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Stonham Aspal: Stonham Barns

Stonham Barns Stonham Aspal Suffolk

Stonham Barns Leisure & Shopping Village is situated just around the corner from Woodfarm, and is home to a collection of unique and independent business units. They hold regular events, have a great restaurant on site, plus many shops to visit. It is a lovely day out during your stay at Woodfarm. 

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Serena Hall Gallery

Serena Hall Gallery

Serena Hall is a professional artist, resident in sunny Southwold, Suffolk since she was twelve

She opened her first gallery in 1999 and now has her well-established, Serena Hall Gallery in the popular seaside town. Her style is very recognisable, with broad brush strokes and vibrant colours, the subject matter inspired by Southwold

In addition to her own work, the gallery also plays host to other artists, the full details of which can be seen on her website

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RSPB Wolves Wood

RSPB Wolves Wood Suffolk

An RSPB reserve on what is one of the few remnants of the ancient woodland that used to cover East Anglia

They manage it using traditional coppicing, which means that the wood has a wide variety of birds, plants and mammals

Head over early on a spring morning to hear the chorus of up to 20 species of bird, including the rich, musical song of the nightingale. Bring your wellies as the woods can be muddy

No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs

FREE entry but they rely on donations so do dig into your pockets

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River Stour

River Stour Suffolk

My favourite river in Suffolk

The Stour stretches all the way from Sudbury, out through the meandering Suffolk countryside of Bures, Wormingford, Nayland, Stratford St Mary, Dedham and then to Mistley and Manningtree where it heads out to the sea. Admittedly it’s now ventured across the border into Essex but it’s still beautiful. The river path is full of stunning landscapes and the river itself makes for some wonderful boating. This stretch is my favourite kayak route

Possibly the most breathtaking part of the journey and closest to Woodfarm is the bit between Dedham and Flatford, with beautiful scenery and old houses, culminating in the National Trust site at Flatford

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River Orwell

River Orwell Suffolk

From its source river, the Gipping, Orwell heads out to the sea on the Suffolk coast

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour. The River Gipping is the source river for the River Orwell (the barn next door!), and also hooks up with the river Stour

Charles Dickens wrote about the Gipping and Orwell rivers and the latter is where the writer Eric Blair took his pen name ‘George Orwell’ from after his love of the river and the area

 

 

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River Gipping

River Gipping at Sproughton Suffolk

The River Gipping is the name given to the River Orwell above its tidal limit

The River Gipping flows through Stowmarket to Stoke Bridge in Ipswich via Needham Market, around 4 miles from Woodfarm

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour. The River Gipping is the source river for the River Orwell (the barn next door!), starting in nearby Mendlesham Green and was altered with the addition of 15 locks between Ipswich and Stowmarket. In recent years the navigation, as this section was known, has undergone restoration and offers a great walk known as ‘The Gipping Way’, which uses the towpath for most of its route

Charles Dickens wrote about the rivers Gipping and Orwell

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River Deben

River Deben at Woodbridge Suffolk

The river Deben gives nearby Debenham its name, where it starts its journey through 25 miles of Suffolk to the sea near Woodbridge

Debenham is a quaint little village and a popular place to visit, as many of our guests do. And yes, it is where the department store gets its name as the founder lived here before setting off some 300 years ago to London to set up his high class haberdashery. He did quite well!

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour