best for fam­ily style: se­cret mead­ows

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Set on a 115-acre wildlife con­ser­va­tion site and sur­rounded by un­spoilt Suf­folk coun­try­side, Se­cret Mead­ows is a fab­u­lous ru­ral es­cape.

THE VIBE Fam­ily ad­ven­tures on the farm. Hire your own pri­vate chicken coop (£24) and the kids can col­lect fresh eggs. Learn how to make the per­fect den, light a fire and track an­i­mals in a bush skills class and let everyone stay up late bat-spot­ting. Each tent is di­vided into three rooms: one con­tain­ing the kitchen/ lounge/din­ing area plus a cabin bed; the sec­ond, a big four-poster, and the third has bunks. The lounge has a big sofa for re­lax­ing on, and a wood-burn­ing range. Out­side, there’s seat­ing for al-fresco din­ing and, out back, a pri­vate gas-pow­ered shower and flush­ing loo. CHECK OUT Nearby Wood­bridge is well worth a visit for pretty river­side walks and the work­ing tide mill (a good op­tion if the weather is bad). For a day at the sea­side, South­wold with its sandy beach, pier and ex­cel­lent fish and chips is a 45-minute drive away. EAT Pray for good weather and you’ll be rustling up sup­pers on the bar­be­cue. If not, the hon­esty shop is well stocked with pies and stews, all eas­ily cooked on the range. For a meal out, The Turks Head in the vil­lage of Hasker­ton is the go-to for pub grub, in­clud­ing a week­end brunch menu served from 10am (£10/12pp; theturk­shead­has­ke­ton.co.uk). THE LOWDOWN Prices start from £124 per night for a lux­ury lodge tent sleep­ing up to six. canopy­and­stars.co.uk

A work­ing tide mill

River Deben,wood­bridge

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