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Garden Cottage is a Converted Barn Set in a Delightful South Facing Garden

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Country Cottage in Hindolveston, Holt, Norfolk, England - Peaceful Rural Setting, Ideally Positioned For North Norfolk Coast, Norfolk Broads And Norwich

Set amongst lawns and fruit trees, where abundant wildlife includes swallows and pipistrelle bats, Garden Cottage offers visitors peace and tranquillity.

The cottage comprises two rooms and a bathroom: to the right of the front door there is a beamed living room with vaulted ceiling, two comfy settees, freeview TV and DVD player whilst at one end is a kitchenette offering full-size fan oven, dishwasher, sink, small under-counter fridge with separate freezer compartment, microwave and toaster, and table and chairs. To the right of the hallway is a large double-bedded room with an adjacent bathroom offering bath with electric shower over, basin and toilet. The washing machine is housed in a laundry room to the rear of the cottage. The property is centrally heated outside the summer months, and an electric fire is provided for cooler summer evenings. Garden Cottage is south-facing and visitors enjoy sitting in the peaceful garden, reading, eating or just watching the wildlife. A well-behaved dog is welcome - however, although surrounded by thick hedges, the garden cannot be considered totally dog-proof. (My other cottage, E3258, offers a dog-proof garden!)

The cottage is located 6 miles from the Georgian town of Holt, with its excellent range of shops and restaurants. The many quiet lanes and off-road tracks are ideal for cycling and walking, while bird watchers will enjoy the local Raptor Point, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and the Blakeney and Cley marshes. Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall – both National Trust properties – are about 15 and 20 minutes distance respectively, and Sandringham, too, is easily accessed. Explore the North Norfolk Coast, with its clean, sandy beaches, as well as the Norfolk Broads and Norwich (30 mins), with its castle, theatres, shops and night-life. Within 3 miles you will find an excellent family-run butchery and bakery, 2 open-late general stores and PO, 2 takeaways and good pub food.

More Details

Val Tansley
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
13 February, 2017

About Val Tansley

I am a retired school teacher, and live just across the field from Swallow Barn with my two dogs - Pippa, a very friendly Jack Russell, and Tara, a forever-grateful rescued greyhound - and Sunny, my retired horse. Garden Cottage is the annexe to my house. Being so close to the holiday accommodation means I am always on hand if help or information is needed, whilst my son cheerfully deals with any maintenance issues!

Val Tansley purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Val Tansley chose Norfolk & The Broads

Garden Cottage is an annexe to my farmhouse which is sited on a 4 acre smallholding. I bought the land in 1987, and could not believe my luck in finding such an idyllic place to live. It was formally the dormitory accommodation for the horse-mad teenagers who came on fun riding holidays during the summer months. This is such an amazingly peaceful area for those like myself who like to be away from the noise and bustle of the town and enjoy, instead, listening to the joyful sound of the thrush in full song and the hooting of the barn owls.

What makes this cottage unique

Garden Cottage makes an excellent base for accessing numerous places of interest and enjoyment within a half hour journey, from Sheringham to Norwich, from Blakeney to the Norfolk Broads, and with a great deal in between. It would be hard to find a more peaceful and private holiday home, disturbed only by a few neighbouring sheep and some pipistrelle bats. What could be more pleasant than to relax in this tranquil setting at the end of an exhausting day?

Guestbook comments from the owner

We would both like to say a big thank you for such a lovely stay - your garden is lovey with the primroses out and fruit tree blossom on its way. Such a peaceful setting gave us just the short break we so desperately needed. Truly a little slice of heaven. Thank you for having us from Beverley and Graham A. Suffolk (March 2015)
Jul 2012
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4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

Stone, Staffordshire

Back again

  • 5 of 5

Back again for our 4th visit, love this cottage, and val's hospitality, lovely and relaxing - booking again for next year, very dog friendly - always made to feel very welcome. Val is always around but not intrusive, willing to share her knowledge of the area. Just love it.

Thank you - Janet, Ray and Annie Brace.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - it’s lovely to have such loyal guests as yourselves. A summer without the Braces would be like a summer without the swallows! Looking forward to seeing you again next year – bring your usual good weather please!
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A Warm Welcoming Home from Home

  • 4 of 5

The Property was the perfect home from home to explore the wonders and delights of Norfolk. Nestled in the countryside but only a 15 min drive from a main shopping area

Val was the perfect Hostess always on hand if needed. The cottage had all that you would need in a well maintained lovely spacious cosy setting the garden was spacious with enough room for the dog to run around in.

the wild life was lovely to see and hear from Woodpeckers, Rabbits and Owls.

So thankyou Val for 2 wonderful weeks looking forward to returning again next year.

Keith , Georgina , Vince the Dog

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed you stay and look forward to seeing you both and Vince again next year.
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Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We must have chosen one of the worst weeks this summer to take our summer break, but despite that we had one of the best holidays ever. Garden Cottage was cosy and warm with all the facilities needed for a home from home feel. It is situated in beautiful countryside with easy access to city, towns, villages and the coast. Each day we returned from our explorations and relaxed in Garden Cottage with a glass of wine and the peace of the countryside all around us. This was all made even more satisfying by the care given by Val, a really lovely lady, who while not at all intrusive, was concerned for our comfort and enjoyment (particularly as she was unable to control the weather for our stay). Thank you Val for the use of your lovely cottage and your company and chats. We enjoyed sharing your little piece of heaven for our holiday week.

Di & Mick Gallagher

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you have taken back some happy memories despite the weather, though coming back to a glass or two of wine does help! Such a shame as we are usually known for being a low rainfall area!
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Stone, Staffordshire

Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We love Garden Cottage, stayed for the 2nd time and going to book again as soon as possible for next year. Val looks after us well, Annie (our dog) loves it she is made so welcome by Val and her Dogs, would love to live there. Thanks again Val, see you next August.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
7 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
29 Apr 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
*******************Short-stay breaks are available out of season. Please contact the owner for details*******************

Please contact owner by email or phone in the first instance, when a booking form will be emailed to you. This should completed and returned together with a deposit of 20% of the total cost; on receipt of this your booking will be confirmed. The balance of the cost of your holiday becomes due four weeks prior to arrival date. Swallow Barn, Ref E3258 (150 yds distance), may be booked in conjunction with Garden Cottage at a reduced combined cost.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day, but this can be flexible out of high season.

Notes on prices:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Norwich in East of England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom adjacent to bedroom with WC, wash basin and bath with electric shower over.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed. A cot can also be provided on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: An electric fire is available in the living room, and central heating is provided outside of summer months. A well-behaved dog is welcome, although the hedged garden is not guaranteed dog-proof. Garden Cottage is a non-smoking cottage. If you would like two-bedroomed accommodation see also Swallow Barn, property E3258, which can be booked in conjunction at a discounted rate for the two properties. Outside: There are extensive and private south-facing gardens set to lawn, flower beds and fruit trees. A table, chairs and barbecue are provided. Off-road gated car parking is provided, and bike storage is available. A rotary clothes line is adjacent to the laundry area. Laundry Room: Set to the rear of the cottage, this houses the automatic washing machine, pegs and clothes basket. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided, and changed weekly for visitors staying a second or third week.

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