Log Cabin and Hot Tub Holidays – Autumn and Winter Breaks in Suffolk UK
The answer to this question will largely depend on whereabouts in the country you are going and what there is to do in the local area. If you choose to take your autumn or winter break near the old market town of Woodbridge in the county of Suffolk, you will be spoiled for choice on the activity front.
You can of course choose to lock yourselves away and have a quiet week alone with your partner or the family and why not, you’ve earned it. Imagine a week with no schedules to keep, no alarm clock, no phone, no blackberry and no internet or iPad. You can enjoy a week spent in complete and luxurious peace and quiet, a week in which you could wake up when you want, go for long bracing walks and cosy pub lunches and even luxuriate in your own private hot tub – all at a time and pace to suit you. All of this is possible if you choose to take a log cabin and hot tub holiday in Suffolk. Below are some suggestions on delightful things to do in the local area rhubarb candle.
This delightful old market town is always a buzz of activity with plenty of good quality restaurants to choose from as well as a number of very fine pubs. Eating and drinking aside, there are some wonderful places to visit too including The Woodbridge Arts Club gallery. The gallery regularly displays photographs, paintings, pottery and lace work from local artists which is also available to buy. The Art Club’s gallery is located on Tide Mill Quay, just a few yards from the town’s famous Tide Mill.
The Tide Mill dates from 1170, it has been updated and refurbished over the years and is considered by many to be THE symbol of Woodbridge and the River Deben. Open every day from May to September, it is unfortunately closed to the public from November through to late April but the building itself offers great photo opportunities and makes a lovely trip out combined with a river walk.
Another must see whilst in the area is Sutton Hoo. Its description, as a group of low grassy mounds overlooking Woodbridge from the eastern bank of the Deben, speaks nothing of the fact that it is the richest burial ground ever to be discovered in Britain. An Anglo-Saxon ship containing King Redwald’s body and his treasure, was buried there.
King Redwald was King of East Anglia, he was the son of King Tytila and is thought to have ascended the throne in AD 593. A Pagan King, sometime in the ensuing fifteen years, he adopted Christianity and was apparently baptized in Kent. It seems he didn’t convert entirely to the new religion though, there are records that he maintained a temple with altars to both his Pagan and Christian gods and this non-conversion is borne out by the fact that he was buried, with his treasures in his boat, a very Pagan tradition. The Sutton Hoo burial ground presents a photographic display of the excavations and treasures and a tour of the burial mounds.
This part of the country was also significant in its impact on the outcome of WWII and there are many historic sites in the area that testify to this, not least of which is the Radar Transmitter Block at Bawdsey. Here you’ll discover how radar was first invented and learn of the central role that Bawdsey played in helping save Britain during the Battle of Britain. You can also visit the Bentwaters Cold War Museum (BCWM), housed in a command post on the old USAF air base at RAF Bentwaters. It is believed to be the only museum of its kind, open to the public. The main “war operations room” and “Battle cabin” have been restored to their original condition, as have the BT telephone exchange room, decontamination showers and airlock. Other places of interest are the Martlesham Museum, the Shire Hall, the Suffolk Horse Museum and the Woodbridge Museum.
Walkers and ramblers will be fascinated by the flora and fauna of Dunwich Heath – a National Trust property adjacent to Minsmere RSPB reserve. You can wander through the heather and visit the Coastguards’ cottages for sea views, a meal, and the NT shop. Take a trip to Buttrum’s Windmill and Foxborrow Farm, a Suffolk Wildlife Trust site in which you can see some of the work done by the Trust and its tenant farmers to improve the site’s wildlife provisions. The twitchers among you will be interested to know that there are a couple of RSPB sites in the area at Minsmere and Havergate Island. Here you can look forward to seeing Avocet, Little Tern, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and many others.
Another wonderful town to visit whilst you’re in the area is the charming market town of Framlingham. Dating back to Anglo Saxon times, it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086) and was passed from William the Conqueror to Roger Bigod who built the famous Framlingham Castle. Throughout history, the castle has been the central point of this thriving community, it is recorded that back in the 1400’s, £2,000 worth of goods were being managed each year by the Framlingham warehouses. This was a huge sum of money in those days and enabled the town to expand and prosper, reaching its present size by the year 1500.