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Stylish Cottages in Rural Garden Setting near the sea. Family and pet friendly. - Big Sky (sleeps 4 + 2)

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



Big Sky (sleeps 4 + 2)

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.

About the property

Big Sky

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.

About Us

Diane Le Grice
The White House, Manor Farm Road
NR29 4DY East Somerton
VAT Reg No

Diane Le Grice
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
7 December, 2017

About Diane Le Grice

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.

Diane Le Grice purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Diane Le Grice chose Somerton

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Please note the flexible sleeping arrangements in our family cottage, Big Sky. Look carefully at the provision of beds to check it is suitable for your requirements. Previously this quirky property was my nursery school. 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. A Trundle bed, travel cot and ready bed are also available on request at no extra charge. 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:
Usually changeover for weekly bookings is on a Saturday. Shorter lets are possible outside July and August see calendar and rates information. 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.
If your arrival date is within 6 weeks full payment is required on booking.
Dogs are welcome, please discuss with the Owner Diane as we limit dogs to three on site at any one time. There is an additional charge of £20 per pet stay.
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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Somerton in Great Yarmouth District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Big Sky offers great family accommodation. The mezzanine gallery has a king size bed and balcony with countryside views for the adults. Downstairs next to the wet room are two big curtained bunk beds. The day bed in the garden room offers additional private sleeping space. 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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average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

A wonderful experience - superb accommodation

  • 5 of 5

A big thank you to the owner, Diane, the accommodation was first class, everything you might need was in place for our arrival,including a lovely welcome pack complete with some delicious homemade chocolate brownies. The bed linen was beautiful and we had the softest, whitest towels which smelled Devine - Big Sky is extremely dog friendly- our 7mth old Cockapoo Ralf made himself at home and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gardens. The location is perfect for Country walks and beach walks too. We loved our stay in Big Sky and will most definitely be recommending it to all our friends and family

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sharon for such a positive review. We try to make our three holiday cottages as welcoming and comfortable as we can so that guests can truely relax and enjoy their stay with us. It was great to see Ralf the cockerpoo having fun in the safely enclosed garden. He seems to have had a good stay too! Hope to see you again soon. Diane
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Beautiful Cottage with huge garden

  • 4 of 5

Lovely and quiet on the outskirts of Winterton but a short 20 minute to the Beach along a footpath. Cottage very light and comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. We are noticing more and more guests (especially those with a dog) are booking weekend visits out of season to take advantage of the peace and quiet of our rural setting while still within walking distance of Winterton's wide sandy beaches. The Dunes beach cafe and local pub, The Fisherman's Return are both dog friendly so no problem eating out if you bring your well behaved pet.
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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: 12-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 23-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 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: 26-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 30-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fisherman's Return pub at Winterton on Sea
Nearest Golf
6.9 Miles
Canister Golf Club ( Links course )
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Acle station linking with Norwich
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Winterton on Sea - The Fisherman's Return
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Winterton - sandy beaches/dog walking all year.
Car: recommended

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.

BewilDerwood, one of the country's top 10 children's attractions is at Horning, a 25 min drive away.

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.

We provide lots of information leaflets in each of the cottages.


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. The ever growing seal colony can be viewed during the pupping season, Nov - Jan, on the beach at Horsey 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.