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The Victoria – Earl Soham

The Victoria – Earl Soham is a great old real ale pub that time seems to have forgotten!

It clearly hasn’t been decorated for years, which actually really works! It’s a very quaint ‘real’ pub with wooden floors, roaring double-sided open fire in the winter and the unmistakeable aroma of a log fire all year round. So why not try The Victoria – Earl Soham when you’re next in Suffolk

The Victoria - Earl Soham

The Victoria – Earl Soham has their own brewery producing Victoria and (you’ve guessed it) Albert ales. It’s right on the A1120, on the right hand side heading away from the Stonham Aspal end; set back from road behind a small green

Simple wood furnishings, bare floorboards and open fire provide an effective back-drop to the excellent beer brewed a few yards away in the village



Beers at The Victoria - Earl SohamThey serve home made, good value meals at lunchtimes and evenings and there’s always a wonderful smell of food in there. It can get very busy but it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s a real quirky one and my guests are loving it. Mainly because there’s nothing like it near them!

Opening hours: 11.30-3 & 6-11; Mon – Sat, 12-3 & 7-10.30 Sun

The Victoria, Earl Soham, IP13 7RL

01728 685758

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Fish Pond Maintenance – Spring 2013

After the harsh winter of 2012 into 2013, the time came with the eventual warmer weather to carry out some essential maintenance for our fish. This entailed emptying the pond, re-housing the fish halfway through, cleaning it, filling it back up and then putting them back. A fun day with Chris from Essential Ponds ensued…….


Tanks set up ready by Alde Barn to take as much pond water as we could save. Pumping began and took several hours



The Pond half-full. Half-empty? No, half-full? Oh I don’t know!


Very murky looking water! No fish in there yet


Cue the Jaws music as Chris goes in. Unfortunately he is a professional and didn’t slip in so no amusing Youtube video

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Netting them one by one, into buckets and into the holding tanks. Great to see them this close after so long. And looking so healthy. They’ve certainly grown in the year that they have been in there



Empty pond


Bizarrely we had ONE solitary baby fish!



Happily swimming about in the holding tanks

A few weeks on, the filter and pump station appears to be working well, the blanket weed is at bay so far and the fish seem content in their cleaner pond. We are now stocking up with new aquatic plants for the year ahead

Huge thanks to Chris for expertise and calmness! For sensible, sound advice, you can contact Chris on 01728 860748 or 07901 710107 and check out Chris’s website here



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Suffolk Coast Sailing

A life on the ocean wave


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!

Ever fancied having a go at Gliding?

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


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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We had a massive response to our first competition, receiving over 32,000 hits in just one weekend and crashing our website twice. So we thought we’d do it again!


Stour lounge

All you need to do to enter is;

1 – ‘Like’ our Main Facebook page if you haven’t already (If you have already, just go to step 2) Sharing just the post will not enter you into the competition if you haven’t ‘liked’ us

2 – ‘Share’ the competition post

3 – Comment on the post to tell me you’ve shared it

PLEASE NOTE; You’ll need to provide an email address so we can notify you if you win. We will not use it in any other way, or share it with any third party. This is purely Facebook rules stating that we must notify the winner outside of Facebook. Sorry but them’s the rules

The Prize Draw will take place as soon as we are up to 1000 likes so get sharing

The winner will be notified by email first as stated and then on the Woodfarm Barns Facebook page. I will wait for 7 days after notifying you, before then re-drawing the competition if I don’t hear from you, in the interests of continuity and fairness. I want to give this away!

Good luck!

Small print – The prize is a 4 night Monday to Friday break, for two people, at least one of whom must be 18 years of age or over (+ K9’s or a toddler) in one of our new barns during November 2013 to April 2014 (inclusive) excluding Half terms, Bank holidays Christmas or New Year, Easter, Valentines so you have a full half a year in which to grab it

We’re also running a Twitter Competition too so you can have another chance at winning! – Check out woodfarmbarns on Twitter here

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Broom Hill Short Walk

Coddenham to Hemingstone – Just 3 miles from Woodfarm Barns

Having been told by a friend that there were positive sightings of millions of Snowdrops, we went in search of them

Broom Hill

This great little walk is a community project winding through the woods from Coddenham to Hemingstone in the heart of rural Suffolk. Many of our guests walk down to Coddenham as it’s only a 3 mile ‘lane walk’ from our holiday cottages but until now I was unaware of this ‘extension’ Continue reading Broom Hill Short Walk

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Proud supporters of the Willow Foundation

The Willow Foundation is a national charity that provides special days out for seriously ill 16-40 year olds. Every special day aims to provide beneficiaries and their loved ones with a break from the realities of their diagnosis and treatment.  At a time of uncertainty, spending quality time with family and friends can help restore a sense of normality, boost confidence and create precious memories for the future Continue reading Proud supporters of the Willow Foundation

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Needham Lake

This is a great walk, whatever the weather. Needham Lake is man-made, having originally been rough, open meadowland. During the 1970s gravel was extracted during the construction of the nearby A14 and the pit was flooded to form the lake, which is now managed by the local council


During the extraction, ice age discoveries were made and numerous evidence of pre-historic life! There’s a board near the car park giving more information on this, which makes a fascinating read! Continue reading Needham Lake