Spotlight on: Run Cottage Touring Park
Adults only and a tranquil site – this sounded a perfect pitch for a short break and Run Cottage lived up to its advert, turning out to be one of the prettiest campsites we have stayed at!
Just 45 pitches set in 4½ acres. Everyone has plenty of space and the large areas of open, landscaped lawn add to the peacefulness. There is a choice of grass, large standard hardstanding and also fully serviced pitches. For any non-camping friends, the two spacious pods, overlooking the cute little pond, looked very inviting.
The facilities were spotless: the normal loo and shower block, as well as two separate family shower rooms, all seemingly heated 24 hours. The indoor washing-up area housed a washing machine and dryer, too, both reasonably priced. A wooden summer house was packed full of information: leaflets covering places of interest, pubs, walks and an ever-useful Ordnance Survey map pinned to the wall. The TV signal was poor but, for a small daily fee, the site provides coaxial cables for use on some pitches.
For dog owners, there is a separate, hedged area for exercise and, in the surrounding countryside, there seemed to be footpath signs every few hundred metres so you won’t be short of walking opportunities.
The owners are in charge during the low season, with wardens taking over come the spring. They were very welcoming and fonts of useful, local knowledge; just what you need to make the most of a short break in a new area! We were fortunate to have blue skies and enjoyed a cycle ride along quiet lanes to Orford, a very bracing walk down to the nearest beach at Shingle Street, a wander in Woodbridge (easy to park at the leisure centre) and visit to nearby Sutton Hoo. The village pub, the Shepherd and Dog, just a 10-minute walk away, provided refreshment and friendly hosts.
This site is one to note if Suffolk is on the wishlist!
Run Cottage Touring Park
Alderton Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3RQ
This site review first appeared in MMM magazine, September 2020 issue, submitted by Janet Banks.