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The Retreat

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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74 Customer Reviews

  • "We felt so lucky to find this unique gem that was not only lovely, quirky and luxurious with wonderfully friendly hosts who had thought of everything (and more) but also dog friendly."

    ..our four legged friends are most disappointed to be home after being spoilt in the massive and beautiful grounds with plenty to explore. Great location with so much to do close by. Thank you x

    It was our pleasure so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Jul 2024

  • "A great experience, a really comfortable and well equipped lodge and beautifully landscaped site, Carol and Ron are very welcoming and make great hosts, and plenty of wildlife visit making an evening drink on the verandah very entertaining, we will definitely visit again."

    Steve n Ann

    It was a pleasure meeting you both your welcome back anytime Kind regards Carol & Ron Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0May 2024

  • "Rob and carol were wonderful hosts, had so many recommendations on places to take the dogs."

    Beautiful scenery and loads of wildlife literally in your back garden. Would definitely recommend we would stay here again

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2024

  • "We went away for a reset between Christmas and New Year."

    We were looking for a relaxing break with dog walks on the doorstep and close to forests and the coast. We got that and more. Our hosts Carol and Ron have put alot of love and work into this place. The small touches were lovely and made us smile. From the warm welcome on arrival and departure to the chocolates, cheese & biscuits, homemade lemonade to the toiletries, slippers and warm clothing, as well as those essentials you need and sometimes forget. They are on hand to help if you need it but otherwise will not disturb you. There is also a handy pack for the dogs and some treats too. The bed is so comfortable too. We had a great few nights of sleep. There is lots to do on your doorstep as well as the high street within walking distance and a supermarket and petrol station close by. You wouldn't know though as the property is so quiet and you are free to roam the beautiful grounds, all securely closed off so our dogs could go off lead. We visited Brandon Forest, Wells-next-the-sea, Sheringham, Cromer and Felbrigg Hall. We also spent time relaxing in the egg chairs on the veranda with binoculars left for our use watching the local wildlife. We have stayed in lots of Sykes properties and this is one of our favourites. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely little African themed log cabin."

    Carol and Ron are really nice a welcoming. The cabin is really comfortable and there was some lovely little treats on arrival that was really appreciated. The dogs loved running around the grounds. Looking forward to returning sometime. Peter and Debbie and the pooches

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2023

  • "Ron and carol were wonderfull people and made us so welcome the retreat was lovely so we’re the gardens our dog molly had a lovely time playing with Jessey the collie dog."

    We hope to return some time it’s a lovely peaceful place regards Sue Alex

    The pleasure was all ours we enjoyed play time with Molly dog hope to see you in 2024 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2023

  • "Would highly recommend this holiday accommodation, we stayed for 3 nights and it was amazing, the best we have stayed in."

    Everything you need, even had fresh fruit, chocolates, and home made lemonade. It’s set in 4 acres of private gardens fully enclosed and walks close by, perfect for your dogs. Carol and Ron make you very welcome and are the perfect hosts.

    Thank you i am blushing high praise indeed see you all next year Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Oct 2023

  • "A beautiful log cabin with an African theme."

    Wonderful surroundings and the perfect place to unwind. Also, brilliant for our dog who had the run of the very large garden; he had the best time! Carol and Ron, the owners, were amazing and made us feel so welcome. Definitely recommend this lovely retreat.

    Reviewed by Polly5.0Oct 2023

  • "Carol and Ron could not have done more to make us welcome with many little extras."

    The Retreat is extremely dog friendly with a small enclosed garden and a very large grassy area beyond with free access. The Brandon area has many opportunities for walks with a dog. The Retreat is also very handy for facilities including a large supermarket within walking distance. All in all we would thoroughly recommend this as a place to stay if you have a dog - or even if you don't!

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved our stay at the Retreat."

    it was nice and clean and the garden was just amazing. we really enjoyed watching the garden with all the wildlife from our window and our dog loved sniffing and walking around in the grounds. such a luxury to have so much space. Carol and Ron were very warm and welcoming hosts and we hope to return soon

    it was a pleasure so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Sep 2023

  • "Perfect for our short break."

    Very friendly and obliging hosts. Nothing too much trouble. Much appreciated welcome pack & treats were waiting inside the extensively equipped lodge. We felt spoiled! Wonderful peaceful location yet so handy for local facilities and attractions. Ellie, our Springer gave it 5 stars too! Thank you Carol & Ron :-)

    It was our pleasure thank you for a lovely review much appreciated love to Ellie dog Xxx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely relaxing stay at the retreat, lovely owners that made us feel very welcome."

    The wildlife in the garden was wonderful to watch. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you so much for your kind review we are delighted you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by K5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful stay at The Retreat, Carol and Ron are amazing, kind hosts from the warm welcome complete with fresh lemonade and chocolate, to getting to know my dog and organising a play date for her with their own lovely collie."

    The wood cabin is extremely comfortable and with everything you could need. It was wonderful to spend time in their enormous and beautiful garden, my dog had the time of her life running free and meeting deer and hedgehogs. An amazing place to stay, very highly recommended - thank you again for such a lovely break xx

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "I had a lovely stay at The Retreat."

    Carole and Ron are delightful. I had complete privacy but they were always on hand, and incredibly helpful, for tips and advice on the local area.

    it was a treat for us to host you thank you for choosing to stay at the retreat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Retreat, Carol and Ron are excellent hosts and really lovely people."

    We felt instantly relaxed when we arrived, the lodge and the grounds were perfect, we also saw lots of wildlife enjoying the space too! We would definitely recommend The Retreat to anyone looking for a relaxed holiday.

    the pleasure was all ours thank you for choosing to stay at the Retreat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were so pleased with our lovely log cabin, the African theme is so well thought out and added to the atmosphere completely."

    It is so well equipped that we really didn't need to bring half the things we did, and it was so good to have all that 4 acres of woodland/garden at our disposal, our dog Poppy was in her element. The owners Carol and Ron were really welcoming and very helpful.

    Thank you for such a lovely review much appreciated it was our pleasure we fell in love with Poppy so did our dog Jessie hope to see you back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely peaceful Retreat."

    Very comfortable, well equiped and clean Chalet. It was decorated with an African theme, the attention to detail made our stay magical. Carol and Ron were so welcoming, lovely hosts, nothing was too much trouble. The welcome treats were a nice surprise. The grounds were private and safe for our two lively Springer Spaniels to run around. The Retreat is ideally situated for the local Town, Country Park and Forest. The information folder was useful and detailed with everything we needed to know to make our holiday an enjoyable one. Thank you and we hope to return soon.

    Bless you that was so nice of you to take time to place a review of the log cabin much appreciated look forward to your return Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0May 2023

  • "Had a wonderful week-long break at the Retreat - our rough collie loved to explore the very large gardens."

    We enjoyed exploring the surrounding area, the forests, the broads and the coast. Everything in Brandon was walking distance. The Retreat was perfect for the 3 of us to come back to at the end of a long day to relax. We will certainly look to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0May 2023

  • "We had a relaxing few days at the Lodge We had everything we needed."

    We also liked the African theme for the lodge. Carol and Ron were on hand if we needed them, but not intrusive. The grounds were great where we saw muntjac deer and wild rabbits. It was very central for getting around as well. We would definitely recommend the lodge.

    it was our greatest pleasure hosting you both pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Apr 2023

  • "Carol and Ron two of the nicest people very helpful and friendly had thought of everything in the lodge."

    The grounds were amazing great for digs

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Mar 2023

  • "We have just come back from having 6 nights stopping in Ron & Carol’s retreat ..."

    We have just come back from having 6 nights stopping in Ron & Carol’s retreat and we feel so chilled and relaxed The Retreat decor was so quirky it reminded us of our Wedding in Sri Lanka and our Safari holiday in Kenya Having 4 acres of land was ideal for our little rescue dog to run around and not worry about her getting out Such a lovely place to stay and central to loads of places to visit would definitely recommend stopping here

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful property and lovely owners who greeted us on arrival with home made lemonade, fruit and chocolate!"

