Lonely Farm Caravan Site - Saxmundham, Suffolk
My Mummy has been going to Lonely Farm for about three years; she discovered it when she hired a VW Camper and spent the weekend there. Two months later, she bought a caravan and stored it on-site.
I didn't come along for another two years, but when I did, she took me with her as soon as the season started. I was only three months old and spent my first weekend in the caravan while Storm Doris raged outside. It was April, and I was going through my nippy stage; it was a testing weekend.
A year later, and we have come back. This trip is a goodbye to our caravan home because Mummy wants to buy a campervan and take me all over the U.K for big adventures. It's a sad trip because Lonely Farm is a second home to Mummy; it is a little secret oasis of peace and familiarity.
I've asked Mummy why she loves it so much and she told me it's because Adrian and Jenny, the owners, make her feel safe when she is here on her own, and they bring ice lollies round on the hot days. There's more to it than just that though.
Firstly, she's allowed to bring me. As long as I am kept on my lead, I can go for a walk anywhere on the site. Dogs aren't restricted like they are on some sites we have been to. I'm not allowed in the showers, but I don't actually want to go into them, even though I like to follow Mummy everywhere. I cost her £1.00 a night so consider myself a rather cheap companion considering how much joy I bring her.
The pitches at Lonely Farm are incredibly level considering we all pitch on a field. Campervans have a different area where they park on level concrete surrounded by grass, and tents have a level field too. The grass in all areas is beautifully maintained - it's good enough for me and Mummy to lie on together to play tumble. We don't know how they keep it so manicured when we are all driving and parking on it.
There is a toilet block central to all fields, one for female and one for males, with three toilets in each. They're always incredibly clean and equipped with hot water, soap, and loo roll. Adrian and Jenny really do keep on top of everything throughout the day.
In a separate block, there are additional loos, one of each, a disabled loo and shower, three unisex showers and four sink cubicles. Within the shower area, there are local guides, a comment book, and various information leaflets. All of these areas are kept just as sparklingly clean as the loos.
The showers are free, hot, clean, and always open. You don't have to rummage for small change just for a few minutes of luke warm water! Each shower cubicle has a corner seat and hooks so things don't get soggy on the floor.
Next to the showers is the washing up area. There are two double sinks, a fridge, and a freezer. Washing up liquid and dishcloths are supplied. Again, this is never locked, and despite the occasional mucky fellow traveller, the sinks are kept shiny clean by Adrian and Jenny.
The site has all the necessary facilities, like drinking water on tap in all the fields, electric hook-ups, grey waste and black waste areas, as well as recycle and rubbish bins.
Next to Lonely Farm is Carlton Meres Caravan Site, which has two lovely lakes we walk around every day. We don't stay there though as it's less personal and a lot more crowded; it also doesn't look as well looked after. Pitch sizes at Lonely Farm is decent enough for a caravan, an awning and a car.
From the site's location, mummy has taken me to lots of beaches all around 30 minutes away, and Aldeburgh is just down the road (where Mummy gets her shopping fix, and where there are some of the best chips in Suffolk), and Southwold is roughly the same distance in the other direction . The Farm's location is perfect if you don't want to be in the heart of activity and just want to put your feet up after a day out having adventures.
Many camping sites offer similar things (we have tried so many) but what very few offer is the sense of being welcomed so warmly, and being taken care of so carefully. Mummy knows that if she were in trouble, Adrian and Jenny would be pulling out the stops to help. Mummy never leaves me on my own when we travel together but here, she leaves me on a long lead outside while she nips to the loo ... that's the biggest sign of trust she can show because she knows that Adrian and Jenny are always on site, working quietly away and making sure we are all kept safe.
Know before you go: Lonely Farm is for adults only.