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!
It's official - spring is here! It's been hot, guests have been seen soaking up the sun on deck chairs and we've had more campfires going than you can shake a stick at! Bookings are coming in thick and fast for the summer holidays as people remember what it's like to see the sun again. And, being a gardener, I'm already beginning to fret about having to water in the seeds and transplanted raspberry canes in the beds in the field! If you fancy a break - either well in advance or at short notice, check our new (this year) availability calendar which shows the availability for each individual yurt/Bell Tent. It's up-dated whenever we confirm a booking, so what you're looking at is what we've got. And keep an eye on FaceBook or Twitter (or here) for special mid-week deals.
Our new Bell Tent goes up next week and we're really excited to be getting it ready - we'll post new photos to the album as soon as it's all systems go. Bunting and painted tables are all ready....
We were delighted to celebrate our first engagement (well, not ours, but our guests) at the weekend. Congratulations to Gemma and Mark! We've been doing well on the romance front - we've already got a couple of honeymoons booked into Barn Owl (truly a Romantic yurt) for this year and there's still time for more. We've got a 60th birthday coming up too, in a couple of weeks, with a family group taking over the whole site; they're returning guests from last year and we're really looking forward to welcoming the extended family!
HighTide kicks off on 2nd May - the 7th annual festival celebrating new work in theatre and it's just down the road in Halesworth. It's a fantastic occasion and we're delighted to be official providers of accommodation. Check it out - we've still got accommodation for the second weekend of the Festival. Do what last year's guests did and borrow the bikes to pedal in to Halesworth (it's a good quiet cycle route in) and enjoy a whole range of talks, theatre, dance, jazz.
Great news from Cool Places. They have nominated us as one of Britain's Best Glampsites! See their listing here We're thrilled to be recognised in this way at the start of our third season. Do come and have a look and see for yourself what's on offer. And, talking of offers... have a look at the Hot Offers on the Cool Places website for details of our specials - 4 nights for the price of 3 (week nights) till the end of May and a bonus offer if you register before the end of April for our fab Birding course in June!
We're delighted to have taken delivery of our new Yellowhammer yurt which is now up, furnished and occupied with brave and enthusiastic Easter holiday visitors! We hope that Yellowhammer, as with our other yurts, will appeal to those who like camping (complete with its own brick-edged firepit for those essential campfires) and those who prefer the comfort of glamping (good double bed, cosy duvet and toasty wood-burning stove). Have a look at the new Yellowhammer album for more pictures.
We've had a busy time dodging rain and high winds getting the 4 yurts up and it's easy to forget that we've had some sunny (even warm) days dotted about in between. I know we have, because those are the days we've recruited our local workforce and set to putting up the yurts. And only once got caught in an unexpected snow shower.
Our guests have been stoic in the face of the coldest winter forever, or whatever the story is. They've enjoyed the toasty-warm wood-burners and the safari kitchen with its new covered extension (which supports the solar pv panels and also provides an additional undercover eating/bar-b-q/hanging out area). We've had keen walkers staying who've been exploring the local lanes and pathways and trying out Big Dog Ferry which has now started running its services for the season, from Beccles up to the Locks Inn at Geldeston - it was hugely popular with last year's guests and we're exploring whether there are ways we can collaborate to offer something special for our guests (early morning trips on the ferry, followed by brunch at the pub or evening curry cruises are possibles - let us know if there's anything else that appeals).
Bookings are coming in thick and fast for the summer holidays and we hope that our new calendar system that shows the availability for the individual yurts will be helpful with planning breaks this year. It's been lovely to see so many returning guests booking for the season ahead and we're looking forward to welcoming them back as well as lots of new guests; we hope you'll be amongst them!