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Here’s where we write about all sorts to do with spending time in Suffolk & Tuscany. There’s lots to scroll through, including where to eat & drink, what to do, places to walk & visit and things like that. There’s some daft stuff in there too. Hope you find something of interest to you.

WIN SUFFOLK CHEESES EVERY MONTH for a year to celebrate our 12th Birthday!

Yes, you read that correctly. How d’ya fancy winning the competition that keeps on giving? Yup, a prize of some cheese from Suffolk (and some beyond to be honest), every single month for the next 12 months to celebrate our 12th year in business! Ok, we kinda had most of a year off recently due to COVID, but we’ll still send you 12 prizes every month for a year! It’s 12 years since Woodfarm fell out of my little brain and into the Suffolk countryside, so we thought we’d celebrate BIG before it becomes a stroppy teenager! You may think…

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5 Of The Best Dog-Friendly Beaches to Visit in Suffolk This Summer

Beaches are, unsurprisingly, what many people place at the top of their list when it comes to planning a summer holiday. Thankfully, Suffolk isn’t short of them. Along the North Sea coasts, you will find a range of different seaside resorts, ranging from tiny villages to large towns, all with different features. Some have picturesque British piers, others have amusements and fish & chip shops. Many have fantastic beaches. However, if you want to bring your four legged friend along you’ll need to head to one of the dog-friendly options. Fortunately, there are quite a few beaches which welcome pooches…

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In A Nutshell: A Brief History of The Smallest Pub In Britain

There are quite a few things which put Suffolk on the map, which include the picturesque scenery, the beautiful beaches on the coastline and the amazing activities which take place, as well as the stunning towns. One of these stunning towns in question is Bury St Edmunds, which features the only cathedral in Suffolk and the magnificent Abbey Gardens. However, there is a lot of boozy heritage in Bury, with the Greene King Brewery located in the heart of the town, where you can take a tour around and see how the beer is produced and then around the corner…

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5 of the Best Things to do in Suffolk this Summer

Suffolk is a marvellous county located in a beautiful part of England. With ever-lasting fields stretching on for miles, only to be interrupted by bustling, vibrant historic villages or towns, Suffolk has a lot to offer. From town life to country life, there is something for everyone. We’ve lined up five of the best things to do, to get out and about this summer, and to enjoy the best that Suffolk has to offer.1) Visiting the towns and villagesSuffolk towns and villages all have their own wonderful history and very different architectural styles, as well as a variety of activities…

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4 of the Best Music Festivals to Enjoy in Suffolk This Summer

Suffolk is a mixture of different hives of activity. From the rolling hills and the beautiful scenery, which you find mostly throughout the villages to the bustling, vibrant towns which are dotted around the county. Music festivals are, of course, an amazing way to experience what the local countryside has to offer. With most of them being set in beautiful locations, and with your favourite music blasting through the speakers as you relax, enjoy and dance to your favourite tunes, and on this list, there is something for everyone to enjoy listening to.1) Newmarket NightsSituated on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border, Newmarket…

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10 of the best things to do in Ipswich

Ipswich – a vibrant town located in East Suffolk and not a far drive from our Barns and Barges for rent, offers just about everything that Suffolk has a reputation for. With quite a bit of history around the area, including the famous findings of Sutton Hoo at the neighbouring town of Woodbridge, and a great range of things to see and do, you may want to consider the following options when planning a visit of your own.1) Alton Water Located only five miles south of Ipswich town centre, you will find the manmade reservoir at Alton Water, and there…

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Easter Egg Hunt with our Barns & Barges

Our Easter Egg Hunt is on! And YOU could be our lucky WINNER! Up for grabs is a bunch of very posh, mouth-watering Easter treats, along with some Woodfarm goodies. (PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED) (PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED) We all love an Easter Egg Hunt, so go and find all 10 of ours and WIN. Eggs marks the spot folks! Oh, by the way, I apologise and (b)egg you to forgive me in advance for the totally necessary over-use of egg puns I am inflicting upon you, I just get eggs-cited when there puns…

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Where to go paddle boarding in Suffolk

Paddle boarding is a great spring or summer activity in Suffolk – or during the colder seasons too, if you’re experienced!  There are so many water sports that you can try in Suffolk if you’re after more of an adventurous holiday. From sailing down the Orwell river to windsurfing off the Felixstowe coast, there’s no better place to test your sea legs on the east coast! However, if you’re after something for all agility levels and that requires no prior experience or special skill, then paddle boarding is ideal. Paddle boarding only requires a medium level of agility – balancing…

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5 of the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Suffolk

As well as being home to plenty of historic houses and landmarks, Suffolk is also home to an impressive range of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. From classically inspired eateries to more chic and modern offerings, there’s an outstanding amount of choice when it comes to tucking into some meat-free dishes when you’re out and about in Suffolk.   To help you navigate the available options, we’ve rounded up a list of five of our favourite vegan and vegetarian restaurants to check out when staying with us at Woodfarm Barns and Barges: The Walnut Tree Serving up some delectable dishes, the Walnut…

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5 of the Best Cycling Routes in Suffolk

You may have noticed that at Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we like to shout about Suffolk. In particular, we like to shout about how great all of its villages and towns are, and how they’re full of some seriously exciting things to see and do. Whilst we recognise that many people rent a Barn or Barge in Suffolk to enjoy a spot of R&R, we’re also aware of the many people who join us each year looking for something that gets them out and about. It’s with this in mind that we got to thinking about all of the fantastic…

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21 of the best places to visit in Suffolk in 2021

Every county in the UK has its best things to see and do, but we think the best things to see and do in the country can be found right here in Suffolk. Whilst this might sound like a bit of a stretch, we’re hoping that you’ll stick with us (and be suitably convinced) by our list of 21 of the best places to visit in Suffolk in 2021: The beaches Suffolk is home to a range of amazing beaches up and down its coastline on the North Sea. With stunning seaside towns, such as Lowestoft, in the north, Felixstowe…

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Rest and Relaxation in Suffolk: 5 of the Best Places to Properly Unwind

Modern life can be stressful – there is no doubt about that. It’s all bills, taxes and traffic. Even thinking about all of that is stress-inducing. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and breathe.  Or, more properly, you need to rent a Barge or Barn in Suffolk and enjoy a day out at a spa during your visit.  To remove the stress of looking up the best spas and salons available to relax in around Suffolk, we’ve rounded up a selection of five of the best. Heritage Beauty & Wellbeing – Near Bury St Edmunds Nestled away…

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The Town and The Country: Five of the Best to Visit in Suffolk This Summer

To get you inspired ahead of the summer, we’ve rounded up five of the most exciting towns and villages to explore in Suffolk. With plenty of destinations to meander around, areas to explore, and restaurants and bars to discover, we’re confident that our list of two towns and three villages will provide something for everyone renting a Barn or Barge in Suffolk to enjoy. 1: Aldeburgh Situated on the stunning Suffolk shoreline and surrounded by beautiful scenery, Aldeburgh is undeniably one of the most charming destinations to explore in East Suffolk. Boasting a blue flag shingle beach and a beautiful…

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10 of The Best Things Couples Can Do In Bury St Edmunds

When it comes to visiting our Barns and Barges, couples will no doubt be keen to get out and explore everything that Suffolk has to offer. Whilst we’ve previously produced articles on all of the various activities which are available to couples, we thought it would be worth focussing in on all of the best things to see and do in Bury St Edmunds.Affectionately and rightly described as “a jewel in the crown of Suffolk”, this historic market town has an impressive collection of bars, restaurants and grounds for couples to get stuck into.To get stuck in, we’ve compiled a…

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Laptops for children – can you help?

As I type this, we are a year into a global pandemic, meaning our schools are pretty much closed. I don’t want to make this all political, but we know there’s a big shortfall in the need for Laptops for children, so I decided to do something about it. I’m asking for your help too, so please give me a few minutes of your time and read on… I can’t make much of a dent in the problem, but figured if I could buy just one laptop that could go directly to a child in need of one, then you…

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5 Reasons Why You Have to Rent a Barge in Suffolk This Summer

Kenneth Grahame, celebrated author of The Wind in The Willows, once famously declared that “there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats”. Whilst the Barges available to rent Woodfarm Barges are moored, we’re still confident that our guests are able to discover the truth of this wisdom when enjoying a holiday on board either Onderneming or Twee Gebroeders.   Dating back to the 1800s, our converted Dutch Sailing Barges are comfortably furnished and equipped with everything guests would expect from modern holiday accommodation. From cozy cabins to comfortable saloons and all the…

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5 Reasons Why You Have to Rent a Cottage or Barn in Suffolk This Summer

At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, it will come as no surprise to learn that we believe renting a Cottage or Barn for a holiday in Suffolk is the best thing you can do in summer. Providing you with everything you need to relax in comfort and style, our Cottages and Barns allow you to experience everything that our fantastic county has to offer from a comfortable and superbly equipped base.   To put forward a case for why you absolutely have to rent a Cottage or Barn in Suffolk this summer, we’ve assembled a list of the top five reasons for…

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10 of the Best Places to Wine and Dine in Suffolk

At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we’re committed to providing the best possible experience for couples looking to get away for a holiday in Suffolk. Situated amidst beautiful countryside surroundings and equipped with hot tubs and cosy bedrooms, we’re fairly sure that our accommodation has everything you could possibly require for a memorable romantic break. We’re confident, too, that the location of our Cottages, Barns and Barges make it easy for guests to do all of the things they could possibly want to do when taking a break, whether they’re celebrating a special anniversary or simply enjoying a summer holiday.   Recently,…

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Secret Suffolk: 5 of the Best Hidden Gems You Should Know About

Every county in the world has its hidden gems and Suffolk is no exception. Behind every one of its standout attractions, there are various exciting destinations tucked away just waiting to be discovered by the more informed traveler.  From a forest and walking trail rumoured to be visited by UFOs, to a farm full of rare breeds, there’s a lot more to our floral and historic county than meets the eyes.   Giving you the lowdown on some of these lesser known spots, we’ve rounded up five of the best hidden gems you should know about when renting one of our…

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Snuggle Up In Suffolk: How To Plan The Perfect Romantic Summer Staycation

We’re pretty confident that Suffolk rivals the big boys when it comes to romantic holiday destinations. We’re so confident, in fact, that we previously mentioned it in the same breath as Paris and Venice when describing the best place to take a couples holiday. Doubling down on this suggestion, we’re back to provide you with a detailed plan for the perfect romantic staycation in Suffolk. From fine dining to long walks on the beach and even horse riding, we’ve got everything you could possibly desire from a couples holiday right here in our beautiful county.  Whether you’re marking a special…

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COVID-19 Policy

We are pleased to say we are up and running again, barring a downturn in the infection rates etc. In the case of the Barges, which both sleep more, we will still have to bear the household mixing rules in mind too, until they relax. We are happy for you to book a future break on the basis that it may be affected by the above. We have no choice or say in the matter of course. We are fortunate that we are surrounded by open countryside, and social distancing from others is easy at Woodfarm. Have a look at this video…

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WIN Jelly Beans & Woodfarm stuff!

Here at the Woodfarm Marketing Department, we have weekly Zoom meetings during lockdown. Andrew (Mr. Tech Geezer) has an enormous jar of Jelly Beans in his office, so we thought it would be a fun idea to get you lot to guess how many are left in there, and WIN your own tub of Jelly Beans, along with some ‘money can’t buy’ Woodfarm goodies! SIMPLY SHARE THE POST ON FACEBOOK, AND FILL THE FORM IN LOWER DOWN THIS PAGE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!!! We are working on our magazine ‘Woodfarm Life’, which is challenging over Zoom, but we’re almost…

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5 Questions The Internet Is Asking About Suffolk

As well as online shopping, video streaming and a whole host of other exciting things, the internet has made it possible to find out the questions everyone is asking.  Indeed, Google regularly publishes a list of the most frequently asked questions on their platform, making it easier than ever to read the minds of internet users around the world.    In 2020, the search giant revealed that the five most popular questions asked by Brits were: 1. Who won the election? 2. Where does vanilla flavouring come from? 3. How many cases of coronavirus in the UK? 4. What is VE…

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Suffolk Goes to Hollywood: 5 Film and TV Locations You Can Visit During A Holiday in Suffolk

Thanks to its historic cathedrals, unusual architecture, and bountiful countryside, Suffolk has provided filmmakers with a rich variety of backdrops over the years. From period dramas to sagas about boy wizards, sites around Suffolk feature in more blockbusters than you might expect. Largely open to the public, many of these film locations can be visited during a holiday and make for a truly unique day out.  To spark a little inspiration, we’ve gathered up five of our favourite spots to visit when holidaying at one of our barns or barges for rent. The TV Show: The Crown The Location: Newmarket…

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4 of the Best Books Set in Suffolk

