Wood Farm Cottages
Child friendly cottage, Norfolk – Child Friendly Cottages Norfolk, Wood Farm, Melton Constable
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About Wood Farm Cottages
Hidden down a country lane discover Wood Farm Holiday Cottages; eight converted barns and stables are surrounded by rolling countryside ideally located near the North Norfolk coast. Wood Farm's self-catering holiday accommodation consists of eight cottages which can sleep families from 2 - 6 in one to three bedrooms. Facilities for the children include a superb play area with zip wire, wooden climbing frame, swings, trampoline, tree house, large slide and loads of outdoor space to play games on. Plus an indoor games area is located in a converted barn where a game of badminton, pool or table tennis can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
The Away with the Kids review
They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for, and in the case of my visit to Wood Farm this was definitely true! Having had to postpone my visit earlier in the year, we finally arrived on a sunny autumn afternoon to be greeted by the lovely host Diana who has been running the self catering apartments for over seventeen years.
We couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome. The location is stunning: set in a secluded five acre site in the heart of rural Norfolk, we immediately felt a wave of calm come over us as we stepped out of the car - the end of the road for now!
The eight lovely cottages, each converted from traditional Norfolk flint barns, sleep a family of 2-6 per cottage. Each one has been restored to create a warm, stylish feel, whilst maintaining many of the original features. We were staying in Oak - a spacious and attractive cottage, with a lovely view overlooking the fabulous gardens and much to my three year old son Sebastian's delight a monkey puzzle tree in our bit of the garden! We immediately felt at home. Our cottage had two spacious bedrooms (one double and a twin) and a very spacious kitchen dining area. It was lovely and warm and just the place to relax.
Diana had provided lots of books, toys, puzzles and games for rainy days along with internet for those who just can't bear to leave their laptops at home. She has even made it possible to download a wide selection of films. So no excuse for getting bored. However there was far too much to explore outside so as Grandma put the kettle on in the fabulous kitchen (wish my one at home was as nice!), Sebastian and I headed out to investigate.
Two cottages, Oak and Holly, have fenced gardens for extra child safety - particularly useful if you have a wayward toddler set on exploring the world and need to keep them entrapped.
Each cottage has it's own little outside area with patio furniture to sit and enjoy a drink, whilst taking in the peace and quiet (apart from the occasional shrieks of delight from the kids on the zip wire!), and although there are eight cottages all together you still enjoy a great deal of privacy.
Each cottage enjoys fast and free wifi, plus unlimited hot water and central heating from the biomass boilers.
The Child Friendly Cottages
Oak: Single storey. Sleeps 4 in 2 spacious bedrooms, one king and one twin, family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Large lounge/dining/kitchen area opens to fenced west facing garden. Pet free.
Holly: Sleeps 4/5 in 2 bedrooms, one spacious king and one with bunk beds, family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Large lounge/dining/kitchen area opens to fenced west facing garden. Stair gate at top of stairs. 2 well behaved pets welcome.
Ash: Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms, one king with ensuite, one twin and one small single, family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Large lounge/dining/kitchen area. Fixed stair gate at top of stairs. 2 well behaved pets welcome.
Beech: Single storey, sleeps 6 in 3 spacious bedrooms, one king with ensuite, and 2 twins, family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Large lounge/dining area and brand new kitchen. Wheelchair friendly. 2 well behaved pets welcome.
Elm: Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms, one king, one twin and one single, family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Lounge and separate dining/kitchen area. Fast and free wifi plus unlimited hot water and central heating from our biomass boilers. Pet free.
Chestnut: Single storey. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, one king and one twin, large family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Spacious lounge/dining/kitchen. 2 well behaved pets welcome.
Willow: Sleeps 2 in double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, sleeping for 2 more in gallery overlooking spacious lounge with wood burner. 2 well behaved pets welcome.
Rowan: Sleeps 4 in 2 spacious bedrooms, one king, one twin, family bathroom with powerful digital aqualisa shower over bath. Cozy lounge/dining/kitchen area. 2 well behaved pets welcome.
Each cottage can be furnished with travel cots, high chairs, bed guards, steps, fixed stair gates at top of stairs in two storey cottages and will have child friendly crockery for meal times.
Babysitting by arrangement.
Facilities at Wood Farm
The gardens surrounding the cottages are amazing and just perfect for children! Masses of space to just run around, a great play area including a spring free trampoline with superb safety net, a ‘hidey' den, swings, slide, football area, trees to climb and the highlight, a slackline which is put up for the summer and proved to be most popular over the weekend. There is also a barn area with table tennis, table football and a pool table, there is plenty to keep older kids amused as well.
The other families staying at Wood Farm were a lovely crowd and all eager to tell me just how much they adored the place. I spoke to two families who had been coming for fifteen years, and couldn't stop raving about the place, and how wonderful it is, which is a testament to Diana and all the hard work and love she has put into her business over the years.
Much to Sebastian's delight he was soon to find a friend as four year old Freddy who was on holiday here for the week introduced himself. The two spent ages bouncing on the trampoline and getting very muddy on the zip slide as Freddy's Grandpa told me all about Wood Farm and why he and his family visit each year. That night (after we managed to drag Sebastian away from his new friend!) we dined on some lovely local produce bought from a terrific farm shop not far from Holt, and headed to bed - sleeping like babies.
Things for Families to Do and Visit in Norfolk
The next day after more zip slide action before breakfast we headed off to the gorgeous Blakeney Quay for some crabbing! Definitely the most popular and free pastime for youngsters. Blakeney is a charming seaside village situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. As we sat and enjoyed a cup of tea in the sunshine, overlooking the harbour I was sad that we were only here for a quick visit.
One of the best things about Wood Farm is the sheer amount of things to do on its doorstep. North Norfolk is such a great destination for families. Amazing beaches, beautiful scenery, and what's more holidays like these don't have to cost you the earth. Just pack a picnic basket and head out to enjoy the area. In fact Diana has compiled a list of the top ten free things to do in the area (all tried and tested over the years by her many happy customers)
We left Wood Farm, sadly after just one night, feeling happy and relaxed, but desperately wanting to stay longer. This is one place that we will return to.
Please note: although pets are welcome in some of the cottages, Diana doesn't allow dogs on the play area - there are however miles of lovely dog walks to be taken right on the doorstep.
Many thanks to Nicola Shepheard and her family for visiting and reviewing Wood Farm for Away with the Kids
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