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Sustainability & Biodiversity

By choosing to stay at Whitehouse Farm you have already made the choice of a low impact break. We are also doing our bit to make our site as sustainable as we can. We have installed a 48kW solar farm (that’s 120 panels!) which generates more electricity annually than we currently consume on site, with excess energy being exported back into the grid to supply green energy to other users.

In 2022 we drained and dredged the pond to revitalise what had become a stagnant and lifeless water body. Within weeks we saw the results, with large numbers of tadpoles, frogs, newts, dragonflies, damselflies, toads, ducks, moorhens and even a grass snake taking residence in or around the regenerated pond.

We have built barn owl and tawny owl nest boxes as well as various smaller bird boxes, which you will see around the property, and we have also incorporated 10 swift nest boxes into the rear of the main house. We have regular visits from several species of birds, including kestrel, red kite, buzzard and green woodpecker, as well as the more usual forms of tit (blue, great, and long tailed), finches, wagtails, and tree creepers. We also have an abundance of game birds such as the pheasant and partridge, but we also see woodcock and get regular visits from hares, muntjac and roe deer.

As well as planting hundreds of native species hedging trees, we have added numerous fruit trees, shrubs, bushes and areas of wild flowers to encourage biodiversity, with insects, bees, butterflies and birds all benefitting. There are also several “log piles” to create habitat for invertebrates, and we have built a hibernacula (a bat cave) into the roof of the barn conversion as a winter hibernation spot for our flying furry friends.

All of our efforts are constantly rewarded with the rich and diverse selection of fauna and flora here at Whitehouse Farm, and our trail camera frequently detects new and interesting visitors as well as the old favourites.

We also encourage all of our guests to recycle as much as possible. In the cottages we have recycling bins for paper, card, plastic, tins, and also compostable waste which is ultimately used on our veg plot and in the polytunnel. The same recycling facilities are also made available for all of our campers and glampers. We know that a holiday often involves a glass or two of wine, so we have also added our own bottle bank to make glass recycling as easy as possible too.

What People Say?

"A wonderful place to stay"

— Abhi & Helen from London

"Lovely light + airy cottage, in very peaceful setting ...... would be happy to return"

— Ros, Jon & Kate from N Lincs

"White House Farm is pure bliss!
We received a warm welcome from Rob when we arrived, and while walking around the grounds he took the time to stop and have a chat.
Our party consisted of 2 adults 2 children and a happy lil staffy, who made friends with the other children on site. It’s the perfect place for the first time campers and to take the children. Children have the freedom to explore in a safe environment, it is practically enclosed.

The facilities are amazing, hot clean showers and toilets and washing up facilities, everything has been thoroughly thought out to make your stay here as comfortable as possibly. The communal firepit was bonus and wood sold onsite is at a very reasonable price, they also have a BBQ for guests use. The pitches we stayed on were flat and surrounded by wild flowers. The wildlife noises at night, glorious. We will definitely be coming back! We didn’t get a chance to use the sauna, it’s on our bucket list, not sure about the cold swim after though. Thank you for a great welcoming stay."

— Sabina Cole

"Great place, great location and great hosts. My new favourite place."

— Michelle from Manchester

Lovely cottage and wonderfully peaceful area. Found plenty to do as this area is new to us"

— Rob & Sheila from Blackpool

"Very comfortable cottage with many interesting places to visit. Nice walks from the doorstep"

— Sandy & Jenny from Dunblane

"Great cottage ...... we will be back"

— Janet & Duncan from West Yorks

"Excellent for dog with many walks on doorstep. Well equipped cottage ......"

— Andy & Alison from Fife

"Thank you! We've had a lovely time re-acquainting ourselves with Suffolk ...... The cottage has been cosy and comfortable during the iffy weather"

— Jean & Jenny from Cheshire

"We really enjoyed our stay here. Lovely and peaceful ...... Thank you for a great start to a new year!"

— Polly & Luke from Aylesbury