Monday, 9 July 2012

Log Cabin Weekend Breaks - Why Choose Windmill Lodges

Log cabin weekend breaks are a novel way to get away from it all and self-catering holidays with Windmill Lodges, are not just that little bit different, they are luxurious too. In the beautiful rural setting of Suffolk, country breaks with us offer many benefits, whether you are visiting us as a family, a couple or a group of friends. Read on to find out what makes Windmill Lodges so special!

Log Cabin Weekend Breaks at Windmill Lodges - We Provide Luxurious, Accredited Accommodation With Private Hot Tubs

All of our log cabin holiday accommodation is of a very high standard, to give you a weekend break to remember. This is reflected in the 4 and 5 star ratings they have received from the English Tourist Board.

In addition, each lodge has its own private hot tub. This unique feature, set on a private veranda, adds to the luxury of our cabins.

There Are Only Seven Log Cabins On The Site - So It Is Quiet and Peaceful

At Windmill Lodges we believe that a holiday should be a relaxing experience and that privacy is important when you want to unwind and forget about the stresses of work.  For this reason, we have limited our lodges to only seven, each within its own private plot with plenty of space around you to not be overlooked or disturbed.

Guests Can Also Use Our Swimming Pool and Catch and Release Fishing Lake

From Easter through to October there is a heated indoor swimming pool on site for all our guests to enjoy. This is ideal for families, but children must be supervised by adults all the time when around the pool.

We also have a catch and release fishing lake. This is perfect for trying your hand at fishing, and no licence is required to fish in our lake.

But What Really Sets Us Apart Is Our Location!

Accommodation and facilities aside, it is the county of Suffolk with its unspoilt countryside and beautiful Suffolk coast which makes log cabin weekend breaks with Windmill Lodges so magical. This amazing county boasts stunning countryside and scenery, a beautiful coastline dotted with pretty seaside towns and villages, award winning beaches, local beer, world famous food and plenty for all ages to enjoy.

Log cabin weekend breaks in Suffolk can be as relaxed or as hectic as you want to make them. Suffolk has so much to offer including, quiet country walks, bird watching, award winning nature reserves, historic castles and houses.

If you are a family with young children and are looking for log cabin weekend breaks, Suffolk is a great destination. Choose from ‘meet the animals’ farms, bird and wildlife sanctuaries and historic buildings and castles.

Children love animals and Easton Farm Park is always a great hit for little ones and they will be amused for hours with petting and feeding the animals, hugging a bunny, pony and cart rides or playing in the indoor and outdoor play zones. At spring time there are lots of newborn animals to meet including kid goat twins and triplets and the gorgeous Suffolk punch foals which are due to be born in April.

If you fancy a bite to eat, Easton Farm Park has a cafe to relax and unwind in. The farm also plays host to a monthly farmers’ market where you can pick up local produce such as meat, fruit, veg and cakes, then cook up a tasty treat when you get home.

Head to Easton Farm Park whatever the weather as the attraction isn’t just for dry days. There are plenty of barns to take cover in if it rains including the under 10’s indoor play area, Go Balmy Barn, which also has a safe toddler section for your tots to play in. The only difficulty is that it will be hard to persuade them to leave!

If your children are fascinated by feathered friends, you can see owls and birds of prey at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary in Stonham Barns. The Owl Sanctuary promotes the conservation of owls in the UK and further afield. They have 70 birds of prey in the aviaries and there are daily flying displays. Woodland walks, the outdoor play area and the mini maze will keep the children amused for hours. There are also shops to browse in and a 9-hole golf course and driving range at Stonham Barns.  

Another fun family attraction, and not too far from The Owl Sanctuary, is the Museum of East Anglian Life. This fascinating haven right in the heart of Stowmarket has outdoor and indoor attractions and 75 acres of grounds to run about in. Meet rare breeds of cattle and sheep or meander among the 15 historic buildings where you can find out more about rural life in Suffolk. After dining in the bistro, push the interactive buttons to find out about the gypsy way of life from real life interviews and recordings.

