Holly Tree Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Holly Tree Cottage is situated midway between the National Nature Reserves of Hickling and Barton Broads in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, close to beautiful locations like How Hill Nature Reserve, Blickling Hall and Horsey Mill (all National Trust), and miles of clean, sandy beaches. Within easy cycling distance you can hire anything from a canoe to an electric day boat to a river cruiser to explore the Norfolk broads, or take a ride with one of a number of passenger boats. There is independent parking for one car (plus additional space in our courtyard), all behind electric gates, and there are bus routes to Wroxham, Norwich and Great Yarmouth which pass by the house.
This is an ideal base for nature lovers, with many RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and other reserves within a short drive, one of the main reasons why we moved here in 2007. The beautiful, long unspoilt beaches of the North Norfolk coast are just 5 miles away, as well as many pretty villages and beauty spots within easy reach. Norwich, with it's fine cathedral and medieval feel is 12 miles away, and Wroxham, the capital of the Broads just 8 miles.
March 2014: installation of the new cloakroom off the upstairs landing of the cottage has been completed! We've been aware for a while that it's quite a long trek downstairs to the existing shower room, and although it's only a loo and small wash hand basin, it's very close to both bedrooms. Take a look at the new picture on our photo gallery, we're very happy with the result!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Waxham 8 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich 15 km, Nearest railway: Hoveton & Wroxham 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Holly Tree Cottage is a completely separate part of a Victorian house in a pretty village, less than 100 yards from the local pub (with excellent food!) and the Post Office/shop.
There is a fully fitted kitchen with gas cooker, microwave, washing machine and everything you are likely to need. The living room has a stereo (easily attachable to your own MP3 player!), 19" LCD TV, DVD/CD player and digital TV recorder, with a comfortable leather suite and an extensive selection of books, DVDs and CDs. WiFi internet access is included, and we can even loan you a PC to check your email.
The kitchen, living and dining rooms, and shower room are all on the ground floor, at the same level, and so if you have a member of your party who prefers not to use stairs, we are happy to install a single bed in the ground floor dining room. Please note, however, that although the cottage could sleep up to 5, the facilities are really suited for a maximum of 4 people!
Holly Tree Cottage, whilst private, is attached to the main house, and one advantage of this is that if you need anything which is not already supplied, or are looking for suggestions or guidance, you have only to ask and we'll do what we can to help!
|Further details outdoors|
Although Holly Tree Cottage is attached to our main house, it enjoys the best access to the garden through French windows, and here we have a covered gazebo area seating up to 6 or more, perfect for enjoying dinner on balmy Norfolk evenings. There is also a 2 seater swing-seat next to our fishpond where you can watch the butterflies and dragonflies dance. Sadly, our enormous carp Trevor is no longer with us, so we've reconfigured the pond for wildlife only, hoping to entice newts, grass-snakes and dragonfly nymphs as our neighbours have in theirs. To encourage wildlife into the garden, beyond the fish pond is an area which we are deliberately leaving to grow, including a wildlife stack we built as a home for overwintering insects and hedgehogs.
We're also in the process of going greener - we already have a wood boiler, rainwater harvesting tanks, and solar panels for hot water and electricity. For transport, Buzz the electric car is used for most of our local trips and we brew biodiesel for longer journeys. However, we're quite relaxed about all this, so while we're very happy to show interested guests what we've done, please don't worry if you don't feel the same way as us!
Note that you'll only be sharing the garden with us, and we try to keep a low profile when guests are staying in the cottage.
Having started up Holly Tree Cottage in 2009, we're quite well set up now, although we like to try adding something new each year. Over the last few of years we've tidied the garden a lot, clearing and planting wild flowers and fruit trees in the area beyond the pond, which has given stunning displays when in flower in years past! We've recently laid a new driveway, installed a private parking place close to the cottage, and continued the development of the garden, so although we still have things we'd like to do, we're getting there!
We also successfully ran two holiday apartments for five years when we lived in Italy, and have had many very positive responses from our guests over the few years in Norfolk. Of course, we're always very open to new suggestions, and will do all we can to make your stay with us relaxing and enjoyable.
All bedding and towels are included in the price, together with electricity and wood for the stove. We've recently fitted a new Worcester Bosch gas boiler into the cottage so that it now has fully independent central heating for when the weather turns chilly.
The East Anglia region
The Norfolk Broads are popular for those looking to holiday in a picturesque, laid-back area with strong historical connections, friendly locals, and proper beer! Glorious beaches and sweeping coastlines, unspoilt countryside and wildlife, stately homes and medieval heritage, vibrant arts scenes, city entertainment and shopping, seaside fun, attractions and bustling market towns - this is an area full of interest, yet relaxed and easy going.
