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Stylish Cottages in Rural Garden Setting near the sea. Family and pet friendly. - Ladybird (sleeps 2)



Updated: 21-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 apartment Ladybird (sleeps 2) , 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Ladybird is newly created and provides studio accommodation in a peaceful rural location with stunning garden views. It is designed for 2 although there is room for a cot/toddler bed. The living/sleeping area is dual aspect which makes it light and sunny. It has French doors leading to the large grassed garden space and a paved area with table and chairs under the ivy clad pergola. In the sleeping area is a comfortable king size bed and the television has been placed so that it may be seen when sitting in the armchairs or when relaxing on the bed. We have created a separate compact stylish kitchen with sink, fridge, table and chairs and a microwave. A mini cooker can be provided on request. The adjoining shower room has been cleverly built to make maximum use of space and has a double size shower.

  • 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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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful, relaxing holiday in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We were not disappointed. Big Sky was as beautiful as it looks on the website. Immaculate and well equipped. Diane was very welcoming and especially enjoyed homemade brownies. Although it was only the two of us staying, it would also make a fabulous family holiday. Lovely walk to village and amazing beach. Have already recommended to friends and will definitely return for another visit. Thank you Diane.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay in Big Sky, although it is great for a family the mezzanine sleeping gallery with balcony overlooking the surrounding fields and marshes makes it a very special retreat for two. We look forward to seeing you again. Diane
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Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely few days at Ladybird, beautiful property and location. So quiet, the peace was beautiful. Parked up and spent whole time on foot (2x2 sore ones!...we went miles!), Dunes cafe was brilliant, the Seals at Winterton were amazing, miles of beach, Horsey and Marsham!, the local pub.....just all beautiful, I would love more of it all! The property itself is bright and airy and has gorgeous tea towels from the nursery school it once was, just such a lovely feel all round!

Next door to Robins Nest which looked lovely too, but we loved Ladybird being on the end of the property. Big Sky too, only downside really was their TV noise, but only on here and there.

Ladybird was/is beautiful, what a wonderful place to live or visit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed Ladybird. This setting is certainly the place to stay if you want to park the car and walk the local footpaths and coastline. You must come back in Autumn when the grey seals arrive for the breeding season and give birth to their young. I have seen as many as 500/600 on the beach at Horsey. Thanks Ellie for the 5/5!
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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
Low season Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

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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

  • apartment


  • 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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