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 - 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!
The walks for the Festival have been announced - you can find them here, Some great events planned, not least the Discover Suffolk Five Day Challenge walk which takes you from Landguard to Lowestoft - 66 miles in 5 days heading north up the Suffolk Coastal Path. starting on 18th May. Sounds appealing? If you fancy the challenge but don't fancy the driving, we can help you on your way with drop offs and pick ups to and from the starting and finishing points en route on each of the five days. What could be easier? Just quote "Five Day Challenge" when you book (and make sure you book your tickets for the legs of the walk through the official website) and we'll sort the transport. At the end of each day, return to your wonderfully furnished yurt complete with full facilities, bar-b-q and campfire, relax and watch the sun go down before retiring to your comfy double bed. Sounds just about perfect.... If a five day walk isn't your bag, there's lots of other events going on through the 3 weeks, many of which are local to us. Drop us an email if you've got questions or need more info about what's planned.
Could there be anything better than nights spent in a yurt in the beautiful Suffolk countryside indulging in some bird watching - going to some of the lovely places birds like to hang out and getting to know a bit more about recognising them through song, habitat and their little idiosyncracies, guided by Suffolk's foremost bird expert Steve Piotrowski? We don't think so, and we're delighted to announce that you can do all of this at Ivy Grange Farm Yurts at our Bird Identification residential course from 10th-15th June. We've planned a week of tours, visits, boat trips and walks along the Waveney with some learning woven throughout which we hope will appeal to people who probably already know something about birds (or even quite a lot) and are keen to learn more within a relaxed holiday setting. We hope that the course will appeal to "people like us" - we like birds but we're far from being experts; we like to spend time in the countryside, meeting new people and being out of doors and (no surprises here!) we love sleeping under canvas surrounded by nature. We'd like to learn a more about identifying birds through song, habitat and behaviours as well as supporting the Farmland and Foraging Birds Project. If this sounds like you, then check out our Courses section for more details or email us for a more detailed itinerary.
We've also set the date for our second Full Moon Night Walk weekend starting on 20th September. As you'd expect from the title, the weekend coincides with a (very nearly) full moon and offers the truly wonderful opportunity to explore country lanes, pathways, estuary and coastline by moonlight. Last year's event was a great success and we're delighted to welcome back Dixe Wills, travel writer and journalist, to lead the event. Check out Courses for more details.