Choo Choo Moo

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Harleston

  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Two restored railway carriages for year-round, grown-up glamping in Norfolk’s foodie heartland

There’s something undeniably wholesome about Choo Choo Moo. This place exudes health, happiness and hard work (though, thankfully, the hard work is not for guests). Consisting of two lovingly-restored railway carriages on a working farm in East Anglia’s Waveney Valley, Choo Choo Moo is just part of the innovative diversification that’s going on at South Farm. And it just so happens that the other projects segue perfectly with the glamping that’s on offer.

Take, for example, the hub of cottage industries that are a rosy-cheeked walk away, across wildflower meadows and fields of crops. A brewery, distillery and artisan ice cream makers mean you can reward your walk with a pint of beer, a nip of gin or a scoop of just-made ice cream. For good food and the great outdoors, it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s life outside with bells on, in Norfolk’s foodie heartland. Not only that, but the accommodation is rather appropriate for food lovers too. Now arable, this place was once a dairy farm whose milk was transported, until the 1950s, by railway. The tracks are long gone but two carriages survived and have new purpose thanks to Richard Bond, a third-generation farmer on this rather large and lovely plot of land. Restoration and refurbishment complete, the carriages (Victoria and Edward) now offer fully-equipped, off-grid, dog-friendly, glamping. Each is self-contained with its own toilet and shower room, little kitchenette and sofa bed with a large deck outside overlooking the fields.

The glamping may be new to South Farm but it’s been sensibly placed in expert hands. Farmer Richard enlisted the help of his friends, Joe and Holly from the nearby Wardley Hill Campsite, to help set up and manage this place. If you haven’t already been to their blissful meadow camping and glamping site, you need only read their dozens of five-star reviews to know that the experience at Choo Choo Moo is likely to hit the mark. It also extends the all-season glamping accommodation in the Waveney Valley area, thanks to a fire pit outside and a log-burner inside. Come in spring to see the birdlife of the Broads National Park; visit in summer to picnic by the River Waveney or stroll along Southwold Pier. Arrive in autumn and you might catch the harvest at the nearby Flint Vineyard or book up for winter to enjoy bracing walks, browsing the stalls of Norwich Christmas market and sipping sloe gin by the fire.



The railway carriages both have a small kitchen with a gas hob. There’s a sink with running water and all pots, pans, crockery and cutlery are included. There’s a small shower room with a shower, toilet and a small hand basin. The sofa pulls out into a double bed and there is a wood burner to keep you toasty. Outside there is a boot box, table, chairs, fire pit and a BBQ. Logs are provided. A separate, shared shed to which guests have access has a fridge per hut, a couple of bikes which guests can borrow and space for extra storage.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Suitable for adult couples and individuals. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.


There are plenty of walks in and around South Farm and farmer Richard is more than happy to take you around and show you how an arable farm works. Grain Brewery (01986 788884) is part of the farm’s diversification hub – it’s the perfect place for a pint and just a 10-minute walk from the carriages. You’ll also find Waveney Ice Creams, Peachey’s Preserves & Gin House and Batty Candles too. A 15-minute bike ride will take you to Flint Vineyard (01986 893942) where you can enjoy a tour and tasting or their '15-mile lunch' where all produce has been made 15 miles from the vineyard. The pretty market town of Harleston is less than 10 minutes drive away and has cafés, bakeries, shops and pubs. Historic Norwich is 15 miles away. Its old cobbled lanes are great for independent shops, plus there's Norwich Castle & Museum and Norwich Cathedral (01603 218300) to explore. While, if history is your thing, the nearby Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (01986 896644; 5 minutes' drive) has an impressive collection of aircraft outside and a indoor displays documenting East Anglia's important role in the skies over the years. The famous coastal town of Southwold is about 20 miles from Choo Choo Moo with its quirky pier (01502 722105) and world-famous Adnams shop. The site is only six miles from the edge of the The Broads National Park and the closest place to head for is Bungay where there’s a handy deli to pick up a picnic. The River Waveney is a lovely place to spend the day – hire a canoe or stand-up paddle board and spend the day looking for otters and kingfishers.

Food & Drink

The Grain Brewery (01986 788884) is the closest place to get a pint but, if you want to stretch your legs further, The Wortwell Bell (01986 788025) is a 30-minute walk away and serves real ales and ciders with wood-fired pizzas on the menu on a Friday night. Closer than that (a walk of around 20 minutes) is Farmers Kitchen (01986 788315) where Waveney Valley produce is served and sold in the shop, café and restaurant. Earsham Street Deli (01986 894754) in Bungay, five miles away, is another place to stock up on local produce and a convenient place to pick up a riverbank picnic. But if you want to go straight to the producers, visit Fen Farm Dairy (01986 892350), a short drive from Choo Choo Moo, where you can buy the famous Baron Bigod cheese and perhaps pick up a bottle of wine from the aforementioned Flint Farm Vineyard. Norwich's historic market (01603 213537) boasts plenty of food stalls open Monday to Saturday.


