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Dog Friendly Magazine and Woodfarm

Dog Friendly Magazine and Woodfarm

Dog Friendly Magazine is arguably one of the industry leaders, and a respected journal amongst dog lovers. So we were delighted to have such an amazing 6 page feature in June 2018!

Dog Friendly Magazine and WoodfarmWe met one of the writers for Dog Friendly Magazine in February 2018, Emma Bearman, and her partner James, along with well known Instagram dog Alfie Bear and his little African Pygmy Hedgehog ‘Snuffles the explorer’.

They came to stay in one of our Barns at Woodfarm Central and then aboard our huge Dutch Barge ‘Onderneming’. And they loved them both!

Alfie Bear has a huge following on Instagram and his little prickly mate is building quite an audience too. So it was great that they both came to stay.

As you can see, they sampled (well Emma and James sampled) our breakfast basket, as well as enjoying the surroundings, not only of the Barn, but Alfie got to run around in our 2 acre fully enclosed meadow across the lane.

They managed to get time to relax in their own private hot tub. Again, that was Emma and James, not the dog and the hog!

Dog Friendly Magazine and Woodfarm BargesAfter a couple of days enjoying the Barns, we took them down to our enormous Dutch Barge ‘Onderneming’ to sample life aboard a 100 year old converted cargo vessel. Onderneming featured in The Times list of 50 “Best Unusual Holiday Houses in the UK” in the same month that they came to stay!

It’s such an accolade for us to feature in Dog Friendly Magazine. It’s all very well us saying how great we are but we could be making it all up! The fact that we have hundreds of Five Star reviews on Tripadvisor, Facebook and Google, as well as Quality in Tourism Gold Awards for each cottage and Barge, kind of backs up what we are about. But beyond that, it’s great feature in places such as the Times and a prestigious publication like Dog Friendly Magazine. We were overjoyed that our other Barge ‘Twee Gebroeders’ also featured in The Times in 2018 too, in their article on “Love Nests: Great places for two”

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World Leaders in Unique Holiday Cottages

The most Unique Holiday Cottages

We are absolutely over the moon to tell you about our latest project, which certainly puts us on top of the world of Unique Holiday Cottages

We thought we’d cracked it with our Dutch Barges as they are truly unique holiday cottages, and we even had one featured in The Times ’50 most unusual holiday homes in the UK 2018’ list, as well as having our other barge in another Times article in 2018!

Unique Holiday Cottages on the Moon

However, we have been working for some time now on an exciting new groundbreaking project to unquestionably put us as the undisputed World Leader in Unique Holiday Cottages

At the turn of the Century, I had the foresight to purchase a plot of land on the Moon for my Daughter as a Christmas present. Well, as we are in the holiday cottage industry together some 18 years later, we are delighted to announce that we are now putting that land to good use and will be the first people anywhere in the world to have a Holiday Cottage on the Moon!

Unique Holiday Cottages don't get any more unique

When I think back all those years, it was a big investment for me to make but I am so glad I did it now!

Yes, you read that correctly. Moonfarm Barns will be the first Holiday Cottage business on this planet, as well as any of those in our Solar System, to be able to receive guests on the Moon!

The piece of land I bought is in a cracking spot in the Northwest on the Lunar Map, which is so handy for the local shops, beaches, wildlife reserves and lakes, as well as some fabulous pubs, restaurants and coffee shops.

There’s still quite a bit of development to finish off in the area but it will be awesome. Trust me, I wouldn’t make this up!

Moonfarm barns Unique Holiday CottagesWe have been busy getting it ready and as you can see, we’re all set to go. The garden needs a little work but we were too excited to keep this from you any longer! Yes, of course, it will be dog-friendly too, so your pooches will not miss out.

We have teamed up with Elon Musk who has experience of driving cars in space and he has very kindly offered to taxi our guests to and from the Moon, which is great news. The cost of a stay on Moonfarm Barns will be in line with our Holiday Cottages on earth, but we are just waiting to see what Elon is going to charge. He says he’s got to get his car back first as he’s sort of lost it

So if you thought our Barges were Unique Holiday Cottages, then this takes it one step further and Sunday 1st April 2018 seems as good a time as any to announce it to the world!

