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....
What a fabulous Full Moon Walk we had on the summer solstice! A lovely group of people and a wonderfully clear, warm, evening after a solid morning of heavy rain. Walking from the Coastguard's Cottages on Dunwich Cliff Tops, we crossed the heath, cut through Minsmere (and had a look at the bird life from the Island Meare Hide) across to the Sluice and then back up the beach to the sight of the moon reflected on the water. As we were celebrating not only the solstice but also Nick's 60th Birthday (on that day) we finished with a glass of Champagne and toasted life! What could be better? We can't guarantee Champagne every time, but we welcome our yurt guests to join us and we always have fun! The July full moon is Tuesday 19th (and we still have space left in one yurt, Yellowhammer, if you are tempted!).