Of course, British weather is notoriously difficult to predict, but between June and September, temperatures around here are comfortable, and it is unusual for the sun to stay hidden for more than a few days at a time.
We are within cycling distance of Barton and Hickling Broads National Nature Reserves, Howe Hill (National Trust), and Catfield Fen (Butterfly Conservation). RSPB reserves like Titchwell Marsh, Minsmere, Lakenheath Fen, Strumpshaw and Berney Marshes are all easily drivable, as are many other exciting areas of interest to nature lovers. The nearest beaches are at Waxham and Horsham (famous for seal-watching) just 5 miles away, and are clean and wonderfully free of commercialism.
An easy drive (or a bus ride) will take you to beautiful local centres like Horning and Wroxham, and just 12 miles away lies Norwich, a truly amazing city (where we have yet to discover a straight road!), the most complete medieval city in Britain with fascinating museums, a magnificent cathedral, a Norman castle, ancient pubs, cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, a jumble of medieval lanes and a delightful old Watergate down by the riverside.
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9 Jul 2013
"Lovely cottage, lovely hosts and excellent position."
Had a great holiday here, very close to both the coast and the broads. Cottage very comfortable and Cynthia and Mike really lovely people.… More
Thanks for that Sue, your review is really appreciated - believe me, not everyone takes the trouble, and we didn't even have to ask you!
Cynth and Mike
8 Oct 2012
"A quiet cosy comfortable cottage"
A beautiful location for a holiday in the Norfolk Broads, there is plenty to see and do around the area, walking, cycling, lots of beautiful clean beaches near by and of course boat hire to cruise the… More
17 Sep 2012
"A very friendly relaxing place to stay for people like us and our dog"
The on-site owners were a joy. They made us all feel very welcome and we felt as if we were staying with friends. The cottage was very comfortable with everything we needed. The garden was a bonus especially for our dog Flynn who also made friends with the resident dog Lucy and cat Beeza. The location, Catfield was near to a lot of the area's attractions. Catfield has a good pub (150 m) and a useful general store nearby. We were very pleased with our choice and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Holly Tree cottage.
21 Jun 2012
"A perfect retreat in the Norfolk Broads"
The cottage is situated in the grounds of the owners' house. A quiet, peaceful spot yet in the heart of the village of Catfield with the Crown pub just around the corner and the post office/stores (extremely friendly) just down the road. Ideally situated for Hickling Broad with wonderful birding opportunities plus much more in the way of wildlife. The cottage is warm, comfortable and has all you need for a happy holiday. The owners are lovely people (as are Beeza cat and Lucy lurcher), very friendly and welcoming, nothing too much trouble. They even gave us eggs from the girls in the garden. Strongly recommend it.
21 Jun 2012
"Peaceful location, perfect to explore & excellent hosts..."
Recently returned from an excellent stay with Cynthia and Mike in the small but peaceful village of Catfield. The cottage matches its description perfectly, and is very well equipped for families youn… More
26 May 2012
"Ideal spot to visit the broads, comfortable accommodation, beautiful garden, great hosts"
Warm welcome from Cynthia and Mike.Comfortable accomodation with a beautiful garden. Well situated for a varitey of local amenties- shopping, boat hire, drives, walks pubs. All close by.Dog lovers, H… More
2 Apr 2012
"A quiet, comfortable cottage, looking forward to our next visit !!"
Quiet location but within easy travelling distance of all sorts of interesting and attractive locations. Very comfortable accomodation, clean, with all the facilities you could need, with beautiful gardens. Mike & Cynthia are the perfect hosts and made us (and our GSD Ben) very welcome.
7 Aug 2011
"A delightful cottage in a great location!"
This was our first visit to Norfolk and we made a great choice! The cottage was well appointed and very comfortable, a great place for relaxing. We made good use of the lovely, private garden, includi… More
26 Jun 2011
"Excellent accommodation/highly recommended and ideal base for exploring the Broads."
This was our first stay at Holly Tree Cottage and first trip to the Norfolk Braods. The accommodation was clean, very comfortable and the host Cynthia & Mike were both welcoming and helpful, and all t… More
Thanks Anne and Rodney for this excellent review, having such wildlife-bonkers guests as yourselves for a week was both interesting and great fun!
14 Jun 2011
"Quiet, comfortable - a great holiday venue"
This was our second visit to Holly Tree Cottage. We enjoyed a really relaxing holiday in this sunny well equipped cottage. The garden was a great asset - we don't often breakfast outdoors! The ow… More
We're delighted you took the time to review our cottage, and hope to see you back again in the near future!
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