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Add a Dog Photography package to your Suffolk break

Dog Photography for Woodfarm by Gill Moon

We’re all about trying to think of new ways to make your Woodfarm Barns or Barges break extra special and for the many dog lovers who stay with us, we’ve got an absolute cracker for you with an exclusive Dog Photography package!

Gill Moon Dog PhotographyIn a strange twist of fate, the previous owner of our beautiful Dutch Barge Twee Gebroeders, in Woodbridge, just happens to be an amazing professional photographer and just happens to be very good at Dog Photography!

I’ve always thought that many of our dog owner guests would love a really high quality reminder of their stay with their furry friends and having met Gill Moon last year when I bought ‘TG’, the idea has gradually come together. I’ve seen a lot of Gill’s work and have her photos of dogs are particularly striking.

So let’s tell you more about Gill and how you can take advantage of her fabulous, exclusive Dog Photography offer for Woodfarm guests;

Gill Moon Photography

Gill Moon Dog Photography for Woodfarm guestsGill is a professional freelance photographer specialising in Suffolk scenes. Her landscape images cover much of the Suffolk Coast and have been published widely online and in many local and national magazines. We also have an amazing framed print of one of her River Deben scenes on the wall of ‘TG’.

Her love of the outdoors and the natural world also extends to animals and pets in particular which has lead Gill to set up a dog photography arm to her business.

Gill says “I love animals and have always had pets. There is nothing more rewarding than the connection you get when interacting with an animal and it is this that I try to capture in my images. 

Dog Photography by Gill Moon

I began by photographing my own dog, a rescue saluki cross called Spud, who is a real character but a complete softy. As luck would have it Spud was a natural in front of the camera and has been a willing model for my photography for several years (spurred on by a continuous supply of dog treats!)”

Photographing pets has developed over the years and now provides a natural extension to Gill’s landscape work.

Gill offers outdoor dog photography sessions in the Suffolk countryside or indoor sessions for all pets in her studio in Hollesley.


Dog Photography for Woodfarm guests by Gill MoonFor Woodfarm guests Gill is offering a 45 minute session at any of our barns or barges at a special Woodfarm rate of just £45!

During the session she will shoot a variety of natural looking images of your dog or dogs (She’s happy to photograph more than one dog per session), some posed and some playful. All these images will be available to view the day after the session via an online private gallery. From this collection you can choose 4 high resolution digital files, which can be downloaded and used however you wish for print or digital display.

In addition to your digital files she will offer other ways to display your images including framed prints, canvas prints, metal prints, collages and albums. All guests will be offered a 10% discount on any of these products.

Please click on any of the images to see Gill’s website and her astonishing work! There’s a tab on there for her pet photography work too.

Please contact Gill directly to arrange your shoot as we do not take a commission. We are just happy to recommend Gill and put you in touch for that something special to make your break even better.

Call her on 01394 410347 or 07920162319


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Our preferred Suffolk Business partners

Suffolk Business Partners

For years now we have strived to bring you, and continue to do so, the very best from the Suffolk business community to ensure that you are aware of all our favourite pubs, restaurants, delis, coffee shops, farm shops, independent retailers, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers etc. And now we’ve upped the game a little for you!

We have been in touch with a number of our preferred Suffolk Business partners nearby to see if they would show their appreciation for your custom by offering a little extra and they have!

When you are staying in our Barns or Barges we will give you a ‘Preferred Partners’ card for you to present to the wonderful Suffolk Business people on this list and get your ‘little extra’.

Hopefully this list will grow but we will always keep it nice and exclusive to just bring you our best local suppliers. So, in no particular order at all;

Suffolk Business Partner the Earsham Street DeliEarsham Street Deli
Superb, award-winning Deli in Bungay offering a 10% discount to all Woodfarm guests

An amazing range of cheeses, meats and mouth-watering foodie treats from the best in the county (the award says it all)

They also do fab coffee too so make sure you call in when you’re visiting Bungay


The award winning Grundisburgh Dog

The Grundisburgh Dog

With a real focus on the quality of the food and drink, along with a passion for making their customers happy, this fabulous Dog-Friendly Pub in between The Barges and The Barns has awards coming out of it’s ears. As I write this in May 2019, they’ve just been awarded ‘Pub of the Year’ in the ‘Eat Suffolk, Food & Drinks Awards‘, and deservedly so! Not only that but they won a National Award in 2018, that of “Best Dog-Friendly Pub”!! Click here to read our Blog about The Dog

  • 10% Off your food bill
  • Doggy treats
  • A polaroid of your Dog on the Doggy Wall of Fame
  • And if you go on a Sunday, the dogs will get a FREE Sunday Roast!


