Two weeks ago was my birthday & we had packed up the car & headed off to Heathside Holiday Park for the weekend. Instead of buying stuff for each other my husband & I like to take each other away for our birthdays & usually somewhere a little different. From horse boxes to teepees, windmills & safari tents we like places that are a little unique!
This year was the turn of the pod. We were looking for somewhere not too far from home, possibly near the coast where we could bunker up with games, wine & blankets for a bit of rest & relaxation. Heathside Holiday Park looked perfect, in our favourite county – Suffolk – & close to some of our favourite places on the coast – Aldeburgh & Southwold – it was ideal.
They have a range of accommodation with fancy looking wooden lodges with hot tubs & then the pods which we stayed in. Having stayed in some lovely shepherds huts last year we aren’t afraid of things being a little basic & so the fact that the pod had its own bathroom was a bonus! Small but perfectly formed they have a double bed & bunk beds which was perfect for us to sleep & store all of our luggage. It is very compact with the beds close together so 4 adults would probably be a little too cosy but if you had a couple of small ones it would be perfect.
We arrived on the Friday night with our car full of all the stuff that you need when you holiday in this country – not knowing what the weather will do – so multiple shoe & coat options along with all that we needed for sleeping & eating as the pod doesn’t supply bedding or other extras. This wasn’t a problem for us although there was mini panic realising we had forgotten the corkscrew, thank goodness for screw tops! I even took my beautiful birthday flowers I had received from one of my bestie the day before…
Saturday was my birthday so I was treated to breakfast in bed, presents & cards & a relaxing game of scrabble…
Then we got ready & headed out to Southwold for a little mooch. We had a little retail therapy in the cute shops & of course Adnams Brewery shop, a must visit in Southward & handy for that essential corkscrew for later. Then we stopped in the cutest French bistro for lunch. The sight of croque-monsieur on the menu drew us in & I’m so glad we stopped. From the fresh mini daffodils on the table to the friendly staff & de-licious food Le Roc impressed at every stage & we will definitely be back. Apologies for not having a snap of the food to show you but it went too fast!
Then we headed to The Black Olive Delicatessen to pick up some tasty treats for our dinner later. Full of wholesome, handmade & local produce we were spoilt for choice. We snapped up olives, a venison pie, salads & the most delicious chorizo scotch egg for snacking on later in the pod. I also snapped a few flowers outside the grocers, of course…
A little wander later & I had snapped a few of the pretty cottages that make Southwold such a beautiful & characterful place to explore & then we headed back to the pod.
A relaxed afternoon was then spent watching the rugby for him & a little sketchbook action for me & then we spent a cosy night in the pod playing games & drinking wine & generally feeling pretty happy with life.
Sunday was time to say goodbye not only to the pod but also to our neighbours who had been so kind in waking us up each morning!
All in all it had been a perfect weekend & I would highly recommend the pods & the holiday park for anyone wanting a little getaway that doesn’t break the bank. Roll on next year!