The Coach House, Norfolk

Date published: 20 Sep 16

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The Coach House at Lodge Farm, NorfolkYou know you’re in for a treat when the reception committee at your holiday venue comprises an immaculate 10-year-old offering a warm welcome and explaining that his mum is just taking something out of the oven but will be round in a minute.

Young Dominic was then upstaged by Anna, who raced around the corner, carrying fresh scones, bread and eggs, plus home-made preserves, with which to usher is in. But we – myself and partner Terry, from Gloucestershire, and my brother David and sister-in-law Isabelle, from West Yorkshire – felt that Dominic’s genuine welcome set the tone for our visit.

Once inside we enjoyed a tour of the property, a converted coach house set on a country estate with the original property tucked away behind a wall ensuring our complete privacy. 

The Coach House at Lodge Farm, NorfolkThe Coach House boasts five bedrooms, two ensuite master rooms plus three twins, and a family bathroom. There’s also a reception area, lounge with woodburner, TV, DVD player and sound system, plus the sort of comfy chairs and sofas you just sink into. Across the hall you step into a huge kitchen with central workstation, table for 11 (at least) plus no less than three ovens, six-ring hob, microwave and grill – so guests can easily cook for large numbers.

And there’s a dishwasher to clear up afterwards. Just like home, only a lot more luxurious!

The private courtyard features a grape vine and olive trees, plus a hot tub, table and chairs, sun loungers and a barbecue. It’s self-contained and private, perfect for al fresco breakfast and supper, and for relaxing under the stars.

The Coach House at Lodge Farm, NorfolkAll the comforts of home, plus fresh flowers, are provided throughout, but if you really want to be pampered you can also arrange for a local chef to come in and do all the cooking for you. Anna’s also happy to arrange sessions at a local spa, the golf course down the road, murder mystery evenings and pretty well anything else.

Our first decision was working out which of the five bedrooms we’d stay in - we went for the two ensuite master rooms but all offered an equally-high standard of furnishings and fittings. Then it was time to tuck into the scones and jam, and to sample what every traveller needs after a long drive, a soak in the outdoor hot tub.

Anna had the wood-fired tub heating up ready for our arrival, and the water was an incredible 39 degrees. We didn’t need to fire up the tub again – on day two of our stay it had cooled down to a mere 36 degrees, and by day three it was still at a very comfortable 33 degrees. It became the focal point of our stay, with evening dips under the fairy lights of the courtyard being a highlight of the visit.

The Coach House at Lodge Farm, NorfolkThe other undoubted highlight was the clay pigeon shoot that Anna arranged for us. Former GB team member Neil Bedingfield called round at 9am on the Tuesday and escorted us to the next-door paddock where the horses had moved out to allow us access.

With a sunshade, seating, cool drinks and cake laid on for our comfort, all four of us took turns to relax while watching the incredibly-patient Neil take us through the basics of shooting. It was something new for all of us, and the one-hour taster session provided plenty of laughter and entertainment. Terry proved to be the champion, closely followed by Izzy, but all four of us had a great time, thanks to Neil’s expert tuition and encouragement. I’d recommend it for any visitors.

Breakfast at the Coach House at Lodge Farm, NorfolkIn short, The Coach House proved to be a home from home at the luxury end of the market. Children are well catered for too, with their own playhouse and plenty of toys. And while furnishings on their own don’t make for a memorable stay, all the mod cons were backed up by friendly and genuine service, to make us feel not as customers but as honoured guests.

A super venue and fantastic service, I’d recommend this for a family get-together, stay over with friends or any special occasion.

The Coach House
Ely Road
Downham Market
PE38 0HL
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  • JennieSilver
    over 2 years ago
    Hi Annebovine
    This review was written by our visiting blogger just to reassure you.
  • Annebovine
    over 2 years ago
    I think it’s a overrated place very expensive for what you get not exactly in the depths of a Norfolk and very close the busy A10, so not exactly quiet, the hot tub is unhygienic because of being made of wood harbours germs. The owner is a ok but quite abrupt, there was a lot of noise from the children that live close to the house.i suspect that at least one of the coach house reviews was made up as it was signed with the owners name. If you want to use the hot tub you have to pay for extras it’s all money! So on the whole I feel you can get a lot more for you’re money elsewhere.
  • schroedie
    almost 5 years ago
    It was really fab, Riverside! I'm hoping to go back for a longer stay as there was so much to do, and so little time!
  • Riversiderouge
    almost 5 years ago
    Sounds absolutely wonderful and I'm tempted to save my pennies already. Downham Market is a classy little place aswell.