Suffolk Business Partner the HighwaymanThe Highwayman

Fab local pub on the A140 offering 10% Discount on food bill (minimum of two courses)

Plus….. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday a special menu-two courses for £13.95 and three courses for £16.95.

Owned by David & Olga Parry, providing fantastic, home-cooked food using lots of local ingredients, as well as some great local brews too!

Suffolk Business Partner Suffolk Farmhouse CheesesSuffolk Farmhouse Cheeses

Established in 2004 by Jason and Katharine Salisbury, and just round the corner down the A140, offering our guests 10% discount in their farm shop.

They produce fine hand-made cheeses and other dairy products using traditional methods, from their own herd of pedigree Guernseys. They also rear their own beef and pork.

Why not pop down, pick up some cheese, and have a look at their Robotic Milking System in action?

Suffolk Business Partner DoodledalesDoodledales
Great pet shop round the corner offering a Free treat bag with every purchase.
Probably the newest Suffolk Business on our list and a real passion for owner Jessy and her mum. They stock a fabulous range of dog treats and accessories, including lots that they make themselves.

They also very kindly supply our dog-treat bags for Woodfarm Barns K9 guests.

Palfrey & Hall

Our Suffolk Business Partners Palfrey and HallArtisan Butchery based round the corner in Debenham and suppliers of our very popular smoked back bacon.

Sean Palfrey and Deaglan Hall  offer a bespoke cutting, curing and smoking service to local smallholders, and produce their own range of quality meat for private and trade customers, including us! 

They have a fabulous shop in the heart of Debenham and are offering our guests half a dozen proper, outdoor bred, traditional pork sausages when you spend over £25.

Suffolk Business partner Honey and Harvey
Honey & Harvey
Amazing coffee shop in Woodbridge and possibly my favourite coffee shop anywhere in the world! We have a lovely offer from them for Woodfarm guests;

Free hot drink when you order a breakfast or a free cold drink when you order lunch. So why not treat yourselves to breakfast or lunch at this very popular eatery when you’re staying with us? They serve an amazing range of fresh salads, quiches etc, as well as fabulous home-made cakes and savouries and superb coffee.

Lucy Jane Flowers

Suffolk Business partner Lucy at work in The GranaryKinda does what it says on the tin!

Based in Debenham, Lucy has been putting together bouquets for our guests since she opened in 2015 and they always go down really well.

Offering our guests a 10% Discount PLUS Free Delivery to Woodfarm Barns, so your flowers can be waiting for your loved one if you are celebrating whilst you’re staying at Woodfarm Barns, or simply want to tell someone you love them (aaaah) 

Here she is putting together an amazing display for a proposal in the Granary Barn in 2017. (She said yes!)

The at Friday Street
As the name suggests it’s a Barn. But it’s crammed full of wonderful and unique items of furniture, gifts, crafts and artwork. Based at Friday Street, near Aldeburgh they offer a 10% Discount to Woodfarm Guests 

They really do have an interesting range of very different things so well worth a visit as most of our guests head to Aldeburgh. It’s an easy trip from Twee Gebroeders in Woodbridge loads of our Barns guests go over that way too.

Click here for our Barn Co blog post…

Suffolk Business Partner Hog and Hen

Hog and Hen Farm Shop

As of March 2018 this is a brand new enterprise, set up as an expansion of Mill Green Farm, where we get our delicious eggs for the breakfast baskets at the barns. They’re offering a mouth-watering jar of Suffolk Honey from Hill Farm in Heveningham with every £25 spend. That’s the equivalent of over a 10% discount as this is good stuff!

There is a superb mix of local produce, as well as really interesting food and drink from further afield too. Have a good look at our Blog Post all about the team at Hog and Hen here

Suffolk Business partner the Beauty Barn

The Beauty Barn

Having worked with Woodfarm for many years now, pampering our guests, Debbie has extended a fabulous off of 25% off any Hair or Beauty treatment exclusively for Woodfarm guests!

