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4 Years, 4 Lodges, 4 Nights – A Birthday Competition

Upthorpe Lodges Birthday Competition

4 Years ago we welcomed our first guests to Upthorpe Lodges and so we’re celebrating by holding a competition to win a 4-night stay at one of our luxury lodges.  Our easy to enter Facebook competition is easy to find on our facebook page.

Who Would You Like To Bring With You?

We’ve been lucky to host some fabulous guests in the last 4 years. We feel honored that many of them have chosen Upthorpe Lodges for their own private celebrations. Anniversaries are very popular short-break choices. Those occasions when guests value their time together and truly relax in our peaceful and secluded surroundings (and in the hot tub of course!). Many also celebrate their birthdays at our Suffolk lodges – often chosen as a surprise by their better halves! Even more than these reasons however, we’re over the moon that many choose to spend their mini-moons here. An ideal close to home destination for those who come from within East Anglia straight from having tied the knot.

Why Would You Bring Your Special Guest?

With 4 Nights to be won, of course you would want to bring someone special but why? Have they been really good to you lately? Maybe they’ve been working so hard they deserve a break or perhaps they just deserve a gentle few days away from their normal routine. Our lodges are the perfect place to unwind, with large bi-fold doors, the garden and sun deck can be enjoyed from inside too. The therapeutic benefits of hot tubs are well known and ours are truly luxurious with whirlpool or massage-jets options. If you want to treat your special partner to a slap up meal then there’s a good choice of quality venues nearby including one of Suffolk’s best, the Leaping Hare at Wyken Vineyards. For lovers of history and culture we have Bury St Edmunds close by – East Anglia’s most popular market town for tourists.

Competition T’s & C’s

All entries must be via our facebook page (link below). To qualify you need to ‘like’ our page and make a comment to tell us who you’d like to bring and why. Comments must be made on or before 31st July 2018. One winner will be selected at random and notified in the first week of August 2018. The prize is a 4-night midweek (Mon-Fri.) stay at a lodge of our choice, for dates of the winners choice between October 2018 and April 2019 inclusive. The following dates are excluded; 23/12/18 to 2/1/19, 9/2/19 to 17/2/19, and Easter weekend). Entrants and those who use the prize must be over 21 years old. No alternative dates can apply and the prize cannot be transferred.

Good luck to everyone!

Follow this link to start what could be your journey to Upthorpe Lodges…

4 Years, 4 Lodges, 4 Nights! We're celebrating 4 years of Upthorpe Lodges so we're giving away 4 nights to one lucky…

Gepostet von Upthorpe Lodges am Montag, 16. Juli 2018


There’s loads of great reasons to visit Bury St Edmunds…


For a special dining experience, or a memorable lunch at The Leaping Hare…




Exploring Suffolk in the Summer

Southwold in summer

Suffolk has Sun, Wide Skies and Natural Coastline – a Summer Treat

Suffolk has many attractions all year round, but the wide skies and long beaches make it the ideal summer destination for those seeking relaxation, fresh air and sun. One of our favorite days out is to visit the coast. We travel the country route from here at Upthorpe Lodges, via Harleston and Halesworth, to Walberswick at the mouth of the river Blyth. Walberswick is a charming seaside village overlooking a small fishing harbour and sand dunes to the east. Traditional country cottages decked with roses and honeysuckles sit close to the main street leading to the beach, and for those wishing to linger there’s a couple of pubs and two or three cafes.



The sign for the Walberswick to Southwold ferry.

Southwold ferry crosses the Blyth between Southwold and Walberswick.

But for us, Walberswick is the starting and finishing point for a varied and interesting walk which includes a ferry crossing by rowing boat. Upon disembarking we head for the beach at the south end of Southwold. Avoiding the temptation to purchase some freshly caught seafood from the fisherman’s huts on the river bank, we head for the beach. The beach itself is a nice mixture of sand and pebbles, but this approach provides a constantly changing view of the town. The colorful beach huts and its stylishly refurbished long pier are images replicated in the galleries both here and along the coast.

Pubs and Cafes

There’s plenty of choice for lunch venues and this time we’ve chosen Coaster’s cafe where the food is delicious. Suffolk has some well-known brewers and it may not escape your notice that Southwold is home to Adnams. There’s a good range of Adnam’s pubs serving food all day, but you’ll also find Greene King and Aspalls are served in the town too. After a welcome rest from having walked part of the journey seeking shells on the beach, we wind our way back to the cliff tops passing old canons and close-up views of the lighthouse along the way. The pier is a popular visitor attraction which has all that you might expect but with a touch of style.


Round the Town

Southwold has plenty of choice for eating and drinking.

We enjoyed fresh fish from the Suffolk coast.

