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Charming 200 Year Old Artist's Cottage, Traditionally Furnished

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Thornage, near Holt and Blakeney. Tranquil rural village. Sunny orchard

Sexton's Cottage is a charming artist's cottage, originally two cottages, in traditional flint, brick and pantile construction, with a number of unusual features. It is not a 'standard issue' holiday cottage but a personal home, with several individual touches and a library of good literature.

It retains its traditional character and is decorated in sympathetic style, with period furniture and a working Victorian harmonium.

It has a sunny terrace garden with fruiting vines and a large mixed orchard with apples, pears, cherries, plums and peaches, which visitors are welcome to enjoy.

Thornage is an attractive conservation flint village in rolling farmland, only four miles from the sea at Blakeney and two miles from the market town of Holt. The village scenes from the film "The Go-Between" were shot on the village green. The church is particularly fine and sheep graze in the churchyard.

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Mrs Patricia Bird
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About Mrs Patricia Bird

The owner is a well-known professional landscape artist (previously a barrister) who restored the property from a ruinous state during the 1970s with the intention of retaining its authentic character. It was the unspoilt beauty of the surroundings, and the wonderful bird life (he is a keen bird-watcher) which first attracted him. At present he sometimes uses the property as a base from which to paint; he is also a musician, and, when in residence, enjoys playing chamber music with local friends. It is available for rent at all other times of year.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I felt that I had to write and let you know that we had a superb holiday at Sexton's Cottage. What a delightful part of the world, and the cottage was simply charming with everything we could possibly want. We very much look forward to a return visit. Chris Austen and Jill Coote.

Thank you so much for our stay in your lovely cottage . It had such a welcoming and comfortable feel, in a most beautiful setting, taking us back to life as it used to be. We particularly appreciated the peace and tranquility, the slow pace of life in the village and the delightful walks to neighbouring villages and to the coast. We will certainly be back again. Douglas and Jean Kershaw

The cottage was ideal. Simply but tastefully furnished, very well equipped and with an atmosphere which made us feel completely relaxed and at home. We loved the orchard and almost lived off the fruit, it was so abundant. We also liked the contrast of the sophisticated shops in Holt, and the fishing villages.

Family Lee
Jan 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Holt in East of England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom with bath, electric shower, hand basin, heater. Separate WC. (Both on the same level as the bedrooms - upstairs)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) plus cot for infants. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 with 1 single bed (and cot if required) The bedrooms and landing have fitted carpets, wardrobes, drawers and bedside lights.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All the rooms are south facing and bathed in sun so the cottage is nearly always bright and cheerful. For winter it is fully centrally heated throughout. The cottage is suitable for children and a cot is available, but the orchard and garden, although very private, are not totally fenced. Outside: There is a pretty, south-facing terrace surrounded by flower beds and fruiting vines immediately outside, with wrought iron garden furniture ; this leads to the large private orchard which is ideal for playing safely in (the well-known artist who owns the cottage uses it as a studio to paint in). Visitors are welcome to help themselves to the fruit in season (apples, pears, plums, cherries, damsons and peaches). There is a supply of folding chairs, umbrellas etc. in the garden shed, and bicycles may also be stored there. Cars can be parked in the orchard (maximum two). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Duvets, pillows and bed-spreads are provided. Visitors bring their own bed linen and towels. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned between lets : the cleaner lives in the village and is available for queries ; she will usually call in on arrival day. Other: Wide open tread staircase leading to bright landing. All bedrooms, bathroom and WC lead directly off the landing (no bedrooms leading into each other).

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


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  • 4 of 5

Sexton`s cottage is individual and unspoilt by over standardisation found in some holiday cottages.

The description is good, though a larger car/SUV might struggle to get in and out past the brick shed to park in the (small ) orchard.

The inside of the cottage is charming and just right for relaxing after a day`s exploring around North Norfolk, birdwatcher`s and historic church lover`s paradise.

The information provided in the folders could do with updating!

Nearby Holt is excellent for food, books and art galleries.

Thornage itself is full of interesting houses but isn`t the easiest place to wander around, there being a slight shortage of pavements near the cottage.

I would definitely recommend Sexton`s Cottage to friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A charming, hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

A really delightful cottage ; it is perfectly situated, spotlessly clean, full of quaint character, and the best equipped cottage we have ever been to, reflecting the fact that it is a genuine home. We felt that we were privileged guests rather than renting a holiday cottage. The garden and orchard are well maintained by a wonderfully eccentric gardener (with such a broad Norfolk accent as to be almost incomprehensible !)

The sun pours into all the rooms, and we had our meals on the terrace, with the vines, hollyhocks and roses as a background. The cottage is in a real rural village , and it was good to have Holt, with its excellent shops, only a couple of miles away.

There were files in the cottage with enough suggestions for activities to keep us happy for a year, as well as a library of good books and DVDs, although we were content mainly just to drive or cycle to one of the many beaches or splendid walks , or go to Cley for some great birdwatching, or simply to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the cottage and garden .

We can thoroughly recommend this lovely cottage, and we certainly intend to return next year - and the year after.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a real country cottage, full of character, in a lovely, peaceful situation.

It has been sympathetically converted by joining two cottages together, and faces south onto a pretty terraced garden, with a very secluded orchard beyond. It is well away from the (quiet) road so there is no noise whatsoever, and we found it a haven of tranquility, both inside and outside.

The decoration and furnishings are all traditional, but in very good condition, with some quaint little alcoves and a Victorian harmonium ; somehow it conveys a true sense of peace.

The rooms are all bright and sun-lit and the kitchen modern and well equipped, whilst still in traditional style, and there are original oil and watercolour paintings in all the rooms.

The village itself is very attractive, with a large village green, the cottages being constructed in flint and brick, giving it a real 'Norfolk' feeling. We were fortunate to to find this property, which is very different from the 'standard' holiday cottage, and can strongly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A real discovery . We loved it

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky to pick Sexton's Cottage from the many on offer, and we were delighted by what we found. When we arrived it was basking in sunshine, the wonderfully eccentric gardener was mowing the orchard, and there were vases of flowers on the tables - we felt immediately at home. The cottage is full of character, very clean and bright, and generously equipped. We asked the cheerful cleaner for a larger cafetiere and she was back with a new one within the hour. We were fortunate to have a week of perfect weather , but even if we had not, the cottage was so cosy and homely that we would have been content to stay in and browse through the interesting books in the sitting room. We certainly recommend it for a peaceful, trouble-free stay in an unspoilt Norfolk village. (Remember to bring your binoculars to view the range of birds, many seen from the windows).

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended ; we loved it.

  • 5 of 5

It is rare to discover a cottage which not only lives up to its descrition but exceeds it. From the vases of fresh flowers and the individual character to the cheerful helpfulness of the cleaner who called in on our arrival to check to that we were completely happy, everything was just as we had hoped. Above all, the peaceful setting with its charming, sunny garden and ochard, well away from the (quiet) road, provided a perfect place to withdraw and just relax.

Unlike some holiday cottages, it felt like our own home, with lots of interesting books, a choice of pretty porcelain tea service or simple country-style earthenwear, and various antiques and collectible items which the owner had been happy to trust guests with.

We enjoyed eating the plentiful fruit from all the different trees in the orchard, and were astonished to find how sweet they were, particularly the grapes on the vine, even finding a couple of peaches still on the tree.

The cottage is spotlessly clean, bright and cheerful, and very comfortable, with all the kitchen equipment we could have wanted.

We are keen birdwatchers and managed to visit a different location every day, seeing a great range of rare breeds.

We recommend it without reservation, and hope to return with our children next year.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming and unusual cottage

  • 5 of 5

It was our third visit to this special place, perfect for us and exactly as described . It is full of character with an interesting library of books, fascinating paintings, tastefully decorated and with appropriate antique furniture ( including an amazing harmonium). It has comfortable , clean accommodation , bright, well equipped kitchen and sitting room, a pretty garden and orchard which was bathed in sun throughout our stay, and is beautifully situated in a peaceful village with lots of charm. The village pub has sadly closed but there is a delightful gastro-pub only a mile away.

The birdwatching possibilities are great and it is ideally placed for a variety of activities from coastal walks and swimming to sailing, fishing and interesting church architecture. A place to treasure. Thank you for another lovely week.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - August
24 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September - October
26 Aug 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November - March 2018
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
January - March 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking is by telephone or e-mail (our website has a booking form with a direct link ). A deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance payable one month prior to the rental period.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday and lettings are usually one or two weeks. Shorter lets will be considered in winter months.

Booking Notes:
Booking is by telephone or e-mail (our website has a booking form with a direct link ). A deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance payable one month prior to the rental period.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday and lettings are usually one or two weeks. Shorter lets will be considered in winter months.

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