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College Farm

Norfolk, Beccles

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Rated with 9.8

(344 Reviews)

Escape to a simpler life with Lucy and Marcus

Previously voted as our Farm of the Year, you will learn a lot about farm life here in Norfolk, where you will be staying with our farmers Marcus and Lucy and their boys Henry and William. Your canvas hideaways are situated around the farm and you will be able to see a herd of beef cows grazing the marshes and spot great wildlife. A College Farm you will be in the ideal spot for a family holiday on the Norfolk Broads, one of our National Parks.

Mess about on the water

If you’re prepared to jump in the car, the Broads are a perfect place to hire a boat, canoe, or paddle board for all sorts of fun water sports. The coastal towns nearby like Southwold will suit all tastes for beach time, shopping, crabbing and wildlife watching. Going to Horsey Gap to see the seals will also be worth the drive. For fun attractions, Bewilderwood, Africa Alive and Roarr dinosaur park are all not far from the farm, your ideal family holiday base in the Norfolk Broads.

What to do at College Farm

There is a signed walk down to the river Waveney and the Norfolk Broads, a lovely way to ease you into your holiday and introduce you to farm life. The hay play-barn is a paradise where the energetic can play independently whilst not being far away. You can stock up on tons of locally produced artisan food at the nearby Wheatacre Farm Pantry. The on-site oven is available for you to fire up for a DIY pizza. The chicken coop is always open, but if you’re lucky and arrive early in the season, you may be able to help bottle feed the lambs. On a clear night you will want to round off the day looking up at the stars as College farm is situated in one of the UK’s Dark Sky places, before you retire to your comfortable cosy bed.

What can you expect?

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    Near water

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    Pizza oven

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    Private shower

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    Dogs not allowed

What animals with you find on this farm?

Sheep

Chickens

Lambs

Cows

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What our guests like

  • ✓ Close to the coast
  • ✓ National Park
  • ✓ Play barn
  • ✓ Spring lambing

Our canvas hideaways

Tenthuisje farm douche

Canvas hideaway with farm-house shower

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    6 persons

Tenthuisje binnen douche

Canvas hideaway with en-suite shower

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    6 persons

Tenthuisje buiten douche

Canvas hideaway with private outdoor shower

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    6 persons

Check A unique experience
Check Back to basics
Check Live in nature
Check Have adventures together
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    Including wood for the wood-burning stove

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    Including welcome package with bed-linen, towels, candles, matches, washing-up liquid and other basic items

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Going without electricity is our greatest luxury

Ask the farmer

Options during your stay

Private Chicken Coop
Private Chicken Coop
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Rent your own private chicken coop, with two chickens and enjoy your very own freshly laid eggs.

Meat Pack BBQ
Meat Pack BBQ
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1 x bag of 4 College Farm lamb chops, 4 x College Farm beef burgers, 6 x sausages, 2 x locally reared chicken breasts

Meet your hosts

Lucy and Marcus

We are Marcus, Lucy, Henry and William, the next generation at College Farm. We have a mixed herd of beef cattle that graze the marshes in front of the tents. Hanging out with the chickens in the big coup and hand-feeding the lambs is as popular with the children as our play barn and play area.

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Be sure to follow our signed walk as it is a great way to ease you into your holiday and introduce you to our farm.
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Nearby

The Norfolk Broads

Lowestoft

Aldeburgh

What do our guests think?

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9.8

Miss Shipley

22/10/2021

We had a wonderful family break and our children loved being with the animals and playing in the hay barn. An idyllic location, welcoming hosts and a beautiful lodge with all we needed for a restful holiday.

10

Ms Lambourn-Brown

22/10/2021

Lucy and Marcus were wonderful hosts, and my kids and I absolutely adored staying at their farm, the location is beautiful.

10

Mrs Neville

18/10/2021

Lovely family run farm with plenty of chickens and sheep and a fabulous play barn to keep the kids entertained. Lucy was a brilliant host who gave us lots of great recommendations for places to visit and restaurants to try.

