Utterly unique: 2 reclaimed carriages with quirky-luxe interiors, amid 30 acres of peaceful parkland
Each sleeps 2
It all started in 1974, when a father and son came across an overgrown parkland in south Norfolk, and decided to buy it and create a beautiful space for their family and friends to enjoy. They started by digging out lakes, then moved onto planting trees: oaks, ash, conifers. Over the next 30 years, nature flourished; roe deer moved into the maturing woodland; herons and swans made nests on the lakes. And friends of friends kept asking if they could come and camp in the grounds.
But never ones to do things by halves, the son and his wife decided to create the most stunning guest accommodation instead. They painstakingly revamped a pair of old railway carriages – restoring ancient wood joists, reconditioning radiators, and combining vintage furniture with handmade crockery and feather duvets wrapped in Piglet linens. The results will blow you away. The spaces may be bijou, but they absolutely ooze unique style, and with wood-burners and firepits you’ll be snug whatever the weather.
Getting there: drive or train to Attleborough then taxi (15 mins).
The carriages are themselves reclaimed, and full of upcycled materials. The owners encourage guests to recycle during their stay. The parkland is home to many different wild species, some permanent, some seasonal.
- Walk, sit, and watch wildlife. The parkland is home to Muntjac, roe deer and hares. The lakes are visited by swans, Canadian geese, herons, kingfishers and a clutch of song birds.
- Further afield (if you can bear to tear yourself away), there are peaceful, beautiful trails through Thetford Forest and Kings Forest.
- Local area Breckland is one of the few areas in England you might spy a golden pheasant in the wild. Bring bikes and you can cycle the unique 8-mile Pingo loop.
- Take a whisky tour at a local distillery, or visit a Neolithic flint mine.
- Wyeken Vineyard produces award-winning wines and hosts a Saturday farmers’ market, where you can stock up on regional produce. It’s also home to the excellent Leaping Hare restaurant, which has a daily-changing menu inspired by whatever’s freshest in their kitchen garden. Have a long lazy lunch then retreat home to light your woodburner.