Grayling Lodge lakeside cabin
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Log cabin | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
On the Holiday Lettings site in summer 2013; Grayling Lodge is a newly-built well-equipped stunning log cabin situated right on a lake in Pentney Lakes, West Norfolk; mid-way between King's Lynn & Swaffham. The plot is a quarter acre, the cabin is 166m2 (1800 sq ft) It has all the usual creature comforts and is finished to a very high standard, all furniture inside & outside is less than 3 years old. It is 2 storey with a lake view veranda 18m2 (200sq ft) & upstairs balcony (identical size) as well as a dock/pier built out onto lake (24m2). New in July 2014 is a large lakeside Summerhouse with room inside for 4 or more easy chairs plus coffee table. It is about 10 miles from Sandringham, 30 mins from the coast at Hunstanton, Blakeney, Holkham, Burnham Market, Wells-next-the Sea & Cromer. It has full gas-fired central heating plus a log burner for chilly nights. Downstairs there's a walk-in shower bathroom and upstairs a full family bathroom. The kitchen/diner is well equipped with gas hob, fan oven, dishwasher and a separate boot-room/laundry room with fridge freezer, sink and washing machine. The living room can seat 6 and has fabulous views of the beach & lake. The third bedroom is downstairs & is also used for overspill TV watching when the kids want to watch something else. Under the stairs is storage for cases & sports equipment plus a desk for emails or gaming. There are two free Three wi-fi hubs in the cabin (1.2Mbps download speed and each only has a 15GB max download per month which is not upgradeable so please do not download movies etc. People arriving after you will then not have any internet access).
Upstairs there is a large landing, 3x3m with a chaise longue (for chill-out or reading?) The family bathroom comprises large bath seating 2, shower, toilet, wash basin & bidet. The second bedroom has balcony view & is furnished with twin beds that zip into a king-size. The master bedroom is very spacious with king-sized double, with views and access to the large balcony overlooking the lake. The balcony is furnished with waterproof wicker furniture: double sofa, 2 singles & coffee table plus a desk for working or reading.
Please note we are sorry to announce we have stopped accepting any more 2 night bookings; the cost & labour for cleaning & preparing for next guests means it is not economically viable esp for groups of 6. We will honour any existing 2 night bookings.
The cabin is wheelchair accessible and there's parking on the drive for 4 cars. A large deck 30m2 (320sq ft) is on the south side with a gas bbq and table with 6 chairs. The plot is fenced on 3 sides so children should not wander off but little ones should be supervised as they could fall into the lake or off the 4m x 6m dock just completed with safety rails & lifebelt to ensure safety for children and non-swimmers (see pic). The lake is initially shallow for paddling but quickly deepens so be aware for little ones. Two adults drowned swimming in 2013 in a similar ex-gravel pit lake 3 miles away so BE CAREFUL. Please be aware that water-skiing takes place in summer months, so no paddling or swimming. Water skiing can be fun & you can take a lesson or if you are proficient get a tow. I am not a water-skier but recognise that water-skiing has been taking place here for many years before my cabin was built so it's live & let live. ALSO PLEASE DO NOT BRING CANOES OR BOATS, THE WATER SKI CLUB HAS USE OF THE LAKE & SMALL CRAFT COULD CAUSE ACCIDENTS. I'm afraid there is no fishing allowed from my plot by the lake owner but across the lake on the North side you may fish. Please be aware the site speed limit for cars is 5mph and there are speed-bumps.
A large 4 x 4 metre dock built out onto the lake was completed in July 2013 including recliners and a table seating 6. The plot is mainly lawn down to the beach/lake with young trees; there is a herb garden. Please bring indoor shoes; slippers, crocs, flip flops or soft shoes. We spent two weeks stripping the floors and finishing them with 3 coats of varnish so I don't want any grit brought in, there's storage for shoes in the boot room. The site is quite sandy with unpaved roads & paths. I no longer keep hens, they kept escaping & digging up my neighbours' gardens who complained; the hens now live at a nearby riding stables.
Pentney Lakes is one of Norfolk's best kept secrets-with all the activities offered on site; fishing, water skiing, horse riding & carriage driving, beaches, nature reserve, bird watching, woodland walks, bike rides, quad biking. It's up to you whether you just sit and relax in 285 acres of nature's most beautiful countryside, wander round the twelve massive lakes, visit the clubhouse for a drink, snack or bar games & a chat or sit on Grayling Lodge's massive veranda or balcony, watch the bird life or watersports and enjoy snacks or a meal & a glass of something & watch the sun go down and the ducks, geese & swans taking off or landing on the lake. There's a children's play area by the clubhouse with swings, climbing frame etc., and is on soft bark chippings. And for those who prefer days out you couldn't be in a better area.