Just beyond the pier to the north, and we are guided by a footpath sign which leads us inland along a raised bank set amongst marshland and reedbeds. We’re delighted to see Reed Buntings and Herons plus some attractive cattle making use of the lush grass. We soon round the town and catch sight of the harbour once again. Alas we’re too late to catch some fresh fish so we take the foot bridge across the Blyth this time and for a short distance we follow the path which was once the railway route, before veering towards Walberswick church where our car is parked. A summer treat for sure.

For more details on Southwold, Adnams and Suffolk Coast and what’s on, visit:




Great Singers and Bands Heading for Suffolk

Suffolk Welcomes Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and More

Our lodges may be located in the quiet Suffolk countryside, but every now and then there’s a burst of noisy excitement not too far away. In the summertime, some great singers and bands descend upon our green and pleasant landscape attracting their fans from far and wide.

Tom Jones at Euston Hall

Just 4 or 5 miles away from our lodges you’ll find the lovely Euston Hall set on the edge of Breckland, an area of forests, heath-land and pasture. In recent years the younger generation of the family have started to hold events in the grounds, and this year these include a very special concert. None other than Sir Tom Jones is on his way. It’s bound to be a night to remember within the special surroundings. Tom is coming on 6th July and there are still tickets available as I write.

Newmarket Nights

At Newmarket racecourse in Suffolk (45 mins) they have been holding their highly popular ‘Newmarket Nights’ event for many years. It works like this; enjoy the fun of a flutter then later on the music starts. For the racing, bets start from as little as £2. It’s a great ‘taster’ opportunity if you’ve never been to the races before. The exciting races take place in front of the grandstand and you have a good view wherever you are. Then enjoy an afternoon tea or dinner before the entertainment begins. The stage is set within the grandstand itself, easily visible. This year the acts already announced include George Ezra, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Paloma Faith.

Here’s where you’ll find out more;



Suffolk’s Best Wildlife Photos

Many of our guests are not just attracted to us because of our luxury lodges and hot tubs. Some are also attracted by the great wildlife which can be found in Suffolk’s hidden corners, rivers, lakes and coast. For the last three years we have supported the annual Suffolk Wildlife Trust photographic competition. In 2017 the winner of the ‘public vote’ won a two-night stay at one of our lodges. Colin Barley won our prize with his outstanding image of a hedgehog at night. We were particularly pleased as we have been doing our bit for hedgehogs this year. We’ve provided gaps under fences and saucers of water. Plus, we avoid using garden chemicals and a number of guests have spotted hedgehogs!

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust does fantastic work throughout our rural county with some special wildlife sites close to Upthorpe Lodges including Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Lackford Lakes, Knettishall Heath and Bradfield Woods. If it’s just a refreshing country walk you’re looking for then these venues won’t disappoint but if you are more serious about watching wildlife then these places are special for different reasons. If you want to experience some coastal scenes and possibly see Avocets, Bitterns and Marsh Harriers then the east of Suffolk is easily accessible as well.

Though Suffolk’s bird life is the most popular wildlife attraction we also have some great woodlands and meadows, estuaries and heathland to boast about. If you want advice as to where to find the best wildlife spotting in East Anglia then just ask and we’ll be happy to advise.

More information can be found at: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/



Suffolk: a sanctuary for wildlife and those who love it

Minsmere, on the Suffolk coast, is well-known far and wide, but there are many other great locations in East Anglia and especially Suffolk for getting close to nature. Regular visitor to Upthorpe Lodges, photographer Robert Fearn from Nottinghamshire, captured this alert looking pair of stoats whilst holidaying in Suffolk in 2016. He was persuaded by a friend to enter the annual Daily Mail photography competition and his was his winning photo. Robert spotted the stoats on a log pile at nearby Lackford Lakes. We also have other Suffolk Wildlife Trust locations not far away, at Ixworth, Redgrave and Knettishall.

At Ixworth, Mickle Mere is a water meadow submersed for most of the year, hosting regular visitors such as Barn Owls, Egrets and flocks of geese. There is a single hide accessed a little way from Pakenham Water Mill , a great and unusual local attraction. Redgrave and Lopham Fen is situated on the Norfolk / Suffolk border, a sheltered reserve with a circular walk. Knettishall Heath is a favorite place for local dog-walkers and young families, and is quite atmospheric on a misty morning.

Lackford lakes is particularly varied with the occasional Osprey dropping in, and if you’ve never been close to a Kingfisher then it’s hard to think of a better opportunity than here. There’s a great visitor centre with large viewing windows and plenty of info for novice wildlife watchers, plus binoculars can be borrowed too.

Roberts work can be viewed at https://www.robertfearnphotography.co.uk/

Pakenham Water Mill: http://pakenhamwatermill.org.uk/

Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Mickle Mere: http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/reserves/micklemere