Choo Choo Moo

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Harleston

  • 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, and it’s not just the delicious local produce that’s packed into the welcome hamper. 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.

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Facilities

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 couples and individuals. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Nearby

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. 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

A welcome hamper is provided for your arrival containing a few local goodies including bread, milk and jam. 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.

Opening Times

All year.

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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.

Accommodation

Two railway carriages (each sleeping two people).

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Location

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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