Every flavour of flexibility

With eight barns and room for 36, there’s every flavour of flexibility built in to Suffolk’s Damselfly Lodges. Bring the kids, bring granny, bring the dogs, bring the hens or stags. Chill in meticulously restored lodges, book the gym, the sauna and the cinema room with nine-foot screen and PS4. Only those in need of serious R and R need apply.

Serious about relaxation in Suffolk

Book one, book a few, book them all. There’s every flavour of flexibility built in to these eight Suffolk barn conversions housing up to 36 guests in 19 bedrooms. Bathrooms? Just the 18. You won’t be hopping from leg to leg. Bring the kids, bring granny, bring the dogs, bring the hens or stags. Bring the window-cleaner to make up the numbers.

Damselfly Lodges sit near Heveningham, where the 120 residents flock to the summer fair at the hall for the sheep show and poultry exhibition. Colourful houses and a working post office make up the main street. This is a place to cast off the city stress and get serious about relaxation amid oak beams and wooden floors.

These are meticulously restored lodges. Fill the fridge/freezer with goodies from the Co-op, Waitrose and Tesco, and cook or be cooked for in luxury kitchens and dine in or out on the deck. Chill on L-shaped sofas in front of large-screen TVs equipped with Amazon Firesticks. Fire up the 300mbps Wi-Fi to feed the ‘Gram.

Book in at the manned reception for the gym with its free-weights, elliptical trainer and static bike, or the Swedish sauna complete with essential oils and steam shocks. Or take over the cinema room, with nine-foot screen, Netflix 7.1 cinema surround-sound and PS4. Only those in need of serious R and R need apply.

Garden and grounds

Let the kids and dogs let off steam on the lawn. Watch the ducks land on the (fenced-off) lake. Dine out on the decks in the Suffolk sunshine with a glass of something chilled in hand.

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Living spaces

Spaces at Damselfly Lodges are easy to love. Meticulously restored, they come with stripped-back oak beams, wooden or flagstone floors, bright, breezy interiors and a neutral, cosy homeliness. Pile into the popcorn and catch Firestick TV. Stream Netflix over the 300mbps BT Infinity Wi-Fi.

Book into the professional-grade gym at the manned reception for the rubber free-weights, weight bench, elliptical trainer and exercise bike. Cleanse body and soul in the 80-degree Swedish sauna with essential oils and steam shocks. And make it a movie night in the cinema room with nine-foot screen, Netflix surround system and PS4.

Cooking and dining

There’s a modern fan oven and electric hob in each lodge, backed up by a handy dishwasher. But you might prefer your meals outdoors on one of many terraces in the Suffolk sunshine. Or, better still, dinner cooked by our pro chefs, so you can chill in the sauna or cinema. Choose a nice wine from Adnam’s.

Shop at the Co-op, Tesco or Waitrose and get your takeaways from Ninedeli (anything from Thai green curry to a seafood platter), Cinnamon Leiston (Indian), Mrs T’s (fish and chips) and Gun Hill Beach Kiosk for bacon and egg baps, bacon-and-Brie sandwiches and cakes.

Enjoy a roaring fire and a Sunday roast at The Low House in Laxfield, or slow-roasted Emmerdale-Farm featherblade of beef with Cheddar and leek potato cake at the Sibton White Horse. Or home-cooked pub fare served in the beer garden overlooking the bowling green at The White Horse Badingham.

Eat seasonal plates and pub classics at The Boarding House, including maple-cured bacon chops and steak-and-ale pie. Try chestnut Wellington or slow-braised pork belly at The Queen’s Head in Bramfield. Or push the boat out a little at Michelin-recommend spots Pea Porridge, The Unruly Pig and The Lighthouse.


Here among the wolds and wilds of deepest Suffolk, the only thing that might separate you from sleep is your own contented snoring. Damselfly Lodges sleep 36 in up to 19 bedrooms, with 18 bathrooms. Here’s your breakdown:

Napier (accessible) sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms, each with an en-suite, and an additional accessible bathroom. Nightingale accommodates 6 guests in 3 bedrooms, including 2 en-suite kingsize rooms and a twin room, with a main bathroom. Avocet (accessible) offers space for 6, featuring a kingsize room, a twin room, and an accessible kingsize room, all with en-suites. Swallow hosts 3 guests in 2 bedrooms, while Tawny provides accommodation for 3 in 2 bedrooms. Wagtail is ideal for 2 guests, and Dragonfly and Meadowview each accommodate 4 guests in 2 bedrooms with en-suites.

What people say

What people say

The hosts were fantastic and very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a superb stay with our family. The lodges perfectly located with authentic local villages within 10/15 drive. Southwold 20 mins is a unique coastal town. We can’t wait to visit again, and will be recommending to all our friends. - Joe
We had a party for 6 girls which came to White House Lodges last week! It was absolutely amazing. The host was so helpful right from when we booked, and the lodges were immaculate. Nothing was too much trouble, and we had the most relaxing stay. Would recommend to anyone!! We can’t wait to come back. Thank you for everything! - Millie
Clean and comfortable stay at White House Lodges. I was staying for business purposes and found the staff extremely helpful. The property has plenty of secure parking and the WiFi was very reliable. I will be booking again and recommend to my colleagues. - Matt

Paddle, wander, stroll and potter

Paddle the sea, stroll the prom and wander the pier at Southwold. Meet polar bears at Jimmy’s Farm, elephants at Africa Alive, and some of the UK’s rarest wildlife at Minsmere. Treat yourself to a massage at Seckford Hall Spa, potter the polite high streets of Aldeburgh and Southwold, and discover castles at Orford and Framlingham.