Guide For Your Stay
COVID-19 Notice: Please be aware that in order to open, we are required to implement specific cleaning and operating protocols to ensure everyone's safety. This means some facilities and activities are being adapted in order to ensure social distancing. For example, we have allocated dedicated session times for each cottage to use the swimming pool each day, and animal feeding is happening of course, but being slightly reorganised. The following notes will give you a general view of what is on offer at Bucks Farm, but please be aware that there will be some changes to the day-to-day operations, which we will communicate to you nearer the time of your stay. Thank you for your understanding.
We want you to get the most out of your holiday at Bucks Farm, so we provide information notes in each of our cottages. This section of our website is a digital version of that guide for you to use before and during your stay. It includes detailed information about your cottage, the farm, swimming pool, gym, and animals - as well as ideas about the local area and places to visit and eat.
If you require any further help or additional information, please don’t hesitate to ask us - Luke & Nic Andrews - or call us on:
The Farmhouse: 01986 784216
Luke’s mobile: 07913 963895
Nic’s mobile: 07774 142583
We hope you enjoy your stay.
A Quick Introduction
Bucks Farm dates back to the 1500s, with its traditionally timbered Suffolk-pink farmhouse, and holiday cottages converted from the old Victorian barns that used to support crop and pig farming.
We bought the farm and business in 2017, also adopting the original collection of animals, which now include chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and two shetland ponies - all of which you are welcome to help feed.
There is lots to do at Bucks Farm whatever the weather, and we’re ideally located here in the Blyth Valley if you want to venture further for local beaches or shopping. We've included some ideas and recommendations in the following notes to help answer most of your questions - but if you do have any further queries please don’t hesitate to ask us.
Inside your holiday cottage
We provide free wireless internet access for all our cottage guests. Because of where we live the signal can be intermittent at times - even with extra boosters - it’s called “country wi-fi”!
Please do check out children’s DVDs in the Games Room or ask at the house for more movies if you’re in need of entertainment !.
|Cottage Name||WiFi Network Name||WiFi Password|
|Blyth's View||GUESTS||hollidayguest (two 'lls')|
|Harvest Keep||GUESTS||holliday guest (two 'lls')|
|Hogs Corner||GUESTS||holliday guest (two 'lls')|
|Swallows Rest||GUESTS||hollidayguest (two lls')|
|The Hayloft||The Hayloft||Hayloftguest|
Hot Water & Heating
You’ll have either an oil-fired or electric boiler in your cottage for hot water and heating. The hot water is set to stay on permanently, and the central heating is regulated via the thermostat on the wall of your cottage. If you need any help with either of these - please do just ask us.
Wood Burning Stoves
Each cottage has its own wood burner, and we provide logs for the fires. If you need a top up please do help yourself to logs and kindling from the Wood Shed. If you need any help at all with lighting fires, please just ask.
Books and Toys
We provide a selection of books and board games in each of the cottages, and more in the Games Room. You’re welcome to bring games and toys back to your cottages to make life easier. Please do return them to the Games Room before you leave. Thank you.
Smoking is not allowed in the cottages. If you’re smoking outside, please be considerate of other cottage guests, and please bin your cigarette ends. Thank you.
Bed linens, bathroom towels and bathmats are all provided. We also provide tea towels and oven gloves for the kitchens. (Please note: we do ask you to bring your own towels for swimming – thank you).
Soaps & Cleaning
We provide handsoaps and nailbrushes in each of the bathrooms and kitchens. Washing up liquid, sponge and cloth are also provided in the kitchens, along with a cleaning spray and cloth under the sink. Each cottage has its own hoover and dustpan and brush.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT pour any antibacterial liquids or wipes down sinks or drains, as this will kill our on-site waste and water treatment system that relies on 'friendly' bacteria. Please only use the sprays, cloths and wipes provided and bin them after use. Thank you.
The cottage kitchens include all standard equipment, including double oven/grill, microwave, dishwasher (tablets provided), microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, and also a Lavazza coffee pod machine. We provide a small selection of pods, and you can either bring your own or purchase some more from our small shop.
Washing machines, tumble dryers, irons and ironing boards are in the Laundry Room. If you do need something extra, please do ask us.
Barbecues and coals are provided for each cottage and are kept in the Wood Shed. Please do ensure these are cleaned and returned after use. Thank you.
Occasionally we experience power cuts in bad weather – so you will find a torch or a lamp under the kitchen sink, as well as a small FirstAid kit. Details for medical contacts and A&E centres are listed towards the end of these notes.
Two of our cottages have Hot Tubs in their own private gardens, and these are always emptied and sanitised before each new arrival. They usually take a few hours to heat up, so may not be hot for your first night, but will be steaming by morning !
