Out & About

Woodfarm Barns is in the very heart of Suffolk. When you come and stay with us, you’ll know why so many guests return time and again, and why you made the right choice.

We are in the middle of nowhere, yet the middle of everything. We’ve made Woodfarm great, and Suffolk’s taken care of the rest. Here’s how…

Where do you Eat & Drink, Take the Dog, See the Sea, Go Shopping, or See the Sights?

shopping in Suffolk - deli photo
Mouth-watering Foodie treats at Earsham Street Deli, Bungay

Go Shopping

Delicatessens and Farm Shops purveying local artisan food and drink. Boutique Clothing and Country Living, as well as loads of great Gift and Craft shops. We’ve got plenty to keep you busy and offer you rewarding retail therapy during your holiday cottage break with us here in Suffolk.

For some reason we love treating ourselves to nice things when we’re having a short break or a holiday. From Snape Maltings to the Suffolk Food Hall, from Lavenham to Southwold; We are spoilt for choice in Suffolk and these are just a few places popular with our guests.

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’re also home to a few national drink brands such as Adnams and Aspalls, too.

House and Garden, Snape Maltings
This award-winning independent shop is the largest at Snape Maltings

The sea in Suffolk
Maggie Hambling’s Scallop on Aldeburgh Beach

See the sea

We are so lucky to be near the Suffolk Coast and pretty much all of our guests head there. The great thing about our location is that we are within easy reach of the Heritage Coast, but we are inland enough to have access to the whole county within half an hour or so.

We have some amazing Dog-friendly Suffolk beaches; some remote, some on the edge of towns, a mix of sand and shingle, all with fabulous views. Some have no restrictions and some do.

The beaches that we recommend are Dunwich, Dunwich Heath, Walberswick, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Felixstowe and Orford.

Find out more about dog-friendly beaches in Suffolk…

Aldeburgh beach near our alternative suffolk coastal accommodation.
Dog-friendly beach at Aldeburgh

Food and Drink in Suffolk
So much local produce from so many award-winning producers

Eating and Drinking

There is so much to cover when it comes to great Suffolk Food and Drink that we can only scratch the surface here. We have written extensively about many places.

When it comes to the frequently asked questions from our guests, they are usually about where the best places are around us for Eating & Drinking. People are so keen to explore the true tastes of our county and we are blessed with so many fabulous pubs and restaurants serving local goodies and cooking with local produce, as well as a good number of fabulous wares, produced right here in Suffolk.

Dog Friendly Pubs are quite common in Suffolk, many with log-fires, wooden floorboards and great food, not to mention the range of fabulous local beer, cyder and wine from such brewers and vineyards as Adnams, Green King, Aspalls, The Earl Soham Brewery, St Peters, Hellhound, Calvors and Wyken & Shawsgate Vineyards to name but a few.

Fruit and vegetables at Hog & Hen Farm Shop
Arm yourself with a re-usable bag and head down to the nearby Hog & Hen Farm Shop for an array of fresh food

Dogs in Suffolk
Dog walks galore to keep your four-legged family happy

Take the dog

The nearest pretty walk is directly out of your front door! Bear right as you leave the drive and walk a few minutes down the road to Crowfield Church on the right. It isn’t easily visible from the road but the sign is. It is one of the last remaining timber-framed Churches in Suffolk and is well worth a look. Two choices of public footpaths go from the Church across the fields beyond.

The alternative closest walk is by bearing left as you leave the drive, up to the next house on the left (Sparrows Hall) and there is a public footpath next to the house across the fields to the rear.

This is a great area for walking as is Suffolk in General. There are books in the bike shed on “Suffolk Walks” and they are there for your enjoyment. Please feel free to use them but please make sure you leave them in the cottage for future guests

The nearest walk in most of the books is Barham, Baylham and Coddenham (Walk 21) which is 8 miles. You could cheat a little and start it in Coddenham which is only a couple of miles down the road.

There is also a lovely walk around Needham Lake just 4 miles away, and Hoppits Wood in Debenham. Thornham Walks is only 15 minutes away by car, up the A140 and is a well-kept forest walk, with a restaurant one end and a tea-shop at the other.

Beyond that we have loads of fabulous walks in Suffolk, with or without a Dog.

A choice of Dog-Friendly beaches

sightseeing in Suffolk
Beautiful towns and villages to explore, all over Suffolk

See the sights

Suffolk boasts some rich and varied architecture, including a remarkable amount of medieval buildings throughout our towns and villages. A drive from the county’s West border to the East coast will reveal a huge palette of architectural styles.

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, particularly 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 the starting point of a very popular little walk with so many of our holiday cottage guests.

We also have some incredible houses and halls of distinction, such as Kentwell, Melford, Helmingham, Ickworth, several Guildhalls and an abundance of medieval homes and public buildings. Winding the clock back even further we have ancient Saxon heritage here at Sutton Hoo!

Woodbridge Tide Mill photo by Carl Scott
The iconic Tidemill at Woodbridge