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Cosy traditional riverside cottage in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty



Updated: 13-Oct-2016
Cottage in the beautiful North Norfolk coastal village of Stiffkey

Old Charlie's is an archetypal traditional flint and brick detached cottage in Stiffkey, a pretty village sitting on the salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast.

The 100 foot garden extends down to the banks of the little River Stiffkey with uninterrupted views of the peaceful valley from the private sun deck. A perfect spot to watch the local duck and swan population drift by, the trout rise, or to make use of the barbeque and fire pit.

To the north side of the cottage, and a short stroll away, is one of the largest expanses of undeveloped coastal habitats of its type in Europe. Blakeney National Nature Reserve is within the ownership of the National Trust. It includes Blakeney Point, Blakeney Freshes, Morston and Stiffkey Marshes and supports a wide range of coastal plant and bird communities, with many nationally important species.

Perfectly located between Blakeney and Wells-Next-The-Sea, for easy access to all the attractions this beautiful coast has to offer. Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path are a ten minute walk away. As a bonus, The Red Lion pub is a mere 30 second hop from the front door. A popular and classic country inn, it serves great locally sourced food and beer. It is one of the plethora of top notch watering holes and restaurants within striking distance of Old Charlie's.

This cosy and compact cottage has recently been refurbished to the highest specification garnering many compliments from guests about the high quality décor and contents. It sleeps three (four with a pull-out bed) and features include free Wi-Fi, wood burning stove, 42" flat screen tv, DVD player, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, Bluetooth speakers, DAB radio. Much of the original artwork in the house is of local subject matter, as are many of the books in the extensive collection.

Birdwatchers, walkers, real ale enthusiasts, epicurians and beach lovers will all find both the cottage and area a delight.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Exceptionally comfortable and beautiful cottage, just perfect for a half-term holiday". The Jones family, October 2015.
Oct 2015
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Gorgeous cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay in old Charlies. The cottage was like a home from home with a well equipped kitchen,comfy beds and everything was of a high quality. We had fantastic weather so were able to enjoy relaxing on the decking looking out over unspoilt country side and taking in the wildlife. Another plus was being over the road from the Red Lion pub where we enjoyed some good food. I would recommend walking along the coastal path from stiffkey to wells and the seals at morston quay both not far from the cottage. Would love to return here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Old Charlies

  • 4 of 5

Had a very nice holiday. cottage was clean and cosy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Ideal few Days Break

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at exactly 16.00hrs and found "Old Charlie's" as described. The living room was very comfortable and clean, the kitchen had everything we needed and again very clean. The upstairs was much like downstairs very well laid out and comfy with a cracking shower. As the weather was good we spent most evenings on the decking next to the river watching the local wildlife which consisted of trout leaping in the river, rabbits on the hillside & numerous species of birds. All in all the cottage is situated very well with the view, the river & the pub across the road which is very convenient (possibly to convenient).

We would certainly return again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Activity and Interests

The North Norfolk coastal village of Stiffkey is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has one of the richest saltmarshes for wildlife in the country, providing excellent opportunities for both ornithology and walking.

Famous for its cockles, the “Stewkey Blues” which are given this name from being stained blue due to the mud they live in - can be great fun to collect, along with Stiffkey Samphire which originally was known as the poor man’s asparagus but now features in many Michelin Stared restaurants as a delicacy, including Morston Hall which is found in the next village along the coast.

Stiffkey has a real traditional county pub in the village with its stone floor, open fires and wooden pews – At, The Red Lion, you can be assured a very warm welcome and discover delicious home cooked food; they also pride themselves on using fresh locally sourced ingredients – such as Morston Mussels and Cromer Crabs.

The stunning award winning sandy beaches at Holkham and Wells are just four miles along the coast and we would recommend taking a boat trip from nearby Blakeney or Morston to see the colony of seals at Blakeney point - a great unique experience to see wildlife in its natural surroundings. Also on certain trips they land on the point, giving you chance to stretch your legs on this beautiful strip of beach and walk to the old lifeboat house, now an information centre owned by the national trust.

The oldest and most famous Wildlife Trust nature reserve, in Cley is found just a little further along the coast road and the stylish market towns of Holt and Burnham Market are just a short drive away.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Oct 2016 half term
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2 2016
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nicola Linley Special
18 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Sue and Raymond
5 May 2017 - 13 May 2017
9 night minimum stay
Amy Watt
19 May 2017 - 23 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

All weekly rates are exactly as per the availability/rates stated on this site. Short breaks may be available on request out of season (minimum charge of £400). If you have any questions please feel free to contact us and we'll get back to you promptly.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, unless otherwise agreed. Guests to vacate the cottage by 10am. Cottage available from 4pm.

Strictly no pets.

There is a small, unfenced river at the end of the garden, so appropriate care should be taken with children.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 13-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing


  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Power shower, water closet by The Venerable Thomas Crapper, heated towel rail.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • There is one double bedroom and one single bed in the eaves upstairs . The single pulls out to sleep an extra (fourth) person (ideal for children).


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


  • Self-catering

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