The Loft, Hingham, Norfolk is your chance to experience a very unusual self-contained and self-catering stay on a working stud farm in a quiet and rural part of Mid Norfolk.
Surrounded by fields, horses, stables, dogs and extremely lovely, personable and relaxed owners, your trip here will be one to remember.
This property is new for 2019 and Alice and Charlie Mason, the owners, have taken great care to make sure that your stay here will be very memorable. This accommodation has been lovingly restored from two stables and a hayloft and is completely separate and private from the main house.
The approach to the property is along a pretty tree lined drive, and arrival at The Loft is through the stud yard.
An added bonus of taking this particular accommodation in Hingham is that there is no limit on the length of your stay – you can stay for 1 night or longer. These days, many places require a 2 night stay as a minimum, but this isn’t the case here.
And lest you forget you're on a stud farm, you’re soon reminded when you arrive at The Loft, as the entrance is through one of the stable yards and the accommodation is surrounded by spare stables. Don’t worry though, this whole stud is obviously kept incredibly clean, as you can imagine.
Car parking is incredibly easy and is just outside The Loft front door. Once parked, you walk through your own private terrace with outdoor tables and chairs and into the accommodation. This outside area is a lovely quiet area to have a drink or even a meal.
You walk straight into the open plan ground floor area which comprises a fantastic light and airy spacious sitting area with log burner and the kitchen area along with a dining table which is perfect for the two of you.
This sitting room has a wonderfully relaxed feel to it, with it's large L shaped sofa, wooden flooring, log burner and logs and large TV. The sofa is cleverly set up so that it cuts off the kitchen area, but still allowing you to have constant connection with whoever is in the kitchen.
So with the fire going and a good film on the Smart HDTV, you can cosy up and enjoy the evening in this lovely private accommodation. You’ll be given a constant supply of logs for the log burner so no getting cold here!
You’ll also find OS maps, walking books and information on the local area.
The kitchen wants for nothing. It has a breakfast bar which is always a useful place to eat, and you even enjoy your meals sitting on some very cool bar stools (well I think they are anyway!). They have bicycle pedals on a cog as the foot supports (they don’t move though!). If you feel like being a bit more formal, you can sit at the dining table.
You'll have use of the coffee machine, a Nutri Bullet, oven, hob, and microwave.
Milk and orange juice are in the fridge, as well as a bottle of red and white wine, crisps, biscuits and dog treats ready for your arrival!
Walk up the stairs, maybe choosing a book on the way up and there at the top is the wonderful spacious bedroom with the original oak beams, a free-standing bath in one corner and an electric log burner in the other corner.
This is a luxurious room and you’ll have a lovely stay here. It has a very relaxing atmosphere.
The bed is a super king size bed with a feather mattress topper and sumptuous feather duvet.
Next door to the bedroom is a separate room with a vanity unit and loo along with a selection of toiletries, hair dryer and first aid kit. You also get the added bonus of bath robes to use, so time to really relax.
As this bedroom is now the converted hayloft, Alice and Charlie have kept the door which leads out to the wrought iron steps down to the outside of the building, or you can stand on the top and just admire the horses and view of the Norfolk rural countryside.
This is a working stud so you’ll see horses grazing in the fields, maybe even foals being born if you stay at the right time! The entrance to The Loft backs onto 5 stables, some of which may well be used during your stay.
Alice and Charlie live in the main house across the yard and are very happy to show you around if you would like to find out more about the stud and the horses they have. If, however, you like to be private, that is absolutely no problem either!
Dogs are allowed in The Loft, Hingham in Norfolk although you are asked to respect the wishes of the owners in that they are not allowed upstairs in the bedroom. There is a very good dog gate that you can put across the stairs in the accommodation. As another option, if your dog is used to sleeping outside in a kennel, Alice will happily make a very nice kennel for them in one of the spare stables that is just outside the property. There is also a tap if they happen to get dirty and you need to wash them!
There are dog bowls available as well as a dog bed and a lead should you need.
You’re very free to wander around the fields, but you are asked to keep your dogs under control if you do bring them as there are, of course, horses and foals in the fields and stables.
The Loft is a 5 minute drive from the very pretty Georgian village of Hingham which is steeped in history. It has a few independent shops, a community pub (which even has doggie dinners that you can buy if you bring your dog), a small supermarket, a large church and some lovely Georgian houses on the green. It also has strong connections to the USA. You can read a bit more about Hingham here.
Alice and Charlie obviously know the area well and will be more than happy to suggest some places to eat and visit in and around Hingham. The historic town of Wymondham is also very close by, and Norwich is a short drive away.
Apart from everything else on offer in this fabulous Loft accommodation in Hingham, if you like/love anything equestrian, this is an incredibly exciting and interesting place to come and stay.