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The Owner Says

Step away from the crowd and immerse yourself in this oasis of calm. The best in modern living in an ageless rural setting, but just thirty minutes away from a vibrant city and beautiful coast. Stay put and explore this working farm, engaging in a family history that stretches back generations.

The authentic railway carriages are situated in traditional farm meadows in the heart of Alburgh which is a quintessential country village in the beautiful Waveney Valley.

Spend time discovering all that Choo Choo Moo has to offer in the heart of the Norfolk countryside. Enjoy long walks amongst this tranquil setting with a nearby brewery and distillery, or venture further afield with local market towns and the historic city of Norwich nearby.

Social Distancing Measures

Both carriages are individual units with no shared facilities.


Two railway carriages (each sleeping two people).

Edward, the Edwardian Carriage

Cabin Sleeps 2
This carriage is more contemporary in its design and features containing all the modern facilities you would expect from luxury accommodation.

Victoria, the Victorian Carriage

Cabin Sleeps 2
The carriage has been lovingly restored and would not look out of place in the era of Queen Victoria with its main period details while at the same time providing all the comforts of the modern age.

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Contact Choo Choo Moo, Low Ditch Road, Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0BX

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Getting There

Choo Choo Moo is a three-minute drive off the A143 at Wortwell. Follow the signs to Grain Brewery, pass the brewery on your left and take the first left on to Low Ditch Road. The carriages are 120 metres on the left. It is 87 miles from junction 28 on the M25 or 93 miles from Junction 27. By bike, take the northern section of cycle route 30 and you’ll come straight pass the gate.

Choo Choo Moo is a 10-minute walk from the ‘Picadilly Corner’ bus stop in Arburgh which is served by the number 84 Konnect bus from Harleston or Norwich. You can arrive by train at Beccles or Diss Station and pick up a taxi or bus to Harleston.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews


A perfect place to retreat to!

I booked four nights in 'Edward' and loved every minute of my stay. Richard, the farmer/host, couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful, also told me a lot about the farm and its history, his plans for a wildflower meadow on the site and the farm trails that guests can walk. The restored railway carriage was very clean, comfortable and cleverly designed, everything thoughtfully provided. I cycled nearly every day around a quiet network of lanes, hardly meeting any traffic, with just one ride along the old main road (now just for bicycles) into nearby Bungay, a busy market town with plenty to see. I hope to come back whenever I need more absolute peace!


I booked the 2 carriages for me and my husband and our friends to stay at. We wanted this particular site as it looked charming private and unique. That’s exactly what we got. The carriages are very clean, the small toutches to the decor are spot on. The shower worked perfectly and was really reliable, the fridge in the outhouse was just right, no problem walking over to get the milk in mornings as it was only us there. We really appreciated the welcome pack with a fresh loaf, locally sourced milk, cheese and butter, it was delicious. A Very peaceful place. We only had to travel 10 minutes or so in the car for a wonderful pub meal and only half an hour travel to find a nice market town to visit. Southwhold pier is less than an hour away. The fire pit was lovely to have on an evening with wood provided.Thanks to Holly and Richard for having us. We hope to return one day.


We had a perfect stay, the carriages are so charming and have been restored to a very high standard. The hosts are friendly, helpful and welcoming. The welcome hamper is of a very high standard with locally sourced raw milk, cheese, butter, marmalade, ale, bread and biscuits. The carriage is exceptionally clean and contains everything you need for your stay. There is an outhouse with a good sized fridge. The bed was very comfortable and the shower had good pressure and was hot. The hot water was very reliable You have a lovely outdoor space with a combination fire pit and bbq and a swing bench. You are supplied with wood for both the fire pit and the log burner. It’s a very charming and romantic place to stay, we were there 4 nights and had a wonderful time
Jul 9, 2021 by Sam Howard Verified Review

Amazing week!

I booked a surprise “mini-moon” due to covid we couldn’t go on our honeymoon abroad. Holly was brilliant in making the week extra special for us. The facilities were impeccable, the extra touches around the carriage were brilliant. It was so peaceful, you can’t hear the other carriage, nor the rare car that went along the road. To top everything off we had the best weather which meant we could sit by the fire pit late into the evening watching the sun set! We couldn’t thank holly enough, and we will definitely book here again!

Response from Choo Choo Moo

Thanks for the lovely review , I'm so glad you had a fantastic "mini moon" at CCM it was our pleasure to meet you both.
warm regards

the most perfect post-lockdown get away!

We booked both carriages with friends for 2 nights right after lockdown and it was perfect. Not sure what to add to previous 5-star reviews! The carriages are so so beautiful down to the tiniest detail. En suite bathroom, super cute wood burner, lots of warm blankets (it was -2 at night and we were toasty) and even a dog bed and blanket for our dog. We cooked outdoors on the fire pits and walked for miles during the day without seeing another person. The local town is great for shopping and lunch, but it's the endless views of countryside that made this really special for us coming up from London. I honestly can't recommend it highly enough. And huge thanks to both Holly and Richard for being on-hand but also hands off - and for the delicious dairy treats from the local farm.