The British writer T.S Eliot once claimed that “immature poets imitate; mature poets steal” and the very same goes for anyone trying to write about the brilliance of a holiday in Suffolk.  Indeed, why try to describe the excellence of the county when more successful authors have  done a much better job of it before? To make this point more clear, I’ve unearthed four notable works of literature that refer to the towns and coastline of Suffolk in far more exciting ways than I’m capable of.  If they don’t inspire you to take a holiday in Suffolk, I’m not sure…

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5 of the Best Dog Walks in Suffolk

When it comes to taking a holiday at one of our barns or on board one of our barges, one of the best things you can do is bring along your furry best friend. Totally dog-friendly, our holiday accommodation in Suffolk makes it easy for you to bring the whole family with you to explore the many beautiful walks around the county. Whilst you’ll no doubt be looking forward to settling into the hot tub and enjoying a bottle of something special, your pooch will be keen to stretch their four legs whilst on holiday.  With this in mind, we’ve…

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Travel Back in Time in Suffolk: 5 Historic Sites To See During a Holiday

As a county established back in the fifth century it’s no wonder that Suffolk has a fair few relics hiding out amongst its towns and countryside. Besides historic houses and early century churches, Suffolk also boasts various ruins and well preserved castles that make for a fantastic day out.   Rounding up five of the most exciting historic sites to visit in Suffolk, we’re confident that you’ll schedule a little time travelling into your next holiday. Each easily accessible from our barns and barges for rent, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy these unique destinations when staying with us.      Bury St Edmunds…

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5 Historic Houses to See During a Holiday in Suffolk

When it comes to history, Suffolk has something of an enviable reputation. From thirteenth century churches to abbeys and stately homes, Suffolk competes with the very best when it comes to sites of historic interest.  Perhaps the best way to get immersed in the rich history and heritage of Suffolk, however, is to visit one of its many historic houses. Largely open to the public, it’s incredibly easy to travel back in time and discover something special in the towns and villages around the county.    1: The Red House Located in the coastal town of Aldeburgh, the Red House was…

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5 of the Best Things to do in Suffolk During Winter

Nothing can be certain in life, except death and taxes.  And winter.  Arriving the same time each year, the shorter days and longer nights are an inevitability which we would all probably rather do without.  This year, winter poses a few additional challenges with restrictions making it difficult for us to escape to the pub for some proper ales and mulled wine with friends. That will have to wait until next year. But fear not, there’s always a silver lining. Whilst it might not have the festivals and concerts of summer, there’s still plenty to see and do in Suffolk…

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9 Must-Have Essentials for a Suffolk Staycation

Going on holiday overseas is great, but it involves an awful lot of hassle. Airports. Delays. Jet lag. Airports. Sunburn. Did we mention airports?What’s far less stressful and just as great is a staycation in Suffolk. Boasting miles of countryside and fringed by a remarkable coastline, there’s so much to see and do that it’s no wonder many people return year after year to this part of East Anglia. To make sure you’re fully prepared for your escape to Suffolk at one of our barns or on board one of our barges for rent, we’ve assembled a list of nine…

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6 Reasons Why Suffolk is Perfect for a Romantic Couples Holiday

Forget Paris, forget Venice, and start considering Suffolk for your next romantic couples holiday. Think we’re being overly ambitious in dismissing some of the world’s most iconic couples destinations? Far from it; we’re confident that the county has something for every couple to enjoy.      In this article, we’ll put forward 6 very good reasons for why Suffolk is the best place to escape to for a romantic couples holiday. 1. You can do something adventurous together  Suffolk abounds with things for couples to see and do together. Whilst plenty of the activities on offer are characterised by a certain rural…

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Top 6 Reasons to Holiday in Suffolk

Looking to escape somewhere that boasts plenty of leafy countryside, is fringed by a beautiful coastline, is of historic significance and is full of great places to eat and drink? It sounds like you might be looking for a holiday in Suffolk. To help explain exactly what makes the county a cut above the rest, we’ve assembled a list of six reasons to visit Suffolk. 1. The Unique Collection of Attractions   Some holiday spots have beaches, others have quaint country pubs, some have towns that feature in history; Suffolk just happens to have all of them. From the nearby Framlingham Castle…

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WIN a Christmas Holiday Cottage Hamper!

PLEASE DON’T ENTER NOW, THIS HAS BEEN DRAWN AND WE HAVE TWO HAPPY WINNERS. HERE IT IS FOR YOU TO READ ABOUT THOUGH…. Yes, the elders of Woodfarm have decided that it’s time for another competition! And this time we are giving away a magnificent Christmas Hamper from our friends at Earsham Street Deli in Bungay so you can enjoy some fab festive treats, whether you have a Christmas Holiday Cottage with us or not. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. Ok, ok, I know it’s month or so away as we launch this, but we were looking…

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Woodfarm in the Media

We’ve been featured on various platforms over the years, so here’s a few of our favourites, pulled together in one place for you. We’ve been on The BBC, ITV, LBC, The Times, Dog Friendly Magazine, and a handful of other places too. BBC Five Live: Find out more HERE BBC Five Live were doing a piece on Brexit on their Wake up to Money programme and asked for contributions. I was surprised and pleased that Sean Farrington read out the name of the business but he did, so I was pleased about that as it doesn’t hurt for more people…

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Two ‘new’ Holiday Cottages with Hot Tubs in Suffolk

Woodfarm Barns has become synonymous with specialising in Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages with Hot Tubs, and we have just ‘upped our game’. Again! Woodfarm House has always been advertised as a ‘large, 500 year old Farmhouse’. Over the years it has been popular with families and groups of friends, and has served us well. However, most of our guests are couples looking for a romantic getaway. For many years now our Barns for couples have been incredibly popular, thanks in no small part to the fact most of the cottages have their own luxurious Hot Tub. We like to give…

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Directions and some extra info for your Woodfarm break

Here’s some extra information such as how to get to us, links to things to do, arrival & departure info, deposit and balance info etc. You might want to save it to you your phone. DirectionsOur postcode is IP6 9TH but some Sat Navs don’t like it so don’t rely on it. Most people come in from the A140: You want the A1120 Suffolk Tourist Route through the village of Stonham Aspal. Once you go past the Church on your right and the village School on your left, go through the village and take the first right, signposted ‘Crowfield Church’.…

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Christmas in Suffolk: Helmingham Hall Illuminated Garden Trail

Just a 10-minute drive from Woodfarm Barns, Helmingham Hall is a grand private residence opening its garden for a magical light display! Wondering what to do this Christmas? Although events may be a little more limited than usual this year, there’s still plenty on – especially in Suffolk! From Christmas markets to festive dinners, there’s plenty to do in the county this season. And if you don’t fancy going to an event, you can always take a wonderful winter walk on one of our many beaches, or in the countryside. The gardens at Helmingham Hall Located just five miles away…

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Where to see the autumn red deer rut

If you’re a fan of nature and wildlife, you’ll love seeing the red deer rut – the amazing autumn spectacle that takes place right here in Suffolk! What is the red deer rut? The red deer rut takes place when red deer are getting ready to mate. The males of the herds will battle it out – first with roars, and then with their antlers – to see who becomes the dominant deer. Where can you see the red deer rut? Suffolk has one of the highest populations of red deer outside Scotland, so you’re very likely to see the…

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The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2020

Coming to Suffolk for the famous Aldenurgh Food & Drink Festival? We don’t blame you! This event is one of the most popular foodie events in East Anglia – but there are a few changes happening this year. There’s no escaping it at the moment; the pandemic is still affecting some of our favourite events. Luckily, however, the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is still going ahead! The committee have put together a market weekend with around 50 local food and drink suppliers, instead of the usual packed event. This will allow visitors to experience the best of Suffolk’s delicious…

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Our Tuscan Holiday Cottage is coming together

I wrote on here just a few weeks ago with some progress, and to talk about the strange situation we find ourselves in, with that there pesky pandemic, but I just wanted to share some more photos now that things are taking shape. I am just waiting on news now about when the railing will be finished and fitted to the Terrace, but I wanted to show you photos now that the exterior of the house has been finished. The whole place has been rendered with a thermal plaster and is now starting to look something like I’d envisaged when…

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Lands End to John O’Groats. On me bike!

From lockdown to John O’Groats! I have decided to do a little bike ride to raise some money for charity. I say little bike ride, but I’m going to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Full disclaimer from the outset: I literally do not have the time now that we are so busy again after lockdown, to properly cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, however, I am going to do the distance. All 839 miles of the length of Great Britain. Start date: Saturday 22nd August 2020. EDIT: I have now done this but you can still sponsor…

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Where should I go on holiday in autumn in the UK?

With staycations becoming very much a part of our ‘new normal’, we’ve seen the UK domestic holiday industry boom over the past few months. That means there’s only one course of action – prepare now for your autumn holiday in the UK, before everyone else gets there first! If you’ve been late booking your summer holiday, you’ve probably already experienced the frustration of trying to find the perfect staycation before the summer ends. Here at Woodfarm Barns, we’ve got barely any spaces left for the rest of the summer in our Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages and Holiday Barges, and we’re…

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WIN! as we celebrate 400 Five Star Tripadvisor reviews

Woohoo!!! We’ve hit 400 Five Star Tripadvisor reviews! Why don’t we celebrate with a little competition then, just cos that’s what we do? (EDIT: THIS HAS NOW CLOSED AND WE HAVE A DELIGHTED WINNER. DO READ ON THOUGH DEAR READER) Due to a pesky pandemic, life hasn’t been a picnic for most of us lately, so we figured we’d set one lucky winner up with an awesome picnic to make up for it.  Our friends at Earsham Street Deli have done what they do best and come up trumps yet again, with the most fabulous picnic for one of you.…

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Holiday Cottage in Tuscany update

Okay, let’s talk about Italy. Prior to a pesky global pandemic, our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany, aka Woodfarm Tuscany was due to be finished and ready for you to go and stay at the end of May 2020. However, as we all know the brakes went on for a few months. It is all very much moving towards completion again so I thought I would bring you up to speed. Before I go any further I will explain why I have been quiet on the subject until now. The thing is, nobody is going to want to go there just…

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Looking for a more unique kind of holiday?

We all love telling our friends back home about our fantastic holiday experiences, and it’s even better when we’ve stayed somewhere really unique! If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind holiday experience, we’ve got just the ticket. Our Historic Dutch Holiday Barges in Suffolk are just like our beautiful cottages – but floating! They’re moored on two of Suffolk’s most beautiful waterways, and they make ideal locations for those in search of a more quirky holiday style. Complete with all the home comforts you need, our Barges don’t force you to compromise. They’re comfortable, spacious and relaxing, with plenty of kitchen,…

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Charge and recharge at Woodfarm HQ

We now have electric car charging capabilities at Woodfarm HQ! Stay with us and you can charge your car (for free!), while recharging yourselves in one of our Luxury Holiday Cottages. Electric cars are much more common these days (in fact, the UK Government plans to ban sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035!), but places to charge them are few and far between in the countryside – so we decided to change that. We have just installed outdoor sockets so that you can charge your electric or hybrid car at no extra cost during your stay. Although…

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Pub Quiz @ The Woodfarm Arms

At the start of lockdown in the UK in March 2020, I somehow stumbled into doing an online Pub Quiz at our virtual pub that I sort of made up, the Woodfarm Arms. And it kinda snowballed into an ongoing thing. It was a very strange few months for all of us, and as I write this in the middle of July I am sure it is by no means over yet. For over 100 days I had no business to run, as it had disappeared overnight. So my little brain went off at a tangent and ended up deciding…

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5 ways to make your dog walk even better

Dog walks are automatically better when you stay at Woodfarm Barns – but here are five more tips to help you and your pup get the most out of your dog walks! Take them somewhere new and exciting As we said, dog walks are better when you stay at our Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages at Woodfarm Barns! This is because your dog can be treated to a variety of different environments, from our fantastic Suffolk beaches to our tranquil countryside. However, if you can’t make it over to our cosy cottages yet due to the fact that you’re self-isolating, you…

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Our ‘Coronavirus Cleaning Regime’

The first half of 2020 has seen many changes in our lives and in our businesses; many bad, some good. One of the things that we know you are going to be interested in as a new era dawns, is our Coronavirus Cleaning Regime during our changeovers between guest departures and arrivals. We have often written and talked about our stringent maintenance, but now more than ever, you will want to rest assured that wherever you stay, it has a very strict coronavirus cleaning regimen in place. Well, we do. I think anyone prepared to talk about it in the…

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4 reasons why Suffolk is the perfect year-round holiday location

Many holiday locations have their ‘ideal season’: Some say that it wouldn’t be summer without a trip to Cornwall or the Isle of Wight, while swathes of people head to The Cotswolds for vibrant autumn walks and cosy pubs. However, Suffolk is one of those very unique places that works its magic all year round. At Woodfarm Barns, we think ourselves very lucky to experience all four glorious seasons in Suffolk – and we are delighted to say that our guests say the same! We are busy throughout the year, which is a testament not only to how popular Suffolk…

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‘Lording it up’ in luxury in a Suffolk Farmhouse

Fancy being Lord & Lady Woodfarm when we emerge from hibernation? Just to clarify, we are equally happy to welcome Lord & Lord Woodfarm, or Lady & Lady Woodfarm. In ‘normal times’, Woodfarm House is home for the weekend, or a midweek break, to extended families or groups of friends, but we aren’t living in normal times right now are we? It’s unlikely we will be able to welcome large groups for some time yet, so we came up with a cunning plan in the shape of a 40% Discount, as we would rather have guests enjoying Woodfarm House, than…

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WIN STUFF in our “Goatee or not Goatee?” Competition!

Yes, there really was a poll to decide whether or not my new Goatee should stay or go, so we turned it into a competition! “Goatee or not Goatee?”. That was indeed the question this week as I sprouted hair on my chin just to pass the time during lockdown. It turned out to be mostly grey though! Anyway, we ran a silly online poll and lots of you voted! The end result was 46.1% in favour of it staying, and 53.9% in favour of it going, so it went! But just how many people voted is the burning question?…

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WIN with our COVID Captivity Cuppa Countdown Competition

What does that even mean you might ask? Well it’s happening during this captivity madness, it involves you WINNING some posh tea & coffee, and some things to drink it out of. And the countdown bit? I’ve counted the screws I kicked over at the start of lockdown! Possibly the most tenuous competition in the world, but you can still WIN a nice PRIZE! WIN all these ‘Lockdown Lovelies’ to make your ‘COVID time’ Cuppa experience a thing of beauty. You can even invite friends round to share with you in your garden now. Nah, yer right, just hog it…

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6 romantic restaurants in Suffolk

If you’re looking for a romantic evening in Suffolk, we’re not short of suggestions for our favourite intimate eateries – but here are six that will definitely up the romance factor for your night out! Of course, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Suffolk, there’s no better place to stay than Woodfarm Barns. With our luxurious two-person Cottages, complete with comfortable double beds, log burning fireplaces and – to top it all off – large hot tubs to enjoy under the night sky, Woodfarm is a haven for couples who want some alone-time in the tranquility of the…

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Happy Lockdown Birthday Woodfarm! 11th Birthday Competition

The Woodfarm brand is 11 years, and to celebrate, even though we are in Lockdown right now, we are going to do what we like to do and give away a FREE BREAK in one of our Barns, to one Lucky Winner, for when it’s all over! As I write this on the 9th May 2020, my business is officially 11 old years today. Ironic that whilst it was a rip-roaring success for almost 11 years, growing year on year, on year, the last 47 days have been the worst in Woodfarm history. On account of we are shut! But…

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How to recreate our breakfast basket with Suffolk produce

If you’ve stayed at Woodfarm Barns or Barges, you’ll have been treated to one of our delicious breakfast hampers, packed with everything you need for a hearty Suffolk breakfast! But how do you recreate one of these at home? Well, whether you want to give one to a friend to share a touch of the ‘Woodfarm lifestyle’, create a fresh one for your other half for breakfast in bed, or you just want a fancy breakfast for yourself, read on to find out how to make your own Woodfarm hamper! Ingredients for your hamper We’ve designed our hampers to reflect…

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Thank you NHS Heroes

There will never be enough words, or the right words, to convey how we are all indebted to, and in awe of, the utter bravery we have seen from our NHS personnel since the Coronavirus struck us. This is just one way a small Holiday Cottage business in Suffolk is trying to say “Thank you”. Hi. My name is Carl. On the morning of March 23rd 2020 I closed the doors on my Holiday Cottage and Holiday Barge business for the foreseeable future. I contacted all iminent arrivals to cancel their breaks. I felt I had no choice. Later that…

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Lambing weekends at Kentwell Hall

Spring is on the way! That means warmer weather (hopefully!), yummy seasonal food in the local pubs and restaurants and a sudden abundance of daffodils. For us, in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, it also means that we’ll see a big rise in wildlife, and our once lonely winter fields will be teeming with farmyard animals. March and April are the ideal months for spotting young and newborn lambs, in particular. However, if you don’t want to go on a wild sheep chase in the countryside, then a trip to Kentwell Hall will almost guarantee you a sight of…

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Why choose a Holiday in Suffolk at Woodfarm Barns?

Thank you for considering a Holiday in Suffolk with us… Thank you for taking the time to look at Woodfarm and considering us for your next Short Break or Holiday in Suffolk, it’s much appreciated. Please let me know if you have any queries by calling me directly on 01449 710032, or emailing carl@woodfarmbarns.com. You can even Whatsapp me by clicking below… This page gives you a little overview of what we’re about. We have lots of pages on our website, where we have carefully placed nice pictures etc but this is all just about info; reasons you might want…

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Easter Egg Hunt with our Barges & Barns

Our Easter Egg Hunt is on! And YOU could be our lucky WINNER! Up for grabs is a very posh, mouth-watering Chocolate selection from Earsham Street Deli, a tail-wagging range of Dog treats from Doodledales, and a whole bunch of Woodfarm branded merchandise. A prize worth well over a hundred quid! Ok folks, we posted this prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and as we are currently in ‘Lockdown’ as I write this, things have changed somewhat! This was to be an awesome competition where you win some great prizes. I would still love it if you want to join in…

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How to keep dogs safe in the car

There’s no questioning it – dogs are more than welcome at both our Luxury Cottages and unique, historical Dutch Barges! We provide all the comforts and conveniences that you need to keep your dog happy while staying with us. We think that a happy dog is equal to a safe dog, which is why we decided to put together a few handy tips on how to keep your dog(s) safe in the car when you’re (hopefully!) travelling down for a fabulous Suffolk holiday with us. 1. Give them a good walk before the journey If you don’t want your pup…

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What’s on in Suffolk in 2020?

What’s on in Suffolk during 2020? Funny you should ask. Here’s a whole bunch of things to get you excited this year…. There’s so much to do in Suffolk at any time, but here’s a guide for you of lots of events throughout the year. So have a little read, get your diaries out and start planning. Most of these events are Dog-Friendly but do double-check first. March 21st Flatford Ramble – Constable’s Footsteps April 4th Framlingham Country Show & Festival of Dogs 19th Suffolk Young Farmers Country Fair at Stonham Barns 25th April Flatford Ramble – Spring Bluebell Walk…

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Crash on Planet Trash

What is Crash on Planet Trash and what does it have to do with Holiday Cottages? Well, kind of nothing, except that it is an amazing Suffolk based educational project that my friend James is a key part of. So we are trying to help raise some funds. Pleeeeease read on…. Ok, the really quick answer is that a friend of mine is an amazing illustrator and he uses his iPad to draw. He has suffered from depression in the past and his drawings really helped him through some dark times. He’s used them to raise money for MIND, and…

