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, guests are able to have sole use for their stay 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 was the inspiration for a song written by Ed Sheeran. As well as the Castle, Framlingham has a supermarket, butchers, delicatessen, cafes and numerous independent shops.
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
We have been lucky enough to work with David Murton the chairman of Orwell Astronomical Society (Ipswich) since introducing our Dark Sky Holidays. If you would like one to one tuition David is able to offer this.
David will visit you at your cabin and will pass on his knowledge tailored to your requirements whether you would like to learn the basics to get you started with astronomy or more in depth on astrophotography. For more information on private tuition please contact David directly at Dmurton90@gmail.com or call him 07522 113387
Our Sky-Watcher SKYLINER-200P Parabolic Dobsonian Telescope which is available to hire*
We have a dedicated viewing area close to the log cabins where we have our telescope.
* There is a hire charge of £50.00 for a short break and £75.00 for a week break for the sole use of the telescope. As we only have one telescope available for guests use, pre-booking is essential. The telescope is hired on a first come first served basis. No refund will be given if you are unable to view the night sky due to unsuitable weather conditions. 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.