Response from Choo Choo Moo

Thank you Nicola, I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Choochoomoo  , it was really lovely to meet you.
Warm regards

Lovely stay at Choo Choo moo

We’ve just spent an idyllic week in Edward beautifully restored and converted into stunning accommodation although small a perfect home from home with lovely views at any time of day!! The village is only a short walk away and the village even Has it’s own brewery!! The local area has lots to offer and has some great eateries and within a half hours drive you’ve got some super beaches for walking the dog. Thanks to our hosts too for being helpful friendly and informative We will be back!!
Sep 29, 2020 by Kevin Keir Verified Review

Quiet and relaxing

We enjoyed a two night stay in Edward. The accommodation is well thought out, given the limits of space an old train carriage presents, and therefore it's cosy but still has everything you need. The log burner was great, and really added to the cosiness in the evening. I loved the 'pull out dining' table. There is plenty of space to eat outside too, and we enjoyed eating the delicious items supplied in the welcome basket on the peaceful decked area. Holly provided a warm welcome on our arrival, but after that you are given the privacy to enjoy your break safe in the knowledge you could contact her with any problems. We borrowed the bikes provided and cycled the short distance to Flint vineyard for the tour and lunch, which was a lovely experience. There is plenty to do in the local area and with a short drive to Norwich it's in a perfect location to explore, or not, as if like us you might like to just relax and eat (more) cheese! It was my husbands birthday, Holly and Richard thoughtfully left a tasty cake to celebrate, which was very much appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful stay, I would wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Choo Choo Moo.
Sep 9, 2020 by Vanessa Verified Review

Stunning accommodation

We had an amazing three night stay at Choo Choo Moo. We stayed in Edward and it was stunning. Very well laid out and presented. The main section with the log fire was really cosy in the evenings but plenty of room to use the kitchen etc. The bathroom is lovely with a nice warm shower. All the products in the carriage are good quality and environmental friendly. The welcome hamper with lots of goodies went down really well including the local beer and cheese . We spent the days walking and also hired a canoe which was great fun. In the evenings we loved just chilling by the fire pit enjoying the beautiful peaceful countryside.
Aug 25, 2020 by Vicky A

Fantastic break away

We had a wonderful time at Choo-choo moo. Holly and Richard couldn't have been more accommodating. The carriages are set in a beautiful location and it truly is a top glamping experience. Nearby Harleston is a great little market town with good amenities and we had a fabulous Japanese meal there. Can't recommend Choo-Choo Moo highly enough.Thank you!
Aug 11, 2020 by Gayle Cosham Verified Review

Relaxing stay in a quiet location.

Met by the owner Holly, who was very welcoming and explained where everything was and how everything worked. A lovely welcome hamper which is a very nice touch. Location is quiet overlooking the Waveney Valley, ideal for sitting on the decking and watching the birds of prey hovering over head and an ideal base to go and explore the local area. The fire pit come barbecue was great as we cooked up some local produce on the first evening and ventured out to the Wortwell Bell for some pub grub on the second evening, which was also very welcoming. Overall it was a great short break and the railway carriage is well equipped, it seems like they have thought of everything to make you stay relaxing. Definitely recommend *****
Aug 7, 2020 by Paul Verified Review

Couldn’t recommend more

On arrival we had a lovely welcome hamper with local food staples and drinks from the local brewery. We stayed in Edward and had a great stay for a few days, the facilities inside were great even if they are off grid. We used the fire pit for a BBQ and bikes for a while to look around the area. Overall I couldn’t recommend more, the views are amazing to wake up to and see the sunset over the hills and the carriage is overall very comfortable and the perfect size!
Jul 30, 2020 by Jess

Lovely winter glamping in the Victorian Carriage

Really fantastic weekend stay in the Victorian Carriage and Richard also let us have a peak in the Edwardian wagon which looked lovely too. Really cosy inside and the old ceiling was beautiful. Welcome hamper was a real a treat – sparkling Rosé! – and we briefly used the bikes in the shed too to go for a little ride around the village (although it was a little cold for that during our December visit!). Richard was an excellent host. He showed us around the farm, including the old dairy where there is now a brewery. There was an open event there during our weekend, so we got to sample plenty of beer and enjoy some live music. Richard and Holly's recommendations were spot on: We ate at The Olive Tree and a nearby Japanese place, both thanks to their recommendations, and they were fantastic, particularly the Olive Tree. Daytrips to Southwold and Walberswick (with a cool boat crossing on the river) and a slightly longer drive to Snape and Aldeburgh. Highly recommend this place. All off-grid, which was really great, but super comfortable too (and very good shower!). Felt very privileged to be amongst the first few people to stay here. Am sure it will go on to be very popular!!

It seriously couldn't have been better.............

Where to begin? Be in no doubt that this is the best place of it's type I have ever stayed in...… Firstly the owner made us very welcome when we visited over the New Year, could not have done more, really could not.... The whole set up has been given a lot of thought and the carriages are situated to command beautiful views across the valley. The carriages are stunning inside, including the shower room and want for nothing. There was also an amazing welcome basket with excellent local produce. I could write pages, just book a carriage for yourself and see!! Just beautiful, I give ten stars if I could...……..
Jan 4, 2020 by Laurence Milton

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