Holiday Cottage garden

Grass Roots Designs is our landscaping partner!

When I first put my business plan together I put an arbitrary budget of £800 for landscaping in. Woodfarm House was fairly established but that was it. All six barns needed landscaping from scratch. I was being very ‘blokey’ about it and just figured that’d cover it! This is what it looked like back then.

Woodfarm Barns when it was a field

This was the view from the roof of the Granary Barn, looking across where we now have the pond and decking, Alde Barn and Deben Barn.

Then I started going out with a landscape designer and the budget was left behind. Big time! Whilst this has had a serious effect on the bank balance, it has had a positive effect on the overall appearance of my holiday cottages! And I’m delighted with the results.

This is a similar angle now, though a lot closer. This is Alde and Deben Barns, with lots of lovely landscaping, courtesy of Anne from Grass Roots Designs.

Adle and Deben

Anne has worked tirelessly, coming up with all sorts of great ideas, battling with me over the budget, and then just getting on with it! Here she is wondering where on earth to start.

Grass Roots Designs

We have some amazing views here, all thanks to Anne. Here she is planting our Salix trees along the driveway.

Anne planting Salix

Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour

Whilst I am over the moon with how it looks here, for the benefit of our guests, I now know not to question her methods. Even when she hoovers up cuttings!

Anne hoovering the garden

Anne can offer a FREE consultation whilst you are staying here if you would like to discuss your own garden and plans. Her follow-up services can all be done by email with photos and over the phone. Whilst she doesn’t have a website presently, she does have a presence on Facebook, where you can contact her directly.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

beach huts illustration
all accommodation

Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

paw illustration
all accommodation

Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

fence illustration
at the barns

Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

dog treat bones illustration
all accommodation

Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

trophy illustration
all accommodation

Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

thumbs up illustration
all accommodation

Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

hot tubs illustration
all accommodation

Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

boots drawing
all accommodation

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

river walks illustration
on the barges

Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

Fetch the latest news!

New Royal Mail stamps and first day covers!

Exclusive news! New Royal Mail stamps and first day covers released today, April 1st 2024! Ever since we came to the attention of The Royals when we discovered an article about Woodfarm Barns & Barges …

Dog tags at Woodfarm Barns & Barges

Pooch-Perfect Perks: For Happy Dogs and Happier Stays

At Woodfarm, we know that happy Dogs means happy owners, which is why we endeavour to ensure that everything is Pooch-Perfect. We have spent years building our reputation for being ultra Dog-friendly, and over those …

A Journey Through Suffolk’s Musical Heritage

From classical composers to international chart toppers, it wouldn’t be a stretch to describe Suffolk as a county with a musical heritage which is every bit as impressive as it is diverse. Whilst current discussions …

Join our newsletter

Please provide a valid email address.
* indicates required