Golden Oak Hideaway, Thorpe Forest
Forest Holidays Thorpe Forest
Hop out of your hammock and into your own hot tub at this romantic getaway just for two. The Golden Oak Hideaway has so many things to delight couples – including a log burner in the living room and a gas barbecue waiting for you on the decking. And then there’s a large sunken bath in the bathroom. And green woodland views outside. This Norfolk retreat has a whole host of features designed to make your holiday extra special.
We think the location is great for a chilled out weekend away. This luxury log cabin is set in Thorpe Forest, a natural haven on the banks of the River Thet, close to where the Norfolk and Suffolk borders meet. It offers a tranquil slice of calm, and a great base to explore some of the best of England’s countryside and coastline.
The Golden Oak Hideway is tucked between the trees. Step inside the front door and you’ll find a porch, leading into a luxurious interior, stylishly decorated and full of special features. We love the log burner in the living room, for kicking back in front of the fire in the evenings. Wander across the cabin’s toasty underfloor heating and you’ll find a comfy ensuite master bedroom, complete with comfy double bed, leading to your own sunken bath for two.
The owners aim to treat guests to all the little luxuries on this retreat – from the fluffy robes and slippers in the master bedroom to the luxury toiletries in the bathroom. There’s even a flat-screen TV, featuring the ability to order food and drinks to your cabin from the Forest Retreat, and a Nespresso coffee machine waiting for you in the kitchen. We are told there’s some surprise extras included too!
On your doorstep and around Thorpe Forest there’s a whole array of things to do – whether you are hoping to seriously stretch your hiking legs, or enjoy some cultural wanderings. The picturesque Breckland landscape around Thorpe Forest is notable for its shallow pools, heathland and newly planted forests. If you’re feeling strong, spend an afternoon on the 13.2km Middle Walk or set out for a day on part of the 45km Long Walk, which takes in forest, river, country roads and four National Trails.
It’s about an hour’s drive to the coast but we think it’s pretty much always worth it. The Norfolk Coast Path runs for 134km from Hunstanton to Hopton-on-Sea. Much of the walk is within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a new town to explore, we highly recommend Bury St. Edmunds. Here, the cosmopolitan buzz, lively theatre and chic boutiques are set against a backdrop of timbered medieval buildings. Or, you could take a trip to the market town of Diss, which has an oasis at its heart – a six-acre mere (that’s a lake) surrounded by parkland.
Finally, one of the popular tourist attractions in the area is The English Whisky Company. You can book on one of their tours for some history, and a chance to try their handiwork. If you like fine dining, there’s the very fancy Maison Bleue Restaurant to try, in Bury St Edmunds. Or, how about this – the nearby Nutshell pub claims the title of Britain’s smallest pub.
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Golden Oak Hideaway, Thorpe Forest
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