Area guides



A rural remedy and countryside bliss

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3 mins to Loddon
11 mins to Beccles
29 mins to Norwich
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Consider a picturesque village nestled in the heart of Norfolk, and you imagine tranquil countryside, historic architecture, and warm community spirit - well you may well be thinking of Hales.


Offering a delightful blend of rural living and convenient access to nearby amenities, this village is close to both Norwich and Loddon, Hales is arguably a hidden gem in our county.

With lovely natural landscapes, making it a haven for outdoor lovers, you can explore the winding country lanes on foot or bike, meandering through fields, woodlands, and alongside serene rivers. The Norfolk Broads, a series of interconnected rivers and lakes, are a short drive away, offering opportunities for boating, fishing, and birdwatching.

Immerse yourself in Hales’ rich history by visiting its historic buildings and landmarks. The Church of St. Margaret, dating back to the 12th century, is a prime example of Norfolk’s medieval architecture. Take a stroll to Hales Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan manor house which is open for tours an is full of interesting history and features, including a grand staircase, walled garden, and a moat.

When you’re looking for somewhere in the village to enjoy a drink and something to eat, Masala Garden offers an authentic Indian cuisine which is sure to spice up your night. Elsewhere with the village there are a range of amenities including petrol stations, mobility stores, and a convenience shop.

Just a short distance away, the market town of Loddon offers additional dining options, shops, and access to the Norfolk Broads. The village has a number of shops, pubs, and restaurants, as well as a library and a doctor’s surgery.

When you’re looking to escape the demands of modern life, the Loddon Nature Reserve is more than just a place to observe wildlife; but it’s a sanctuary to reconnect with the wonders of the natural world. Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher, a curious nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, it’s an ideal spot to while away a day.

The cathedral city of Norwich is less than half an hour away from Hales and offers the perfect day or evening out; enjoy an array of shops, followed by a bite to eat at a restaurant and conclude with London-worthy theatre shows - a perfect day out. When the bright lights call, Norwich has direct trains to London and an airport with direct flights to mainland Europe.