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Lakeside Lodge

East Harling near Thetford, Norfolk (Ref. 963052)


(62 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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62 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything we needed was there!"

    Views wonderful. Lovely touch, milk, eggs and cake in fridge. Robert the owner came to see we were OK. Nice to have a washer and dryer outside. Loved it!

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2022

  • "Pros: compact and comfortable."

    Nice location over the lake with lovely deck. Good base to explore Norfolk from and cracking dog walks in nearby Thetford forest. Cons: kennel about 200 yards away with fairly constant barking during the day, sometimes at night as well. Wi-fi would be great as well.

    Reviewed by Ewan CrowhurstMay 2022

  • "An idyllic location and a lovely lodge, so comfortable and clean with everything you could need."

    We have had the perfect holiday here. The lovely owner and son were so friendly and helpful especially with the fishing ( which is allowed in the close season) Lots to see within an hours drive and the Nags Head in the village gave a good alternative to eating our evening meal sitting on the balcony in the sunshine! I could go on, Great week.

    Reviewed by LynneMay 2022

  • "The general condition of the property was good, however there was a lack of cooking equipment and utentials."

    The brochure does not mention the noise from Snetterton race track, nor the fact that most of the week you cant walk in the woods due to the fact that they are used by a school project. There are also times when the boarding kennels are quite noisy. This information would be usefull when selecting this property as it is not as tranquil as stated.. The owners are all very friendly and did appologise for the farm requirement to cut down a large number of trees and shrubs with chain saws (quite noisy) but we were out for part of the days when this was happening..all in all we had a good break and I did get a photograph of the Kingfisher.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "A really lovely lodge with all the amenities you will need."

    A very comfortable place to stay. The setting is absolutely great looking out over the small lake and to the countryside beyond. It was extremely relaxing and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The owner was very friendly and leaving milk, eggs and cupcakes was a thoughtful touch. It is in a good location in walking distance of the village and within driving distance of many attractions. We would not hesitate to recommend this charming property. Thanks so much.

    Reviewed by RachelApr 2022

  • "We booked in 2020 because the unit was the only one on a small lake and looked ideal for a quiet / secluded getaway."

    Four additional units are now around the lake and one of these appears to be permanently occupied by a family with dog. The Sykes listing requires updating. Having said this, the unit itself was very comfortable and met our needs during our stay albeit the oven was/is in need of a thorough clean and there is no extractor above the cooker.

    Reviewed by ColinMar 2022

  • "So peaceful and beautiful."

    Sunset so lovely over the lake .locals at the Swan and nags head very friendly,food nice .The lodge its self laid out well and everything needed was there.Would recommend.

    Reviewed by PatMar 2022

  • "Very cosy, well kept lodge, everything provided."

    Very helpful owners. Our dog Mimi, loved it, not sure the ducks liked her!

    Reviewed by KathrynMar 2022

  • "A golden gem!"

    Best cabin we have stayed in. 5 stars for excellent cleaness, equipment, amazing location and views, value for money and owners helpfulness. Would highly recommend especially if you want to spend some days just chilling. Lovely walks in the woods from the cabin. Would definitely stay again x

    Reviewed by TrevorFeb 2022

  • "Loverly place for a relaxing holiday, would love to try the fishing in the summer."

    Great lodge all you could need , loverly owners nothing was to much trouble for them.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJan 2022

  • "We had a wonderful Christmas break at lakeside lodge."

    All was just perfect and the added surprise extras were much appreciated. Robert paid us regular visits to make sure we were ok. We could not have asked for more. We will visit again. Much thanks Robert.

    Reviewed by ChristineDec 2021

  • "A really special place to stay."

    The wild life is wonderful including kingfishers. Watching the fish in the lake is so relaxing. A brilliant place to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by HilaryDec 2021

  • "This is a lovely lodge in very peaceful surroundings."

    Is is equipped to a high standard and everything is spotlessly clean. Robert the owner made me feel very welcome, and the milk, eggs and chocolate cake in the fridge were a very nice touch. It is certainly very high on my list of places to revisit. My small dog would probably echo these sentiments too!

    Reviewed by CarolNov 2021

  • "Fabulous"

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2021

  • "This place was amazing owners went above and beyond to help us enjoy our holiday."

    Beautifully presented with everything you need. My husband a little disappointed the kingfisher caught more than he did. We are back in March 2022, can't wait. Thank you so much x Mr and Mrs Achaski

    Reviewed by JacquelineNov 2021

  • "Yes the bed was too hard, had trouble sleeping."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "The location of the lodge was beautiful wildlife on your doorstep including a daily visit of kingfisher & family of ducks to name a few."