    Beautiful grounds with lots of wildlife to enjoy, owners left us to enjoy our break but we’re on hand if needed, loads to do locally, we took the dogs to Thetford Forest, Brandon Country park and Some local lakes which were amazing, the lodge has everything you need and the bed was super comfy, we can’t wait to bring our fur babies back for another adventure. Simon & Micheala

    Thank you it was a treat meeting you both and the Poodles so pleased they enjoyed their stay too we welcome you all back with open arms stay safe kind regards Carol & Ron Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Nov 2022

  • "Just had a week at The Retreat 14-21 - great welcome from our hosts Carol & Ron, let us know they were there if we needed anything but left us to our own devices; very handy info book indoors too."

    This is an excellent place for a quiet week away, wonderful grounds just a few steps outside the cabin - Maggie our Cairn thoroughly enjoyed sniffing out the bunny trails and watching the squirrels! Very doggy friendly with lots of bits and bobs in case you forget anything. Quietly watching the deer at night was magical. Close to local shops, take-aways in walking distance too. The Cabin itself was really clean and cosy; comfy bed, great shower; all you needed in the kitchen - freezer on the verandah for the dog's food too! Plenty of channels on the TV and an excellent sofa to curl up on to watch it. We'll be back! Vince, Martin & Maggie the Cairn!

    Reviewed by Vince5.0Oct 2022

  • "I have never had the experience of this holiday anywhere else."

    The owners felt like good friends when I left and I am already looking at dates to go back. Home made lemonade a basket of fruit and when I left a gift. I wanted to escape the rat race for a week and I was able to do just that. The lodge was so comfortable and the grounds amazing. I was alone with my dog and would walk around the grounds several times a day. One day the lady hadn't seen me I received a text asking if I was OK! What an wonderful kind couple. I really didn't want to leave. I am looking forward to returning ASAP.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful week at The Retreat."

    Missing it this morning, and the beautiful gardens.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2022

  • "Such a fabulous place, carol and ron we at hand if needed, but otherwise left to our own devices."

    Beautiful grounds so much wildlife. Two rested humans and two chilled out doglets. Thanks

    your most welcome so pleased you all enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

  • "If you want a complete break - with peace, quiet and a beautiful garden to wander in, then this is perfect for you."

    We spend 10 days here and were able to totally unwind. The Retreat had everything we needed and hosts were lovely. We didn't want to leave and are planning another visit

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the retreat!"

    We were lucky to see birds, squirrels, deer and even a fox! We had a very relaxing time and it was a great base to explore many parts of Thetford Forest. We loved being in walking distance of pubs, takeaways, shops, great walks, Brandon Country Park (and its Parkrun) and the fabulous Tilly's Tearooms! The internet is very intermittent and not very strong, but it was no bother as it was great to have time to read our books and be offline! Owners were very friendly and helpful but also left us to it. We've already recommended it to friends and family. Thanks for a great stay!

    it was our pleasure thank you for choosing The Retreat Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emily5.0May 2022

  • "3rd visit,this says it air."

    Carol and Ron excellent hosts

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2022

  • "The property and grounds in a ideal location for a peaceful tranquil holiday."

    Could not have wished for more friendly approachable and helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4May 2022

  • "Garden was lovely and the owners are great."

    Really welcoming. Had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2022

  • "The Retreat is an absolutely wonderful place to stay with nature on your doorstep."

    Carol and Ron are absolutely wonderful people and are there to help if needed. Some great places to eat in the area all within 10 minutes drive or a 2 minute walk into the town.

    the pleasure was all ours come as guests leave as friends Property Owner

    Reviewed by Calum5.0Apr 2022

  • "The retreat was wonderful so relaxing with lovely grounds to walk round."

    Ron and Carol are very friendly and helpful people made us feel very welcome. My husband and I came away very relaxed very tranquil I would give this place 5 stars. We will look forward in seeing you again soon thank you Ron and Carol.

    your most welcome the pleasure was all ours we look forward to your return take care keep safe Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Retreat is just a perfect place to relax."

    The owners were lovely. Very helpful and we enjoyed our chats. Will return.

    Reviewed by Dillys5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a cosy cottage very quiet,, owner are always available but not intrusive would recommend this lovely find"

    Thank you it was our pleasure Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Feb 2022


    Reviewed by Dean5.0Feb 2022

  • "Amazing place to stay."

    Carol And Ron was so friendly and helpful nothing was to much trouble. Brandon is a lovely place with lots of shops and loads of takeaways. We will be booking again very soon

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Nov 2021

  • "Five star. Wonderful hosts, nothing too much trouble."

    A warm welcome. Accommodation is superb. Everything you could possibly need is included. Furnishings so comfy and the bed is a proper king size. Grounds are amazing with little hidden treasures everywhere. Would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2021

  • "The hosts were super friendly and their domain beautiful."

    The place was very clean which is quite rare. We will be thinking of coming back.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Carol and Ron are truly fantastic hosts."

    Not only do they have a passion for making our stay wonderful, but they also have a true interest in their area of residence and surroundings. The Retreat, is a wonderfully serene, quiet and central place to stay. 4 acres of well kept gardens, a small pond, pagola, a firepit if that's your thing, swings, a local park, walks by a river etc etc The facilities at The Retreat are excellent, it's clean, well maintained, well equipped with 2 WCs, walk in shower, lovely kitchen area and has literally everything that you may need whilst your here within a short walk of this wonderfulproperty, (or drive if you so wish). Two main supermarkets are an easy 15 minutes stroll away, although you'd never know it, there's peaceful walks around this small village type atmosphere, local shops, places to eat and drink more or less cover it all. The local peoples are pleasant and friendly. It's idealic in so many ways. We have seen monkjack deer, squirrels, hedgehogs, all on site whilst sitting on the porch, lazing and taking our surroundings in what could easily be miles from anywhere. We certainly cannot praise or recommend enough that you stay here if you want to truly enjoy a better lifestyle when your in need of that wind down. Tranquility and peacefulness will certainly be fulfilled. We leave here with some sadness, but also with an eagerness and anticipation for our next stay in March 2022. 100% we will return 2 very minor points to say if you are suffering from a slight disability. The sofa we found quite low for us and the front steps are a tiny bit high to negotiate if you are a sufferer of arthritis or bad backs. These are not in any way faults of property, these are from a personal view as older senior citizens.. DO NOT BE PUT OFF. To cover this we spoke to Carol and Ron and amazingly they have "The Lodge" another of Carol and Ron's excellent facilities, already more geared to our/these needs. So absolutely covering our personal needs for our return here in March 2022 and quite honestly we cannot wait to come back. STAY HERE, YOU WONT REGRET IT, ITS GLORIOUS. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2021

  • "The Retreat in Brandon was a great central setting, yet was quietly tucked away in beautiful grounds."

    The lodge was lovely and met all our needs and we especially enjoyed the verandah as we had very warm weather. The owners were a friendly and welcoming couple and we enjoyed meeting them and staying in their grounds.

    Reviewed by Colm4.7Sep 2021

  • "Set in lovely grounds the log cabin is comfortable, well equipped and dog friendly."

    Foxes, deer, rabbits and squirrels frequent seen no more that 30 feet from the veranda. Our fabulous hosts Carol and Ron were so welcoming and so interesting. Lots of places close by to visit. Great walks for us and the dog without the need to drive anywhere . Five minutes walk to Tesco and takeaways yet once passing though the gates of the Old Rectory could be a million miles away. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2021

  • "WOW! firstly - Carol and Ron are the best hosts I have ever known."

    So welcoming , fun and attentive. I genuinely miss them after arriving home. The Retreat is the best I have ever stayed in. so tranquil and calm . The grounds are utterly impeccable and vast, it felt like we were in our own version of paradise and didn't want to leave. Everything has been thought of and we loved eating dinner in the pergola and having afternoon tea by the lake. The cabin is faultless . Be warned you will come home yearning for egg chairs . budget now ! feeding the foxes and squirrels and deer daily was a real treat , absolute heaven and we plan to be back as frequently as possible . An absolutely faultless and exceptional week. Well done Carol and Ron. it is EXCEPTIONAL. we miss you and the cabin. ♡

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Retreat is exactly what is says, a retreat from the world!"

    The lodge is beautiful, with all the facilities you need and expect. Carol and Ron are wonderful hosts and always in hand if needed. The evenings sitting in the verandah watching the muntjacs in the garden was wonderful. This place is one of those gems that you feel lucky to find and stay in.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2021

  • "Our 3rd visit to The Retreat and another fantastic week."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2021

  • "We loved our stay at The Retreat."

