Dark Sky Holidays at Windmill Lodges.
Windmill Lodges is a small site with just seven log cabins located in rural Suffolk and less than 1 ½ hours from the M25. We are ideally positioned to explore all of the Heritage Coast including Southwold, Walberswick and Aldeburgh.
Our location in Suffolk benefits from some of the darkest skies in England and with minimal light pollution the wonders of the night sky can be enjoyed at its best.
We have a large flat area available ideal for setting up telescopes with good horizons in all directions. If you are wishing to try your hand at astronomy for the first-time or do not wish to bring your own scope, from Monday 9th October guests have use of our Sky-Watcher SKYLINER-200P Parabolic Dobsonian Telescope* which is ideal for viewing the Moon, Planets and Deep Sky Objects such as Galaxies and Nebulae.
Our seven authentic log cabins are 4* or 5* rated by Visit England offering comfortable and private self-catering accommodation for couples, families or groups. During your stay, there is plenty to keep everyone occupied; whether its relaxing on the veranda with a good book and a glass of wine looking out onto our wildlife lake, swimming in the pool or soaking in the hot tub. Further afield you can wander across the village green to our local pub, or just two miles away is the market town of Framlingham whose 12C Century Curtain Walled Castle has recently been written about by Ed Sheeran. As well as the Castle, Framlingham has a supermarket, butchers, delicatessen, cafes and numerous independent shops.
We are offering a “Get started in Astronomy and Astrophotography Weekend” at Windmill Lodges arriving Friday 6th October.
We are lucky to have David Murton the chairman of Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich) visiting us to share his knowledge and give presentations on the Friday and Saturday evenings,
Friday 6th October 7pm “What you need to know to get you started with astronomy”
Lasting approximately 1 hour this introductory talk will show you what you can see, how to get started and how easy and relatively inexpensive astronomy can be.
Saturday 7th October 7pm ” Beginning astrophotography”
Lasting approximately 1 hour you will be shown how to get started in astrophotography using standard photographic equipment. If we have clear skies this will be a practical lesson using the windmill on the green as the backdrop. (As in the photograph David has taken below) If you haven’t visited us before the Windmill is a five minute walk from our cabins.
This weekend is only open to guests staying in our log cabins or by invitation. As this is our first time of running our “Dark Skies Weekend” there will be no charge for either of the talks for guests staying in our log cabins. To book your place on the Astronomy weekend booking can be made online or over the telephone when you book your log cabin. If you are booking your holiday online please state in the comments box which of the talks you are interested in and how many guests will be attending, or if placing your booking over the telephone please let us know.( You are more than welcome to attend both of the talks.)
Please note this is a free event. If due to unforeseen circumstances this event has to be cancelled, no refunds on your holiday will be given.
We currently have three 4* two bedroom log cabins available for arrival Friday 6th October and departing on Monday 9th October and all have had a late availability discount applied
The cost for the weekend break staying in any of the above log cabins for four guests was £498.00 now £448.20 If only one of the two bedrooms in required we can offer an under occupancy discount too bringing the cost down to £398.40
We also have our two bedroom 5* Kingfisher Lodge available for the weekend break arriving Friday 6th October and departing on Monday 9th October; the cost for four guests for the three nights was £626.00 now £594.70 if only one of the two bedrooms in required we can offer an under occupancy discount bringing the cost down to £532.10
The Windmill on Saxtead Green,
the namesake of our lodges;
taken with a Canon 60Da camera with a 14mm Samyang lens
Photo credit to David Murton
* A damage deposit is required for loan of the telescope. As we only have one telescope available for guests use, pre-booking is essential. The telescope is loaned on a first come first served basis, if the use of the telescope is integral to your stay with us please contact us prior to booking your holiday to ensure the telescope is available as your holiday booking deposit is non refundable.