At Bodney Lodge you can stay in the heart of the unspoilt countryside of Norfolk’s Brecklands, in a beautifully restored nineteenth century barn and stable. From the four-poster bed to the full-size snooker table, the facilities are luxurious.
Drive down the tree-lined, gravel drive through the idyllic Bodney Hall estate and you’ll arrive at a very special holiday home. Bodney Lodge comprises a barn, stable and outhouse that have been renovated to an extremely high standard. The heart of the property is the spectacular open-plan living space in the main barn, with its original, vaulted oak-beamed ceiling that creates a vast space for family and friends to congregate. There’s a cosy seating area as well as a built-in library and a large wood-burning stove built into the period stone chimney.
During your stay, you’ll find there’s plenty of space for you all to enjoy yourselves. In the main barn, a rustic, teak dining table seats up to 10 guests, and is situated under an antler chandelier. The owners have thought of every detail, from the underfloor heating to the free-standing copper bath in the master bedroom.
As guests you’re welcome to walk through the parkland of Bodney Hall down to the River Wissey. The river is a chalk stream and you can arrange fly fishing should you wish. There are stunning views of Norfolk’s countryside and large skies to be had from every angle in the garden. And if you’d really like to de-stress while you’re here, you can book private catering and massages too.
This holiday at a glance
Sleeps ten guests.
Main Barn: Master bedroom with 6' super king size zip and link bed and en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom with 6' super king size zip and link bed and en-suite bathroom.
Stable Block: Bedroom with 5' king size four poster bed and en-suite bathroom.
Interconnecting bedroom with 4'6 double bed and en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom with 4'6 double bed and en-suite bathroom.
Mezzanine level: Two 3' single beds (see notes).
Large lawned gardens.
Children of all ages welcome.
Two well-behaved dogs welcome.
Private parking available.
Minimum three night stay.
Electric oven and hob.
Large Smeg fridge freezer.
Two televisions with Freeview.
Digital radio and CD player.
Cot available on request.
Games room with wood burning stove, full size snooker table and dart board.
Bespoke built-in library.
Garden furniture seating 12 guests.
Private catering and massages can be booked in advance (see notes).
Fly fishing, rowing boats and other services can be booked in advance (see notes).
Attractions and nearby amenities
On the River Nar is Castle Acre, which is a must for anyone interested in our nation’s history. The village contains the ruins and remnants of a complete Norman settlement, with a castle, church and a monastery. The castle is a classic motte-and-bailey formation, while Castle Priory is one of the largest monastic sites remaining in England.
The market town of Swaffham boasts fine Georgian buildings and was reputedly one of Horatio Nelson’s favourite haunts. There’s a market held here every Saturday and you can also visit the town museum as well as the EcoTech centre – the views from the top of the staircase are stunning.
Oxburgh Hall is a manor house surrounded by a moat. It may look peaceful nowadays, but Oxburgh has witnessed everything from the Civil War to the persecution of the Catholics – you can still see a priest’s hole hidden inside the building. The walled garden makes for a lovely stroll too.
Houghton Hall was originally the home of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The house is one of the jewels of the nation’s crown, in classic Palladian style. The impressive and extensive gardens often host works by famous sculptors and there’s also a Soldier Museum to keep the little ones (or the grown-ups) entertained. The House closes during the winter months.
If you fancy a flutter or just enjoy the thrills and spills of thoroughbred racing, both Fakenham Racecourse and Newmarket Racecourses are nearby. Check their websites for the racing calendar. You can see some of the thoroughbreds being walked and exercised in the early morning at Newmarket – drive carefully, the horses take right of way over traffic.
From the architectural splendour of King’s College Chapel to the recently opened Grand Arcade with a five-storey John Lewis, Cambridge has something for everyone. One great way to see the city is by taking a punt along the River Cam.
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Tipus de propietat
Bodney, Norfolk, Regne Unit