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“relaxing, enjoyable, a real pleasure”
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Excellent
85 reviews
The Retreat
The Retreat and courtyard
Living area and kitchen view
Living Area
Kitchen
Living Area, flat screen tv
Master bedroom
Master bedroom with en suite
Twin room
Double room
Wet room - disable friendly
Wet room
Luxury shower
Pond
Mother hen
The sheep
Living area
Twin room with vanity unit
Double room with vanity unit
Outside (other existing accommodation)
The ducks
The lake
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dereham, Norfolk, East Anglia, England

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Craig R
Witham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“relaxing, enjoyable, a real pleasure”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Our 2nd time at riverside and again it was truely great. We stayed a full week and again the accommodation was exceptional and the farm was packed full of things to do. Andy and Amanda were great hosts and always around to show our daughter all the animals. We were all sad to leave. Our daughters highlight was putting gary the eventually friendly goose to bed at night!
Got a feeling we'll be going back soon.

Date of stay: June 2014
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Liked best: everything
Liked least: going home
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Spicers20...
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
“Amazing location and house - we didn't want to leave!”
Reviewed July 1, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

This was our first visit to Norfolk, and it will definitely not be our last. We stayed in the Retreat and had a fantastic week. The property is home from home - very clean and spacious with excellent facilities. Riverside Farm is a peaceful location that is handy for the supermarket and in easy reach of all that Norfolk has to offer.

We were a party of 5 (including two children age 6 & 7) and found the Retreat had more than enough space for us. We could park our car immediately outside and had full access to the farm. Nice touches like the milk, tea, coffee and fresh eggs were provided on arrival.

The owners, Andy and Amanda were the perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome. They treated us to so many farm experiences it is difficult to list them all but here are a few: collecting fresh eggs each day, feeding the ducks, chickens, goose, rabbits, goats, sheep and horse. Helping bale the hay, playing table tennis, welcoming two new-born baby goats, rides in Andy's quad bike trailer, seeing the doves, the playground area, playing table football, visiting the lake, sharing a home brew!

It was a lovely place to return to each evening and there was an abundance of things to do. The whole family agreed that this was our favourite holiday to date! I would recommend the Retreat and Riverside Farm to anyone who wants to experience the best of Norfolk.

Travelling Tip - if you are travelling to The Retreat on the A47 (from Norwich) don't take the turning signposted for East Tuddenham - take the left turn immediately after it. It isn't signposted but it is the most direct route to the Retreat

Date of stay: June 2014
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Liked best: The lovely property and the amazing farm experiences
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
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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Angela N
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Perfect stay”
Reviewed June 12, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

I stayed here for a pre-wedding weekend trip with my two bridesmaids. I choses the holiday cottage as we also had my bridesmaid's little boy with us, and it looked like a much better option that getting rooms at a B&B or hotel. We had a fantastic time - it was just what we were looking for. The cottage itself is beautiful and well-fitted and kitted out, and Amanda the owner couldn't have been more helpful. It is a lovely peaceful spot to enjoy the English summer. The farm animals and pets were perfect child-friendly entertainment too!

Date of stay: June 2014
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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JoannaGri...
Beverley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed May 21, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We stayed here for just two nights when visiting the area for a wedding. Before our visit i was in touch with Amanda a number of times to discuss arrangements and found her very helpful. It was our first trip away from home with our ten week old son and she was very accommodating. The property had been beautifully renovated and the accommodation clean and comfortable. We particularly appreciated the free range eggs! We will definately return if visiting the area, and certainly recommend the Retreat. Thank you.

Date of stay: May 2014
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sonia b
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect farm vacation for young families”
Reviewed May 8, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We stayed here with 3 generations of family including a 4 year old girl who was very sad to leave. Amanda and Andy were the perfect farm hosts and wherever we went, Ruby's daily highlight was feeding the animals, collecting eggs and spending time with the new rabbits. As Londoners it was a great taster of "farm life" and the location was central to lots of family-friendly destinations around Norfolk. The Stables where we stayed was comfortable, modern and well laid out, with great views all around of the property. Absolutely recommend this to young families.

Date of stay: April 2014
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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Andy L
Southampton
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“If you need to stay in Norfolk with family of any age, come here, just BRILLIANT!”
Reviewed April 28, 2014 for a stay in September 2013

Came for 3 nights and wished it was more! Amanda is an amazing host with lots of energy and drive, but relaxed and welcoming at the same time. We had an age range from 5 - 90 in our family party and we all loved the space, farm animals and the wonderful accommodation!

Date of stay: September 2013
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Liked best: The relaxed atmosphere and the animals and grounds for the children to enjoy.
Liked least: Most was excellent, the trampoline was broken, but had been for a while. The children would have enjoyed it, but that was so minor compared with the property over all.
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 People with pets
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SuzanneIl...
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic farm holiday!”
Reviewed April 27, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We have just returned from a fantastic holiday at Riverside Farm. We stayed at the "Retreat" with our four children aged 5 to 11. The accommodation was lovely with everything we could possibly need. Our hosts Andy and Amanda were brilliant - entertaining our children for hours, involving them in all aspects of looking after and feeding the animals! Only problem is they now want lots of pets!! Fresh eggs were collected (and eaten!) everyday, a tractor ride was enjoyed by the whole family and we had to drag the kids out to explore further afield as they would have stayed on the farm all day! Lots of lovely places to explore - we had a brilliant day on a boat on the Broads. All in all a holiday we won't forget and would definitely return for another holiday! Thanks Andy and Amanda!!

Date of stay: April 2014
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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