Chandos Lodge

Diss, Norfolk
+44 (0)7980 292051
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A big, light house and a very pretty garden surrounded by fields, then on three sides by fen nature reserves, bursting with wildlife


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

The Experience

The house has major eco credentials. Underfloor heating, solar panels, an air source heat pump and massive insulation give it a zero carbon score and there’s even a Tesla battery charger. But it’s also a supremely comfortable house with many windows overlooking views and huge sliding doors from the open-plan living room, so on warm days you can wander seamlessly from garden to house. There are two big terraces (one leading from the master bedroom) for al fresco meals, quiet reading or scanning the sky for the resident barn owl.

A big table and plenty of space for cooking make it a sociable experience and all the basics are in the cupboards along with a bottle of wine, honey, orange juice and crisps. Find two bicycles to borrow and safe storage for your own, so set off on the Fenland Trail or get lost in nature on foot – Anthony leaves you plenty of information on the best walking routes.

You’ll feel peaceful here whatever the weather.

Chandos Lodge - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Exploring the fens and feeling a deeper connection with nature
  • Walking half an hour to the community pub for a pint of real ale
  • Having an al fresco supper on the upper terrace and watching the sunset
Chandos Lodge - Gallery

You should know

  • WiFi is poor
  • No dogs or young children - there's an unfenced pond and no boundary between garden and open countryside


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Children over 11 welcome. Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge. EV charging point available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £230
Weekly price
from £1060
1 House for 6
From £2303 beds3 bedrooms


An idyllic cottage tucked away in South Norfolk. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed with all mod cons. We had such a lovely few days (Email hidden by Airbnb) munication was excellent before and from the moment we arrived. Anthony is a great host. The views and sunsets were spectacular and lots of lovely walks nearby. Thank you, we hope to be back!

Haseena, London

Perfect location, superb accommodation, the host met us there and was extremely helpful and made sure we were happy with everything. Definitely would recommend Chandos Lodge if you are looking for peace, tranquillity and a BIG sky at night - this is the perfect location - haven't seen so many stars for years!!!

Elizabeth, Ditton

An amazing property, with great facilities in a bucolic location, a perfect choice for a tranquil retreat.

Robert, England

Chandos Lodge is an oasis of peace and quiet in lovely countryside with a variety of wildlife and beautiful views. It is very luxurious whilst retaining a homely feeling. Anthony and Carole were very helpful and friendly during our stay. We didn’t want to leave and neither will you.

Joe, Liverpool

What a fabulous retreat. We were a group of 4 and really enjoyed our time in Anthony’s house. The four bedrooms, all with en-suite, were very clean and comfortable. The house is brand new and very well appointed. The terrace overlooking the nature reserve is stunning. Great location - very private and only a short bike ride (1.4 miles) to the local pub and we had lunch at the local vineyard too. Great stay, we will be back

James, Cambridge

A very well thought-out and comfortable newly built eco house in a perfectly peaceful part of Norfolk, with a village pub nearby and a gorgeous wildflower meadow in spring.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's very hushed. Each evening the resident barn owl swoops through the field and you can sit at breakfast and watch deer and many birds. Redgrave is one and a half miles where you'll find a well-stocked village shop and the community-owned free house, The Cross Keys. Diss, a sleepy little town with a charming weir in the middle, is 15 minutes in the car. The Norfolk Broads are easily reached.

Local points of interest from Anthony Russell

  • You're in the heart of a peaceful countryside in a friendly neighbourhood.
  • The village-owned Cross Keys pub in the pretty village of Redgrave is very special and much loved by the neighbourhood.
  • Wonderful walking and biking lanes surround the lodge and it is a short ride to the beautiful Bressingham Gardens and steam museum.
  • The lodge is in walking distance of the Beehive Coffee Shop and garden nursery, serving delicious lunches and teas, indoors or in their peaceful garden.
  • On three sides are fen nature reserves to explore and a selection of its wildlife can be spotted from the safari-style balcony.
  • A 40 minute drive gets you to Norwich, Bury St Edmunds or the Norfolk Broads and the county also possesses some of the country's finest stately homes such as Houghton, Holkham hall and Blickling Hall.


Anthony Russell

Anthony has built this house as a sometime retreat for his non-political, independent foundation. They promote the culture of peaceful co-existence through dialogue and the arts (without awarding grants). He will sometimes meet and greet but you may instead meet his housekeeper, Carole. She also works in a local restaurant from which you can get very good takeaway home cooking, so do ask.