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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dereham, Norfolk, East Anglia, England

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LindaA184
Stevenage, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Very comfortable converted barn with disabled facilities”
Reviewed 6 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Have just spent a week in The Retreat with my husband and both our disabled parents. The owners Amanda & Andy were most hospitable & could not do enough for you. They also have chickens ducks goats rabbits etc which they allow any children staying, to feed. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there which made a very good base for travelling round Norfolk. Would highly recommend this property and hope to return with our grandchildren.

Date of stay: September 2015
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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James L
Barnsley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Superb place, great location, hospitality second-to-none”
Reviewed 23 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Our first visit to Riverside Farm ... it won't be the last! The location was great - in the middle of nowhere but 1 minute from the A47! The property was modern, clean while keeping with its original farm setting. We all loved the animals being close by rabbits, goats; and the chickens even greeted us on arrival! But the best thing about Riverside is the hosts: Amanda and Andy who were friendly and so helpful and brilliant with the kids - taking them round to feed the animals every morning including walking the goats! So, we felt like we were at home. Thank you Amanda and Andy for a great stay.

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: Being made to feel so welcome
Liked least: If it's possible to improve the wifi, this would be a benefit
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Denise T
Sanday, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“great location”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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lovely barn conversion in a beautiful setting. Located in the centre of Norfolk so ease to get to so many places. great pub to eat at the Honnington Buck.

Date of stay: June 2015
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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pgpaulg
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
“One of our best holidays ever”
Reviewed 28 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We could not fault this stay at all and would give it 6 stars if we were able. The cottage was clean, facilities were modern but didn't spoil the old stable feel of the building, small touches like the freshly laid eggs on arrival added to the feeling of truly being welcome. But what made the holiday were the owners, Amanda and Andy. They went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Andy in particular spent the time taking our 4yr old daughter round the farm whenever she wanted, collecting the chicken's eggs for our breakfast, feeding the animals, holding & playing with them (especially the rabbits) - at times we had trouble getting her to go out on our day trips, she was so happy at the farm. I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you for making this one of our best holidays.

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: Amanda, Andy & their animals
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Robert V
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
“Well-appointed property with a friendly welcome”
Reviewed 19 April 2015 for a stay in July 2014

We (adults and children of various ages) all enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was well-appointed and comfortable and our hosts were welcoming and helpful. We would happily stay again.

Date of stay: July 2014
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Travelling group: Extended Family
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SamClicks
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Really Good Trip”
Reviewed 16 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

I recently took my wife, baby and parents for a trip to Norfolk and stayed at The Retreat. We booked a long weekend (Friday - Monday). The place was incredible. It was incredibly peaceful yet accessible to so the whole of Norfolk. The owner was really friendly and hospitable making you feel welcome and at home from arrival. I will definitely be returning next year and cannot recommend this place enough. Clean, spacious, relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable and great value for money.

Date of stay: October 2014
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Liked best: The property and its locations
Liked least: not applicable
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Lal09
Cambs
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Wow, what a gem!”
Reviewed 16 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We've just returned from a short stay at The Retreat, Riverside Farm and I have to say it was fantastic. As soon a we stepped through the door we knew we were staying somewhere special. The internal decore of the converted stable block is beautiful. It is very simple and modern, but really in keeping with the building at the same time. The place was absolutely spotless and we had a welcome pack including fresh milk (a godsend, when you're deperate for a cuppa) and fresh eggs (from the chickens that greeted us in the yard as we arrived).

Amanda and Andy, who own the cottages, were lovely and couldn't have done more to ensure we had a relaxing and enjoyable break. There were loads of little touches that made our stay so much easier than other holiday rentals as real attention had been paid to making it child suitable/proof, even down to having a toddler toilet seat and plug-in safety covers on the electric sockets. My daughter also adored the fact that her room had been kitted out with pink bed linen and towels. Thank you, Amanda!

I hadn't made too much of the pet's corner before we arrived as I didn't want to raise and then dash expectations (we've been quite disappointed by some petting farms recently) but my three year old had an amazing time. The chickens and ducks were roaming free and chased her round the courtyard. And Andy took her to see the sheep and best of all to feed the goats. The baby billy-goat, Jake, gave her cuddles. It was like the petting zoos of our youth where you got to get up close and personal with the animals and perhaps get the ocassional nibble but that is half the fun!

The visitors' book was full of lovely messages from people saying they'd be back and as I flicked through I could see they meant it as they left the next message the following year. We hope to join that group with another longer visit next year. Thanks again, Andy and Amanda!

Date of stay: September 2014
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Liked best: It was like staying in a five star hotel for the price of a Travelodge
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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