Farmhouse / 5 bedrooms / sleeps 11

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Nestling in the big skies of the gentle Norfolk countryside just 4 miles south of Downham Market, the Coach House with unique wood-fired hot tub is a luxurious country bolthole perfect for families, children and groups of friends. We heartily welcome hens and have lots of ideas to help! Well-located, the house is only a stone's throw from great links to the coast, The Queens' Royal Sandringham Estate, Ely, Cambridge and King's Lynn. Nearby is Thetford Forest with its many fantastic activities including GoApe Treetop Adventure and 30 miles of beautiful cycle tracks and walks through the pine forest. Excellent coarse fishing is available in the village (Dent's Fisheries), Golf 2 miles away at Ryston Park. The Little Retreat Spa is just up the road, as is Church Farm children's attraction and The Hare Arms - an award winning gastro-pub. There is a friendly butcher and general store in the village, as well as a farm shop (Dent's) with cafe and Sunday Carvery. The very popular Arbuckles American Diner (3 miles away) are happy to deliver..or you can book a chef to cook for you in the house (whilst the children sleep).!.There are countryside walks from the door and the driveway leads onto a Norfolk Green Lane for cycling. Downham Market Station (4 miles) has a direct 90 minute link to London's King's Cross.

The magnificent house with countryside views sits at the end of its own sweeping driveway on a private country estate, on the outskirts of the riverside village of Hilgay. Completely private and self-contained. The wealth of features and facilities on site include, for your children, extensive garden space with a playhouse, large enclosed play paddock and always a firm favourite - mini tractors and horses and ponies on site! A maid service is available as is clay pigeon shooting with coaching from a former GB team member, beginners to advanced (just for guests who are staying).

Homemade freshly baked bread and fresh eggs from the farm can be delivered daily, all guests are welcomed with homemade scones and jam. The popular celebration package includes bunting, a bespoke cake and bubbly and can be arranged as a surprise!

The property is a former Georgian Coach House and stables conversion appointed to luxury 5 star hotel standard, with 5 bedrooms (one downstairs), 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), cosy underfloor heating and a wood burner. Bedrooms have flexible sleeping (double or twin) to suit. Fluffy bathrobes for adults and children, luxury linens, towels and Arran Aromatics toiletries included. Baby kit is available, with steriliser and bottle warmers, blender, 2 cots, changing mat, highchair, stairgate, children's utensils and bowls as well as black-out blinds at the windows.

There is a very well-equipped open-plan farmhouse kitchen with 4 ovens as well as dining room, utility room and morning room. The sitting room has a 50" cinema TV with surround sound and blu-ray player, wood burner, books, games, toys, magazines and Dvd's. Free BT Business WiFi inclusive.

French doors lead out to a spacious courtyard area including hot tub, BBQ, character olive tree and grape vines - perfect for al fresco dining with family and friends. Extensive private gardens include flower borders and mature oak trees, one of which is believed to be over 300 years old. The garden has an original 'Martin Pigg' tree sculpture and stunning Norfolk country views.

The Coach House is an owner-run and managed holiday home with the real 'wow factor'.

-40 top rated excellent reviews from guests on Trip Advisor.

-Featured in The Daily Express 'Top Ten Holiday Homes for Groups'

-Visited and Commended by 'Silver Travel Advisor', the only online travel and advice site for the over 50's.

-Five Star Gold Award 2014/15/16 The Coach House consistently scores 100% for housekeeping, facilities, cleanliness and outstanding service.

Size Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 2 en suites and 1 toilet only
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1.2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Norwich or Stansted 80 km, Nearest railway: Downham Market 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Children's pool
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Super King Beds (2), Single Beds (7), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 11, Lounge seats for 11
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The East Anglia region

We'd love to welcome you to West Norfolk, a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty. Once discovered, you'll want to come back again and again.Some of our personal favourite things to do and see....

We adore the glorious sandy beaches at Hunstanton. A Victorian seaside town with charm and character; renowned for its striped cliffs and magnificent sunsets. Have a go at kite surfing! Explore the coast and visit Wells, Heacham, Burnham Market, Cromer and Sheringham.We enjoy a wander around our ancient market town of Downham Market, 4 miles away, known locally as The Gingerbread Town, also home to a clean, well-run swimming pool and leisure centre.

Enjoy a superb mix of shopping, history, cinema and entertainment in Kings Lynn, a maritime town packed full of things to do and lots of lovely places to eat. We like the Bankhouse on the quay. It's not everyday you see your local butcher in a London Bus on the river! Hilgay Raft Race, a hilarious fun-packed, fund-raising event on the river in our normally very sleepy little village! Every July. Dinosaur Adventure, a favourite with our children! A truly monster day out with brilliant indoor and outdoor activities. Too much for one day! h

BeWilderwood, another favourite! A huge, award winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventure. Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and really yummy food! Our children loved building a den..

Stow Hall Gardens; a very local well-kept secret! Shh! Welcomes dogs on a lead. A true secret garden!

The Hare Arms, 5 miles away, simply good local food and beer in a beautiful setting, conveniently opposite Stow Hall Gardens htWicken Fen National Nature Reserve, the National Trust's oldest nature reserve and England's most famous fen.

The Cathedral City of Ely, home to The Ship of The Fens - one of the most magnificent Cathedrals in England, we enjoy tea by the river or lunch in the Cloisters.

Fishing at Dents in Hilgay, just across the road, 5 well-stocked fishing lakes. People come from miles away to fish here.

Ryston Park Golf Club, in the next village, welcomes visitors.

WWT Welney Wetland Centre, for year-round birding, also well-organised activities for all the family.

Church Farm, Stow Bardolph, 5 miles away. A wonderful childrens farm, with many rare breed animals and tractor rides, serving healthy local produce with large outside and indoor play areas.

No-one ever forgets their first glimpse of Oxborough Hall! A magnificent 15th Century moated Manor House (National Trust). We are fortunate to be surrounded by many National Trust Properties locally.

The Royal Sandringham Estate. Beautiful house and gardens, but to honest we go there for the fantastic woodland children's play area and hearty home-cooked lunches!

Cycling and motorcyclists: The gently rolling countryside and quiet back roads are ideal to explore by bike, we have somewhere safe to store bicycles, let us know in advance so we can move the tractor!

Walking: The region is simply a haven for nature lovers and those enjoying the great outdoors. We provide maps and suggested walks in The Coach House.

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Downham Market

Superbly located for touring the whole of East Anglia, The Coach House has excellent links to the coast, Cambridge, Ely, King's Lynn and Norwich. There is a village shop and pub, as well as children's adventure playground within walking distance

Nearest Station

Downham Market, 4 miles with direct train to London's Kings Cross in 90 minutes.

Nearest Bus

At the end of the drive!

Nearest Airport

Norwich and Stansted.

Nearest Town

The pretty market town of Downham Market is 4 miles away with all services. Hilgay Village is 1 mile away with a farm shop, cafe, butcher and general store.

Nearest Shop

Dent's Farm Shop, 1 mile

Nearest Pub / Eatery

Dent's Farm Barn Cafe, 1 mile. Downham Market with various eateries, 4 miles, The Hare Arms Pub, 5 miles (excellent pub) Arbuckles American Diner 3 miles (who also do an excellent takeaway)

Fenland Fish and Chips in the village every friday evening.