The Forge

Welcome to The Forge at Croft Farm. We hope the information below will be useful and provide most of what you need to know to make your stay safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

Essential Information

We aim to maintain high standards of accommodation and comfort for our
guests. Please observe the following points to help with this:


  • Please ensure that you secure the front door/s when left open, with the hooks provided.
  • All water is straight from the mains supply and can be used for drinking purposes.
  • A fire blanket is located on the wall opposite the airing cupboard.
  • The storage heaters are on a night time economy seven system. Before going to bed it is a good idea to turn the output controls down, to avoid being too hot overnight and conserve heat for later in the day when they can be turned up again. DO NOT COVER THE HEATERS WITH CLOTHING OR TOWELS.
  • During the summer months it is unlikely that the storage heaters themselves will be required. If additional heat is needed the storage heater near the stairs has a convector heater fitted to it, which can be turned on or off as required at any time of day. The convector heater in the bedroom can be used in the same way.
  • Please do not leave the roof lights wide open when you go out, in case of a storm. Always shut the escape roof light.


  • Please ensure the sunshade is down and tied when not in use
  • Please notify us, as soon as possible, of any faulty equipment or breakage.
  • Rubbish may be placed in the household waste and recycling bins located in the fence adjacent to the parking area. Please put glass separately in the crate.
  • Please make sure you clean up after your dog. Bagged dog poo can be placed in the general refuse bin located in the fenced area just outside The Forge.
  • Farm buildings and yard areas away from the footpaths are out of bounds. For families with young children please note that there may at times be farm machinery and vehicles using the tracks between the buildings.
  • On the day of departure please vacate the cottage by 9AM so that cleaning and preparation for the next guests can be carried out.PLEASE PUT BAGGED HOUSEHOLD WASTE INTO THE OUTSIDE BIN IN THE PARKING AREA.
  • If you need assistance please call at the front door of the main farmhouse,  phone 01728 688254 (answer phone available), or contact Eddie on 07710137619.

Nearest GARAGE & Shop

Church Garage is 5 mins walk away at the top of Gromford Lane. As well as fuel and a car wash, it has a well stock convenience store.



Nearest PUB

The Golden Key is in the centre of the village, serving lunch and dinner – 01728 688 510


The Plough & Sail at Snape Maltings, serving food and drink all day – 01728 688 413



Saxmundham (10 min drive) has Tesco and Waitrose stores.


Aldeburgh (10 min drive) has a Co-op Supermarket and Tesco Express as you approach the town on the A1094.


Friday Street Farm is located on the A1094, close to the junction with the A12.


As well as fresh local produce, there is an excellent butcher’s counter and well stocked gift shop.

Take Away Food

Aldeburgh, Saxmundham and Leiston all have a range of Chinese, Indian and fish and chip shops. Most are collection only.


Aldeburgh Fish & Chips and the Yuan Feng Chinese in Leiston come highly recommended.


Aldeburgh’s high street offers a range of upmarket shops including Fat Face, Crew, L’Occitane and an Adnams Store.


Woodbridge (20 mins drive) has a Boots, WH Smith, Holland & Barrett, Caffe Nero and Costa.


Doctors (GP) – Saxmundham Health Group

01728 602 022


Aldeburgh Dental Practice

01728 453 333


A&E, Heath Road, Ipswich

01473 712 233

Public Transport

Saxmundham is the nearest station, on the branch line between Ipswich and Lowestoft.


A-2-B Taxis 01728 633 003


Squirrells Taxis 01728 602 344


Boomerang Travel 01728 833 331

Cinema & Concerts

There are independent cinemas in Leiston, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge.


Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Box Office 01728 687 110

Church Services

Snape Church is close to the Snape Crossroads on the A1094.

Ladybird Nurseries

Before the end of your holiday at Croft Farm, you may wish to visit Ladybird Nurseries. Tucked away down Gromford Lane, just a stone’s throw from the farm. Providing an excellent range of quality plants and shrubs.

The Farm

Find out more about Croft Farm and the places you can explore on foot.

Find out more about Croft Farm’s 100 year history in the Gillett family and take an aerial tour.

Details and directions to Croft Farm’s Nature Trail which is exclusive to our guests.

Explore the village of Snape, home to three popular country pubs and the world famous Snape Maltings.

The Local Area

Croft Farm is perfectly positioned for exploring all that the Suffolk Heritage Coast has to offer.

Find out more about the surrounding towns and villages, including Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Southwold.

There’s so much to see and do along the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Here are some of our favourite attractions.

From classic pub grub to fine dining, we’ve got it all on our doorstep including Aldeburgh’s famous Fish & Chips.