Welcome to Thrigby Cottage


Thrigby thatched cottage, also known as Oak Lodge is a typical 'chocolate box' detached thatched cottage, with the unique feature of having Tigers and other wild animals as the only neighbours.



The garden backs straight onto Thrigby Wildlife park. We found the cottage a year ago in a very sad state and spent the year having it renovated, including a new thatched roof and new central heating – it is now a warm cosy cottage with fireplaces, beams, arched brickwork, and lots of beautiful original features. You enter into a pretty hallway where you`ll find lots of information on the area, places to go, places to eat. There are hooks for coats etc and a seat to take off muddy boots – there is Wifi at the cottage, and the modem is in this hallway too............. you then enter the large living room, which is cosy with it`s fireplace, big squishy corner sofa, and a table for dining, games, writing, works of Art or tea and a chat – there`s also a more upright Armchair. The fire is an open fire – woodburners are not recommended for Thatched cottages. The floors are all solid oak, furnished with ethnic rugs, you`ll also find books on the bookshelf and old fashioned games in the Coffee table/Storage box............


moving through the beautiful arched brick hallway into the bright spacious kitchen/living/dining room which leads straight out into the garden, where you`ll find a table and chairs for dining out (weather permitting!) The kitchen has everything you`d expect to find at home, a full sized cooker and hob, an under the counter fridge and an under the counter freezer, and beautiful slate flooring. We don`t have a washing machine or dishwasher as the cottage is off grid, so is serviced by a holding tank – this won`t affect anything except we tend to be more mindful of waste water. There is a launderette in Filby – which is a 2 minute drive or a 15 minute walk away. There is a Victorian scrubbed pine dining table and 4 chairs. In the upper part of the Kitchen/living/diner, there is a sturdy Sofa, and an Armchair, so there is lots of leisure space in the cottage. There is another fireplace, although this isn`t currently used. Going back out into the brick hallway on the right there is a toilet and sink, and then walking to the end, we come to the main bedroom which can either have two large singles or a spectacular 6 foot Superking bed (zip and link), two side tables, and a rustic wardrobe, all the lovely beams and medieval cast iron ceiling lights (see pictures)...............


The second bedroom has brick/plaster features a little fireplace (currently unused) and a standard double bed, with two large side tables, and chest of drawers and a row of hooks for clothes. The room has a lovely view over the garden – the Ibis birds (in the zoo) are visible. The central hallway has a lush fitted carpet, all the other rooms have oak floors with ethnic rugs. The garden........ it`s a typical cottage garden, hickledy pickledy with steps up and down. Outside the kitchen is a large patio area where you can observe the Tigers with sufficient protection!


There is a table and 4 comfortable chairs with a Parasol for morning coffee, lunch or evening glass of wine – this leads on up to a grassed area which has steps leading down at the other end onto a shingled area at the side of the house. We`ve spent all seasons at the house and can honestly say it`s a house for all seasons. Cosy and romantic in the Winter, Sunny and Airy in the Summer. Filby ( a 2 minute drive away) , near Great Yarmouth is a pretty village situated on the shores of Filby Broad and Ormesby Little Broad, part of the Trinity Broads. The village can trace its roots back to the Vikings who settled in the area around AD800 The Trinity Broads are no longer connected to the rest of the broads network which means they have particularly clear water quality. Sailing, boating and fishing are allowed on these Broads but are carefully regulated as they are also areas rich in birdlife and natural beauty.

Rowing boats and a wheelyboat which is accessible to wheelchair users can be hired. Fishing platforms are also available suitable for wheelchair users.

Filby has won the village category of the Britain in Bloom competition on a number of occasions and is a mass of colour throughout the year with it's wonderful flower arrangements along the roadside.

There is a small supermarket/off licence/post office that stays open every day until 9pm including Sundays, a launderette and a hairdresser.

There are lots of good walks, many of the broads, and local beaches all within a short drive.


And the other neighbour .. Thrigby Church

Best Sunday lunch in Norfolk .. Kings Arms

Quiet pint watching the boats .. Ferry Inn

Family pub watching the boats .. Acle Bridge

Circular walk .. Mautby

Breakfast on the beach .. Dunes Cafe

Boat hire near by .. Days out on the broads

Local wild life .. Upton

Local wild life .. Hickling

The seals .. Horsey

Horse riding opposite cottage .. Croft Farm

Swimming pool and gym .. Broadland Sports Club


We also offer holiday accommodation with panoramic sea views