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The Retreat

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 42 reviews

The Retreat

Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Set within 23 acres of farmland fronting the River Tudd with private lake and pets corner; ideal for the young. The Retreat is in an ideal location for country pursuits; walking, cycling, birdwatching, horse riding, golf and is the perfect base for exploring neighbouring market towns, The Broads, coastal resorts and the fine historic city of Norwich.

Quiet and peaceful, yet only a 10 minute drive to Norwich park and ride bus service into Norwich.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cromer 41.4 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Norwich Airport 17.8 km, Nearest railway: Norwich Railway Station 18 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Thoughtfully converted, we have retained many of the original features, including the vaulted ceilings and original brickwork, dating back to the 1800s. The family bathroom comprises of a large wet room, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail. The main double bedroom has a double en suite shower room. All three bedrooms have separate vanity units/sinks. Separate toilet.

Further details outdoors

Step outside into the furnished courtyard with landscaped gardens to relax and enjoy the scenery. Take a stroll down to the river or on site private lake set in the 23 acres of unspoilt countryside, surrounded by nature at its best. Visit our 'pets corner' where you will be greeted by the family pets; great for the children. Also available on request are our free range chicken eggs. Ample parking available for customers and their guests.

The East Anglia region

A visit to Norfolk offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Britain. Around every corner you will find pretty villages and historic churches, miles and miles of unspoilt beaches, countryside and rivers teeming with wildlife and relaxed towns and a city with wonderful shops and tempting cafes. Combine all of this with an exciting selection of things to do and a range of entertainment to suit all ages and you have Norfolk in a nutshell.

Norfolk is a popular tourist destination and has several major examples of holiday attractions. There are many seaside resorts, including some of the finest British beaches, such as those at Great Yarmouth, Waxham, Cromer and Holkham bay. . Norfolk is probably best known for the Broads and other areas of outstanding natural beauty and many areas of the coast are wild bird sanctuaries and reserves with some areas designated as National Parks. Tourists and locals enjoy the wide variety of monuments and historical buildings in both Norfolk and the city of Norwich.

Arts and culture is a big part of life in Norfolk, there are many annual festivals celebrating art, music and performance. You will find plenty of musical events and exhibitions ând look out for the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, The Norwich Philharmonic and Britten Sinfonia to name but a few.


East Tuddenham is a small and friendly vilage whcih offers the best of best worlds; on one hand it is quiet and beautiful surrounded by fields and many public footpaths, and on the other it is still close to local amenities and is just minutes from the A47. It also has a local village hall, bar, park , church, and two on site tennis courts which are available for private hire and many other clubs and activities, such as badminton, bowles, football, dance classes to name a few!

Although we are classified as being in dereham, we are actually closer to norwich as we are located in between the two town/city.

Every visitor, whatever their interests, soon discovers the delights offered by Norwich. Set in the heart of East Anglia, the historic city of Norwich has everything you would desire of a vibrant regional capital. The beautiful countryside and waterways around the city complement Norwich perfectly ând glorious unspoilt landscapes dotted with delightful traditional villages and market towns. The Norwich area is the perfect location to enjoy the contrasts of one of Englands most picturesque counties. From glorious open countryside to the unspoilt tranquility of the Norfolk Broads, from sleepy villages to the vibrant city of Norwich with its magnificent cathedral and cobbled streets, there is plenty to explore. And when you want to spend some time indoors there are plenty of historical buildings to discover and numerous museums.

The Norwich area has a whole host of museums, theatres, cinemas, arts venues, churches and green spaces catering for families, couples and singles of all ages. Attractions, parks and shops offer half term and school holidays activities from book reading to puppet making whilst adults can enjoy recitals, art galleries and bandstand concerts to name but a few and most of these things to do are FREE.

Not only is Norwich the most complete medieval city in England, it is throbbing with nightlife, buzzing with shoppers and alive with street entertainers, arts and music. The atmosphere here is contagious and you will find there is so much to see you may need to stay an extra few days. Pack your credit card and hit the shops ând Norwich has been voted one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain!

Norwich is lucky to house two great shopping centres, The Mall Norwich and the newly built Chapelfield. Between them they offer over 150 shops plus restaurants and cafes. Both have their own car parks with parking for the disabled and parents with toddlers and both provide Shopmobility offering the loan of scooters, electric and manual wheelchairs.

Eating out in Norwich and the countryside is all about the pleasure of enjoying wonderful Norfolk food, the skills of top local chefs and receiving a warm welcome from passionate proprietors. Restaurants in Norwich offer the sophistication of award-winning eateries from trendy bistros to homely gastro-pubs to hotel restaurants and themed meals. Norwich and it's countryside has just about every variety of restaurant you can think of. Plus quite a few have some pretty great awards under their belts!

As far as events go in Norwich and the Nofolk countryside, there are a numerous amount which vary widely from large county events like The Royal Norfolk Show on 25/26th June which we are only a 10 minute drive from, offering everything for a great day out from food/drink, equine and livestock, farm machinery, royal visits, trade stands, entertainment displays, food hall and cookery theatre...the list goes one! There is also the many other events around Norfolk this year, such as flower shows, music events, beach carnivals, food festivals, lord Mayer's Celebration, arts festivals; to see more, follow the link below.

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16 Oct 2014


"Really Good Trip"

I recently took my wife, baby and parents for a trip to Norfolk and stayed at The Retreat. We booked a long weekend (Friday - Monday). The place was incredible. It was incredibly peaceful yet access… More

16 Sep 2014


"Wow, what a gem!"

We've just returned from a short stay at The Retreat, Riverside Farm and I have to say it was fantastic. As soon a we stepped through the door we knew we were staying somewhere special. The inter… More

25 Aug 2014


"A wonderful spot in the country, but not too far from towns."

We were made to feel very welcome by Amanda and Andy and appreciated the welcome pack of food we found in the kitchen. The children loved visiting the farm animals and playing on the outdoor toys. We … More

6 Jul 2014


"relaxing, enjoyable, a real pleasure"

Our 2nd time at riverside and again it was truely great. We stayed a full week and again the accommodation was exceptional and the farm was packed full of things to do. Andy and Amanda were great host… More

1 Jul 2014


"Amazing location and house - we didn't want to leave!"

This was our first visit to Norfolk, and it will definitely not be our last. We stayed in the Retreat and had a fantastic week. The property is home from home - very clean and spacious with excellent… More

12 Jun 2014


"Perfect stay"

I stayed here for a pre-wedding weekend trip with my two bridesmaids. I choses the holiday cottage as we also had my bridesmaid's little boy with us, and it looked like a much better option that … More

21 May 2014


"Highly recommended"

We stayed here for just two nights when visiting the area for a wedding. Before our visit i was in touch with Amanda a number of times to discuss arrangements and found her very helpful. It was our fi… More

8 May 2014


"Perfect farm vacation for young families"

We stayed here with 3 generations of family including a 4 year old girl who was very sad to leave. Amanda and Andy were the perfect farm hosts and wherever we went, Ruby's daily highlight was fee… More

28 Apr 2014


"If you need to stay in Norfolk with family of any age, come here, just BRILLIANT!"

Came for 3 nights and wished it was more! Amanda is an amazing host with lots of energy and drive, but relaxed and welcoming at the same time. We had an age range from 5 - 90 in our family party and w… More

27 Apr 2014


"Fantastic farm holiday!"

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at Riverside Farm. We stayed at the "Retreat" with our four children aged 5 to 11. The accommodation was lovely with everything we could possib… More

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Calendar last updated:27 Nov 2014

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