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Gorgeous newly renovated cottage oozing character & charm. North Norfolk coast.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Pretty village of Ringstead, with fantastic pub & local shop, close to beaches

A pretty character cottage decorated in a relaxed style in the heart of the small village of Ringstead. The village has a fantastic pub and local shop and is 1.75 mile inland from both Old Hunstanton and Holme next the Sea, & 3 miles from popular Thornham, so a perfect base to explore North Norfolk. It is in a conservation area and designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take a look at the village website for local photos and updates etc :


* Central village location

* 2 mins walk to the acclaimed Gin Trap Inn & restaurant & cute village shop

* 3/4 mins drive or est 30 mins walk to sandy beach

* Newly renovated ( May 2017)

* Three storey

* Many original features such as exposed floorboards, stripped pine doors, original sash windows. New shutters. Natural rugs

* White and Farrow and Ball paint colours which give it a calm, restful feel

* Two ensuite bedrooms, on separate floors-top master king with shower, and middle twin with bath & shower

* Pretty enclosed courtyard back garden

* Roadside parking

* Suitable for a getaway for four adults or for a family of 4 (children over 4 years only please because of its Norfolk winder stairs-see below)

* One well behaved dog accepted


Ground floor - entrance from road to:

Sitting room-new wood burner, 2 new sofas, natural jute rug, smart freeview TV, coffee table, beanbag & 2 footstools

Door to Kitchen- rustic/contemporary kitchen/diner all brand new, including appliances; old pine table, antique Hungarian settle, wooden bench, Eames style chairs and french doors to the garden.

Door from sitting room to fairly steep stairs to:

First floor bedroom 1 - twin room with comfy new beds with new pocket sprung mattresses, en suite bath and shower room. Stripped pine floorboards. Natural rug. Old pine chest of drawers and hanging rail. Bedside stools, lamps and Roberts DAB radio.

Landing and steep Norfolk winding stairs to:

Second floor, bedroom 2- new king size bed & new pocket sprung mattress in this original attic room, and a new ensuite rainfall shower room and loo.. Painted floorboards. Natural rug. Old pine chest of drawers, hanging rail, chair and mini sofa. Bedside tables with lamps. Roberts DAB radio.

Please note: this top bedroom has sloping ceilings on two sides with a vaulted ceiling and a shower height of 6'2 ( really tall people please be aware!). Note also: This ensuite is very small but functional.


Back: Pretty partly walled courtyard garden which is fully enclosed (so ideal for dogs and young children) with contemporary outdoor sofas, glass topped dining table, egg chair, arbour and BBQ-perfect for reading, lounging, and drinking in the sun. Accessed from the kitchen via stable door and french doors.

Front: The cottage fronts on to the High Street with roadside parking directly outside

The cottage is unsuitable for children under 4 particularly toddlers, and the elderly because of the steep winder stairs and different floor levels inside and outside.

To note: Ringstead is a small, pretty, traditional village just inland from Old Hunstanton in a conservation area full of pretty cottages and houses, surrounded by farmland. It is a fairly quiet village in winter but there can be a fair amount of traffic through the village in the summer months because of tourists due to the proximity to the beach, but it has the advantage of being just inland enough from the Coast not to be as busy as the Coast road (which passes through the busy villages of Old Hunstanton, Thornham and Brancaster) and has its own great pub and village shop. It is a working village and, as such, there will be tractors, horses and usual daily traffic passing through. As with many Norfolk cottages, parking is roadside ( or if you prefer there is off road parking at the little village hall 2 mins away). We are in the old High Street, next to the original butchers shop and opposite the old bakery and the front door of the cottage enters the sitting room straight from the road so care would need to be taken with very small children and lively dogs. If you have any questions in advance of booking about any of the above, please feel free to ask.

The village has the acclaimed Gin Trap Inn just up from the cottage ( a dog and child friendly 17th Century coaching inn, with log fires and a great menu and large range of gins -117 flavours!). There is a locally stocked village shop with antiques, a plant nursery, and a grassed playground and church, all within a couple of minutes walk.

The cottage is perfectly located for visiting the beautiful sandy beaches of Old Hunstanton and Holme Next the Sea, (3/4 mins drive) Thornham (3 miles/5 mins drive) Brancaster,(10 mins) and Holkham (15) and Wells. Walkers will also love the walks from the cottage in Ringstead Downs and Peddars way. The cottage is an ideal getaway for beach, walking, bird watching and golf. Close by are the large private houses, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, and Sandringham Palace and if you fancy boutique shopping or a drink at The Hoste Arms, the reknowned trendy and vibrant Georgian village of Burnham Market is a 15 minute drive away.

More Details

alison packer
Member since: 2016
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Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About alison packer

I love North Norfolk and have spent many hours walking the beaches with my family and two black labs who are in their element in the open spaces and big skies. I enjoy being creative and have added lots of personal touches to the cottage which i hope give it a unique, yet homely, feel.

Why alison packer chose Ringstead

The cottage has more of a homely feel than a traditional soulless holiday, having been styled with great attention to detail. I have put all my favourite things in it which are a real pleasure to be around and to use and Its great to be able to share them. It is in a great location to explore North Norfolk, offering the country feel of a small village, yet still under 2 miles from stunning beaches and a stagger to a fantastic local pub or the local shop for the morning papers. It is also close to several amazing nature and wildlife reserves, the RSPB reserve at Titchwell, Snettisham wildlife park and Holme nature reserve to name but a few. We allow one well behaved dog with prior arrangement at the cottage, please ask; having always had dogs myself,and being a dog lover, I know how important it is to be able to take them on holiday with you as they are a big part of the family. The cottage is unsuitable for the elderly and children under 3 (due to steep stairs), and more than one dog due to limited ground floor space. I have described the cottage and it's location in as much detail as possible so you know exactly what to expect but please ask if there is anything else you need to know!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage has been decorated simply in calming neutral tones. It has painted floorboards and rugs, with the use of luxury linen and as many natural fabrics as possible, whilst the enclosed garden has been made to feel like an outdoor room, so creating an extension to the living space, a perfect sunny spot to enjoy a coffee, cold crisp glass of wine or G &T. The cottage is new to Owners Direct April 2016 but has been a well loved holiday retreat for the last 4 years and so hopefully more than well equipped for all your needs. I am continually updating the towels, bedding and redecorating so that the cottage has a "good as new" feel about it every time it is used and I tailor the cottage individually for each set of guests so that it is special/ just right for them ( eg provide toys for young children etc)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your gorgeous cottage. We had a wonderful time- Archie loved the train track & his bed and we were all sad to leave.Hope to be back soon! Thank you also for the welcoming hamper-much needed after a long trip from London.
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ringstead in King's Lynn and West Norfolk District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We have a Sceptic tank so no bleach, dyes, antibacterial products or anything other than loo paper used please. Bins are provided for other waste
  • Please note front door opens from sitting room straight to road; take care of dogs and young children leaving and entering
  • Parking for one car is roadside. Please park infront of the window. If you have 2 cars extra parking is available opposite the shop or in Foundry Lane
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , ensuite to bedroom 1, with soap,towels,bathmat & loo rolls
    Ensuite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , this is ensuite to bedroom 2; it is tiny but functional !!
  • The bathroom is a good size for a cottage, with a bath and separate shower cubicle; white towels are provided plus hand soap; also loo rolls, bath mat etc. The top floor showerroom is small but functional with loo, hand baisin and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Note: Norfolk winder stairs, sloping ceilings to both sides
  • Please note access to the top floor 2nd bedroom is by original Norfolk winder stairs. The top floor is an original 1850 early Victorian attic which has sloping ceilings but partly vaulted ceiling. It has an ensuite shower which is small but functional! We have hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. We provide white towels and lovely bed linen. The floors are a mix of sanded and original painted boards with rugs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Other local activities: grassed tennis courts at Hunstanton; sailing, kayaking and wind surfing at Brancaster Staithe (lessons can be booked in advance); kitesurfing at Old Hunstanton and Brancaster beaches; plenty of walks from the cottage (maps and books provided at the cottage), swimming pool at Hunstanton ( and the sea if you're brave enough!) Some great food delis nearby- Norfolk Lavender at Heacham (3/4 mins drive) Norfolk Deli at Hunstanton, Thornham Deli, ( 5 mins drive)Drove Orchards ( also at Thornham) & North Creake Abbey., all selling local produce and having lovely coffee shops/ tea rooms


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Gorgeous newly renovated cottage oozing character & charm. North Norfolk coast.
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews

Beautiful Accomodation.

  • 5 of 5

'The Cottage' was perfect in every way.

It was clean, comfortable, bright, modern and cozy with lots of seaside charm.

Everything was finished to a high standard

We loved the lighting and all the thoughtful generous touches.

Thank you Alison for sharing your beautiful cottage and for making it so welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our spring break

  • 5 of 5

A very nice cottage very good location with village shop and pub both of which are excellent. The owner is extremely helpful and a pleasure to talk too.

Lovely area with great beaches and places to walk our mutt’s a truly lovely cottage can’t say enough about it.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property in great location for exploring North Norfolk.

  • 5 of 5

Second stay in North Norfolk, really nice property with all amenities very comfortable and Alison provided a smashing welcome hamper which was great and appreciated.

Great pub the Gin Trap a cockstride away excellent food and drink and well worth a visit even if you have to go out of your way. Local chippy Erics also recommended. Local beaches at Brancaster, Burnham, Wells & West Runton good with great walks from former two. The White Horse at Brancaster great also particularly if you get good weather.

Certainly can recommend Alison's accomodation.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay in this cottage (despite the weather) From the moment we arrived we knew that we wouldn't want to leave.

So much love and attention has gone into making this home perfect to stay in.

We had everything we needed including a fabulous hamper of treats for us all and the dog!

Fantastic location for visiting the coast.

We will most definitely like to stay again and make full use of the gorgeous courtyard garden.

Highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house and the owner so helpful

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a lovely long weekend at this most gorgeous house. Perfect location and right next to a lovely pub. Would defiantly recommend this property to anyone, the decor is lovely and so much thought and love has gone into it. Much better than staying in a hotel and was welcomed with a lovely hamper, including treats for the dogs.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & cosy

  • 5 of 5

The property is gorgeous, recently having been refurbished Alison has done a wonderful job at making it feel like a home away from home.

From the linens & crockery to the artwork on the walls it’s really stylist and comfortable.

I would highly recommend this property for adults or a family with children of 5years & upwards. I have a 3 and 5 year old and I think everything is just a bit too nice for the younger one. Also the steep stairs to the main bedroom are tricky for little feet.

Ringstead is a great location to explore North Norfolk coastline and both the Gin Trap & General Store are great features for the village, which is also beautiful and quiet.

I will definitely be back 😀

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Gin Trap Inn
Our local! Great atmosphere-traditional coaching Inn with great food and cosy bar. Outdoor a...
Drove Orchards
Farm shop, Erics fish and chip shop, Yurt restaurant and PYO fruit, plus cDanish clothes sho...
Eric's Fish and Chips Thornham
Thornham Deli
The Lifeboat Inn
The White Horse
Pub by the marshes with views of the sea. Basic pub foor and posh restaurant food
The Jolly Sailors
great for kids, outdoor play area
The Neptune Inn & Restaurant
posh food! Michelin starred. Need to book
The Ancient Mariner Inn
Perfect for basic post beach grub or drink
White Horse
great pub grub and cosy bar for post beach food/beer Holme Next The Sea, Dogs a plenty
Holt Town
30 minute drive; cute Georgian market town
Burnham Market
Norfolk's very own Chelsea on Sea! Beuatiful Georgian market village, 15/20 mins
Old Hunstanton Beach
Searles Leisure Resort
family fun and rainy days activities, swimming pool etc
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
The Gin Trap
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Old Hunstanton links course
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Old Hunstanton 3/4 minutes drive

There are lots of fantastic walks from the cottage along Peddars way (the old Roman Road), Ringstead Downs, and it's only 2 miles to blue flag sandy beach Old Hunstanton, and also sandy Holme Next The Sea. There are loads of great local pubs- In addition to The Gin TrapInn in the village- it is a short drive to Neptune in Old Hunny, and Titchwell Manor in Titchwell for posh food, Thornham is about 10 mins away and boasts The Orange Tree, The Lifeboat, a couple of fantastic delis & Eric's fish & chip restaurant or slightly further afield is The Ship at Brancaster, and The White Horse and also The Jolly Sailors at Brancaster Staithe ( still only about 10/15 mins drive). Some lovely interiors shops can be found at Thornham Deli and also at Drove Orchards - a lovely farm shop in between Holme and Thornham, only a few minutes drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ringstead, Norfolk & The Broads

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
11 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
7 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £20

The Booking Deposit is 25% at the time of booking and is non refundable.

Rates are subject to change unless a reservation has been confirmed. Bookings made prior to the renovations hold the old prices, but from Jan2018 all prices reflect the renovations i.e. to a larger cottage with 2 bathrooms.

Changeover day is Friday preferably for weekly bookings and Friday or Monday for short breaks off peak at 70% for 3 nights. The cottage is available from 4pm on arrival days and should be vacated by 10am on departure days please
One well behaved dog only is permitted, by prior arrangement. We ask that they don't go upstairs or on the furniture please,thank you.
Please note the front door enters from the road straight into the living room and parking is right outside.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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