Canoe Hire opening again! :)

Following recent announcements made by the Government, British Canoeing and The Canal and River Trust, we are delighted to be restarting our canoe hire from 30th May 2020 (taking bookings now).  We know a lot of you have been dying to get back on the water.  So now is your chance!  There will be a restricted service, so make sure you call as soon as possible to book. (01354 658737)

It is also important that you know how we are adapting things to make it safe for both you and us, so check out our Covid Secure’ protocols below:

What we are doing different:

  • Thoroughly sanitising the gunwales, seats, ropes, paddles and buoyancy aids before and after use.
  • Giving you the usual briefing – but from 2m away 🙂
  • Minimising the number of boats going out each day to avoid crowding
  • Avoiding unnecessary contact on arrival – by taking payment in advance by phone and emailing terms for agreement.

We ask you to:

  • Only canoe with members of your own household.
  • Follow instructions at all times, especially social distancing requirements.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser (and other PPE if you want to of course)
  • Acknowledge agreement to our terms by replying to our email before arrival.
  • Be confidently mobile as we have had to adapt how we hold the boat to get you on and off. Our mooring is fairly low so stepping in is generally easy and we are still able to steady the canoe for you.
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Looking for a safe place to get your ‘mojo’ back after lockdown?

We think we may have the answer at Fourwinds in March, Cambridgeshire!

It’s not been the best of times for many, and we hope you and those you care about are safe and well.

To be honest, we’re counting our lucky stars. Because we fully appreciate that of all the places to be in “lockdown”, you’d be hard-pressed to choose a better place than Fourwinds B&B, Self Catering Accommodation and Campsite in March!

Like all of you, however, we’re looking forward to getting back to normal. Except as for everyone, normal is changing somewhat!

Lockdown has afforded us the luxury of time to think and reflect. We know from the usually full booking schedule we’re getting things right (at least we hope we are!). But we also know what’s happening in the world is likely to change people’s outlook and needs.

Restrictions will take some time to lift completely, and folk will be more mindful of their personal safe space when they travel, whether for work or recreation.

And, it occurred to us that…when we are able to open our doors to you again, with a few tweaks to our Campsite, Self Catering and B&B, we have the safe haven you’ll be looking for!

The best Self Catering and Camping holidays in the Fens!

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….. And we want to remind everyone that our popular Shepherds Hideaway and Log Cabin options provide you with beautiful self-contained accommodation, giving you a fully functioning personal environment.

Our self-catering options will be developed even further soon, so watch this space!

As soon as lockdown is over and domestic travel is allowed once more, you can bet camping holidays will be even more popular for families and friends wanting to get together in a safe, secluded location. People will be scrambling for fresh air, self-contained accommodation and the great outdoors. What could be better after months of confinement!

What sets us apart from many campsites in Cambridgeshire and the Fens is the size of our pitches and the freedom and space we have available. So, assuming we will still be encouraged to keep a 2m distance over the coming months, you will be able to do this easily on the Fourwinds camp field. (Now might be the time to invest in that camping loo though! 🙂 )

Our plans for the Bed & Breakfast

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Our breakfast is ‘award-winning’, and we’re proud of that. So it’s one service we want to continue to offer to our B&B guests.

The only changes are, we believe, positive ones! Your breakfast will still be locally sourced. You’ll even get to smell what has to be one of the best aromas in the world – a delicious cooked breakfast. And it will still be lovingly prepared by us.

So what’s the difference? Well, you will get ‘Room Service Breakfasts’ – what’s not to love about that?! We will deliver your breakfast to your rooms on a breakfast trolley, and yes, you can stay in your pyjamas! We have reconfigured our rooms slightly to include a comfortable dining area in each.  This also provides a valuable bit of suitable space should you need somewhere quiet and secluded to work remotely.

And if you’re strong enough to resist our breakfasts (!!) and want to ‘go it alone’ with your catering, we’ve made sure each room has access to plates, cutlery and a microwave too.

Room rates for B&B option

Don’t worry, if breakfast is not your fav meal of the day we have options for you too!

We can now offer room-only rates. This is something we know isn’t ‘the norm’ for many B&B’s in March, or even B&B’s in Cambridgeshire. And we see the frustration some travellers have when they have to pay for breakfast they don’t want because it’s automatically included in the room rate. So we’ve made this change, to allow you to choose what works best for you.

We piloted this before CV Lockdown hit and have found a significant number of guests prefer it, so it’s now a permanent offering alongside our inclusive breakfast rates.

Our campers and self-catering guests will still be able to enjoy take out cooked plates, and other take away breakfast options as usual, so that they can eat with their tribe at base camp!

B&B Deals and Discounts

To make your stay as price-friendly as possible, we can now offer direct booking and multi-night discounts for those of you staying in our B&B and self-catering accommodation.  By booking direct with us we are able to offer you our best rates!  Again, helping you to budget for the longer holiday you deserve.

Our Booking Discounts are available by calling us on 01354 658737 or booking through our website fourwindsleisure.com

If you prefer to use the online booking agents such as Booking.com and Expedia – you can of course still do so.

The future is looking bright at Fourwinds B&B, Self-Catering and Campsite!

As you can see, we haven’t been resting on our laurels during the lockdown. We’ve thought hard about what you may need from a holiday or a business trip and have made the necessary plans to provide you with that.

We still have more to do; the developments we mentioned above, and our exciting new events and training facilities are through the planning stages (more on that soon).

So all of us here, including Prince, Jaffa, and the new addition to the family, Ruby; look forward to seeing you back at Fourwinds soon. In the meantime, stay well 🙂

Bev and John

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Have you entered our Compose a Poem competition yet?

Win a 2 night stay at Fourwinds in our lovely self contained, luxury shepherds hideaway.  We will also include a slap up breakfast each morning!

We are running this competition in line with World Poetry Day on 21st March and thought it would be fun for budding poets out there to write a poem about Fourwinds and/or the Cambridgeshire Fens.  Entrants must be over 18, compose an original poem with a minimum of 30 words and enter using our entry form.  The winner will be announced on the 21st March and their poem will be published on our website and social media.  Email us now for an entry form and get writing 🙂

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Win a 2 night b&b stay – Compose us a poem

Calling all budding poets out there!! Enter our ‘Compose a Poem’ competition in recognition of World Poetry Day on 21.3.20. Write and submit a nice poem about Fourwinds and the winner will get a 2 night b&b stay in our Shepherds Hideaway. Email us for entry form and information. Deadline for entries is 20.3.20. Winner will be announced and published on our website and social media on the 21.3.20 #worldpoetryday #composeapoem #winacompetition #shortbreak

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Room only or breakfast included? You choose!

In recent years we have noticed a significant number of guests are not great breakfast lovers, and would be happier with room only accommodation. Maybe a lie in is more appealing then breakfast, or they are naturally not interested in eating until later in the day! With this in mind we have launched our ‘Room Only’ rates which sit alongside our traditional inclusive B&B rates ….. giving you more choice when booking a room.

Don’t worry breakfast lovers 🙂 – when you book our standard inclusive b&b rates as before, you will still enjoy our full award winning continental and cooked breakfast in the dining room.  Or if you are in a hurry or leaving very early a take out breakfast bag can be left outside your door ready for the morning getaway.

Check out rates on our website or through the mainstream booking channels.

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Veganuary and beyond :)

Veganuary at Fourwinds ….. all year round!

Check out our tasty cooked vegan breakfast, available all year round.  We pride ourselves in our home cooking approach and quality locally sourced ingredients.  Enjoy vegan sausages, roasted mushrooms and tomatoes, chickpea and potato hash, beans, homemade toast, juices, tea and coffee, or for something lighter – smashed avocado on toast

We have a mid week January discount of 10% available off some of our comfortable accommodation, so treat yourself and book in 🙂

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BBQ Friday at Fourwinds 24th May

To get in the mood for the summer season, we are having BBQ Friday in the Fourwinds garden on the 24th May for our B&B and camping guests to enjoy.

Many of our lovely B&B and camping guests will be arriving on the evening of Friday 24th for the bank holiday weekend, and spending time getting settled, pitching tents, unpacking and starting to relax – it seems like the perfect time to let someone else do the cooking that night!

Our BBQ plates come with home prepared salads, buns and a variety of meats, veggie and vegan bbq delights and are £6.00 for an adult plate and £4.00 for a junior . If you are staying with us that weekend and want to book in or want more info – call us on 01354 658737 or email bev@fourwindsleisure.com

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Campsite BBQing for National BBQ Week from 27th May

Fire, fragrant smoke, mouth watering food smells, sunny days, and a cold glass of something ……. its no wonder we love to BBQ!

Our love of social outdoor cooking has grown tremendously with 9 million bbq occasions reported * in 1997 compared to an estimated 137 million occasions in 2019!  Its no wonder that the 2019 National BBQ week is going to be as popular as its previous 22.  My BBQ loving husband is very excited that he has an excuse to BBQ for 7 days in a row! …… happy days. At Fourwinds Campsite we are really looking forward to the lovely smells emanating from campers BBQs throughout the summer.

There is so much choice when it comes to portable BBQ equipment.  Are you a traditional charcoal BBQ’er (is that a word?!) or more of a gas fan? Do you like to slow cook it, char it or smoke it?  1127704AB_1800x1800

If like us, you are a charcoal fan, we love the portable Weber Kettle BBQ with good Weber design features including a ‘tuck n carry’ lid lock and rust resistant damper.  Looks smart and lasts well and fits easily in your car.  Being a Weber its not the cheapest but good quality.

6540-Safari-Chef-2-BBQ-grid-fish-steaksGas is convenient, instant and cleaner then charcoal and we like the Cadac Safari Chef best.  It’s branded as ‘compact but mighty’ and we agree. It comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a household gas BBQ but has folding legs and sturdy carry bag making it truly portable.

For something a little different try a Smoker. We were invited out recently for lunch and the meat was cooked in the outdoor smoker.  The pork and SM02_1_Zoomchicken we had were so succulent and flavoursome we were impressed.  That unit was a large Weber Smoker, not suitable for camping, but we have found this portable Callow Smoker and the reviews look pretty good along with the price.  If anyone has one, let us know how well it works for camping trips.  Smoking takes a lot longer then it grilling on a BBQ, so you would need to keep keep an eye on it for longer  … another excuse to kick back with several glasses of something cold me thinks …….. shame! 🙂

camp9Last but not least in our little homage to BBQ kit, what about going back to basics with a griddle over a camp fire?  At Fourwinds we have some pitches with campfire bowls, which if you know how, will enable you to cook directly over the fire.  We found this Pioneer grill,  which looks good to us.  There is an art in cooking over a campfire – you should wait for the flames to die down and glv15_campchef_heat_guard_leather-glovescook over the embers to ensure the food is not over blackened and is cooked through properly,  Also it is always advisable to have a good pair of fire gloves as you are cooking so close to the fire .… not too many glasses of something cold while you are concentrating on the fire then! 😦

So what are you waiting for? …. we had our first bbq of the year one chilly February night (ok we did eat it indoors, but hey!!)

Come, camp and BBQ at our Fourwinds Campsite in Cambridgeshire and have some fun in the Fens 🙂

*Mintel & The Grocer
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National Camping and Caravanning Week 27th May – 2nd June

Celebrating our country’s love of all things camping and caravanning, this week is held every year by The Camping & Caravanning Club. Check out their website for competitions (win an outwell awning and other kit, or even a brand new caravan!)

If you haven’t booked already, come and enjoy the week at Fourwinds – it falls during the summer half term break. Call to book on 01354 658737.



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Great beaches to visit during your stay at Fourwinds

It only takes about an hour to visit some of the UK’s best beaches from Fourwinds, these are our favourites;


Holkham – Just over an hour’s drive away, offering miles and miles of unspoilt beautiful beach.  We often take a drive out on a Sunday morning for a brisk walk with our dog (even in winter).  There is a carpark and a pretty wooded area before you get to the beach and if you are feeling energetic you can walk all the way to Wells Next the Sea. Check out the recommended beach walks.


Hunstanton (known to East Anglians as Sunny Hunny) …. about a 55 minute drive from here.  Old Hunstanton beach is much less commercialised then its neighbour – the main Hunstanton resort. The resort offers a prom, arcades, icecreams, eateries and a little train while Old Hunny Beach has dunes, golden sands and never feels that busy, giving you lots of room to enjoy your surroundings.  There is a carpark and toilets nearby and reasonable wheelchair access to Old Hunstanton Beach.


Wells Beach – just down the road from Holkham, Wells Beach has a large carpark and cafe and shops and from there a short walk (including steps) down to the beach, which is wide and golden.  I have spotted seals sunbathing here and its a wonderful bird watching beach.  Wells Beach is well known for its cute beach huts which are painted in beautiful summery colours – very cheery.  Wells town is a lovely coastal town with lots of independent shops and places to eat.

Its also worth checking out Over Strand and of course Cromer.

Book a stay with us by calling 01354 658737

 

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