Wissett Lodge Farm is set in the rolling countryside of north east Suffolk in the village of Wissett, 3 miles from the market town of Halesworth and ten miles from the seaside town of Southwold. The Old Stables is a perfect place to enjoy the peace of the Suffolk Countryside from farm walks to relaxing in the arboretum watching the setting sun. Our 300acre farm is also home to our flock of rare breed Norfolk Horn Sheep.
The Old Stables have been beautifully converted to four warm, well equipped and characterful holiday homes, complete with Wifi. Hartopp and Bloomsbury sleeps two people. Golden Miller and Fleetwood sleeps 4 people. All bedrooms have ensuite facilities. The property has been awarded Visit Britain 4 stars. Fleetwood has been specially designed for disabled / wheelchair use and has the Visit Britain M2 mobility award. Pets are accepted in Bloomsbury and Fleetwood.
Within walking distance is the Wissett Plough which serves delicious pub food. There is also a small shop. Halesworth has some excellent independant shops, a supermarket, two filling stations and plenty of places to eat.
Within easy reach is the beautiful Suffolk coast at Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich and Aldeburgh. Well situated too for the RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere, the world famous Snape Concert Hall, Sutton Hoo, Orford and Framlingham Castles.
Price range: £250 - £430
Bloomsbury is named after Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, members of the Bloomsbury Set who lived at Wissett Lodge in 1916. This home sleeps two in a kingsize bed. One small dog is welcome and may stay free of charge. Please keep on lead in courtyard.
Price range: £350 - £530
Golden Miller is named after the famous 1930's racehorse who won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in 1934; it is said that he was stabled here. There is a double bedroom (5ft bed) with ensuite bathroom (with shower over the bath), and a twin room (3ft beds) with ensuite shower room.
Price range: £350 - £530
Fleetwood is named after a Lord of the Manor of which Wissett Lodge was part, General Fleetwood, whose wife was Oliver Cromwell's daughter Bridget. This home has disabled access from the exterior ramp and the interior has been carefully designed to be level throughout and to enable ease of mobility. One small dog is welcome and may stay free of charge.
The Kiddy family have farmed at Wissett Lodge since 1954.
The farm is almost 300 acres of mainly heavy clay land growing wheat, barley and oilseed rape. In recent years we have introduced our own flock of rare breed Norfolk Horn sheep which has now expanded to be around fifty strong. Some of our meadowland is let out for cattle to graze in the summer. There is a farm map showing the ancient field names together with farm walks. Close to the farmhouse we have recently established an arboretum. The arboretum, the farm walks and our small museum can all be explored by visitors.
Conservation of varying wildlife habitats have been carefully considered over the past fifty years. Many hedges are several hundred years old, and there is a small ancient wood. There are several ponds around the farm; one has a garden seating area for visitors to enjoy watching the fish, admiring the waterlillies, yellow flag irises and many other wild flowers. Barn owls are often seen out hunting and Tawny owls are heard. In 2005 Wissett Lodge won the Suffolk FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Group) Farm Conservation Cup.
Visitors are welcome to explore the diverse landscape of the farm using our freely available walks and Nature Trail leaflet. There are many splendid views to enjoy.
In recent years we have established an Arboretum with ponds and bench seating. This area is close to the farmhouse and The Old Stables so is a pleasant place to stroll, sit and relax, especially when the sun is setting.
Over the years we have accumulated a number of items of interesting farming and domestic memorabilia. These are now housed in a farm outbuilding, presented as a small museum which is open to visitors. This is closed for 2015 as many items have been loaned to the Halesworth Musueum.
Wissett village is home to about 200 people and is set in the rolling countryside of north east Suffolk, about 10 miles from the coast.
The round tower church of St Andrew stands at the junction of Lodge Lane and The Street. Services are held every Sunday. The church is also open for visitors to admire the architecture. Just further along the main street is the village pub, The Plough. In the other direction is Valley Farm Vineyards, open daily and offering tasting and tours of their vineyard.
The market town of Halesworth is 3 miles away. There is a good range of independant shops and restaurants. Also a co-operative supermarket, two fuel stations and the main line railway staion with hourly links to London Liverpool Street.
Wissett is surrounded by lovely rolling countryside with winding lanes linking ancient villages. Well-marked footpaths signpost countryside for all to enjoy great walking and delightful views. Many village pubs and inns are historic buildings which nowadays continue to offer a warm welcome in agreeable surroundings, often with excellent food too.
Suffolk enjoys a rich heritage of medieval churches. Many of the best stand in the surrounding area - magnificent Holy Trinity at Blythburgh, St.Peter's at Wenhaston with its Doom painting, the unique St.Andrew's at Bramfield, and of course Wissett's own round tower church of St.Andrew, to name only a few.
Just a short drive away, this is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fascinating Dunwich, the RSPB's Minsmere Nature Reserve, the delightful seaside town of Southwold all await your exploration. A little further along the coast, and within easy reach, are Snape and Aldeburgh, both famous for their excellent international music festivals. Coastal countryside includes marshland, commons with rare flora and fauna, Suffolk Wildlife Trust woodland where UK-native ponies freely graze, other wildlife reserves as well as beaches of sand or shingle. Much of this area is under the protection of various conservation charities and agencies, both local and national.
Nearby, the market town of Halesworth with its selection of independent shops plus supermarket and two fuel stations, also includes art galleries and a secondhand bookshop, plus a weekly Wednesday market. The Cut Arts Centre hosts varied performance events, films and festivals throughout the year. Bungay, another Suffolk market town just north of Halesworth, offers a theatre and a ruined castle. Beyond is Norfolk, the Broads and the fine city of Norwich, all great destinations for a day out.
For cyclists National Route 1 passes through Halesworth, and other established cycle routes weave through the local area.
For golfers there are courses at Halesworth and Southwold while anglers have the choice of local lakes or may like to try sea fishing from Southwold Harbour.
With its own leisure options too, Wissett Lodge offers a relaxed and well-equipped base from which to enjoy the countryside and coast, however you wish to enjoy your visit.