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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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There’s plenty space for the children to play safely. We have a small play area with swings, a slide balance beams and a Petanque (Boules) strip as well as a football net and plenty of space for a run around.

Our 18 resident chickens have a large 100 meter circumference run and the coop has an easy accessible compartment where the eggs are layed. We encourage guest to collect their own eggs each morning. You can’t get any fresher!

Let the kids play, while you grab a book and relax in the hot tub! We leave a selection of DVD’s, games and toys in the lodge.

We are very close to numerous attractions for children. There’s Jimmy’s Farm with its bouncy pillow, butterfly house and selection of farm animals to feed. Hollowtrees is also very close by and has a great farm trail with some very hungry goats. Colchester Zoo is another popular choice. Felixstowe, Frinton and Southwold offer lots of beach side fun, with a range of amusements or try your hand at crabbing at Walsberck or Brightlingsea.

Fish and Chips at Aldeburgh are also a must. Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall often have family days – check out the whats’s on page for more details. Spend a day by the river in Dedham where you can take a picnic, grab an ice-cream and let the kids paddle in the river, or hire a row boat for the entire family.

Romantic Getaways

With amazing sunsets, your own private hot tub, a bottle of bubbles and a log burner to snuggle up to, there plenty to bring out the romantic in you ! Enjoy a long country walk, or a stroll along the river, there’s always a cosy pub serving beautiful food close by.

Hire a bike or take a rowing boat and explore the Dedham Vale. Book in for a slap up meal and cocktail at some of the Michelin star restaurants. Explore Lavenham or Long Melford, perusing the famous antique shops and maybe book in for a cream tea or couples spa at the end of the day.


If you are looking to book all three lodges for a larger gathering, we are happy to assist with any arrangements. Pre-order butchers barbecue food and even an Adnams keg and have your own alfresco party. In the past we have arranged bouncy castle hire and a great local singer. For the girls there are local beauticians that offer a pamper session and some that are happy to come to the lodge. We can even arrange for a cream tea to be served at your lodge. There are plenty of activities locally for larger groups. Try your hand at Gin Making at Adnams Bury St Edmunds. Try to solve the puzzles at Suffolk escape rooms. For the more adventurous, hire bikes or canoes at Suffolk Hire Centre. Swing through the trees at Go Ape. Please contact us directly for help with any arrangements.

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