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“What a perfect place to spend a week with friends!”
Private Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
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Private Indoor Heated Swimming Pool
Pool table from bar area
Downstairs lounge with wood burner
Upstairs open plan living
Upstairs lounge with balcony
sunset from balcony
Twin single room
spacious balcony
Private secluded garden to enjoy
beautiful field views over farm land
private enclosed garden
south facing private gardens
watch the sun drop from the private balcony
dining to seat 10
covered out door hot tub
large bedrooms with en suites
tastefully decorated
sit under the shade of the walnut tree and relax
beautiful sunsets from balcony
open all year round
large bright rooms
large wide corridors
tastefully decorated
large spacious bedrooms
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5 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Oulton Broad, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

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MiketheTr...
Essex
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a perfect place to spend a week with friends!”
Reviewed January 15, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

Our party of eight 60+ year-olds has just returned from a week at this lovely property situated in a rural part of Oulton, near to Lowestoft, Suffolk. Our original contact with the owners Chris and Wendy FRench was very positive after our original bookong throuh Hoseasons was cancelled. Good contact was maintained throughout the booking process and all our questions regarding the house facilities etc answered and we were texted on the day of our arrival to advise that early access was available. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted (in poor weather conditions) and given a tour of this substantial property before we unloaded our vehicles (the disabled lift was a great help with getting our luggage up to the first-floor bedrooms).

The property has secure parking behind electronically-operated gates whilst the ground floor consists of a kitchen, large 10-metre swimming pool (it's 4 feet deep) with changing rooms attached and a huge lounge containing the pool table, large television (with Sky and DVD), comfortable sofas and a small bar area. This is where we spent most of our time in the house. Upstairs, there are five bedrooms (four with en-suites), plus a separate bathroom (with bath), being a mixture of doubles and twins. Also upstairs is another lounge (with television) combined with the main kitchen area with seating for ten around a substantial table. Outside on the first floor was a south and west-facing decking area (we didn't use this in January, but it would be great for 'Sundowners' in the summer months), whilst on the ground floor was the hot-tub, table tennis table and fenced lawn / garden area. A barbeque is also available to use.

Away fro the property, there is a nice local pub called the Blue Boar that is situated approximately half a mile away and where we tucked into some quality pub fayre one evening during our stay. The distance is not a problem, but the road outside the house is de-restrcted (60 mph) and no pavement exists for the majority of the way to the pub, so two of our party drove there and back, playing catch-up with the others once we were back at the bar in the house!

As a group we like to walk and explore the local area during the day. Although situated right next to the southern Broads, because of the extreme wet weather prior to our trip, we chose to stay away from the riverbanks. Instead we did some coastal walking around Dunwich Heath, around the delighful town of Southwold (a 25-minute drive), a long walk along Lowestoft promenade and a circular walk around the ancient town of Bungay. Another time we took our portable BBQ down to the excellent beach at Gorleston where we enjoyed sausages and a glass or two of fizz. The only disappointing trip was our visit to Great Yarmouth which we found quite a dreary, depressing place (not helped by the poor weather that day) which caused us to abandon our proposed trip up to Horsey to check out the baby seals which usually inhabit the sand dunes at this time of year.

Walnut House has a thoroughly-deserved Gold Award from Visit Britain and any criticismwould be churlish on our part as it is certainly the best-appointed property we have ever had the pleasure to stay in during our many years of going away as a group over the New Year / early January period and we will definitely be going back at some point as the facilities were just spot-on for our requirements. We did make suggestions regarding the chandelier over the dining table, hanging hooks in the bedrooms and a possible boot / wet coat area, but these small niggles were more than offset by some of the nice touches like the owners giving us the eggs from the chickens, use of the (nearly full) optics by the bar and a magnum of champagne when the hot-tub broke down. We did think the maids were in a bit sharpish at 9.20am when we didn't have to leave until ten!

To sum up - thank you Chris and Wendy French for making our week in Suffolk so enjoyable!! We have already recommended this property to friends and work colleagues.

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Liked best: The downstairs lounge with its bar, pool table, Sky television and comfortable seating AND the pool
Liked least: Nothing of note!
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Denise An...
Hinckley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Another excellent holiday”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Myself and a group of friends visited again this year, for my 50th birthday. As before we had a fantastic time. The accommodation was first class and more than met our expectations yet again. Chris and Wendy French are perfect hosts and made us all extremely welcome, as they had before on our previous visit. Thank you for a great holiday.
I have recommnded Walnut House to family and friends. Some family members have just spent Christmas there and had an amazing time.

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Liked best: friendliness of the owners, excellent accommodation, swimming pool, games room and hot tub
Liked least: not applicable!
Traveling group: Friends
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Jane B
London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“THE BEST HOUSE EVER!!!!!!!”
Reviewed December 9, 2013 for a stay in December 2013

We all went to stay at Walnut house for my husbands surprise 40th birthday. Firstly we were greeted by Wendy and Chris the owners who showed us around .It was perfect with 5 ensuite bedrooms all decorated to such a high standard and spotlessly clean, indoor heated swimming pool with its own female and male changing rooms!!. The hot tub was amazing !!
The boys loved the pool table and bar! Outside there where wonderful gardens with chickens ( fresh eggs every morning) two spotless kitchens and two lounges, one with a beautiful wood burner which we all feel in love with. We stayed for 4 nights and it was such a shame when we had to leave , Chris and Wendy put in so much effort to make it a perfect stay for us and lovely couple too,!
We all would highly recommend Walnut House it has everything !!!!

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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scrumpadi...
Essex
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Another brilliant 'Christmas' weekend at Walnut House”
Reviewed December 6, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Ok so we had Christmas a little early but what a great time we had. Together with eight great girlfriends we celebrated Christmas at Walnut House for the second time. As soon as we arrived we felt like old friends of Wendy and Chris, perfect hosts. The house was warm and inviting with smells of Christmas and two stunning trees. We cannot recommend the house highly enough and have already pencilled ourselves in for next year!

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Liked best: Everything but warm pool and hot tub possibly top!
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Large groups People with pets
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David H
Skegness, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic property with wonderful friendly hosts”
Reviewed November 26, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Our family of 6 adults and three children was celebrating a 60th birthday and were treated to
one of the nicest experiences we have had, from the fantastic facilities to the most perfect hosts you could wish for. The accommodation was spotless. Both children and adults found the pool exceptional and the hot tub was amazing. . The bar and pool table was an excellent facility for our party. I would certainly recommend it for a family treat. A great shame we had to leave. Thank you Chris and Wendy.

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Liked best: Everything was perfect
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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shell30_1...
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing House”
Reviewed August 31, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Have just returned from a week stay at Walnut House and it truly is an amazing house. There is everything you need and more. Although we never met the owners, Jim looked after us very well, was always about for a chat and was a lovely man. Beautiful sunsets from the balcony, a lovely pool for the kids to play in, a bar with pool table and sky tv a very relaxing hot tub, the list goes on. We would love to return but after our chat with Jim it seems like we may have to book a long way in advance as this is a very popular house and I am not surprised at all. Gutted to be back home with a very sad 4 year old boy who wants to know why we had to leave the pool and the big house behind but some very special memories.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Jo-Anne J
Northumberland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Absolutely perfect”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We visited Walnut House with family in a group of 6 adults and 4 young children. When we arrived we were welcomed by Chris and Wendy who showed us around their beautiful property. The house was even more stunning than we expected and had everything we could possibly want in a holiday home and more.
The children made full use of the fantastic pool, table tennis table, field and trampoline whilst the adults enjoyed the hot tub, garden and pool table/bar area.
All the rooms and bedrooms were beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. The house also had the benefit of a lift and wide corridors which was particularly helpful to accommodate the pushchair we brought with us.
Chris and Wendy really do look after their guests, and were a godsend in helping us when we ran in to some car trouble.
The surrounding area is lovely and there's plenty to do regardless of your interests. Although for our family, there was so much to do in the house we only went out a couple of times.
I would recommend Walnut House unreservedly, we loved it so much that we have booked up again for next year.

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Liked best: That the facilities at Walnut House cater for all ages groups, swimming pool, hot tub, bar, games tables etc
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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