Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Romantic Places in Suffolk to Visit with Your Partner

If you are planning on organising a long weekend away with your loved one, we have compiled some of the most magical places to visit with your partner while you stay with us in our romantic log cabins. All of our stunning lodges come with a private hot tub for you to enjoy, as well as scenic views of our small lake and lush green lawns. Within just minutes of our romantic lodges Suffolk there are several picturesque places for you to enjoy, from beaches and natural reserves to small and charismatic villages.

The River Orwell

For a pleasant and scenic evening out, the River Orwell is perfect, with gorgeous scenery and rich tones of red cast across the sky as the sun sets. Book yourself on an idyllic river cruise with Viking Mariners, and relax together while enjoying a luxurious champagne supper. 

Avid bird watchers will also enjoy the birdwatching cruise on the Thames Sailing Barge, where experts will help you to spot and identify a huge variety of birds including wildfowl, waders and migrants. This daytime trip includes a lunch at one of Ipswich’s best restaurants, where you can enjoy local food and drinks.

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is a rich cultural site where you can find a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, and the world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The shops here are varied to suit all types of people, making this a perfect day out for couples to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Here there is also a food hall where you can purchase local and seasonal produce, ready to take back to our romantic log cabins where you can enjoy an intimate night in together. 

The Maltings lie on the banks of the River Alde, where there are some wonderful wildlife walks to enjoy. You can also explore the expansive tidal estuary by boat or foot, with a number of paths to guide you as you discover the amazing marshes and heavenly heath.

Southwold Pier

This traditional pier boasts a wealth of local shops and restaurants, in which you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Suffolk coast. The cosy restaurants are perfect for a romantic meal, while the beach provides a delightful setting for an afternoon or evening stroll.

Here you can even own a little piece of the pier as a special way of remembering your visit, by buying a celebratory plaque with a custom message on it, which will then be displayed on the pier for all to see. This is a great anniversary gift, and can be used as a special way to say something to the person you love.


If you are visiting Windmill Lodges as a family, Minsmere coastal nature reserve is the perfect place to head to for a special day out, with a huge array of activities and events to take part in. Here, there are a number of buggy friendly paths, so small children can also enjoy the day, without getting too tired.

While visiting Minsmere you can also spend an educational day of bird watching, with popular species to be found here such as the bearded tit, marsh harrier and nightingale, which can be heard singing in the woodland throughout spring.


This Peter Pan inspired village is full of magical places for you to see, including the dreamy House in the Clouds, a transformed water tower. Also in the village is a boating lake which is dotted with islands, all with a Peter Pan inspired name. Here, you can take a boat ride for two, while basking in the peacefulness of your surroundings.

Our romantic log cabins are ideal for a quiet and enchanting night in with your other half. If you don’t fancy going out to eat, our self-catering accommodation means that you can cook up a treat together, using the freshest local ingredients. As our exclusive site has only seven cabins, we can ensure that you can enjoy maximum privacy for your stay. 

To book a relaxing stay with us, visit Windmill Lodges.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Easter Holidays with Windmill Lodges

Fill your Easter holiday with exciting events this year, and make it your best Easter yet while staying at our luxury lodges in Suffolk. With a wide range of events, from lambing to historical re-enactments, Suffolk has something for all the members of the family to enjoy. If you’d prefer to stay in and enjoy a quieter Easter holiday, then our luxury log cabins are perfect. On arrival you will receive an Easter egg and hot cross buns to enjoy during your stay, as well as our usual welcome pack of wine, eggs, milk, tea, coffee and sugar.

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Head over to Framlingham Castle and take part in the Easter Adventure Quest, where you and your children will meet historical characters including kings, butlers, Roman centurions and even monks. These friendly characters will help you on your quest as you explore the castle and solve the hidden clues. Finish the challenge and receive a chocolate reward as your prize.


The annual Gingerbread Trail at Woodbridge will be taking place again this year between the 21st March and the 15th April following the success of last year’s trail. Buy a trail sheet for just £1 from The Cake Shop and follow the clues to find the seven biscuits hidden around Woodbridge town centre for a chance to win a delicious Easter egg shaped biscuit baked by The Cake Shop using Tide Mill flour.

Also happening in Woodbridge is this year’s big Easter Egg Hunt in Elmhurst Park, where there will be more than 500 hidden Easter eggs. The event will be across the park, with a series of easy-to-follow clues to help children find the eggs. There will also be a face painter on site and participants will receive a visit from the much loved mascot of Tide Mill – Millie the Tide Mill Mouse.

Bury St Edmunds

Ickworth Hall will be bustling with activities throughout the Easter holidays, including their yearly Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt where your children can explore hidden holes, the enchanted garden and even the magical park to find the tasty Cadburys prize.

Ickworth will also be hosting Look Out Archery at Easter, which gives your children the chance to explore their inner Katniss Everdeen or Robin Hood. Qualified instructors will teach and guide your children, with special prizes for target achievements. This will be taking part between 11am and 4pm from 25th March to 3rd April, and will cost just £3 for 7 arrows.


Celebrate Eastertide at Kentwell Hall from the 25th to the 28th March, and enjoy a Tudor style celebration with music, dancing, hot cross bun making and more. Take on the Impossible Quiz and if you’re lucky enough to win you will receive a large chocolate egg.

For young children there is also an Easter Egg Trail, as well as a Heffalump Hunt down on the farm. These events will take place no matter the weather, with plenty of warm shelters to hide should it rain.  Kentwell Hall is just over an hour away from our luxury log cabins, and is perfect for a family day out.

Needham Market

Visit Baylham House Farm this Easter and start your holiday with the arrivals of their new lambs, which can be fed and cuddled throughout the lambing season. You may even get to see some of the lambs being born if you’re lucky! At the farm they are also expecting piglets from their pigs Nina and Ellie, who can be seen throughout the day.

Children will also have plenty of hands on opportunities with Guernsey goats available to meet and brush, and bunnies to cuddle and have a picture taken with. Children can also collect eggs from the chickens while at Baylham, and can search for treasure in the Farm Treasure Hunt.

Snape Maltings

The Easter Farm Market will be full of fresh produce throughout Easter, and here you can stock up on fresh home-grown food to take back with you to our self-catering lodges. At the same time Snape Maltings will be hosting numerous concerts in its famous concert hall, including performances from the Berkeley Ensemble and Marian Consort. There will also be a magician, face painting and an Easter egg hunt.