Rubbish & Recycling
We’re trying to recycle as much as possible, and ask for your help by placing items in the relevant wheelie bins in the Recycling & Rubbish Area next to the Bike sheds. Please follow the directions in the notices provided next to your kitchen bins, and as follows:
|BLUE Wheelie Bins||General Recycling - Rinsed and unbagged|
|GREY Wheelie Bins||General 'mucky' Rubbish - In Bags|
|PLASTIC or CARDBOARD Box||Glass Items|
Thank you for making the effort !
Bin day is early Tuesday morning, so we remove the wheelie bins on Monday evenings (Recycling bins one week, Rubbish the next), to put them at the end of our drive for emptying. They will be back in place mid-morning.
Around the farm
The Swimming Pool
COVID-19 Notice: Please be aware that social distancing measures are required, we will be changing the normal opening hours of the pool, and scheduling dedicated, timed sessions for each cottage to use the swimming pool. These will be communicated to you nearer the time of your arrival. The notes below are for normal conditions only.
The pool is normally open for all cottage guests between:
*8.30am-12noon + 3:00pm-6:00pm
It is important that you have changed and left the pool building by 12noon & 6pm please – as outside of the cottage guest swimming hours, the pool is used by locals (which helps to pay for our running costs). They are always required to vacate the pool by 8:30am and by 3:00pm.
Please note - the pool may also become free for cottage guests to use on weekend evenings – please just ask us.
*And please also note there is no swimming on your morning of departure.
CODE FOR ENTRY: 5309 FOR POOL (& GYM)
Press the numbers on the door lock firmly and turn the oval knob left to open the pool door + right for the gym door. Any problem with opening or locking the door just Press ‘C’ (for ‘Clear’) and then re-enter the number.
Please remove outdoor shoes before entering, leaving them in the hallway, and please do shower before you swim to help maintain chemical balance of the pool.
No food or drink in the swimming pool or gym room please. Thanks.
In the pool hall, there are two curtained changing cubicles, a shower room, and a separate wc with washbasin and baby changer. Please do leave your swimming towels and costumes on the clothes airers provided, as they dry really well overnight in the pool hall.
There are lots of pool toys, inflatable balls, giant rings, woggles, armbands, flippers and spare goggles if you need them.
Please ensure all children are accompanied by an adult when entering the Swimming Pool Hall. No children under 16 are allowed to swim unless accompanied by an adult, and you must be 18 or over to use the Fitness Room.
Always check the doors are locked when you leave to prevent children entering on their own. Thank you.
If you have friends or family to visit, please just let us know before they arrive so we’re aware of new people on-site. They are very welcome to use the pool as long as other guests are not inconvenienced. We charge £10 per family for a pool visit.
The Gym/Fitness Room is next to the swimming pool and is open for use between 7am – 9pm. A few locals also use the gym from time to time but it is rarely busy. Please note the gym is only for those over 18 years old.
CODE FOR ENTRY: 5309 FOR GYM (& POOL)
When you enter the Gym, please sign in the visitor book near the entrance and sign out when you leave.
The RED master switch on the far wall turns on the electricity for all the machines.
Please change into clean trainers once in the gym . There are towels in the gym bathroom for gym users so no need to bring cottage towels over.
In the gym there are two shower rooms and a wc. There are around twelve machines including two treadmills, an elliptical trainer, two rowing machines, multiple bikes/spinners and cross trainers, plus weights machine, bench press, and stretching equipment. See the dedicated web page for more detail. Please enjoy your work out and switch off lights and power when you leave. Thank you.
Dry / Infra red Sauna
There is also a dry sauna in one of the Gym shower rooms. Please switch on to heat up around 45-60 mintutes before you wish to use it.
The Games Room
Is in the next building along from the Swimming pool & Gym. There is table tennis, table football and a small pool table, as well as lots of toys and books that younger children will enjoy. You are welcome to take any toys back to the cottages to play with, but please do return them at the end of your stay for others to enjoy. We have darts for the dart board – but they are kept in the pink farmhouse for safety – please just ask!
Outside Play Space
We have lots of open areas for burning off some energy. There is a wooden playframe with swings and slide, and there is a large green space in front of the pool house with trampoline, football goal, and lots of sit-on toys like tractors and buggies.
We also have some childrens and adult bicycles you can borrow too, including a tandem if you fancy a challenge !
Everyone is very welcome to help us feed the animals at around 9am each day except Fridays and Mondays. Children should be supervised at this time please.
We look for eggs – not always successfully as our chickens lay anywhere! We feed the hens, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs, our pet sheep and our Shetland ponies – Dora and Locket. Children can do as little or as much as they want.
Very occasionally we have to alter feeding times because of our own family commitments but we will let you know of any changes. And to help keep Bucks farm a fun and safe place for all ages, there are hand sanitiser stations located around the farm, as well as antibacterial hand wash in the cottages.