They are great team, working just around the corner from Woodfarm HQ, improving people’s hair, nails and removing stresses with relaxing massages.

And now you can really treat yourself with this amazing offer.

We will continue to add to this list of Suffolk Business Preferred Partners as time goes on but suffice it to say that there are so many for you to tap into when you stay on our Barges or in our Barns.

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Win a Suffolk Holiday with Mug Shots!

Mug Shots

Get a £25 Discount on your next Suffolk Holiday with us, just for sending us your Mug Shots! We’ll also enter you into our PRIZE DRAW to WIN a FREE BREAK too!!!

FREE Suffolk Holiday with Mug ShotsFor some time now we’ve encouraged our guests to take their Woodfarm Mugs away with them to remind them of their Suffolk Holiday, and we’ve certainly got through thousands now so we know you like them!

But it’s about time we saw them in use around the country.

There are thousands of our Mugs around the UK and abroad now and we figured it’d be nice to see where they’ve gone. So why not send us a photo of where your mugs have ended up?……..

Mug Shots for a FREE Suffolk HolidayWe would love you to send us a ‘Mug Shot’ (see what we did there?) of your mugs in their new home, whether that’s at work or in your home. You could even be creative in where you take yours, we may give extra points for imagination!

And as a little thank you for doing so we’ll send you a Voucher Code for £25 OFF your next visit. How’s that sound? Well, there’s more! If you think that sounds good, we’ll also add everyone who sends us a Mug Shot into a PRIZE DRAW to WIN a FREE BREAK too!

We have always been very fortunate to have so many guests returning to us for their Suffolk Holiday, and recommending us to their family and friends, so we really want to encourage you to get a little extra when you come back and see us again.

Simply take a photo of yur Mugs, whether they are Woodfarm Barns, or Woodfarm Barges and email it to us at;

It’s just for fun so we’ll add them to this Mug Shot page and share them on Social Media. Either way we’ll send you your £25 OFF Voucher Code by return and you can simply use that next time you book.

Oh, make sure your pics are nice and clear! 🙂

Forgot to take yours with you last time you were here?

Just drop us a line and as long as you have been before, we’ll send you a mug in the post so you can take part!


Win a Suffolk Holiday aboard Twee GebroedersAs I said, we’ll put everyone who sends us a Mug Shot into a PRIZE DRAW every 6 months and pick one lucky WINNER out of the hat to WIN a FREE SUFFOLK HOLIDAY for two, either in The Granary Barn or aboard our beautiful romantic barge Twee Gebroeders in Woodbridge. You can choose!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we are far too good to you!

So, here are some of our Mug Shots so far……

Suffolk Holiday Mug Shots - A now 'expectant' Zoe, with Rocco and Nova
A now ‘expectant’ Zoe, with Rocco and Nova


Suffolk Holiday Mug Shots - Sarah
Sarah – if only the light box said #MugShots 🙂


Suffolk Holiday Mug Shots - Toby loving his cuppa!
Suffolk Holiday Mug Shots – Toby loving his cuppa!


Suffolk Holiday Mug Shots - Diane giving it the thumbs up
Diane giving it the thumbs up


Suffolk Holiday Mug Shots of Riley and Aimee
Riley and Aimee


Dave and Jo with their Suffolk Holiday souvenirs
Dave and Jo


Angela with her Suffolk Holiday souvenir
Bellas entry for a FREE Suffolk Holiday
Phils entry for a FREE Suffolk Holiday
Mug Shot with Sarah's tortoise
Sarah’s tortoise

Andrew's Mug Shot
Andrew’s Mug Shot
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Christmas Holiday Cottages in Suffolk

Christmas Holiday Cottages

Our Christmas Holiday Cottages are going fast and the festive season is around the corner! Every year we have to turn people away as there is no room at the inn so don’t get caught short!

Christmas Holiday Cottages in SuffolkAs I write this at the end of October, there’s a distinctly Autumnal look outside with lots of red leaves on the ground, which is always the first indicator that Xmas is almost upon us! If you’re looking at Christmas Holiday Cottages and you’re not familiar with Woodfarm, then have a little look at what we have to make you feel festive. And as I write we still have Hot Tub availability too!

