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Run Cottage
Hollesley, England
1 acre
A cracking location accompanied by knowledgeable, local hosts
When Andy and Michele first purchased Run Cottage in 1998 it was just a single acre in size, a tiny plot with a long disused cottage, crumbling into disrepair. Today, having gone through gradual changes and much supported by a band of loyal, returning campers, the site has blossomed into a real gem on Suffolk’s much-loved coast. Comprised of two adjoined meadows linked by a tarmac strip that leads in a pair of oval loops around their middle, the site is a pleasant blend of camping, caravanning and glamping. Bordered by mature trees and, on one side, by the quietly bubbling River Run, it has a wonderfully natural feel. At one end, a fence edges onto a section of long, wild grasses, coloured by cow parsley through the spring and summer, while on the river banks wildlife rustles to and fro, peeping out from the trees on the opposite bank. In the far corner there’s also a small pond, peppered with the odd, small reed bed. It is here that the two glamping pods are found, secluded and slightly tucked away from the rest of the site, with a private walkway leading out to them. Inside, the timber cocoons feature double beds, a television and a large leather sofa – perfect for sinking into after a long day on the beach – while to their front a small porch allows you to sit out on summer evenings, watching small birds darting playfully around the pond. Together they form a comfortable, easy option for campers travelling light but still wanting to enjoy a few added luxuries. Complimentary tea and coffee await your arrival and a miniature fridge-freezer allows you to store your food, but in all it still provides the main thing you want from a campsite – the chance to spend your time outdoors. For everyone, the new shower and toilet facilities are clean and modern, while there is also a small information shelter, packed with maps and leaflets to give you some extra tips. Not that you won’t arrive with plenty of ideas in the first place! The beach is within potential walking distance – it’s a mile and a half down to the long sandy surface, best enjoyed with a further walk along to where it merges into the Alde Estuary, a scenic mix of marsh and wetland. Elsewhere the historic Suffolk settlements have plenty to entertain. The coastal village of Aldeburgh is a particular highlight, its waterfront awash with independent shops and eateries, while the inland market town of Woodbridge boasts a fantastic high street and a reputation as one of the top foodie destinations in the UK.
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Hollesley, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Run P.Joined in September 2015
From the host
A cracking location accompanied by knowledgeable, local hosts.
Nearby attractions
It is a short drive to the coast (try Felixstowe Beach) and 15 minutes to the local market town of Woodbridge, home to remarkable Sutton Hoo (01394 389700), an Anglo Saxon burial site now looked after by the National Trust. For something more active try hiring a canoe or a kayak (01728 688267) at Iken and paddling the River Alde. The Alde Estuary is known for its wildlife and river trips with the adjoining coastline providing some of the best sailing on the east coast. It's 10 miles to 12th-century Orford Castle where you can enjoy fabulous views over Orford Ness – a castle described by historian R. Allen Brown as "one of the most remarkable keeps in England".
Food and drink
There is a local pub, The Shepherd and Dog Inn (01394 411855), less than 10-minutes walk away along with a small village shop. The selection of real ales is great, with regular changes, and it's a rightfully popular spot with the locals enjoying it's traditional pub fare. For something special, The Froize Inn (01394 450282; 6 miles) offer superb food in a gastro pub-style setting.
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