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Hoppit Wood & Lake in Debenham

Hoppit Wood & Lake

Hoppit Wood & Lake and Hogs Kiss Meadow – Debenham

Beautiful woodland walk, lake & meadow

This is a real hidden gem that I happened to spot when leaving the Angel in the High Street, Debenham. Heading North out of the village there is parking sign directing you to the right and the wood is just a short walk beyond the crematorium

It’s a community project, acquired in 2004 using grant funding and it has been planted and managed by the community themselves. It’s totally unspoilt and just offers a great walk with fantastic views of Debenham

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The Station Yard Emporium – antiques & collectables

Great little antiques place in Needham Market

Featuring a handful of exhibitors, focused on providing good friendly service and customer satisfaction

They stock a selection of the following china, glass, jewellery, vintage clothing, postcards, stamps, books, ephemera, automobilia, furniture and militaria

They also provide a bespoke framing service

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Framlingham Castle & mere

Framlingham Castle

Sturdy old castle crowning historic Framlingham, a popular tourist destination

The walls of this historic building are built with flint. It’s a magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk

Drop down to the mere for a lovely walk across the edge of Framlingham College (the owners)

Check out our gallery for for info on the mere, its flora and fauna

For more information visit their website

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Needham Lake

Needham Lake

This is a great walk around a picturesque lake, whatever the weather

Needham Lake is man-made, having originally been rough, open meadowland. During the 1970s gravel was extracted during the construction of the nearby A14 and the pit was flooded to form the lake, which is now managed by the local council

During the extraction, ice age discoveries were made and numerous evidence of pre-historic life! There’s a board near the car park giving more information on this, which makes a fascinating read!

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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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Crowfield Church

Crowfield Church

One of the last remaining timber-framed Churches in Suffolk and is well worth a look. And just next door to our holiday cottages at Woodfarm

It’s set back from the road and isn’t actually in Crowfield village as such! It’s on the Stonham Aspal road

It’s surrounded by lovely open fields, with two choices of public footpaths going from the Church across the fields beyond
If you want a nice walk, it’s about 2 miles or so down to Coddenham

There’s not a lot I can tell you about the church itself other than to say it’s very pretty and with its exposed timbers, a rather imposing sight, but for loads more information check out the piece by Simon Knott on the Suffolk Churches website
Crowfield Church, Stonham Road, Crowfield – Don’t know a post code for the church but it’s half a mile down from us! IP6 9TH

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Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm

Baylham Rare Breeds

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.