As August came to an end, so did Lucy’s break and the summer weather. We wanted to treat ourselves to a weekend away before Lucy went back to work and the summer came to an end, so an impromptu weekend away it was.
We searched high and low on Airbnb for the perfect little place to escape to for a weekend. From tents to wigwams, apartments to sheds the choice was plentiful. And so from all those on the list we chose probably the most idyllic, Pinterest-able location for our weekend away. The Hut with No Name.
A gorgeous converted Shepherds Hut tucked up in the beautiful Suffolk countryside had to be the choice for us. It was beautifully decorated and finished and our hosts, Rory & Ruthie, were ace. With a welcoming bottle of local prosecco and a bag of crisps to start the weekend off properly.
The most idyllic, Pinterest-able location.
We arrived late on Friday, got ourselves acquainted and headed out for dinner at a local pub. We struck gold as it was the last day of their summer pizza menu. The pizzas were absolutely delicious. We sank a few pints then headed back to The Hut with No Name for prosecco and games. We couldn’t have wished for a better start to a weekend away.
Is it even a holiday if you don’t start each day with bacon and eggs following a night of games and prosecco?
We didn’t have much of a plan for the remainder of the weekend, but as avid National Trust members, we saw fit to squeeze in as many visits as we could – turned out to be three different locations. Our first stop was Blickling Estate.
The breath-taking Jacobean mansion and ancient yew hedges sit at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park in the beautiful Bure meadows. We were fortunate enough to visit whilst The Word Defiant! exhibition was on and it made our visit even more memorable.
From Blickling, we headed North and stopped in on Cromer. It was both Lucy and I’s first visit to Cromer and we definitely want to go again. Although it was just a swinging visit we mooched along the beach, were unsuccessful (hence the need to visit again) at having crab, ate ice creams on the seafront and bought a bag of candy floss. Lucy also spent half an hour in an arcade…it was a typically British visit to the seaside. After picking up supplies for tea we headed back to The Hut with No Name.
Yes, an outdoor shower.
The Hut with No Name had a couple of stand out features, a cute little woodburning stove that we lit both nights and an outdoor shower. Yes, an outdoor shower. I loved it personally, a very unique experience and something I would recommend to all.
Sunday came around far too quickly and we were up, breakfasted (Bacon & scrambled eggs on toast) before 10:30. We headed just down the road to our second National Trust of the weekend; Sutton Hoo.
Surprisingly, I’ve never visited Sutton Hoo before, and although it is just a couple of lumps in the ground it is still a pretty spectacular place. With an incredibly insightful exhibition, lovely cafe and stunning views it was well worth the visit.
A couple of lumps in the ground
Before the day was up we had to squeeze another visit in. With both of us not wishing the weekend getaway to end, we headed back south towards Flatford Mill. Flatford is a particularly beautiful part of the world, they had a wonderful little cafe by the water where we stopped for lunch before navigating the river on a rowboat.
Rowing down the river was a highlight of the weekend for me, it was great fun and amusing watching the vast majority of people collide with trees, the bank and other vessels. Admittedly they were not the only ones doing so…It was the best way to end a brilliant weekend.
We could not have asked for a more perfect weekend, we were blessed with glorious weather, a wonderful place to stay, great company and some beautiful places to visit. I can’t wait for our next weekend away.