring is also a superb time to go sight-seeing. Framlingham Castle was built in the 12th century and was the refuge of Mary Tudor before she took to the throne in 1553. You can discover its interesting and colourful past through an audio guide and walk the castle wall for spectacular views over the mere.

Orford Castle was also built in the 12th century and is still pretty much intact. Discover its 800 years of history by exploring its basement and its fascinating maze of passages, the lower and upper halls, right the way to the top where you can enjoy breathtaking views to Orford Ness.

Another wonderful attraction is Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge, which serves as one of the most important archaeological sites in the country.  This important discovery came about in the late 1930’s when the new landowner Edith May Pretty had visions of a funeral procession on one of the mounds. On another evening, she felt she saw a warrior standing on the mound. Accompanied by a Suffolk excavator, the mounds were opened and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and 7th century ship burial was unearthed. It became one of the most incredible archaeological finds for many reasons including its age, size and historical significance.

When you have done enough sightseeing, you could take a trip to Woodbridge where you can browse the many independent shops such as boutiques, interior design shops, ceramic stores, art galleries, handbag shops, chocolate shops and bakeries. Alternatively, Framlingham on the doorstep of Windmill Lodges, is another ancient market town with delicatessens, kitchen, home and garden retailers, shoe shops and antique stores.

Snape Maltings is another popular tourist destination and is great for couples to visit at any time of the year. After browsing in the homeware, gift, clothing and book stores and  you can enjoy tea in the cosy tea room or a pint in the local pub and go for a quiet river walk. Alternatively, you can tie in your with an evening of classical music at its famous Concert Hall.

Romantic Summer Breaks at Windmill Lodges

What could be better than a UK log cabin break in glorious sunshine? Summer is a great season to visit Suffolk and unwind with a romantic weekend away. In addition to the hot tub to relax in all of our log cabins overlook a private catch and release fishing lake, which makes sunbathing on your terrace peaceful and relaxing as you take in the tranquil lake views.   Your outside space, which is fully equipped with patio furniture and barbecue facilities, also provides everything you need to eat alfresco. Suffolk is renowned for its wealth of local produce available to buy from farm shops, farmer's markets and of course the region's supermarkets. And the most amazing fresh fish is available here - bought direct from the fisherman at Southwold or Aldeburgh. So if you fancy a romantic meal at your, there are plenty of food options to choose from!

Windmill Lodges has its own private swimming pool, which is open from Easter to October. So you can follow long lazy lie-ins with a refreshing dip in the pool to wake yourself up for the day's activities. These could include  a stroll along the beach at Walberswick which up until the early part of the 20th century was a bustling port trading in timber, fish, cheese corn and bacon. It is now a tourist attraction and is surrounded by over 1000 acres of protected heath and marshland. There are tea rooms, restaurants, pubs here as well as places to sit and enjoy an ice cream. Another popular destination is the seaside town of Southwold with its pretty shores lined with colourful beach huts. It has a working lighthouse, an award-winning pier and chance to take a boat trip, or cross the River Blyth by foot ferry to Walberswick.

If you are feeling more energetic, why not hire a rowing boat at Flatford? Flatford, East Bergholt, is where English romantic artist John Constable (1776 - 1837) lived (in Flatford Mill which still stands). The local landscape features in many of his most famous paintings including The Hay Wain of 1821. Flatford is situated 23 miles from Framlingham and boat hire facilities are open 10 am until late at a cost of £8 an hour or £5 for half an hour.

Romantic Autumn Breaks at Windmill Lodges

When the leaves start to fall and the weather turns cooler, there is something very refreshing about a weekend away in the country. What better place to go than a warm, four or five star luxury log cabin for your romantic mini-break?

In autumn there are plenty of things to do on a log cabin holiday in Suffolk. You and your partner can wrap up warm and go for a peaceful, tranquil walk in the UK countryside or go for a cycle ride ending with a drink and a hearty meal at The Old Mill House in Saxstead. This has an open planned interior serving good pub grub and a small drinking area and the pub is within walking distance of Windmill Lodges.

Another wonderful place to visit at any time of year is Aldeburgh, a former Tudor town well-known for its fishermen’s huts that line the shores where you can buy freshly caught fish from local fishermen. Here you can marvel at some of the interesting buildings including Fantasia - a fascinating miniature one room cottage on the sea front - or Moot Hall and Aldeburgh Museum. Built in the first half of the 16th century, Moot Hall is one of the most important public timber framed buildings in the country. 

Take a stroll down the sea front and visit Aldeburgh fish and chip shop dubbed the finest fish and chip shop on the east coast (get there early as there can be long queues for this) and don’t forget to support the lifeboat crews by popping into the Lifeboat House on the beach and its adjoining RNLI shop.

Finally no trip to Aldeburgh is complete without taking a look at the Maggi Hambling. This Scallop sculpture is dedicated to Benjamin Britten, one of the 20th century’s most important composers who spent much of his life in the town.

In the evening, enjoy a blissful night in your cabin where you can just relax, snuggle up on the sofa with a DVD before retiring early to bed.

Romantic Winter Breaks at Windmill Lodges

A log cabin in Suffolk is simply perfect for a romantic winter break. All of Windmill Lodge’s log cabins are warm and snug with under-floor heating, homely coal effect log fires and most feature a luxurious four poster bed.

Fully equipped and built to the highest standards, we provide all you need to make your stay as blissful as possible. All the towels and linens are supplied including bathrobes to slip into after a bath or shower, or dip in the private outdoor hot tub. 

Weekend breaks at Windmill Lodges are simply dreamy. After a long walk in the Suffolk countryside, you can explore some of the farm shops in the area and bring back local produce to cook up a romantic dinner for two. Just pour the wine, put on some music, and enjoy a cosy night in.

Or if you prefer dining out, there are many good restaurants in the local area including The Galley Restaurant in Woodbridge, dubbed one of the region’s favourite eateries The Galley is run by Ugur Vata, who has worked alongside some of the greatest chefs and was brought up in a Turkish family with a dedicated passion for food. All his food is seasonal and sourced locally, and his food is freshly prepared - including the bread and pasta. Another fantastic place to eat is The Butley Oysterage in the Market Square in Orford. The restaurant has been family run for 40 years and has a bistro type atmosphere. It still has its own smokehouse in Butley Creek and you can enjoy freshly caught fish caught from their own boats!

Click here to book a romantic break for two at Windmill Lodges, in the heart of the Suffolk

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