Very conveniently, you'll find our fields are right at your doorstep – so you’re very welcome to walk in the fields surrounding the farm with your dog. They must be on a lead if there is livestock grazing - but there’s usually at least one field you can let your dog off the lead for a good run.
Leave gates as you find them – open or shut - and please remember always to keep your dog on a lead on the farmyard as our chickens are free range!
Please don't leave your dog unattended in the cottage except when using the pool or at animal feeding time.
There is an area beyond the goats if you need somewhere quick for exercising. Please always collect dog poo and put it in a plastic bag in the GREY bin in the Recycling Area.
We’d be really grateful if you could also please keep dogs out of bedrooms, and off the sofas & furniture. Thank you.
Is in the same building as the Games Room. There are two washing machines and two tumble dryers, irons and ironing boards, and clothes airers which you are welcome to use as things also dry quite well in there overnight – or please use the rotating dryer outside. We provide washing powder for guests use too.
There is also a large freezer in the laundry room for extra space. Please feel free to use it.
Going Out / Eating In
We’ve listed a few recommendations for places to eat locally and there are taxis based nearby in Halesworth who are happy to pick you up and drop-off later.
01986 - 872829 or 874028
Depending on our own commitments, we can sometimes offer babysitting services for our guests at £6 per hour. Either Nic or one of our daughters Alex or Izzy are happy to help – please just ask.
The following are our favourites in Halesworth, but please check availability beforehand:
Delivery usually offered to Bucks Farm:
|Pizza||Papa's Pizza Co.||01986 874888|
|Chinese||Happy House||01986 872165|
Takeaway/Collection from Halesworth:
|Fish & Chips||Sea Shell||01986 872293|
|Indian||Raj Puth||01986 872800|
|Thai||Sing Tong Neeyom||01986 873737|
Places to Eat Out
The following are local places to eat which have been popular with us, friends and guests. We recommend you ALWAYS BOOK AHEAD as it is a very popular area.
The Huntingfield Arms, Huntingfield, IP19 0PU
Tel: 01986 798320
Village pub serving good value, tasty food. Homemade puds are a speciality, and they often do special deal nights. The village green out front is a lovely outside space to sit and eat in good weather, and there's a great playground across the road. It is around 2 miles by road. Always ensure you ring ahead to check they’re serving food – and tell Steve you are staying at Bucks Farm !
The Queens Head, Bramfield, IP19 9HT
Tel: 01986 784214
Attractive old Pub serving an interesting seasonal menu, specialising in locally and organically produced food. 3 miles. Very good food and service.
The Angel Pub & Cleones Restaurant, Halesworth
Tel: 01986 873365
In the centre of Halesworth, a town pub with a separate Italian restaurant called Cleones. Speciality pizza & pasta. Serving food from about 6.30pm. Food available in the bar too. Meals in Cleones always good and relaxed. The staff are always good with the kids, and they have lovely ice cream desserts.
The Boarding House, Halesworth
Tel: 01986 948306
On the market square – a fairly modern, creative restaurant/café that offers excellent service and great food. Slightly higher prices than others in the area – but worth the money in our experience.
Walberswick - Two very popular pub/restaurants:
The Bell Inn, IP18 6TN - Tel: 01502 723109
Close to the quay and beach – lovely and cosy inside in winter, and large grassed garden in the summer. Excellent, good value food. Dogs welcomed inside and sausages can be ordered ! Does get very busy, and often will not take bookings, so best to get there earlier rather than later.
The Anchor, IP18 6UA
Tel: 01502 722112
Also does really good food and is another favourite of ours. More of a restaurant than a pub, also with outside space. Gets very busy so make sure you call in advance to book.
The Harbour Inn, Southwold, the Quayside, IP18 6TA
Tel: 01502 722381
Usually good pub food and fish dishes. Please check out their website: www.harbourinnsouthwold.co.uk
Plough & Sail, Snape Maltings, IP17 1SR
Tel: 01728 688413
Excellent food in a beautiful setting. Ideal base for gentle walks along boardwalks through the reed beds, lovely shops on site, and a world-famous music centre ! Can get very busy, but worth the trip.
The Local Area & Its Facilities
Big ‘edge of town’ Co-op 5 mins away on the main road into Halesworth. (Left at bottom of our drive, straight ahead onto the main road at the bend/T-junction, and the shop entrance is located off the first roundabout).
Opening hours Monday-Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
In the Thoroughfare in Halesworth there is also a Spar shop, butchers and grocers – all good value and very friendly service. There are also great charity shops and a fantastic toyshop. Park in the second carpark you come to, for free first hour (must display a ticket regardless), and walk through the 'welcome' archway onto the Thoroughfare.
The Co-op, and also Hammonds on A144, Norwich Road.
Sadly - we only get a Lloyds mobile service now – please ask us for visiting times. There is a free cashpoint in the Coop, and in the Post Office.
