We’re good to go ……. all winter long!

Following the PM’s statement yesterday regarding further restrictions, we are delighted to still be offering safe and relaxing accommodation to travelers looking to take a break from the maddening crowd or to those visiting family or having to travel for work.

October in March! – Pic by Darren Hankins

The Cambridgeshire Fens really are as beautiful in the winter as they are in the summer, with amazing sunsets and sunrises, perfect for walking, bird watching and fishing – in relative peace and quiet. With our flat countryside, cycling is easy …. ish too  (unless the wind is blowing against you of course!) and the wide open spaces makes you feel like you can really breath deeply – especially if you have been hemmed in, in a large town or city.

The Old River Nene from our bank

Leave behind your daily stresses and worries and bring with you instead a mac, walking shoes and a pair of binoculars! Check out visitcambridgeshirefens.org for places to go and see.  Although some maybe currently restricted, there are so many wide open spaces you can explore in our region that are not!  At Fourwinds B&B and Campsite, we allow well behaved dogs in a couple of our accommodation options and on our campsite, so if you have a fur baby you want to bring for nice long walks along the river or in among the fields – bring them here!

This part of East Anglia is a good base from which to explore – such as a visit to the expansive golden beaches and reserve of Holkham or to the brightly painted beach huts at Wells Next The Sea, or the fragrant pine forest at Sandringham (all within an hour or so drive from us).  Beautiful in the winter as well as the summer!

Snaps from our log cabin and shepherds hut

We offer cosy (and a bit quirky) self contained accommodation for singles, couples or families (up to 4).  In times such as these, having your own front door, to your own self contained space, is the best – home from home without the chores!  The crackle of the wood burning in the stove of the Shepherds Hut or the sounds of the countryside from the Log Cabin, or the walk down to the river from the Suite will just add to the experience.  Be refreshed without the hassles of daily life and by the enjoyment of somewhere else to explore. Check out our accommodation here.

Folk in our town of March are very friendly and down to earth and make you feel comfortable instantly, making a little trip to town for provisions easy.  Sure there will be restrictions on whats on, whats open and till what time  for the next few months (never mind remembering your face coverings!), but that won’t stop you being able to recharge your batteries!

Fenland pumpkins ready to harvest

We also have a few spacious gravel pitches with electric in our 5 acre field, available all year round for campervans, motorhomes and caravans.  During this pandemic, unlike many small campsites, we are still able to provide clean and covid-friendly facilities should campers not be able to rely on their own. If you are a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club, you will also be able to benefit from midweek pitch fee discounts we are offering from November to February.  Call us on 01354 658737 if you would like more info. If you haven’t already joined the CCC check them out, known as the Friendly Club, there are great benefits to being members.

Staycations are the ‘in thing’ this year …… and it doesn’t have to just be in the summer months! – put your heating on and woolly bed socks, get out the scrabble and enjoy a warming stew cooked in your own caravan oven (with a nice bottle of vino of course :))

So come and visit Fourwinds Leisure  in the Cambridgeshire Fens this Autumn and Winter.  We are all about relaxing and taking a load off and …… We’re Good To Go!

 

 

 

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Its official! – we are re opening on 4th July :)

Its confirmed! We are re opening on 4th July. Its been a long road, but delighted we have got to this point. Looking forward to seeing all our guests back on our #campsite and in our #selfcatering units and #bedandbreakfast for a #safespace, #covidsecure well deserved break!

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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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