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The Retreat

Brandon, Suffolk (Ref. 1018805)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful week at The Retreat."

    Missing it this morning, and the beautiful gardens.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 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 LouiseAug 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 AnnJul 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 EmilyMay 2022

  • "3rd visit,this says it air."

    Carol and Ron excellent hosts

    Reviewed by ColinMay 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 BrianMay 2022

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

    Really welcoming. Had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 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 CalumApr 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 PaulaApr 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 DillysMar 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 BryanFeb 2022


    Reviewed by DeanFeb 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 RonNov 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 IanNov 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 JonathanOct 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 JohnSep 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 GillSep 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 MartinAug 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 NicolaAug 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 SueAug 2021

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

    Reviewed by PaulJul 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 JJul 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 AmandaJul 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 GeoffreyJul 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 JennyJun 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 LouiseJun 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 EevaApr 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 ColinApr 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 JanetNov 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 DanielOct 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 JennySep 2020

  • "Perfect place for a relaxing break ."

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

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 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 CarolSep 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 PaulSep 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 AlanSep 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 SandraAug 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 KellyAug 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 JanetAug 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 JuliaAug 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 LinaJul 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 StephanieJul 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 DavidJul 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 KathrynMar 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 PaulJan 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 SheilaNov 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 JulieOct 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 ChristineOct 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 DavidOct 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 DavidSep 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 ColinSep 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas