Last Sunday I was lucky enough to experience a whistlestop cheese making tour at Fielding Cottage as part of a press day. I made my own cheese, got to see how they make their award winning cheeses, eat a lot of it (I was not complaining) and have a look at the gorgeous holiday cottages.
There are lots of cheese making courses available at Feilding Cottage and we did the three hour team building style course, so we left with a delicious tub of soft cheese. The full day courses will leave you with the start of a hard cheese to finish off at home.
For me what was really nice was the ability to combine a long weekend or week away in the well appointed cottages with a day making cheese and that L would have been able to join in as well, even though he’s only five.
Easy to locate just off the A47 the holiday cottages are part of the working farm, with views over the cheese factory, a field of goats and other buildings. You get a lovely garden to enjoy, plenty of play equipment for kids, use of the gym and swim facilities at the nearby Barnham Broom Golf Club and all the home comforts you could want.
I’m not convinced we would ever leave the cottages if we went on holiday there, I would be surrounded by cheese and would definitely combine a stay with a course. L would be happy playing, watching the goats and the goings on of the farm. Husb would probably head off to the golf club, no he definitely would, he’s a member their so there’s no point pretending.
Making the cheese was fun, surprisingly easy and it was really great to learn a bit about the company, the cheese making process and chat with the owner, Sam. He’s a font of knowledge, passionate about what he does and really down to earth. It’s hard not to be interested and enthused about the cheese making process when you listen to him.
As a family blogger, I’m always looking for the family friendly aspects of anything I do, so I could straight away see the potential this place has for a brilliant stay with something just a little bit different. But I know that my mum friends would also love a day making cheese, especially if we added a bottle of wine or two into the day and the team building idea is fabulous, you could get really quite competitive over the whole process.
Cheese Course Information and Dates
If you fancy going on a course and impressing your friends with handmade cheese, or just for yourself, to try something new, then I would highly recommend it.
The goat cheese-making courses will allow you to learn about the craft of cheese-making, as the experts talk through the science of the process. Also included is a tour of their state-of-the-art factory and of course you get hands on by making your own cheese to take home.
The regular courses will run on Fridays from 09:00 to 15:00
- 3rd May
- 17th May
- 31st May
- 7 + 8th June
- 21st – 22nd July
- 16th – 17th Aug
- 30th + 31st Aug
More dates will follow.
The courses will be a maximum of 16 people and tickets are sold per individual, with a minimum order of two tickets. They are available to purchase on their website at a cost of £75.00.
Holiday Cottage Information
Fielding Cottage Norfolk Holidays has three wonderful rural ‘barn style’ cottages located on the farm at Honingham, just 20 minutes’ drive from Norwich.
Brand new to their portfolio is their seaside holiday cottage, just a few steps from the golden sandy beach in Bacton, North Norfolk. I haven’t seen this in person yet but it looks fabulous from the photos!
‘The Nest’ cottage is perfect for a couple’s retreat. Situated on the first floor and includes a comfortable double bedroom, a spacious ensuite bathroom including a shower, a well equipped kitchen and an adjoining lounge area.
‘Kingfisher’ is bright clean and modern. It can sleep up to four people. The entrance leads in to a large open plan kitchen which has all the home from home conveniences you would expect and spacious living area, leading out to an outside patio.
Upstairs you will find two ensuite bedrooms, one master bedroom which has a bath and a shower, and a twin bedroom with an ensuite shower room.
‘Nightingale’ shares the same layout as Kingfisher with views looking out over the lawn and sleeps up to four people.
All the cottages available are child-friendly and a travel cot and stairgate can be provided on request. On site there is a games room and a ping-pong table, the opportunity to meet the goats and lots of space for outside dining and picnics.
The Goat Shed is the on-site shop selling their own goats’ milk and cheeses, as well as seasonal vegetables (such as asparagus and strawberries in the summer), eggs, coffee, honey, jams, ice cream and their Fielding Cottage Skincare range.
For further information on the courses and their holiday cottages please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 880685.
Holiday Bookings: www.fieldingcottagenorfolkholidays.co.uk
Disclosure – I was a guest of Fielding Cottage for the day. All thoughts, opinions and images are my own unless otherwise stated.