It’s that time of year again, when Orfordness is open for 5-days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive. We know many of you love a day out on this spare but riveting 12-mile-long shingle spit. For those who have never ventured over the river to the Ness, there is a treat in store. Owned until the early 70s by the Ministry of Defence, it was used to test military ordnance, including nuclear weapons. Derelict buildings and other vestiges of the MoD’s occupation remain scattered across the landscape.The security blanket that enveloped the site has ensured a natural paradise for flora and fauna that is now jealously guarded by the National Trust – although they would probably describe it as conserved and protected!
Our Orfordness A-go-go 3-night package runs Sundays through Thursdays, 28th June to 30th July and includes:
free entrance to the Ness (including the ferry crossing)
a simple picnic of an Orford-smoked salmon sandwich or Suffolk-cured ham roll, crisps and water
three nights accommodation
a 3-course dinner on two evenings* (with free choice from our normal a la carte)
full English breakfast each morning
The Orfordness A-go-go rates per room per couple are:
Good House 545.00
Better House 665.00
Best Garden or Best Courtyard 725.00
Best House or Best Terrace 785.00
NB dogs are not permitted on the Ness. They can either be left in your room (NOT your car) or you are welcome to substitute the offer with free tickets to either Sutton Hoo or a boat trip down to Havergate Island on Regardless. If you are a fan of Springwatch, you might like to explore RSPB Minsmere, just a few miles up the coast and for which, again, we will pay the entrance fee. While dogs are not permitted on the two visitor trails, there are many outlying trails where they are welcome, as well as on the Cafe Terrace at the Visitors’ Centre. There is also 24-hour shaded parking available.
* this leaves you free to dine elsewhere on one evening, should you wish. However, you are more than welcome to eat with us on all three nights: dishes will be charged as taken.
Havergate Island, in the middle of the river Ore, is protected by the RSPB. With no general public access, it is a vital breeding ground for avocets and terns, and a winter haven for ducks and wading birds. Last autumn we ran a special 3-night package that included a private guided tour of the island. Now, in July, there is the opportunity to see even more wonderful wildlife, from leverets and butterflies to dunlins and gulls – the island is the last breeding colony for the common gull on the East coast – and, hopefully, a glimpse of a godwit, turnstone or spoonbill (which, collectively, does sound uncannily like a firm of solicitors or an aging rock band).
Our 3-night GT&S package, which includes this special guided tour, is only available on 19-21st July and 26-28th July. The tour takes place on the Monday, with the boat leaving the quay at 11.00am and returning at about 3pm. The package also includes a 2-course a la carte dinner on two evenings (leaving you free to eat out one night) and full English breakfast each morning.
3-night GT&S package per couple per room
Good House £545
Better House £665
Best Garden & Courtyard £725
Best House & Terrace £785
*Please read this small but important print before booking. First, dogs are not permitted on the island so please don’t bring your canine darlings unless you are completely certain they will not mind waiting quietly in your room while you are on the tour.
Secondly, we have to garner at least 8 people for each tour (max.12), so please be aware that we might have to cancel if under-subscribed or if the weather is too foul for the boat to make the trip across to the Island – unlikely in mid-summer. We cannot offer any refunds or replacement dates, but will offer free entrance to RSPB Minsmere on Monday or Tuesday, or Orfordness on the Tuesday, instead. (Indeed, if you would prefer to visit either of these places anyway, the above tariff is available for any 3-night stay from Sunday to Thursday in July.)
Finally, a word about nightjars: the RSPB, in partnership with Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies, offers a guided evening walk along the Alde estuary, starting at Snape, to hear and see these secretive birds. Please click on www.wasuffolk.co.uk/nightjars-over-the-heath.html for more information and to book, should you be interested.
You will never get a better rate than by booking through us directly (rather than Bookings.com or any other third-party site). And, although we have our own booking button here on our ownwebsite, please do phone us if you can – that way we can ensure you are in the right room, and on the best package and rate for your particular needs.
All rates are per night per two people sharing the room. Please call us on 01394 450205 for more information on current rates.
DB&B rates start at £205 for a Good House double rising through the various room categories to our beautiful Suite at £340. Please be aware that the inclusive dinner is not a set menu but offers three courses freely chosen from our normal a la carte. Similarly, breakfast is not a miserable, dried up buffet but freshly prepared – with such delights as French toast with crisp bacon and real maple syrup, un-dyed smoked haddock with a Happy Hen poached egg on top or, of course, the Full English.
B&Brates start at £135 for a Good House double rising through the various room categories to the Suite at £270. Please note that weekends are only available on DB&B terms, not B&B.
Saturday night must be taken with the Friday as a 2-night weekend DB&B stay. Very occasionally we can sell a single Saturday night stay, but it is rare – although worth a phone call to check.
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