Friday, 26 October 2012

Visit some of Suffolk’s Most Famous Ancient Buildings and Country Houses While Staying at Windmill Lodges this Autumn

If you are taking a log cabin holiday in Suffolk this autumn, or at any other time of year, you will most probably want to visit some of the county’s most famous country houses or national trust buildings.

Log cabin holidays with Windmill Lodges offers the perfect chance to relax, unwind and find out what this beautiful county has to offer. If you enjoy touring ancient buildings during your log cabin holidays you won’t be disappointed. There are some fantastic ones to discover including the 16th century Moot Hall in Aldeburgh (where the council still meets) and the historic castles in Framlingham and Orford.

Sight-seeing is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors to Windmill Lodges. If you want to find out more about this region during your self-catering break in Suffolk why not take a look at some of the county’s most famous country houses or national trust buildings? It will give you some wonderful photographic opportunities which will serve as a lasting memento of your stay.

During your short break or long weekend away, you will find many historic buildings and country houses to visit. While we won’t be able to feature all of these here, we have put the spotlight on what we feel are five of the best.

Our Top Picks of Country Houses and Historic Buildings in Suffolk

Ickworth House in Bury St Edmunds is the most popular tourist attraction in Suffolk, receiving 150,000 visitors a year. 

The house was built in 1794 - 1830 by the eccentric Earl of Bristol. It is surrounded by 1800 acres of parkland and woodland where you can take a stroll, or enjoy the stunning Italianate gardens which feature the Victorian stumpery and Temple Rose Garden. You might also get to see some of the deer herd.

If you love history, you can find out more about ‘upstairs and downstairs’ life by discovering the servants’ quarters in the Rotunda basement. Ickworth House is ideal for people of all ages and has plenty for children too, including games, trails and an adventure playground.

Lavenham Guildhall
is an hour’s drive from Windmill Lodges and is well worth a visit during your log cabin holidays. The 500 year old Tudor building is owned by the National Trust and is still used as a function hall today.

Lavenham is known as one of the best preserved medieval villages in England. It was one of the wealthiest villages in the country and made its fortune on the back of the cloth industry. The Guildhall can be found on the edge of the market place and has a museum, walled garden and dressing up box for the children!

Kentwell Hall is an idyllic moated Tudor mansion in Long Melford, Sudbury, which is just over an hour’s drive from Windmill Lodges.  Visit the hall and gardens and the rare breed farm.

There are some fascinating Tudor re-enactment days which take place on set weekends all year round. This brings the mansion to life and gives you a fascinating insight into what it was like in Tudor times. On the Tudor days, the hall and estate is completely transformed with servants, craftsmen, labourers and more.

If you are taking your log cabin holidays this autumn, you may also have the chance to visit Bawdsey Manor, where you can get a five hour tour of the building by appointment only. By booking in advance, you can get the chance to visit the manor on Wednesday October 10th at 11 am.

The Victorian-built Bawdsey Manor earned its place in the history books during World War Two as the place where radar technology was developed to spot enemy aircraft.  This technology helped protect the country from aircraft invasion.

The visit costs £28.50 and includes coffee, a tour of the gardens, manor, lunch and a visit to the exhibition in the transmitter block.

Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich is a 500 year old country house set in beautiful surroundings in Christchurch Park. It offers the chance to step back in time and see period rooms.

The mansion is also a haven for art lovers as it houses an exhibition of paintings by John Constable. This is the largest collection of paintings by the Suffolk artist outside London. Entry is free (closed Mondays).

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Discover the Beauty of the Suffolk Countryside this Autumn with Windmill Lodges

Log cabin holidays in Suffolk’s picturesque countryside present an ideal chance for a get-away during the autumn months. Autumn is one of the most beautiful and colourful times of year: when the ground is covered in crisp golden leaves and the weather turns cooler, although it can still get quite sunny during the day. So if you intend to spend your UK log cabin holiday at Windmill Lodges this autumn, you are set for a real treat. Just wrap up warm and go for a brisk stroll with your friends or loved ones, or explore the countryside by car to find out just what this wonderful county has to offer.

Windmill Lodges offers year round indulgent log cabin holidays which are popular whatever the season. Our log cabins feature four or five star accommodation including cosy coal effect log fires, under floor heating (some log cabins only), luxury beds and inviting hot tubs - the ideal combination for a glorious autumn retreat.

If you are spending your holidays in Suffolk this season, our cabins are set in an idyllic location which offers the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. You can choose a complete relaxed break and enjoy all the facilities that Windmill Loges have to offer, or combine our luxurious accommodation with a trip out into the countryside. However, for the more adventurous, there are plenty of activities available to take part in on your log cabin holidays.

Here we shall look at some of the things to do in Suffolk during your country break in autumn. We have provided recommended places for nature lovers, adventure activities and up and coming festivals to visit.

Autumn in Suffolk for Nature Lovers

Suffolk is a great destination for nature lovers and what better way to be at one with the countryside, than spending your log cabin holidays with Windmill Lodges? A popular place to visit for bird watchers is the RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere, near Westleton, which is just 15 miles from Windmill Lodges.

Here you can expect to see kingfishers, bearded tits, marsh harriers and bitterns. And watch out for some of the migratory birds - including the odd rare visitor from North America! A popular event in autumn is the spectacular red deer rut. There will be a deer viewpoint staffed at weekends from the end of September to Sunday October 23 where visitors get the chance to see rutting red deer.

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns is another great destination to head for during your log cabin holidays. Here you can see these beautiful owls and other birds of prey at first hand. An added attraction is the Meerkat Kastle where feeding sessions take place daily at 11.30 and 3 pm.

Autumn in Suffolk for the more Active

If you are looking for a more active break away, there are plenty of opportunities to get fit during your autumn holiday.
One of the most popular activities is cycle riding. You can hire bikes from the specialist hire centre at Darsham or take along your own bicycle to use during your break. For the really energetic, there is an official 88 mile cycle route which takes between two and four days to complete!

For something different, head to the dry ski slope at Suffolk Ski and Leisure Park, Wherstead, Ipswich, which is open seven days a week. However, if you don’t want to ski, there is a chance to have a go at tobogganing, snowboarding, wall climbing, golf or have a go at high ropes.

Adrenalin junkies may also want to have a go at paint balling at Thetford Forest, which takes about an hour to get to by car. Or closer to home is the Skirmish Paintball Centre, Ipswich. Alternatively, if you have a head for heights, make your way to Thetford, High Lodge, for Go Ape - a spectacular tree top adventure.

Have Fun at the Autumn Festivals in Suffolk

For those of you who want a more relaxed break, there are plenty of festivals taking place across Suffolk this autumn.

For art lovers, the Halesworth Arts Festival is another popular event, taking place from October 8 - 23rd. It gives you the chance to discover more on a host of different art subjects including: painting, film, music and performance theatre. Halesworth is 14 miles from Saxtead and is just under half an hour’s drive from Windmill Lodges. 

Other festivals and events include the Framlingham Autumn Arts Festival, held on October 14th - 16th. For avid readers among you, the Southwold literature festival takes place on November 10 - 14th.

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