The Cabin-in-the-Vines at Valley Farm Vineyards
It's one of no less than a dozen or so Suffolk winemakers, but Valley Farm Vineyards is unusual in that you can not only stay there overnight, but the accommodation is situated right amongst the vines. The first vines were planted here a generation ago, but owners Elaine and Vanessa took over around five years ago when they moved here. They have transformed the place, not only adding a a tasting barn but also offering self-guided tours and tutored tours (the latter for groups), as well as their recent brainwave, the rather wonderful Cabin-in-the-VInes, which you don't have to be a wine-lover to enjoy – just happy to be the only one spending the night bang in the middle of a Suffolk vineyard!
A well-appointed and very spacious wooden cabin, insulated with sheeps' wool and powered by solar power and state-of-the-art batteries, it's the perfect off-grid place for two eco-friendly folk to get away from it all, with a large living area, a bedroom with a double bed with a high-end mattress and bed linen and wooden floors throughout. There's a separate bathroom with shower, toilet and sink, towels and toiletries, and it even has its own fully equipped kitchen complete with hob, oven, fridge and everything else you might need, There is heat, light and hot water, dogs are welcome, and the location is so tucked away and gorgeous you might not want to leave, indeed its outside porch is about as perfect place to enjoy a summer evening with a glass of wine as you'll find – plus there's no wifi, making it an easy place to switch off from the world outside.
It's nice to know also that you have the run of the vineyard when you choose, with a complimentary self-guided tour and tasting included in your stay; and there's even a bottle of wine waiting for you when you arrive, made using the vines that surround your cosy cabin (and accompanied by other essentials, such as tea, coffee, sugar and fresh milk).
Finally, the location couldn't be better, with a couple of pubs within walking distance (which naturally serve Elaine and Vanessa's wine along with decent food). Nearby Halesworth is an appealing small town, increasingly popular with London escapees, and it's good to know that you are right on the Sustrans cycle route 1 as well as footpaths leading off in all directions, as far as the nearby Suffolk Coast AONB. Finally there are the wines, which vary from their Sundancer sparkling to their very drinkable View East rose to a couple of lovely whites made with Pinot Gris and Madeline Angevine grapes. Pour yourself a glass, put your feet up and close your eyes... you could be in Burgundy!
AccommodationOne warm and cosy cabin for two with en-suite bathroom.
Prices from £120 a night (with a minimum of 2 nights) and a one off payment of £20 for a well-behaved dog.
Opening TimesOpen all year.
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