We’ve now stayed at this site twice – between Christmas and New Year 2016 for 7 nights and more recently at the beginning of June 2017 for three nights.
The site is privately owned and is situated on the edge of the village of Hollesley in Suffolk on the Alderton Road. Access is recommended from the A12, the required junction of which is about 7.5 miles from the site. Directions given on the website are clear and advise the best route. Some of the roads may look small on a map but there is nothing of concern. You may want to check out our Site Arrival Video which shows exactly what you can expect on route.
As you enter the site, the reception is to the left at the rear of the house. A few camping essentials are stocked. Normal arrival time is from 1pm.
The site itself consists of two areas or paddocks and has just 45 pitches including 14 hard standings. Electric hook up is 10 amps and is included in the pitch fee for motorhomes and caravans but an optional extra for those in tents.
The facilities block is on your left as you enter the first paddock, with a washing up and laundry room on the left as you face it consisting of two large sinks with large drainers, a washing machine and a dryer. There is also a fridge freezer.
The Gents facilities consisted of two showers, two toilets and two wash basins. Showers are push button. I assume, not having had reason to look, that the Ladies is a mirror image! Further on is the waster water and CDP then at the end there are two ‘ensuite’ units each consisting of a toilet, basin and shower. During both our visits the facilities were kept immaculate and I’m delighted to report that the loo roll was some of the softest I’ve encountered on site!
A separate information hut was well stocked with leaflets, maps and pub menus along with a selection of books and DVD’s for swapping or borrowing whilst on site.
Dogs will love the pleasant 2 acre exercise field accessed through a bar gate and two wooden glamping pods overlook a large pond.
Satellite TV hook up is available as TV reception can be quite poor. A nominal fee is charged but you can borrow a box, remote and the required cables for free. We took advantage of this during our winter stay and it worked just fine.
WiFi is free and performed well for us. Both times we were in the first paddock so were closer than some would be.
On both occasions we found the site exceptionally well kept but the spring sunshine really brought out the site’s beauty. Clearly a lot of work goes in to keeping it so nice.
So, that’s the site. We’ve now stayed twice and wouldn’t hesitate to go back. It’s owners Andy & Michelle are friendly and welcoming and it’s a lovely environment to kick back and relax for a few days. But if you want to get out and about, what is there too do? Well, quite a lot!
Just a mile and half from the site is the coast, the nearest settlement being Shingle Street. As the name suggests there’s not a lot of sand about but it is a lovely place.
There’s also Bawdsey Quay just a few minutes drive away where, in season, you cab catch a foot ferry over to Felixstowe Ferry.
Orford castle is not far away as is the town of Woodbridge on the River Deben and Aldeburgh on the coast. Check out our short video showing some of the highlights HERE.
And for those that don’t want to stray too far the village pub and shop is within walking distance!
For more details visit www.runcottage.co.uk or call 01394 411309.