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 got a couple of slots in late August for anyone who hasn't managed to get away or needs a refresh before back to work/school. Barn Owl (great for a coupl or family of 3) is available from Tuesday 30th for 2 nights and Swallow (couple/family of 3) is free from Tuesday 30th for 3 nights. After that, it's mid-week gaps only in September until Friday 16th - we've had a weekend cancellation in Woodpecker so that's now available for our Full Moon Walk on the Saturday night (fab if you haven't tried one!). But don't delay, we're expecting to fill those slots quickly, especially with the wonderful weather we've been having....
Look at this amazing pink grasshopper that we found in the meadow at the weekend. It's a very rare creature indeed and we were very excited to spot it. It feels as though our work on developing the meadow habitat is paying dividends this year, with the barn owl regularly seen hunting voles, the swallows nesting for the first time on the gable end of the barn and now a pink grasshopper.
We are very excited to have taken delivery of our new Shepherd's Hut. It will replace Woodpecker yurt for the 2017 season, which is being retired to a Portuguese mountain to live out its final years, having given excellent service. The Shepherd's Hut will sleep a family of 4 (children under 12) and Yellowhammer becomes our new family of 5 yurt. We have yet to tackle the interior design and upholstery (the sofa will convert to bunk beds) and we hope to get that finished within the next two or three weeks and, of course, there will be decking outside and cooking facilities as with the yurts. In the meantime, here are some photos inside and out.
Our late availability July slot has now booked I'm afraid, next availability in any of the yurts is in Barn Owl (great for a couple or family of 3) from 28th August. You can book here if these dates work for you.
We're very excited to announce our brand new Wine Lovers' Break! We've teamed up with our friends at Valley Farm Vineyards and the Black Dog Deli in Walberswick to create an amazing break for anyone who loves (or would just like to know a bit more about) wine! Valley Farm Vineyards have just received a Gold Award for their Madeleine Angevine 2015 white wine (awarded by the UK Vineyards Association) and this is your opportunity to try the wine, speak to the makers and experience the delights of their rural vineyard, set on the rolling slopes of idyllic Suffolk countryside.
To make a day of it, hop on the bikes we have here, pedal along the quiet country lanes (though driving is also allowed) and take a self-guided tour of the vineyard. Then pick your spot amongst the vines, lay down your picnic blanket and enjoy a glass of the Gold Award winning Madeleine Angevine 2015 whilst you unpack your picnic hamper of local produce (including the award-winning Baron Bigod local cheese!) courtesy of our friends at Black Dog Deli. When you are sated, wend your way back home (maybe having purchased a bottle or two from the gate - we can recommend their lovely Gloriana fizz, with which we recently celebrated a big birthday for Nick) to sip from your decking as you watch the sun go down.
The Break costs £75 (for 2) in addition to yurt accommodation and would make a fantastic present for the wine-lover in your life! To book, simply tick the box when you make your accommodation booking - couldn't be simpler...
Enjoy this photo of Nick posing by the entrance to the vineyard, hoping he might get to "consumer test" the new Break....