A Norfolk landowner has opened three new romantic retreats – but finds them far too luxurious for Bilbo Baggins.
Luke Paterson has completed his three new glamping pods that look from the outside, Middle-earth to the home of Tolkien’s Hobbit character.
However, Mr. Paterson says the interiors of his Broad Fen Retreats, available only for couples and no pets, are much more luxurious.
That’s because each of the pods, located on land that borders a conservation area known as Redbeck, near Dilham, comes with a king-size bed, a proper bathroom with a power shower. and upscale interiors closer to a hotel room.
“They are definitely more luxurious than a Hobbit house. We just opened them and have had over 50 reservations in the past three weeks,” he said.
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“It is a niche market, the pods are available between £ 130 and £ 175 per night. I am really delighted with their result.”
Broad Fen Retreats’ new pods are a mile away from Mr. Paterson’s other 10 pod glamping site at Tonnage Bridge that he set up three years ago. These pods, available for families, have been so popular that they are booked until November.
Mr Paterson’s ‘Hobbit-style’ homes, located next to a nature reserve, were built after he managed to secure a building permit despite initial objections.
This is another glamping site in Whitlingham that has just invested in building treehouse-like structures.
Broad Fen Retreats is for honeymooners with pods named Swallowtail, Dragonfly, and Damselfly. They have a well-equipped kitchen, a TV with Freeview, Wi-Fi, a hot tub, a brazier for cooking outdoors if needed and the use of a canoe, available for hire.
Mr Paterson launched the first glamping program to diversify from agriculture with a view to losing EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funds due to Brexit.
Broads Authority planners initially recommended that Mr. Paterson’s plan be denied.
This was based on the fact that the neighboring lands are designated as SSI, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.