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How we keep our Barns clean for our guests

When looking at hotel reviews, ‘cleanliness’ is a topic that always pops up. It’s obviously a huge indicator of quality for many travellers; after all, none of us enjoy seeing traces of previous guests during a holiday! This is why we take cleanliness at Woodfarm Barns and Barges very seriously. Our fantastic team dedicates hours to cleaning our Luxury, Dog-Friendly Suffolk Holiday Cottages and Historic Dutch Holiday Barges after each stay. They ensure that the cottages are not just tidy, but free of dirt and germs too. You can see from our outstanding reviews that we succeed in our efforts! …

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Days Out in Suffolk to put in the Diary for 2020

Whether you live in Suffolk and are looking for a special day out, or you’re planning a staycation in one of the UK’s most beautiful counties, there is plenty to do in Suffolk. Lying in the east of England, the historic county of Suffolk is bordered by Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and the North Sea to the east, and boasts glorious rolling hills in the west and the famous broads in the east. If you are looking for days out in Suffolk, there is an abundance of things to do, and here are some of the best: 1. A Sumptuous Spa…

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Holiday Cottage in Tuscany – update January 2020

I bring you this update from Bar San Michele in Lucca, as I visit ‘Trebbio’ towards the end of January 2020. There’s been lots going on at our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany. We have had all the floors taken up as they were very uneven and poorly done. We now have a wonderful new floor throughout the house. I’ve gone for a traditional Tuscan terracotta brick tile for the whole house except the bathroom, which is a lovely slate grey. I didn’t ever imagine that renovating a Holiday Cottage in Tuscany would cost quite so much! We have white tiles on…

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HS2 Suffolk style…

HS2 has hit more controversy as it now tops £106 BILLION at the time of writing. We do things a little differently in Suffolk, with far less embarrassing results… Whilst HS2 spirals out of control to make it ever so slightly faster to get from A to B, I bring you embarrassing news of some local controversy regarding our own version SHSS2; that’s ‘Slightly Higher Speed Suffolk 2’. That’s the new travel service making access to rural parts of our fair county more accessible, shaving up to 15 minutes of some journey times! For years we’ve been getting on just…

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Extraordinary Holiday Cottages in Suffolk (and Tuscany!)

Extraordinary Holiday Cottages. According to the old advert, The Halifax gave us extra. And that’s what we have always aimed for at Woodfarm. I do a lot of thinking whilst running this little business of mine. One of the things that I think about is why, over the decade since I started Woodfarm, it has exceeded all of my expectations. I think it’s all about providing extraordinary holiday cottages, as opposed to ordinary. This little paperweight on my desk was a present a number of years ago and it’s a constant reminder to me of how we go about doing…

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Our pick of the best farm shops in Suffolk

If you’re heading to Suffolk for a foodie holiday, we’ll let you in on a secret: we have some of the best farm shops around. Suffolk and the surrounding counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex are home to excellent food and drink producers, including some nationally (and even internationally) known brands such as Adnams, Stokes and Dingley Dell Pork. Our farm shops reflect this completely, offering the most mouth-watering local produce that will make you want to come back again and again. Need a place to stay? Woodfarm Barns is ideally situated and within easy reach of a great selection…

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12 Days of Christmas: WIN a FREE BREAK!

Here’s the form to fill in for your chance to WIN the FREE BREAK, with a really tough question you must get right. And don’t forget you MUST Fill in the form, Share the competition post on your Facebook or Instagram pages, and ‘Like’ Woodfarm Barns and Barges on Facebook, or Bargesandbarns on Insta… Loading… OK, we know Christmas is over now but as we started it on Christmas Day 2019, that’s what it was all about. You can even recommend a friend to enter, for the chance to BOTH WIN! For the 12 Days of Christmas 2019, we thought…

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Re-cycle bikes and improve lives

Re-cycle (.org) are a Colchester based charity sending bikes to Africa to transform lives. And through a Suffolk-based friend involved with the charity, we buy our bikes, which in turn helps raise funds.  Re-cycle take unwanted bikes and ship them to partners in Africa who run bicycle projects, refurbishing, distributing and maintaining bikes, running bicycle maintenance workshops and teaching courses in safe riding.    In 2019 Re-cycle sent over 10,500 bicycles to Africa. Spadge Hopkins has been collecting and receiving bikes for Re-cycle since 2016. When he has a decent amount, another volunteer comes to collect the bikes in a…

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Shop Local and support your community

When you Shop Local, you’re not just ‘buying stuff’, you are investing in the area you live. We all know that shopping with the likes of Amazon and ASOS is convenient, but pleeeeease don’t forget those businesses that still provide quality, customer service and a smile. Shop Local and you get all that, as well as sustaining your local community, not to mention cutting down on air and road miles. Before I go any further, I don’t want you to think I’m on a planet-saving soap-box here, because I’m not. This is just about the week I’ve had, shopping with…

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Bug Hotel @ Woodfarm Barns

Providing a Bug Hotel is just is just one way we can help the conservation of this lovely planet of ours, so we decided to get to it! We are in the accommodation business, and we just happen to care about the planet we live on in, as well as the other beings on it. So we decided to have our very own Bug Hotel at Woodfarm Barns!  I’d seen these in various places, usually on woodland walks. But I was enjoying breakfast in the Summer, at one of my favourite places, Honey & Harvey and noticed one outside. Their…

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Trolley Coins from Woodfarm Barns & Barges

Trolley coins are the latest little giveaway when you stay with us, just to make your life a little more convenient and to remind you of your favourite place to stay! If you’re anything like me and have to scrabble around for £1 when you need a trolley, these little gems will come in handy! In our cashless society, I’ve often had to pop into a shop to get change just to shop there. With our new trolley coins I’ve now always got one with me, and every guest at Woodfarm Barns or Barges now has one too! If you…

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The Crowfield Rose

The Crowfield Rose is our nearest pub and is walkable from Woodfarm Barns. The week I started work on the renovations here in 2009, I went round for a lunchtime pint with my builder. We just happened to go in on the day they were closing! Doh! Well, after being closed for ten years, they are now back with a bang! Earlier in 2019 I’d heard it was re-opening, which was obviously great news as it is walkable from Woodfarm Barns. Once it had opened I popped in for a pint and met the landlord, Glen Hughes. Glen is a…

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Tuscan Holiday Cottage update – Nov 19

