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!

Creating Wildlife Habitats

We're enjoying the (relatively) mild and certainly sunny winter days working outside, honing our dead-hedging skills making new habitat for wildlife in the "goose paddock" (where the newly built pizza oven is situated).  Our lovely tree surgeons have been busy pollarding our willows and doing some coppicing work so we've used the off-cuts of the willow branches to weave lots of dead hedging - which looks decorative in its lovely golden hue as well as providing a good home to all sorts of creatures over the colder winter months.  We'll be planting honeysuckles and other native species into the hedging, so over the next few years it should really be looking and smelling lovely!  

We've also been planting native trees and shrubs around the copses and in between some of the yurts and are planning a slightly different lay-out for the meadow, moving the entrance path further towards the centre of the meadow with the aim that the yurts all feel a bit more private - nothing major but we like to keep things feeling fresh!  Our kindling and campfire wood piles are being replenished over the winter, along with copious amounts of wood-chip, all ready for the start of the new season on 27th March.  We're looking forward to seeing lovely returning guests and welcoming new guests to the delights of Ivy Grange Farm yurt-life!  Happy New Year to one and all.

Dead hedging in the goose paddock

Gift Vouchers and Contacting Us

Are you struggling to find a special present this Christmas?  Then never fear, we are here to help Ivy Grange Farm gift vouchers.  Gift Vouchers for a two night break (from £180) are an ideal present for a spercial person to enjoy a romantic and relaxing yurt holiday in idyllic Suffolk countryside.  Book before 15th December and we'll include a complimentary half-bottle of Champagne from local brewery Adnams (nicely chilled for enjoyment on arrival)..  Beautifully presented gift cards with space for you to personalise as required, we can offer these vouchers right up until the final Christmas posting dates. And of course we can also offer birthday and special occasion gift vouchers whenever you're looking for that something a little bit special. Let us know if you are interested by e-mailing info@ivygrangefarm.co.uk further we can e-mail you details, or call us on 07802 456087 if you want to discuss further.

Contacting us:  it looks as though we have some problems with our email system at the moment so we aren't getting enquiries through.  If you have sent an enquiry through our website recently and haven't heard from us, do please give us a call; we always aim to reply to enquiries within 24 hours.  We're working to resolve the problem but in the meantime if you are interested in making a booking for 2015 do please call on 07802 456087.

Goodbye to Bell Tent + a name for our new Yurt; Plans for 2015

It's finally beginning to feel like autumn - the evenings are drawing in, campfires are much in evidence as are puffs of smoke from the wood-burners inside the yurts, and the owls seem to start hooting even earlier! The yurts stay up till late October but we've taken down our Bell Tent for the last time and are packing it away and looking forward to our new yurt from Tim Hutton at Yurtworks.  The new yurt will be the same size as Barn Owl (for couples/ family of 3) and will sit about half way down the meadow, where Bell Tent was.  We've been having fun choosing the serge lining (an orange-y red for the walls and pale linen colour for the roof) and have already found a gorgeous double bed with quilted headboard, very much French style.  And now we have to think about names - it won't have escaped your attention that all our yurts are named after birds, the names mostly tending to reflect the colours of their plumage; so any suggestions for our new yurt?  Could be Swallow, or Bullfinch, either of which would be OK - but do you have any ideas?  We'd like the name to reflect the native and migrant birds we have around here, so nothing too outlandish.  Any suggestions - or preferences between Swallow and Bullfinch - welcome!

And ideas for next year.  We have the pizza oven up and running and will be doing some landscaping work over the winter to turn this into a space that works well for small groups of people whilst retaining something of a rustic feel.  If you've used the pizza oven over the summer and have any ideas do let us know (info@ivygrangefarm.co.uk).   Other thoughts we've started mulling over include the possibility of reserving a week during the school summer holidays for adults only - we get a lot of teachers and others who are tied to the school holiday periods but don't have children, several of whom have said they might enjoy something like this.  Your thoughts and feedback welcome....  

And we really enjoyed our Full Moon Walk in September and are thinking about running these on a more regular basis, very informally, so that anyone who's around when there's a full moon might join us - and others from the village - on an amble through some local lanes.  Watch this space....

Finally, thanks for all your wonderful support and feedback this year - we've been lucky to have fabulous guests and are very much looking forward to welcoming you back as well as meeting new yurters!  

Landscaping plans for the Pizza Oven

Late availability + a fabulous Supermoon Walk!

The weather is looking particularly gorgeous at the moment and we've still got late availability for mid-week bookings (at very reasonable prices!).  If you're looking for a late break, check out the availability calendar and come on over.  The yurts are up until the end of October and each yurt has its own wood-burning stove for cooler nights, that is if you're not sitting out by your campfire star-gazing and listening to the hooting of the owls (we've got tawny and little owls out and about at the moment, being particularly chatty once the sun has gone down).

The dark skies in Suffolk are a wonderful experience - we regularly see the Milky Way and quite often shooting stars dropping from the heavens.  We did some star-spotting to help us navigate on our our recent Supermoon Walk; we were blessed with clear skies and a mild temperature and we had a great walk along the Blyth estuary to Southwold and then across the commons and woods near Walberswick, through the reed beds and back to Blythburgh where we were met by hot chocolate and our mini-bus, bang on the stroke of midnight.  This is the 3rd year we've run the event - led by epxerienced night-walker and travel journalist Dixe Wills - and we're planning another for next year.  We'll put details on the website in due course, but do get in touch if you are interested (or indeed have ideas for other events).

Full Moon over the Blyth Estuary

Supermoon Night Walk 9th September

We're taking advantage of a Supermoon on the night of Tuesday 9th September to enjoy the delights of night walking around the quiet lanes and paths of Suffolk, taking in estuary and beach along the way. This will be our third year of full moon night walking - the past couple of years were great fun and enjoyed by a wide age-range. If you haven't walked by full moon before (and, frankly, even if you have!), this is an event not to be missed, as experienced night-walker and travel journalist Dixe Wills shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the Night. A mini-bus will transport us from Ivy Grange Farm to the start-point on the estuary and collect us at the end of the night, enabling participants to enjoy a circular walk across a range of different terrains. Have a look here for more info.