Local Area

Hill Farm is situated in a peaceful and unspoilt rural position a short distance from the picturesque village of Great Massingham with its attractive period houses overlooking several ponds fed via natural springs. The village has a post office/village store as well as a primary school and a fine 14th century church and an excellent and highly regarded pub, The Dabbling Duck. We are ideally situated for walking, cyling and horse riding.

Only a short stroll away is the historic Peddars Way, which follows the line of a Roman road, built during Rome’s battle against the rebellious Iceni tribe led by the legendary Queen Boadicea. It is an enjoyable mix of country lanes, footpaths and tracks through a varied landscape of open heath and meres, woodland, rich farmland divided by flower-filled hedgerows and pretty flint and carrstone villages. More information can be found here.

Norwich, the historical cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia, lies about 35 miles to the southeast and King’s Lynn is about 13 miles away. There is a mainline railway station at King’s Lynn with a fastest journey time to London King’s Cross of 1 hour 34 minutes. The growing commercial centre of Cambridge is about 50 miles to the southwest. London is about 107 miles.

The attractive market town of Fakenham is about ten miles and Holt, renowned as the home of Gresham school, is about 20 miles. Sandringham and the North Norfolk Coast, most of which is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are within easy striking distance and there is excellent sailing along much of this coast, as well as bird watching from the creaks and the marshes. The coastal village of Brancaster (17 miles) and Holkham are particularly noted.

There is a large colony of seals at Blakeney Point, made up of Common and Grey seals. We prefer to see a slightly smaller colony at Brancaster beach, walking left along the beautiful sandy shore. We find these relaxed and inquisitive.There is also a half-buried shipwreck at Brancaster. The wreck is the remains of the SS Vina which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing prior to it accidentally sinking in 1944.  She was anchored further out to sea, but on the fateful date, she dragged her anchor in towards land and became stranded on one of the many sandbanks around this area. Great for pirate hunters!

The Royal West Norfolk, at Brancaster, is not the only golf course in the area. The beautiful varied landscape and glorious weather make it ideal for golf.

“Hard to do this place justice in a short review, but here’s to trying: What an amazing place! So peaceful and gorgeous here. The room was so luxurious, a wonderful blend of charming farm and chic retreat. There’s a private walled garden that is its own little serene world. Plenty of secured parking, right outside your room. The local pub is also fantastic, and there are community footpaths. “An immaculate experience, down to every last detail. Bedding you won’t want to ever leave, the softest towels, lovely toiletries, and a decanter of amazing homemade sloe-gin made from their own hedgerows. Heidi and Hugh made us a scrumptious, generous breakfast, catered to us as vegetarians. They were so friendly, warm, and hospitable. They’ve set the standard for BnBs high. The only disappointment was that we could only stay one night”
Kaelah
“Exquisite b&b. My other half and I loved staying at Hill farm. The location is idyllic and the bedroom looks even better than the pictures. Extremely comfortable bed we didn’t want to get out of! Breakfast was delicious and well presented at a time we requested. Excellent and friendly communication from Heidi and we would definitely recommend and return when we visit Norfolk again.”
Laura
“Heidi was very friendly and welcoming, the place was better than the photos, the décor was lovely and done in refined taste. Breakfast was perfect and on time. Ample space for parking and wonderful gardens to explore – even left with an organic cucumber from their gardens! Thank you very much for your hospitality and great advice on nearby beaches and cafés to explore. Dinner at The Dabbling Duck (3 mins away!) was wonderful and also on our hosts recommendation. Will definitely be recommending to family and friends!”
Halima
“We had a lovely stay at Heidi’s beautiful B&B. The room was exquisite; the decor, comfort and attention to detail was as good as you’ll find in a top hotel room. A great spot for nature lovers in a rural idyll. Lovely pub just down the road too. We were made to feel like friends rather than paying guests. We will return, hopefully for longer.”
Jane