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The Orchard Suffolk – Covid-19 Update

Dear Guests

In this unprecedented time, we are doing our best to continue to offer a great experience during your stay, while implementing some additional precautions such as enhanced cleaning measures.  Our three lodges all have there own private entrances, outside space and hot tub, and as such facilitate social distancing .

We have acquired the “Good To Go” Industry Standard mark, this means our business follows government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Our cleaning procedures , include the use of appropriate cleaning sanitiser on all surfaces and high touch points. We use an antiviral disinfectant fogger between changeovers, which is effective against a range of pathogenic viruses including Coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2. It uses a non bleach formula which cleans and disinfects the area which the mist touches.

We would kindly ask guests to assist, by stripping beds prior to departure and leaving the linen in the bags provided.

We will temporarily be removing some non essential tactile items to reduce the spread of any viral infection and to streamline our cleaning procedure. This includes surplus crockery, cookware,  glasses and some soft furnishings. We will also be unable to leave out the same range of blankets, games and DVDS provided previously. There will be adequate provisions for your stay, and if you do find you are missing something – please just message us and we can ensure a sanitised set is dropped down to you.  If guests could kindly load the dishwasher and set it off, just prior to departure, it will assist us, when ensuring all kitchen equipment is cleaned and loaded back into cupboards  by our cleaning team who will be using appropriate PPE.

 You will be given access to our online booking management system prior to your stay. This replaces our instruction packs and assists with non contact check in. You will find instructions for the lodge appliances, hot tub etc, along with a list of kitchen inventory. Information on the local area including restaurants and things to do is listed here. You will also receive details on non contact check in procedures.

The hot tub area will be thoroughly sanitised between changeovers.

A contactless arrival and departure process will be in place, for your stay, with keys left in the lodge the morning of your arrival

We hope the steps above, are acceptable to our guests and provide re-assurance that appropriate measures are in place for a safe and enjoyable stay at the Orchard.

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Enjoy the long summer evenings and beautiful sunsets with a chilled glass of wine in your private hot-tub; the large sun decks really come into their own at this time of year. They’re great for enjoying a seat in the sun while the kids play. Light the BBQ or even try your hand at making and cooking your own pizza in your own wood fired pizza oven

A visit to the Suffolk Heritage coast is a must, you might even manage a dip in the sea. The Suffolk Countryside is beautiful at this time of year. Take a trip to Dedham Vale, pack a picnic and let the kids paddle in the river. Hire a rowing boat and indulge in the local ice cream! All the local farms offer an array of additional activities to keep the kids entertained.


Suffolk is truly magical at this time of year with low rainfall and clear nights. Watching the stars at night – you may even hear our resident owl! Enjoy the many walks and cycling routes while stopping off at a local tea room or pub for a piece of cake or Suffolk Ale. Take a day trip to Bury St Edmund, Cambridge or Norwich. Explore Long Melford, Lavenham and Snape Maltings, all with some unique shopping options.

Suffolk’s reputation as a foodie’s haven is growing and there are many food and drinks festivals on at this time of year. Snape Maltings hosts an annual festival in Sept with over 100 local producers taking part in the event. Visit the “what’s on” Section for more details.


There are many beautiful pubs with exposed beams, rustic charm, roaring fires and heart-warming fair in the area. When the cold weather creeps in, what better excuse to visit. As the summer crowds head home you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Suffolk countryside. In October, Ipswich hosts Octoberfest. There’s also the Great Framlingham Sausage Festival. Why not bring some back and cook them on the fire pit. Around Christmas time there are various markets for you to visit. Stock up on some Christmas goodies and get into the festive mood. The lodges are all decorated with a Christmas tree, lights and decorations adding a festive feeling to your stay.


As the temperatures start to rise, the Suffolk landscape blooms and our English gardens and country parks come alive. If you are lucky enough to visit at this time of year, the cherry blossom in the Orchard is stunning. Take a walk in the Polstead bluebell woods, witness lambs being born at the various local farms, or join in the numerous Easter egg hunts! Take a guided paddle in a canoe along the river Stour or take a trip on the foot ferries on the Suffolk coast. Meander round the elegant market towns, or look out your hiking boots and explore the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

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