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Greyhounds UK and our holiday cottages in Suffolk

One of the main reasons our guests at Woodfarm love our cottages (and why some just can’t stay away!) is because all of our holiday cottages in Suffolk are dog friendly. A walk in the Suffolk countryside isn’t quite the same without man’s best friend, so we’ve made sure they can come on holiday too.

We don’t simply tolerate dogs, we welcome them!

Given that the majority of our guests bring their pups to stay with us (they need a break too), we thought we’d give a little back to the canine community. That’s why, for a limited period, when you use the code GREYUK, we’ll give 10% of the price of your stay to Greyhound Friend’s UK when you book your next holiday.

They are an incredibly hardworking charity who raise funds to help organisations who rescue and re-home the many greyhounds, galgos (Spanish greyhounds) and lurchers abandoned (or worse) each year in the UK and overseas.  It is run by volunteers helping to get the dogs back on their feet, sourcing homes to look after them until they are fit enough to be adopted into a loving family.

Like every charity, Greyhound Friend’s UK comes with its costs, so they seek help from dog lovers and organise fundraisers to give the poorly dogs the care and attention they need. Give their page a like on Facebook and you’ll be able to see their daily successes, and brilliant photos and videos of the hounds enjoying life again. 

Especially in the colder months when it gets a bit nippy, life as an abandoned Greyhound will be tough, so by donating to the lovely people down at Greyhound Friend’s you can help them raise awareness of the charity. This will help to do things like increase knowledge of who to call if you find a lost dog, provide shelter and food for them when they are taken in, and most importantly, give them any medical attention (there’s no doggy NHS unfortunately). 

If you haven’t arrived at this page via Greyhound UK then do check out their Website and Facebook pages to see how you can get involved.

Obviously it would be lovely if you book with us and use the code above, but you can always help them out too. Maybe even treat your dog to a nice day out at one of their fundraisers! 

So simply grab your diary and go to our Availability & Prices page to start getting excited about the best Greyhound friendly holiday or short break you’ll have.

Or………. make someones day with one of our fabulous GIFT VOUCHERS. Just click on the pic to check out full details

Gift voucher for our holiday cottages in Suffolk

(All pics from Greyhounds UK website and Facebook page. Cover photo by Shannon Maxim Photography)

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The only Suffolk Cottage Holiday guide you’ll ever need!

Your idyllic Suffolk cottage holiday

A cottage break in the countryside; rules of engagement to enhance your Suffolk cottage holiday enjoyment.

I have put this little guide together after letting holiday cottages in Suffolk for many years now. I wanted to make it easier for visitors to my cottages to know what to expect out here in the rural heart of this beautiful county. I hope you find it informative.

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Woodbridge – a must on your Suffolk holiday

The Tidemill, Woodbridge; iconic Suffolk landmark

Meeting holiday guests to my cottages week in, week out I am always being asked to recommend pubs, restaurants etc around Suffolk. We have our own website specifically for this, as well as lots of info here but I am always happy to chat about where holidaymakers can go whilst visiting Suffolk. One of my favourite places to visit near our cottages, is Woodbridge, just 25 minutes away.

There are so many great pubs, restaurants, deli’s/ coffee shops etc in Woodbridge that I really do suggest making a day of it and I will be writing in more detail on some of the best places as soon as I can

So why visit Woodbridge when holidaying in Suffolk?

Woodbridge is an ancient market town with over 1000 years of history. It has some fabulous old buildings and lots of winding lanes and streets. There are a number of well-known landmarks such as the Windmill and St Mary’s church but the most iconic view of the town has to be the Tide Mill, featured in photographs all over the world, as well as on much of the local art. The Tide Mill stands proudly overlooking the main quay on the beautiful River Deben

The most famous resident, Thomas Seckford was a master of the court of Queen Elizabeth 1.

Sailing and boating are huge pastimes in Woodbridge and it’s for that reason that the Tide Mill Yacht Harbour is my second home. I like to spend as much spare time as I can on my boat there and invariably do much of my writing there; I’m writing this here right now. The Deben is a stunning river, with a couple of great pubs right on the water, which has got nothing to with why I like it here! Honest! The Maybush at Waldringfield and The Ramsholt Arms (at Ramsholt on the opposite side of the river) are both very popular with many of our holiday cottage guests and are just down by the river

Sutton Hoo – a Suffolk holiday favourite

Sutton Hoo is an amazing 200 acre estate directly opposite the Tide Mill but easy to reach by car and is home to perhaps one of the all time great archaeological discoveries. Now owned and run by the National Trust, there are ancient burial mounds and the burial of an Anglo-Saxon king, along with his treasure! It’s a fabulous place to visit for kids of all ages and is a genuinely interesting historical destination; one that a great number of our holiday cottage guests visit.

Netflix made a film about Sutton Hoo called The Dig.

Woodbridge market & Farmers market, Suffolk

There is a market every Thursday and a farmers market every 2nd & 4th Saturday in the centre of Woodbridge, where one can pick up loads of fabulous local fruit and veg, bread, meats etc

Woodbridge has a vibrant collection of historic pubs, which I will write about separately in more detail as I say. The market square is domintaed by the Shire Hall; an impressive Elizabethan building built by the aforementioned Thomas Seckford. I’m always amused by that phrase as I’m pretty sure he didn’t actually build it, or even pick up a brick. I can honestly say I built my Suffolk holiday cottages from start to finish. I didn’t do it on my own but I spent years renovating, designing, funding, project managing, digging holes, picking up bricks, cutting wood, tiling and lots of painting. Maybe one day there will be a plaque at the cottages saying that?

