Pine Lodge Blog

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

imageWe are now taking bookings for accommodation so you can visit  Thursford-  The ultimate Christmas Musical Experience with a cast of over 120 professional singers, musicans and dancers now in its record breaking 38th year. We recommend you check ticket availability before booking our cottage or bed and breakfast. It’s half an hour from here and parking there is free.  The Christmas shops are free to visit and the show is on from 11th November to  23rd December 2015 2.00pm & 7.00pm.
The Booking office number is 01328 878477 Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm or you can book online

The show is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The 3 hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols.

Evening Platter of Continental and Norfolk Cheeses with complimentary wine.

Our new guests today are celebrating their 47th Wedding Anniversay.  Many congratulations to them. Our tempting platter range was chosen and this included local hams and cheeses, Italian cheese and meat, French and German sausages. With all the food freshly prepared, all they needed to do was to open their complimentary wine, sit back and enjoy!  Our own pickles and breads accompanied this evening treat.image image

Winter Special Offers

If you want a cosy break for either a few days or lots of days, we’ve just added them to our website.

October Bargain
Book these dates for an amazing deal. It’s our last few days available before November and this is a BRILLIANT deal.
Check In from 17/10/15 to 22/10/15 (inclusive)
Stay Duration This discount offer is open to customers staying for 6 nights.
Room Discounts: An amazing 15% off.

Cottage Winter Warmer
A special winter weekly deal. Special discount for a cosy winter stay. Also free logs for a wonderful warm night in with a free bottle of bubbly to enjoy indoors or in the sumptuous hot tub.
Check In Range From 01/11/15 to 17/12/15 and valid for check-ins on ANY day of the week
Stay Duration This discount offer is open to customers staying for 4 to 49 nights
15% off the standard room price per night for our Luxury 5* King-Sized Self Catering Cottage.

Log into: www. and hit the book now button to see these amazingly low prices.

Twitter or Twit?

imageIt’s been really busy here.  We’ve had some lovely guests and we’re booked until November.  Bookings for 2016 are now being taken.  I’ve been also busy making sure the cottage is clean and well stocked. We had one day last week when we were in-between guests so we took the opportunity to touch up the paintwork, keeping Pine Cottage in tip-top shape.

After all the work, I’ve been learning about Twitter.  I’ve not really understood what it’s all about.  Maybe those of you who are more media literate can tell me more?


@pinel0dge      with a zero not an o!

😃 Norfolk is the BEST

Eight Reasons You Should Visit Norfolk!

Today’s paper says it all!

I sing the praises of Norfolk on a regular basis but my love for this county isn’t unfounded.
1. You’ll be hard pressed to find a place with more independents
Independent shops, food producers, restaurants, cafés, salons and more. Norfolk is full of beautiful local businesses and it’s also a fantastic place to start your own because we love to buy local. There’s even an initiative to get more people spending money with local businesses.
2. It doesn’t rain that much
Norfolk has one of the lowest rainfalls in the UK. Sure, it can get a bit chilly but at least it’s not wet.
3. It’s beautiful
Big skies, rolling hills, swathes of green fields, and plenty of wildlife to watch means that you’re never stuck for somewhere, or something, to photograph. Beyond the picturesque countryside there are little market towns, villages strung with bunting, plenty of striking churches and there’s Norwich Castle too.
4. There’s always something to do
Right now in Norwich you can’t move for dragons. This interactive sculpture trail from the charity Break is a fantastic way to explore the city and see the work of some very talented artists. This kind of fun isn’t a one off, however, wherever you are in Norfolk, there will always be something to do.
Norwich was host to Radio 1’s Big Weekend, we have our very own fashion week and there are festivals and fêtes going on throughout the county, especially during the summer months.
5. It’s quirky
From The famous Puppet Man, through to the people that gather at the side of the road to spot a rare bird. We have duck races, a crab and lobster festival, plenty of real ale tastings, and even some outdoor cinema showings too.
6. Art, culture, music and literature
Norwich is a City of Literature, it’s full of amazing book shops such as The Book Hive, and you can’t move for little theatres and gig venues.
As far as theatres go in Norwich, you’ll find the big shows at The Theatre Royal, thought-provoking plays at The Maddermarket Theatre, hilarious comedy at The Playhouse and puppet shows at The Puppet Theatre.
Outside of Norwich you have even more variety with Sheringham Little Theatre offering all kinds of amazing plays, comedy and music throughout the year.
For those of you who like a variety show, Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre has an amazing summer show that shouldn’t be missed. It’s the only ‘End of the Pier’ show in Europe!
King’s Lynn has the Corn Exchange where you’ll find plenty of music, comedians and popular shows, while Thetford plays hosts to some huge stars in the glorious setting of the forest.
7. You’re always close to the countryside
Even when you’re in the centre of Norwich, you’re never really more than 30 minutes from the countryside. Depending on where you are, it’s easy to quickly surround yourself with beautifully flat vistas, delicious rolling hills, towering pines, or long stretches of beach.
Norfolk is mostly countryside dotted with a few towns and villages so if you love the outdoors, you’ll be stuck for choice if you move here.  8.The beach is never too far away
Even when you’re at the furthest possible point from the coast in Norfolk, you’re still only about 40 miles from the nearest beach. This means day trips to the seaside are always a good idea so make sure to pack swimwear!
It’s likely, though, that you’ll be a lot closer to the sea if you do move to Norfolk. This means you can enjoy beautiful coastal drives, dog walks on the sand, beach parties and more on a regular basis.
Other locals keep telling me to stop promoting our county to outsiders but I like to share and I feel everyone should experience the joys of living in this amazing county.


Cycling Holidays in Norfolk

With its quiet country lanes and gently undulating landscape, Norfolk is ideal for cycling. From our holiday cottages you can cycle along many paths. Aylsham to Woxham along the Bure Valley Railway is a great ride. Take a picnic and discover the countryside. We have three spare bikes including bike locks, helmets and a car bike carrier.

Cyclists can join any of the Bure Valley Railway’s scheduled services. There are also intermediate stations at Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall for those not able to cycle the full nine miles between Aylsham and Wroxham.

Cycles can be carried aboard scheduled Bure Valley Railway services, at a maximum single journey rate of £3.50 per cycle (subject to availability of space – please check beforehand).
We’ve cycled it several times and it’s a fun ride.image

Winter Bookings

We’ve started with a really busy summer with only a few days vacant.  If you’re looking for a special offer for a cooler break then here’s a special promo code!  Put in Winter Warmer in the promo box on the booking section and be prepared to see an amazing deal.  image

Fly in to Norwich Airport, Norfolk is the BEST place to be.

It’s official, Norfolk is a great place to be.

We’re now taking bookings for Autumn of this year and for 2016. It’s been a very busy start for Pine Cottage. For those who want to fly here, we offer a collect and return service to Norwich Airport. Perfect for those who want to fly in from Amsterdam and other European destinations.