    It's kitted out to a very high standard and the verandah, complete with swinging chairs, is a great feature, whatever the weather. The African theme is a nice touch and adds a bit of fun. The grounds of the property are fantastic and on some days we were in no rush to leave. The owners are lovely people, friendly and helpful. We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay for our week away in Suffolk. We would definitely return to The Retreat and hope to do so in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by Alan J5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our 2nd stay here in 6 weeks, first in the lodge and we have just returned from a week in the retreat, we would highly recommend both."

    Carol and Ron are excellent hosts and nothing is too much trouble. We will certainly be returning! Excellent facilities just a few minutes walk away, bars restaurants etc. Thanks again Carol and Ron for 2 memorable holidays!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Retreat is comfortable and cosy, and was the perfect base for us to explore the sights in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk."

    We saw lots of wildlife sitting on the veranda in the evenings. Carol and Ron were perfect hosts and even delivered some freshly picked courgettes and potatoes to our door one evening.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Jul 2021

  • "The retreat was really lovely, Carol and Ron must be proud of what they have created."

    The theme worked so well and the cabin was warm and comfortable. Loved the egg chairs on the veranda, lovely touch. The wildlife in the beautiful garden was fabulous to watch. We saw deer, foxes, squirrels and the bird song was amazing. We enjoyed getting out and about, Lavenham and Ely are lovely and the Norfolk coast is very accessible, Wells next the sea was definitely worth a visit. We had a lovely week and would visit again.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jun 2021

  • "A big thank you to Carol and Ron who are so welcoming and accommodating."

    We loved how much thought and detail is put into the cabin, making it feel cosy and a 'home from home'. The cabin is also in a great location from which to explore the Suffolk area. We were 100% happy with our stay and will definitely recommend to our family and friends :)

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jun 2021

  • "We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the property."

    You could not hear any of the noise from the main road which was only about 500m away. At night you could see the stars clearly as there was no light pollution. Every evening deer came very close to the Retreat , not worrying about us sitting on the veranda watching. The bird song was amazing. This was our time for forest bathing.

    Reviewed by Eeva5.0Apr 2021

  • "No more than expected since we knew what to expect."

    Carol and Ron let you get on with your holiday but if you should need anything they quickly respond. The customer feedback book in the room says it all,excellent

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Apr 2021

  • "Wow what can we say the retreat is perfect, it was so nice to get away for a few days 1/11-4/11/20 and relax, we would highly recommend."

    Carol and Ron perfect Host, roxy our dog also loved it. Nigel and Janet and roxy

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Nov 2020

  • "We booked our stay the Retreat at fairly short notice and really enjoyed our stay."

    It was a perfect place to unwind & also a perfect place to take our dog who was made more than welcome. The lodge was really clean & tidy & well equipped with everything we needed. There are plenty of amenities within working distance & loads of great walks close by too. Carol & Ron were really friendly & only too happy to provide any information we needed about places to go in the local area. We would highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to kick back and unwind. Dan & Jackie.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Retreat was lovely, the owners were friendly and helpful and genuinely lovely people!"

    The whole experience was chilled and relaxed the grounds were open and there was a lovely array of wildlife to enjoy from the swinging chairs on the porch. Highly recommend, perfect for a romantic getaway!

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2020

  • "Perfect place for a relaxing break ."

    Very well equipped .Carol & Ron, the owners are so friendly & helpful.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely break at The Retreat."

    The lodge was very clean and comfortable Ron and Carol made us very welcome. The grounds were beautiful to wander through. We can’t wait to return

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2020

  • "2nd visit to The Retreat in Brandon,every bit as good as the 1st."

    The owners Ron and Carol are very welcoming and it was great to see them again after the very strange few month's we've all had to endure. An excellent weeks holiday,will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2020

  • "Superb owners who did everything to ensure our stay was enjoyable."

    The Retreat was ideal and the setting was excellent. First class all round!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2020

  • "The owners were such lovely friendly people."

    They were on hand for anything you needed.. but left you free to do your own thing. It was extremely dog friendly. The retreat was well stocked, warm, cosy...the bed was soooo comfortable and the swing chairs on the porch were brilliant for watching the wildlife whilst having a cuppa, or glass of wine...even when it rained. We couldnt fault the place and will definitely return. Ideal for a relaxing break and there are lots of walks close-by!!