The Thoroughfare is the main street running through the town and is crammed with artisan foodie shops, deli’s and food stores, as well as book shops, coffee shops, clothes stores, housewares etc. It’s mostly pedestrianised, which makes it harder to believe that it used to be a two-way road carrying traffic to London!

Eating and drinking on your holiday in Suffolk

There are far too many fabulous places to go into on this Blog Post but Woodbridge is full of great pubs, restaurants, coffee shops & deli’s. Some of my favourites are;

The Anchor – My ‘local’ right by river. A great proper pub serving Suffolk beers and fab food. They also have live music on a regular basis.

The Angel – another great pub on the market square, known for its huge gin collection of over 250 varieties! They also have live music.

The Kings Head – great Adnams pub dating back to the 15th century. Very dog friendly with a ‘mutts menu’! – important as lots of our holidaymakers are dog owners and our cottages are dog-friendly.

The Green Olive Deli – In the thoroughfare. One of the owners is a friend of mine so I’m guaranteed abuse as well as fabulous coffee. They have a great selection of meats and cheeses too!

The Galley – Superb restaurant on the market square with an excellent reputation for fine dining in a relaxed manner.

The Tide Mill; iconic landmark in Woodbridge, Suffolk

You’ll see the Tide Mill on so many images of Woodbridge and it’s a place that a great many of our holiday cottage guests have visited when staying with us.

It’s open most of the week and gives a fascinating insight into one of the traditional industries in the heart of Suffolk from days gone by.

The Windmill in Woodbridge, Suffolk; Buttram’s Mill

An old six-storey windmill dating back to 1836. It is open to the public on specific days throughout the year, usually Sundays.

So that’s a brief insight into the wonderful old town of Woodbridge. Do visit when you are staying with us or even just visiting Suffolk, you won’t regret it.

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Pin Mill – perfect Suffolk holiday afternoon

Pin Mill is a popular choice with our Suffolk holiday cottage guests

I try to get out as much as I can and visit all the amazing places in Suffolk so that we can spread the word for our holiday cottage guests. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it! Riverside destinations are pretty much up there as my favourite Suffolk holiday places to choose. Pin Mill on the River Orwell is simply stunning and such a popular choice with our holiday cottage guests. Continue reading Pin Mill – perfect Suffolk holiday afternoon

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Leestock Music Festival in Suffolk

My aim is to cover as much as I can on this blog page about places to visit and things to do in Suffolk whether you are on holiday or having a short-break in one of my holiday cottages, or simply within reach of Suffolk. And the 28th & 29th of May this year, Leestock is a must if you appreciate live music. I’m delighted to announce that Woodfarm Barns is sponsoring the festival programme again this year and the headliners this year are The Feeling and Hoosiers!

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10% Last minute discount on Suffolk Holiday Cottage breaks!

Dog friendly holiday accomodation at Woodfarm Barns

We tend to get pretty well occupied most of the year but in the quieter times we give you a little extra incentive with a 10% last minute discount on all our Suffolk Holiday Cottages. So if we have a space with late availability we will automatically discount the price of your Suffolk break by 10%. Book yourself a last minute self-catering luxury break now!

The Granary Barn - just one of our Romantic, Luxurious Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside
Woodfarm Barns Panoramic view - our Romantic, Luxurious Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside
Woodfarm House - Just one of our Romantic, Luxurious self-catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the Heart of Rural Suffolk
Antique iron bed in Deben Barn - Suffolk holiday cottage
Coffee and cookies in our uxury holiday cottages in Suffolk
Cosy fires in our luxurious holiday cottages in Suffolk

You’ll still get a delicous local breakfast basket containing an array of mouth-watering goodies such as eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, bread, butter, somme fruit and even some cookies to have a dunk with a cuppa when you arrive

Our mouth-watering breakfast basket included in all our breaks

Oooh, and even though you pick up a 10% discount, they all still hold the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and Enjoy England Tourism’s Gold Award

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence awarded to Woodfarm House & Barns - Luxurious and Romantic, Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside
Visit England Gold Award for Woodfarm House & Barns - Luxurious and Romantic, Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside
Cosy bedrooms in all our luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Suffolk

We sometimes have barns available for under £100 a night for 2 nights depending upon the time of the year!

Check out which of our holiday cottages are still waiting for you by clicking here and have a look at our own Suffolk Tourism Website “Where Do We?” here to plan your break

You can book directly online or just pick up the phone and I’ll do it for you

Carl – 01449 or 07810 371218

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Pop Up Restaurant @ Woodfarm House – November 2013

Pop Up Restaurant at our holiday cottages in Suffolk

This was the Blog Post for our Pop Up Restaurant in November 2013. There is now a new page all about what we are doing moving forward so check it out here

The 2013 post………………..

Well, where do we start?

Probably with a quote from Jenny & Derek, two of our guests – “I wanted to say a very big thank you to you both for a superb meal. At the top of our list of really good food was the Orient Express and then Concorde, but they have been knocked off their pedestal!!”

Jenny ran out of superlatives as I delivered each course at our 2nd Pop Up event in November 2013, combining the very best in fine dining, with the rustic charm of our beautiful 500 year old Suffolk farmhouse. We now have our next dinner services coming up on February 28th & Saturday 1st March, as well as Sunday lunch on March 2nd

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A Suffolk Holiday Cottage for my Ollyday

Most of the time I write these Blog Posts myself so it’s lovely when someone writes them for me. This one is a bit different as although it’s been sent in by a guest, it’s actually dog that has written it. Apparently! Steve & Mike came here in 2014 so when they added Olly to the household they naturally came back to their favourite dog-friendly Suffolk Holiday Cottages for his first Ollyday

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