Sunday, 19 April 2015

Our Visit to The Norfolk Broads with Herbert Woods

We were delighted to be given the opportunity of a mini-break over Easter with Herbert Woods - a lovely boating yard in the heart of The Norfolk Broads. We have never been to Norfolk before - it is quite a distance from Liverpool, so we were well-prepared with lots of snacks, magazines and planned-breaks for the journey, which took around 5 hours in the car. The kids behaved really well and it was more like an exciting road trip than a long drive. As we started getting into Norfolk the scenery is really lovely, and we shared the driving - with little or no hiccups!

Arrival

We arrived at around 2.30pm and checked in with ease. Staff were friendly and helpful, explaining how to use the code for the secure gate for the car and showing us where our cottage was in the yard. We were also handed an information pack - this was really great as it contained lots of information and flyers including popular tourist destinations, a map, details on local restaurants and pubs, details of boat-hire and even a take-away guide! We also had a really cute Herbert Woods pen and keyring with a light on - Emily sharked both of these out of the pack straight away!



Our Cottage

The cottage was just a short walk from reception, situated literally on the river. There was a private parking space for us, and all gates around the property were secure - I felt really safe at all times. The cottage itself I can not rave over enough - it was literally a home from home. We stayed in Mallard - which is a two bedroom cottage. It has a long hallway with a downstairs bedroom with two single beds, and a downstairs shower room across from the bedroom. We set up our own travel cot in this room and the girls shared.



The living area was comfortable and warm, with two leather settees - perfect for chilling out with a glass of wine or two at night. Kitchen was brilliant - everything you would need to stay for however long you wanted. I had brought plenty of supplies with us for breakfasts - Coco Pops are essential in our house! So there were all kinds of utensils and pans and pots for us to use, as well as the usual items like kettle, toaster and a fridge. There was also a lovely dining table in the kitchen, but we didn't really use that. The double patio in the living area opened out onto the veranda overlooking the river - we ate outside on the bench most days - lovely and relaxing!

Upstairs there was a large double room with a double bed. Large dressing table - (quite the treat for me as we don't have room for one in our house at the moment!) The view out of the window was gorgeous, the sun beaming down and reflecting off the river, and boats making their way along the river. The pace of life was slower, more serene than normal. Just what we needed to relax. Upstairs was also a large bathroom with a bath and shower. I loved the fact that there was a balcony overlooking the living area - quite often the kids were messing around upstairs and laughing at us from there.

The whole house was tastefully decorated and very warm and cosy - the TV got well-used by us too - we don't normally find the time to sit and watch TV so this was something new for us I suppose!!

The Area

The area surrounding Herbert Woods is tranquil and relaxing. Based in the Broads, it is easy to while away a day walking around, watching the ducks and swans mulling about and the boats sailing. Herbert Woods do boat hire - this was something that we did consider, but then passed up on the chance. We thought that it might be a bit stressful with the babies being so young but this is something that we would love to be able to do when we go back.

Walking in the woods selfie!


Shops

There is a shop directly opposite the yard called Latham's - it actually stocks everything that you would ever need. Me being me, I had packed lots of things but had I done my research I wouldn't have had to take anything - you could buy literally anything from the shop (including Coco Pops!) at a good price - there were no high mark-ups, which is great. From experience I know that some resorts sell products a lot more expensive than you would buy normally, but this was not the case with Herbert Woods and Latham's.

Pubs and Restaurants

There are many pubs and restaurants within walking and short driving distance of Herbert Woods. We visited The Lion Inn in Thurn on the frst night. This was about twenty minute's drive and was a lovely country pub. We had lovely pub grub, the people were friendly and the kids loved it.

On the second night we went to The Greyhound Inn about ten minute's drive. This again was a lovely country pub, warm and friendly with lovely food. There is something about a real old school pub that just makes you relax and feel content - especially when the food is home-cooked and yummy!

We also popped to a couple of tea-rooms. The Flour & Bean across the way from the yard served ice cream for the kids and we chilled out on the front in the sunshine with a couple of drinks. Perfect way to unwind!

The second day we went to Potter's Tea Room - again just across the way from where we were staying. I had a cuppa and Warren and the kids shared a lovely home-made chocolate and caramel cake - I was being good sticking to my Slimming World - the cake looked divine!

At the water's edge surrounded by ducks and swans!


Things to Do

There are lots of activities and fun to be had in the Broads. There is a zoo not too far away, you can have boat-trips, fishing, horse-riding and many other activities. We went to Fairhaven Wildlife Park and spent a good couple of hours walking along the nature trail. The girls loved it - the fresh air was great for them - Alice kept saying that she loves her holiday home!

We made a little vlog including most of our photos - I hope you like it.



Overall

We absolutely loved our break. The children had an amazing time. Me and Warren have discussed perhaps going back just the two of us and hiring a boat for a few days in the summer. I can just picture us cruising along, totally relaxed and wound-down. I would absolutely recommend Herbert Woods for a holiday. They have some great deals on at the moment so do check out their website.

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We were provided with a holiday cottage by Herbert Woods for two nights. All words and views are our own.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like you had such a lovely break and the setting looks perfect. I love a holiday! x

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