I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but I never seemed to be able to get round to it. However, although I’m posting well after our trip took place, it’s a trip that I want to capture as we had such a lovely time.
During February half-term we went to Norfolk for a week long break. I’d wanted to visit Norfolk for quite a while, so I was looking forward to exploring the area.
We’ve travelled quite a bit and as a result I’m really particular about where we stay whenever we go away. We had spent hours searching for the perfect cottage for our trip, when we came across Limes Farm who offer three 5-star luxury, eco-friendly cottages in Ludham, which is at the heart of the Norfolk Broads.
The cottages looked beautiful online, exactly the type of home I would go for if we ever relocated to the country. We booked the Limes Farm Cottage, which accommodates five people (and a dog if you have one).
We certainly weren’t disappointed with our choice. The cottage was beautiful. Lovingly restored, fantastic attention to detail and amazing craftmanship, along with high-end appliances and all the mod-cons for a luxury stay. There were lots of little small touches too, which we really appreciated – fresh eggs from the chickens, homemade bread, cake, local apple juice and little vases filled with daffodils in most of the rooms.
The kitchen, as you’d expect in a country cottage, was the heart of the house and even had an Aga, along with every appliance and utensil you could wish for.
The bathrooms were fabulous, one huge wet room, situated downstairs (the cottage is also wheelchair friendly) and the most beautiful free-standing bath in the ensuite of the master bedroom.
The kids loved it. Henry and Heidi slept downstairs in a double bed and Oscar slept in the loft room, which was brilliant. I was a little worried about the twins being downstairs, but the fabulous owners, who have literally thought of everything, provided us with a baby monitor, so that we could hear them when they woke.
Whilst it was quite quite rural, the local village is about 20 minutes walk away, so we would often wonder in and pick up supplies from the village store or have dinner at the village pub. There are also lots of other villages nearby that are only a short drive away.
We stayed for a week and it was so lovely and relaxing. We went out most days to explore the area, but we would often head back to the cottage in the afternoon to play games and drink tea snuggled on the sofa under blankets. There was also chickens in the garden, along with a little play area, our three loved them both and they spent quite a bit of time out in the garden playing and talking to the chickens. One day me and the kids made lasagne and flapjacks using the Aga, which was an interesting experience – as an Aga novice, I think it takes a while to get the hang of it! We got there in the end though!
Norfolk is beautiful and we found lots of places to visit nearby. We went to Horsey beach to see the seals and we also visited Wroxham Barns where we fed lambs and petted some of the animals. Both of these places are pretty local to the cottage.
A couple of days we ventured further afield to explore Holt, Burnham Market and Wells Beach, which is a great beach. One day we also went into Norwich where we had lunch and did a bit of shopping, which was lovely, but it was so nice to return to the tranquility of the cottage.
At the end of the holiday we were really sad to leave and Simon and I had many conversations about how lovely it would be to live in the country – maybe one day…
It was really great to spend some quality time together as a family in such lovely surroundings.
We will definitely return to Norfolk and I think it would be pretty difficult to find somewhere to stay that is as lovely as Limes Farm. I highly recommend staying there if you’re planning a trip to Norfolk.
Have you been to Norfolk? Where is your favourite place to stay?