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Farm Cottage In The Heart Of The Brecklands



Updated: 29-Jul-2016
Cottage in Beachamwell, North Norfolk, Norfolk, England - Surrounded By Off-road Country Tracks Ideal For Cycling, Walking, Riding And Bird Watching.

Commanding undulating views in the timeless, open landscape of the Norfolk Breckalnd Countryside and surrounded by off-road tracks, this detached country house has a spacious, fully enclosed garden and paddock. Large kitchen dining area and cosy sitting room both with wood-burners. Within easy reach of Oxborough Hall and Thetford Forest and the North Norfolk Coast. 5 miles from the market town of Swaffham and 8 miles from Downham Market.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We farm here with our 2 young sons who love growing up here in the Norfolk countryside.

We enjoy all the space here, walking the dogs, cycling and riding our horses on the miles of forestry tracks and also sail on the coast.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Oak Tree Cottage is our first cottage but you will be staying on the farm not far from our farmhouse if you need us....otherwise its just you and nature!

We will keep you up to date with what's happening on the farm.
Jul 2013
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely break in a great setting

  • 5 of 5

A lovely weeks holiday in a great setting. Very private and secure garden for the dogs. Lots of great walks straight from the house too. Many thanks too for the lovely scones. Greg and Linda Portman

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Oak Tree Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Oak Tree Cottage was everything we hoped for, quiet, peaceful and relaxing. It was very nice to walk in and see a lovely bunch of fresh flowers, cake and asparagus left for us by the owner Caroline. The garden was very safe for our 2.5 year old granddaughter. She loved the outdoor swing, tractor and lawnmower and the whole experience of staying in the cottage.

The cottage was well equipped, had everything we needed and the beds were so comfortable.

Would definitely stay again

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An idyllic cottage and location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. The cottage is well appointed,cosy and surrounded by farm land.

Caroline left us the most wonderful cake which we hugely enjoyed. We would love to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a great location

  • 5 of 5

Arrived with parents, child and two dogs, trust the instructions for getting there it is truly in the middle of nowhere, absolutely fantastic location, great walks for the dogs, quiet and peaceful, we even sat and listened to the Turtle Dove. Arrived to a scrummy Victoria Sponge made by Harriet which was most welcome.

No neighbours, completely safe for children and dogs, a great holiday, will certainly be booking up again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and it was a pleasure to have you all stay. Harriets cakes are always a hit! Plus we do offer seasonal farm produce as and when it is available. Look forward to seeing you again. Caroline x
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Peace and tranqulity

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a rural retreat in Norfolk, look no further!

This was our first visit to Oak Tree Cottage but certainly will not be our last. It offers perfect peace and tranquility whilst still being within easy reach of "civilisation". The owners, Tom and Caroline, are the nicest couple you could meet and nothing is too much trouble for them to ensure your holiday is memorable. This is on top of running a very large multi-faceted farm and farm shop almost single handed!

We arrived during the very busy asparagus season (their farm is renowned for its asparagus) so we were lucky enough to sample it! Not only that, but Caroline had taken the trouble to make a gluten free cake to greet us. (Even better than we have ever achieved and at her first attempt!) Although being at the centre of all Beachamwell village activities, nothing was ever too much trouble for them (despite the asparagus season pressures) and we even got a personal tour of their lovely garden!

Whilst the weather was colder than normal for the time of year, the cottage was always warm and cosy, the South facing patio is a real sun trap in the late afternoon.

There is a toy box for the children, chalks and slab in the garden for drawing pictures, an extensive collection of books, fiction plus reference, and very interesting publications on the local area. (I was fascinated to read that rabbit warrens were man-made and a status symbol!).

It has all the facilities one could ask for plus, just a few hundred yards up the lane, a "mini-farm", Keeper's Cottage, with two pigs, four lambs, lots of chickens and a goose. Just the thing for children .... of any age!

Not only that but the Keeper's wife makes scrumptious cakes to order!

We are already looking forward to our next visit and have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone. In fact we are hoping to entice our children/grandchildren there to enjoy all that this special property has to offer.

Oh, and if you are into wildlife, the garden has its own resident mole who logs its daily progress across the lawn, just to see whether you can ever catch sight of him/her! We never did!

What a perfect spot.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What a great review.....thank you so much and we really do hope to see you again. You were great guests to have and thanks for leaving the cottage so tidy. It's a lovely spot and we are so glad that people are able to enjoy it and all that the Brecklands have to offer.
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and i had a lovely holiday here with our 3 young daughters. The cottage is in a great location amongst fields, trees, nature and the perfect place to be away from it all but close enough to visit all Norfolk has to offer. The cottage was very cosy especially with wood burner . Comfy beds with lovely fresh linen, plenty of towels which is handy with children. The owners Caroline and Tom were very kind and thoughtful, we found on our arrival fresh milk, bread and a yummy cake which did not last long ! . Caroline made our holiday so special when she took our girls out on her pony . We would recommend oak tree cottage to everyone. We would love to return again soon.

Thank you Caroline and Tom

Love from the Williams family X x

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Oak Tree Cottage is in the middle of our family farm. We grow wheat, barley and potatoes, asparagus as well as lamb so a real mixed farm. The cottage is 1 mile from our farm house with open views all around. Your closest neighbours are the local roe deer! The cottage is well equipped for a family holiday in the country.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Stanstead at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Barton Bendish at 2 Miles Nearest Ferry : Harwich at 60 Miles Nearest Golf : Swaffham at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Downham Market at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M11 at 30 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Oxborough at 2 Miles Nearest Ski : Alps at 800 Miles Nearest Beach : Hunstanton at 20 Miles Car: necessary


Half hour drive to the North Norfolk coast. The seaside resort of Hunstanton with its sandy beaches, rock pools, majestic cliffs, beautifully planted gardens, traditional amusements, fun fair and host of water based activities.

Plenty of get away beaches and restaurants along the coast to Holkham and Wells.


Downham Market station only 8 miles.


5 miles to Swaffham and 8 miles to Downham Market, both historic market towns with choice of shops, inns, restaurants, tennis and sports centre.

3 miles to NT Oxborough Hall.

Great pubs and restaurants within a couple of miles.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturday but this is flexible for short weeks so contact us.
Depending on availability Saturday is 10am departure and 4pm arrival.

Notes on prices:
Changeover days are flexible and we can cater for weekend and mid-week breaks subject to availability.

Dates are held pending receipt of a 10% deposit (5-7 days).
Balance of payment is 6 weeks prior to booking.
Cancellation refunds up to 8 weeks: no cancellation charge
4-8 weeks 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks 25% of rate refunded
There is no refined for any cancellation less than 2 weeks
Payment by bank transfer please . Details on booking with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The cottage is detached and has open aspects all round. There is a large garden and paddock which is all fenced. Good dogs are welcome! It's about half hour to drive to the coast but there are miles of tracks from the cottage for cycling and walking. We can help plan your days and give you lots of ideas for what to do and where our favourite places are. mostly this is a unique opportunity to enjoy the Breckland countryside.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Large bathroom with free-standing bath. Separate shower. WC. Downstairs WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, Bedroom 2 with King-size zip and link to make 2 singles if needed, bedroom 3 with bunk beds and single bed with trundle.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • There is room in the paddock for horses by arrangement only. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cottage cleaned every week. Fresh linen and towels. Other: Dining area of kitchen with stable doors out to garden and terrace. Radio,CD, MP3 docks. Log burner.

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