Thompson Hall Retreat
Thompson Hall Retreat, Hall Lane, Thompson, Thetford IP24 1QA
There are shepherds huts, and then there are the shepherds huts at Thompson Hall Retreat. A retreat in the truest sense of the word, the trio of elegant abodes at this East Anglian escape offer all the features we've come to expect of the shepherds hut – wood, burning stove, neat little kitchenette, and luxury king sized bed. But it's the en suite double-ended bathtub and spacious veranda that tell you this is a step up from the more rustic of shepherds hut experiences. After all, nothing says luxury like stargazing from the foamy comfort of your steaming al fresco tub, while enjoying a glass of something equally bubbly.
Although more than most of your whims will be taken care of as standard, Thompson Hall Retreat offer a range of packages to upgrade to with everything from fresh flowers, bathrobes, slippers and even a Neal's Yard pamper box on offer. And if the occasion calls for it, why not order in one of Thompson Hall's bespoke retreat boxes? The hamper choices range from antipasti and BBQ meat platters to the ever popular Twilight Retreat box with everything you could want for your sugar fix – marshmallows, strawberries, ice-cream and enough chocolate to sate even the sweetest of teeth. Enjoying beside the glow of the crackling firepit is essential.
If you can bare to tear yourself away from your cosy self-contained cabin in the woods, the natural wonders of Norfolk are just beyond the retreat walls. Thompson village lies within the sprawling Thetford Forest, itself part of the lesser known Norfolk Brecks. While the North Norfolk Coast and the famous Norfolk Broads (both eminently reachable from the site) are the destinations of choice for most tourists to the East of England, the Brecks are one of the region's hidden gems. Brimming with a vibrant variety of flora and fauna, an unmapped woodland walk is the best way to imbibe the atmosphere of this magical woodland.
For those glampers whose extra-curricular activities don't extend much beyond the village itself (and let's face it, we wouldn't blame you given the healthy dose of idleness a stay here engenders), Thompson is a delightfully pretty village of quaint chocolate box thatched cottages, some dating from the 14th century. And we're pleased to report that, in the 300-year-old Chequers Inn, the village also boasts that most essential of ingredients to all great getaways, the quintessential English country pub.
The Owner Says
The perfect place to hide away from the world, rediscover nature and spend time recharging your energy under the canopies of mature trees in King Edward VIII Wood. Thompson Hall Retreat is located in the heart of Norfolk, at the bottom of Hall Lane which is accessed via an unmarked track across arable field. Follow the drive which is canopied by mature Beech and Elm Trees until you reach the meadow.
The shepherd huts are nestled amongst copious trees over looking neighbouring arable land and the Norfolk wild life trust.