8.8

Ms Emslie

03/09/2021

Always a treat to spend time at College Farm - beautiful countryside, super welcoming hosts and tents just the right balance between rustic and equipped. We will be back!

10

Mrs Luckett

23/08/2021

Our holiday was brilliant, so Enjoyable, the amenities were practical and we had everything we needed from kitchen equipment to towels and bedding. There was time for making memories with our children, having the chickens and sheep on the farm was an added bonus as we got to see wonder on our children’s faces interacting with them. The children were allowed to play in the hay barn and go in with the animals which gave them a new sense of freedom and responsibility. We were given plenty of candles and wood for our fire we didn’t need to request any more. My husband went fishing on the farm which was an extra plus for us as a family. We were recommended a local farm shop and it was lovely we would recommend this.We used the farm as a base in the mornings we would head out and come back early afternoon then we enjoyed the facilities of the farm in the afternoon and early evening.Lucy’s hospitality was second to none, we couldn’t have asked for a better host for our first feather down holiday. From the courtesy call she made two days before to the time we spent there and the farewell chat we had before our departure.We would come back to college farm without a doubt and we have already started recommending to our friends and family. Thank you Lucy-Five stars!

10

Miss Pratt

20/08/2021

We have just got back from 3 nights here and it was amazing. Great safari tents with tranquil setting. The kids loved roaming the farm and playing on the trampoline and hay barn, making friends. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Great location too for visiting Norfolk. We highly recommend College Farm and will be coming back soon.

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Mr Warrick

20/08/2021

10

Ms. Carey

20/08/2021

Rejuvenating

10

Mrs Howard

16/08/2021

Lucy is a fabulous host, nothing is too much trouble. We returned for the third time. The kids love roaming and playing in the trampoline and in the hay barn with the friends they make on the farm. It is relaxing, beautiful and “off the grid” . See you next year!

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Mrs Arkell

16/08/2021

Excellent. Lucy was the perfect host - attentive, friendly, efficient and helpful. College Farm was an excellent base for exploring this lovely area which has so much to offer. On site our children loved the communal trampoline and straw barn which was a great place to make friends. We really enjoyed the peaceful setting. A great Featherdown experience. Thank you!

10

mrs Gallagher

09/08/2021

Relaxing amongst gorgeous surroundings

8.8

Ms Gundlash

06/08/2021

Perfect balance between back to basics and luxury.

10

ms Carey

02/08/2021

Lucy is a wonderful host and clearly cares passionately about her farm as well as her guests and providing an excellent Featherdown experience. The farm is in an ideal spot for day trips of all sorts and is laid out in such a way that allows a perfect balance of privacy but the chance to be social if you wish. Our children aged 11 and 8 had an amazing time playing football, in the play barn and trampolining, so much so that we didn’t see them other than to eat and sleep.

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Mrs Hewlett

30/07/2021

College Farm is excellent! The hosts are brilliant - Lucy was so friendly and helpful. There's loads for the kids to do independently on the site so we could relax and they made some great friends. Shower block was clean and worked well and the addition of large fridges up at the farm made food storage better than we have had at other sites. As well as the chickens and sheep at the farm, the little walk down to the river was teeming with wildlife and we saw cows, horses, swans, geese, pheasant, deer, rabbits and tons of butterflies! The local area is perfect for exploring with various coastal spots a short drive away and we also visited Bewilderwood and RSPB Minsmere. Would definitely recommend and hope to return ourselves in the future

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Ms Parry

23/07/2021

Relaxed and full of fun!

8.8

Mrs Stevenson

19/07/2021

Such a wonderful place - kids were in their element playing on the farm with all the new friends they had made while us grown ups had time to relax in the fresh air.

10

Mrs Kiseleva

19/07/2021

Kids have excellent time, pleasant experience on the farm and very kids friendly. Hosts are brilliant.

