Exploring Fenacre, South Lopham
Published: Friday 1st Jun 2018
Written by: Georgia Dawson
South Norfolk is a wonderful place to explore. Close to the Norfolk Suffolk border, you can discover the beauty of both counties with ease. South Norfolk holds some of the county’s most picturesque and tranquil countryside, with beautiful winding lanes, scenic thatched cottages, cosy local pubs and wonderful market towns. Tucked away in the deepest South Norfolk lies South Lopham. Very close to the Redgrave and Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve, countryside walks are on your doorstep in South Lopham.
Fenacre, located just over five miles from the vibrant market town of Diss, is a quintessential thatched cottage, originating from the 1650’s. Formerly two cottages, Fenacre sleeps seven and is suitable for all the family. The spacious holiday home is comfortable and beautifully-furnished, whilst still retaining many of its original features.
On the ground floor of Fenacre, you’ll be welcomed by a staircase leading you up to the first and second bedrooms. Heading through to the sitting room, you’ll find plenty of comfortable seating, complete with a television with full Sky access, meaning sports, music and films are all at your fingertips. There is also an iPod dock, perfect for broadcasting your music around the living room, and of course, wifi.
The kitchen is furnished with an electric cooker, electric ceramic hob, fridge, microwave and dishwasher. After cooking your delicious evening meal in the kitchen, you can head through to the dining area where you’ll find a dining table and chairs, as well as a spiral staircase leading up to the third bedroom.
Also on the ground floor, you’ll discover a beautiful conservatory, perfect for enjoying a coffee in the morning. There are a couple of cloakrooms and a utility room, where you’ll find a microwave, washing machine, bread and ice cream maker – ideal for the children! Finally, there is a wonderful shower room with a large wet-room shower cubicle, double wash basin w/c and even underfloor heating to keep your toes warm after showering.
Heading up to the first floor of Fenacre, you’ll find the first and second bedrooms, both with lovely king-sized beds. The third bedroom has a double bed and a single bed – this room is only accessed via the staircase and has no door. Finally, there is a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom, complete with a free-standing roll top bath, hand-held shower attachment, washbasin, shaver point and w/c.
A wonderful fully enclosed lawned garden surrounds the house, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on a summer’s evening. The garden features a decking area, patio with table and chairs, and a small, netted pond. With the light summer’s evenings, why not enjoy a spot of al-fresco dining – bring your food outside, perhaps for a picnic, and make the most of the gorgeous Norfolk sunshine.
With Diss so close by, why not take a trip to the market town and spend the day exploring the play park, swimming pool, playing golf and visiting the lively arts centre in the Corn Hall.
If you enjoy walking and bird watching, the peaceful Redgrave and Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve is almost on your door step. Pop on your comfy shoes and grab your binoculars for a day exploring the gorgeous Norfolk countryside.
The award-winning Banham Zoo is only a 10 minute drive from South Lopham. Popular with all the family, you can visit amazing animals such as Amur tigers, Bactrian camels, giraffes, silver marmosets and emus, plus much, much more. However, if you’re after a slightly more unusual animal experience, head to Woodbine Alpaca Farm which is just under 30 minutes away from South Lopham. Situated in 20 acres of lovely Norfolk countryside, the farm is home to over 60 coloured huacaya alpacas.
If gardening, steam engines and fairgrounds are more your thing, take a trip to Bressingham Steam Experience. With the 20 acres of gardens and four railways to take a trip on, you’ll be set for a fantastic family day out.