If you’re longing to escape the confines of your home – and let’s face it, we’re all pretty fed up of looking at the same four walls day after day – then Wood Farm Cottages is the ideal place for a UK holiday. Here you’ll find ample space to explore, slow down and, perhaps the most important thing right now, breathe.
Out here in the famously wide-skied countryside of north Norfolk, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons, without the crowds that flock here in the warmer months. Yes, the weather might be a little more temperamental, but Wood Farm’s fantastic location means you can spend your days tramping across fields, seeking out deserted sandy beaches, or wandering gorgeous small towns, and then return to warm up in your cosy cottage. This is the kind of place where you can do as much or as little as you please, which feels like the ultimate luxury while we’re all making our way through the pandemic.
Here are some of our favourite ways to ‘escape the everyday’ at Wood Farm Cottages:
Kick back and relax
If there’s one thing you need to be able to do right now, it’s relax. And at Wood Farm you can do just that: the eight lovely cottages are like a home from home, with comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchens, and beautiful views across the fields. Toddlers will love the big, safe play area (which has, among other things, a sandpit and ride-on tractors), exploring the farm and feeding our two very cute Valais sheep, while parents will enjoy allowing them a little more freedom than usual. Meanwhile, our dog-friendly properties ensure that bringing a four-legged holiday companion is stress-free – we even have a dog-wash station on-site.
Soak up the night sky
Set among 25 acres of farmland and surrounded by the beautiful, flat countryside for which Norfolk is famous for, you’ll be able to enjoy some phenomenal starry skies at Wood Farm (clear weather providing, of course). With the nights drawing in, stargazing makes for a fabulous post-dinner treat for the whole family (especially if you do it over a hot chocolate). See how many constellations you can find – and, if you’re really lucky with the timing of your trip, you might even be able to spot a meteor shower.
Fill your lungs
Shake off the weight of the last few months with a long country walk. Wood Farm’s position means there are loads of walking options from the doorstep of your cottage, from short ones around the farm itself that are ideal for little legs, to longer options where you can let your dog off the lead. Norfolk is perfect, easy walking country, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in excitement and interest – the county is criss-crossed with countless footpaths, not to mention long-distance options like the coast path and Peddars Way. At the end of the day, you can return to your cottage for a blissful and well-deserved soak in the bath.
Beaches for all weather
Don’t write off the beaches just because you won’t be able to sunbathe – north Norfolk’s miles and miles of coastline are perfect for exploration even in the colder months. The coast is just a fifteen-minute drive from Wood Farm; head off to do a bit of rock-pooling, fly a kite or just let the dogs (and/or the kids) run free. It’s worth knowing that you can hire beach huts at Cromer, Sheringham, Mundesley and Wells (all 20 to 30 minutes’ drive away) – ideal for a nice hot cuppa and a little bit of shelter from the changeable weather.
Food, glorious food
One of the best things about Wood Farm’s location is that it’s just a ten-minute walk from a fantastic (and child- and dog-friendly) pub, The Pigs, so you can enjoy a (socially distanced, of course) drink or a meal out and then easily wander back home.
Also close by, in the charming town of Holt, is Byfords, where you can stock up on local produce, delicious ready meals and picnic hampers, as well as stone-baked pizzas to enjoy in the comfort of your own cottage. And, of course, being so close to the coast means that there’s an abundance of fresh, local seafood on offer, plus cafes in which to warm up over a pot of tea and a slice of cake.
Come rain or shine
Yes, there’s no knowing whether you could end up with a week of crisp, clear blue-skied days or a weekend of torrential rain. But the Scandinavians sum it up best with their saying: ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.’ Bring boots, raincoats, jumpers, brollies and warm socks so that you can still get out and enjoy yourself even if the weather won’t play ball. And if it’s truly abysmal out there, you’ll find that your warm, cosy cottage (fuelled by a fabulous eco friendly biomass boiler making it extra toasty) at Wood Farm is the perfect place to hide yourself away.
We’ve lived here for years, which means we know all the best places to go in north Norfolk – including lots of secret places that you wouldn’t find by yourself. Being based on-site ourselves means we’re able to share this with our guests. Whether it’s a last-minute trip, a short break or a full holiday, we can help you discover the best of this amazing county from our new reception.