Nearest shop for a paper, milk or bread is at Pentney Caravan Park, 3 miles east. Brand-new massive Sainsbury's & Tesco superstores are 7 miles west in King's Lynn as well as Morrisons, Asda, Lidl & Aldi. There is a nice Waitrose in Swaffham 6 miles east as well as traditional butchers, greengrocers etc and they have a great traditional Saturday street market as well as a poultry auction, worth a visit on a Saturday morning to see local Norfolk smallholders & farmers bidding in their local accents!
A final note about booking & security deposits. As of Jan 3rd 2014 this home is no longer on the HL free system and is now on Annual Subscription so you no longer pay a booking fee to HL. All new inquiries, quotes, deposits and final payments are booked through the HL site & accepted by the owner. Payment may be made by PayPal or credit card. After departure my housekeeper will check the house ready for the next visitors and let me know of any damage or breakages, after that I will refund your deposit via PayPal.
Comments from the Visitors Book by guests who stayed in 2013:
Oliver & Natasha, London, June. We're just about to get in the car and head home after what's been a wonderfully fun and relaxing weekend. Grayling Lodge has been a perfect escape from the social whirl of the various parties we've attended and has meant we've spent much of the weekend simply being here.
Diane & her mum & friend, S Wales, July. Thank you very much letting us share your lovely lakeside lodge. We really enjoyed Norfolk and the tranquil setting of the lodge. We had a trouble-free stay, no breakages, and left the house clean and tidy as you'd expect to find it.
Lilly, Greg, father and 2 young children, Herts, July. We had a lovely 3 night stay at Grayling Lodge, we went to Holkham Beach, our favourite. Loved the views, very peaceful, we saw bats flying in the air in the evening! Already planning our next visit. Thank you Shaun for letting us stay in your home.
Pete, Kay and 2 teenagers, Sheffield, Aug. Couldn't wait to arrive, it was as the pictures showed, wonderfully calming, we have had a great time here, enjoy the quiet & peace and the nature that surrounds the house. I hope you know how lucky you are to have such a beautiful house and fantastic hospitality. I haven't felt as peaceful as I did here for a long time; I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to experience such an amazing place.
Tim & 5 friends from Suffolk on a school reunion, Sept. Thanks so much for letting us stay at your beautiful lodge, we've had a great time. We really enjoyed the lakeside view, it was lovely having breakfast on the veranda each morning. We took a trip to Holkham beach one day but our highlight of the holiday has to be the watersports here on the lake. Thanks again Shaun; we'd love to come back next year!
Chris & Graham plus 2 friends, Cardiff, Sept. 5* Plus! We just had a great time; you can't help having a great time at Grayling Lodge. We had a wonderful week and everything was just perfect in the house; we loved the changing vista of the lake; wildlife;, watching water-skiing; gentle wind chimes; relaxing by the lake.
Martin & Sheila, Herts, Sept. Things at No 51 are just right and in splendid isolation. A lovely retreat.
Christine, Steve & family, Essex, Sept. We booked a weekend away for our Dad as the past few years have been a difficult time for him & us. Grayling Lodge provided the ideal location for the family to have a relaxing time together with very few interruptions. (No service on phones much of the time a big plus!) We enjoyed going to Castle Rising where we also enjoyed an English cream tea. Lodge very well equipped. Shaun, you have a lovely place here, would recommend to others. Thank you.
Brendon, Christine & family, London & Australia, Oct. Wonderful stay! Very peaceful & calming. Followed Shaun's directions north to Burnham Market and coffee'd at Hoste Arms. Beautiful spot. Then on to Well-next-the-Sea and Holt for lunch. Great day out! Thanks for the respite.
Jane & Nick, Telford, Oct. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Grayling Lodge. Wonderful location and perfectly equipped. Would love to return and stay a little longer next time. Would have no hesitation in recommending to others. We had to change the date of our stay at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances and Shaun was very accommodating. A perfect short break.
Adam & Vicky, Manchester, Oct. We had a lovely stay here. Didn't venture far as we wanted to make the most of the amazing views over the lake. Spent most of the time pretending it was our house; wish it was! Beautiful location and a really relaxing & refreshing place to stay. Thanks!
Dean & family, Leicester, Oct. Had a great stay, very peaceful and relaxing. Great views. Went to Gt Yarmouth, Wells-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton and all surrounding areas. Would come again. Many thanks.
