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250 Years Old Country Cottage Set In The Rural Village Of Hickling

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Cottage in Hickling, Norfolk, England. Walking distance From Hickling Broad, 2 Local Pubs And The Hickling Nature Reserve.

Golebys Cottage is tucked away on a quiet lane in the pretty village of Hickling, within easy reach of the best Norfolk has to offer. Hickling boasts the biggest of Norfolks broads, a nature reserve and the superb Greyhound pub is 2 minutes walk away from the cottage. The pub is also dog friendly. Hickling has a pretty church and there are many lovely walks and cycle rides leading from it. The small town of Stalham is less than 10 minutes away, where the nearest supermarket can be found.

One of the benefits of staying at Golebys Cottage is it's location, as it is also less than 3 miles away from Norfolks stunning golden beaches, that stretch for miles and miles. Hickling is also a mere 5 miles away from the famous seal colony at Horsey Beach, which is a wonderful sight. Historic Norwich, the seaside towns of Cromer and Great Yarmouth, plus the Broads capital, Wroxham, are all within 35 minutes drive.

The cottage is a real home from home, combing old charm with modern living. Entry is via a stable door that leads to a small porchway. From here is a cosy, open plan living room, featuring a multi fuel burner, open beams and tv with integrated DVD player. Welcome baskets of coal, wood and kindling are provided free of charge, as are books, games and DVD's for relaxing evenings in. The living room also has underfloor heating.

The country kitchen includes a large oak table, wall oven, electric hob, microwave, integrated dishwasher, fridge freezer and washer/dryer. The cupboards are extremely well equipped, with everything you could possibly need in the kitchen. Some non-perishable ingredients are also included, and we also supply an iron, plus ironing board. This room also benefits from underfloor heating.

The bathroom features a full sized bath, walk in shower and electric wall heaters.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is furnished with an antique style Victorian brass bed, storage wardrobe, chest, bedside tables and an iPod dock with radio. This room also boasts underfloor heating.

The second bedroom has twin beds, a Tv with integrated DVD player, storage wardrobe, chest and electric wall heater.

The cottage has a fully enclosed, secluded, country garden, which is a riot of colour in the spring and summer. The patio table and chairs are perfect for outside meals, or relaxing in the garden. There is also a barbecue for guests to use and a shed for bicycle storage.

All bedding, towels, electricity and underfloor heating are all included in the price, as is the free wi-fi throughout the cottage. We charge no extra for well behaved pets, but only ask they remain downstairs during the stay. Our changeover day is Saturday and short breaks are available out of peak months.

More Details

Jo and Phil Keenan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2018

About Jo and Phil Keenan

Goleby's Cottage is owned by Jo and Phil Keenan. We were both born in Norfolk, Jo in Norwich & Phil in Great Yarmouth. We have lived in the county all our lives and are very proud of where we live. Our own home is also in a village beside the Broads, and is 11 miles by road from Hickling, or two and a half hours by boat!!

Jo and Phil Keenan purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Jo and Phil Keenan chose Norwich

The have always loved the village of Hickling and when we saw the cottage for sale we fell in love with it straight away. We have stayed in many holiday cottages around the country ourselves, and Goleby's Cottage ticked every box for us. At 250 years old, it has charm and history. The locals are warm and welcoming and the broads, beaches and wildlife re-charge you. Norfolk is a beautiful county to visit with stunning landscapes and famous broads with a rich history. Hickling is the perfect base to explore all of these.

What makes this cottage unique

Goleby's Cottage is set back from the lane and has an enclosed garden to welcome you. The property is over 250 years old and has been described as a 'Proper English Country Cottage'. Whether you are sitting on the patio enjoying the garden in the summer or snuggling up with the underfloor heating and woodburner in the winter, the cottage is cosy and comfortable all year round.

