Sometimes, especially if you have a high-pressured job or busy home life, you may want to spend your time just resting and enjoying the facilities closer to where you are staying.
The good news is that you can do just that Windmill Lodges as we offer high spec facilities with all the luxuries that inspire our customers to return year after year.
Some of the indulgences we provide are: infra-red sauna (Kingfisher Lodge only), a hot tub to unwind in, a cosy coal effect fire, under-floor heating, leather sofas, luxury beds, flat screen TVs, Freeview, free internet access and a DVD player and stereo, so you have all your home comforts at your disposal.
Our log cabin holidays also benefit from a fully equipped kitchen, so you can cook up a romantic diner in the evening. Or why not venture out and enjoy a quiet evening’s walk down to the local pub?
If you are planning on relaxing completely and want to go no further than your log cabin for your holidays, you can still take time out to enjoy the scenery. Just head out onto the veranda and take in the tranquil views overlooking Windmill Lodge’s catch and release fishing lake. And for those who like to keep fit, all our guests have use of an on-site swimming pool (open summer months only).
However, if you want to explore more of the surrounding area but don’t feel like going far, the nearby village of Saxtead has a wealth of history and some interesting sites to see on your quiet break away. Here we shall give you a short history of the village and its landmarks.
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Making the Most of the Facilities Nearby
About the Village of Saxtead
Windmill Lodges is based in Saxtead, a village with a history that can be traced to ancient times.
The village enjoys a rural location with views overlooking surrounding countryside and is based right in the heart of the Suffolk Coastal district, three miles from the pretty market town of Framlingham.
Saxtead was listed in the Domesday Book as ‘Saxteda’ and in years gone by it consisted of just a group of farms set around a grazing green. Since 1086, the village’s population has grown from just 11 to nearing 350.
However, the history of the village can be traced back further, to Roman times. There was evidence of a roman settlement here as pottery, bronze brooches, coins and a figurine have been found in the village. A roman road also runs through the parish.
Other ancient discoveries include a sword which was found while work was being done digging drainage ditches and this Viking type weapon dates right back to the late Saxon period.
During the course of the village’s history, most people who lived here worked on the farms and in the 17th century there was also a small selection of people who worked in the cloth industry. In the 19th century, the village had a population of 500 (more than its current population) and there were blacksmiths, two shopkeepers, a wheelwright, cooper and a corn miller among the residents.
There is only one Grade I listed building in Saxtead and this is the 15th century All Saint’s Church. However, there are a number of Grade II listed buildings here which typically date from the 16th or 17th century.
The village also had two windmills - one based near Lodge Farm - and the other which still remains and is a historic landmark in Saxtead and is from where Windmill Lodges takes its name.
Attractions in Saxtead
If you want to maximise your leisure time during your log cabin holidays, you might want to take a visit to the mill which is open to the public. The corn mill has its origins in the 18th century and was restored in the 20th century.
Since 1947 the mill was no longer in use, but it still has complete working machinery. You can climb the stairs to each floor to see the machinery in each part of the mill and listen to an audio tour.
The mill is closed during the winter period but opens from March 28, 2013 onwards until October time. Entry is free to English Heritage members and the cost at the time of print is £3.50 adults, £2.10 children and £3.20 concessions.
Another destination to head for in Saxtead is the local pub, The Old Mill House. It has an interesting history as workers digging behind the pub in the 19th century found a two penny piece dating from the time of Henry VI – among other finds.
The Old Mill House is an attractive 17th century family orientated pub with a large dining area and small drinking section. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and an outdoor play zone for children. You can enjoy great wholesome British food including a full carvery seven days a week, fresh fish, seasonal game, and there is the option of a children’s menu.
And, once you have finished a hearty meal, you can enjoy a scenic walk in the countryside or join one of the local village walks. To find out more about the walks, take a look at http://saxtead.onesuffolk.net/wild-about-saxtead/
Another leisurely activity you can enjoy in the surrounding area is cycling. To get some fresh air and exercise in the country, you can either bring your own bike or hire a bicycle. These can be hired from the specialist hire centre at Darsham or you can hire a traditional bicycle at Heritage Cycles, based at the harbour at Southwold.
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