My husband and myself stayed 4 nights over the New Year Period.
We needed to recharge our batteries after the run up to Christmas as its the busiest time at work for us- so we wanted to go away and chill and relax.
We always stay in Hoseasons Autograph or high edge lodges for our breaks.
Our accommodation this time was the Autograph Claywood Retreat (willow lodge) which is advertised as a one bedroom luxury lodge.
On first impressions not wowed to be honest. The lodge was clean but the seating area in the lounge had been updated from the brochure pictures and now only has a two seater sofa and a small arm chair, you couldn’t BOTH lay and sprawl out, it was so cramped and uncomfortable, clearly the owners had not spent the money... such a shame the lounge is crying out for two sofas or better still a lovely comfy L shape sofa to relax and watch tv on.
The smart tvs both worked well on our stay and the free internet was excellent to watch Netflix etc.
We cooked meals every evening and kitchen was clean and well equipped. Full size freezer, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and good oven and hob.
The bedroom was huge but sadly we found the mattress on the bed uncomfortable (not pocket sprung) so didn’t sleep too well.
Shower room smelt very musty which in turn made the bedroom smell? no hooks to hang dressing robes or towels on either.
Outside was pleasant both front and back of the lodge had verandas with nice views.
Sadly for us after staying in other properties the hot tub area on the willow lodge was horrid, basic and we just didn’t feel like using it. When we opened the lid the smell of strong chemicals was completely overwhelming and really felt like why would you immerse your body in that??? Of course I do understand it has to have chemicals in and was checked daily Like I say, we always stay in luxury accommodation with hot tubs and have never ever felt like that and not used it - it didn’t help that the hot tub area is very overlooked by the next lodge and there’s no privacy at all! Also note to owner- hooks for robes and towels are missing?
We was aware when booking High lodge is very remote and the only place you could walk to at the end of the drive is a bakery. Southwold was around a 10 minute drive away which was excellent for us.
High lodge has a small golf course (which was closed due to being waterlogged) High lodge is mainly used for clay shooting, which brings me on to it’s not a quite retreat...
when we arrived on Monday 30th December we actually had to queue for ages with the shooters (absolute mayhem) to book in and pick up our keys (had paid £25 for early 1pm check in) apparently we managed to arrive on their busiest day!
All afternoon bang bang bang and car’s overspilling the car park and parking along the road outside our lodge..... not really “relaxed peaceful retreat” we were both hoping for.
Yes there are other Lodge’s positioned on a fishing lake further away but you could still hear the shooting as we walked around there.
My husband used the small fishing lake to the side of our lodge and had a lovely time.
All in all we had a lovely time visiting the coastal areas of Suffolk but wouldn’t return to High lodge, little things definitely need to be tweaked
So for us the Lodge was just Average.
Very nice lodge. Clean and comfortable beds. Some have big lounges and small bedrooms or vice versa. Outlook over small lake with lots of ducks was lovely. Nice balcony for the warm weather.
Downs - gunshot sounds quite a lot spoils the peace. No bread board, chopping board or scouter were supplied. Shower in main bathroom not hot enough.
My wife and I spent Friday to Monday in Oak lodge. The lodge was huge, clean and there was nice touches like complimentary fudge and milk. The hot was amazing, had multi changing lights and a light outside for the dark evenings.
On the Friday afternoon we ate at The Queens Head in Bramfield. This was open for food all day, everyday (whereas the Adnams pubs shut for a while in afternoon). This pub served us amazing food and we were gutted we didn’t save room for deserts!
We got a taxi into Southwold on the Saturday and explored Walberswick and Dunwich on Sunday.
Amazing, relaxing break in a quite location with lots of privacy.
Went here for a long weekend, primarily for the clay pigeon shooting on site. We hired a one bedroom “Waters Edge Lodge” ours was Greenfinch, it was superb, extremely spacious, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Everthing was in almost new condition, the heating worked brilliantly it was faultless in every way. The clay shooting facilities are up with the very best in the country. There are most disciplines available, Sporting, Skeet, Compac, DTL, ABT and Sport trap. It is very well organised, well staffed and most importantly very safe. Onsite shop selling shooting and golf items, they even stored my gun for me in a gun safe each night. There is an on-site cafe/restaurant not open in the evenings, famed for its Sunday roasts. The staff could not be more helpful, they are a real asset to the business and genuinely seemed very happy in their work, they certainly made our stay really enjoyable, I am already planning a return visit.
Wonderful place to stay extremely clean lots of little touches to make it perfect. Hot tub was excellent. All the amenities you would need. Lovely views so peaceful didn’t want to come home. En suites were amazing.