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Aug 2020

  • "We loved this weekend experience."

    The owners were brilliant and we had a really relaxing time. We didn't venture off the grounds apart from doing a little food shop as it had everything we needed for the weekend. I will definitely return again for a week next time and take my dogs and venture out to the forest.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Aug 2020

  • "We have enjoyed a lovely week at this wonderful accommodation."

    Carol and Ron our host were so helpful nothing too much trouble, leaving us to our privacy but there when needed. The Retreat has everything you need, very well equipped, well furnished, very clean and a lot of nice thoughtful additions. Lovely quiet location with good amenities close by. A pleasure to stay in with wonderful hosts. Janet & Noel Jessop

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2020

  • "The owners are friendly and very kind."

    Sitting on the verandah one can see only trees, fields and the park-like grounds. Wildlife pass by in the evening, including muntjac deer, birds, squirrels &c. Idyllic, except for the occasional shattering roar from the nearby US fighter airbase. Lots of good places to visit and walk in, especially Brandon Country Park and Thetford forest. One day we took the train to beautiful Ely.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Aug 2020

  • "I loved my writing retreat."

    Beauitful land with trees, a pond and fire pits. Ron and Carol are exceptional hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Not so keen on Skyes Cottages due to poor service.

    Reviewed by Lina5.0Jul 2020

  • "We’ve had an amazing week!"

    The lodge itself has everything you could possibly need and was ideal for the two of us and our dog. The grounds are fabulous and Jasper loved having the freedom to run around, roaming and exploring the different sights and smells. The various areas for sitting and reflecting are lovely and we even lit the fire pit on our final night. The nature we saw was spellbounding! We particularly loved sitting out on the veranda from dusk to darkness to watch out for the regular visits of the deer and foxes. The swing chairs on the veranda were a godsend after a long day walking. We had good weather but the one evening it did rain, we were still able to sit on them and not get wet while enjoying the views and peace and quiet with a glass of wine- bliss! The sun beds (towels provided) were also a welcome touch and well used. Carol and Ron were excellent hosts and looked after us extremely well, making us feel very welcome but without imposing on us in any way. The Retreat is also certainly the most dog friendliest place we have stayed. We spent a lot of our time outside on the veranda but Jasper was welcome on furniture as long as we used the throws provided. There was nowhere where he was not welcome and we loved seeing Carol and Ron’s dogs as well. We certainly feel like we have been on a ‘Retreat’!

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2020

  • "Carol and Ron are the perfect hosts."

    Very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The Retreat was fabulous. Everything you need for a holiday has been thought of. Very clean and high spec finish! The Bed is super comfy! It's a real home from home. We took our dog. He loved running around off lead in the Grounds. You really feel like you are in a Countryside Retreat. We saw deer and squirrels in the Grounds. We were blessed with nice weather so were able to use the sun lounger! The Swing Chairs on the Veranda were bliss! Would thoroughly recommend. Ideally situated to explore Suffolk too!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "We are from the US and we stay on this property every time we travel to the this area."

    The hosts are wonderful people and the scenery is beautiful. The Retreat has everything you could need from a kitchen area to a good relaxing area. We have stayed at both cottages on this property and both are wonderful.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Mar 2020

  • "Fantastic weekend getaway, with fantastic hosts."

    The Retreat was everything we needed after a very busy new year. You could turn up here with practically nothing and have a brilliant time,the owner's have really thought of everything,even for our fury four legged friends! Shops and provisions within easy walking distance. When we had car troubles on our last day,Ron and Carol couldn't do enough to help,bless em! Booked for a week soon as we got home! Paul.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Retreat to visit family and friends who live in the area."

    We were after a place to “chill out” and the superb lodge fitted the bill 100%. The African theme of the decor has been executed wonderfully well. Despite visiting in mid November the lodge was warm and cosy with everything provided for a relaxing break. The owners Carol and Ron were wonderful friendly hosts and have created a unique place to stay. We intend to return in the future when we visit the area and hope they will be able to fit us in as word will get round that this is a GREAT PLACE to stay!

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Nov 2019

  • "The Retreat is a special place, Carol & Ron are the most welcoming of hosts, available to give ideas for places to visit, eat or just general conversation, but in no way intrusive."

