Yurts and Coronavirus
First of all we should stay that our thoughts are with all our lovely guests and we are hoping that you and your families are keeping safe and well. We continue to be open for short breaks and holidays throughout the year and are monitoring government announcements on a daily basis and will keep this blog as well as our FaceBook page updated with where we're at. We've been in touch with our April guests to offer to move their breaks to later in the year for anyone who would prefer that and will contact May guests within the next week or so, once we see how things are looking. In the meantime if you have any questions do please give us a call on 07802 456087. We have put measures in place to minimise the risk of catching Coronavirus, with a new paper towel dispenser installed and a stack of 10,000 paper towels to go with it; we have a good stock of bars of soap, information about hand-washing (though everyone must be familiar with the routine by now), a huge stack of tea-towels and appropriate laundry baskets and bins dotted around. We are also blessed with plenty of fresh air and, of course, each yurt has their own cooking facilities and equipment for cooking at the yurt, in addition to the shared facilities. We're also expecting a surge in the use of the (heated) woodland showers this year, so they are freshly serviced and all ready to go. We've been heartened by the responses from many of our returning guests, who are happy with the cleanliness and standards of hygiene at the yurts and tell us that they are very much looking forward to their Easter breaks, and we look forward to welcoming many returning and new guests this year. With a heartfelt thanks for your continuing support in these difficult times, and best wishes to you all. And, we have to stay, after a good amount of winter rain the flowers are looking fabulous!
Take advantage of our July madness and the glorious heatwave! A late cancellation which has freed up a week in Swallow - one of our favourite yurts - from Friday 10th July. Book a week's stay for a mad £450! Swallow is our newest yurt and is deeply romantic with its red-lined interior and exotic furniture; great for a couple or with a child - yours for just £450 for a whole week. And at one of the nicest times of the year, when the days are still wonderfully long and the sun is guaranteed to shine (this is Suffolk, after all, one of the driest places in the country - technically a desert). This is also the last opportunity you have before September to sample a week at Ivy Grange Farm. Go on, you know you've been promising yourself, now's your chance.
And if you really can't get away for a week, we've knocked down the prices from 5 nights onwards so that you simply pay £450 for 5, 6 or 7 nights; what's not to like? Just go online and book, but get in quick before someone else beats you to it.
Here it is, hot off the press, Nick and Kim receiving the Suffolk Greenest County award for Sustainable Tourism for Springwatch's very own Chris Packham (who had some lovely lovely things to say about Suffolk, and he wasn't even born here!).
We had a great afternoon at the awards which were held at Snape Maltings, which is always a treat to go to - amazing views from the upstairs restaurant area across the reed beds and, as usual, the sun shone and everyone was happy to be milling around outside, taking in the glorious scenery and the Barbara Hepworth and Sarah Lucas sculptures. We met some great people doing amazing green things in Suffolk (no hair-shirts present) - from Alder Carr ice cream (one of our favourites) to Adnams with their local foodwaste recycling.
We're very proud to have been recognised for our green work - all designed to ensure you have the best possible break with the minimum possible impact. This means no oil or mains gas on site (wood-pellets and solar panels for hot water and electricity), lots and lots of native planting to encourage wildlife; habitat creation (hedgehog hotels and lots of dead hedging to encourage insects for the birds to feed on) and much much more. If you haven't been to visit, come and check us out; if you have, why not make a return visit and see what we've been doing over the winter...
Photo by Andy Abbott, courtesy of EADT
Spring has truly sprung in sunny Suffolk and to celebrate the glorious weather we're offering special prices for the rest of the month - 20% off all yurt bookings. We've got weekend and mid-week availability and would love to see the yurts busy and the pizza oven glowing! It's easy to take adventage of our offer - just book online where the special offer prices are all set up! Look forward to seeing you here soon! And if you've already booked for our special offer period, get in touch and we'll make the same offer (runs from Friday 17th-Thursday 30th inclusive).
We've had a busy time getting ready for the spring, making dead-hedges from pollarded willows to encourage wildlife and using the off-cuts to create a "stepping stone" trail in Mike's Copse and to create some more poles for the den-building wood pile in the lower copse! Nick has added to our collection of home made bird boxes too, so we're hoping for tree sparrows, great tits and blue tits this year! We had a great trip down to Cornwall to pick up our new yurt, Swallow, which is now up but at the time of writing not yet furnished, so we've posting a few sneak preview photos of the putting up process and will add shots of the interior as soon as it's all good to go.
Our lovely friends Sally and Richard in the village have created a map of the site which shows the copses as well as where all our yurts are, so if you are coming with friends, you can work out the best yurts for you.
We're looking forward to seeing lots of lovely returning guests this year as well as welcoming new and we hope that whether you are new or old (as it were) you'll find plenty of lovely things awaiting you here....