Aside from the facilities provided within and beside your accommodation, the following facilities are also available for all guests to use (including those in Badger Cottage):
The Shelter (‘SH’ on map – left)
We’ve converted an old wooden outbuilding to provide a communal space for cooking, eating, washing up or just hanging out. In here you will find sinks with running water, gas stoves, cooking equipment (including cutlery, crockery, pots & pans) and a table and chairs. There are some strong plastic boxes for storing food (if you prefer not to keep it in your accommodation) – if you have a lot of food it might be an idea to bring a sealable box of your own. Storing food in boxes deters rodents and we therefore request that no food is left unboxed. We also have a handful of BBQs for guests to use – please bring charcoal though. There’s lots of other things in the shelter to make your holiday more enjoyable – too many to mention!
When the pub’s not open, we offer an off-licence service to guests – basically a doorbell at the back of the pub!You can buy from our extensive range of locally brewed bottled ales, draught ale by the pint or flaggon, local cider, and a selection of local / organic fair trade wines. You can also buy crisps & locally made ice creams.
Although we don’t have any electricity in the garden itself, we’ve set aside a small sheltered area near the house with a fridge freezer, washing machine and microwave for our guests to use. There is a spare socket for charging a mobile phone.
We feel it’s just not camping without a real fire, which is why we set aside this area as a communal fire pit. Sheltered by the tall conifers nearby, and surrounded by a circle of rustic benches this is the perfect spot to relax after a hard day’s cycling/walking/doing nothing. Listening to the crackle of the fire, watching the dancing flames and sharing fine ales and merry conversation – a magic not to be missed! Wood for the communal campfire is provided by us free of charge.
Toilets & Showers (‘WC’ on map – above)
We have flush toilets and solar powered showers for use by our guests. We pride ourselves on our clean, airy toilet block – see the picture to the right. Our showers are heated by solar (with an electric top-up for colder days – so no cold showers!) and the urinals are waterless. Many thanks to the Rural Economy Scheme for their support in this part of our project.
For the more adventurous amongst you, we have a jungle shower set in the trees. It is a very basic wooden shower cubicle with a hook for you to hoist up your camp shower bag (provided) for a nice hot afternoon shower in the open with a wonderful view of next door’s pigs. It is an experience not to be missed!
We have a selection of bikes available for use free of charge for our guests. We also have details of some of the lovely cycle routes in the area and can give suggestions of places to visit along the way. The bikes themselves are rather old (we think older bikes have more character) and, whilst they are regularly maintained, we would strongly advise you to satisfy yourself that they are in a safe state before you get on! We’ve also provided a selection of hi-viz jackets and cycle helmets – please use them! We have 1 child seat for babies.
We’ve designed the garden to have a wild, uncultivated feel and to be a haven for wildlife and guests to enjoy side by side. We’d really love it if you could avoid trampling on or picking plants & flowers (except from the herb garden of course) so others can enjoy them too. No animals are discouraged from our garden and we try, as much as possible, to let nature do it’s own thing.
There’s a few raised herb gardens dotted about (one is near the pizza oven) – please help yourself. Fresh herbs are an amazing addition to any meal. Please do pick carefully though – only take what you’ll use and don’t pick more than half of the foliage of any plant.
Pizza oven (‘PI’ on map – above)
Please feel free to fire it up and cook your own pizzas, garlic bread – or whatever you like. Instructions are beside the oven, and in the ‘welcome file’ within your accommodation/shelter. The oven takes around 1.5 – 2 hours to warm so give yourself plenty of time. Wood for the pizza oven is available to purchase from the shelter.
It doesn’t look it, but it is deep. Please be careful, and be particularly vigilant of small children at all times.
Ducks & hens
..love friendly, gentle people. Please be nice to them, and please discourage children from chasing them. If you want to feed them, please help yourself to the food in the tub marked ‘chicken & duck food’ in the shelter. We also have a pair of adult geese onsite. Ganders can be known to nibble fingers so children must be supervised at all times and it’s not a good idea to feed the geese.
Please place all food waste and tissue paper/kitchen roll in the compost bucket provided in the shelter. Please don’t leave food lying around or in bins, and please don’t feed it to the animals. Our compost gets pooled together and composted slowly to make safe fertilizer for our plants.
Compost loo (‘TB’ on map – above)
We’re very proud of our ‘Treebog’ and our guests report that they have been surprised at how pleasant it is to use. Simply use it like a normal loo (anything other than poo, pee or paper goes in a paper bag in the bin) but no flush – saving 6 litres of water every time it is used!
Bread, milk etc
We usually have a supply of bread, milk & butter in the freezer for guests to buy – please place money in the ‘honesty pot’ next to the freezer. We also sometimes stock locally made ice creams to purchase from the back door.
We have travel cots and a feeding chair for guests’ use – please request these on your booking form or by email. Please note we cannot provide bedding for the travel cots so you will need to supply your own. For those wishing to cycle, we have 1 child seat for babies.
Bedding is not included in the price of your holiday (except Badger Cottage bookings) as we would prefer that guests bring their own. All that will be supplied in the accommodation is the beds and mattresses – so you’ll need to pack sheets, duvets and pillows. If this is not practical, we can supply bedding (tent pitches and Hideout excluded) for an extra fee of £10 per head. Our bedding consists of cotton sheets & pillowcases, wool blankets and a throw or thin quilt. We have one single and one double mosquito net available for guests to use – if you would like to make use of this please email us.
Spa days, golf & health club
Ufford park have kindly offered us a massive discount to pass on to our guests – 50% off day membership in the Health Club (including indoor swimming pool, spa bath (pictured right), sauna & steam room, plus their fully equipped gym) and 25% off any of their Spa experiences ranging from short treatments to full spa days. Ufford also offer Alde Garden guests a 2 for 1 offer on a round of 18 holes of golf. If you would like to take advantage of this discount please request vouchers from us.
Cranio-sacral massage, aromatherapy & reiki are all offered within a short stroll/bike ride of the site. Please click here for details. In addition to this, a whole host of holistic treatments are available at a therapy centre in Framlingham – more details can be found here.
Fishing is available at nearby Mill House in Earl Soham – just a short bike ride away. Please click here for more details.
Sweffling White Horse
The pub on site is open four evenings a week (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays) from 7pm + Sunday lunchtimes (12-3) serving a selection of locally brewed ales, local spirits, cyders and soft drinks. Although we don’t have an extensive food menu, we serve a lovely local Ploughman’s in the summer, and hot pies and snacks in the winter. Well behaved children are welcome before 9pm. We have regular live music and other events – check the pub’s website for up-to-date info on what’s happening in the pub.
Horse & Trap rides
Horse and trap rides can be arranged by contacting Alde Driving directly. The drive will take you through local villages and countryside, and you can choose from either a short or long drive with a maximum of 5 people per carriage. To book please contact Alde Driving direct on 0755 2677844.