So it has arrived. Toad Hall treehouse has disabled access from the minute you arrive. Parking on hard surface. The ramp takes you into the treehouse. There’s double doors leading our from the king size bedroom. A wet room with seating. Open plan living with access out onto the private terrace where you can find a private hot tub.
The beauty transforms through colour and this time of year is rather special at Happy Valley. The mix of trees in the forest make for the most splendid colour display and you can experience Nature therapy at it’s best.
The evidence is forever mounting that being immersed in Nature has huge health benefits and it’s not hard to see why. Experiencing the forest, embracing the seasons and getting outside with your loved ones is why the guests at Happy Valley keep on returning.
Norfolk Sunsets are hard rivalled and you get the very best views at Toad Hall.
What our Guests Say -
It's safe to say we're out of hibernation and the buzz has been growing at a rate of knots. I'm not just talking about the bees either! We've been planning Tribe Norfolk Weekend, hosting photo shoots, Wedding planning & welcoming lots of gorgeous guests.
Here's a quick whizz through of the past few weeks where we have been igniting our inner child.
First port of call for almost Spring was picnics!. Gosh, does Annie love a picnic. Morning, noon or night, whatever the weather. "Can we have a picnic Mummy?", Luckily I love a picnic to. "Of course my darling, let's get outdoors"
We feel so blessed to be close to the North Norfolk Coastline. In 20 minutes you can be lying on the beach making sand angels. Here at Holme Beach it felt like a Mid Summers day in April.
We also nipped to Brancaster Beach, another favourite.
One of my besties has just launched her own line of clothing & got me in front of the camera. This is a rarity these days but I absolutely adore these dresses and couldn't say no. I've lived in this one since the day I got it. Mustard lounge dress is a variety of beautiful colours. Available from Wildling Woman
Must be Hot Tub Time by now!
OH and the New Lodge is almost finished.
Toad Hall sits on it's own with beautiful views across to the village. You can see as far as Kings Lynn on a clear day. It's part disable friendly and pram friendly for that matter. Will have its own Kitchen, living area, wet room, king size sleeping downstairs and upstairs. Tree top balcony. BBQ etc
We are taking bookings for the Summer Holidays directly so please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The lovely Kelly @ Mother of Golfers came to stay and took these beautiful pics for us. 2 working mums with their beautiful girls. Denver Rest works perfectly for this and also for 2 couples wanting to escape.
Embellish Face & Body Art get sparkly with a Festival Photo Shoot at Happy Valley
This was a great day. The Lovely Dionne from Embellish getting creative with colours in the barn. The team from Studio 19 in Kings Lynn were the models/dancers. Lacy from Slingshots, the photographer.
Love both of these looks. Taken by Louis from Studio 19
King Bell is up!
We've erected the King Bell Tent and she was enjoyed by her first guests of the season. I've just added us to Trip Advisor. If you have stayed at Happy Valley before and enjoyed your stay please do write us a review on there. If you have any feedback we'd love to hear from you. We are constantly adapting the site to meet expectations and really appreciate all feedback. If you think of any improvements please email us directly email@example.com
The cowslip is out and daisy's a plenty. Amongst all the activity we thought we'd get some family yoga practice in to recenter ourselves! Practice makes perfect!
Signing off from Happy Valley
Lots of Love
Katy, Scott, Barnaby & Annie.
Save the date!
22 - 23rd September 2018
So excited to announce that the first Tribe Norfolk Weekend will take place at Happy Valley
Inspired by Norfolk for people who Love Norfolk
Tribe Norfolk was created in December 2016 to connect individuals, businesses and all who love Norfolk, a county in which we are all spread out but have an abundance of wonderful producers, makers, musicians, crafters, growers.... right on our doorstep that we may not even know about.
A positive vibes only platform welcome to all who want to bring back some community spirit.
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.
There will be a fabulous Makers, Vintage and Produce Market at Tribe Norfolk Weekend where you can pick up some local one offs and discover the fab independants on offer in Norfolk. Can't wait to tell you who else we've got coming.
Enjoy Tribe Norfolk Weekend in laid back luxury with a Weekend Glamping Ticket.
*TICKETS will be released at the end of April*
Glamping & camping at Happy Valley -
A mix of Shepherds Huts, Tree temple, New Woodland Lodge and Bell Tents. Happy Valley sits on a Norfolk Wildlife Trust site in rural North West Norfolk. Immersed in nature with incredible woodland walks and close to the Norfolk Coast. The perfect place to switch off from the world and to start making memories. Reap the benefits of Forest Therapy.
There will also be camping options so you can bring your own tents & campervans.
A chance to make some priceless memories with the whole family. Try Woodcombing, Nature Photography, family yoga, Dance like nobody is watching, sing along if you fancy it. This is a festival where inhibitions are left at the door. Get dressed up and come and have some fun in the wild.
A Wild Woodland Venue in unspoilt Norfolk Countryside. Close to Massingham, Sandringham, Houghton and the North Norfolk Coastline.
If you'd like to get involved as a trader, musician, producer, performer, caterer etc then please go to the landing page of the website and follow the link.
If you LOVE instagram, Twitter or Facebook then you can find Tribe Norfolk - @TribeNorfolk
Please use the Hashtag #TribeNorfolk so you can be discovered.
We can't wait to celebrate with you all in September
From all of us at Happy Valley, Tribe Norfolk and Creative Orchard
A couple weeks later than planned but here's a wee blog I did on our Nature Walk around Happy Valley.
Today reminded me how beautiful Autumn is at Happy Valley. Annie and I went on a mini adventure complete with minion backpack to collect our treasures from which we were to create a masterpiece. Feelers out! Whats about!
It wasn't long before we stopped to take a picture of the hedge. Yes the hedge, bursting with beauty. The wild berries and ivy waterfalls. Purples, pinks, yellows, who knew hedges could be so beautiful and fruitful. The bracken showing us that Autumn is here and blackberries providing a welcome snack..
I couldn't tell you what this wonderful pink sea urchin looking plant is. Can you? Nature therapy worked it's magic and we were in a little heaven of our own.
So we sat down and created this for Nanas Birthday Present.
Sometimes it can be a struggle to get out of the house, especially if the weather isn't ideal or spirits are low. But i've come to realise that as soon as we're out exploring then the therapy starts. It's incredible how just being outside, beauty is everywhere. In abundance. It almost instantly makes me feel better and the benefits are huge for all the family. It's free and it's accessible.
Very Grateful for this day.
Wedding fever is sweeping through Happy Valley this September! So assemble your bride tribe and grab your stags - this is one for everyone!
Never one to stick to the norm we are taking the traditional wedding fair and turning it on its head & hosting our very own ‘WedFest’. With all the essential Wedding fair elements and then some not so usual! The magical surrounds of Happy Valley, will give you a taster into your special day and then there is so much more for the whole family to discover!
Please Join us for a FREE day of relaxed, enjoyable wedding planning, followed by afternoon of scrumptious food at our Street Food Supper, a chance to try the best that Norfolk caterers have to offer and then dance the night away as Twisted Melon Productions present an incredible line up of live local music. (from 5.30pm - late = tickets required)
The gates to our truly unique venue open at 11am for a magical day of wedding planning for which, Pia Plum Events have enlisted the help of over 40 of their favourite suppliers. They will be available to show you their wares and discuss how they can create a day tailored to you.
Castle Acre Canvas will be housing the Wedding traders in their beautiful multi peak capree tents. You can peruse the fabulous Norfolk Wedding suppliers and create your bespoke happily ever after or you can discover concierge services who will do all of it for you.
As the sun starts to set over a wonderfully productive day, our venue takes on a new life, so have you dancing shoes at the ready and discover your perfect wedding entertainment as at 6pm the first band will be set to grace our stage. What better way to pick your wedding band than under our woodland canape, surrounded by friends with your favourite tipple in hand.
There is free entrance and all are welcome to the wedding fair during the day 11am - 4pm.
Tickets for the evening of live music are £10 and available from http://twistedmelon.bigcartel.com/product/happy-valley-wedfest
You'll be able to see the Glamping accomodation Happy Valley has on offer thus far before the big tree house build completes at the end of the Year.
Huge Thanks to WE SIGNS for their sponsorship & wonderful signs you see throughout the roads of Norfolk.
EMAIL - HELLO@HAPPYVALLEYNORFOLK.CO.UK
TEL NO- 01485 600719
So, a few Sundays ago I awake with a message from a friend to say we've been featured in the Mail Travel Section. Heart palpitations the lot - initially i thought it was online only but then heard we were in the Sunday newspaper on a double page spread. #hysteria
We've been so overwhelmed with the feedback we've had from our new little site in rural Norfolk.
Happy Valley holds so much magic that we feel totally blessed that we can share this with everyone else.
It has been a long old slog with planning permissions and the great Scottie (my husband) building everything you see. Yes, he's the clever clogs with incredible vision and I often play devils advocate & look for possible criticisms that guests may have so it's not been plain sailing for him either. It's so heart warming to hear the incredible feedback and I have learnt a few things along the way. Everyones ideals are all different. I can't react to every suggestion by redesigning the site & it's contents!
