Woodfarm House, a beautiful cottage

What makes a Holiday Cottage a Holiday Cottage?

Ever wondered what makes a Holiday Cottage a Holiday Cottage, as opposed to a holiday home, or a holiday house?

We have, and here’s the answer we uncovered about Holiday Cottages.

The word Cottage finds its origin in the Middle Ages. It was derived from the word ‘cotter’ which referred to agricultural workers and their families. Thus cottages were dwellings for these people.

Many cottages from this period were actually terraced houses built to house as many workers as possible.

So they were a long way from today’s Holiday Cottages. Don’t worry, we won’t put you to work on the local farmland when you come to stay!

As the years went by the name cottage started to refer to a whole farm or smallholding, including the houses, outbuildings and supporting farmland and/or woods.

Much later, after the industrial revolution, many cottages were built to house the new types of workers needed in this new world of industry. Therefore we start to see Weaver’s Cottages and Miner’s Cottages being constructed.

Then in the modern age the name cottage has become synonymous with homes of a traditional rural style. This is most commonly what we still expect these days when we hear the words ‘Holiday Cottage’.

When we discover that someone is going to spend their break in a Holiday Cottage the image that springs to mind is of a relaxing stay in a traditional style home in beautiful countryside.

We like to think that our Holiday Cottages represent the quintessential Holiday Cottage, meeting all the expectations of a modern holidaymaker.

When people talk of Holiday Cottages nowadays they are speaking of cosy, traditionally styled homes in a rural setting. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you spend your break with us here at Woodfarm Barns: beautiful cottages in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

Fancy finding out what makes Holiday Cottages Holiday Cottages for yourself? Then why not check our availability?

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!

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

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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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