Our trip to the newly opened luxury lodges at Woolverstone Marina was a magical New Year trip that helped us escape the January blues!
Less than ten miles from Ipswich, Suffolk, we made our first pit stop at Jimmy’s Farm for a spot of lunch. Set in a 200-year-old-barn converted by Jamie Oliver’s friend, it offers a rustic yet contemporary restaurant with numerous food and farming-related attractions for the whole family.
Arriving at Woolverstone Marina, we were greeted by MDL staff before being taken to our magnificent accommodation - one of the ten individually designed luxurious lodges. All of them have excellent design features and homely furnishings, and ours even had an open fire and a hot tub! When combined with the wonderful setting the marina has to offer, it was love at first sight for my wife and me.
The furnishings are simply first class and the team at MDL Marinas have left no stone unturned in creating a luxurious yet homely feel for each lodge. From the flat screen TVs to sofas, it was the finishing touches, such as the wine rack that really completed the experience. So when relaxing with a nice bottle of red wine in a peaceful and tranquil setting, we were able to drift away from the day-to-day stresses of regular life as soon as we sat down.
After a perfect sleep in the sleek, modern bedroom we headed for the nearby River Stour the following morning to enjoy a leisurely-paced winter walk. We soon headed back to the lodge for lunch and the welcoming hot tub on the balcony.
There is so much to do in the local area around Woolverstone Lodge Park and gladly, we managed to enjoy all the excitement Suffolk Leisure Park has to offer during our final afternoon – which was only a 7-minute drive from the lodges. For one final opportunity to really relax, we returned to our accommodation for our last meal cooked in the state-of-the-art kitchen, and just a little more wine, in front of the cosy wood burners in the living room, before we retired for the evening.
It was quite simply a stunning few days at Woolverstone Lodge Park and we’ll certainly be back! Although our children were not present for this particular trip, we’ll be returning with them in the summer where I’m sure the hive of activity around the marina will provide a real buzz for the whole family.
There are excellent boating opportunities too; Woolverstone Marina offers yacht charters and an RYA accredited sailing school for both sailboat and powerboat courses. For those who like to take in the natural beauty of Suffolk from the shores, there are magnificent and scenic walks in the area, namely The Butt and Oyster, Cliff Plantation, Woolverstone Park, Woodbridge and Martlesham Creek… and these are just the walks on from the doorstep!
Add to this the inclusion of the luxury accommodation and the soon-to-be opened children’s playground and Woolverstone Lodge Park will be offering a perfect action-packed family holiday mixed with the relaxing setting that we enjoyed so much this time around.
Thanks for the memories Woolverstone Lodge Park and we look forward to making many more here in the future!