    The peace and quiet is unbelievable given how close you are to town of Brandon. It was such a relaxing stay I wish we had longer but are already considering a summertime time possibly next year.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely place."

    Went with the intention of completely chilling out and succeeded. Ron and Carol were welcoming and helpful if we needed them, but did not intrude on our privacy. Would recommend The Retreat to anybody looking for country/woodland walks and to relax entirely.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Oct 2019

  • "There is absolutely nothing to fault in this beautiful lodge."

    Our hosts Carol and Ron were there for us if needed but not intrusive. Everything we could need was supplied and everything immaculately clean. The beautiful grounds were a joy to walk around - even in the rain!!! Loved it there and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "Carol and ron made us very welcome very friendly lovely 4 acres of garden to use, foxes,dear,squirrels all ways about."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2019

  • "We have just got back from a great week end at this fantastic African themed ..."

    We have just got back from a great week end at this fantastic African themed lodge in Brandon and it was just perfect as it was so quiet it is the perfect place to chill out for us , the lodge itself was well layed out and spotless , we could not find any issues with it , everything you need is in the lodge even down to the doggie biscuits on arrival Carol and Ron the ownwers were just marvellous nothing was to much trouble it felt like i had known them for ages , cannot wait to go back Colin , Michele "Toby & Bo

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x King size with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting room with electric fire
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle, and TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Lodge and veranda enclosed by fencing, and 4-acre site lodge sits on is enclosed by fencing
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Up to three well behaved pets welcome at £30 per pet
  • Shop 0.4 miles and pub 0.3 miles
  • Please note: Although inside the property is all one level, there are three steps up to the front door and you must step over the threshold

The property

Surrounded by the Suffolk countryside and within four stunning acres of grounds that are shared with the owner's home and their other holiday let, The Retreat is a lovely wooden lodge, providing you with a sweet escape from a busy life.

Suited for a couple looking to spend quality time together on a romantic break, this property has the benefit of being within easy walking distance of rolling hills and countryside, as well as pubs, shops and local restaurants.

Once you have arrived at the lodge, you will take three steps up onto the veranda and through the front door straight into the open-plan living space, noticing the unique African decor influences.

Cook up a delicious meal in the modern kitchen, making use of the electric oven and hobs to create a tasty dish for your loved one, and they can watch you in action from the dining table with a glass of wine in hand.

On a chilly evening, switch on the electric fire for some added warmth and nestle down into the plush settee in front of a favourite film for a completely care-free evening.

As the night draws to a close, head into the bedroom to rest your head on the king-size bed after an adventure filled day.

In the morning, jump out of bed and into the en-suite bathroom shower to wake up your senses and begin the day, with the property also benefiting from a separate cloakroom with WC accessed from the living space.

On a summer morning take your coffee outside onto the veranda, where you can gaze out onto the grounds from one of the swing seats.

If you're sat out in the evening, either here or at the garden table and chairs on the lawn, you might catch sight of some deer, foxes and other wildlife seen before within the owners' grounds, a special experience you won't find in most other properties.

You're close to all of the local amenities, being surrounded by these lovely acres it's easy to forget, so if you don't feel like cooking in the evening, take a stroll over to one of the nearby pubs that serve up lovely classic dishes.

The Brandon Country Park and the Thetford Forest Park are also within walking distance, perfect for walkers or cyclists, and for those thrill-seekers you can swing through the trees at Go Ape Thetford, a 3.4-mile drive from The Retreat, and explore the forest from above.

Spend a brilliant holiday at The Retreat and get to know this beautiful area of Suffolk.

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About the location


Bury St Edmunds 15 miles.

Brandon is a small town in the English county of Suffolk with an estimated population of just over 9,500. Brandon has a small market held every Thursday and Saturday in addition to the number of small, independent shops in the town. Brandon in Suffolk now shares its name with towns in Lincolnshire, Durham and Warwickshire. Surrounded by acres of forest, Brandon has a fascinating history that dates back hundreds of years. Further afield, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. Holiday in Suffolk and visit the Home of Horseracing, explore Constable Country, experience maritime life in Ipswich, or immerse yourself in history in Bury St Edmunds.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas