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Stylish Cottages in Rural Garden Setting near the sea. Family and pet friendly. - Big Sky (sleeps 6)



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
Big Sky - open plan family accommodation in rural surroundings near Norfolk Broads -15 min walk to beach

Big Sky and Martin's Nest are housed side by side in a converted wash house and annexe. Ladybird provides adjoining new studio accommodation.The properties are stylish and comfortable. Big Sky, is perfect for families. It sleeps 4 + people in flexible accommodation. It is a light, airy, open plan property containing a mezzanine sleeping gallery with balcony. At ground level are two built in adult size bunk beds, a spacious living/ dining area, wet room and garden room ( with day bed ) leading to an enclosed decked terrace. Martin's Nest and Ladybird provide well equipped studio accommodation - just right for 2. The tranquil location is ideal for walking, bird watching, fishing and sailing on the Norfolk Broads or just lazing on the nearby quiet, sandy beaches of Winterton, a safe 15 min walk using the bridle path adjacent to the garden. Gt. Yarmouth, the medieval city of Norwich, NT properties and many tourist attractions are only a short drive away. Our aim is to help you rest and relax under the big skies of Norfolk and we will prepare a tea tray ready for your arrival to welcome you. Our properties have flooring suitable for dogs and we welcome well behaved pets in Big Sky and Martin's Nest. Big Sky has a gated decked terrace leading to the shared large enclosed grassed garden area - ideal for guests with a pet or young child.

Details for holiday cottage Big Sky (sleeps 6), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

Big Sky offers light, airy accommodation. A spacious, double aspect, open plan fitted kitchen/dining/living area opens into the sunny garden room. The mezzanine sleeping gallery (king size double bed) has a balcony overlooking fields and the coastline. On the ground floor we have built two fantastic adult bunk beds adjacent to the wet room. The garden room has a day bed which can be used as a single bed at night. In the living area there is a comfy sofa bed and ample seating for 6, also Freeview TV/Playstation 2/radio/books and games. Two sets of French doors lead to the private decked terrace - garden furniture makes it perfect for barbecues and 'al fresco' dining. The terrace is enclosed making it safe for young children and pets. There is access to shared laundry facilities and on-site parking and secure bicycle storage. A welcome tray is prepared for your arrival. As owner on site, I am happy to provide any help you need to make your stay enjoyable.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Pets considered
  • Internet

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About the Owner

The White House has been my family home since 1979. Since retiring from nursery education I decided to convert the wash house and annexe adjacent to the house into unique holiday homes in order that others might enjoy the birds, wildlife, peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside and nearby unspoilt beaches. My family are grown up now, but still can't wait to get back to East Somerton and revisit familiar haunts, especially winter walks to see the seals on Horsey beach, with a pub lunch to follow. I manage the lettings myself and take pride in what we have to offer. I love to welcome visitors to this area of Norfolk and am happy to provide any help or information you might need to ensure you have the best possible time while you are here.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

" Thank you for a wonderful holiday! The children have had a fabulous time and we all loved 'Big Sky' - It was perfect for all of us! ...We look forward to coming back."

" Big Sky is a gem!! Lots of space for the children ...thank you for organising some toys for them and great books for bedtime. Thanks for making it so homely. A gorgeous view to wake up to every morning."

"A lovely property - children loved the garden, especially the sand pit."

"Thank you for a wonderful stay at Martin's Nest - a fabulous location and a lovely property with everything we needed on hand."
Jan 2013
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Martin's Nest--a very restful and comfortable stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Martin's Nest for 1 week in early October. We had 2 small dogs with us as well, they settled in quickly and loved the garden and walking areas nearby. Very useful and functional kitchen, large sitting room with French doors opening onto the garden. Spacious accommodation, gracious host, and convenient to many places of interest in the area. We look forward to coming back in 2016!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you liked Martin's Nest. The accommodation seemed to match your requirements and your two great little Cairn Terriers certainly enjoyed their stay. The location is ideal for guests with dogs with a choice of rural walks from the door. We look forward to welcoming you both and the dogs again next year.
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Big Sky Cottage. The accommodation was light and airy, stylishly decorated and had everything we needed. The tranquillity of the setting is awesome and we loved the walks to the beach. The fence around Big Sky is great because we didn't have to worry about our 6 month old puppy going stray. We can highly recommend this cottage and we will certainly be back soon. Thanks again Diane for such a wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you and the puppy enjoyed staying with us. Big Sky is ideal for guests like yourselves with a pet as the decked terrace is enclosed so no worries about opening the French doors into the garden area. Walks from the door through the farm estate and down to the beach certainly helped to tire out the puppy! I look forward to seeing you again next time you need to recharge your batteries in the country. Diane
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So good we'll be back again!

  • 5 of 5

Having spent an age trying to find a suitable holiday destination, Big Sky and Martin’s Nest did not disappoint! I stayed with my wife and our two young children in Big Sky and booked Martin’s Nest for the grandparents so they could enjoy the holiday with us, but have their own space to relax in when needed.

Big Sky is open plan and was perfect for our boys to play inside whatever the weather, but the best feature for us was the enclosed, spacious garden. Our 2 year old spent hours playing in the sandpit, running under the apple trees and generally having a great time, while the grandparents looked on. It was such a quiet getaway with a lovely sandy beach, Hirsty’s Mega Maze and other child friendly activities within easy reach.

Our hostess, Diane, offered a warm reception with homemade cake and the patience to answer any and all questions. The welcome pack gave us an abundance of information on the local area for eating, activities etc, so we felt like we were really at home. I’d thoroughly recommend Big Sky as a holiday getaway for young families, especially if you have the added element of grandparents coming along as well - we’ve already put down our deposit to come back again next year and cannot wait!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so rewarding when families come and have such a good experience that they want to return. Big Sky Cottages were created from my previous nursery school so the large garden was designed to be safe for children and it is lovely to see it being used and enjoyed. Since our beginning in 2013 we have seen lots of young families returning and bringing grandparents along to stay in Martin's Nest. Sharing the fun but with a quiet space of their own. Look forward to seeing you all again next summer!
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  • 5 of 5

Wow after staying in Martins nest last December we were very excited about our week in Big Sky. It lived up to all of our expectations and then some!

On our arrival we were greeted with home made cookies and marmalade, along with teabags, milk, coffee etc to make ourselves a brew.

Big Sky is truly wonderful, it was spotlessly clean, light, airy, you have towels and toiletries in the bathroom and it has all of the facilities you need for a great self catering holiday.

The mezzanine master bedroom was spectacular with its balcony overlooking the gardens and the wonderful Norfolk countryside and the kingsize bed was the most comfortable one i've ever slept in whilst on holiday, so much so that I'm going to ask the owner what make the mattress is so we can get one for ourselves.

The nearest village of Winterton is lovely and has all you need with its lovely "dog friendly" pub, beach cafe and of course the lovely sandy beach, there are some lovely dog walks around the area.

The best part for us is that Big Sky cottages are dog friendly and our greyhound loved it, she was in her element running around the large enclosed garden or sunning herself on the terrace.

All this said Big Sky would not be what it is without the owner Diane, from your arrival to departure she makes you feel so at home and greets you like an old friend, the place certainly would not be the same without her, she is one in a million and adds that extra special touch to your holiday and if you need anything she is there to help.

We will be visiting Big Sky again and have already booked for the same time next year and hope to have a long weekend later on in the year.

I was sad to leave the place is fantastic.

Ten stars all the way!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fantastic review! So glad you enjoyed Big Sky. I think the personal touches are important and it's so nice to see they are appreciated. We want our guests to have such a good time that they come and stay again - just as you have! Look forward to your next visit, Diane.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week during the Spring with our two dogs The house is delightful and had everything we needed, very cosy with high quality fittings. Beautiful views, great for walks - only ten mins to the village and 15 to the beach - great sandy beach and wonderful to watch the seals! Nice friendly pub in village welcomes dogs. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and felt very lucky to have found such a nice cottage in such a lovely area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Karen for your kind review. We welcome well behaved dogs and I'm glad you found it such a good dog walking area. We hope to see you again soon. Diane
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wonderfull property

  • 5 of 5

we stayed for 4 nights at big sky and loved it ideal location it is literally 15mins walk along the bridle path to the beach or you can take a longer pleasant walk thru countryside ideal for visiting places round and about the broads very well equipped property and so peacefull diane the owner was very welcoming and very helpfull a lovely lady.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We love the peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside and it's coast. Here we have the best of both worlds. The house and adjoining holiday cottages are set amongst fields, yet the village of Winterton-on-Sea with it's well known dog friendly pub, beach cafe, P.O, fish and chip shop and wide sandy beach is only a ten minute walk along the bridle path that runs beside the garden. As a family we enjoy the fact that the beach, bird-watching, walks and cycling trails are on our doorstep. Although our home and holiday cottages are situated in an idyllic rural location, Norwich, National Trust properties, The Broads, tourist attractions and countless pretty Norfolk villages are easily reached by car.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The location is ideal for observing wildlife, good local fishing, bird watching, painting, cycling, sailing and walking.

Historic buildings, such as Blickling Hall, Sandringham and the medieval city of Norwich with it's castle and cathedral are a great focus for a day out.

The rural location of Big Sky Cottages on the edge of the Norfolk Broads offers an ideal base for day sailing or cruising on the rivers. Boats can be hired from local small boatyards or the larger villages such as Wroxham, known as the centre of the Broads.

Many special interest courses are available in the area, we will do our best to source information for you on request.

Our website provides further information.


The unspoilt sandy beach of Winterton-on-Sea is a 15 min walk away along the bridle path that runs beside the property. A 2 min drive takes you to the car park and Beach Cafe on the dunes right beside the beach. Winterton Dunes are a nature reserve and popular with bird watchers and walkers. Seals breed on the beach at Horsey and Waxham and can be seen in the sea most of the year. There are plenty of other quiet beaches all the way along the Norfolk coast, most have a pub or tea room nearby.


Norwich Airport 22 miles

Norwich Railway Station 19 miles

There are connections to Norwich Railway Station from Gt. Yarmouth (8 .8 miles) and Acle (8.5 miles)

Limited bus services are available at Somerton and Winterton to Gt. Yarmouth, Norwich and surrounding villages.

A car is essential to make the most of this holiday location.


Winterton-on-Sea: pub, fish and chips, P.O/groceries. beach and nature reserve/half a mile

Horsey: NT mill/pub/beach/seals 2.6 m

Waxham Barn: 5.9m

Martham: Broads sailing and bigger village for provisions 2.1 m

Thrigby: Wildlife Park 7.6 m

BeWILDerwood: one of the Observer Top 50 Attractions 11.5 m

Gt. Yarmouth: traditional sea side town 9.8 m

Norwich: medieval city with cathedral, 7 day market and shops! 21.2 m

Wroxham: centre of the Norfolk Broads 14.3 m

Further Details:

The Fisherman's Return at Winterton is a 10 min walk along the bridle path, good food with seating outside - a popular local haunt. A very dog friendly pub.

The Dunes Cafe is situated right next to the beach and car park. This is highly recommended for its bacon rolls, full English breakfasts, light lunches and home made cakes. Open every day in high season and and at weekends during winter months.

The Horsey Nelson, also recommended is near the N.T. property Horsey Mill.

The Swan at Ingham is a 20 min drive away if you want a special gourmet meal at a realistic price.

The beach and dunes at Winterton are a National Nature Reserve and well worth a visit at any time of the year, a fantastic walking/bird watching area. In summer the unspoilt beach has all you need - a beach cafe, car park and toilets.

Winterton, the beach, pub and cafe were noted as one of the world's top 30 destinations by an author of The Rough Guide.

Good fishing is to be found locally, links given on our website.

Martham is the nearest village for grocery shopping having 2 Co op shops, a butchers, bakery and take away Chinese.

Larger supermarkets can be found at Stalham and Caister.

We are happy to receive a pre-ordered grocery delivery on the day of your arrival.

Nearest bank and railway station are in Acle, or Great Yarmouth.

Norwich itself is a fascinating medieval city with a Norman castle, two cathedrals and a six day market. It is recognised as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the U.K. It not only has the usual large department stores and shopping malls but also winding streets and alleys of small boutiques and shops, known as 'The Lanes'.

If you prefer a traditional seaside atmosphere the resort of Great Yarmouth, with it's funfair, pier and circus is a 20 min drive away.

More information regarding places of interest and leisure activities can be found on our new website and is also available in the Information File provided in each property.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
25 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas New Year 16/17
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Note the flexible sleeping arrangements in our family cottage, Big Sky. Please look carefully at the provision of beds to check it is suitable for your requirements. This quirky property was built as my nursery school and there is one mezzanine sleeping area with double bed plus the two bunk beds next to the wet room and a day bed in the garden room. Trundle bed, Travel cot and ready bed also available on request. An extended family group or friends holidaying together may find booking Big Sky and Martin's Nest more suitable. ( 10% reduction when booking more than one property ). Big Sky has a lovely open plan living/ dining area with plenty of room for 6 to dine and relax together using Martin's Nest when required. This arrangement is especially suitable for families including grandparents.
Changeover Day:
Saturday changeovers. Shorter lets possible. Try us for late notice bookings, min 2 nights. On departure we ask that guests leave by 10.30am with arrivals after 3pm. Please contact us if you have different requirements and we will do our best to help.

Notes on prices:
We welcome guests all year round. Short breaks available out of season. Prices shown for Big Sky and Martin's Nest include 7 day rental Saturday to Saturday. Ladybird is available all year round at a nightly rate ( min 2 nights ).
Reduced rentals offered for booking 2 properties for the same period and longer rentals in low season.
Rental rates include gas, electricity, central heating, towels, bedroom and kitchen linen.
A well behaved dog is welcomed at £15 per pet stay in Big Sky and Martin's Nest.

Please contact by email or telephone to confirm availability. We are pleased to answer queries and discuss particular requirements. A deposit of 25% is required on booking with the balance due 6 weeks before the start date of the holiday. If a booking is made within 6 weeks then full payment is required. If you have to cancel your reservation then your deposit is forfeited unless we can rebook.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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From the Owner

The adjacent holiday cottages overlook a SSSI where many native and migratory birds can be seen - ideal for bird watchers and walkers. All have their own entrance and outside terrace as well as access to the large shared garden. Martin's Nest and Ladybird both sleep 2 and offer brilliantly designed studio accommodation all on one level. Big Sky sleeps 4 + and is light, airy and spacious. The large open plan area has comfortable dining/seating for 6. Two bunk beds, a garden room with day bed and a mezzanine sleeping gallery with queen size double bed offer flexible accommodation to suit a family or a group of friends. All properties are stylish and comfortable. There is ample room for parking and secure bicycle storage. A small child's ready bed, a travel cot and high chair are available free on request and a welcome tray is provided for guests on arrival.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Internet


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1


  • Golf ...

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Big Sky:Mezzanine gallery with king size bed, a double sofa bed plus single day bed and trundle bed. Next to the wet room are two adult size curtained bunk beds. The fitted kitchen/dining area contains gas hob/oven/fridge/microwave and dining area with crockery/glasses etc. for 6. The beautifully presented living area with seating for 6, opens into the garden room with French doors to the enclosed decked terrace. Martin's Nest: Studio accommodation, screened double bed plus additional sofa bed in living area. Separate fitted kitchen and wet room. Ladybird: sunny studio accommodation with king size bed, sitting area, kitchenette and shower room. All properties have Freeview TV/ DVD/iPod Dock/boosted wifi/hair dryer/ books and games. All heating, electricity, towels and bedding included. Properties are cleaned at changeover and guests have access to a Laundry room. Well behaved dogs welcomed ( max 2 on site). Strictly non smoking. Discount for booking more than one property. Outside: Big Sky, Martin's Nest and Ladybird, all have feature French doors that open to the garden with views across fields to the Norfolk coastline. Each property has it's own outside area with garden furniture. There is an extensive shared garden with lots of space for children to play. Outside storage contains Weber Charcoal BBQ's, deckchairs and sun loungers plus children's toys for use in the large sand pit. Additional seating and a pergola are placed where guests are able to make the most of the idyllic garden location. Big Sky has a bedroom balcony offering sunrise views across marshes, fields and woodland. Ladybird, our new studio accomodation, also has a large south facing window which overlooks the landscaped front of house garden.The sheltered courtyard entrance at the front of the properties faces west and is the ideal place in which to sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the evening sun.

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