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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.

Two night break for £200… straight to charity!

No, we didn’t start the year with an administrative error. We started the year with a raffle that allowed the winner to book a two night break at one of our Barns for rent for £200…that we sent straight to the chosen charity of the winner.  “Why on earth did you do this when January is already a quiet month in your industry and it’ll cost you more than a few quid?” I hear you ask.  Well, the simple answer is, sometimes we’re nice here at Woodfarm Barns and Barges. And what could be nicer than treating someone to a…

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5 of the Best Breweries in Suffolk

There are few things more appetising than a cold, refreshing beer on a hot summer day, or a cold winter day, or a mild springtime day. Across Suffolk, there are a huge range of different breweries to have a meander or tour around, allowing you to see first hand where your favourite drink is made commercially. Greene King Brewery – Bury St Edmunds Greene King is a familiar face in the pub industry, running over 2700 pubs, restaurants and hotels in towns and villages all across the country. Something you may not know, however, is that under each logo is…

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5 of the Best Markets in Suffolk

It is a universally accepted truth that markets are great. They sell a wide range of specially made products, ranging from food to clothes, books and a range of specialist products. What’s more, they show off the best, homemade, locally sourced products available. So, here are five of the best markets in Suffolk to explore when you rent one of our Barns or Barges. Bury St Edmunds’ Markets Every Wednesday and Saturday, stalls descend onto Buttermarket and Cornhill in the town centre of Bury St Edmunds, with around 60 stalls on a Wednesday and 80 stalls on a Saturday. Every…

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Top 5 Tearooms in Suffolk

Tea rooms are a great place for just about every occasion and are especially good if you find yourself out and want a place to get food and drink. So, should you find yourself renting one of our Barns or Barges for rent, and find yourself wanting to indulge in some sweet pastries and hot drinks, here are some of the best tea rooms in Suffolk: Nora’s Tea Room- Sproughton Located in Sproughton, Nora’s Tearoom is a 1940s themed establishment where not only can you enjoy a nice hot drink, but you can take a look around ‘The Shed’, a…

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Walks in Suffolk near our Barns & Cottages

Here’s the best walks in Suffolk near our Barns & Cottages You don’t need to be a rambler or a Womble to enjoy taking a walk around Suffolk when renting one of our Barns. Sure, it might make things more exciting, but it isn’t a strict requirement. To make sure that you’re heading off in the right direction, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best strolls to take when joining us in sunny Suffolk. Crowfield Church Next door but one to our Barns for rent, Crowfield Church is one of the few remaining timber-framed churches in Suffolk. It’s also…

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Our favourite Delis in Suffolk

Here’s a little round up of our favourite delis in Suffolk. We are blessed with some amazing food & drink, and some very passionate people sharing them with us. This is a little temporary holding page until we do write ups, but there are links… Earsham Street Deli, Bungay Our absolute fave, and suppliers to Woodfarm for many years. As the name suggests, they are purveyors of wonderful foodie treats, in Earsham Street. That’s in Bungay. The Bungay area is well worth a visit whilst you’re staying with us, as there are some picturesque villages around there. And whilst you’re…

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Out & About: These are a few of my favourite things (on holiday in Suffolk)…

No, nothing to do with raindrops appearing on roses, or even the whiskers on cute kittens, but this is a bunch of our favourite things to do or visit when on holiday in Suffolk. We are often asked to recommend pubs, walks, beaches, places for afternoon tea etc, so we’ve pulled a whole load of our favourites together into one place. Effectively this page will give you enough to keep you occupied for your whole stay, whether it’s on one of our Barges, or in our Barns or Cottages. Some of the things listed are nearer to one or the…

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The Top 4 Christmas Markets in Suffolk in 2021

Where has this year gone – 2021 has flown by and now it’s that time of year again where the Christmas blogs start appearing like Mariah Carey on shopping centre soundsystem! In the second Christmas blog of 2021, let’s talk about Christmas markets to truly get in the Christmas spirit. Christmas Market – Trinity Park – 4th December 2021 Trinity Park Conference & Events Centre, located on a huge expanse of land, located just outside of Ipswich, is home to a fantastic Christmas market in Suffolk that has plenty to offer. On display, from across the region, there will be…

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Inside the ‘Living Museum’ in Suffolk

The Museum of East Anglian Life, located in the small Suffolk town of Stowmarket is well worth considering when renting a Barn or Barge in Suffolk. It all started in 1903 when Ena and Vera Longe purchased Abbot’s Hall Estate – just off of the streets of Stowmarket – an estate that dates back to the medieval time. In the 1950s and the 1960s, whilst the country was seeing problems with skill trades and equipment, farmer Jack Carter and the Suffolk Local History Council went to collect and display objects from the depths of East Anglia and travelled to temporarily…

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How to ride a camel when in Suffolk?

Ok – so you may now be thinking – camel riding in Suffolk? But, trust me, it does exist. And it exists at the UK’s only camel park – Camel Park Oasis. Located in North Suffolk, in between Harleston and Halesworth, this park lets you get up close to real life camels, who are extremely friendly. The camel park also features a wide range of other animals on show. So, what could you do when you go to Camel Park for a day out? Oasis Camel Park is the only place in the UK where you are able to get…

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The Best Escape Rooms in Suffolk

With multiple Escape Rooms to experience in Suffolk, and with a range of themes to choose from, we have gathered a list of the top five to enjoy when staying at one of our Barns and Barges to rent in Suffolk. Suffolk Escape Rooms – Nr Mildenhall  Escape Rooms Suffolk, located just outside of Mildenhall is a great Escape Room Venue which owns the coveted title of being rated first on TripAdvisor. If you are after a day out in Suffolk at an escape room, you won’t go wrong by checking this place out and trying your hand at one…

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What’s On In Suffolk This Christmas?

Christmas ads are on the telly, Christmas songs are being played in shops up and down the country, and now you’ve found yourself reading an article about the best things to do in Suffolk over Christmas.  There’s no getting away from it, Christmas is here and won’t be going away until the last mince pie is swept from the table at some point between Boxing Day and New Year.Whilst it might be fashionable to grumble that it’s “that time of year again”, there’s plenty to be out and enjoying in (a hopefully) snowy Suffolk that even Ebenezer Scrooge himself would…

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Where to find the best live music in Suffolk?

Throughout the year, Suffolk hosts a wide range of music events, from the popular Latitude Festival to the equally great Newmarket Nights, but what about the rest of the year? Where else can you experience great live music in Suffolk? Obviously our team at Woodfarm Barns knows all the best places… The Apex Theatre – Bury St Edmunds Situated in the centre of the vibrant Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds, the Apex Theatre has a great range of acts you can see, ranging from theatre performances, with musicals and spectacular shows, to a wide range of music genres,…

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Suffolk Holiday Hacks

As a blog writer who hasn’t moved out of Suffolk at all in their lifetime, and who has stayed in the same corner of Suffolk for the past thirty years – but has been all over the county – I’m certainly somewhat qualified to help you make the most of your holiday in Suffolk: Experience Suffolk’s beautiful beaches With around 50 miles of stunning shoreline overlooking the North Sea, and many villages and towns littered across the coastline, there is plenty of variety for what your ideal beach day out or holiday is. For example, you can visit the tranquil…

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Top Historical Sites In Suffolk

Throughout the 8th largest county by size, there is a huge amount of history to explore and to discover the amazing heritage and legacy that it has left behind. And, you may notice a ‘Cambridgeshire’ entrance here, but its history is so great that it must be mentioned. Orford Castle Orford Castle is located in the quiet, former port village of Orford, located next to, but across the water to, Orford Ness. Built in the 12th century by the orders of King Henry II to consolidate his regional powers within East Anglia, it has been described by some as ‘one…

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How to Speak Suffolk: 10 Suffolk Sayings To Know Before You Visit

Anyone remotely familiar with British geography will be able to tell you that once you enter a new county, you find yourself hearing an altogether new kind of language.This rule holds true in our beautiful county of Suffolk and we’re quietly proud of the oddities and twists to the English language that some of our neighbours are keen on using. If staying on board one of our Barges or renting one of our Barns will be the first time you visit Suffolk, it will be no bad thing to have a working knowledge of these 10 popular Suffolk sayings  ahead…

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5 Of The Best Suffolk Ghost Stories

Whether you’re a believer, skeptic, or think it’s all a bunch of nonsense, there’s no denying that a good ghost story around Halloween makes for a good bit of light entertainment. As a county with a centuries of documented history, it will come as no surprise that there are plenty of paranormal goings-on that are rumoured to have taken place around Suffolk. Donning our deerstalker hats and grabbing our pipes once again, we’ve done our best to get to the bottom of five of the most popular Suffolk ghost stories in time for Halloween.  Rougham Mirage Haunted houses are so…

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Top 5 Places for Afternoon Tea in Suffolk

When it comes to enjoying a holiday in Suffolk, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than enjoy an afternoon tea. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to provide a rundown of five of our favourite places to check out when staying at one of our Barns or Barges for rent. Riverhills Spa & Health Club – Bramford Now you may be thinking – why is a spa and health club featuring on a list about where to get an afternoon tea? Well, at Riverhills, which is just outside Ipswich, you can enjoy a relaxing, tranquil…

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Woodfarm Barns Investigates – Suffolk’s myths and legends

Though it was as recent as 1974 that it was officially unified after the Local Government Act of 1972, our treasured and beautiful county of Suffolk dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, With such a long history, it’s hardly surprising that the county has more than a few interesting myths and legends associated with it. In acknowledgement of this fact, we decided to grab our deerstalker hats and investigate some of these mysteries. Black Shuck The definition of a ‘black shuck’ is a ghostly black dog. This ghostly black dog is said to roam the Suffolk coastline, occasionally venturing further inland…

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Top 5 Views in Suffolk

Suffolk, being a fairly low-lying county, with the Fens just touching the edge in the North, and the highest point being the highest point of the Newmarket Ridge (which runs from just north of Hertford to Sudbury) at 136 metres. With this in mind, it’s no surprise to discover that Suffolk is packed full of picturesque views to enjoy when renting a Barn or Barge here. Framlingham Castle – Framlingham Dubbed the ‘Castle on the Hill’ by Ed Sheeran, Framlingham Castle is a castle that was originally erected in 1148, destroyed in 1173-4, but then later rebuilt afterwards. The view…

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What’s On in Suffolk in Autumn 2021?

Whilst it pains us to write an article discussing autumn when it feels as though we never got to enjoy summer, it certainly pays to plan ahead when visiting Suffolk in autumn. Thankfully, with restrictions being lifted and life going back to normal, this autumn presents a fantastic opportunity to truly appreciate the many things that make Suffolk an exciting place to holiday in. It is with this in mind that we’ve put together a list of events and goings-on to enjoy when staying on board one of our Barges or at one of our Barns over the next few…

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Five top tips for great Romantic Breaks

Every relationship benefits from Romantic Breaks from time to time. Here’s our top five tips for getting the most out of them: 5 – Go somewhere new to both of you. We all have memories of wonderful places we’ve been in the past. It’s only natural that we should what to share these places with our partner. However it is just as important to take some of your Romantic Breaks in locations that are new to the both of you. That way you can make new memories together. Experiencing new things and new places together is a wonderful way to…

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Our Suffolk Holiday Cottages location & layout

We often get asked where our Suffolk Holiday Cottages are located, where they sit in relation to each other, if the gardens are fully enclosed (yes they are), and questions about our fully enclosed Doggy Meadow ‘Woof-Farm Barns’. Well, here’s all the answers in one very simple page… We have a ‘Location’ page HERE, but as you can see from the map below, our Suffolk Holiday Cottages are in the Heart of the Suffolk Countryside. Our lovely Barges are moored on two Suffolk Rivers (The Alde and The Deben), both in iconic locations, at Snape Maltings and The Tidemill in…

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Why do we ask for your email address, and how do we protect your privacy?

We have always believed in being very open and honest, and have written extensively about how we do our marketing. We do it in a very legitimate way, in a world unfortunately inhabited by scammers, scoundrels, ne-er do wells, and vagabonds. Have a read of this and if you’re still not comfy, then just don’t give us your details. That’s ok. We are writing this to explain in a very transparent way, how we market ourselves to people just like you. We have eight Holiday Cottages in the Heart of the Suffolk Countryside, and two Dutch Barges in iconic locations…

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5 Of the Best Things You Can Only do in Suffolk

Suffolk really is quite a large county – it is the 8th largest in England, to be precise – which helps to explain why there is so much to do here! From sightseeing, to exploring the heritage and history of Suffolk, to then going out and exploring all of our magnificent towns and villages, there is something for everyone throughout the magnificent county of Suffolk. So, what can you ONLY do in Suffolk? Visit our spectacular towns and villages Suffolk is full of idyllic towns and villages which stretch from every corner of the county – all with their own…

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5 of the Best Green Spaces in Suffolk

Nature can always be depended on to create an attractive retreat that allows us all to relax and to soak up the sunshine on a lovely summer’s day. Especially those ones which have a lovely essence to them, with a water feature, or something that makes those long summer’s days even more memorable. With so many green spaces to choose from in Suffolk, we have whittled them down to a list of 5, allowing you to easily streamline your choices and enjoy the Great British Summer for however long it’ll last this time around. Thetford Forest – Around Thetford Straddling…

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A Dog’s Day At Woodfarm Barns

As if being asked to sit on command wasn’t embarrassing enough, I’ve now been asked to write a blog about my holiday at Woodfarm Barns. Don’t get me wrong, I had exactly the kind of holiday befitting a dog of my superior pedigree, but really, a blog post? My writing style is positively Dickensian in its attention to detail and is much better suited to the traditional hardback than anything that lives on the internet. Alas, I’ll consent to writing this blog because if there’s one thing I detest more than poorly written sentences, it’s bad manners. The humans and…

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Bug Hotel Expansion @ Woodfarm

Yes folks, our Bug Hotel has expanded, providing yet more luxury accommodation for the creatures we share this little planet with! Actually, truth be told, it’s not really aimed at the little creature market, as it’s a Hedgehog House. But, Bug Hotel sounds cooler, and to be honest, I’m sure that some Bugs have already found their way in. I feel I’m digressing somewhat. If you follow us diligently (and why wouldn’t you?) you may recall in November 2019 that we blogged to tell you about our business expansion into the Bug & Hedgehog world. You can read all about…

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Our Holiday Cottage in Tuscany vs. COVID

A few years ago I had a dream. A dream of a beautiful little hilltop Holiday Cottage in Tuscany. One with the most breathtaking views from a gorgeous terrace, glass in hand, listening to the cicadas as the sun goes down. This was all due to start a year or so ago, and I was going to share it with you. Lots of you got very excited about it. So did I. Then along came a thing called COVID, and changed the course of many things for many people. Not only did it close my business in the UK for 227…

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A Staycation at Woodfarm Barns or Barges: What’s it all about?

Thanks ever so much for your interest in a Staycation at Woodfarm Barns & Barges. When we answer an enquiry, there’s so much that we’d like to say, but we try to keep it short & sweet. Now you’re on this page though, why not put the kettle on, make a cuppa, and read some more?… Reviews & StuffWe’ve got tons! Around 700 Five Star Reviews on Tripadvisor, Facebook and Google in fact. We could make all sorts of claims about how awesome we are, but why not see what actual humans who have paid to stay with us say?…

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5 of our Favourite Cafes in Suffolk

If you’re out and about, especially meandering through the beautiful villages and towns of Suffolk, a café will likely be a much-needed pitstop. The only problem, of course, is that there are so many to choose from. So, to help you out, we’ve put together a list of five of our favourite cafes from different corners of Suffolk so that you’re not short of them for when you’re visiting our fine county David’s of Sudbury Located in the heart of South Suffolk, David’s of Sudbuy is not just a café but a branded bar and bistro. With an extensive menu…

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5 of our Favourite Independent Coffee Shops in Suffolk

Whether you’re out and about in the town centres, or simply fancy a nice, relaxing refreshment, we’ve got you covered with our selection of fantastic coffee shops located around the magnificent county of Suffolk. Applaud Coffee – Ipswich Located just a short walk away from the main shopping centres of Ipswich, and tucked away in the back streets of the town, you’ll find the quaint coffee shop of Applaud Coffee. Established in 2013, it quickly rose up the ranks after being awarded the ‘Best Coffee Shop in Suffolk’ by the East Anglia Daily Times in 2020. If this wasn’t enough…

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5 of our Favourite Suffolk Boutiques

Boutiques form a beautiful addition to Suffolk’s high streets and remain a popular choice for today’s shoppers. You’ll find many spread across the county and they promise to offer a pleasant experience when it comes to taking a stroll and upgrading your wardrobe. With so many to choose from within the historic county of Suffolk, we’ve whittled the vast amount to 5, so next time you’re out and about in the towns below, be sure to take a look around these gems! Collen & Clare – Southwold Sat on the beautiful High Street, in what could arguably be the most…

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The Best Fish and Chip Shops in Suffolk

As well as being blessed with countless pubs, restaurants and sites of interest, Suffolk is also home to a number of impressive fish and chip shops. Thanks to its proximity to the coast, visitors to our county are invited to enjoy some of the finest and freshest Cod, Haddock and chip shop chips you’ll find just about anywhere. To help you enjoy Britain’s favourite dish in Suffolk, we’ve rounded up five of the best fish and chip shops to visit when staying at Woodfarm Barns and Barges. Debenham Fish & Chips A family-run traditional chippy nearby our Barns for rent…

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Limited Edition Woodfarm Fridge Magnets

We have a little batch of these Limited Edition fridge magnets with our funky retro design on. These are to leave in all our Barns, Cottages, and Barges for guests to take home, but we are happy to send you a couple too! It may be that you are a previous guest, or somebody who is intending to book a break with us at some point soon. Either way, we’re happy to pop a couple in the post for you, just because we’re nice! We’ll send you a Woodfarm Barns and a Woodfarm Barges magnet to make your fridge look…

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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! Just a little hint though, you will need to give us permission to contact you otherwise we can’t tell you if you win. Details below. 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…

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5 of The Best Dog-Friendly Beaches to Visit in Suffolk

Beaches are, unsurprisingly, what many people place at the top of their list when it comes to planning a 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 in…

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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, having been forced to close for 227 days during 2020 and 2021. Clearly we have to hope that we remain open. However, if the worst happens again, you will not lose your money. We are happy for you to book a future break on the basis that it may be affected by the above. We are fortunate that we are surrounded by open countryside, and social distancing from others is easy at Woodfarm. In the case of our Barges, well they are completely standalone anyway. 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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