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!
We've just opened our 2018 booking calendar and we're currently holding prices the same for next year. If you want to get in with some favoured dates for a holiday, romantic break, a special celebration or a group booking, it'll be worth getting in early! You can book online here - our availability calendar is "live" so you can see what's booked and which slots are free. If you have questions we're always at the end of a phone (07802 456087) or email email@example.com. We're very much looking forward to welcoming lovely returning guests as well as newbies to the Ivy Grange Farm experience!
We're delighted to be the subject of VisitSuffolk's latest film focusing on Glamping - take a look and see what you think. The pizza oven (which features big time in the film!) has been put to great use this year and at last night's impromptu pizza evening we rocked through the cooking of 18 pizzas in no time - fun was had by all.
We get lots of enquiries we get from couples who aren't sure if Glamping is for them and want to come away to try it out for a night, or who simply don't have much time! So, always keen to respond to demand, we've opened up our smaller yurt Swallow and the lovely new Shepherd's Hut for one night bookings from Sunday-Thursday nights until the end of June. So if you've been thinking about Glamping but weren't sure it was for you, or you simply don't have time to get away for a longer break, come and try it out. You can book online here or send us an email or give us a call if you have any questions. We're sure you'll have a good time and will want to come back for longer....
...you’re sure of surprises galore! We're delighted to announce our exciting new wildlife art trail, designed by local artist Adele Goodchild (some of our guests will remember Adele from last year's lantern-making workshop) and situated in our lovely 3-acre meadow.
The wildlife sculptures complement the nature trail that we started last year, with a whole range of interesting creatures, habitats and surprises dotted around the meadow. We'll give you a sneak preview here, but only to whet your appetite; we don't want to give everything away! And the good news is that this is the first year of a two-year project, so there will be more to follow next year.
Check out our giant Harvest Mouse nest made from woven strands of cedar; the harvest mouse checking out its new abode and a magical dragonfly.
The Costal Pass is an exciting new tourism initiative to encourage visitors from Holland to explore the east coast and we're delighted that Ivy Grange Farm glamping has been chosen as one of the accommodation offerings. You can see more about how the Coastal Pass works here (and get a flavour of how you might spend a few days exploring this amazing section eastern coastline, even if you're not Dutch). Our yurts are situated right on the Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 (also known as the North Sea Route) and we've been excited to welcome Dutch and other Continental visitors over the years who have been cycling the route, starting in Bergen and passing through 7 countries and a cool 6,200km! We're well equipped here for cyclists, with good indoor storage for bikes as well as a selection of tools and puncture repair kits (we also have bikes for guests to borrow who have something more modest in mind, perhaps a cycle to the beach or the local pub). If you're thinking of coming to stay and bringing your own bikes, we're close to Brampton station if you plan to come by train and we have all the local cycle route maps as well as OS Explorer maps of the area. And as keen cyclists ourselves, we can suggest some great outings whether to the coast or around the quiet lanes inland - you can see one of our favourite cycling days out on our website here.