Samphire Cottage's setting is truly unique, for you can’t possibly stay any closer to the famous National Trust’s Stiffkey Marshes than this. It is nestled within Stiffkey's farmland so therefore away from the normal tourist bustle, but also only a short walk to the traditional Red Lion Pub and the celebrated Stiffkey Stores.
It is fully equipped for your stay and provides a relaxed Norfolk feel.
We have a downstairs double bedroom with adjoining bathroom for anyone who finds the stairs difficult.
Although this is a four bed property, providing a great space for family or friends, this is also a great place for couples to retreat to for a romantic break.
Out of season, we offer short breaks (please contact us for prices) and personally we find during the winter months, it is a fantastic bolt hole. There is nothing better than a brisk walk across the marshes followed by an evening by the woodburner and a bottle of wine!
Dogs are most welcome!
I'm married to Dawn and have a young daughter who has recently started school. We also have a a menagerie of animals including a dog, chickens, ducks and 2 ponies.
William Hickey purchased this cottage in 1960
My father bought this property and others in the early 60s when Stiffkey's Royal Artillery anti-aircraft training camp of which this building was a part of, was decommissioned. I have therefore spent all my summer holidays as a child here and couldn't think of a better place for my daughter to holiday and get back to nature.
It is an easy place to access and 'bolt' to but feels so remote and quiet. You can't help but switch off and relax here.
Our favourite time is at dusk, at which time we will wander down to the marsh when everyone has gone home for the evening and just sit and watch the sunset, listening to the birds. It's like having your own nature reserve for a garden. Truly magical!
“We have just come back from a week in your wonderful cottage. It really was FABULOUS. We have been going to Stiffkey for years & actually have a cottage ourselves in the village but with the children getting bigger & bigger, we have outgrown it! We didn’t think we’d ever find anywhere to match up to it, but wow, what a place! We just loved it. FANTASTIC. I am lost for words! Could we please book ……….. for next year? Thanks again for a truly wonderful week.”
“We had quite the most fabulous week there last week. Honestly it was the best holiday we have had in years and all the children just loved it so much too. Everyone is begging me to book again for next year”
Julia & Hugh
“We all had a wonderful time here where we could relax and have fun. It rained a bit but we could huddle up by the fantastic log burner. The upstairs bedrooms were beautifully furnished and I loved the blue and white curtains – they were very cool. The kitchen was very big and I loved the toastie maker”
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We had the most unfortunate experience of staying at Samphire Cottage in Aug 2016. Following a 7 hour journey we arrived at the cottage and it was quickly evident that it had not been thoroughly cleaned for a long time. It smelled musty and there was no evidence of any cleaning products being recently used after the previous guests had left earlier that day. The kitchen table was covered in food crumbs and the plastic table cloth damaged. The fridge and cooker were filthy and the fridge had to be cleaned before we could put any food into it. The kitchen window sills were covered with dead insects and rubbish. The kettle was so dirty you would not even pick it up.The lounge looked like it had just been vacated by its previous occupants. Sweet papers and remote controls left on the floor, dirty tissues in the fire, dog hair everywhere and the rug was jumping with fleas. My niece called the owner and we raised our concerns. We were told cleaners would be sent to rectify the situation that evening. We then left for tea at the local pub and we were not told at any time to leave a key. Upon our return a card had been posted to say the cleaning company had called but could not gain entry as there was no key! We called the cleaning company and the earliest they could return to clean the property was Monday and ‘that was the best they could do’ which at 7.30pm on a Saturday evening we had to accept. The cleaner also claimed she had looked through the windows and everything looked ok - you could not see through those windows! As the evening progressed this house of horrors revealed more horrors. Dust hair and rubbish under the bed. Toilets that had not been properly cleaned in a long while, dirty shower screens with human debris in the bath. Stained bed sheets and one of the beds in the twin room was full of grass and human hair. There were broken lamp shades and not all the lights contained a lightbulb. The toilet seat in the upstairs bathroom was broken and the mattress in the child’s cot was too badly damaged and torn to be of any use. We called the owner once again to complain and advised him we had had to leave the property. He said we should have given him time to rectify the situation – we only planned to stay until Friday. To clean this property thoroughly would have taken a few people a couple of days. The owner refused to refund any of our monies and merely replied he had a mortgage to pay on the property.This property is not fit for purpose.