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Staycation This Year? Suffolk Ticks the Boxes

Staycation destination Suffolk

Understandably, Staycation is the word for many travellers in 2021. If you’re looking for plenty to see and do – choose Suffolk! Firstly, it’s one of the driest and sunniest counties in the UK. Yet it has miles of unspoilt coastline, gentle green countryside and a wealth of wild places to explore. It’s also a convenient drive from most of London, and the East Midlands.

Discover Suffolk’s Past

We’re not far from the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, with a well-preserved town centre and a magnificent cathedral. While you’re here you may want to learn a bit about the area. How about the town’s brewing history on a Greene King Brewery tour, with a sup or two? Or enjoy a recital in the calm Cathedral environment perhaps? You can go back further in time at the Moyses Hall Museum which includes Stone Age artefacts from this very ‘flinty’ area.

Wildlife Watchers in for a Treat

Suffolk is home to a wide variety of the UK’s wildlife, nowhere more than at one of our many wildlife reserves. The National Trust, the RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust all have a strong presence. Minsmere,  by the coast, is arguably the best not just in Suffolk but in Great Britain. Nearer to us we have Lackford Lakes, Redgrave and Lopham Fen, and Knettishall Heath. They are great places for just a walk, or for spending a few hours absorbing the sights and sounds. We have guides and binoculars available for guests to use.

Relax and Re-charge on a Staycation in Suffolk

While Suffolk is great to explore, there’s nothing wrong in just relaxing and enjoying fresh air in a colourful garden with birdsong in the air. Our four lodges are each within their own secluded and gated gardens, and each one has a luxury Beachcomber Hot Tub and comfy sun beds.

Whether it’s culture or comforts you’re seeking, Upthorpe Lodges will tick your staycation boxes. Follow the link below to discover why Suffolk should be your Staycation destination this year


Our four lodges are for couples only, with a minimum stay of 3 nights

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