10

Mrs Weeks

19/07/2021

The best yet. A brilliant farm and host, we had a wonderful time at College Farm.

10

Mr Walker

05/07/2021

Absolutely Brilliant holiday. My kids who are 2 and 4 loved it. The kids loved feeding the chickens and playing in the parks and hay barn. Lucy and the family are amazing hosts and we couldn't ask for more. Keep up the great work

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Mrs Waller

02/07/2021

An incredible time spent on the farm. Our kids made friends, ran around free and did turn a little feral by the end of it! We haven’t stopped talking about it since we left. Lucy is wonderful. The tent and all facilities immaculate. So much thought has gone into making it the perfect getaway. Perfect for kids and adults of all ages!

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Mrs Pattison

25/06/2021

Excellent fresh air family fun!

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Miss Morris

25/06/2021

Truly refreshing break

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Miss Morris

25/06/2021

Amazing

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Mrs Ratcliffe

25/06/2021

We had a wonderful family weekend. Beautiful site and friendly owners! We all loved looking after our chickens - 'Dotty & Cluck Cluck!' fantastic memories made with our young family - thank you 😊

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Mrs Thompson

18/06/2021

This was our third visit to College Farm and a much needed break for both adults and children from our own four walls, screens and devices! The children were outside with newly made friends all weekend. Lucy and Marcus are lovely hosts and the weekend was just what we all needed.

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Mrs Warr

07/06/2021

An idyllic escape, a place to make magical childhood memories. Our children loved having the freedom to roam, and we felt safe letting them. The park, hay barn and animals were loved by our children. Lucy was a fantastic host, we loved our week at College Farm.

10

Mr. Stanley

04/06/2021

Relaxing, wonderful family weekend away

10

Mr Doherty

31/05/2021

Magical

10

Ms Danielsson

28/05/2021

Wonderful family stay in beautiful settings and friendly owners.

10

Mrs Walters

21/05/2021

We had an amazing break, Lucy and Marcus were such wonderful hosts. We loved our stay at College Farm. Cuddles with the lambs and playing in the hay barn was a big winner with our little boy!

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Mrs Starkey

21/05/2021

College farm was excellent. The children enjoyed the animals, hay barn and play area. The tents are well equipped and beds are comfortable. The hosts were lovey and couldn’t be more helpful. Would love to come back and hopefully have better weather.

10

Mrs Guy

30/04/2021

Memorable experience, children loved it and fantastic farmer host who made us feel very welcome.

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Mrs Tunnicliffe

30/10/2020

Really wonderful experience

10

mrs lita

28/10/2020

Lovely break! Children had a lot of fun. Lucy is very lovely and made us feel at home. We would definitely go back!

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Dr Mandair

26/10/2020

A lovely mini-break for some well-needed down time. Loved the cosy wood burning stove and candlebras. Great to get local farm food/milk too.

8.8

Dr Down

18/09/2020

Tranquil location with a beautiful view down to the river, excellent hosts, fantastic accommodation. The haybarn was a definite favourite! Relaxing weekend (with the bonus of a friendly cat!)

8.8

Mrs Guy

31/08/2020

This is our second visit to College Farm. My daughter was four when we visited previously and cried when she left. She is now thirteen and cried again as she didn’t want to leave! The farm is beautiful with welcoming hosts. We came at a challenging time but felt safe and relaxed and our hosts explained changes before we arrived so that we could be prepared. The site is in a good position to visit many areas along the coast and we had a busy but relaxing week! Thank you!

10

Ms Webster

28/08/2020

Lovely farm lovely hosts. This is our 4th year back at this farm and our 7th year with Fetherdown and is the holiday everyone in the family looks forward to the most every year.

10

Mrs Howard

24/08/2020

Amazing , kids roam free, back to nature. Extremely friendly, Glamping in style!

10

Mrs Rainford

21/08/2020

Very relaxinf

10

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