Sustainable Holidays at Windmill Lodges

Sustainable Holidays Suffolk - Stays at Windmill Lodges

At Windmill Lodges we are as keen as anyone to reduce our carbon footprint – so here are the ways in which you can enjoy a sustainable holiday here in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.

There’s Plenty of Walks

You don’t need to worry about adding to your carbon emissions from your car as there are plenty of enjoyable walks to be had, either close to us or a bit further afield in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

For the more energetic, the AONB has identified three long walks, two of 60 miles and one of 40. The longer ones go from Felixstowe to Lowestoft (the Suffolk Coast Path) and from Ipswich to Southwold (The Sandlings Path). The shorter one goes along the banks of the Stour and Orwell rivers. For a more comprehensive list of the walks that are available in Suffolk, check out our previous blog post here.

And, don’t forget, each lodge at Windmill Lodges comes with a hot tub, so at the end of a long day walking in Suffolk you can sit back and truly relax.

You Can Cycle Too

If you prefer, you can use two wheels rather than two legs to get around and explore the local area. There are plenty of dedicated cycle trails for mountain bikers in both Tunstall and Rendlesham Forests. For more information about these check out our cycling page, or come and ask at reception.

You Can Charge Your Car Here

We are now officially electric vehicle friendly. We have a 32amp Rolec charger which is located near our reception, which is available to all guests to use via the Rolec VendElectric app (charges apply). If you are coming in an electric vehicle, we kindly ask you to bring your own 32amp charging lead to use during your stay. For more information on charging your vehicle at Windmill Lodges, follow this link.

You Can Buy Your Food Locally and Cook it Here

One way of reducing your holiday ‘air miles’ is to cater for yourself as much as possible. There’s plenty of local produce on offer, either in the local market town of Framlingham, where there is a regular farmers’ market, or in one of the many farm shops dotted around the region. For a full list of these, check out this page.

You can then cook your meal in any of our lodges, which all have fully equipped kitchens with full-sized cookers, microwaves, dishwashers and fridges. There’s also a barbecue stand on the veranda for a disposable BBQ (when it’s the barbecue season).

You Can Visit Suffolk’s Natural Visitor Attractions

There’s plenty of natural visitor attractions in Suffolk to enjoy as well. Including plenty of birds to see – and learn about – at RSPB Minsmere and the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns.

If you have children, they can get really close to the animals at Easton Farm Park, near Woodbridge, and Baylham Rare Breeds Farm near Ipswich. There’s also Banham Zoo about 25 miles to the north-west, and Africa Alive Zoological Reserve near Lowestoft (which is about the same distance away to the north-east).

As well as raising awareness of the animal kingdom, some (such as Banham) are actively involved in projects to protect endangered species and encourage biodiversity.

Sustainable Holidays in Suffolk at Windmill Lodges

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