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Michelin Star Chef hosts Pop-Up Restaurant & Cookery Class!

Pop Up Restaurant at our holiday cottages in Suffolk

May 2013 saw a highly successful weekend here, where we hosted Suffolk’s first Pop-Up Restaurant, here in Woodfarm House

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Michelin Star Chef Mark Peters served up a range of mouth-watering 6 course meals in the comfortable setting of our beautiful 500 year old farmhouse Continue reading Michelin Star Chef hosts Pop-Up Restaurant & Cookery Class!

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Suffolk Coast Sailing – Anne’s Grand Day Out

Sailing

We met our skipper Simon at the marina in Levington. He introduced us to the lovely Emma; the 27ft yacht that we would be sailing for the day. As we embarked onto Emma, Simon went through the safety procedures with us and then trussed us up in the regulatory life jacket! Continue reading Suffolk Coast Sailing – Anne’s Grand Day Out

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Wine Tasting with DJ Wines

Delicious wine

DJ Wines is a small, intimate winery set in an idyllic rural location overlooking the historic village church at Monk Soham, Here you will find Derek Jones making delicious hand crafted wines and liqueurs from local fruits. Edged by an avenue of cherry trees the building is only about the size of a tennis court, but he produces 10,000 bottles per year! Continue reading Wine Tasting with DJ Wines

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Elizabeth Tunstall Flowers

Bespoke flower arrangements

Elizabeth Tunstall Flowers is a boutique, independent florist based in Stonham Parva, Suffolk, providing bespoke arrangements especially for Woodfarm Barns guests, ready and waiting in your cottage upon arrival

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Roses by Elizabeth Tunstall

Elizabeth’s passion for flowers goes back to childhood, when she learned from parents and grandparents as she helped them in their Suffolk gardens. Her love of drawing was a perfect complement to this and the two interests formed the basis of a growing artistic talent which, in subsequent years, inspired her to create beautiful gardens in the various homes she shared with her own family. Floristry remained a hobby for 20 years while she was furthering her nursing career in London but, in 2000, she decided on a change of direction, moved back to Suffolk, and enrolled at Otley College to learn the professional side of the art form she loved

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Since graduating, Elizabeth has worked as a florist in Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge, Stowmarket and Debenham; the last two of which she has been Wedding Coordinator.  She has created floral designs for many weddings and has been commissioned to provide arrangements for various individuals, businesses and events in London and the Home Counties as well as here in Suffolk. She always strives to combine the requirements of the customer with her own artistry, and therein lies the secret of her success

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Elizabeth can provide fresh flowers in your barn or the farmhouse on your arrival, whatever the occasion. Prices are per stem. Prices for bouquets and arrangements start from £20. Elizabeth would love a phone call or an email to discuss your requirements, which is important as each arrangement is produced to your requirements

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Have a look at some more of Elizabeth’s work on her Facebook page here

Email her: etunstallflowers@gmail.com

Tel: 01449 711188

Elizabeth Tunstall Flowers

Photo’s by Vicky Dreher, our recommended photographer

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Suffolk Coast Sailing

Sailing

A life on the ocean wave

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We have teamed up with Suffolk Coast Sailing for those guests wishing to enjoy a sailing adventure on board a modern Beneteau yacht. The skipper is RYA Yachtmaster Simon Read, based just down the road from Woodfarm Barns on the River Orwell (so good we named a barn after it!) at Woolverstone Marina between Pin Mill (great Pub there – The Butt & Oyster) and Ipswich

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The Sky’s the limit @ Woodfarm!

Bird gliding through the sky

Ever fancied having a go at Gliding?

We’ve teamed up with Rattlesden Gliding Club to offer our guests an exclusive short-term membership!

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For breath-taking views of Suffolk as experienced only by the birds, why not combine a break here at Woodfarm Barns with the tranquility and silence of a glider flight? Continue reading The Sky’s the limit @ Woodfarm!

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Exclusive Guest Pampering packages from The Beauty Barn

Luxurious back massage

THE BEAUTY BARN – PACKAGES FOR WOODFARM GUESTS

Based just two minutes from Woodfarm Barns, the Beauty Barn (There are a lot of barns in Suffolk) are excited about offering some great packages for our guests.

Hayley, the owner will be happy to have a chat with you, so she can understand what you would want from her and has put together some great ideas for those that love a bit of pampering Continue reading Exclusive Guest Pampering packages from The Beauty Barn

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Guests taking full advantage of all we have to offer!

Go at your own pace on Suffolk cottage holidays at Woodfarm barns

On the weekend of June 29th 2013 we had the utmost pleasure of accommodating the Humphries family to Celebrate Graham’s (The Clan Boss!) 80th birthday, booking both Woodfarm House & The Granary Barn for the weekend over a year ago

Meticulously planned, with more precision than most military operations by the lovely Frances (The actual Clan Boss!) a great time was had by all. She took full advantage of lots of our local ‘business partners’, all of whom provided the family with total satisfaction. Rather than me waffle on, see what Frances wrote to me afterwards;

“I chose Woodfarm Barns in which to celebrate my husband’s ‘big’ birthday with three adult children and their partners. It is a truly special place and allowed me to indulge my love of Suffolk with my family.

We arrived on Friday afternoon.  The accommodation was simply stunning with amazing attention to detail. There was even a spare bottle of wine on hand in case we ran out of booze! We found a generous ‘welcome box’ of goodies on the worktop and a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers, pre-ordered from a local florist, on the kitchen table.

After an informal supper we spent time exploring our surrounding and generally settling in.

On Saturday the party split up in order to enable everyone to visit places of their own choice.  Alternatives were numerous which made decisions very difficult! However Framlingham Castle, Aldeburgh  and Bressingham were decided upon.  Also of particular interest to some was a nearby wild flower meadow which happened to be open for the day.  

On Saturday evening we ate at the unique 745pm Restaurant, only five miles away. The meal consisted of a set menu of superbly presented fine food in a relaxed and friendly environment with a choice of reasonably priced wines. A truly memorable experience.

Sunday morning was spent ‘chilling out’ with the Sunday papers. Some took a leisurely stroll down the road to the ancient and diminutive Crowfield church.

At lunch time we were joined by other members of the family including some of the grandchildren.

Seventeen of us sat down to a traditional Sunday lunch at The Highwayman – one of several reputable hostelries nearby.  David and Olga did us proud.  We took over their conservatory which was bedecked with streamers and balloons and where the ‘fizz’ was on ice awaiting our arrival!

After lunch and lots of chat we all went back to Woodfarm House where we sat in the garden enjoying the sun.  At tea time we shared the birthday cake, made locally and secretly delivered earlier.

Before our guests departed, arrangements were made for a photographer to call. This provided a great opportunity for some professional family photos on a very special occasion.

On Monday morning our time was up so sadly we had to leave.  I am sure that some of us at least will be back!

It was a truly memorable weekend.  A little plotting behind the scenes with some local services raised it to another level”

I love getting feedback like that!

Huge thanks to our local partners for helping everything go with a bang;

David Wicks of 745pm

David & Olga Parry of The Highwayman

Elizabeth Tunstall for the wonderful flowers – Facebook

Janette Gibbons of Beautiful Bakes for the fab cake! – Facebook

Vicky Dreher of Simplicity Photo’s for capturing the group on camera – Facebook