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*** Any day arrival - Min 2 night stay *** Min 3 nights Christmas - 24th Dec & NY - 31st Dec***
*** Arrival days - Mon & Wed and Fridays***
Nestled between the ancient earth and towering pine of a woodland estate, Pod Hollow is an enchanting and fairy-tale creation sleeping up to four guests. Modeled on JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy world, this spectacular construction recreates the imaginary dreamland of life in The Shire with a human-sized recreation of a real-life hobbit house.
Nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, the local area is brimming with natural marvels, including the mystical King's Forest, Lackford Lakes, West Stow County Park, The River Lark, and Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve all within easy reach. What's more, the famous Anglo-Saxon village in West Stow is also fittingly just a short walk away, while personalised tours from The Hidden Hollow can also be arranged on request.
The structure is beautifully moulded into its woodland setting, with giant tangled roots arching from the ground and soaring pine trees protruding either side. The interior is filled with classic hobbit features from its curved beams and circular doors, to the quaint stain glass windows; the whole house creates a sense of intrigue and imagination. Every detail has been carefully considered and beautifully actualized. Experience the quintessential charm of life in The Shire with a fantasy-themed trip to Pod Hollow.
Check-in - 3pm / Check -out - 10am
2 King size beds. (bedding & towels included)
Power shower, and full bathroom facilities.
Fully functional kitchen, including double sink, Bosch oven and grill, fridge, freezer and integrated dishwasher.
Wi-Fi is available at this property.
Heating and Lighting
Electric lighting and wall heaters.
Up to 2 dogs allowed (£25 each).
Grounds and Nearby
Private garden including table and chairs, and a barbecue.
Check in from 15:00 and check out by 10:00
Nearest train station - Bury St Edmunds.
The property benefits from ample space with the main living area equipped with a large round dining table and seating for up to four guests. You will also find comfy seating and a wall mounted flat-screen TV, a feature fireplace and numerous electric wall heaters. The house is filled with interesting features and traditional hobbit-inspired furniture creating an authentic yet homely feel.
There are two bedrooms, both equipped with king-size double beds, a bathroom with a luxury power shower and a fully functional kitchen, including a double sink, Bosch oven and grill, fridge, freezer, and integrated dishwasher. The property also comes equipped with a superfluity of lights, ample plug sockets, and high-speed Wi-Fi.
Outside the property benefits from its own picket fence creating a private garden space within the grand woodland estate. Also find a bench, table and chairs, and a barbecue for cooking a delicious smoky feast. The forested grounds provide a magnificent backdrop and embody the mystical feel of the property.
The surrounding area is filled with a variety of natural beauty spots to explore and discover, including a variety of popular walking and cycling routes. The King's Forest, Lackford Lakes, West Stow County Park, The River Lark, and Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve are all easily accessible from the site.
The grand West Stow Stud Horse is adjacent to the site and is popular with horse riders from all over Europe.
The famous Anglo-Saxon village in West Stow is located close by and shares a special relationship with the property. A visit to this historical site is a real treat for history enthusiasts. There is also a fantastic play area for little Hobbits!
The property is also a short drive from Bury St. Edmunds which offers a lovely selection of gastronomical delights, and quaint shops for you to explore. Bury St Edmunds is only 35 mins from Cambridge and just under an hour from the fantastic Suffolk coast. Bury St Edmunds has an amazing history, including one of the most important medieval monasteries in Europe and some of our most important events and people in history: Saint Edmund, the Magna Carta, Henry VI, Mary Tudor Queen of France, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. A must for any history lovers!
Visit The Abbey Gardens near Bury St Edmunds, which is a firm favourite with locals and visitors, and expect to see up to 20,000 flowers in full bloom during spring and summer.
The wildflower meadows of Nowton Park together with its woodland and hornbeam maze is also a lovely outing, along with the wildlife-filled Lackford Lakes, and the woods of West Stow Country Park, plus the beautiful neoclassical gardens of Ickworth House, Park, and Gardens.
Stunning in all seasons but particularly in spring, Fullers Mill is an enchanting waterside and woodland garden on the bank of the River Lark and only 5 minutes' walk from Shire Hollow. The garden boasts an unusual collection of shrubs, perennials, and lilies. After a relaxing stroll stop by The Bothy for a cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake.
Bury St Edmunds is a great family destination. Large well-equipped play areas at the Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park, West Stow Country Park, and Ickworth House and Gardens all offer a place to run around. While, entertainment is also available at the Abbeygate Cinema, Cineworld, the Theatre Royal, and The Apex, while kids can let off some steam at CurveMotion and Planet Laser. Melford Hall, High Lodge in Thetford Forest and Family Fun Days at Newmarket Racecourse offer further opportunities for kids days out.
Bury St Edmunds is home to a variety of shops including major names as well as independent stores and boutiques as well as a twice-weekly street market.
For a haunted history tour, join a guided ghostly walk-run throughout autumn and winter.
Visit a pre-Victorian theatre at the Theatre Royal. Which includes live music, dance, performing arts and the monthly Fat Cat Comedy Club.
For a movie, choose between the independent Abbeygate Cinema or the large Cineworld.
Ben's Restaurant serves a delicious evening a la carte menu with dishes including Ben's Home Reared Lamb Tikka Cutlet, Pan Roast Fillet of Hake and Ben's Pulled Pork, Mushroom and Truffle Shortcrust Pie.
Voted one of Britain's top 10 fine dining restaurants by TripAdvisor, Maison Bleue offers delightful French cuisine, complemented by an extensive wine list.
Casa Del Mar offers Tapas and Mezze dishes alongside the Mediterranean inspired main courses and desserts.
Visit Greene King Brewery, which has a 200-year history; its beers are found in many pubs and bars in the area, or for a different experience visit The Old Cannon microbrewery, which offers a state-of-the-art, stainless steel brewing vessels - beautifully exhibited at the bar - where they have been brewing since 1999.
The medieval wool towns of Lavenham, Clare, Long Melford, and Sudbury, are some of the prettiest villages in England with their half-timbered houses. Visit for a wonderful day trip.
Visit Angel Hotel in Bury for a delicious afternoon tea.
The annual Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival held in August is a genuine feast of delightful dishes, and also includes demonstrations by top celebrity chefs.
Bury St Edmunds' markets offer somewhere to sample the marvellous local produce, which is held on a Wednesday and Saturday in the Buttermarket and Cornhill area.
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