Log cabin | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Relax and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life in this fabulous timber built Alpine style woodland lodge! You can sit back and enjoy the beautiful lakeside location within the grounds of the Somerleyton Estate or take full advantage of the activities on offer in Fritton Lake Country Park. Birch Lodge has just been fully renovated and is equipped with a fitted kitchen and all modern conveniences. The lodge is well insulated and has efficient electric heating throughout. With additional underfloor heating in the bathrooms and luxurious Egyptian Cotton towels and bedlinen, Birch Lodge provides warm, stylish and comfortable accommodation all year round.
The lodge blends well into its particularly peaceful setting amongst mature woodland with tranquil views over the two mile stretch of Fritton Lake. Included in the price of your holiday is full use of the adjoining adventure park, assault course, 9 hole golf course and fishing on the lake. Boating and Pony Rides are also available on request.
Birch lodge provides the perfect escape, whether it's an activity packed family holiday, a romantic retreat or a short break.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 20 km, Nearest railway: Somerleyton 2 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, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|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 (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
In the Master Bedroom there is a double bed, wardrobe, bedside tables with lamps, a chest of drawers and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. There are two single beds in the twin room with a bedside table and lamp and a large chest of drawers. The bunk bed in the bunk room is full sized and so it is large enough for tall teenagers or adults to use. Both the en-suite shower room and the family bathroom have spotless bathroom fittings and underfloor heating.
|Further details outdoors|
Fritton Lake Country Park is open all year round with events throughout the summer months. In addition to this there is a Day Visitor Centre offering an indoor area with Air Hockey, Pool, Football games, Table Tennis, Chess and a Soft Play Kiddies Corner for the under 5s. Please note that the Day Visitor Centre and Bouncy Cushion are only operational from the first week in April to the last week in September each year.
Please email for up to date prices and availability.
The East Anglia region
The Somerleyton Estate covers the border of Suffolk and Norfolk, with the famous Norfolk Broads and Suffolk's Heritage Coast and the charming seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh only a short drive away.
You can hire a day boat at St Olaves to enjoy the delights of the Broads close up or follow the Angles Way long distance path from Somerleyton village, through Fritton to Caldecott and beyond, following the river beside mills and marshland.
Close by are the delightful market towns of Beccles and Bungay and the city of Norwich with its cathedral, Norman Castle and outstanding shopping centre. Birch Lodge is an ideal base for day trips to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft seaside resorts or the Edwardian charm and Blue Flag beach at Gorleston.
There are many places of historical interest nearby including Orford Castle, Sutton Hoo and Leiston Abbey. Norfolk is famous for the use of flint as a building material, and there are plenty of interesting examples of the local architecture (with one of the unusual round church towers within the grounds of the Fritton Lake Country Park itself).
For cultural events, Snape Maltings is a short drive away where you can enjoy the year round programme of music events at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Popular family attractions in the locality include Pleasurewood Hills, Africa Alive and Banham Zoo, with Bewilderwood and The Dinosaur Park just beyond Norwich.
Created from peat diggings in the 10th century and fed by natural springs, Fritton Lake is one of the most beautiful expanses of water in East Anglia. Fritton Lake is part of the 5000 acres of spectacular Suffolk and Norfolk countryside that forms the Somerleyton Estate and is as stunning in the glistening frost as it is in the glorious glow of summer. Abundantly stocked with fish, the lake is a delight to anglers and its banks provide endless opportunities to observe waterfowl and wildlife in the natural surroundings of mature woodland and lakeside trails.
On the opposite side of the lake is Somerleyton Hall, the family home of the Hon.Hugh Crossley, son of the present Lord and Lady Somerleyton. With its wonderful Jacobean and Anglo-Italian architecture, beautiful gardens and challenging Yew maze which dates back to 1846, this is a fascinating property to visit during your stay.
Fritton Lake Country Park
While the lodges are set apart and secluded, the extensive facilities and attractions of Fritton Lake Country Park are on your doorstep. While staying at Birch Lodge you have full use of the adjoining Country Park and the indoor games centre, and you may use the golf course, adventure park and fishing facilities free of charge. Boating and Pony Rides are also available.
Family friendly dining
Within walking distance of the lodge is the Fritton House Hotel, Bar and Restaurant. Once thought to be a Smuggler's Inn on a secret Medieval trade route, this 15th Century farmhouse has been refurbished into a hotel and brasserie serving fresh, locally sourced seasonal food and Adnams beers and wines. Children and Grandchildren are welcome to enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
A very warm welcome also awaits you at the Dukes Head, a traditional Suffolk pub and restaurant, only a 5 minute drive from the lodge. With real ales, fine wines and freshly prepared food, this is a popular place to eat. Booking essential!
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26 Jun 2012
Hi Just to say we had a lovely weekend break in Birch Lodge No. Beautiful place. Peaceful. Only two little issues. Is there anyway tea towels & a dishwasher tablet can be provided for future bookings, and a shelf in the shower to put shower gel etc on would be handy. Other than that absolutely fab. Thanks xx Next year gonna come with families next time. As loads for kids to do.
7 Feb 2012
"Well equipped lodge in a beautiful setting - the perfect getaway"
My partner and I stayed at Birch Lodge for two nights at the beginning of February, for my birthday. We found that many forest lodges can only be booked from April onwards, so we were glad to find that this one was available all year round.
Jo Cowie was very helpful when we made the initial enquiry, and an information pack arrived by post shortly after booking which we found useful.
We arrived on one of the coldest days of the year so far, and although the lodge took a little while to warm up we found the heating to be more than adequate - even when it snowed towards the end of our stay. The bathroom underfloor heating was an especially nice touch at this time of year!
The lodge is in a great setting, with beautiful views through the trees to the lake and really peaceful - so much so that on the last morning we were lucky enough to see two deer walk right past the lodge. An added bonus of staying during the winter when it's a little quieter. Although there are neighbouring lodges, these were at a sufficient distance that it still felt quite private, and as many were unoccupied during February we felt we had the place to ourselves - a perfect 'get away from it all' location.
The lodge was well equipped with everything we needed, especially in the kitchen where we found a few extras we had forgotten to bring with us - such as kitchen foil and washing up cloths.
We used the lodge as a base to visit Norwich, and the Norfolk/Suffolk coast. There's plenty to do in the area, so didn't find much time to explore the Somerleyton estate or go for walks round the lake/in the forest, but perhaps next time!
We would definately return to the lodge - we did comment that it would make a wonderful place to spend Christmas.
24 Aug 2011
"Great place to stay for a family holiday"
We had a brilliant holiday here. The lodge itself is cosy and well equipped, and sits in a great location (compared to some of the other lodges) as it feels more private with a great view into the woods and the lake beyond.
The park itself is great for kids as the play area is a short walk away along the lake. There are loads of things to do in the surrounding area for young familys, but I'd say this could easily serve just as well as a break for couples on their own.
We loved it and will definitely come back to to this lodge.
7 Aug 2011
"Wow Wow Wow !! Fabulous, perfect, just what we wanted 10/10 !!"
Well what can I say other than this holiday was fabulous in every way.We are a family of 6 with children aged 10,8,5 and 3 so choosing a holiday that satisfies everyone is a perenial challenge. This y… More
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