Is at the back of Coopers Hardware store in the Thoroughfare.
Boots in the Marketplace, and independent chemist at the Cutlers Hill Doctors surgery.
Doctors & Minor Injuries Unit
Cutlers Hill, Bungay Rd, Halesworth, IP19 8SG
(3 miles from Bucks Farm)
Tel: 01986 874618
Accident and Emergency (A&E) – 24 hours
James Paget Hospital, Lowestoft Rd, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth NR316LA
(27 miles from Bucks Farm)
Tel: 01493 452452
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UY
Just off the A47 bypass. (32 miles from Bucks Farm)
Tel: 01603 287325
Hooker House, Quay St, Halesworth, IP19 8EP
Tel: 01986 872113
Angel Podiatry and Osteopathy, Halesworth, IP19 8SW
Tel: 01986 874531
The Police station, Bungay Rd, Halesworth, IP19 8HJ
Tel: 01986 835300
Attractive, traditional seaside town with a famous and quirky pier with entertainment for the kids, gift shops and coffee shops. Colourful beach huts on the seafront to stroll past on the way to the town. Good pubs, shopping and eating places. The famous Adnams brewery and the working Lighthouse are all based in the centre of town.
The beach is great - mixed pebbles & sand – and ranges from busy at the pier end, right down to almost deserted at the south end where you can find the quay, and look across the mouth of the Blyth to Walberswick on the other bank. (20 mins drive from BF).
Attractive, unspoilt little village with a couple of craft shops, cafés and two pubs. Small village green with a simple playground. A Foot Ferry (rowing boat) runs across to Southwold in the peak season, but you can also walk to Southwold via a footbridge further up the river (5-10min walk from the quay). Lovely walks through the reed beds, and beautiful flat sandy/pebbly beach with dunes. Great places around the quay and footbridges for crabbing. We have a selection of crabbing equipment in the bike sheds which you are welcome to borrow. (20 mins drive from BF).
A bit further south down the coast, pebbly unspoilt beach. Lifeboat Station is great to look around. Maggie Hamblin’s ‘Shell’ sculpture on the beach is great for kids to clamber over, north of the town. Good to park there and take the 10 min. stroll south along the beach past the fishermans’ huts and into the town itself.
Delicious Fish & Chips, wonderful ice-creams and lots of places to sit out for food or just a coffee on the High Street.
Dunwich is a great beach and an interesting place if you like a bit of history. Once a leading international harbour and one of the busiest ports of England, but hit by huge tidal surges in 1287 washing hundreds of buildings into the sea. Lots of ‘remains’ to see at the church and village museum. Fish & Chips, ice creams etc. at the beach café, and great sit-down food at The Ship Pub. Simple, pebbly beach with evidence of coastal erosion for the geographers amongst you(!) and a great base for walks.
Further north (around 30 mins. drive). Lovely sand on the south beaches, lots of commercial seaside trappings to be enjoyed, Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park and Great Yarmouth Pleasure Park are a bit further up the coast.
BUCKS FARM COTTAGES FIRE SAFETY POLICY
All cottage guests: please familiarise yourself with these fire safety procedures:
POTENTIAL HAZARDS WITHIN THE COTTAGES, SWIMMING POOL, GYM AND GAMES ROOM:
- Any electrical appliance that develops a fault.
- Any cooker that is left unattended during cooking.
- Paper/rubbish/clothing that is left too close to heaters or the wood burning stoves.
- Oil central heating boilers
- Electrical items containing batteries, eg. computers, video and digital cameras.
- Mobile telephones
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DISCOVER A FIRE:
Without stopping to pick up personal items, leave the building you are in via the nearest exit.
Cottages Harvest Keep and Blyths View have a fire escape window on the first floor. If a fire occurs upstairs, please be aware of these extra escape routes.
Once you and your family are out of the building, please move to the swimming pool lawn. When you are in a safe position, telephone for help.
Contact us - the owners - as soon as possible if we are not aware of the problem - by knocking on the farmhouse door or ringing:
Farmhouse: 01986 784216
Luke’s mobile: 07913 963895
Nic’s mobile: 07774 142583
Please note all the cottages are protected by R.C.Ds (electricity circuit breakers that prevent electric shocks), the boilers are serviced each year and the chimneys are swept each year. All cottages are fitted with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The swimming pool has a mains commercial fire alarm system.
Bucks Farm Gift Shop
Our little gift shop is next door to the Laundry & the Play room. It is an ‘honesty’ shop – please record what you buy in the book provided – and leave your cash or cheques (for purchases over £10 only please due to bank charges - and made out to ‘Nicola Andrews') in the cash tin please. If you spend a significant amount and leave cash, please let us know - and Thank you !
Gifts include Bucks Farm mugs, coasters, pens + fridge magnets