Welhams Meadow

Frequently Asked Questions

This is the field name it has always had for the last one hundred years since our family first farmed here. Welham is a local Suffolk surname, so we can only presume that several hundred years ago this pretty little three acre meadow belonged to the Welham family.
The site occupants need to have a separate principal residence, which is their postal address to qualify ownership of a Lodge at Welhams Meadow.
Yes, dogs and cats are allowed, but care must be taken to not upset any other lodge owners with their behaviour. We have drawn up a simple set of site rules so that everyone understands just what can and can?t be done on site, for everyone?s peace of mind.
Yes, superfast Broadband routers are supplied in each lodge. If further capacity is required this can be arranged by the site owner. There is currently no land line telephone connection, but it can be arranged; mobile phone coverage is good.
We are in between two of the main towns in Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. The easiest way is by car, we are a short drive off the A14 through Needham Market or Stowmarket, depending which direction you are coming from. The closest train station is Needham Market but Stowmarket station has slightly better connections, for example to London Liverpool Street in 1 hour 26minutes. See our Contact Page for more details.
Holiday Home owners are encouraged to use the extensive set of footpaths and tracks on St. John?s Manor Farm, which is on your doorstep! Added to which there is a wide variety of both walking and cycling routes which criss-cross Battisford and the surrounding villages across mid-Suffolk. The area is popular with cycling groups and perfect for great Pub Walks!
The first two Holiday Homes on site are fully furnished, but if owners wish to use their own furniture they are very welcome, please discuss this when you visit. Whilst each of the four lodges have a matching external appearance the internal layout for the third and fourth lodges can be made bespoke to owner?s requirements. We can also supply external secure storage if required.
There is allocated parking at Welhams Meadow. Two cars may be parked near to each lodge in the spaces provided. In addition, there is a large space for visitors parking near to the site entrance.
99 years. Please contact us for more information about these details.
The land around the Holiday Homes will be maintained by a dedicated groundman. The fee also covers the sewage treatment and standard connectivity to the lodges. Water, electricity and gas services are paid for separately on a monthly basis based on the amount used as recorded by the meters for each lodge. The Tesla solar battery reduces the electric bills and create an average combined utility cost of 50 per month.
Yes, the owner is responsible for the conduct of all their visitors, and the children of visitors. Although there is a grassed area for all Holiday Homes to use, there are no specific play areas for children; however there is a well-kitted local play area a short distance away in the village.
Lodge owners at Welhams Meadow receive a free one year membership to the local Angling Club. The Gipping Valley Angling Club run the two fishing lakes, and there are a selection of fish, from perch, roach and rudd to some larger carp.
Lights activated by movement sensors are provided for security purposes. The local authority is keen to keep the wattage of these lights low so as to lessen night time light pollution. Security cameras cover the site with the footage being stored, and the cameras are monitored remotely as well as being able to be viewed on screen in the site office. There is a gate at the entrance to the site which will be locked at night, if that is the preference of the Holiday Home owners.
Yes this is an option available at Welhams Meadow and the trusted Lettings Team at Hoseasons, please see our Holiday Let page for more information.
We have a lifetime?s worth of local knowledge, so we are always happy to provide recommendations. While we are working on producing a brochure displaying all the local attractions, there is a great amount of information here on ourVisit Suffolk Page.
Each lodge has its own large patio area, and there is a large grassed area, some of which is shaded by trees to keep you cool in the summer, which everyone can use.
There is no provision for campfires, but down near the stream there is a barbecue area with some rustic seating which is ideal for outdoor meals.