Announcing our new Bird Identification Residential Course in Suffolk UK
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.
Latitude Perfect Accommodation!
Latitude tickets are on sale now and if you want to book the perfect off-site accommodation, don't delay! We are just 4 miles away from the site at Henham Park and, using our bikes to cycle through the quiet lanes, you can get there in no time. We had a great time last year doing exactly that and can recommend it. It's over the weekend of 18th July and, if last year was anything to go by, the yurts will be booking up very soon.
Yurt Summer Holidays
Happy New Year to all our friends and past and future guests. Although it's only just January, we're beginning to look forward to the return of sunshine and summer holidays here at Ivy Grange Farm. We'll be collecting our new yurt later in the winter and have already taken delivery of our bell tent, so we'll have 4 yurts available throughout the year and the bell tent for the summer months. We're really looking forward to welcoming back some of our guests from 2012 as well as those who've received yurt gift vouchers for Christmas!
Christmas Gift Vouchers and looking forward to next year!
If you want to give a special present this year, how about a weekend (or longer) in a luxurious yurt? You can choose from our romantic Barn Owl yurt (great for couples) or one of our larger yurts. The prices are the same as usual (see our Yurts tab) and we'll throw in a welcoming bottle of beautifully chilled Prosecco set out on a tray with glasses, to make sure your guest enjoys a really special occasion. Please contact us for more information or to arrange for a gift voucher to be sent.
Pamper yourself with an Artisan Smokehouse Hamper!
Keen to pamper yourself when you come and stay at Ivy Grange Farm? For anyone celebrating an anniversary, birthday or who just feels they deserve a treat, we're delighted to be able to offer a link up with the Artisan Smokehouse who make and supply the most amazing range of smoked and local artisan produce. Simply place an order through their website for delivery to Ivy Grange Farm and we'll manage it so that it's here for your arrival. Great if you want to treat yourself or surprise someone!
Spring is here!
It's official, spring is here; I know this because we hosted the HighTide Spring Writers' Retreat last weekend. It was great to have them here - the place felt very buzzy, and judging by their blog they found Ivy Grange Farm to be a great place to stimulate the creative juices. There's some great pictures here of the playwrights at work in our barn, putting the table tennis table to a range of uses!
Safari Kitchen and Night Walks
Progress is rapid with our Safari Kitchen, which should be finished within the next week or so. This is what it was looking like yesterday, with a light smattering of snow. It's yet to have the roof fitted (red ondulin, to match the Old Cow Shed roof behind the barn, with some clear panels inset, to make maximum use of daylight). And, of course, with windows looking over the field, so you can see what's going on back at base. We will put a couple of gas hobs in (powered by big camping gaz cannisters) as a place for preparing food and cooking when the weather's not so great.
We've been using the shorter days to whip the raised beds in the yurt meadow into shape. We've now finished raised bed number 2 and it's manured and ready for the spring and the autumn raspberry canes are cut and resting, ready to burst into growth in the spring again!
The red onions are coming up well in raised bed 1, untouched by the wood pigeons. They should be plump and sweet by the early summer, ready to be gently pulled up and chopped into a salad or turned into a veggie kebab for the bar-b-q.