We have your home from home, so close to home
One of the great advantages we have in Suffolk is that everything we have on offer is just an hour or so from London. Our holiday cottage guests come primarily from the Capital and the Home Counties as well as further afield of course. We continually see our guests shoulders drop as they arrive Other than rural bliss in one of the driest, warmest, most unspoilt counties in the country, we have some much for you to see and do to make your stay with us so memorable
Getting away from the norm in Suffolk
A lot of people aren’t surrounded by country lanes at home, where they can spot owls, deer, pheasants, rabbits and a plethora of wild birds and other animals. So many of our guests love to breathe in the country air, listen to the birds around us and at night just stare up into the sky. Just because they can!
Pubs, Restaurants and Coffee Shops
We are very fortunate to have a great number of superb places to eat and drink on our doorstep. From down to earth ‘proper’ pubs to more sophisticated eateries, a wide variety of restaurants to suit every palate and some fabulous deli’s and coffee shops. Many of those within easy reach are extremely popular with our holiday cottage guests, week in, week out There are too many to mention here but we have a dedicated website giving you all the info you need to plan your next holiday or short-break with us We even have our own Fine Dining ‘Pop Up Restaurant’ twice a year here at Woodfarm with Michelin Star trained Chef Mark Peters
Fresh air Walking in the unspoilt Suffolk Countryside
We find that most of our holidaymakers generally just want to relax and enjoy the tranquility of rural Suffolk, enjoying an escape from the norm. They come here to soak up rural Suffolk and to enjoy the very best of Mother Nature that we have on offer; country walks, wildlife, clear skies and to be able to see the stars! There’s a different pace of life apparent in Suffolk and one of the greatest assets we have in the heart of rural Suffolk is the open unspoilt countryside and the opportunity to get away from it all The great thing about so much open space is that we are much less densely populated than much of the country, so there is less traffic and just fewer people to bump into!
Shopping in Suffolk
From boutique clothes to country living, as well as loads of great gift and craft shops and the best farm shops purveying local artisan food and drink, we’ve got plenty to keep you busy and offer you rewarding retail therapy during your holiday cottage break with us here in Suffolk We have a handful of large towns offering all you need from the High Street but most of our cottage guests come in search of independent retailers in all manor of sectors. There are a number of wonderful clothes designers, as well as scores of amazing artisan food growers and suppliers. We also have a couple of national drink brands in Adnams and Aspalls too
Outdoor activities for active holidays
Most of our guests come to stay in our holiday cottages to chill out and unwind, with a bit of sight-seeing with the odd walk However, there are a hardy band of visitors that relish getting out and about in the fresh. Luckily we have lots of that in Suffolk! Cycling has been on the increase over recent years as we all know and we have plenty of bikes here for you to use free of charge. We even have a cool tandem called Daisy For something a little more vigorous there’s Ski-ing as we have a dry ski slope nearby, as well as plenty of Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking both inshore on our stunning rivers and lakes, as well as offshore Go Ape in Thetford Forest is only half an hour or so away too if you fancy jumping around in the trees
Stunning Historical Architecture across Suffolk
We have some incredible architecture, steeped in history being such a great county with so much medieval heritage. Suffolk was very much the hub of the wool industry in days gone by and many beautiful buildings are still very much keeping that history alive in Lavenham and Long Melford We have one of the last external timber-framed churches left in Suffolk literally next door to us too, which is a very popular little walk with so many of our holiday cottage guests
Suffolk’s Heritage Coast
We are genuinely very fortunate to have some of the most picturesque coastline in the UK right here in Suffolk
Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
We do have some beautiful and well known places to visit and one of the best things about Suffolk is that it is so unspoilt here Thand we have not one, but two of them within half an hour of our holiday cottages! Suffolk Coasts & Heaths and Dedham Vale provide us with some of the most breath-taking scenery in the UK The Suffolk coast is awe-inspiring and provides much inspiration for artists and musicians, yet equally enjoyed by walkers and twithers Constable Country is on our doorstep, known the world over, yet it is still such a relaxing place to walk or sit and unwind. The meander from Dedham to Flatford is one of my favourite kayaking spots
So, Where do we go when we are on holiday in Suffolk?
We have ‘Welcome folders’ in all of our holiday cottages but what if you want to plan before you start your holiday? We set up a dedicated website called ‘Where Do We?…’ to answer the common questions such as “Where Do We Eat & Drink?”, “Where Do We See the Sea?”, “Where Do We Walk?”, “Where Do We Take the Dog?”, “Where Do We Cycle?” etc etc The aim is to bring you as much info as we can on all the things you may wish to do when you are staying in one of our holiday cottages. It’s your online ‘Welcome Folder’
Suffolk – a dry (ish) county for your holiday
Suffolk is one of the driest counties in the UK. We’re not saying it never rains here. It does rain. A lot sometimes. But not as much as many other parts of the country According to weather.com “parts of England are actually surprisingly dry. Suffolk is amongst the driest counties in the UK – due to a ‘rainshadow effect’ In some years, annual rainfall totals in South Suffolk have been below 450mm, especially around Ipswich. That’s less than the average annual rainfall in Jerusalem, Beirut and even some semi-arid parts of the world Just for the record I am clearly stating that sometimes it is very, very, very, very rainy in Suffolk. It’s raining as I type this. But it is dry a lot of the time!