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!
It's official, the BBC weather forecast has announced that summer begins on Friday. And good news for yurt-lovers - we have availability for next week and want to share our joy at the arrival of summer by offering some special prices for one week only! Between 7-11 July we're offering the following deal on our yurts, with savings of up to a third! 2 nights for £160 (saving£40); 3 nights for £220 (saving £50); 4 nights for £280 (saving £80) 5 nights for £340 (saving £110). And with the lovely beaches of Walberswick and Southwold just 10 miles down the road, plus the delights of Big Dog Ferry, fabulous cycling, great wild river and sea swimming, glorious riverside pubs and bustling market towns, you'd be mad not to take advantage of this offer! But don't delay, we're making a bit of noise about this one-off special deal and expect our gaps to fill up fast. We'll hope to see you soon!
Planning to attend one of the fantastic Benjamin Britten Centenary events? Then why not make it into an event to be remembered and book a couple of nights (or more!) with us here at Ivy Grange Farm. Just up the coast from Aldeburgh, we're handy and, if you fancy taking to the roads on 2 wheels, you can borrow our bikes and pedal off for your culture fix. There are some fantastic events taking place, check out this link for details. Punchdrunks' The Borough has already kicked off with some great reviews, including one from the fab Lyn Gardner in The Guardian. If you are coming by train, we can collect you from the station and guarantee you a wonderfully relaxing time.
It's a week of "firsts" this week - the first strawberries have ripen in the trough in the meadow (lucky yurt guests this weekend!); the first sweet peas are out and are now appearing in the vases in the yurts, which a most delicious scent; and the first sighting of the moorhen chicks on the Goose Pond - 4 at least, with definitely more to come as there's another moorhen still sitting on her nest. We love duckling/chick time of year they're so sweet.
It's been great to see so many returning guests this year, and some of our early visitors have been booking again for later in the year. August is now looking pretty full for the yurts but there's still availability in the Bell Tent - as with the yurts, we've aimed to equip it for the ultimate experience. It's a 5m diameter tent and, unlike other sites, we limit it to 2 people (singles or a double) so there's plenty of floor space and it's well furnished with its own wood-burning stove, chairs, table and relaxing area - check out the gallery for photos inside and out (complete with BonFire tripod and camp kettle and dutch oven which is proving very popular!).
Our new Bell Tent from SoulPad is up in the Meadow and looking glorious. We had our first guests stay in it this weekend and the weather couldn't have been better. We've put up some photos in the Gallery section so have a look there for more inspiration! We're really happy with Bell Tent - it's a 5m one so has plenty of space inside; we have a double bed that can be split to accommodate 2 singles and a couple of low cushion-loungers for relaxing on as well as some vibrant green moon chairs for inside or outside use. There's a wood-burning stove for cooler nights (or just for fun!) and outside is a campfire pit and your own personal BonFire kit - a lovely sturdy tripod with hanging chain for the coffee pot or stew pot! And of course there's a bar-b-q or you can just sit round and enjoy the campfire in the evening. Bell Tent sits in between Woodpecker and Lapwing with its own area of mown grass and will work well for anyone who fancies a really superior camping experience or for groups of families or friends who want to use a number of different spaces.
Special offer till the end of May - 4 nights for the price of 3 in any of our yurts or Bell Tent for any mid-week booking (Sunday-Thursday night inclusive). The weather is on the up, the flowers are out, the birds are singing and it's a wonderful time to be in the countryside. Come and sample the delights of Ivy Grange Farm glamping, with your own campfire pit, bar-b-q and cooking facilities right in the heart of beautiful Suffolk, with lots of see and do. Or just enjoy lazing in a deckchair with a good book watching the world go by!