Supermoon Night Walk + Pizza Oven

We're really exciting about our full moon night walk - led by Guardian travel journalist and author Dixe Wills - on the night of 9th September.  We'll take in heaths and estuary as well as the ever popular seaside towns of Southwold and Walberswick.  Have a look at the Groups and Events section of the website for more info - and get booking!

And the pizza oven is now up and running, so if pizza-making is your thing, we've got full instructions for getting it up to heat, all the equipment (a pizza peel and a pair of bellows!) as well as pizza dough recipes!  We're planning to light the oven a few times over the summer holidays and make pizzas to order for whoever is here and fancies a social evening round the pizza oven - or if you are feeling adventurous (and it's really not that challenging!) feel free to bring or buy your own dough-making ingredients and toppings and get stuck in!  The pizzas cook in a couple of minutes so the best toppings are the conventional tomato paste as well as mozzarella or cheddar cheese and herbs, rather than anything that needs a longer cooking time.  We've got full instructions and dough recipes here and are always happy to advise!  See more photos of Fishy-Dragon Pizza oven in the making and in action here....

July Special offer!

Come and join us mid-week in July and take advantage of our special offer (running till 22nd July) one night free if you book for 2 nights or more.  What could be better?  Click here to check availability and let us know when you'd like to come.  

Once you're here there's plenty to do - walking, cycling, swimming (river, sea, heated Lido), canoeing, visiting pubs and local breweries.  Or just sit and enjoy the birdsong and sunshine from your decking.

Late availability in Woodpecker yurt

Due to a cancellation we have late availability in lovely Woodpecker yurt from Friday night (27th June) for a whole 7 nights!  Take advantage of our special offer running till 4th July of a free night for any stay of 3 nights or more.  What could be better?

Pizza Oven is Go!

It's official, our lovely pizza oven is finished and has been formally put through its paces by our first set of guests at the weekend (thanks Claire McDonald and co!).  It passed with flying colours and whilst we've still got a bit of work to do landscaping the area around the oven (and putting a roof over it to keep the rain off), it's up and running for any of our guests who would like to rise to the challenge....

We've bought a pizza peel which you use to put the pizzas in the oven as well as a pair of bellows for keeping the fire going as and when needed and we've got the instructions for use, as well as our recommended pizza dough recipe, all neatly typed out.  It's a long-ish process - the cob oven has walls which are 7 inches thick right the way around and you have to light the oven a good couple of hours before you want to cook to ensure that the fire bricks on the base as well as the cob walls are good and hot and ready to cook your pizzas in double-quick time (a couple of minutes per pizza is about right).  

We'd like yurters to make use of the pizza oven and recognise that it might be a bit daunting for some; we'll work out how best to use it over the summer and are thinking about doing some pizza evenings - where we'll light it and manage the pizza cooking - during the school summer holidays.  We'll try it out this week (weather permitting) and report back.

We'll fire up the oven for our Super Full Moon Walk event on 9th September - should be fun and the good news is that we've still got some places, so get booking.  Imagine setting off at dusk for a beautiful walk to the light of the full moon with your tummy full of lovely stone-baked pizza!

Full Moon at the yurts...

One of our lovely guests who stayed at Easter took this amazing photo during a clear night with a full moon (many thanks Mark Whiter!).  I thought it was worth sharing with the wider world and doesn't really need much more saying about it.  I couldn't miss the opportunity, though, to put in a plug for our Full Moon Night Walk event in September.  The skies really are this gloriously dark up here in Suffolk and, having been used to London skies for most of my life, I still marvel at the brightness of the moon as it casts moon-shadows on the ground.  Lovely!