Reopening for 2023 on 17 March, stay at Blyth Rise Stays in Suffolk just in time for the March Equinox (20 March) and the official end of the winter.
As bluebells lace the forest floors, coastlines teem with nesting seabirds and scenery flourishes with colour and wildlife, it is the perfect time to lace up your boots and escape to the country. In early February, the green sword-like leaves of daffodils start to push up through the soil and buds begin to burst into life, and Blyth Rise Stays has planted over 4,000 of them. At this time of year nothing is more uplifting than immersing in nature. There is no place better suited to making the most of this time of new life and vigour than Blyth Rise Stays, Suffolk.
ABOUT BLYTH RISE STAYS
Blyth Rise Stays is a family-run, adults-only, lake-side retreat in the heart of Suffolk. Stylish wooden lake lodges and unique woodland igluhuts are set around a lake on ten acres of beautiful land, which has been lovingly planted with trees, shrubs and flora. This tranquil, restful getaway is the perfect place to escape in 2023. Laxfield, the historic and picturesque village that is home to Blyth Rise Stays, is ideally located in the heart of the East Anglian countryside with many of Suffolk’s beautiful towns and beaches within easy reach.
With a focus on sustainability and the environment, every care has been taken to ensure that guests can have a low-impact/ high quality experience as they immerse themselves in nature and the countryside experience.
Explore the one-of-a-kind igluhuts for a truly unique experience as you witness the seasons change in spring. Cosy and quirky, the six woodland igluhuts are a perfect getaway for couples or solo travellers looking to escape into the colourful countryside. These unique cabins are stylishly decorated ensuring comfort is key. Each igluhut features a king-sized bed, stylishly furnished living area, a fully functional kitchen, and ensuite bathroom.
The igluhuts are not the only place to rest and recharge at Blyth Rise Stays. Six luxury lake lodges provide the perfect option for larger groups with two king-sized bedrooms and two bathrooms in each, offering the ultimate in rural relaxation. Floor to ceiling French windows in every room ensure that guests will always be able to enjoy the beautiful views, bringing the outside in, with easy access onto the private terraces. The full kitchen with all mod-cons and carefully curated touches will make it feel like a home from home, while spacious bathrooms with heated floors and luxury toiletries give an upmarket feel.
Each lodge and igluhut has its own private terrace, with all the amenities you need to enjoy the sun and stars in Suffolk’s open skies. Almost zero light pollution means you can enjoy incredible opportunities for amazing stargazing. Borrow the communal telescope and make the most of the clear night sky. An outdoor fire pit, a personal BBQ, and a dining table and chairs, all help you to make the most of an evening outdoors.
A SCRUMPTIOUS SPRING AT BLYTH RISE STAYS
Suffolk is known for being a haven for foodies and visitors are completely spoilt for choice. Take a trip to Framlingham market for a selection of local produce; Framlingham’s twice-weekly market, running since the thirteenth century, continues to be popular with locals and visitors alike with its friendly atmosphere and wonderful location. Everything sold at the market is fresh, locally produced, and carefully-selected. From crisp & juicy fruit and veg, to tender meat and glistening fish, everything sold is straight from farm to plate.
Simply meander along the country lanes through the towns and villages from Blyth Rise Stays and find a large collection of pubs and restaurants, many still with their thatched roofs and painted in an array of colours, appearing straight out of a story book. On a sunny spring day, head to the King’s Head. Only an eight-minute walk from Blyth Rise Stays, their suntrap terrace is the perfect backdrop to enjoy fantastic food and drink with friends and family. Watch the world go by and relax over a refreshing pint of locally brewed beers served straight from the cask. Central to the shopping boulevard and the breath-taking countryside, it is the main gathering hub for locals and fleeting visitors alike. For those who prefer a different drink, Suffolk is also home to a growing wine scene. To name just one, Flint Vineyard has been making wine since 2016 and in that short time has become recognised as one of England’s most exciting new wine producers. Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings overlooking their vines that nestle in the Waveney Valley. Owners and winemakers Ben and Oli will guide you through the vineyards and winery, taking time to unveil some of the mysteries of winemaking.
If you want to stay closer to home, you can pre-order farm shop fruit & veg boxes, fresh bread and breakfast hampers and even ready meals from the local deli- all delivered to your lodge or Igluhut for your arrival. There is a wider selection of locally produced food in the on-site honesty shop, from award winning cheese, sausages and salamis to gelato, cakes and chocolate. The best of Suffolk right on your doorstep!
PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP AT BLYTH RISE STAYS
Situated at the origins of the River Blyth, which winds itself through the Suffolk countryside and joins the sea between Southwold and Walberswick, the lake at Blyth Rise Stays is home to a diverse range of wildlife, flora and fauna. Emerge from a cold winter of hibernation alongside nature and take a trip to Blyth Rise Stays to see the wildlife return to the great outdoors for the first time in 2023. Spring sunshine not only brings longer days, but also growth and greenery. Let the birdsong accompany your discovery of the bright flowers, green meadows, and the bees and butterflies they bring with them.
In addition to ten acres of landscaped land, Blyth Rise Stays offers easy access to local footpaths to take you through the picturesque Suffolk countryside, or to stroll into Laxfield away from roads. Spot snowdrops and aconites in early spring or see the flowers bloom where meadows are full of bulbs.
Head to the coast and explore the spring seaside. There’s nothing more invigorating than a springtime walk along the coast and a route from Southwold’s famous beachfront to Walberswick via the beautiful marshlands of the nature reserve. This is exactly the thing to get you stretching your limbs to help lift away the winter blues and prepare for a long summer outdoors.
NOURISH YOUR BODY AND SOUL
Thaw your mind and body after a long cold winter with Blyth Rise Stays’ on-site saunas and outdoor yoga studio. Nowhere is more conducive to relaxation than one of the two on-site iglu saunas. Each sauna has space for up to six people and has its own separate changing area. With a beautiful birch wood exterior, the secluded sauna experience is nestled and hidden amongst the woodland and surrounded by natural willow screening for full privacy. The Yoga Retreat at Blyth Rise Stays offers yet another opportunity to truly relax and unwind. Guests can join a class taught by resident yoga teacher Katie Rixon on their beautiful outdoor yoga platform, with a range of classes available. The site is alive with wildlife, especially at springtime – rabbits and hares, deer, and foxes, plus a wide range of birdlife.
COSTS AND TRANSPORT
Blyth Rise Stays offers stay in a Woodland Iglhut priced from £445 for a three-night weekend or four-night mid-week stay, to £700 for a seven-night stay. A stay in one of Blyth Rise Stays’ Lake Lodges is priced from £625 for a three-night weekend or four-night mid-week stay, to £970 for a week-stay. Prices vary according to time of year.
Travel from London to Diss by rail, a short 90-minute journey from Liverpool Street. Organise a special rate taxi to collect you from the station and take you to Blyth Rise.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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