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Charming Detached Cottage In Popular Coastal Village of Thornham

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious 4 bedroom cottage in the heart of Thornham

Dale Cottage is a charming and spacious (160 sq m) detached holiday retreat in a secluded yet convenient position in the heart of the ever-popular village of Thornham. The cottage has been fully refurbished with 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) as well as a large family bathroom. There is a large and comfortable lounge with a wood-burning stove, a separate kitchen / diner with seating for 8/9 and a full range of equipment (washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave). A large entrance hall provides additional seating as well as space to put on coats / shoes.

Outside there is off-street parking for up to 3 cars at the front. The rear garden is large, carefully tended and boasts a children's play area and a comfortable summer house.

More Details

Dave Phatak
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Dave Phatak

Hi - we're a busy working family of four living in Hertfordshire. We visit Dale Cottage as often as we can.

We enjoy being active outdoors, eating out and entertaining friends and family. Dale Cottage enables us to do all of the things we love in a wonderful setting.

Dave Phatak purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Dave Phatak chose Thornham

We love being close to the sea and great beaches with our young children. We get great pleasure from being outdoors and getting away from the normal business of everyday life.

We bought Dale Cottage as our own 2nd home so that our children can enjoy all of the benefits of beach and country living. We have refurbished it to a high standard so that it feels welcoming and spacious.

We adore the village for its location and great facilities for visitors.

What makes this cottage unique

We love the secluded nature and the tranquillity it brings whilst being close to great pubs and restaurants.

Dale Cottage has a great sense of space both indoors and outdoors and never feels cramped even with 8 people (and sometimes more) staying.

There's something really special about sitting in the living room with a roaring fire, watching the wildlife in the garden and knowing that the beaches are all so close.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Thornham in Thornham

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to bedroom 1 (upstairs)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite to downstairs bedroom
    Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Family bathroom with bath and separate shower room
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with Shower, WC and Basin (upstairs) En-suite to bedroom 3 with Bath, WC and Basin (downstairs) Family bathroom on ground floor with Bath, WC and Basin and separate shower room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Upstairs twin room best suited for children
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ground floor double bedroom with en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Ground floor twin room opposite family bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Large upstairs bedroom with super-king bed and en-suite
  • Cottage sleeps 9 people in 4 Bedrooms. Ideal for 4 adults and 5 children or 6 adults and 3 children. Upstairs bedroom best suited for children. 9th person sleeps in main upstairs bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Notes on accommodation: Please note that this is a strictly pet-free and non-smoking rental property. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate any guests who wish to use the property as part of the Hunstanton tennis tournament (w/c 15th August 2015). Non-tennis tournament guests are, of course, welcome! Outside: There is off road parking for 3 cars inside the gate. The rear gardens are fully enclosed with resident pheasants, birds and rabbits providing a safe and fun place to play for children and for adults to relax. There is a large lawned area which can be accessed through French doors in the lounge or via the kitchen. There is a small patio area with a table and seating for 6 people for al fresco eating. At the end of the garden is a spacious summerhouse with comfortable chairs - the perfect spot to enjoy an early evening gin and tonic whilst the sun sets over the house. Adjacent to the summerhouse is a raised play-area with a climbing frame, see-saw and swing. Bark chippings create a soft base for play. To the side of the house is a locked car part providing safe and dry storage for bikes, buggies, canoes as well as the plentiful supply of complementary firewood for the log burner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and will be changed at the end of your stay. If staying for longer than 1 week a linen and towel change can be arranged for an additional fee. Other: Entrance Hall. There is a stunning galleried entrance hall with a rattan sofa. It is perfectly suited for newly-arriving visitors and also for unloading after a day at the beach. A large OS map of the area will help you to plan the next days activity.


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Charming Detached Cottage In Popular Coastal Village of Thornham
average rating of 4.891892 based on 37 reviews

Fantastic property and garden

  • 5 of 5

Dale Cottage is a deceptively spacious property along a quiet lane in Thornham. This was our second stay at this fantastic property which has undergone even further beneficial improvements since our first stay 2 years ago. It is perfect for our group of 8 + toddler. The owner was incredibly helpful and attentive in any communications we had about our stay. The large, enclosed and well maintained garden was enjoyed by all ages of our group - we even had an Easter egg hunt! We love Thornham for its accessible coastline, local wildlife including Titchwell RSPB reserve, country lanes suitable for family cycling, three great pubs all serving food, a handy deli and the kids' playground/tennis courts. Dale Cottage is the icing on the cake that makes our stay truly comfortable and relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clare - it was great to have you back at Dale Cottage and we're pleased to hear that you had another good time. Thank you for highlighting the attractions that Thornham has to offer and we think that the cottage offers a great base for a large family group or 2 families, especially young children. Please come back again! Dave & Gill
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Fantastic house in great location

  • 5 of 5

Dale Cottage is a lovely house with room for everyone and a fantastic garden for the kids. Despite the miserable weather, we had a great time in Norfolk and Dave was very helpful throughout. Would definitely consider coming back

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful secluded cottage. Very well presented and spotlessly clean cottage

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults a 5 year old and one at 15 months so the bedroom accommodation worked well. The 3 bathrooms meant we had easy pre bedtime bathing for the children in the super large new tub. Lots of hot water and a warm cosy house.

The beds were comfy and the kitchen well equipped. The safely enclosed rear garden made it relaxing letting the children play with excellent garden furniture for us to use.

Parking at the front was easy as was the 2 minute walk to either the Orange Tree or the Chequers pubs. We didn't get round to trying the Lifeboat but next time perhaps. Breakfast at Thornham Deli was amazing as were the fish & chips from Eric's at the Orchard Drove just up the road.

Too much to do locally for just a week's holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were delighted with Dale Cottage which is spacious, clean and well equipped in lovely gardens and located down a quiet lane off the coast road. The log burner made the cottage very cosy on the wet and windy days while the three bathrooms ensured no one was kept waiting for showers when we returned from invigorating walks along the nearby coastal path. The reed beds were beautiful when the sun shone through them and seeing large flocks of geese flying overhead in the late afternoon was memorable.

There’s a good choice of places to eat both in the village and nearby, and a deli down the road where you can buy local food (and drink!) and cook for yourselves.

Altogether, a super place to stay whatever your reasons for visiting North Norfolk.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice cottage in a great condition and lovely location

  • 5 of 5

Ideal cottage for our two families, we really enjoyed our ‘twixmas’ break with beach walks and log fires. Tastefully decorated (including the Christmas tree!) and contained everything we needed. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review and for coming to Dale Cottage. We think that the cottage works best for 2 families or for multi-generational groups. We love the winter in Thornham almost as much as the summer as it's great excuse to light the fire, open a bottle and kick back after a long walk!!
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Thornham Revisited

  • 5 of 5

I first visited North Norfolk in my late teens, a boy from the North discovering this very different world. It was love at first sight. Later marrying a Cambridge girl, and moving to Cambridge, we were able to enjoy many visits, and Thornham became a favourite, certainly in the Winter. We would walk on the salt marsh, as far as the beach, and then repair to the Lifeboat Inn for lunch, just bliss.

The front of Dale Cottage is built in the Norfolk vernacular, flint with red brick, an architecture which makes this stretch of coast particularly lovely. But behind the front door of this humble cottage is a modern built interior with every comfort one could need. The salt marsh is still bleak. To return to a home like this is just perfect after a day or hours outside, the log burning stove in Autumn or Winter, the delightful and private back garden in summer.

My weekend was my birthday celebration with my daughter's family, and so with two of our grandchildren. Dale cottage is very well equipped with toys to fascinate the young. They shared a charming children's bedroom upstairs.

From first booking we have had nothing but help and advice from the owner. He and the house get my personal imprimatur, without mental reservation as they say when swearing in the American President. Keep up the standard.

Kenneth Wheatcroft

November 2017

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kenneth - it was our pleasure to have you and your family in Dale Cottage. It was particularly nice to hear about the long-standing affinity that you and many other guests have with this unspoilt part of Britain. Your review really brings to life the simple enjoyment that we all gain from being in Thornham. Please come again! Dave & Gill
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Special interest holidays:

Thornham is close to huge, almost deserted, sandy beaches.

The North Norfolk Coast is a Mecca for wildlife and Thornham is ideally located just a few minutes from the RSPB site a Titchwell. Within 20 minutes drive are the nature reserves at Snettisham and Scolt Head. A little further away at Blakeney the seal colony is worth visiting and the Norfolk Broads can be reached within 45 minutes drive.


North Norfolk is renowned for its huge expanse of golden sandy beaches. When the tide is out the beaches stretch as far as the eye can see.

* Thornham Beach is a 20 minute walk across the picturesque salt marshes. The walk is rewarded with a stunning beach.

* A 5 minute drive will take you to Brancaster with its golden sands. When the wind conditions are right, the beach is a magnet for kite surfers.

* 20 minutes away are the glorious beaches of Holkham and Wells


Stansted Airport - 90 miles

M25 - 100 miles


Approximate distances to:-

Brancaster 4 miles

Burnham Market - 8 miles

Holkham - 12 miles

Wells - 15 miles

Hunstanton - 5 miles

Kings Lynn - 19 miles

Further Details:

Thornham village boasts exceptionally high quality food and drink options

* The Orange Tree has been awarded Norfolk Dining Pub of the year for many years in succession. Great food and service (1 minute walk)

* Chequers Inn. Good pub food and friendly staff (1 minute walk)

* The Lifeboat pub is a charming family-friendly pub with great food in a convivial atmosphere (8 minute walk)

* Thornham deli (5 minute walk) has a great cafe (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and occasional evenings) and lifestyle shop as well as staple items and high quality local produce. There is a childrens play area and tennis court (paid via honesty box).

* Erik's fish and chips (10 minute walk) - upmarket fish and chips run by the same team that own Titchwell Manor (boutique hotel and restaurant 2 miles from Thornham)

* The Yurt at Drovers Farm (10 minute walk adjacent to Erik's) - an imaginative dining experience inside a huge yurt. Great Tapas on Friday evenings and terrific roast dinners on a Sunday. Childrens play area outside.

* Drovers Farm (10 minutes walk) offers a farm shop, a wet fish stall (weekends and summer) and other small boutique Lifestyle stores.

* The nearest bank is in Hunstanton where most other major facilities can be found including Boots, Sainsburys


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Thornham, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early spring 2018
17 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early May BH 2018
4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May 2018
8 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late May BH 2018
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June 2018
5 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer holidays 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late summer 2018
3 Sep 2018 - 1 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October 2018
2 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half term 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cottage preparation £150

Changeover days are Friday except during school holidays when Saturday is the usual date. Please enquire if you are seeking something different and we will do our best to help.

Notes on prices:
Minimum 7 night stay during peak periods with Saturday changeover
At other times, short breaks are welcomed (3 nights Fri-Mon or 4 nights Mon-Fri)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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