Then to the discover we were in the Telegraph Travel pages last Saturday was the absolute cherry on top. You may have noticed I do bang on a little about Forest Bathing (shinrin-Yoku) - it means taking in the Forest atmosphere and was developed in Japan during the 80s. It has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese Medicine. There is lots of evidence showing how it can benefit your health (see previous blog) and Happy Valley is the perfect environment for this.
So, next news is that our Woodpecker Cabin is complete - I went in today & was blown away. I hope you are to. Here's a little sneak peak - Accepting bookings NOW email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Katy on 07739892144
The Woodpecker has more living space in a beautiful round home with bedroom extensions. A wood burner stove, hot plate, hob, toaster, kettle. BBQ, fiepit, outdoor seating, woodland garden. There's lovely waterfall showers and toilets close by.
BTW - The hot tubs are on hold as a new idea has taken over.... more on that soon.
Below are our other units thus far................. we've also added a childrens play area :)
We are lovers of Instagram and you can see all our progress at Happy Valley on there - @HappyVNorfolk our hastag is the same #HappyVNorfolk
Twitter - @HappyVNorfolk @NorfolkGlamping & @NorfolkVenue
Facebook - Happy Valley Norfolk - Venue & Glamping Retreat
Glamping at Happy Valley
We've been getting a little excited this past week as the temperatures have reached 23 and the holidays have hit our household. Grateful for the longer days and warm sunshine.
Happy Valley is evolving as we add family glamping units. Scott has been busy building some very smart deckings for the bell tents this year. We've invested in a new 6m Bell Tent and added a King size bed & 2 singles. The next Tree Cabin is in progress and the Treehouse build soon to start!
We've been eager to open up our site to more families in the holidays as it's a great environment to be in with your children. Raising our family at Happy Valley we spend endless hours in the woods. Creating our own mini adventures at the faraway tree and signature oak. Climbing fallen trunks and absorbing nature has definitely improved our lives. The forest is a magical place and with children it really does come alive with magic.
We also rear our own Short Horn cows on the farm so you can go a visit the cows and will often see the sheep on the surrounding fields. There's some fab off road trails to bike down with rolling routes through idyllic woodland.
Our guests sent us this picture of their alfresco breakfast at Denver Rest
Denver Rest (below) sits with Tawny Hut and is great for 2 couples or if you have an older child that would prefer their own space. Both heated. Tawny houses a Super King Real Bed. Denver Rest has a real double bed, kitchenette, outdoor undercover kitchen. BBQ Area. To sleep 2 from £75 night - 4 from £115 night email@example.com 01485 600719
Shepherds Huts in woodland surrounding with sheep grazing in the fields nearby. You can take yourself back to the days when the shepherds lived in these huts and tendered their sheep.
Our King Nutkin Shepherds Hut (above) has a King Size real bed, kitchen with fridge, hob, breakfast bar, utensils etc. Decking seating. BBQ area. Fire pit. Woodland Garden. We will be adding a hot tub to this unit May 2017. New toilets & waterfall Showers. Norfolk Glamping in Laid back luxury.
I'm literally obsessed with Winter Skycapes right now. However many incredible Norfolk Skies I witness i'm always mesmerised by their beauty. Here's a few i've taken in the past couple of weeks in and around Happy Valley.
We've had many a misty morning clearing out to breath taking sunsets. Seeing Art in Nature constantly inspiring me. Even on the drabbest of days I force myself outside and it never fails to life my mood. And the moon. The moon is something else right now.
The nights are drawing in but the sunsets make up for it. Here's the Little Massingham Road leading to Happy Valley.
We've got a couple of weekends Winter Glamping available at Happy Valley - if you'd like to book then please email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call Katy on 01485 600719 - 07739892144
All our cosy huts are equipped with heaters or Wood buner, have their own private heated shower and toilet. Kitchenette, hob, Woodland Garden, Fire pit etc. Relax, Unwind, Escape for a mini break in Norfolk and soak up some forest bathing or breath taking skyscapes.
Lastly, I just wanted to connect with you to let you know of an Instagram Account i've set up for ALL the fine folk of Norfolk - I've met so many amazing people through Social Media and there's an abundance of talent here so I wanted to bring everyone together to form connections and to make others aware of what could be right on your doorstep. Please get involved and use the Hashtag #TribeNorfolk in your Instagram pics or post your creations here so others can find you. Anything Norfolk based, pretty pictures, products, services, charities THE LOT - please pass the news on and recommend to any other fab Norfolk people you think need a mention. Connect, Unite, Tribe Unity, Affiliate, Collaborate, Connect Norfolk and find what's right on your doorstep.