Amy & family, Oct/Nov. Thank you for letting us stay at your home. The cabin is lovely and found it very relaxing. Children loved scary movies on Halloween and also loved your movie selection esp Borat. Ha ha. Regards
Linda & Colin, Cambridge, Nov. We booked the lodge for a retreat/getaway and got everything we wanted. We had a really relaxing time. The lodge is in a lovely location and very quiet and tranquil. This could be the time of year we have chosen to visit. We would recommend this lodge to family & friends. It was a perfect short break. Thank you.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hunstanton or Holkham 35 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 45 km, Nearest railway: King's Lynn 12 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, 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 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The East Anglia region
N W Norfolk is blessed with many things to do although it's not especially cultured but offers lots of outdoor activities and of course great beaches. Firstly Pentney Lakes site is great for walking, biking, fishing, bird watching. 200 yards west of the entrance is W Bilney Woods with paths and a 3-4 mile circular walk around more fishing lakes and nature reserves.
Be aware that we are three miles from RAF Marham an operational airfield flying Eurofighter Typhoons and Tornados. They often are practising but are often quite high so noise is not an issue. They were last in combat in the Libyan campaign two years ago.
King's Lynn (7 miles away) offers the usual high street shops; but Tuesday Market is worth seeing with 18th century rich merchants houses now inns or other businesses, south of there is the old Customs House dating from the mid 1600s and an excellent restaurant & wine/cocktail bar The Bank House. Further south walk the medieval streets with cobbled roads and jettied houses. The two biggest supermarkets, a new Sainsbury's hyperstore and brand new larger Tesco are out of town on the Hardwick roundabout junction of the A47 and A10. There is a pro football team and a race track with speedway and banger racing.
Swaffham (also 7 miles away) in the opposite direction on A47 is a smaller town. It has a large new Waitrose plus a mini Asda and 2 good butchers and many independent retailers. It's quite a charming small market town, there's a good street market on Saturday plus the poultry auction on Sat morning from whence my hens came. The Green Britain site next to Waitrose is worth visiting and it's the only wind turbine in Britain you can visit & climb the tower while it's working. North of Swaffham on the A1065 is Castle Acre with a ruined castle from the 1500s that you can explore for free. Continuing north is the town of Fakenham with an excellent street market on Thursday and lots of independent shops, cafes and bars/pubs.
From Fakenham you may wish to head north-east on the A148 to the Georgian town of Holt with many interesting shops, boutiques and cafes/restaurants; from then head on to the coast at Cromer, then turning west on the coast road A148 passing through Sheringham to Blakeney: Walk along the harbour that backs on to a landscape of salt marshes and mudflats teaming with birdlife. If the tide is right then take a boat trip to see the seals off Blakeney Point. You can take a ferry to the Point and walk along boardwalks to see the many birds who nest there. The coast road continues to the funky seaside town of Wells-next-the sea.
Alternatively you can continue north of Fakenham on the B1105,which takes you directly to Wells. It's brilliant with quaint shops and excellent gastropubs, parking is difficult in high season. You can walk 2 miles or so north along the inlet from the harbour then west to reach the fabulous sandy beach at Holkham (it featured in the final scene in Shakespeare in love); take a picnic, blanket and sunshade and windbreak (there's one on my veranda you may borrow but please bring it back.) Alternatively you can drive the short distance to the National Trust car park opposite Holkham Hall where there's also a great cafe and pub for lunch or snacks. The beach and sand dunes at Holkham rival any you will see in France, Germany or Greece! Walk 2 or 3 miles west along the beach and then come back to the car park through the pine trees behind the dunes.
Leaving Holkham continue west on the A149 a couple of miles and stop in Burnham Market, full of second homes, posh designer shops and food outlets. It worth pausing awhile in the Hoste Arms for a drink, lunch, tea or dinner; you must visit the loos downstairs! This area is where Nelson grew up and learned to sail. You may wish to continue on the coast road via Brancaster Staithe and its sandy beach and then through the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton, full of amusement aracades and fish & chip shops. To avoid this notoriously slow and busy coastal via Hunstanton and King's Lynn, I suggest you come back home to Pentney on the B1155/1153 through rolling rural countryside admiring the famous 'Big Skies' of Norfolk. You pass through the villages of Gt Bircham, Flitcham, Grimston & Gayton and come out on the A47 at the Pentney caravan park, 2 miles east of my house.
Other things to see and do; From Swaffham head east on the A47 direction Norwich, On the left after about 7 miles u will see a sign to Norfolk Museum of Rural Life in Gressenhall, this includes an original Workhouse now restored to show how hard life was for the poor & homeless in Victorian & Edwardian times. There is also a farm with cows, horses, pigs, sheep & chickens you can pet & touch. You can take a horse-drawn ride around it. Next stop is the market town of East Dereham with many shops and a street market. Continuing on the A47 you will reach Norwich which rivals Cambridge for its range of attractions, daily market and the entrance to the Norfolk Broads.
