Forest Haven East Gate Lodge is a short walk away from what has been labelled Britain’s Roswell. In the late 1980s at RAF Woodbridge there were reports of sightings of unexplained lights and this became one of Britain’s most significant Military-UFO incidents.
Abigayle Myers-Drake, who set up the Lodge with her husband Roy in March 2015, says that most guests ask about the UFO trail and some come for the mystery and folklore surrounding the story. Noticeably, she did not comment on whether she has seen anything herself…
However, Abigayle and Roy did not get into glamping for UFO and aliens, their focus was far more personable and down to earth.
FOREST HAVEN EAST GATE LODGE
Their inspiration for the Lodge stemmed from a passion for glamping and offering wellbeing services to benefit local communities. Abigayle is an Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist and an aerial Yoga and Pilates instructor for 25 years while husband Roy, is a reflexologist tutor, masseur and psychotherapy counsellor for 18 years. Drawing upon their personal experiences of health and life, they integrated these skills into a holistic therapeutic experience that guests could completely immerse themselves in at Forest Haven East Gate Lodge.
There is one main room, comprising of a central firepit for heat and cooking surrounded by seating which converts into bunks to comfortably sleep four. This is adjoined by an insulated en-suite wet room and WC and an adjoining kitchenette.
Accompanying the room is an electric hydrotherapy hot tub bath adjacent to a wood fired barrel sauna with outside shower. Two hammocks, an outdoor camp fire pit and access to massage and yoga-plates services during the guests stay.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There is no wifi at the Lodge and no television either, so peace and quiet are guaranteed. The spacious accommodation is spotlessly clean, cozy and offers a real sense of communal spirit while cooking around the central fire pit.
Abigayle and Roy are hands on when it comes to their guest’s comfort and enjoyment. At any hour at least one of them will be available if needed and this sort of attentiveness is apparent throughout their business. Nothing is left to chance and everything has been thought of.
Recently, they launched a program that includes 1-2 free nights stays for selected nominated individuals. This requires someone to nominate a person for a stay based on specific circumstances. Abigayle and Roy are looking to expand on this in 2019.
“We work with the terminally ill and those recovering from illness in our therapy sessions, this led to us offering a couple of free nights a month,” Abigayle says, “Supporting local community interests and well-being are central to our ethos.”
There are also plans to further landscape the surrounding area and create a mini wildlife sanctuary to encourage bio diversity. This could possibly be opened up to local schools to help planting and education outside the classroom. Additionally, the space could also be used for themed events that could be opened to the public, like Halloween and festive evenings.
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Forest Haven Suffolk
ADDRESS: 98 Tangham Cottages Woodbridge Suffolk IP123NF
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 01394 450580