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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