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Apple Tree Lodges: Luxury Lodge Review

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On Site Facilities

What You Will Find At Apple Tree Lodges

Apple Tree Lodges are set in the Dedham Vale area on the Essex & Suffolk border in 300 acres of outstanding beauty, just on the edge of the Constable country. Apple Tree lodges are part of the Stoke By Nayland Resort and are the epitome of luxury and contemporary accommodation.

Originally, the resort and the lodges were used as a site for a women’s land army hostel, which was home to 100 ladies during and after WWII.  There is even an original black water tower that still remains from those days and can even be hired out for small celebrations and gatherings. 

The Lodges

The lodges range from a one-bedroom to a four-bedroom property and can easily accommodate a large group of around ten people. But these lodges are not like the lodges most people are accustomed to. They are actually eco-lodges and the resort boasts an impressive array of green credentials.

Each lodge has been constructed from sustainable Iroko hardwood and the rooves have been tiled with natural cedar tiles. They are fully sustainable, using solar and photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps supplying the lodge with underfloor heating, hot water, electricity and lighting. The lodges are named after a variety of English apples, which were taken as inspiration for the resort’s name. They all have an outdoor wooden deck. Pets are not allowed, however.

A peek inside

The interior designers of these fabulous lodges, Rendall & Wright, have maintained the original 1940’s style from days gone by. Everything is open plan and the coloured glass, crystal chandeliers, retro side lamps, bouncy, large sofas and oversized mirrors blend together perfectly. The bedrooms are large and fully equipped with ensuites and the lodges have a cool sound system linked to Alexa, along with free wifi and an electric fireplace. 

Things to do on-site

The on-site hotel has a spa, a large swimming pool, a high-tech fitness suite, two 18-hole golf courses, a driving range, and two restaurants – a traditional sports bar and a fine dining restaurant.

All guests staying in a lodge are allowed to use the facilities but certain fees will apply. There is also a shop that has essentials such as milk and eggs along with any fresh fruit that is in season at the time from the family orchards.  

on site spa and swimming pool

If you are looking for accommodation that is helping the environment without compromising on luxury then the Apple Tree Lodges will be perfect for you. 

What Else Will You Find On Site

Apple Tree lodges are a part of the Stoke by Nayland resort. This is a great break for golfers as they have 2 Championship golf courses to choose from.

18th hole at Apple tree lodges

Make sure you book your tee times early to avoid disappointment. 

Other golfing facilities include – 

  • Coaching lessons that can be booked as part of your break
  • Driving range
  • Golf shop
  • Golf clubhouse
  • Golf break options when you book

The site has a good choice of dining options 

  • The Lakes Resurtuant – Fine dining
  • Gallery Restaurant – Tempoarlialy close at the time of writing
  • Orchard Lounge and Terrace – Light meals and a cosy atmosphere
  • Lively Sports Bar – Live sports on the TV, food served all day, no booking required

A full, luxury, spa with will the treatments you could ever want. Take some time out to relax and enjoy yourself at the Peake Spa while on your lodge break. You can book everything from treatments and full days in advance of your trip. Be sure to look for the special offers with your booking for discounted use of the spa and swimming pool for guests. 

The golf club house has a sports bar as well as a golf shop with professionals on hand for any guidance you need. 

On-site there are 4 lakes of which 2 can be fished. The lake closest to the clubhouse is listed as casual coarse fishing. 

The next 2 lakes along are not fishing lakes. The further lake down is listed as “commercial fishing” and not for casual angling.

The lakes are stocked with carp, perch, pike, bream and roach. We cannot find any information on the size of the fish go to. 

How To Find Apple Tree Lodges

A Google maps search does not bring up the lodges. They are under the “Stoke by Nayland Resort” as shown on the map below.

What Is In The Local Area

We are not sure you will ever want to leave the Apple Tree Lodges site. If the luxury lodges and views were not enough then the golf, fishing restaurants and Spa will keep you occupied! 

If you do want to venture out and see the local area then there is plenty to do. Colchester is around 25 minutes away and Ipswich is around 30 minutes away. 

You are also a short drive away from the Suffolk area of natural beauty where you will find the National Trusts, Flatofrd and Cattawade nature reserve. There are lots of museums and art galleries in the area too. You can also visit the burial mounds at Sutton Hoo which is around a 45-minute drive. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the lodges at Stoke by Nayland all have hot tubs?

No, these lodges do not have hot tubs. There is a Spa on-site if you are looking for some relaxation. 

Do the lodges have private fishing?

No, fishing is on-site but not close to the lodges. 

Do they allow pets at Apple Tree Lodges?

No, pets are not allowed at Apple Tree Lodges

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