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Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011: Eco Lodges at Fritton Lake

PUBLISHED: 14:39 20 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:31 20 February 2013

Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011: Eco Lodges at Fritton Lake

Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011: Eco Lodges at Fritton Lake

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and family find an oasis of calm at Fritton Lake

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and family find an oasis of calm at Fritton Lake

If your idea of a good holiday involves complete tranquillity, where the only disturbance youre likely to hear is the call of a bird drifting overhead or the rustle of a hedgehog in the bushes, maybe you should book a break at Fritton Lake.
Set in woodland close to the shores of the lake on the stunning Somerleyton Estate, accommodation is across 45 luxury eco-lodges.
Each lodge sleeps two to six guests for a minimum of three nights and there are even lodges for sale, meaning you can relive your holiday again and again for years to come.
On a blisteringly hot July weekend, I, along with my husband and two little ones, stayed for a weekend in the newest of the accommodations the Oasis lodge.
Being situated so close not only Fritton Lake but to the golden sands of Lowestoft and the alluring Norfolk Broads, the site is in the perfect spot for family breaks.
The Oasis lodge is found close to the stables and a mere five minute walk from the attractions of the lake.
Inside, the accommodation is beautiful. Not only is it spacious, but its well laid out, clean, simple and elegant with lots of little extra thoughtful details and touches including bags of storage space.
Each of the three bedrooms is a good size and has its own walk-in wardrobe. Our double room had a welcome secret shower and toilet room found through the wardrobe, our daughter was delighted to have a twin room to herself (one bed for her and one for the teddies) and our youngest had a single room, which had a handy pull-out bed underneath to accommodate extra guests.
Despite being eco-friendly, water pressure and temperature in the chic modern bathroom (complete with freestanding bath and rainforest shower) was fantastic, which is unusual in eco-accommodation.
The Shaker-style kitchen was very functional and included a large island with built-in fridge and freezer, a washing machine and dishwasher.
Beside the kitchen was a large dining table, making transferring dinner from oven to table easy-peasy, and across the island was the living area, with comfy sofas, an impressive wall-mounted TV and a wood-burning stove to keep guests toasty on cold winter evenings.
The pice de resistance for us though had to be the L-shaped decking that wrapped around the kitchen and dining area.
Looking out across the golf course, the decking space has its own lighting for those lingering summer evenings, and is perfect for outdoor brunches in the sun or cool autumn nights star-gazing under blankets.
Much of the living area has floor to ceiling windows which open out fully to the decking giving a spacious inside/outside feeling.
Facilities at Fritton Lake are good. Theres a moderately easy golf course which is free for lodge residents who have their own equipment, with a charge to hire clubs and balls otherwise.
Fishing and boating on the lake are also free, as is use of the large adventure playground.
The play area is ideal for children of all ages, particularly pre-teens who will love sliding down the castle and zooming on the zip-wire.
Being residents, we had all-day access to the park (except boating) which enabled us to avoid the mid-day sun and daytrippers, and have the whole place to ourselves in the evenings for long games of hide and seek!
There arent any supermarkets close by (you have to drive to Beccles) so remember to bring plenty of supplies or youll get caught out.
If you do happen to forget supper though, good eating is to be had at the Fritton House Hotel or nearby Dukes Head.
Aside from playing in the park, boating and walking the periphery of the lake, we had a nice time exploring nearby Beccles and the children loved splashing around on the sandy blue flag beach at Lowestoft.
We had a wonderful time in our Oasis lodge, which really was a little weekend oasis for us. If youre after relaxation, peace and a slower pace of life book your holiday here now.

A weeks stay at Fritton Lake Lodges starts from 356.
Fritton Lake Lodges, Beccles Road, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, NR31 9HA
Book via Hoseasons by visiting or calling 0844 847 1356.


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