Saturday, 7 May 2011

The Wonderful Wood Farm, North Norfolk.

Me and the family are very lucky to know some amazing people and one of those amazing people offered us a holiday to North Norfolk last week. We are so lucky and grateful to have had this experience. We don't get many holidays at all and so we savoured every second of it. Norfolk is a part of England that we wouldn't have discovered otherwise and we had such a fantastic time. 

This was also our first experience of a farm stay holiday. Tractors can often be seen ploughing, drilling, fertilising and rotavating. Combine harvesters are out in July and August, sugar beet harvesters start in the late autumn. Owls nest in one of the barns, and the farmland is home to deer which can often be seen in the fields behind Chestnut and Elm. Other wildlife regularly spotted in the surrounding fields are pheasants, rabbits and even an occasional peacock (which can most definitely be heard in the distance!).

The setting at Wood Farm was tremendous and I'd heartily recommend it to anyone. The kids loved the setting and the fantastic playground that was accessed from the French Doors in the kitchen. 

Information from the website:

Wood Farm self-catering cottages are in the village of Edgefield, four miles south of the Georgian town of Holt. 

Edgefield is a typical rural Norfolk village in the heart of the gently rolling North Norfolk countryside making it an ideal base for coast (15 minutes by car) and countryside holidays. Norwich is another 20 minutes south.

Our cottages are located on the edge of the village on a secluded five acre site surrounded by fields and trees. We are 300 yards from the nearest road approached along a private driveway. Wood Farm's self-catering accommodation consists of eight cottages converted from traditional Norfolk flint barns and stables incorporating many original features. 

The owners have taken great care over every detail in the cottages and they contain every home comfort you need. We'd like to thank Diana for being such a gracious host and for making our stay as enjoyable as possible. We look forward to going again in the near future. Their website can be found here.

We were there to relax so I was banned from issuing the family with an itinerary of sights and location and eateries to see during our stay. I must say that it was lovely to be able to walk down the road to the local pub with the kids in tow and have a decent pint of ale! We explored some of the nearby town and attractions but at a slower pace than I would usually have planned and it was great to kick back and go with the flow. 

We went to Baconsthorpe Castle, the Muckleburgh Military Museum, to Sheringham National Park, to Cromer Pier, to the beach and to the Steam Railway. We visited Melton Constable, Cromer, Sheringham, Edgefield, Holt and Weybourne. We dined out at the Kings Head in Holt and had a nosey around Byfords Deli and drank at the Pigs in Edgefield. 

The drive wasn't too bad. It took around six hours on the road but ended up being around nine as the kids needed various stops to eat and stretch their legs. 

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