Our Tuscan Holiday Cottage is under way. It looks like a building site but then again, it is! Just thought I’d put an update together as I’m over for meetings and checking on progress. With a little bit of luck our Tuscan Holiday Cottage will be ready to open it’s doors to guests around Easter 2020. So far the builders have taken up crumbly concrete floors and re-laid nice and level, put all the ducting in for the electrician, plastered the kitchen and bathroom, and put RSJ’s in the cellars to hold the ceilings up, thus ensuring the whole lot…

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Suffolk Christmas Markets 2019

If you’re not in the festive spirit yet, a visit to a Suffolk Christmas market will get you in the mood! Suffolk is bustling with life at Christmastime, with fairs and markets taking place every weekend in the lead-up to the big day. There’s plenty to do if you visit one of our many festive markets, including slurping down some delicious hot mulled wine and mince pies, and ticking presents off your checklist (Santa who?). With a vast selection of producers and retailers from Suffolk and the surrounding areas present at most markets, this is also a great way to…

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Fully Enclosed Gardens for your Dogs

With Fully Enclosed Gardens at all our Barns, you can be sure your Dogs are happy and safe when you come to stay at Woodfarm Barns. “Do you have Fully Enclosed Gardens”? is one of our frequently asked questions. And the answer is… YES! Right from the start we made sure that our gardens were secure, so that our guests could relax, safe in the knowledge that their Dogs were happy pottering about outside. We’d had feedback when did our market testing, that one of the most common problems with Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages, was that people often found that there…

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Dog treats with your Woodfarm break

Dog treats is just part of what we do to make your Dogs feel welcome and happy with a stay in our Barns or barges We leave some scrummy (well the Dogs tell us they are!) Dog treats for all our four-legged friends when they come to stay. We work closely with Doodledales, our friends round the corner from Woodfarm Barns. They are our local, independent pet shop and provide us with raw Dog treats from their ‘pick n mix’ range, as well as our Dog Hampers and Dog Shampoo for our Mucky Pups Shower Stations.  As a non meat-eating…

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Visit England Gold Awards all round

Visit England are, as the name suggests, the authority on tourism standards in our fair country. And for the sixth year in a row they have awarded us their Gold Standard for all of our Barns and Barges! We are so pleased that the Visit England inspectors are continually impressed with what we do. Keeping on top of our maintenance and housekeeping regimes is paramount to us here at Woodfarm. It’s what keeps these guys happy, and more importantly, keeps our guests happy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “it ain’t rocket science”. All I have ever…

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A journalist’s view of Woodfarm Barns & Barges

Kate Taylor of Dotty4Paws, a dedicated Doggy directory, came to stay at Woodfarm HQ and have a good look around the Barges too. This is what she said about us… We were invited to stay at Woodfarm Barns, a collection of luxury dog-friendly self-catering barns in the heart of Suffolk. Having driven almost three and a half hours in torrential rain, [I’m sure we passed Noah and the animals at some point on our journey!] we could not have been more pleased to arrive at Woodfarm Barns. We were greeted with an extremely warm welcome by Anne who showed us around and recommended…

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Dog Passport – your dogs become OUR guests

With a Woodfarm Dog Passport when they stay, your Dog becomes our VIPooch. What on earth is a VIPooch I hear you ask? Well, we all know what a VIP is, and at Woodfarm we value our human guests and prospective guests. However, we like to go one step further for your furry family and let returning Dogs come and stay for FREE as ‘our guest’! Because they are VIPooches!… Dog Passport?!?! Or should we say ‘Pawsport’? (sorry, couldn’t resist!) You don’t have to have a Dog to come and stay at our Barns or Barges (though some people think…

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Dog Showers with all our holiday cottages!

Dog showers for Mucky Pups at all our cottages! With a hot and cold water supply outside every cottage, come rain or shine, we’ve got it covered for your furry family. Drizzly days with puddles & muddy fields? Not a problem. We laugh in the face of the British weather! Our Dog Showers are the perfect antidote for your filthy fur-babies. The big blue buckets with our Dog Showers double up as paddling pools to cool off in the Summer, as well as baths in the winter. Sorry if your dog doesn’t fit in it but with hot and cold…

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Tuscan Holiday Cottage update!

Our Tuscan Holiday Cottage renovation is now properly underway, and should be ready for you to stay in Spring 2020! Owning a Tuscan Holiday Cottage has been a dream of mine for many years, and finally I can see it happening! As you may know from our previous posts, we have a Tuscan Holiday Cottage that you will be able to enjoy from 2020. You can read all about it in my launch Blog Page Here. ‘Trebbio’ will sleep 2-4 and has breath-taking views across the Garfagnana, which is the upper valley of the river Serchio, just 20 minutes North-West…

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Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Breakfast Basket options

Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Breakfast Basket options were simply not on my radar when Woodfarm Barns was ‘born’ in 2009. Now they are! Ever since the start, we’ve provided a fabulous Suffolk Breakfast Basket with every break, and these have always gone down a storm! Our breaks are self-catering but we do like to make sure that your first morning with us gets off to a flying start with a delicious Suffolk Breakfast Basket. But with so many people (myself included) choosing alternatives, I decided it was high time we gave Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free choices too. Our…

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Antiques and homeware shops in Suffolk

There’s nothing like discovering a one-off piece of furniture or decorative piece for your home or garden! Luckily, there are plenty of Aladdin’s caves within easy reach of Woodfarm Barns and Barges. We like to be unique in everything that we do, from our unbeatable luxury dog-friendly holiday cottages with relaxing hot tubs, to our historic Dutch barges on the Suffolk riverways. We even love distinctive furniture and homeware – as you might have seen if you’ve ever stayed in Woodfarm House! If you have a similar taste for unique finds, you’ll be right at home in the beautiful county…

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Woof-farm Meadow – Dogs love it!

Dogs love our 2 acre meadow and we’ve managed to capture some enjoying it! Dogs are a huge part of what makes Woodfarm what it is. We identified years ago that people with dogs, who are looking to go on holiday at home, like to have somewhere nice to stay. It’s pretty simple really. What we have worked hard on for years is making sure our cottages are as high quality as we can make them, with a real emphasis on a warm welcome for people and pooches alike. Aside from fully enclosed gardens with each cottage, dog treats, towels,…

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Monthly Muttshots: Our Favourites

We’ve been running our ‘Midweek Muttshots ‘ for quite some time. It’s just a daft thing where we come up with a mad idea every week to get you posting pics of your dogs wearing something bizarre , or doing something different, or just generally enjoying themselves in a variety of poses and places. We get hundreds every week posted on Facebook, so we thought we’d cobble together a bunch of our favourites and share them with you on this page. So strap yourselves in and enjoy… Want to submit a photo of your dog in our Midweek Mutt-Shots? Keep…

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Deli Hamper on your Suffolk Holiday?

