• About Falconer’s Lodge

    This historic lodge is set within Thetford Forest, a great place for walking, cycling and even birdwatching.

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      Cottage

    • Asset 46

      3 bedroom(s)

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      Up to 6 people

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      Yes 2 pet(s) allowed

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    Cottage features
    • Barbecue
      Barbecue
    • Detached property
      Detached property
    • DVD player
      DVD player
    • Dishwasher
      Dishwasher
    • Main fuel or power incl.
      Main fuel or power incl.
    • Garden / patio
      Garden / patio
    • Highchair
      Highchair
    • Television
      Television
    • Woodburning stove
      Woodburning stove
    • Christmas themed cottage
      Christmas themed cottage
    • WiFi
      WiFi
    • Cot available
      Cot available
    • Bed linen & towels included
      Bed linen & towels included
    • Washing machine
      Washing machine
    • Heritage collection
      Heritage collection
    • Car parking - on site
      Car parking - on site
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    Customer reviews by Reevoo
    Hoseasons "This historic lodge is set within Thetford Forest a great place for walking cycling and even birdwatching. \nGround Floor\n\n3 steps to...\n\nLiving room \nWith wood burner 36 Freeview TV and wooden floor.\n\nKitchendining room \nWith electric range microwave fridgefreezer dishwasher washerdryer and tiled floor.\n\nBedroom 1 \nWith single bed and trundle bed.\n\nSeparate toilet.\n\nSteep narrow winding stairs to...\n\nFirst Floor\n\n\nBedroom 2\n With double bed.\n\nBathroom \nWith freestanding bath shower cubicle and toilet.\n\nSecond Floor\n\n\nBedroom 3\n With super kingsize bed.\n Electric central heating electricity bed linen towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. 1½-acre lawned garden with sitting-out area garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 6 cars. No smoking. Please note There are steps in the garden.\n If you are looking for a truly unique holiday in a property with bags of character and history then look no further as you have found just that at Falconer’s Lodge. Dating back to 1810 and accessed by a rough track this was formally the house of the falconer for the Didlington Estate and was visited by King George VI. Better yet this detached lodge is situated in a magical setting within the heart of the Thetford Forest some 47000 acres. With one and a half acres itself which often plays host to deer in the mornings the grounds lead into the forest for great walks cycle routes and nature trails. You won’t need to travel far to enjoy the wildlife which lies just footsteps away but if you do you will find lots of birdwatching sites. Falconer’s Lodge boasts a wood burner to snuggle by after a day out and a freestanding bath to soak away the day’s efforts. \n\nVenture further afield and you will find High Lodge and Go Ape close by. Take the time to visit the picturesque town of Bury St Edmunds with its famous Abbey and great places to eat drink and shop. Norwich is also worth seeing with its splendid Norman castle and numerous museums and attractions as is Ely with its cathedral named ’the Ship of the Fens’. \n\nFor a change of pace you can also be at the stunning north Norfolk coastline in under 50 minutes. Here you will find lots of pretty coastal villages and towns with a selection of wide sandy and shingle beaches quays and marshes all waiting to be explored. What better than to return to the heart of the forest and magical Falconer’s Lodge after a day’s sightseeing? Pure bliss. Shop pub and restaurant 2½ miles. \n " https://img.chooseacottage.co.uk/Property/143/840/1435519.jpg UKC2954

    Falconer’s Lodge reviews collected by Reevoo

    8.9 out of 10 – based on 19 reviews

    Overall rating

    8.9

    Comfort and Equipment

    8.9

    Location

    9.7

    Cleanliness

    9.1

    Value for money

    8.9

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    10
    out of 10

    Stunning property and grounds. If you love wildlife no need to leave the lodge it comes to you. Birds , deer, hare, pheasant all from the window or bench.

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    2020-03-15

    10
    out of 10

    We had an amazing time. Lovely walks, starry nights. Lodge has everything you need. So peaceful. Well done for bringing this fantastic building back to life. Thank you

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    2020-02-02

    7
    out of 10

    Nice place, great for wildlife. Top bedroom was very cold. Might be advisable to take some wood for fire as only left two logs and a quarter fire lighter for our first night.

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    2019-12-01

    7
    out of 10

    Mainly fantastic with a few issues.  We stayed here in November to celebrate my Husband’s birthday and we seem to be the only ones who experienced a less than idyllic time.  We appeared to have accidently timed our stay with the logging of many trees.  The mud from the machinery made the rough track like a mud slide, so some careful manoeuvring was required through the ‘DANGER DO NOT PROCEED PAST THIS POINT’ signs.  When the house finally came into sight it truly was a ‘wow’ moment.  It sits very proudly on the land, and we were excited to stay here.   A few points to note if you have a dog. 1) dogs aren’t allowed upstairs.  We have a small dog and he always sleeps at the foot of the bed with us, so this was a shock. 2) You can’t wash your dogs in the bathroom as it clogs the septic tank.  That is completely understandable, but you are in a muddy forest, and we wished we’d known this beforehand.  Our dog is small and we managed using the mop bucket outside, but you'll struggle with larger dogs.  Rather than being dog friendly, it feels more like dog tolerant.  Finally,  3) The garden isn’t secure.  We watched a family of muntjacs feeding, but our wonder turned to horror as a huge dog belted across the lawn to chase them away.  The dog belonged to one of the many dog walkers in the area who don’t seem to worry where their dogs are.   We started to settle into our evening at the Lodge and the fire was wonderful (once I’d cleaned the door, as it was so caked with soot you couldn’t see the flames).  Other reviews have mentioned the peace and quiet and we were expecting near silence.  However, it is a working forest and each morning at 5am, on the dot, the workers started up their diesel tractors, with full headlights etc and proceeded to move felled trees right by the boundary of the property.  In addition to the forestry works, the local Military base flies directly over the property.  My husband was delighted as two V-22 Osprey’s flew right over!  These make a frightening din and pretty much cleared any wildlife in the area for the rest of the day.  Then there are the dog walkers who park opposite the gates for a walk about, and the constant stream of Anglian Water vans who keep an eye on the big compound across from the drive, and the vans for the Forestry work.  Also the description mentions the views from the roof.  The reality is that you can't get up there as the roof isn't strong enough to support the weight.   We had no problem with wifi at all, and the house is nicely heated throughout the night, so we stayed in comfort.  The muntjacs visit twice a day which is wonderful and there is a little mouse who lives in the Yew Tree by the kitchen window who pops out for food in the garden.   The grounds are ample, and it was a joy to sit and watch the leaves falling from the Silver birches as if they were snow.  We took our Slow cooker with us and had some wonderful meals waiting for us after a long walk.   We did use the electric range and found it easy to operate.  I was slightly put out at the instruction to take our recycling home when there is a recycling bin in the grounds.   I did read a review that said the décor wasn’t great.  I can’t agree with that, and we loved how it has been set out.  It has been decorated in keeping with the building but in a clean ‘all mod cons’ kind of way.  However, the old stuffed ‘Heron with Coot’ display and the Barn Owl have absolutely seen better days and aren’t in keeping with modern thinking (they need a decent burial).   They gave the dog something to bark out till he realised they weren’t alive.  If you have small children beware of the ornaments on top of the tables etc.  Easy for little hands to grab.   All in all, it is a wonderful property and this review is purely to provide the information I wish we’d had, so we weren't quite so 'Rose tinted' when we got there.  You can feel free to ignore it as you wish.  The forest is shrinking, and you can see the edge of it behind the house as the sun sets, barely a quarter of a mile away.  So whilst we had a wonderful time here, I hope this honest review helps future guests realise that it isn’t quite in the middle of nowhere (you can still hear the main road in the evenings), and the forest is very much a working site.  The house is amazing and we have fond memories of our stay, however we are unlikely to return due to the unsecure garden and the fact that our week was incredibly noisy.

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    2019-11-21

    10
    out of 10

    Such an amazing place. Surrounded by trees and wildlife. Comfortable and cosy with everything you might need. The only problem is leaving.

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    2019-11-13

    10
    out of 10

    Fantastic! The excitement of pulling up to a place in the heart of the woods was a wonderful birthday surprise. Will definitely be booking again. We didn’t go far, as we didn’t feel we needed to with a forest on the doorstep, children enjoyed the freedom and the bike rides, as did the adults!

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    2019-11-07

    10
    out of 10

    A beautiful property in a fantastic location. We stayed a week and not once did we put the television on. Abundance of wildlife all around the lodge, deers, rabbits, squirrels and various birds. Terrific for the dogs and ourselves to have great walks around and inside Thetford Forest. Everything you need is in the lodge. Great places to eat in the area. We would definitely book this place again.

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    2019-11-06

    10
    out of 10

    Loved it, great place to stay in a nice part of the world.

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    2019-10-15

    8
    out of 10

    We had a lovely stay at Falconer's Lodge - saw a lot of wildlife and relaxed in front of the Wood Burner. At night, it was pitch back and soooo, so quiet - wonderful. We tried a number of local pubs for lunch - highly recommend the Dabbling Duck. We also cooked in - having bought some lovely local scallops and fish from Gurney's Fish Shop in Burnham Market. The local butcher is excellent too - Yallops - I even went back on the day we left to get a joint of beef it looked so good....and it was!! I became very efficient at building a fire - although it took several attempts :-)

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    2019-10-07

    6
    out of 10

    The idyllic grounds and stunning facade of the lodge promise so much...sadly let down by the interior. Sorry, I cannot recommend.

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    2019-09-09

    10
    out of 10

    Book it book it book it amazing place if you want peace quiet and privacy. Superb location and you are left alone to enjoy your stay.

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    2019-07-13

    8
    out of 10

    Lovely location, very interesting property, well equipped. But it was built when stairs were steeper and some doorways lower, so you do need to be reasonably steady on your feet and if over 5'8" ish, then keep your head down.

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    2019-06-24

    10
    out of 10

    Deer and Hares in the garden everyday despite the rain - which didn't dampen the stay at all. The walks in the surrounding woods only increased the wildlife count - Amazing! Loved the peace and quiet in the secluded spot. Would definitely come back

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    2019-06-16

    8
    out of 10

    Stunning location. Character filled cottage/lodge was lovely.

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    2019-05-25

    10
    out of 10

    Beautiful, unique love Love LOVED the place and the location. Will be booking as soon as we can to stay there again

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    2019-04-30

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