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Holiday Cottages in Suffolk Grand days out; Rendlesham Forest, The Froize & Orford

The Froize from our holiday cottages in Suffolk

Another of our suggestions for a great day out for you. This one is full of fresh air, beautiful scenery and fabulous food! As so many of our Suffolk holiday cottage guests love walking, with or without dogs, I thought it was about time I told you about one of our most amazing forests, then take you to nearby Orford, popular yet still very unspoilt, taking you into one our local designated ‘Areas of outstanding natural beauty’. On the way there you’ll go right past The Froize Inn; rude not to stop for lunch!

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Suffolk Holiday Cottages With Dogs Welcome

Barney at our dog friendly holiday cottages in Suffolk

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dogsWe are delighted to be working with Fetch’ the online pet store and Zylkène® and hope you have fun entering their competition to win a stay here at Woodfarm Barns.

Your dog needs a holiday too! Dogs account for a massive proportion of our guests to sunny Suffolk and we even allow some of them to bring their well-behaved owners!

We combine a dog-friendly ethos with the luxury that many don’t expect to find in holiday cottages accepting dogs. We don’t simply ‘tolerate’ guests with dogs, we welcome them.
We welcome dogs in all seven of our Suffolk holiday cottages as this is a huge part of the ‘stay at home’ holiday cottage market. We normally say a maximum of two dogs but we are happy to discuss other requirements. We are also happy to discuss other pets with you on an individual basis. We’ve had house cats and rabbits before but it’s mostly dogs!

Welcome Awards at Woodfarm Barns - Pets Welcome in our Luxury Self-catering Holiday Cottages in SuffolkWe are also delighted to have been awarded the Pets Welcome accreditation by the English governing body ‘Quality in Tourism’ backing up our approach

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Download our Dog-Friendly Guide to Suffolk and you’ll also receive a £25 Woodfarm Barns Voucher!

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Dogs Welcome Award for our holiday cottages

Happy Dogs with our Pets Welcome Award

We are so pleased to have been awarded the VisitEngland Dogs Welcome accreditation as we have openly welcomed dogs since the start. All of our Suffolk holiday cottages have enclosed gardens making them very dog friendly. This page tells you more about the criteria that we have in place to conform with the guidelines for Dogs Welcome Continue reading Dogs Welcome Award for our holiday cottages

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Happy dog owner guests at our Suffolk cottages

Dog-Friendly Extraordinary Holiday Cottages

We have hundreds of testimonials from our dog-loving guests. All of these are taken from our Guest Comments Books in our holiday cottages. Feel free to scan through and see what our previous guests have thought about our dog-friendly holiday cottages and Suffolk in general

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Luxury Holiday Cottages in Suffolk

Dog friendly Deben holiday cottage

We have seven luxury self-catering holiday cottages in the heart of the rural Suffolk countryside

From our stunning 500 year-old luxurious thatched farmhouse to our six holiday cottage Suffolk barns, we can accommodate anything from a romantic weekend for two, to a full on family celebration for up to 19 adults. All in sumptuous luxury, in a beautiful, rustic country setting

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Dog Days

dog in a holiday cottage

Woodfarm House and all six of our Suffolk barn holiday cottages are dog friendly so your dog can feel at home too as he or she holidays with you. Now you can have a luxury self-catering holiday in the beautiful Suffolk Countryside without leaving your dog in kennels or faffing around getting sitters as you can bring them to our dog friendly cottages in the heart of rural Suffolk

Meander down the lanes right from here on your morning dog walk down to the church. It’s just next door and has a public footpath round it back to the lane so your dog can have a good old root around in the hedgerows. It’s a great leg-stretcher for both humans and dogs

Then enjoy your complimentary breakfast basket, full of lovely Suffolk goodies. It’s a self-catering holiday cottage but so many of our guests are surprised when they discover the lovely provisions we leave at the cottage. But we don’t leave the dog out as we leave a dog biscuit (Don’t cook it though) The dog may appreciate a bit of smoked bacon though!

Taking the dog out in Suffolk is easy. So many pubs welcome dogs and there are countless walks, many of which are in the books and maps we have in your self-catering holiday cottage and also highlighted on our guide to all things Suffolk www.wheredowe.co.uk

After a long day out exploring Suffolk with the dog, you can come back and relax in your self-catering holiday cottage in front of a lovely log fire. Woodfarm House has a gorgeous open fire and all the barn holiday cottages have great little woodburners, which dogs love curling up in front of

As we said, at all our Suffolk holiday cottages we have OS maps and great books on “Walks in Suffolk” with loads of dog walks, pinpointing local dog walks & dog-friendly pubs. We have dog bowls at each holiday cottage too, as well as providing our four-legged friends with a dog biscuit or doggie treat as we’ve said

Our welcome folders in the self-catering holiday cottages also have additional doggie info, including details of local vets, which of course we hope you never need! We also have a number of groomers locally that come highly recommended so your dog can be pampered too

