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.

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.

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 lodges. To book your place on the Astronomy weekend booking can be made online or over the telephone. If you are booking 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.)

 

Saxtead Windmill

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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