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Charming country cottage with garden on Norfolk village green

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Shouldham, Nr. Downham Market, West Norfolk, Norfolk, England - Lovely rural village with local pubs very close by

The cottage is set on one corner of a pretty village green, directly opposite the village pub, and is recently completely refurbished and redecorated to a high standard. It has a completely new kitchen, bathroom with over bath shower and sitting / dining room on the ground floor and one double and one twin room on the first floor. Gas fired central heating and wood burner make it very cosy for the chillier months, and the garden (with access to an even larger garden and unique treehouse) make it wonderful in the spring and summer. Antique furniture, vintage lighting and designer fabrics complete the look of a cosy country cottage.

Guests should note that the cottage is 200 years old and the staircase is very characterful, tucked into the corner of the sitting room behind a door, but it is steep and almost a spiral (with strong rope bannister), but it can be challenging for those with limited mobility. Also, the only bathroom is on the ground floor.

More Details

Alexandra Gammie
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Alexandra Gammie

I have two small children and spend the majority of my time in North London, and as many weekends and holidays as possible in the village. I own the neighbouring property, and have done so since 1999, so know the village very well, and took the opportunity to buy the next door property when it became available, as a holiday let and as extra space for visitors. I love cooking and entertaining, and my existing cottage has been the location for innumerable gatherings and batches of jam and marmalade making over the years!

Alexandra Gammie purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Alexandra Gammie chose King's Lynn and West Norfolk District

I have owned the next door cottage for 16 years and have grown to love this lovely village and part of West Norfolk. The village itself is full of character and community spirit, as displayed in the recent conversion of the Kings Arms village pub across the road into a community pub (with me as one of many shareholders!) and the numerous village events that take place throughout the year. It is also very convenient for getting to from London (2 hours driving from North London outside rush hour, or 1 hour 20 mins to the nearby Downham Market station), but still very rural and unspoilt. While the North Norfolk beaches are within 35 minutes drive, the village is not overwhelmed with holiday makers, as so many of the coastal villages are, and retains a life of its own throughout the year.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage has been recently completely renovated and redecorated and fitted out to a high specification with gas central heating, a new kitchen and a wood burning stove, and is bright and cosy whilst retaining a rural charm. There is a reasonably sized, child and dog-proofed garden to the rear, with patio and picnic table, and with access through a gate to the very large neighbouring garden which has swings, a really unique treehouse and other garden entertainments for children. In addition to the pub, which serves excellent real ales and good pub food, there is the 'Chalk and Cheese' on the opposite corner of the village green, which has a bar, serves excellent food (with their own wood fired pizza oven) and has a small antique shop and gallery attached.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in King's Lynn and West Norfolk District in Norfolk

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor bathroom with WC, bath tub and electric shower over.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds plus cot.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Notes on accommodation: The neighbouring cottage (number 3) is owned by the same person and can be rented at the same time by special request. Almost identical in size and facilities, but somewhat more 'wear and tear' and personal clutter! Outside: Medium sized garden (fenced) with lawn, trees and flowerbeds, and a patio with picnic table. Gate leading into the larger neighbouring garden (same owner) with mature trees, three swings and unique custom treehouse in an apple tree. Paddling pool and pump available. Utility Room: Washing machine is located in the outhouse, directly across from the back kitchen door. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and two towels per person included, plus spares. Feather duvets (hypo allergenic also available if needed). Cleaning after each stay, and during by arrangement. Other: Two small rooms off the sitting room for coats / boots and computer desk area.


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Charming country cottage with garden on Norfolk village green
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

A very cosy cottage in a lovely Noŕfolk village .

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our new years break in Shouldham .The cottage was really well equipped and very cosy a real home away from home . The pub on the green was a great place to spend New year's eve.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfy, relaxing cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was well equipped and I had no trouble making a Xmas dinner. Everything was perfect and the log burner was great! We didn’t explore the surrounding area too much with it being Xmas but there’s woods nearby to walk in and a long beach about 25mins away. The fence perhaps needs a bit of attention along the footpath that runs next to the property, if you have a dog that likes to escape under them I would probably keep an eye on them. Compared to other properties we’ve stayed in though it’s very secure and we had no trouble leaving our dog to have a wonder about outside.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy and very accommodating

  • 4 of 5

Ideal place to stay and kick off for visits to King's Lynn and surrounds. Although a born and bred West Norfolkian, I had never visited Shouldham before, so pleasantly surprised at its quaintness. The 'King's Arms' just a crawl opposite was charming if a little expensive - ok if you're one of the London 'yuppies that seem to own most pf the properties surrounding the green

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a good stay in the cottage, Deborah, although I would like to correct you on the detail of the 'London Yuppies'. I think you'll find I am the only London Yuppy who owns property on the Green! But I'm glad you like what I have done with the place... I am also one of the dozens of community members who clubbed together to save the charming pub from being closed down entirely.
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Cozy cottage with lovely garden and great nearby pub

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, really cozy but still had all we needed. The garden was great too and the pub was the friendliest we have been in for ages.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely well equipped cottage in a fab village location.

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable well appointed cottage with a dog friendly garden (just be aware of the right of way along back of house for the occasional visitor and postman). The cottage is well placed to access many of the delights of Norfolk . Recommended and we hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the cottage seemed perfect to me. It was all very clean and well presented, had a charming atmosphere and all the amenities worked well. The little back yard and well kept garden beyond are lovely oases full of birdsong in the evenings, ideal for sitting out with a glass of something (or a meal) whilst enjoying the ambience of the little rural village. As to location, pretty much perfect for exploring Norfolk, including the beautiful coastal stretch between King's Lynn and Cromer in particular. We spent a couple of brilliant days up there at Blakeney, Morston and Wells Next The Sea.

Definitely recommended and I hope to revisit before long.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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25 miles (half an hour's drive) to old Hunstanton beach, backed by sand dunes and lined with beach huts. About another 10 miles to the famous main stretch of North Norfolk beaches and coastal towns for crabbing, seal-spotting trips and classic seaside fun (Thornham, Wells-next-the-sea, Holkham and Burnham Overy Staithe).


Downham Market Station 7 miles away with taxi rank. Car useful but not strictly necessary.


Downham Market 7 miles

Kings Lynn 9 miles

Swaffham 11 miles

Oxborough Hall (NT) 10 miles

Further Details:

Chalk and Cheese bar / restaurant - also on the village green. Kings Arms directly opposite with real ale and pub food, beer garden and café in term time. Nearest supermarkets (Tesco and Morrisons) in Downham Market. Major high street / out of town shopping in Kings Lynn.

Wonderful children's activities nearby, particularly Church Farm in Stow Bardolph (10 mins drive away).


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Booking Notes:
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Changeover Day:
Friday preferred.

Notes on prices:
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.