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The Breckland village of Thompson is reached by a back-road off the A1075, itself one of the quieter highways in a quiet county. This then is a peaceful village for those wanting some repose, or perhaps a base from which to tour this part of Norfolk. Many will wish to start their tour at The Chequers, a white-washed and thatched pub that ticks all the country inn boxes. Yet the curious should not end their exploration there. The strangest find in the area is its pingos. Pingos are shallow ponds formed during the ice age, after frozen “lenses” of water beneath the surface of the land pushed soil up and then off, creating craters that eventually became ponds. Thompson Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, from which dogs are banned in order to protect the rare fauna and flora found there. Thompson Water, these days run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, is a beautiful little lake created in 1854 on the site of Sandwade Fen, a peat common (so is in effect a late addition to the Broads, but distant from that part of the county). The Watering as the lake is known locally has pretty wooded walks around it, and fishing permits can be procured for those in search of sport. The village church, St Martin’s, is a typical Norfolk perpendicular style building that dates from 1349, as does College Farm next to it, once housing the five priests of the collegiate church, now a B&B, like the lovely Thatched House in the village. The church was founded by local magnates the Shardlows, probably in the hope of winning some divine protection from the Black Death. As Thompson even in Tudor times was off the beaten track, where its neighbours were “improved” over the years, much of St Martin’s is untouched, and like the village all the better for it.

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College Farm (0.52 miles)

College Farm
College Farm and Thompson Church were built in 1349, the former to house the 5 priests who looked after the church and the village. The college was dissolved by Henry VIII in the 16th century ... More
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The Penthouse (2.63 miles)

The Penthouse

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The Penthouse at Watton sleeps 3.On entrance through the flat door you enter into the inner hall. To the left is the bedroom with a 5ft and 3ft bed, hand ... More

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The Willow House (2.65 miles)

Located in Watton, a Market Town in Central Norfolk, The Willow House is a beautiful sixteenth century thatched, grade two listed building. The Inn and restaurant were cottages that have now been converted into a period ... More | visit website

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The Willow House (2.65 miles)

The Willow House

Located in Watton, a Market Town in Central Norfolk, The Willow House is a beautiful sixteenth century thatched, grade two listed building. The Inn and restaurant were cottages that have now been converted into a period ... More | visit website

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The Hare & Barrel Hotel (2.75 miles)

The Hare & Barrel Hotel

We would like to wish you a very pleasant stay in our Hotel where we try and create a traditional family atmosphere for both our daily customers and residents alike. Here at The Hare & ... More | visit website

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Broom Hall Country Hotel (3.23 miles)

Broom Hall Country Hotel
Charming family run Victorian Country House offering peace and tranquillity. Approached by a winding driveway set in 15 acres of country garden and parkland. Ornate ceilings grace the public room and a large open fire ... More | visit website
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Brovey Lair (3.57 miles)

Brovey Lair

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A VERY PRIVATE PLACE - Coming to Norwich? Business people as well as pleasure seekers will love Brovey Lair because it is so different from a run-of-the-mill hotel. Only half ... More | visit website
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The Olde Windmill Inn (5.78 miles)

The Olde Windmill Inn

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A village inn since circa 1650. The hostelry has built its reputation on serving high quality competitively priced food, from an extensive menu with changing daily specials; plus six real ... More

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Aldercarr Hall (6.29 miles)

Aldercarr Hall
Build in 1966, Aldercarr Hall is a modern country house which saw extensive development in early 2000. Since the Arpels family acquired Aldercarr Hall the site now incorporates a fully active day and weekend spa ... More | visit website

Hilborough Swan Inn (6.43 miles)

As well as unwinding and relaxing with us, we provide an ideal base from which you can explore Norfolk. The Swan Inn is also a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of ... More

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