North of us is Sandringham, the Norfolk home of the Queen, it's open to the public and you can tour the lovely spacious & beautifully-manicured gardens and I'm sure I saw Price Phillip driving a ride-on mower. You can see inside some of the house when the Royals are not in residence which is not as grand or large as I expected. There's a nice tea shop and gift shop on site but I've never seen any of the princes clearing tables or stacking shelves. A little bit further north on the A149 on way to Hunstanton is the Lavender Farm & Shop which is a good place to visit, see how its grown, harvested etc; an excellent gift shop, garden nursery, farm shop and cafe/restaurant.
South of Swaffham on the A1065 you will pass through rich farmland and then into Thetford Forest. Follow the signs to Grimes Graves which we found fascinating, where you can clamber down ladders in the chalky soil to explore narrow tunnels from Neolithic and Bronze ages where flint was mined from 2000 years for tools and latterly for flints for making fire or discharging rifles.
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27 Apr 2014
"A beautiful place to stay and relax"
We stayed here for the Easter weekend with my wife, two children and my parents. The place was spotless and ready for us when we arrived. Even with the six of us the lodge has plenty of room and is ve… More
18 Apr 2014
"Peace and quiet, just what was needed!"
Stayed here with my partner as a short quick Easter holiday get away. She didn't really know where we were going so it was very much a surprise for her. The lake house was perfect for what we wan… More
23 Nov 2013
The lodge cabin was faultless, the only complaints we have is that it advertises free WiFi but we got there & had none & read a note in cabin telling us it was limited WiFi. Also it was advertised tha… More
I'm sorry you felt like that & did not enjoy your stay. The monthly wifi download is only 15GB which is adequate for normal emails and internet use but someone who stayed there on or before you had used all that up over a period of 7 days so it is not possible to top-up & the internet shuts down until the next month allotment is credited. On top of that 3, the wifi provider charges me a fine for unauthorised excess usage of £20. I have never advertised that fishing is allowed; I had complaints from water-skiers so had to stop it. You were refunded the full £200 security deposit on 20th Nov.
25 Aug 2013
"What a beautiful hideaway"
We stayed here for a week and it was heaven.just a shame we had to leave.shaun you are a very lucky person to own such a beautiful place.we had a child in wheelchair and was the most accessible holida… More
16 Jul 2013
The lodge is in a stunning position on the lake with a deck area right on the water's edge. The area is quiet and tranquil, at least it was when we were there in July. The lodge has many amenities including Wifi which we found very useful, and plenty of outside seating some undercover on the two verandahs. The lodge is not just a holiday let, but also the owners home which he lets for part of the year and is therefore well equipped. You have to be prepared to look after the 5 hens that roam the garden area ( fresh eggs daily ) and feed the blind cat, but personally I really enjoyed that part of it but understand it wouldn't suit everybody. It was wonderful seeing the ducks, geese and swans swimming on the lake, and enjoying after dinner drinks on the verandah watching the sunset. If I ever return to Norfolk I would certainly go back to Grayling Lodge.
5 Jun 2013
"Beautiful House - Can't wait to go back!"
We booked a last minute stay at Grayling Lodge for a long weekend in May. The Lakeside Cabin is so Beautiful, in a peaceful location, decorated to a high standard, clean and very comfortable....Perfect for relaxing in the garden, having BBQ's and walks around the lakes and forest.
Shaun, the owner, was very friendly, helpful and on hand to provide information on the surrounding area.
The master bedroom is very spacious and with a balcony over looking the lake which is great for wake up to in the morning!
As well as the cabin being well equipped, we were provided with a great welcome pack and we loved the company of the Chickens and collecting the fresh eggs each morning was a great novelty!
We wanted a relaxing weekend away and that is exactly what we got. Would have no hesitations in recommending Grayling Lodge and can not wait to go back for a longer stay next time!
Thank you so much!
Thanks Hayley; you were great guests. When I came home on Sunday I wasn't sure anyone had stayed over as the house was immaculate. I could not find any evidence that you'd been here. Until I found you'd eaten the crisps I'd left in the welcome pack but hadn't drunk the white wine. So I drank that and promptly tripped over the bedroom carpet as you had! Need to get some carpet ant-slip tape. Glad you liked it, do come again and you'll enjoy the massive dock/pier/jetty we've built out over the lake for sunbathing, eating al fresco or just chillin'
All the best, Shaun
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