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Run Cottage Touring Park campsite review

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For a holiday of peace, quiet and relaxation we found Run Cottage Touring Park to be the perfect choice. Just five miles down the road from Sutton Hoo (a 1,500-year-old Saxon ship burial site), and within striking distance of beaches, nature reserves and the marvellous Snape Maltings arts complex, this small and beautifully-formed campsite provided a very welcome retreat.

The site has 45 pitches spread over a couple of parkland fields, with a large pond and views over the surrounding countryside. It provides all the essential services you might need on a campsite, without the flashier facilities that typify the modern holiday park. In other words, bliss: peace and quiet, a lovely position and a chance to remind ourselves of the simple joys of watching nature and relaxing.

What makes the place so appealing is the high standard of everything provided. Pitches are level and well-spaced, all with 10A electric hook-ups. The loo block is spotless, with proper hot showers. When we visited last autumn, a new facilities building was nearing completion with two private bathrooms. These are open now, and from what we saw a few months ago will be of an excellent standard.

There’s no shop on site, but it is a short and very pleasant walk to the village shop at Hollesley – where there is also a decent pub. Just a mile-and-a-half away is the shingle beach and the mouth of the river Alde, which makes a series of curious meanders before finally letting its waters slip into the sea. Not much further is Orford Ness and the RSPB Havergate Nature Reserve. Heading west instead of east, the site’s friendly owners, Michelle and Andy, told us of an excellent cycle route taking in a ferry across the mouth of the river Deben. Maybe next time.

On this trip, we were happy just to kick back beside the pond, watching and listening for the abundant local wildlife. Among the species seen from the campsite are barn and tawny owls, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, and even the rare rough-legged buzzard. I spent far too long looking for a personal favourite, the kingfisher, but consoled myself with the thought that that is precisely what I should be doing on a holiday in this most relaxing of locations. 

Run Cottage Touring Park

Premier ParksSITE INFORMATION:

ADDRESS: Alderton Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3RQ
TEL: 01394-411309
WEB: www.run-cottage.co.uk
EMAIL: contact@run-cottage.co.uk
OPEN: All year

Charges: £18 (two adults, pitch, electric).
Nearest public transport: At site entrance, limited scheduled bus service plus on-demand Suffolk Link service.
Nearest pub/restaurant: Five minutes away in Hollesley village.
Directions: From A12 at Melton take A1152 to Bawdsey and Orford, turn right at roundabout onto B1083 to Bawdsey
and Hollesley. Take left-hand fork, then turn right at crossroads into The Street. Continue downhill and over small bridge. Sat-nav gets you within 200m but do not let it route you into Felixstowe as the ferry is foot-only. Go via Woodbridge instead.


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