London media world refugees Kim and Nick Hoare have created a real slice of rural bliss a few miles inland from Southwold, just outside the small Suffolk town of Halesworth – a gorgeous spot where four yurts and a new shepherd's hut form the nucleus of their thoughtfully planned glamping site. It's a place where attention has been given to every sort of detail, and the enthusiasm and passion of the owners shines through at every turn. The yurts themselves are beautifully furnished, with their own wood burners, big comfy double beds and pull-out futons, and outside decking with gas hob and open fire pit – great for taking in the big skies and glorious sunsets with a glass of wine each evening. There are cauldrons and cooking pots in the shed, and a wonderfully well-appointed open kitchen for more ambitious (and more sociable) dining. In addition to the three-acre field, there's a restored barn with tables and chairs, a lovely woodland (ie outdoor) shower, supplied by solar-heated hot water, and you can pick the produce you need from their well-tended vegetable patch – a blackboard in the barn lists what's ready for harvest that day. It's all brilliantly done, and perfect for family groups or indeed groups of families. As for the location, it's very rural, and right on National Cycling Route 1, so great to explore the flat and intensely quiet roads nearby (they have a selection of bikes to borrow). Or you can cycle to the Big Dog ferry nearby, a service which takes you to the marvellous and unique Locks Inn pub just outside Geldeston. If on the other hand you just want to stay put and drink in the peace of the camp, you could join one of the birdwatching courses or wildlife night walks they run from time to time. The site is a haven for wildlife, whether you just want to sit on your decking and check-out the yellowhammers, buzzards and bullfinches, or head off to RSPB Minsmere where at the right time of year you can hear the bitterns booming. The meadow also has butterflies, hedgehogs, dragonflies and even hares throughout the year. There's nothing better than sitting round your campfire as the sun sets, enjoying an al-fresco meal as you watch the swallows, and then as dusk settles the bats and finally the owls hooting in the trees around. Pure bliss.
If you want to re-charge your batteries, explore the glorious Suffolk coastline and quiet country lanes by bike or on foot; enjoy some of the amazing local gastro pubs and restaurants, then we're the place to come. We want to make your stay as fun and relaxing as possible, with bikes to borrow, campfire cooking as well as our new cob pizza oven, an ace barn with table tennis as well as fridge/freezers and sensible things like lovely hot showers and flushing loos! We have 4 amazing yurts and a Shepherd's Hut, each with its own cosy wood-burner, camping gaz stove with cook pots, campfire pit and bar-b-q. Once inside, there's the cosy wood-burner with thick duvets to ensure a really good night's sleep In the morning, take a luxurious Woodland Shower: with hot water from the mains this is a delight at any time of the day as the sun beams in from dawn to dusk - and you can hear the bullfinches whistling and occasionally see a rabbit hopping through. Some of our guests tell us they enjoy a romantic moonlit shower with the milky way arcing overhead....
The local area
Southwold and Walberswick, just ten miles down quiet country lanes, are both great places for days out with good swimming, wonderful fresh fish bought straight off the boats, beachside pubs, sandcastles and, of course, crabbing! The nearby market towns of Bungay and Beccles are lovely places from which to explore the Broads, You can hire a Canadian canoe from nearby Geldeston and take off for the day along quiet stretches of river or from Beccles you can hire a day boat; or on foot just set off along the network of footpaths alongside Waveney River. If you're a fan of Roger Deakin's Waterlog, you can explore some of his favourite local wild swimming spots (we're also happy to share our favourites with guests) or, more mysteriously, discover some of the places that W G Sebald explores in his Rings of Saturn novel, all very close to us here at Ivy Grange Farm. Why not join us for one of our regular full moon walks, setting off at dusk for a real adventure! Just check our website or FaceBook page for details.
Best local places to eat and drink
Step out of the five-bar gate and you are on the National Cycle Route 1 and the world is your oyster! There's masses to do in the area, whether you like canoeing, biking or hiking or prefer to explore some of the lovely places to eat and drink - Suffolk is fast becoming a beacon for great local foods and drink. We're a stone's throw from St Peter's Brewery, a lovely 15th century abbey with a great pub and restaurant set in the middle of idyllic rolling countryside and there's even a cycling Brewery Tour you can follow! Try the new Boarding House restaurant in nearbyHalesworth, it's fast becoming our favourite...
Why stay with us?
While we are close to the A12 and across country from the M11, it is equally easy to get here by train, and we are happy to collect guests from the nearby station of Brampton on the London/Lowestoft line (and offer an "own steam" discount!). We have a selection of bikes to borrow once you're here as well as undercover storage for your own bikes if you want to bring them with you. Whether you are friends keen to explore the local countryside, a couple wanting to recharge the romantic batteries or a family just looking for a relaxing time away from it all, we would love to welcome you to Ivy Grange Farm.
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What to expect?
Peaceful and laid-back glamping in the heart of the Suffolk countryside
Our minimum booking is for 2 nights. Full prices (and special offers) are on our website. Prices range from £190 for a yurt for 2 nights with discounts and special offers longer stays and mid-week bookings outside of school holidays....
How do I get there?
By car - they are a couple of hours from London and closer still to Cambridge, Norwich and the home counties. Easy to reach from the A12 and the M11. Head for the A144 Bungay/Halesworth Road. If coming from Bungay, turn left at Ilketshall St Lawrence primary school (Hog Road) and then first right (Butts Road). We are half a mile on the left (the first farmhouse). If travelling from Halesworth towards Bungay take the first right at the Spexhall crossroads along Nollers Lane. Take the first left (Butts Road) follow the road for 1.3 miles, ignoring the right hand turn to Westhall village; we are the next farmhouse on the right - look out for the yurts!
By train - they are happy to collect from Brampton or Halesworth stations (Halesworth is good if you want to do some food shopping on the way up) and offer an "own steam" discount for those arriving by train, bike or foot. We're on the London/Lowestoft line, with an hourly service - you can pick up the connecting train at Ipswich if coming from other destinations.
Four yurts that comfortably sleep 3–5 people, and a shepherd's hut that sleeps 2–3.
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