    The cottage was well serviced with equipment, bed linen & towel. Unfortunately there are dog kennels situated near by & we could hear them barking on & off. We spoke to the owners & they said they are in the process of of trying to sort it. Fortunately for us it did not spoil our enjoyment

    Reviewed by PamelaAug 2021

  • "Perfect for hubby who is disabled and loves his fishing."

    Just a few steps walk from the cabin to the riverbank to fish. Lake had some good sized fish in it. Hubby caught a 20lb+ carp and some good sized tench. Very safe for dogs as lake is completely fenced in with only 5 cabins sharing it. Cabin was very comfortable. Would have liked a hot tub most other cabins on site have one but choose this one for the short walk to the Riverbank for hubby which was more important for us. Owners very welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2021

  • "We loved the Lodge, the wildlife on the lake and the farm."

    The owners were very helpful and we enjoyed visiting lots of places around Norfolk

    Reviewed by MartynJun 2021

  • "No it gave everything they promised most relaxing holiday ever."

    Reviewed by RoyJun 2021

  • "Fishing brilliant, commendation brilliant, people lovely, scenery excellent"

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2021

  • "This is a magical place for helping you to relax after a trying year,would recommend staying here."

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2021

  • "What a wonderful time we had ..."

    What a wonderful time we had Lovely views over the lake love the two ducks that greeted us every day the cats snd the owls in the evening We had a walking holiday coming home and relaxing watching the world go by very peaceful Thank you Rob and Jan for amazing home

    Reviewed by JanetteOct 2020

  • "The piece & quite,was absolutely lovely, pleasure to stay,& Robert was really nice & friendly,"

    Reviewed by JuneSep 2020

  • "Holiday accommodation was perfect."

    Already booked again for next year

    Reviewed by BrendaSep 2020

  • "Lovely relaxing surroundings, the perfect getaway"

    Reviewed by GlennAug 2020

  • "We most enjoyed the location of the lodge."

    So much so, that we only went " out" one day. Also Robert was very welcoming and friendly. Thanks to them, for a lovely break.

    Reviewed by JoanFeb 2020

  • "What a lovely little get away."

    We loved every minute of it. Just went far to quick. We will definitely returning. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by AshleighFeb 2020

  • "Lakeside Lodge was simply a perfect location, so peaceful and quiet, perfect for a restful getaway."

    The only criticism we had was that there was no chest of drawers in the bedroom to store flat items like jumpers or underwear, etc. The wardrobe literally had hanging space only, no shelf or drawer space. Other than that, it was just so perfect. It was clean as a new pin, equipped with everything you could need in the kitchen area and the location was superb. Lots of dog walks on the doorstep, the village had pubs, shops, chemist and a great fish and chip shop too! We will book again in the summer or early autumn so we can sit on the balcony overlooking the lake to enjoy a glass or two of wine while watching the sun go down!

    Reviewed by SandraFeb 2020

  • "Amazing place, amazing lodge Owners very welcoming & kind Everything was perfect, can’t wait to go again next year"

    Reviewed by JulietNov 2019

  • "This little gem is a home from home."

    it was clean and comfy. Robert came to see us on the first night and was helpful with any questions we had. The locals are friendly and all of them loved our dog. I do wish I had taken my fishing gear the lake looked very appealing. we will be going back.

    Reviewed by ShaneOct 2019

  • "Tranquility at its best!"

    Reviewed by FredOct 2019

  • "Wonderful location for relaxing away from stressful lives."

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2019

  • "It was a Jewell in the crown for norfolk."

    Reviewed by MichelleSep 2019

  • "Beautiful location with the owners taking great care to ensure everything possible is provided."

    The lake was very shallow in front of the lodge so not much good for fishing, unless you ask and the owner will tell exactly we're the fish congregate at the area cleared last year. Fishing the deeper water I caught some beautiful golden Rudd and some sizeable roach. The web site and Sykes listing say the owner also has kennels on the adjoining site. Remember dogs bark and lots of dogs together bark a lot!

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and the view from the veranda amazing."

    It was nice to have a decent sized TV and a comfy sofa. To be even better, would be to provide a king sized bed. I think double beds are too small these days and not what one expects any more. The only other point might be that perhaps it would be fair to mention somewhere that there is a boarding kennel on the site and the noise of dogs barking is frequent. For some people, that would be a deal breaker and spoil the peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2019

  • "Lovely peaceful location and a fully equipted lodge ."

    Well kept grounds with attention to the needs of wildlife and the environment. Fishing literally on the doorstep with loads of tiddlers but the big ones are there to be caught with a variety of species. On a warm summer evening with a glass of wine on the veranda this lodge is idyllic. Thanks to Robert and his family for their efforts to make our stay as comfortable as it was. Definitely recommended, we hope to return sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by TimJul 2019

  • "What more can i say one of the best lodges i have stayed in absolutely stunning views & very private but not far from local villages the hosts robert & janet were first class they even invited me & my wife into there home for afternoon glasses of wine ."

    on our arrival they had placed flowers a bottle of proseco a cake and a card with it being our wedding anniversary couldnt thank them enough just a pity about the weather b ut still enjoyed our stay would strongly recommend this lodge & would love to go back thankyou robert & janet for a lovely weeks holiday

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2019

  • "Our accommodation was very clean full of character."

    The location was idilic set along a small lake.The couple who run the estate were very helpful, full of information about the area.

    Reviewed by EileenApr 2019

  • "It was just as imagined thanks to an accurate description."

    I was a little concerned about two more lodges reported nearby, but they were a good distance away and cleverly largely obscured by vegetation, so the privacy and peace were preserved. I hope more don't interfere with the main attraction (for us) of birds living on the lake, which has a very calming effect for a lovely lazy watch-the-world-go-by break from city life. In short, I great peaceful place and rebooked pronto.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2019

  • "The lodge was in a beautiful location over looking a lake."

    We watched the goslings and ducklings with their parents while we enjoyed a glass of wine in the evenings. The walks through the woods were lovely too. Our stay here was really relaxing and we intend to visit again. Although you felt a way from the rest of the world, it was in fact only a ten minute walk to local shops, pubs and amenities. Recommend.

    Reviewed by PaulineMar 2019

  • "The owners were very welcoming in person and being on site was an advantage."

    Reviewed by MarieMar 2019

  • "Everything you could need was at the lodge, however there was no hairdryer."

    The location was idyllic, the wildlife was fascinating. There were another 2 lodges around the lake but no one disturbed anyonelse. If you like fishing, check it is the correct time to fish. Between March and June is not allowed. Apparently there was a hot tub and pool, but no directions where to find this, and we didn't want to knock on the farmhouse door to find out. The heated panels were a bit hit and miss, we reckon they were on a timer. Although basically clean, it did need a Hoover down the sides of the sofa and the lampshade, but this did not stop us having a lovely relaxing week.

    Reviewed by SharronMar 2019

  • "Lovely lodge in fantastic surroundings."

    Local village is lovely with 2 great pubs.. will definitely return. many thanks to the owners

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2019

  • "Excellent location and facilities for a quiet, relaxing break."

    Cooker and settee past their best, but that's a minor niggle.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2018

  • "Very good value for money?"

    Local village has all the shops/pubs you need. Did fish the lake however as works in progress would like to return & fish in the summer.

    Reviewed by JoanNov 2018

  • "A relaxing idyllic winter break on a Norfolk Farm."

    Reviewed by DaveNov 2018

  • "It was a birthday break for my lovely lady very peaceful relaxing and the little lodge was very lovely and cozy"

    Reviewed by IanNov 2018

  • "It's lovely place to unwind there no Internet or phone but great for a break technology and get back to nature watch birds flying on to pool."

    The village is just up lane so can get most things you need.

    Reviewed by JacquieOct 2018

  • "What a gem!"

    Peaceful and chilled week at this amazing lodge. Well placed for many areas to visit but equally it is a place to just sit on the decking looking over the lake and just chill.

    Reviewed by GarethSep 2018

  • "I have stayed in several Sykes properties before, all have been excellent."

    We will definitely be renting from you again.

    Reviewed by ShirleySep 2018

  • "We enjoyed the holiday very much there was every thing we needed for our stay Mr Green came and introduced himself which was a nice touch ."

    It was a pity about the fishing because the lake had gone down well over 21/2ft caught a load of nice rRudd and Roach and a massive Eel that came unhooked in the landing net lucky ha ha ( i don't like them much) but I'm sure after a few good showers it will be soon back to normal and the larger fish can be had we will certainly be back for another go thanks. Stan

    Reviewed by StanJul 2018

  • "What a beautiful setting, lovely lake and surrounding area, the wildlife was amazing, kingfisher wanting to share our balcony."

