Major's Lodge

Watlington, Norfolk Countryside & Villages

  • Awaiting Grading
  • A unique conservation destination to fascinate young and old, stay at Watatunga Wildlife Reserve to be part of conservation today for wildlife tomorrow.

You can book this property from:

  • £1,550 per week
  • £221 per night
  • Awaiting Grading


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king/super-king beds
  • 4 single Zip&Link beds (combine for king/super king)


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Towels provided
  • Wet room
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Beach 14 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Shop 0.5 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Wet room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9am


Major’s Lodge is a delightful single-story wooden safari lodge, newly renovated and overlooking the grassy expanses and lakes of Watatunga Wildlife Reserve. With a stunning vista over grazing herds of exotic deer and antelope species, Major’s Lodge is a fully accessible property that sleeps up to eight people. Guests can view many of Watatunga’s highly endangered deer and antelope from the comfort of the terrace or their sitting-room. You will have exclusive access to golf buggies & a large state-of-the-art bird hide just a minutes’ walk from the grounds within the lodge. Major’s Lodge and the bird hide are both suitable for the less-able with a ramp provided at the main entrance allowing wheel-chair access and a large wet room. There is also access to ‘catch and release’ fishing for trout on the owners’ newly stocked lake on the Watlington estate. On a free guided-tour of the reserve, guests will learn all about the conservation work at Watatunga while meeting the hoof-stock, water-buffalo, white-stork and Great Bustard which have all made Watatunga their home.

Shop: 0.6mile  Pub: 0.6mile

All on one level:

Entrance Hall: with ample coat/boot storage
Kitchen: with built-in electric double oven, electric hob, microwave oven, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
Cloakroom: with WC, washbasin and washer/drier
Dining room with table and chairs
Sitting room with large picture window overlooking the garden and reserve beyond. Comfortable seating comprising two large sofas, two armchairs, fireplace with open fire. Smart TV.
Conservatory with corner seating and doors opening onto the large decked area.

Bedroom 1 with super king bed, fitted wardrobes and wash basin (wheelchair accessible)
Bedroom 2 with twin (2ft 6) zip and link bed/king size bed
Bedroom 3 with twin (2ft 6) zip and link bed/king size bed, wash basin (wheelchair accessible)
Bedroom 4 with king size bed, wash basin (this room may be more suited to one adult or children as access is at one side of the bed only
Bathroom bath with over-bath shower, washbasin and wc
Wet room with mains shower, basin and wc, extra handrails fitted to the wall, non-slip flooring suitable for less-able guests.
Bathroom bath, washbasin and wc

Garden: There is a large fully enclosed wilderness garden, secure for children and with deep borders planted to attract butterflies and supply winter seed for birds with stunning views to the wildlife reserve. A raised decked seating area leads directly from the lodge; wheelchair friendly with ramp down to the lawn and gate giving added security for youngsters.
Parking: Shingled parking area for 6 cars
Heating: Oil central heating
Also provided: Towels. WiFi. DAB radio. Travel cot. Highchair. Gas barbeque. Welcome tray.
Notes: This is a non-smoking property. Mobile reception – variable.
Access to two (4 seater) golf buggies during your stay.

Suitable for the ‘less-able’ with wheelchair access at the front and rear of the lodge and ‘Wet room’ fitted with grab-rails and non-slip flooring, wide doorways. Bedrooms 1 and 2 are wheelchair accessible.

Safety: Safety is paramount whilst spending time on the reserve Before being handed the keys to your electric buggies, you will receive a thorough safety briefing and guided tour of the reserve. The owners request that upon arrival and, before visiting the reserve you read and sign the terms of your waiver. Once signed you are welcome to explore the reserve as you wish within the hours discussed and with your guide.
In addition: For special occasions if you would like to organise an ‘al-fresco’ dinner by the Watatunga lakeside, the owner’s offer catering in their private BBQ hut by the lake, the perfect location to watch the sun go down in any season.

Watlington is located 7 miles south of King’s Lynn and 8 miles north of Downham Market and is also served by its railway station on the King’s Lynn to Cambridge and London line. It is also on the national cycling route which passes through the village. Near the rental property is an outdoor gym, basket-ball court and children’s play area. At the centre of the village is the village green with a local Pub serving food as well as boasting a Sunday carvery, fish and chip shop and village store, perfect for those last-minute essentials. The historic town of King’s Lynn is a short drive or train ride and was once one of the most important ports dating back to the 12th Century. Meander through the cobbled streets with fine old merchant houses or visit the elegant Custom House that overlooks the town’s medieval harbour. There are plenty of fine eateries to enjoy, perfect for a spot of lunch or supper by the riverside at The Bank House and award-winning Market Bistro. Travel south by car, or train, to the Cathedral city of Ely where the Cathedral dominates the skyline, one of England’s largest and most beautiful Cathedrals. The town itself offers weekly markets and boasts a beautiful waterside area with cafés, restaurants and art galleries to explore. The stunning North Norfolk coastline is just 30 minutes’ drive, the vast coastline is popular with cyclists and walkers with many country lanes and tracks to follow. Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve at Snettisham beach, spectacular for bird watching with bird filled lagoons and shingle beaches to explore. Well worth a visit is the majestic Sandringham House set in stunning grounds with pretty gardens and woodland trails to explore.


Property situated on edge of the nature reserve with use of buggy to visit the reserve. Lots of space in the property and outside furniture and space.

Mrs C,

Wonderful stay. Private location, well equipped with fantastic views. Having a golf buggy to be able to tour the reserve was amazing and access to the bird hide was a real bonus. We had some unforgettable encounters with the animals and birds. Staff were brilliant; responsive, knowledgeable and helpful. Super family holiday. Highly recommended.

Mrs C,

Great accommodation very spacious, suitable for wheelchair user family, location is great, Definitely will look to going back.

Mrs A,