If a mouthwatering Deli Hamper would be the perfect icing on the cake during your stay with us, then we’ve got it covered for you, with an amazing range from the best in Suffolk: The award-winning Earsham Street Deli We’ve been working with Michelle and the team for years, as they’ve been supplying Deli Hamper greatness to delighted Woodfarm Guests. We only like to give you the best! And to celebrate the expansion of the Woodfarm brand into Tuscany, Michelle has comes up trumps (yet again!) with a wonderful new range of options for your Suffolk holiday, combining the best…

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Newbourne dog walk – Riverscapes and countryside vistas

If you’re an outsider, you might not have heard of the charming Suffolk village of Newbourne. But there are many reasons to visit, including a beautiful medium-length dog walking trail. Just a half hour’s drive from Woodfarm Barns, 15 minutes from our Twee Gebroeders barge and 30 minutes from our Onderneming barge, Newbourne is an excellent choice for a day trip with your dog. A small rural community with a population of less than 350, the village ticks all the boxes of an idyllic ‘storybook’ location, with its peaceful atmosphere, attractive houses and well-kept gardens. Here, you’ll find an easy,…

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Sail a canoe in Suffolk during your Barns and Barges stay

Did you know that you can hire a canoe in Suffolk to explore the breathtaking River Alde? It’s a unique way to see Suffolk’s rural and riverside beauty – and you can access canoe hire near your Woodfarm Barges or Barns location! Canoeing is great fun for all the family, a stress-reducing form of exercise and an opportunity to seek out photo-worthy views of the local landscapes. As you’re canoeing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you’ll all see many different types of wildlife that you may not see in other parts of the county, like seals and river…

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FREE Holiday Competition – we’re ten years old!

We are celebrating by giving away yet another FREE BREAK!!!! To enter please fill out this simple, secure, entry form: Loading… *** PLEASE NOTE; THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED SO DON’T ENTER. WINNER PICKED AND HAPPY, WHICH WE SPLASHED ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA *** If you would like to know more about why we are giving away a free holiday please read on! Can we talk about Number 10 Downing Street for a moment please? As I write this, there is rather a kerfuffle going on in British politics. Something to do with leaving the EU apparently. Well, we’ve kinda…

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The Grundisburgh Dog near Woodfarm Barges & Barns

The Grundisburgh Dog just happens to be a Dog-Friendly Pub & Restaurant, smack bang in the middle of the ‘Woodfarm Barge & Barn Triangle’. What’s not to love? Yep, draw a line from Woodfarm Barns to ‘Twee Gebroeders’, our Barge in Woodbridge, then on to ‘Onderneming’, our Barge in Snape, and then back again. That’s the Woodfarm Triangle, and it just happens to have a fab, Award-Winning, Dog-Friendly pub in the middle. So whether you’re staying aboard a Barge or in a Barn, the Grundisburgh Dog has it covered. Eilir and Charles Rogers are the owners and they really focus…

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Free Break – Why we keep giving them away

Free Break you say? Here’s a little insight into why we keep giving holidays away and what we get from doing so. Hi. My name is Carl and I’m the owner of Woodfarm Barns, Barges and now Woodfarm Tuscany. As I write this Blog Post, my business is about to launch yet another free break competition to celebrate our 10th Birthday. We have just finished a competition to celebrate the purchase of a holiday cottage in Tuscany. We had over 5,000 entrants for that one and the winner was absolutely over the moon. She posted all over Facebook to say…

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Why you should take a holiday in Suffolk

We could think of a million reasons to take a holiday in Suffolk; however, for your sanity (and ours), we’ve put together a slightly briefer blog post over on our helpful online guide to Suffolk, Where Do We. From its delicious local food and fantastic restaurant options, to rural and coastal walks to suit all ages and abilities, Suffolk is full of things to see and do. Equally, if you fancied a more relaxing holiday, this county’s idyllic qualities are second to none. Put your feet up in one of our luxury Suffolk holiday cottages or historic Dutch barges and…

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Reducing plastic waste on your Suffolk holiday

Decades have gone by where many of us have chosen convenience over the environment. At Woodfarm, we are constantly rethinking and improving the ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment. We want our guests to be able to enjoy a clean, safe Suffolk for years to come! From takeaway cups to plastic shopping bags, the choices that we have made in the past have quickly caught up on us, seriously impacting the world around us. Very recently, however, we’ve seen a sizeable shift in the way our society views the environment. Thanks, in large part, to…

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How we’re supporting Blue Cross Suffolk

We often talk about how we’re a dog-friendly company. We welcome hundreds of dogs each year into our luxury holiday cottages and barges. Many even love it so much here that they return time and time again! It’s this reason that we’ve chosen to support the Blue Cross in Suffolk with their efforts to care for and re-home not just dogs, but a variety of pets. To help raise funds for the Blue Cross, we’re going to place a charity box in the bike shed at our Woodfarm Barns location, as well as aboard both our barges. You won’t have…

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Holiday Cottage in Tuscany – WIN a FREE BREAK!

Holiday Cottage in Tuscany with the chance to WIN a FREE BREAK?!?!?! Yep! You can win a free break for two in our fabulous Romantic Tuscan hideaway! ***EDIT – THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE READ ON FOR INFO ABOUT OUR EXCITING COTTAGE IN TUSCANY THOUGH *** To launch the exciting news of the next phase of Woodfarm, we bring you the opportunity to WIN a FREE BREAK in our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany. As always with our competitions, it’s FREE to enter and really easy! Fancy staying here for FREE? Then read on…… It’s as simple to enter as…

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Holiday Cottage in Tuscany

A Tuscany Holiday Cottage? Yes, you read that correctly… Woodfarm Barns has branched out and now has expanded the business slightly beyond Suffolk. Into Romantic Tuscany! Ok, I’m ridiculously excited as there’s so much to tell! I have two favourite places on this little planet of ours. Suffolk and Tuscany. Having first explored Tuscany 20 years ago (and again in recent years), I went there a lot in 2017 and 2018. Having built my business in Suffolk, firstly on dry land and then on the water with our Barges, I’m now expanding it just a little further. With a Holiday…

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Holiday Postcards from Suffolk – with stamps!

Holiday Postcards are part of our heritage. They are as quintessentially English as it gets. We’ve had them here for years for our guests to send. And now we’ve decided to go the extra mile and put stamps on for you! Yes of course we live in different times now. We all post our holiday pics on Facechat, Instabook, Snapper and what have you. But how about grabbing a postcard or three and making someone smile when one lands on their doormat. We designed our own postcards years ago and our guests have been sending them to their friends and family…

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