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Catfield holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and walking and log fire

Holly Tree Cottage

from £45 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Excellent 5/5

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Front of the cottage with the clematis in full bloom, and the wisteria on its way!

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 97812

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

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.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Waxham 8 km
Access Car advised
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
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 Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users
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!), 32" 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 this was recently upgraded to fibre so is pretty fast for the countryside!

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, there is a sofa bed in the ground floor dining room which we can set up if requested. Please note, however, that although the cottage could sleep up to 5, the facilities are really suited for a maximum of 4 people. We've also been aware for a while that it's quite a long trek from the bedrooms upstairs to the shower room on the ground floor, so we recently installed a cloakroom on the first floor which, although it's only a loo and small wash hand basin, is very close to both bedrooms.

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!

We're great dog-lovers and welcome guests bringing their furry friends, but there are a few points you should know. Whilst our garden is fully fenced in, parts of the fencing are quite low and could easily be jumped by a determined escapee. Also, we have a pond which is particularly smelly if jumped in (we know, Lola our chocolate lab has kindly tested this for us ….), and you wouldn't want your pal anywhere near you if he/she takes a swim. Lastly, we have two chickens, in their own enclosure, but they can get upset if barked at and go off the lay, so a little control would be appreciated. That said, many of our guests have brought their pets and so far it's never been a problem, but we prefer to warn potential visitors so they can decide for themselves.

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.

Further details

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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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.

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.

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    • Italian

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