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Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill

Beautiful river walk with Tea Rooms & Museum – Dedham to Flatford or vice versa. In the heart of Constable Country

Ok, just about dipping our toes into Essex but it still feels like Suffolk and it’s only 20 minutes down the road from Woodfarm Barns and a real hit with many of our holiday cottage guests

Flatford Mill is accessible by road and has a car park. It’s owned by the National Trust so if you’re not a member, it’s about £3 to park. It’s also accessible by foot along the river from Dedham, which is a gorgeous 25 minute walk (pay & display)

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D J Wines

DJ Wines

Wine Tasting with DJ Wines – A Suffolk Winery

DJ Wines is a small, intimate winery set in an idyllic rural location overlooking the historic village church at Monk Soham, just 15 minutes from Woodfarm Barns. Here you will find Derek Jones making delicious hand crafted wines and liqueurs from local fruits. Edged by an avenue of cherry trees the building is only about the size of a tennis court, but he produces 10,000 bottles per year!

Being a winery only, no rows of vine will be found here as all fruit is bought in, mostly from local growers. He will take you step by step through the process to making his delicious range of seven wines, seven liqueurs and my Monks Mead. He uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques, many of which a home brewer will recognise, but on a much larger scale. The small on site laboratory helps Derek control quality. During the visit he will also share some of the more humorous moments and the many trials and tribulations of setting up, what many people claim, is a dream business

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Alder Carr Farm

Alder Carr Farm Shop & Deli

Great Farm Shop, Deli & Cafe’ with a bunch of gift, arts & craft shops and nature walks

A family run business, established for over 30 years

The farm shop stocks loads of local produce and ‘Pick your own’ fruit and vegetables

The Barn Cafe serves breakfasts and light lunches with tea and cakes served all day

The Craft Centre is based around a central courtyard and houses a range of small businesses from arts and craft studios to garden supplies
Farm Shop: 01449 720820
Barn Cafe: 01449 723359

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Baylham Rare Breeds Centre

Baylham Rare Breeds

A working rare breeds farm – Great for little kids and big kids!

Baylham House Farm is acres and acres of Suffolk farmland, owned by the Storer family, who are passionate about breeding traditional varieties of farm animals to protect them against the detrimental effect of commercial pressures on the industry

The animals have a natural, stress-free habitat and great living conditions, which is so evident just wandering round the place

As at Spring 2014 it’s £6 for adults to get in, £3 for kids and £5 for concessions. You do get the real sense that the money is ploughed straight back in to the running of the farm. It’s a family-run, family-orientated farm, with a great little tea-shop at the entrance, but you don’t need to take kids with you to fit in! We went during the summer, as two big kids and had a fantastic time in Suffolk in 2006, 2007 and 2010 and runners up in 2008 & 2009, so they have to be worth checking out whilst you are here