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Traditional listed Norfolk cottage in medieval village. Child & dog friendly.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Sanctuary, village life, countryside or a dabble in arts and crafts. You choose!

Set in the heart of New Buckenham, this is a 16c listed cottage oozing character and history with revealed timbering, original beams, and an inglenook fireplace with wood burner. Guests can immerse themselves in the artisan architecture and quirkiness of a house that is full of surprises around every corner.

The owner has taken care to make sure that you will have everything you need to relax and enjoy your holiday.

The cottage has been a Pottery in the 70's and a Bakery and Corn Merchant in previous times gone by. The 'Pop Up' shop adjacent now brings the property bang up to date with an art gallery/studio right in the centre of the building. There is nothing dull about this building....it's alive with colour and creativity.

The living room welcomes you as you enter the cottage with every comfort you could ask for. The original bakers oven door is still there now opening to the 'sun room' instead of the old ovens. There's also a quirky windy staircase (not used) behind an old oak door leading up to one of the bedrooms. The living room has comfort and tradition in mind with splashes of colour and contemporary touches.

There are two fabulous bedrooms. The Poppy room and The Garden room. One has a 4ft 6" double bed and the other has a 5ft double and a single bed. There is also a cot bed if needed with toys, books etc provided for children. I also have a ‘put u up’ bed’ under single bed with a proper mattress that can be added into largest room. This would mean 4 people could sleep in 1 room. The larger 'Garden room' bedroom has a long window that looks down onto the sunroom and the garden beyond.

There are discounts for children but please remember to add these when booking!

No need to fill your suitcase with dressing gowns! White towelling robes are provided.

The bathroom is a tasteful combination of modern and traditional with a 'walk in' contemporary shower and a feature stained glass window.

Original art and photography decorate the walls all over the cottage. The owner is an artist and you surely will recognise that the spaces have been designed with stylish creative flair.

The kitchen is small but perfectly formed with a cosy dining area and every modern convenience.

There is a wonderful light utility room with washing machine, dryer, freezer and dishwasher close by leading to the garden. One wall in here is full of climbing pink geraniums in the summer.

From the dining area there are a few steps up into what used to be the old bakers ovens. This is now the 'sun room' (a personal favourite space). A room to 'chill out', throw open the french windows in Summer onto a fabulous secluded veranda with a herb garden. Perhaps in Winter months you'd prefer to stay cosy inside and look out at the subtle twinkling lights in the garden at night. Private and peaceful space to share with others or to drink in the atmosphere and be alone.

Follow the short pathway to the larger garden where you can take in the sun or dine 'Al Fresco' perhaps using the barbeque. You can park your car (Room for 3) in the back driveway.

Bakehouse Cottage is in the heart of a quiet country conservation village. There aren't any street lights in our road (so you can see the stars)...just the glowing light from peoples houses. Once inside you feel cocooned from the world (especially in the sunroom!) but conveniently in touch with the village amenities all 2-5 minutes away. The local shop is 3 doors down selling everything from wine to batteries and food. The villages two pubs are just around the corner on the village green where you can dine very well at reasonable prices.

We even have our own 12c Castle remains! Just a short walk away you can collect the key from the local garage.

Next door to the holiday cottage is where the owner lives. The 'Pop Up Shop' is open at weekends selling original art, clothes, jewelery and vintage items. A quirky 'Berlin style' shop that's full of colourful surprises from all around the world. Guests who stay during the week are welcome to have a look around during the week....just ask the owner, Caryn.

Because the owner lives next door you will most times have someone to ask for advice or help if needed. If the owner has to be away Caryn will ask a neighbour to help you. The village, too, is full of very friendly people ready for a chat or to impart some local knowledge. Lots of activities go on in the village itself. We have regular film sessions and performances put on at the village hall. There's a regular and very popular art exhibition every Spring and a village Fete as well as lots of other little events.

There is a childrens playground, a cricket pitch and a traditional silver band. The village also has two gastro pubs, a local general store and one of the largest areas of common land owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, boasting 150 species of flowering plants. Norwich City is a 30-minute drive for the castle museum, cathedral, shopping malls, theatre, market square, cafes and restaurants. Wroxham, the capital of the Norfolk Broads (30 miles), is an opportunity for daily river trips, boat hire, waterside restaurants, cafes and shops. The traditional seaside towns of Cromer (44 miles) and Sheringham (48 miles) boast a promenade, pier and sandy beaches. The RSPB nature and bird reserve and coastal path can be enjoyed along the Coast Road. There are really too many lovely seaside towns to list.

As a welcome package you will have a bottle of red or white wine (let me know), bread and some butter, biscuits, tea, coffee, milk, orange juice, fruit and a bottle of mineral water.

Parking for several cars is at rear of house. Parking at the front of the house on the road is at guests risk.

There are European and USA electric adaptors.

Once you've used up wood provided for wood burner you can buy more from Caryn at £5

for a basket full.

Well behaved small to medium sized dogs welcome....just not in bedrooms please. Garden is enclosed.

Lots of toys, games and books for children. Dont forget to add children over 2yrs using a bed as an additional guest please! They will only be charged at half price (£25 per night per child. Babies under 2 using travel cot are charged at £5 a night. When booking just add adults and let me know children's sleeping needs and I will add them manually to the invoice.

More Details

Caryn Louis
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, A little French
Calendar last updated:
20 January, 2018

About Caryn Louis

Caryn was born in London. Until she moved to New Buckenham, she lived for 9 years on a boat near to Kew Gardens on the Thames. She worked as an Artist Educator setting up projects and teaching all ages from nursery age to adult. Currently Caryn is working on developing her practice as an abstract painter between looking after the holiday cottage, the shop and running workshops.

She inherited the cottage from her mother who was a Studio Potter. Caryns mother and her husband were very involved in village life.Many of the cottages in Norfolk have her house nameplates.

Caryn has family in London and Nottingham who love to come to stay. With 6 grandchildren the holiday cottage is full to the brim when they come to stay!

Caryn Louis purchased this cottage in 2016

Why Caryn Louis chose New Buckenham

The cottage was bought by the owners mother and her husband in the 1970's for £3,500! It was practically derelict but they worked hard over many years to turn it into the wonderful home it is now. The owners mother was a Potter and her husband worked hard to support her in the workshop. He also did all the lettering on the nameplates you see around the village and all over Norfolk. The current studio/workshop was the Pottery shop and the holiday cottage living room was where the owners mother made her pots on the wheel. The sun room was where the kiln was and when the cottage was a bakery, where the bakers oven was situated. The Garden bedroom looking down onto the 'Sun Room' was the glazing room...full of dust and buckets of glazes. How different it is now?!

Since the early days when the family used to visit the cottage there have been many happy memories in this house as well as changes. The Silver Band used to play every Christmas outside the window, the bell ringers came inside and gave an exclusive performance! All of the work on the house has been done by local characters. Sometimes the owner meets one of them who tell her which part of the house they worked on from the hand crafted oak kitchen worktop to the handmade doors and fireplaces.

When the owners mother passed away she thought of selling the house but came to her senses and is so glad she decided to stay. The house has such a good feeling about it, the village folk are very special people and Caryn loves a change and a challenge. The cottage has given her this in bundles.

What makes this cottage unique

The building has the benefit of a frontage connecting to the village and all that it offers but also has beautiful private picturesque spaces at the back of the house. Caryn loves the higgledy piggeldy nature of the house...full of surprises around every corner. One visitor called it 'The house of fun'! which is spot on!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in New Buckenham in South Norfolk District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 (Garden Room) has a characterful period staircase that isn't used but looks wonderful. It also has the original brick fireplace and original paintings on the walls. There is a small TV, plenty of storage and hanging space, a clock radio and mirror. The full length window looks down onto the sunroom and the garden balcony beyond. The 'Poppy Room' is smaller but also has a TV, mirror, plenty of storage and hanging space as well as original artwork on the walls.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
Art and craft workshops will be available in the studio at some point in the future. There is a quirky shop next door in the owners property selling vintage items, original artwork, clothes, jewellery. It's open at weekends but can be opened for guests at their request. Guests are entitled to 10% off purchases from the shop.


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Traditional listed Norfolk cottage in medieval village. Child & dog friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

A pretty, eclectic, homely cottage set in a gorgeous area of Norfolk, perfect for our relaxing anniversary weekend away. The welcome, hospitality package & finishing touches were the icing on the cake & the little shop attached is a treasure trove. Great walks for the dogs, both local eateries serve lovely food, the shop 3 doors down has all the essentials & all the locals are very friendly. We will be back xx

  • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Belinda! Such a kind review. It was a total pleasure!
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A lovely period property, tastefully renovated and creatively adorned and decorated.

  • 5 of 5

The Old Bakery is full of character and one of the most interesting properties in which we have stayed. Despite being on a main thoroughfare it is very quiet - like the village itself - and there is a distinct sense of privacy inside. The property includes a little sun lounge which is an ideal place to sit an relax in the day or to look at a clear night sky.There wasn't a garden as such - not for a dog to roam - but there are lots of plants at the rear of the property and the area is very rural so that walking is a pleasure. We were lucky enough to see two fawns on one of these walks. New Buckenham is close to the Suffolk/Norfolk border so it is well situated to explore both counties. We were only on a short break so we spent one day at Wells Next The Sea and the other at Southwold - both very nice - without the sense of having spent the whole weekend driving. The owner, Caryn, lives next door. She is very friendly and accommodating, providing you with a personal welcome and supplying various essentials upon your arrival. Our stay was only for two days so our biggest regret is that we weren't able to spend longer in the cottage. It is immediately evident that the owner has an artistic eye and the entire cottage has been tastefully and quirkily decorated, without ever losing its homely charm. Overall: Delightful cottage, very pleasant owner and lovely village. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely and detailed review. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay here at Bakehouse Cottage. It means a lot to me! The garden at the bottom with trees, plants and table, chairs etc is great for sitting out when the sun shines....even barbecues weather permitting! The balcony outside the sun room is just a lovely, secluded place to relax outdoors. I suppose it's not a huge garden area for dogs to wander round but as you said there are country walks not five minutes away so shouldn't be a problem.
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Comfortable charming cottage in a friendly village.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely welcome from Caryn who showed us around her much loved family home. The sun room was perfect spot to sit and read there is also a lovely garden and terrace, the bed was very comfortable . The house is beautifully furnished with Caryn's artistic eye evident in every room and a visit to her shop is a must as it is has many things you would not find anywhere else .There are two good pubs in the village both serving excellent food . Thank you Caryn for a very enjoyable stay we both enjoyed our chats with you it really felt like a home from home and the welcome pack was much appreciated.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so lucky to have had some wonderful guests at the cottage and you were two of the best! I absolutely loved having you both here and was moved by your interest in the cottage and my mothers pottery as well as our trips down the memory lanes of Wales! I sincerely hope to see you both again one day.
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  • 5 of 5

The property was beautifully maintained,warm and homely, clean and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Characterful cottage ,peaceful location.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage full of surprises with everything you would need for your stay.

Friendly and very helpful owner who has furnished the cottage with minute attention to detail inside and out in the gardens.

Enjoyed walking in the vicinity and exploring the village , good food in The Inn on the Green , plenty to keep us occupied for the weekend without using the car .

Also shopping on the doorstep , clothes jewellery and more, what could be better !

Brilliant weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an absolute pleasure Beverley and great getting to know you both. Come and find me again one day at the shop or at the stall in Norwich! Wishing you lots of happiness in the future xx
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One To Come Back To

  • 5 of 5

If ever you need a retreat in which to write that first novel you've always promised you would do, this is the place!

Set in a village where the locals still greet you with 'Hello' or 'Good morning' and the village shopkeeper spends time to speak with you even you are just buying a newspaper, our stay was faultless.

From the beginning Caryn could not do enough to make us feel comfortable and the excellent bottle of wine was a welcomed surprise.

If you want to stay in a quirky, individual property, this is my recommendation - I shall definitely be back again and, I hope, soon.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Trevor for such a kind review! I'm so glad you both enjoyed staying at Bakehouse Cottage. It is a truly friendly village. I'm very lucky to live here.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
12 Metres
The George
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
9.4 Miles
Diss Golf Club
Nearest Train
4.5 Miles
Attleborough or Diss (9 miles)
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
12 Metres
The George
Nearest Beach
33 Miles
Car: recommended

The countryside around New Buckenham offers the holiday maker great cycling and walking opportunities. You can enjoy a fabulous country walk rounded off by a 'liquid pick me up' and a great meal at one of New Buckenhams two great pub/restaurants.

The market town of Attleborough is just 15 mns away offering shops, restaurant and bars along with good railway links to Norwich, Ely, and London, plus the world-famous Norfolk Broads are just a short drive away. Diss is a lovely town only 20mns away. It is a thriving and picturesque market town which has some beautiful timber framed buildings dating from the 16th century (like Bakehouse Cottage!). It has a Grade II listed Corn Hall, now a thriving entertainment venue, and its market is on Fridays as well as the well known auctions that take place at Gazes on the same day (see their website). The park with it's pond and fountain is just behind the shops with a summer cafe where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat. Otherwise, for something stronger than tea or coffee try the Waterfront Inn where they also do great food.

The cottage is perfect for exploring Norwich and Bury St Edmunds, whilst country pubs, pretty villages and local amenities, including Thetford Forest, the Broads and the coast, are all within an easy drive.

The city of Norwich is within easy driving distance with a wealth of museums, two beautiful cathedrals, a castle, river boats trips, open bus tours, and an informative town trail as well as an excellent shopping centre with a wide selection of eateries.

The city is a thriving regional capital with a year-round calendar of events and festivals, from culture to cuisine.You’ll discover a city that can accommodate any pace of life; take in the history and heritage, experience some of the best shopping in the UK or relax with a river cruise and a stroll around the city’s beautiful Norwich Cathedral Quarter. The area around Elm Hill and the old part of Norwich is full of fascinating shops, cafes and buildings. Take a walk along the river and get another view of the city from there.

You can rent a boat and go exploring the Broads National Park or perhaps head further out and enjoying the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

Thetford Forest is great for walks and picnics but it also has some great activities for children....my grandchildren love it.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in New Buckenham, Norfolk & The Broads

Rental Basis:
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Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £35 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Please remember when booking to add number of children and inform me if you need a cot for a baby. There is a discounted charge for children. Babies using the cot are charged @ £5 per night and children using a bed are charged at a discounted price of £25 per night.
10% discount for bookings of 7 days or more.

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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