Castle Farm is situated in an extraordinarily unspoilt area of the mid Wensum Valley. Our land and adjoining farms, too, are laced with intriguing walks that take you through the fields, the wood and along the river. Ask our advice and we will help plot a walk with you that takes in everything you might want to see. This area, too, is great for those who like to see their dogs run to the horizons! Alternatively, bring your cycles for the network of back lanes or even your canoes for the river.

We are fascinated by our wildlife and we love feedback from you. Put on your wellies and take your binoculars (or borrow ours) and tell us exactly what you see out there. Deer of different species, especially red and muntjac are always in the valley, along with foxes, badgers, water voles, hares and even otters. The birdlife is dramatic as well and guests always comment on the number of barn owls that we are still blessed with. But, summer and winter, there is always something new on the wing to see and admire.

And, of course, let’s not forget our fishing. The Carrick’s stretch of the river Wensum is historically famous and has been the spiritual home of angling writer, TV presenter and conservationist, John Bailey for half a century. John is very much a friend of the family and has used the house as a base for his guiding activities for many years now. He is well known as the consultant for BBC 2’s award winning program Mortimer and Whitehouse, Gone Fishing. Whenever he can bring Paul and Bob back to Norfolk to fish and film, Carricks is where they choose to base themselves. Gone Fishing travels everywhere around the Uk but wherever the crew pitch up “not as good as Carricks” is the constant refrain! So, fish in the footsteps of Mortimer, Whitehouse ( and Bailey) and enjoy some grand chub fishing in the most idyllic part of the Wensum valley.


We had a fantastic stay in a really comfortable room with a lovely view. The room was not big but it had everything we needed. The staff was lovely and the breakfast was excellent on both mornings. We loved the friendly dogs running about and seeing the farm life, especially the “girls” (cows) that lived just next door to the main building.

The only thing to improve would be hot water. Our baths were not as hot as we would have liked.

Reija K

Perfect Countryside Idyll. March 2023