Happy Valley rural retreat on review

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Denvers Rest at Happy Valley, Grimston, in Norfolk, is available from £99 per night based on up to four sharing on a self-catering basis. Book at https://glampingly.co.uk/

Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Welcome to Happy Valley… a woodland paradise in the heart of of the Norfolk countryside.

We took a long weekend at this magical rural retreat in mid-October and were lucky to have the most fabulous weather – autumn colours and late summer heat combined with endless blue skies - just perfect.

As a rural escape, our two nights’ stay in Denver’s Rest shepherd’s hut couldn’t have been more ideal for a lover of the great outdoors. The site is just a stone’s throw from the beautiful North Norfolk coast, with its quaint harbours and miles of beaches, so there is plenty to explore if you can bear to leave the tranquillity of the site.

Located on a farm, glamping in a cosy Shepherd’s hut at Happy Valley is ideal for anyone wanting to get away from it all.

 The stunning interior of Denver’s Rest

The stunning interior of Denver’s Rest

Inside our beautifully styled home for the weekend we found a comfy double bed, storage, seating and electricity - after all, we wanted to go rustic, but not too rustic!

Outside is a covered area with a barbecue, camping stove (perfect for a warming bowl of porridge!) and table and chairs where we enjoyed our breakfast al fresco before exploring the acres of woodland all around us.

The hut was lovely and warm, but a radiator is provided for chillier nights. Bathroom facilities are nearby and as we stayed in low season we were able to enjoy the luxury of a private bathroom, something larger sites just can’t accommodate. Plentiful hot water and a rainfall shower left us feeling refreshed.

Denver Rest sits next to the Tawny Hut which also sleeps two people and they come as a pair, perfect for two couples or if you have slightly older grandchildren.

Our nights on this incredible Norfolk Wildlife Trust site were spent with nature all around us, from the ‘twit-twoo’ of barn owls to the bark of deer – we were awed by the sight of a fully grown deer watching us from within the trees on one of our woodland walks.

Happy Valley is a small site in the grounds of Washpit Farm, with just a few luxury huts tucked away in the woods, including the amazing tree temple, which has views across the rolling countryside and Toad Hall, which overlooks the countryside from the top of a hill and would be perfect for a special occasion.

A new addition to the facilities is a wood-fired hot tub and owners Scott and Katy are planning ensuite facilities for their new accommodation in the future.

Local facilities: a shop in nearby Grimston for those essentials and we had a lovely meal at The Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham (literally down the road). For coffee and cake we couldn’t do better than the Artisan coffee shop at Hector’s Barn in nearby Harpley - we will definitely be back to sample more of the homemade delights!