Light in the Darkness

With dark nights and snowy scenes, we've been having a lovely time trying out Swedish Torches (or fire logs)!  According to the interweb The Swedish Torch gets its name from the Thirty Years War (1618-48) during which the torches were used by Swedish soldiers.  Through a specially developed sawing process, the soldiers were able to use fresh pinewood, sawing into the logs to give them a much needed source of heat meaning they didn't need to travel great distances to get firewood at camp.

Welcome to 2018

We enjoyed a relaxing December with lots of social activities and plenty of table tennis practise!  We're now getting down to business and planning for the new season starting at the end of March.  For those who admired the lovely willow and dog-wood sun sculpture we commissioned from local artists Adele Goodchild which adorns the end of the barn, you'll be pleased to hear that she's working on a range of new art/nature projects for us for 2018, so watch this space.

Gift Vouchers

Thinking about a Christmas present for your nearest and dearest?  We're offering Gift Vouchers (for Christmas and throughout the year); the Vouchers can be made out for any amount and are very easy to order - just email us at info@ivygrangefarm.co.uk with details of how much you want to spend and the name of the recipient - we'll send you details of how to pay and get everything set up so that we can email across the voucher with a welcome letter for the recipient (or can post it if you prefer).

Autumnal

Thought I'd share some of these lovely seasonal photos from one of our recent yurt guests; we do love a good September!  We always love a good photo of the crown "wheel" inside the yurts (this one is Swallow); the rainbows have been fabulous these past few weeks and Swallow yurt looks like it's been sitting in the meadow for all time, even though it's our newest yurt and just in its 3rd year (you might need to click on this photo to get the full effect).

Autumn Full Moon Walks

We've confirmed the dates for our autumn full moon walks and are very exciting about our up-coming September walk on Wednesday 6th, when we're doing a local route around the village (lovely footpaths and beautifully quiet lanes!) with a half-way stop off at our ancient church of St Andrew's for a talk about bats from Suffolk Widlife Trust and we get to use bat detectors.  We really do have bats in the belfry, so we shouldn't be short of sightings!

Bats in the belfry!

We love our bats and enjoy seeing them skimming the meadow at dusk, hunting for insects and chattering away!  We've even invested in a bat detector so we there's a mix of pipistrelles and long-eared bats here.

Gorgeous coastline!

We couldn't resist sharing some of these lovely photos of Covehithe, taken in late June, with barely a soul on the beach and the North Sea warm enough for a proper dip!  The beach won't be for everyone (which, let's be honest, is part of the attraction) with limited parking and a 15 minute walk across footpaths and through woods to reach the beach and when you aarrive, there is absolutely nothing there except for sea and miles of sand.  No ice creams, no toilets, nothing (except a few tree trunks that have come down from the eroding coastline over the winter months).

2018 bookings!

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.

Glamping film

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.

New - One Night Breaks in the Spring and Summer

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.