Church Farm HouseChurch Rd, North Lopham, Diss IP22 2LP, England
A musical welcome in a Norfolk idyll
The warmest of welcomes awaits at this charming Grade II listed farmhouse, cosy under thatch in a quiet Norfolk village.
There are three guest bedrooms at Church Farm House; a double with a king-sized four-poster, a twin room and a single, each with en-suite walk-in shower rooms. All are beautifully furnished with hand-painted Hindeloopen detailing and glorious views of the village church. As befits a dwelling dating back to 1570 the stairs are steep but there are excellent bannisters, and the windows are later, dating back to the 18th century, meaning the house is always flooded with light.
Guests are very much included in family life here, and are free to use all the main communal rooms of the house and dine with their hosts in the dining room. In winter there’s a log fire in the Inglenook; perfect for pre-dinner drinks or just plain relaxing.
One thing that sets Church Farm House apart is the exuberant hospitality of your hosts. Both Dick and Georgia are retired music teachers who love to cook and entertain: their four-course dinners, taken en famille, are a delight: the house often rings with music and laughter. Breakfast can be taken either in the Dining Room or the Conservatory, but whichever you choose you can be sure of the freshest, most local ingredients – with freshly-baked bread and many of the jams and conserves home-made.
Outside there is ample parking space for guest cars and mature gardens of an acre or more complete with two ponds shaded by lovely old trees. The grounds include a patio, a gazebo, a hammock and various chairs and benches so you have plenty of choice of places to while away long summer evenings.
There is a resident dog (called Benson) at Church Farm House, but other dogs – if friendly – are welcome by arrangement: about half the garden is enclosed to keep visiting dogs safe. It’s very much an adult home but children 14 and over are welcome.
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- Building of Historical Interest
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Bird Watching
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Train Station
- Water Activities
- Opening Times: Generally (but not always) closed January-February
- Tel: +44 1379 687 270
- Email: email@example.com
- Mob: +44 7920 488 201
- Price Range: From £120
Prices per room per night, based on two sharing including breakfast
Double and twin rooms - £120
Single occupancy - £90
Single bedroom - £80
Four-course candlelit dinner £38pp
Church Farm House is set in the quiet village of Lopham, a Domesday-listed settlement with its own 14th century church and pub. The mainline train station is just the other side of Diss, six miles to the west; Norwich airport is a 45 minute drive away. There is good bird watching in the area and countless excellent walks. Snetterton Race Track is six miles away, and there are theatres and movie theatres in Bury St Edmunds and Norwich. The Norfolk Broads are close by and the coast is an hour's drive away. The area is rich with stately homes and gardens and even Cambridge is only an hour away.
"What an amazing place! We had an overnight stay, as we had a family birthday barbecue in the area…and wished we could have stayed longer. Dick and Georgia could not have been more welcoming, if they tried. Nothing was too much trouble and their home was immaculately clean and so beautifully manicured that it was an absolute joy and such a fabulous experience, to be able to stay in.
Not only are they extremely welcoming, but they are well travelled, have exquisite taste, both are great cooks, and both have entertaining stories to relate!! The rooms are very clean and the beds are extremely comfortable.
We would, and will, recommend this stunning home to anyone who wants to relax and enjoy their beautifully maintained gardens, and home, which is set in lovely countryside. They have anticipated every need and catered for their guests with superb care to detail. They made our stay very special."
Wendy L, July 2021
5* gold rating by tourist board for 25 years, Breakfast Award 5 years, Michelin listed for many years.
Richard and Georgia Bassett
- Bio : • Dick and Georgia Bassett, though originally from North America, have made Norfolk their home for almost thirty years. A lifetime in music - teaching, performing and enjoying - has led them to establish a world-wide music foundation, and all the guest rooms are named after their favourite composers. Along with Benson (their dog) they love welcoming guests into their harmonious home.
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