In the run up to Christmas, I have to turn enquiries away on a daily basis, which is so frustrating but I guess it’s a good problem to have. 

Our Suffolk Christmas Holiday CottagesWith a cosy woodburning stove in each of our barns and a tree with all the decorations, our Christmas Holiday Cottages in Suffolk are a wonderful place to get away from it all and enjoy a change of scenery in the rural Heart of our beautiful county.

As I write we have just a couple of barns and one barge left for Christmas so do get in quick if you’re thinking of booking something. When they’re gone, they’re gone! Every year so far there really is ‘no room at the inn’. 

Christmas Holiday Cottages with hot tubsThere’s so much to do around here when you’re staying in one of our Christmas Holiday Cottages in Suffolk so if you care to venture out, then you’ll be assured of picking up some fabulous festive food and drink and soaking up the atmosphere of the season.

Our Christmas breaks run from Friday 22nd December for five nights and we have availability from just £897 for the five nights. We have just one 2 night break in between Xmas and New Year but we have nothing left for New Year I’m afraid.

Have a look at our barn availability below and click HERE to have a look at our historic Dutch Barge Twee Gebroeders, which sleeps 2 adults and 2 kiddies, making it perfect for couples or a small family.

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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market

The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market is just around the corner, literally. Both in miles and also in time as I write!

Bury St Edmunds Christmas MarketThe Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market is a real barometer for me to tell me that Christmas is near. Once the adverts start appearing locally for it, I can almost smell the chestnuts roasting! There’s always a stall there that does amazing toasted almonds too!

The town has a great mix of old and new nowadays, with the Market based in the old part, just a stones throw from the new shops.

With the Abbey as a backdrop, the market takes on a great feel and is so popular with our Holiday Cottage guests. It’s only a 25 minute drive away and has an array of amazing stalls to get you into the festive mood.

With 300-plus stalls, the Market is a traditional street market, adding to Bury’s quaint cafés, traditional tearooms, cosy pubs and award winning restaurants. Oh, and shops galore! Check out the full programme of events on their website

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market in SuffolkIt runs from the 23rd to the 26th November 2017 with a firework display on the opening night and loads of free entertainment throughout. Theres a Christmas Magic show Abbey Gardens, Face Painting and Circus skills workshops. Santa’s Elves will be there, as well Reindeer in the Abbey Gardens from 12 noon on Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.  There are Ice Cookery Theatre demonstrations in the Cathedral and a Provisions Market, as well as Carols Services. There is so much to do at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market for kids of all ages.

The Angel Hill area of Bury St Edmunds, with its recently crowned cathedral, medieval Abbey Gate and links with Charles Dickens is the ideal setting for this traditional Christmas Fayre. The town’s cosmopolitan shopping centre with its great mix of famous name stores and independent shops plus cafés and restaurants galore. We have some festive availability at the time of writing so check out our calendar below. 




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Woof-Farm Meadow in Dog Friendly Suffolk

Happy Dogs love our secure meadow

We’ve worked for many years to make Woodfarm the very best of Dog Friendly Suffolk and now the 2 acre wild meadow opposite Woodfarm is a secure place for your dogs to run wild and get to know other four-legged guests!

Dog friendly Suffolk with Woof-Farm MeadowYou are really going to have to use your imagination until we have it all up and running properly but it is now useable at least!

We now have a fully secure two acre wild meadow for our guest dogs to run around in, play and meet each other. Within the meadow is a further secure section for nervous or older dogs so they can also run around, without the fear of being bounced on by an exuberant puppy!

There will be a seating area for the humans to sit and chat, which will be covered in case of rain but of course it never rains because this is dog friendly Suffolk and it never rains here. Ok, maybe sometimes!

FB2Having spent years making Woodfarm a part of dog friendly Suffolk, we are constantly told by our guests (the two legged ones) that we’ve got it right and the feedback this idea has received on social media so far has been staggering.

Here’s Obi trying it out. He loved it, as did his ‘sister’ Leia who is the happy girl in the main pic above. The force is strong with them in our meadow!

Once it’s all up and running we will have our official photographers over to do their thing but for now as we say, you’ll have to use some imagination.

Dog friendly Suffolk with Cookie and JessThe gates officially opened on Friday 12th May 2017 and Cookie and Jess, in this photo on the left, were the first guests to try it out. They’d only just arrived but were soon running around and I couldn’t actually photograph them!

So with fully enclosed private gardens, a beautiful church walk straight from your door, and some fabulous dog friendly Suffolk beaches, it’s the perfect place to bring your dogs.

We will update this page as the meadow develops but if you’d like to get yourself and your K9s booked in for a true slice of dog friendly Suffolk then have a look at our availability here

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Another business working with our Dog Friendly accommodation in Suffolk

Another new business tying in with our Dog Friendly accommodation in Suffolk!

Doodledales working with our Dog Friendly accommodation in SuffolkAt our Dog Friendly accommodation in Suffolk we are always looking for new businesses that our guests can tap into in order to enhance their holiday here.

Doodledales is a family run local pet shop which focuses on natural and holistic products for dogs and cats. And best of all they are literally just around the corner from us at Stonham Barns.

They pride themselves on having tried and tested products, including high meat content dry and wet foods as well as a good range of raw food for dogs and cats as well.  They also have a focus on good customer service, offering advice as well as spending time with dogs fitting equipment and showing owners how to use it.

Our Dog Friendly accommodation in Suffolk and doodldales pet shopJessy contacted me as she had served a number of our guests who just happened across the shop. Its great to walk into the shop and be greeted with a smile. There is a quirky pick and mix area with jars of natural, additive free treats which can be bought in as big or small quantities as required, great for those dogs with fussy tastes or allergic tendencies.

Some of the brands they stock include food from Eden, Simpsons, Barking Heads, Vince the Vet, Nutriment and Benyfit  Natural, as well as accessories from Dog Games (including the highly recommended Perfect Fit harness)  Ruffwear, Hurtta and Chuckit. 

Woodfarm Barns - Dog Friendly accommodation in Suffolk working with DoodledalesThey also produce their own range of Fleece doggy pyjamas and fleece toys so it’s well worth popping in during your next Woodfarm stay. 

Jessy is also going to be trialling some of the pick and mix treats with our four-legged guests to, so if that goes down well, they’ll be a regular treat at our Dog friendly accommodation in Suffolk.

Why not check out and ‘Like’ their Facebook Page here? Then you’ll know what they’re up to when you come and visit them.

You can check our availability below and book your next stay.

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Rest those paws in our Dog Friendly Cottages.

Archie at our dog friendly holiday cottages in Suffolk

We suggest that your dogs come and put their paws up in our dog friendly cottages.

Our hard working K9 friends deserve a break the same as the rest of us. We think that a self catering holiday in one of our dog friendly cottages could be just the thing.

Whether it’s catching Frisbees, sticks or balls, walking their humans or chasing other dogs, we all know that our dogs work hard. Especially since we now have a fully secure two acre meadow across the lane fro them to run around in!

Rest those paws in our Dog Friendly Cottages. So they deserve a luxury break just like people do.

If they’re a city dwelling pooch then why not treat them to the feel of country soil under their paws? or a run along one of the many stunning beaches our Heritage Coast has to offer you here in Suffolk.

Suffolk is the perfect place to unwind and relax. We’re sure your dogs will feel that too.

We pride ourselves doing all we can to welcome your four legged family and to give them the best that a luxury holiday cottage break can offer. Whilst at the same time catering for all your needs to.

The air here is that little bit crisper, fresh and refreshing. We’re confident that your pet will feel the benefit the moment they arrive.

If they wish to run free there’s loads of fantastic walks right on our doorstep (though dogs need to be kept on leads when crossing working farm land) Rest those paws in our Dog Friendly Cottages.

And if you find it a bit of a struggle keeping up with them, then there’s always our free bikes at your disposal, including our fabulous tandem ‘Daisy’ (though we encourage two humans on this. Not suitable for dogs, sorry)

For more ideas of things to do here in Suffolk, check out our ‘Out and about’ page here:

We hope that your four legged friends will leave us feeling rested and revitalised, and that you will too!

If you’d like to bring your whole family to stay in one of our luxury dog friendly cottages then you can check our availability here: