Self-catering cottages near Thetford Forest Park, Norfolk

cottages Thetford ForestExciting things happening in Thetford Forest in Breckland, Norfolk.  Did you know that you could 'Go Ape in the Forest'?  This is the equivalent of an assault course but up in the trees.  Wearing a safety harness, you can scramble and climb over 41 variations of aerial rope bridges, scramble nets and zip slides. Anyone over the height of 4ft 7in and the age of ten can do it, although minors must be accompanied by an adult.  It's all exciting stuff and very good fun. Look up Go Ape and read about our own experience to find out more. The nearest village is Santon Downham, followed by Brandon, Thetford and Mundford.  

You could cycle in the forest and round about.  Bikes can be hired from 'Bike Art' on 01842 810090 and 07818 417267.  There are over 30km of waymarked cycle trails and walks.

Lots of other things to do, especially if you have a family with younger children. There's a 2km all ability trail with 5 giant sculptures, a squirrel's maze, adventure play area, a ropes course for younger ones, and a forest restaurant and shop (Tel: 01842 810 271).  

Visit Thetford Forest and you'll find much more than a teddy bears' picnic.

Self-catering accommodation in and around Thetford Forest, Breckland

Sleeps 4  near Thetford Forest, 1 double bedroom (5' bed) , 1 twin 


Charming cottage near Thetford Forest, Breckland, Norfolk, East AngliaOld School Cottage (4*) is an 18th century brick and flint cottage on the edge of a quiet conservation village bordering Thetford Forest, close to the Norfolk/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire borders. Old School Cottage has been renovated to a very high standard and has a wealth of beams and other period features.

The cottage has a pretty, south-facing and enclosed 'cottage' garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. There is off-road parking for 2 cars. 

Old School Cottage offers plenty of home comforts including a washing machine, tumble drier,electric cooker,fridge, microwave, dishwasher, colour TV, video recorder, CD player, payphone, cot high chair etc. There is also a vast range of tourist brochures, books, games and local videos.

Linen (duvets), towels, electricity and oil fired central heating are included in the cost.  View details under Norfolk on left.


Contact: Click on the holiday cottage photo for availability and bookings
Spacious and fascinating house 12 miles from Thetford Forest to sleep 10

holiday cottage norfolk sleep 10

Beautifully decorated and furnished throughout, the accommodation comprises 5 double bedrooms (3 with en-suite bathrooms), open plan living, dining and large kitchen area. Complete with wood burner, under-floor heating, covered double car park, games area and landscaped ½ acre garden.

Ideally situated on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Lodge Barn provides the ideal setting to explore East Anglia and visit Thetford Forest for its attractions and walks. Whether you visit for a family holiday or short weekend break you will be sure to find plenty to do in the surrounding area.

The local market town of Diss was the birthplace to Poet Laureate John Skelton and described by Sir John Betjeman as his favourite English market town. It has a wealth of historic buildings including the 13th Century church of St. Mary's, the Corn Hall and the Marketplace. It has an award winning Museum and a six acre lake known as The Mere.

We have flexible pricing packages so please contact us to discuss your requirements.


The countryside of Norfolk is gentle and picturesque with an abundance of woodland, farmland and narrow country lanes with grassy verges which are filled with wildflowers in the summer.

Telephone Patricia for details or availability on 01379 687 629, or click on the cottage photograph for more information.



Cycling routes around Thetford Forest, Norfolk

  • National cycle network, route 13 runs past Thetford and all the way up to the north coast of Norfolk, via Watton and Dereham
  • There are two cycle trails in Thetford Forest itself, the Brandon Park and High Lodge loops, both of which are about 6.5 miles long. 
  • The Harling Drove is a 10 mile route based on the old Harling Drove road, which dates back from prehistoric times.  This was the route once taken by farmers driving their flocks and herds to market.

Obtain leaflets and route maps for these and more cycle routes from: Forest Enterprise on 01842 810271 and Breck's Project, 01842 765400.

Tourist attractions and places to visit for a day out with families in Breckland

  • Oxburgh Hall, a 14th century moated manor house now managed by the National Trust. Telephone 01366 328258

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