Redlands

Main Road, Chelmondiston, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1DX

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Ideal for ...

  • Dogs
  • Families

Why stay here ...

Beautiful Shotley Peninsula is just south of Ipswich, with the two tidal rivers creating a sheltered seaside feel. River Orwell and Stour are close to the site with tiny sandy beaches, shingle and mud flats. Walking and cycling are very popular here, with waterside restaurants and pubs.

Redlands CL is tucked away just behind the centre of Chelmondiston, easy to find just off the B1456, yet secluded and peaceful. You will be in walking distance from the shops and bus stop. Children and pets are welcome.

We are a family run site, owners and site manager Caroline lives next door to the pitches. Our site is level, well maintained, with regularly mown grass. You will see birds such as green woodpeckers and buzzards, rabbits, deer. Each grass pitch has its own 13 amp electric hook up point. There is a freshwater standpipe and waste disposal. If you prefer really firm hard standing, we have portable load spreaders to borrow.

Check in times and check out times can be flexible on request.

There are no toilets or showers.

You are welcome to enjoy our private 4 acre woodland paths and wildlife, with a gated exit onto the public footpath network. Nearby woods are owned by the National Trust, and miles of public footpaths go without crossing a road.

Chelmondiston has a play park with play equipment and a zipwire for children. Village shops include a Chinese takeaway, a newspaper shop, a local butcher and general stores who also sells Calor Gas.

Pin Mill is 1.3 miles away, on the shore of the tidal River Orwell. You can stroll across fields to get there or go down Pin Mill Lane. It has quaint houseboats and a boatyard. Dinghies and other boats use the river here. The famous Butt and Oyster pub is open all day. It's also the starting point of the adventures of Arthur Ransome novel, "We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea". The tidal foreshore is a muddy heaven for children, so bring wellies or jelly shoes so they can enjoy messing about in the shallow water. Pinmill Common has a play and picnic area, and café.

Shotley Gate is a bus ride or 5 mile drive away, with a small sandy beach, mudflats, marina and docks to enjoy looking at. There is a foot ferry to Harwich and Felixstowe and seal watching trips down the coast. The Shipwreck restaurant has a laundrette and plenty of outdoor space for children to run about.

The Royal Navy HMS Ganges Museum is run by volunteers dedicated to the former base, children love looking at the quirky displays, which include HMS Ganges ship's figurehead "Indian Prince" as well as activities.

Landguard Fort is fun to explore and you can get there on a foot ferry across the river or drive to Felixstowe by land Jimmy's Farm and wildlife park, owned by TV personality Jimmy Doherty, is only 5 miles away.

Suffolk Foodhall has a café with a bouncy pillow for children to enjoy while parents enjoy the river views.

Holiday Cottage available to rent.

Facilities on site ...

  • Dog walk from site
  • Information room
  • Recycling facilities
  • TV reception: good

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Latest arrival time: 9:00 PM

Latest departure time: 11:00 AM

Minimum stay 2 nights (applies weekends)

0.75 acres

Electric amperage: 13

Lawned site

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Postcode:
IP9 1DX
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GPS:
Lat 51.989298 / Lon 1.206808
OS field ref:
TM202371
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Ipswich, Shotley Gate
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest port: Harwich (22.5 miles)
  • Nearest train station: Ipswich
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Redlands
Wonderful and quiet location yet with things and walks to do. Over the weekend we saw a woodpecker, muntjac deer and barn own flying twice in the site field. Set just off the road which wasn't an issue at all, it felt miles away from it all. Sally was helpful yet unobtrusive, recommending the foot ferry trip from Shotley to Harwich and Felixstowe amongst other things, which we did and enjoyed. Laws the Chinese is good too. We loved our weekend away and felt refreshed from our stay, we will return!

AandHWhite

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Reviewed on 23/05/2024 17:52

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Redlands
Stayed here for one night on 16th April 2024. This is a fabulous CL set in lovely countryside in a really nice village and surrounded by hedges and young woodland. There is no discernable noise from the nearby road which also hosts a bus route that can take you to wherever you wish including the fantastic Suffolk Food Hall near the Orwell Bridge. There are some really nice walks from the site that take you easily to the Stour and Orwell Trail along the rivers Orwell and Stour. The area is criss-crossed with paths making planning a circular route easy. There is a general grocery store nearby and a "foodie" pub a (very) short walk away. It is also an easy walk down to the riverside pub "The Butt and Oyster" at Pin Mill. The site has all the facilities you will need (EHU, water, waste, recycling, and black waste) with a warm welcome and lots of local information. Highly recommended.

Fox Terrier

Reviewed on 17/04/2024 19:26

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Returning visit to this CL in midsummer warmth and long daylight evenings. Access into the site is very straightforward, with pitching clustered around the hook-up points, using only part of the field. Services are grouped - rubbish, mains water and toilet disposal - easy and clean to use. Can't comment on the electricity surcharge mentioned elsewhere as our useage in mid summer was minimal. It is a meadow, so don't expect "billiard- smooth" short grass, more it's what is practical in mid summer so the grass still looks like grass - early morning dew can mean it's handy to have suitable footwear to hand first thing. Pitching is level, with the odd undulation. It's a well drained site ! TV and internet reception seemed fine during our stay. Free range eggs are made available free-issue, so long as the chickens are laying ................ The environment is serene and peaceful. The extended field is planted with tree saplings with a perimeter path to explore and/or access the wider footpath network, all of which are well signposted and maintained. This makes for a naturally dog-friendly site. In terms of local amenity, shops are clustered across the road (including a Chinese takeaway), with a pub/restaurant a few doors down. Walking is possible in several directions, with a downhill lane/footpath stroll at proximity to the pub at Pin Mill with its spectacular estuary views (though the return is uphill !). Estuary views are also good from Shotley at the end of the peninsula, a few minutes drive away. The owners continue to be helpful - but without intruding. This site is difficult to fault !

PeterButcher

Reviewed on 10/07/2023 12:34

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Redlands
A lovely weekend spent a Redlands. The walk around the forest with our dogs we met a pheasant a small deer, a cat and a chicken. The hosts are welcoming and helpful, the eggs are tasty. Cannot wait to visit again.

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Reviewed on 03/07/2023 19:27

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What a lovely gem of a site this is! We often visit Shotley gate and had passed this site several times before deciding to have an overnight stay in February. Lovely welcome from owner, Sally. The site is set well back from the road; indeed, we hardly heard any traffic at all. Within a ten-minute walk you're down at Pin Mill, looking out across the river Orwell. This is a spectacular place to explore and was home to Arthur Ransome, famed for his Swallows and Amazons series of books. This site makes a perfect base for exploring the Shotley peninsula, Ipswich, and the surrounding area.

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Reviewed on 25/04/2023 14:16

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