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Stylish Cottages in Rural Garden Setting near the sea. Family and pet friendly. - Martin's Nest (sleeps 2 + child)



Updated: 28-Oct-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 Martin's Nest (sleeps 2 + child), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Martin's Nest, offers stylish, comfortable studio accommodation for two people. (The sofa bed in the living area can be used for an additional child/adult). A well behaved dog is welcomed. There is a superb tiled wet room and separate kitchen which is well equipped with electric hob/oven/microwave. Washing and ironing facilities are available in the shared laundry room. The kitchen's gingham curtains and decor have a nostalgic charm while still providing all the requirements of modern living. The sleeping area has been cleverly created and the double bed is screened from the living space. In the comfortable living area are books and board games, as well as Freeview TV, DVD and iPod dock. There is a double sofa bed and an additional table for meals overlooking the garden. French doors lead outside to seating under an ivy clad pergola with views across the garden and surrounding fields. There is ample parking and bicycle storage on site. A welcome tray is provided for your arrival.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 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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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Still amazing !!!!

  • 5 of 5

3rd Visit to Martin's Nest / Big Sky and still as wonderful as ever.

Lovely , luxurious , and relaxing in gorgeous surroundings.

Diane is a lovely warm and welcoming host , the little extras such as

Books and toys for the children make all the difference.

We don't ever want to leave , but will be back for our 4th visit soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jo for your brilliant review. I am so glad you intend to visit again - it's like friends returning! I know your children enjoy the toys, big garden and the sand pit and I love to see the them playing in the garden while you have time to relax. I am planning to have more small bicycles and perhaps some scooters for them to use when exploring the country lanes next year. Hopefully see you in the near future, Diane
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martins nest

  • 5 of 5

we have had the most amazing time at Martins Nest. The weather was an added bonus which allowed us to spend some time relaxing in the lovely garden. Diane was so lovely and helpful. Great walks for the dog and lovely pubs for meals.Will certainly be back next year

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great to meet you both and your very well behaved dog. Thank you for your kind comments, I am glad you had such a relaxing time. You were lucky enough to catch some of the wonderful September sunshine and I think Harvey the dog enjoyed the big garden too. I look forward to seeing you all again next year.
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Ideal Break Away

  • 5 of 5

This was just what we needed - a lovely break in the countryside with plenty of walks as well as a 15 minute walk (down a bridle path) to the beach ..... ideal for us all.

Martin's Nest has everything you would need; a home from home but a lot more relaxing. We didn't want for anything - thank you Diane!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amanda and Bob, good to know Zak the dog appreciated the local walks and that you both were able to relax and enjoy your stay in Martin's Nest. Hope to see you again, Diane
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perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place to get away and explore. Cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. The outside area is fantastic, perfect for children and dogs.

The location is lovely, on the edge of a small village with just a stones throw to the beach.

Would definitely recommend and will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay in Martin's Nest. I look forward to welcoming you on your next stay. Diane
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Excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

One word describes Martins Nest......Perfect.....Will definately recommend to people....actually already have and also my relatives who stayed as well have done so!!!Would love to come back and rent both places sometime...will have a work out how and when if possible....many thanks to Dianne.....

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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 2016/17
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15

Booking Notes:
Please contact us via email/telephone to confirm availability. We will be pleased to answer queries and discuss any particular requirements. When availability is confirmed a 25% deposit is required to secure your booking with the balance payable 6 weeks before your holiday begins. The full amount is payable for bookings made within 6 weeks of the holiday start date.
Discount for late availability bookings.
If you have to cancel your booking your deposit is forfeited unless we can re-book.

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 are for 7 day rental Saturday to Saturday, except for Ladybird which is available 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. Maximum of 2 dogs in total on site.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 28-Oct-2016
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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 2
  • 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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