This year we thought we had to skip out on the romance to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary as my sons birthday falls nearby in the same week. We haven’t had much ‘romantic’ time in the past year..or ever had a date since the birth of my son.
As the flame burns quietly in the background of our busy lives as parents we were desperate for a destination close to home that had a ‘Kid-Friendly’ tag with the ‘Romantic Adult Time’ options.
So, we decided to go to the valley…the happiest of valleys…
Happy Valley Norfolk is found on nine acres of woodland in rural Norfolk, it’s a fantastic destination for those who love the nature, woodland and all things outside. The area is also home of a Norfolk Wildlife Trust, making it a true escape in Norfolk best attributes. Of course with that, comes nature walks and connecting with a calmness that can’t be found in busy city life.
However, it’s the attention to detail, comfortable luxury, kid-friendly activities and romantic mid-night hot tub time with the husband that made this trip a true step-back and breathe escape. The serene woodland that surrounded us with a big hug from the tall trees was a simple luxury and waking up to singing birds was definitely the best body-mind-soul connecting experience I’ve had on a holiday.
We were so happy to stay at the new secluded lodge at Happy Valley Norfolk called Toad Hall for two nights because of its awesome location tucked away in the woods and on-site personal hot tub for us to have a romantic escape within a few feet from our sound asleep baby.
We had such a wonderful weekend. It’s definitely a family-focused site. With ample things for us to do on-site, we could really focus on connecting with each other and nature.
Here are the highlights of our stay at Happy Valley Norfolk.
Our lodge was across the road from the entrance of Happy Valley and was almost like a completely secluded part of the lush woodland. Complete part disabled/ peak friendly ramp with an entrance hallway, kitchen, lounge, kids sleeping area with bunk beds, modern bathroom with walk-in shower, two bedrooms..king size bed downstairs with double doors leading onto the morning Terence and wet room all on the ground floor and double bed upstairs with a balcony overlooking the tall trees that surrounded the lodge. Also, the air source heating that is available would make staying at Toad Hall any time of year comfortable and toasty all year around.
There was ample space for all of us to move around. We stayed in the downstairs room and had a cot in our room with Weston.
The lodge is well decorated with a bohemian, modern minimalist feel and the whole lodge lit up with sun throughout the day thru the massive floor to ceiling windows letting in sunlight that gave the lodge a warm glow.
Toad Hall at sunset is just about the most thing I have ever seen and words cannot describe the feeling throughout the lodge as the sunset on Happy Valley. So here is a picture…that just doesn’t do it justice.
We were also well stocked up with essentials in the kitchen including a child’s cutlery set and plates. I loved walking up and walking outside on the balcony with a cup of coffee and breathe in the fresh air. We enjoyed ending nights with Weston by having a lounge in the living room to chill out and unwind after a busy day exploring the woodland found behind the main site of Happy Valley across the road.
Toad Hall was such a perfect space for all of us to unwind and live in the moment.
As I mentioned already, we loved the woodland area. It was perfectly warm weather for our entire stay, we loved soaking up the sun’s rays and chilling in the wooded area on a nature walk in the woods.
The woodland that surrounds Happy Valley was lush and fun to explore. We explored the lovely pond and walk bridge and if Weston was old enough we would have put in on the tire swing.
Although the woodland and nature walk was fun there was so much to do at the lodge itself. Simplicity was what we wanted.
Weston loved to run stark naked outside, my husband loved to unwind with movies on the sofa and I enjoyed relaxed by meditating and doing yoga on the balcony outside surrounded by the sound of the earth. It has everything that we could possibly want.
And of course, the end of the day meant a relaxing chill-out in the hot tub complete with lights, jets and beautiful views. A glass of champagne let us unwind and reconnect with each other.
Happy Valley has a barn for weddings and event to be held, cabins, a tree temple, huts and bell tents to stay the night in and experience a true connection with nature.
As you can tell, its really big property leaving lots of space for everyone. The Happy Valley property is also available to hire out for events and make the perfect place for celebrations in a serene atmosphere.
The family-run site is something we truly love. Katy and Scott are fabulous and really go out of their way to ensure everyone is happy and having fun. I won’t forget to mention how cute their tech-savvy son is helping us with the hot tub settings.
I’ll be at Happy Valley again at Tribe Norfolk Weekend in September to have a little boogie with my family and maybe purchase some new vintage bits and enjoy all the on-site entertainment for my family. Why not join me?
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS
Would you like to enter in a chance to win a Family ticket to Tribe Norfolk Weekend?
Head over to my Instagram page and find the image above for instructions!
22 – 23rd September 2018
A celebration of all that is Norfolk. You can expect music, workshops, Norfolk makers and produce market, wellness, incredible foodies, family yoga, hula hooping, media art classes, wood combing, Star Gazing, Dancing, Bar and a whole lot more at this laid back, family-friendly gathering.
**includes free camping on Troy’s Hill.
Guests will be able to enjoy the beauty of the wild, the splendour of Norfolk creatives, taste fabulous cuisine, dance to an array of Norfolk Musicians, buy local treats at the Norfolk Produce and Makers Market. Enjoy a range of activities for all ages plus enjoy holistic therapies in the nurturing and supportive community in which Tribe Norfolk has become.
Have you found this blog of Happy Valley Norfolk helpful? Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.