We have just come home from a wonderful week in Norfolk, not only because the weather was amazing but because the accommodation we stayed in was too. The holiday cottage was on a complex of cottages called Hall Farm Cottages, I didn’t really know what to expect before we got there but we were all so pleasantly surprised. You have to stay there to really get a feel for the beautiful views and the, simply, stunning location.
The cottage is set on a farm, not a working farm may I add, that was renovated into holiday cottages quite some time ago and they have really captured the essence of the barns in the cottages. The downstairs have the usual kitchens, dining areas and lounge areas but it is when you go upstairs that you start to feel the barns shape. The upstairs bedroom ceilings slope, you can see the beams and the wonderful circle window from the main bedroom. It was wonderful lying in bed watching the birds on the tree which was just outside the window. The windows from the bedroom and bathroom were simply breath-taking. You can see the photo above, it was taken from the bathroom window in Bridgeview cottage, it’s beautiful. The cottage kitchen came equipped with everything we needed: cutlery, plates, pans, casserole dishes, all kinds of glasses, chopping boards and even had platters for serving food etc. It is great to get somewhere that has, literally, everything you could need for your self-catering holiday. I strongly encourage you to watch the video below of the property to get a true feel for what it looks like and how it works.
Hopefully you can see in my video of the cottage and the surroundings just how the complex works and all the land included in the stay, the views you get from the property and just how close it is to Ludham bridge. We have never been so happy on an English holiday. Hannah at Hall Farm Cottages is amazing, so helpful and friendly, I do believe part of our fantastic week is because of how great she was. You can see my video below:
Hall Farm Cottages is set back, about a mile, from the road and so there is no traffic noise whatsoever. We later learnt that the cottages share their drive way with Horning Hall which looks very beautiful too from the broads. You can walk out of the cottages and do quite a few good walks, if you head right it will take you to Horning where you can sit and watch the boats go past and have a drink at the local pub. You could also turn left, walk across the fields of land to the river and walk over Ludham Bridge, where there is a cafe and a local shop (with whippy ice creams) and there is a pub a little bit further up the road. At Ludham bridge you can take a walk along the river and it was just so peaceful, beautiful scenery everywhere; the dogs and children were loving the freedom. There is a fishing lake too, so keen fisherman bring your rods and sit with the heron to pass a beautifully sunny day whilst you are on your holiday.
The cottages are located, we thought, perfectly. There is no other word to describe it. A short 10 minute drive you are in Wroxham which is a lovely spot to sit and watch the boats, feed the birds, do a spot of shopping or hire a picnic boat for the day, which is what we did one day. If you drive towards the coast, you can get to Sea Palling beach within 20 mins, which I would say was the quickest beach to get to. We went here quite a few times, having fun in the sand dunes, talking to sea fishermen and walking along the beach. There is a chippy, cafe and amusements at the beach front which is nice if you want an ice cream after your busy walks. A little further along the coast we found Horsey Gap, oh my word how have we never been here before? It was a beautiful stretch of beach, like Sea Palling but it seemed to be the spot where the seals were. We had a seal spotting adventure and spent about half of our week at the beach here, it always seemed to be away from the wind and was so peaceful. I loved watching the seals bobbing up and down from the surface and the kids loved throwing stones into the sea, they spent hours doing it one day. As you all know Noah loves his trains, we found a cool steam railway station at nearby Wroxham and Noah just loved trying that out.
Basically, it is a great location to do many things. There is also Bewilderwood very close by but I think we will try that when our little ones are a bit older. It is not far from Norwich, nor Great Yarmouth so plenty to keep you occupied and plenty for the children and the dogs to do too. We spent everyday in the sunshine, doing something lovely outdoors. It was incredible and full of happy, family memories. So thank you Hall Farm Cottages.
We received a discount on our Spring holiday to Hall Farm Cottages in order to provide a review. All opinions are completely my own, photography and videography my own also.