We normally accept two dogs in each self-catering holiday cottage though we are happy to discuss more with you. After all, they are your dogs so it’ll be up to you at the end of the day. We probably won’t accept 101 dalmations though! Woodfarm House is obviously the largest holiday cottage we have and we have happily had four dogs in there at one time. If you just have little dogs then I’m we could accept more! Just discuss your own dog collection with us! The barn cottages are great for two dogs. If you have another dog then do give us a call

Each of our luxury dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottages is geared up well, with fully enclosed gardens to keep your dog safe. All the barns have oak flooring so are very practical where dogs are concerned and much of the downstairs of Woodfarm House is tiled

We keep spare dog towels to wipe down mucky mutts after a day’s dog-walking around the picturesque Suffolk Countryside. They are in our bike shed, at the centre of all our holiday cottages, which also houses lots of tourist information on everything you could possibly wish for to guide you around Suffolk and its dog-friendly attractions. There are loads of DVD’s in there too so you and the dog can curl up in front of the log-fire in the evening!

There’s an outside tap with each of our holiday cottages to hose em down too!
So in summary, all our dog-friendly holiday cottages have a pet welcome pack including: a pet washing station outside, local dog walking maps, pet waste bags, dog-friendly pub info, information on local vets, info on local pet suppliers, dog bowls, dog towels and that ever welcome dog biscuit

So many of our dog-owning guests are amazed at the luxury and high-quality of our dog-friendly self-catering holiday cottages, so rarely found in accommodation accepting dogs. So whether it’s a romantic weekend for two, accompanied by your dog, or a full on family holiday with a handful of dogs, we have the ideal self-catering holiday cottage for you
We do respectfully ask that your dog is kept off the beds and furnishings and is not left alone. Please be mindful of other guests, with or without dogs, particularly with regards to barking etc. We hope you enjoy your stay at one of our dog friendly self-catering cottages in Suffolk.

Don’t just take our word for it, have a read through our testimonials from our previous dog-owning guests here

We’ve always been dog-friendly here as so many of our guests are dog-owners but we’ve now stepped it up a gear. One of our loyal guests works for Wood Green, The Animals Charity and we have long since offered a donation when anyone books a break, having seen us on their website

I figured it was about time I went over to their Cambridgeshire site and it was quite an eye-opener. They do amazing work within the community, educating people on animal welfare and re-homing dogs, cats, small animals and also field animals

Wood Green - Charity supported by our Romantic, Luxurious Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the   Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside

This is me with Katja & Dawn from Wood Green, with a sign we appropriated from their vast gift shop! The top pic is us with Hamish and Haggis, two brothers currently looking for new homes

And who could possibly resist this little fella below? This is Toby. Despite his sad look he is a very happy chappy and was all over us when we met him

Wood Green - Charity supported by our Romantic, Luxurious Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the   Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside
We now have lots of goodies to give away to our dog-owning guests, from Wood Green car stickers, lapel pins and magazines, to travel bowls

It was a real treat having a look round and we are very proud to be working with such an amazing charity as one of the three we currently support

Many thanks to Tony Bell Photography for the pics. Tony will soon be offering exclusive but very affordable portrait packages for our guests. With or without dogs!

Alde Barn - one of our Romantic, Luxurious Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the   Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside

 

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Happy Birthday to us!

Birthday celebrations at our Suffolk holiday cottages

It’s almost June, which means it’s Summer here in good old Blighty! Whatever the weather, it’s still Summer so it’s time to open the Pimms and enjoy a fabulous luxurious Self-Catering break in one of our Suffolk Holiday Cottages

Summer in Suffolk with a Pimms in one of our Romantic, Luxurious Self-Catering, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages in the   Heart of the Rural Suffolk Countryside

It also means a huge Happy Birthday to…………………… us! Yes, Woodfarm Barns is officially two years old the first week of Summer 2014! Continue reading Happy Birthday to us!

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Doing our bit for charity

Charity Logos

At Woodfarm Barns we are proud to be doing our little bit for three great causes. This is a small cottage (sorry!) industry but we are fortunate enough to be in a position to use the business and some personal time to be able to do some good for;

* The Willow Foundation via ‘Leestock Festival’

This came about in 2013 when I was asked to perform at Leestock Festival in Long Melford, Suffolk. I’m a singer/ songwriter in my spare time (hah!) and became involved as a sponsor through the business too as I loved what they were doing. This continued in 2014 as we were again key sponsors, financing and producing the festival programme, as well as performing again year with my band Elephant in the Room

Carl at Leestock

Have a look at some more info on Leestock & The Willow Foundation here

* Wood Green, The Animals Charity

This kinda happened by accident when Dawn & Paul, some of our most loyal guests suggested we may wish to become an ‘affiliate partner’ as Dawn works there. I have obviously been familiar with the amazing work that Wood Green do for many years. We pride ourselves in providing high quality pet-friendly accommodation and the pet market is a huge part of what we do it seemed like a great idea

Katja, Carl and Dawn with furry friends

For more info on what they do and what we are doing together click here

* Suffolk Family Carers

Again this came about through my music as a fellow musician friend’s wife works for the charity. I decided on the spur of the moment in February 2014 to hold a last minute charity auction on Facebook for a weekend away because we had a vacant barn. I figured I would rather someone enjoyed it than it sit empty and we could raise some money for this brilliant local cause. I’m delighted to say that this has snowballed as I subsequently headed up the production and release of a CD recorded at the BBC Suffolk Studios. Details of the project can be found here and if you’d like to buy a copy, just £8 for 18 original tracks, then just ask me. We raised funding from lots of Suffolk businesses, including Woodfarm Barns and sales are going well with every penny going to a great cause

BBC Sessions CD

Please have a look at the great work that Suffolk Family Carers carry out on their website

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A luxury Winter Break in Suffolk

A Winter break at our Suffolk holiday cottages

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Never a truer phrase than on a winter break in Suffolk.

Have a Winter Break in Suffolk at Woodfarm BarnsThe cooler months are still a wonderful time to enjoy a winter break around here. The landscape takes on a very different but nonetheless inviting feel and of course all of our cottages have bundles of cosy charm and roaring log fires to keep you warm and add that touch of winter cosiness

 

The rambling countryside that surrounds us is still appealing in the autumn & winter, with winding country lanes and loads of great public footpaths taking you off the beaten track. You won’t see many people around here whatever the time of year so this time of the year is especially great if you want to get away from it all with your loved one/s

Southwold beach on your Winter breakThe beautiful heritage coast is just half an hour away and still very popular at this time. You’ll be treated to a bracing North Sea breeze to blast away the cobwebs but as long as you wrap up warm.

Suffolk Coasts and Heaths are one of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that we have within half an hour of our cottages.

Woodbridge, Southwold and Aldeburgh are all really popular destinations with our guests all year round and you can always pick up some great local beers and wines to warm you up when you get back here.

 

Mouth-watering breakfast basket with your Winter breakYou’ll need to head off for a good walk anyway after tucking into your hearty breakfast from the welcome basket that we provide in all of our cottages.

Free range eggs from Mill Green Farm, bacon from Palfrey & Hall, mushrooms, jam and marmalade from Fruits of Suffolk, tomatoes, toast & butter, all provided as part of your package, along with fresh coffee, tea, sugar, milk, fruit and some cookies.

 

Hot Tubs make your Winter Break

Luxurious Hot Tub options on your Winter BreakWith three barns to choose from with your own, private luxurious Hot Tub, you can enjoy your Winter Break, whatever the weather.

Deben Barn has a Hot Tub on the patio, with Gipping and Orwell Barns having theirs under cover just outside your back door in one of our covered Garden Rooms with opaque roofs letting in light.

Christmas at Woodfarm

Celebrate Christmas in Suffolk on your Winter BreakThis is an extra special time of the year here at Woodfarm and we have always been fully booked way in advance. From the first year when we just had Woodfarm House, the following year when we added the Granary Barn and then the following year when we had the five new holiday cottage barns all up and running.

Our holiday cottages all lend themselves to the cosy charm you would expect from a yule-tide break in the country. With Christmas tree’s to put your presents under and tasteful traditional decorations all around you, it’ll feel like a home from home.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Whether you are in Woodfarm House, The Granary Barn or one of the ‘Woodfarm’ barns, you’ll relax and enjoy the oak-beamed ceilings and bags of rustic, country charm. Having done this for many years, we have been working hard to strike the right note for our guests, whatever the season. Take a look at the hundreds of reviews from our happy guests on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google, resulting in the awarding of our Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and our Quality In Tourism Gold Awards for all seven cottages.

The farmhouse has a wonderful open fire and all six of the barns have great wood-burning stoves so if the temperature drops in the evening then you can get a cosy fire going and chill out with one of hundreds of DVD’s that we provide, again free of charge

You’ll find country lanes, thatched ­cottages, classic out-of-season seaside resorts at Aldeburgh and Southwold, meandering rivers and great pubs & restaurants

Kids are welcome. Woodfarm House sleeps 7, plus travel cots for toddlers and all the barns have room for a travel cot (provided free of charge) See our ‘Have Fun’ page on our Tourist Guide website “Where Do We?” for some ideas on what to do with the kids, big and small! – Just click here for a quick look

Three well-behaved dogs are welcome in all the cottages too – See our separate ‘Pets Welcome’ page at the bottom of this page or have a look on “Where Do We?” at our ‘Take the Dog’ section here

Defined by the Met Office as December, January and February our Winter 2016 prices start from just £248 for a 2 night weekend break.

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Autumn breaks in our luxurious Suffolk Holiday Cottages

Cosy fires in our luxury holiday cottages in Suffolk

Blue skies, open landscapes, country lanes and public footpaths, mixed with picture postcard villages, beaches, marshland and a large dollop of eccentricity, Suffolk is an ideal Autumn holiday escape. All the pics on this page were taken from our holiday cottages and down our lane in October 2012
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