West Stow Pods is a selection of self-catering accommodation, nestled in a beautiful woodland setting in rural Suffolk. I had the privilege of staying in the Woodland Lodge cabin, and would highly recommend this getaway for anyone looking to switch off their devices, unwind and recharge themselves in beautiful, natural surroundings.
Woodland Lodge is a two bedroom log cabin, with everything you need for your woodland escape. The main living area has a well-equipped kitchen including a fridge-freezer, microwave, hob and all of the cooking utensils you will need. If you prefer to cook outisde, there is a barbeque and you just need to provide your own charcoal. There are lots of extras that aren't always provided in self-catering accommodation, such as the sponges and washing up liquid. The owners even leave tea, coffee and biscuits for visitors! This was a very welcoming touch to arrive to. The two bedrooms are perfect for family or a small group of friends. One bedroom has a double bed, and the other has two bunk beds. Great quality duvets and pillows are provided, but you need to bring your own bedsheets and towels. To save having to change pillows and duvet covers, I brought my own duvet and pillows already made up! I have to say, it makes environmental sense to bring your own bedding, rather than an accommodation provider washing sheets after one or two sleeps! There is a fully fitted shower room with plenty of hot water. The living room has the comfiest sofa by a fire-effect heater, adding perfectly to the cosy fireside feeling. There is a chest of drawers full of board games and DVDs, giving lots of opportunities for family time. The TV has the basic channels, and there is good WIFI if you need to connect any devices (the phone signal isn't great, but the staff are available by WhatsApp at all times). As soon as we had dropped our bags into the lodge, we went off exploring the small woodland site, which hosts two log cabins, four pods, and one famous Hobbit inspired subterranean dwelling, 'Pod Hollow'. There are huge trees with fascinating root systems, fallen trees and rope swings dotted around the site. It goes without saying that the rules of the site should be closely observed, including no fires, no smoking, no breaking of branches, and keep dogs on a lead. Suffolk is a wonderful county to visit all year round. There are stunning beaches, historical sites and beautiful countryside for miles around. There are many walks in the local area, right on the doorstep of West Stow Pods. The neighbouring stud can be seen from the main road, and if horse riding is an interest of yours then why not book in with Culford Equestrian Center? If you are looking for pub walks, there are many in the local area within just a few miles. If you are visiting as a family, the immediate woodland and glades in front of your accommodation will keep your children busy and immersed in nature. There is a boundary fence around the West Stow Pods site, except for the main entrance to the road, so make sure you do keep an eye. The rope swings and fallen logs will make a wonderful adventure for any child! I look forward to visiting West Stow Pods again to explore more of their accommodation, and the local area. Get in touch with your recommendations for things to do in Suffolk!