Run Cottage, Hollesley, Suffolk – February 2017

This was our first trip of the season to Run Cottage in Suffolk,  delayed from last week’s half term.

We set off at about 4.oopm for an estimated two and half hour journey. However, we had not taken into account the A14 on a Friday evening!

We arrived at about 7.00pm and were directed to our pitch by the very hospitable owner. He suggested that we went and found the pitch and then took the van down to the local pub for a drink and something to eat. (The Shepherd and Dog) The electric hook-up had a cable provided so arrival and set up couldn’t have been easier. We enjoyed a pint or two of Adnams and a nice meal.

The next morning saw a leisurely start and Richard’s famous ‘breakfast burritos’. The campsite has a very useful Information Area and we were able to look at a large map with local walks. It was a very bracing walk down to Shingle Street and it was great to go onto the beach for the first time this year. We stopped and watched the kite surfers which was very interesting. Richard has declined a lesson for this year’s birthday present!!

On the way back we called into the village shop which stocked local produce from the Bakehouse, Woodbridge, including something very tasty called Paradise Cake and some smoked bacon from a local butcher.

The afternoon was spent watching the rugby in the Shepherd and Dog. We were going to eat in the pub but the evening was interrupted by the switch on the TV from rugby to football, a very strange decision. We then took another trip to the shop for supplies and enjoyed fish finger sandwiches back in Betty. We watched a film on the iPad and then retired to bed after ‘battening down the hatches’ against what turned out to be a windy night.

The sun was up and about on Sunday morning and we enjoyed bacon rolls before tidying up and heading off home. The journey back was much easier than on the Friday night.

Points to remember for our next trip.

  • Look carefully at routes for a Friday night departure. Will we get held up? Is it too far? Perhaps have a limit of two hours travelling time.
  • Would we visit Run Cottage again? Yes, definitely, and would take bikes as there are some good cycle routes.
  • Take an ’emergency meal’ in case of unforeseen circumstances.
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