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)
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
Alder Carr Farm has been established since 1981, and is home to a fantastic farm shop, cafe, plus several gift, arts, and craft stores.
The farm shop stocks a large variety of fresh local produce, plus a range of fair trade, vegetarian, and vegan products. They also sell kitchen and bathroom essentials, including no-packaging refills. A treat not to be missed is their multi-award winning ice-cream, Alder tree, made on the farm using simply fruit, cream, and sugar.
The Barn Cafe serves breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks all day. All of their dishes are made from scratch, and where possible using produce grown locally or from the farm.
After visiting the shop and a bite to eat in the cafe, complete your visit to Alder Carr Farm with a short walk around their farm nature trail; past the grazing farm animals, and then through fields, wet meadows, and woodland. Please note, unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the farm nature trail.
Baylham House Farm is set in acres of Suffolk farmland, owned by the Storer family since 1985. They 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. 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!
It’s a fantastic day out, with opportunities to meet the livestock, feed the goats and let the kids loose in the play area whilst you settle into the calm surroundings with a piece of homemade cake or a cream tea.