Just a 2 minute stroll, The Greyhound pub welcomes all, including children and dogs. They serve a range of food and local ales. A 15 minute stroll will take you to Hickling Broad, the largest of the broads. You will also pass the Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve with a wealth of wildlife. The Pleasure Boat Inn provides great views over the broad and has a small shop for provisions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow! What a perfect, comfortable, inviting, quaint cottage set in a beautiful village amongst the Broads. There is absolutely everything you could possibly need to make this cottage what it is, exceptional!

We have stayed in many cottages across the country for Christmas but Goleby's cottage is by far, the best. The owners (who were most helpful throughout, providing lots of information about everything in the area) had very kindly laid on little Christmas presents for us and our dog and decorated the cottage beautifully, the roaring fire and underfloor heating made it just that little bit more special too. The local pub (Greyhound) about 100m away was also very welcoming and a traditional country pub with great staff and food. We will be returning to the cottage this year hopefully and can not wait to get back there.

Angie P Welling UK

Due to having family in Norwich and also loving Norfolk we have had many visits to Nelsons county.This is the only cottage we would want to return to. Golebys is very tranquil and peaceful which allowed us to completely unwind over our 2 week stay.Because of the location we were able to pop to local beaches for dog walks as well as Broadland walks.We were also able to visit Norwich frequently to see my family and watch my beloved Norwich City.We also took in Blakeney,Cromer and Southwold.After long days out walking it was wonderful to return to by far the best equipped cottage we have stayed in .The attention to detail was second to none. We would like to thank Annie and Sean for their hospitality and also helpful communications both before and during our stay.

Dunstone C Devon UK

Golby's cottage was the perfect location for exploring the Broads and beyond. We were able to come back and relax and enjoy the comforts of the cottage after a day out. The cottage is exceptionally well equipped with everything you need for a self catering break, but also with some excellent extras such as iPod decks and WiFi. The owners Annie and Sean have clearly thought through everything to make it a relaxing stay, including a welcome pack for us and our wee dog! They really went the extra mile. We would thoroughly recommend Golby's and Hickling and we hope to return again.

FDC Dundee UK
Jan 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Norwich in Hickling

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with bath, walk in shower cubicle, washbasin and wc
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with an antique victorian brass and iron double bed, radio with iPod docking station Bedroom 2 with twin beds, small TV/DVD player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
Outside: Fully enclosed cottage garden, with furnished patio, garden bench and barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels, bedding and tea towels, oven gloves are provided, as is wi-if, electricity, underfloor heating and starter baskets of wood, coal and kindling. The cottage is cleaned and prepared for each stay.


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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Norwich International
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Sea Palling
Car: necessary


Close to the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk coast. Less than 10 minutes drive to the nearest beach of Sea Palling, just 3 miles away. Beautiful stretches of golden sand, family and dog friendly. A seal colony can be seen at Horsey beach. Hickling Broad is a 10 minute walk away.


A car is recommended to explore the area but not essential due to the local bus service.


Essentials can be purchased in a local village pub and Stalham is 3 miles away with its high street shops, butchers, takeaways and a Tesco store.

Further Details:

Hickling Broad is the largest of the broads, which can be explored by boat or pathways. Hickling Nature Reserve, run by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, provides the perfect location for bird watching. Birds you can expect to see are the common crane, bittern, march harrier, bearded tit, cetti's warbler, barn owls and king fisher. The reserve is also home to the chinese water deer, red deer, otters and local specialities - the swallow tail butterfly and Norfolk hawker dragonfly.

Other local activities include horse riding in the village, cycling, walking and fishing.

The areas best childrens attraction, BeWILDerwood is just 10 miles away. Set in a treetop world, BeWILDerwood is a perfect day out for not only children but parents too!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Norwich, East of England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
14 Apr 2018 - 11 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Almost Summer
12 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Fun
23 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer Sun
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn Explore
15 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Winter Welcome
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year celebration
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please refer to the booking calendar for availability.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday from April to November. Flexible where possible between November and March. Short breaks are available out of peak season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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