A trip back in time to a castle will really spark your child’s imagination. Framlingham Castle is a 12th century fortress and adults and children alike will love wandering along the castle walls to see breathtaking views across Suffolk. The 12th century Orford Castle is another popular attraction. It was built between 1165 and 1173 and has one of the best keeps in England. You can enjoy stunning views over Orford Ness from here. The castle has connections with the Wild Man of Orford. Legend has it during the time work was being carried out on the castle, local fishermen found a wild man (or merman) in the sea, naked and covered in hair. He was captured, tortured and held in the castle for six months before he eventually escaped.

Windmill Lodges is in a prime location for log cabin weekend breaks with the award winning heritage coast only a short drive away. Explore the many beautiful beaches including stunning Walberswick beach where you can take a secluded spot among the sand dunes and soak up the sun. It is also a popular place for crabbing - just don’t forget a bucket and net for you and your children!

For a livelier destination, Southwold is a popular seaside town and after a stroll along the beach, bracing the sea air, you can shop or enjoy ice cream in a cosy tea room. George Orwell Lived here as a teenager and in his 30’s and you can see a plaque at the end of the high street (next to the fish and chip shop).

Southwold Museum has undergone redevelopment in recent years. It has exhibits charting the history of the town, its transformation into a popular seaside resort, and the rise and fall of its railway. Take a stroll along the popular pier which was extended this century to host visits by Britain’s only functioning passenger steam ship, the PS Waverley.

Another fantastic beach is Aldeburgh, where you can enjoy award-winning fish and chips at The Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop, or buy fresh catches direct from the local fishermen.  The shingle beach has been awarded the prestigious blue flag to show it meets strict standards and criteria. Visit the ancient Moot Hall, the Lifeboat Station and take a look at Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop sculpture dedicated to Aldeburgh’s most famous resident, Benjamin Britten. It is meant to be touched and looked at and you are even encouraged to sit on it. Shopping is also a must in Aldeburgh and there are art galleries, clothes shops and interesting homeware shops to browse in.

After a busy afternoon shopping, you will always find something tasty to eat in Suffolk. The market towns of Woodbridge and Framlingham are not far from Windmill Lodges for provisions, meals out and country pubs. Both towns have a wide range of stores so you can stock up on essentials from supermarkets and find interesting local produce from artisan bakers, delicatessens, fish mongers and butchers specialising in local meat. Leo’s Deli in the Market Place, Framlingham, has a fantastic range of produce including home cooked dishes, meats, cheese, bread and chocolates. If you want to enjoy a pint and a bite to eat, the Castle Pub at Framlingham has a great location in Castle Street. But if you want something different, the Station Hotel has great flavours and some unusual dishes including rabbit, venison and pigeon on the menu.

Woodbridge is another great place to eat and enjoy fine wine. The Woodbridge Fine Food Company is a fish monger, deli and cafe selling wine, fresh fish and game in season. It also sells delicious pies. If you are a vegetarian, the Cross on Church Street is an up market vegetarian restaurant and wine bar. The town has cuisine from across the world including Thai, Chinese and Turkish. And after dining out, browse in one of the many stores, as the town has more than one hundred fascinating, independent shops.

For more active log cabin weekend breaks, has cycle routes across Suffolk for people of all ages and abilities. The Woodbridge to Thorpeness East Suffolk route is a 38 mile ride and takes nearly four hours to complete. The route takes you through outstanding scenery and past popular tourist sites such as Orford Castle, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Beach, the landmark House in the Clouds in Thorpeness and Tunstall Forest. Plus there are lots of pubs to visit along the way including Aldeburgh Cross Keys or Thorpeness Dolphin!  You can do all or part of the route which is all by road with no major hills to negotiate.  Suffolk has many cycle hire shops around, including the bike hire centre in Darsham. But if you want more unusual bikes (such as tandems) Heritage Cycles at Southwold Harbour is the place to go!

Whatever you decide to do on log cabin weekend breaks, you can be sure your accommodation with Windmill Lodges will give you a sense of luxury. Here you can get away from it all and really relax from the stresses of your week!

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