    Considering we were next to the water I was surprised how few flies and bugs there were. The lodge is of a very high standard with good quality fixtures and fittings, it is the only holiday let I have been too over several years that I haven't felt the need to clean the crockery and cutlery before use. It was immaculate, the bed was very comfy . There was an extremely well equipped kitchen, with some complimentary supplies, there was even a bag of ice in the freezer which was greatly appreciated as it was the hottest week of the year so far. We were very impressed with the Farm, found the fishing a little disappointing as the lake needs some attention which we know the owners have in hand and is a work in progress. We have already discussed a return visit next year, we were made very welcome by all the family and look forward to returning to Lakeside Lodge. Julie & Barry 23rd to 30th June 2018

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2018

  • "It was peaceful and the view from the Lodge was wonderful."

    Easy access to main roads yet you felt like you were miles from anywhere. Fantastic place to stay. Just two things we would take with us next time is a tea pot and a shower mat. Other that that perfect.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJun 2018

  • "It’s mentioned in the broucher there are eating places in the village,lm sorry to say that’s not quite true,as the George& Dragon is now closed ,the fish & chip shop is there but the nearest pub with food is the Angel at larking ,about 2mile away."

    Apart from that the Lodge was really lovely,quite and peaceful, and the owner was very helpful, the fishing was very good but hard to catch the big ones.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "Lovely lodge with a great outlook very well appointed."

    The people were very friendly. We want to go again.

    Reviewed by ChristoherApr 2018

  • "Very nice place seems it is a bit of project all trees around lake have been removed and it is not like picture now, also new shephards hut been put in and they are also building new 2 bedroom lodge !"

    with the fact they also have another 4 person lodge as well, it will not be so quite and would be to many people. they have also put £10 a day charge for fishing.

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2018

  • "It was very modern internally and very warm and cosy brilliant for a couple or ..."

    It was very modern internally and very warm and cosy brilliant for a couple or solo traveller,very peaceful,quiet setting,an ideal escape ,in which to hear yourself think, 10 out of 10

    Reviewed by MaxineDec 2017

  • "It's was a very good holiday lodge warm, clear and cosy a great place to get away."

    Only 5 minutes away from village. Look forward to booking again in spring to see all the birds on lake and may be glass of wine on decking.

    Reviewed by JacquieDec 2017

  • "It was really lovely and the owner was very helpful and friendly."

    Plenty of wildlife to view. Loved it.

    Reviewed by SieglindeAug 2017

  • "A hidden gem, made to feel very welcome, thoughtful little extras were ..."

    A hidden gem, made to feel very welcome, thoughtful little extras were appreciated excellent facilities, surroundings beautiful wildlife all helped have a relaxing break

    Reviewed by AvrilJul 2017

  • "Amazing setting and if you like wildlife this is the perfect place, only here for 3 nts wished we could had stayed longer, so peaceful and totally chilled out."

    Reviewed by GaryJul 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private decking with furniture
  • Free, shared use of estate facilities including hot tub, pool table, riverside picnic area and one acre lake with specimen fishing, Pike, Roach, Barbel, Carp and Tench
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are boarding kennels on the estate and the owners request dogs to be kept on a lead when walking on the estate
  • Note: Children to be supervised at all times due to the River Thet running through the estate, as well as the fishing lake next to the property
  • The river is unfenced and the lake has a low-level fence. Note: Fishing between 16th March - 16th June is not available due to being out of season
  • If you are interested in fishing you will require a fishing permit which is £10 and relevant equipment e.g.Barbless hooks and landing net etc

The property

This wonderful lodge has been hand-built by the owner and offers a tranquil escape, ideal for couples and solo travellers.

Situated on the edge of the lake on the owners' beautiful estate, this lodge has spectacular wildlife straight from the door, yet just a few minutes’ walk from the village centre of East Harling.

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About the location


Thetford 10 miles; Diss 11 miles.

The attractive South Norfolk village of East Harling is steeped in history and centres round the old market square with pretty period cottages and a beautiful 15th century church. East Harling enjoys excellent local amenities with a village store, Post Office, two pubs with restaurants, a fish and chip shop, Chinese restaurant, a chemist and local doctor. East Harling sits close to the borders of Suffolk and enables you to visit the many attractions to be found in both Norfolk and Suffolk. Visit the nearby market towns of Diss, Thetford, Wymondham and Attleborough, which are all within a short drive of East Harling. Further afield you can explore Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket or the cities of Norwich and Cambridge. Local attractions include Thetford Forest with its waymarked walks, cycling tracks and nature trails, Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens, St. George’s Whisky Distillery, Snetterton Race Track and Banham Zoo. The Norfolk Broads along with both the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline are within easy driving distance with each location offering places of interest and enjoyment just awaiting your discovery.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas