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Charming country cottage with garden on Norfolk village green

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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:
24 June, 2017

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 Breckland

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 Thetford in Norfolk & The Broads

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.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)


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: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Weekend in Norfolk

  • 4 of 5

Lovely little cottage which was just perfect for our stay. Garden good size but due to access of neighbours through garden to other houses meant a close eye was required due to our dogs. Great village location very peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage with character

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage with all the mod cons you would need . Stairs a little tricky if you have mobility problems but no problems for us as a family with older children. Beautiful views of the village green and local pub opposite. In all a wonderful peaceful stay . Wonderland village location in rural Norfolk .

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, Tiny, Charming, property with character

  • 4 of 5

We had a very comfortable stay in this charming and tasteful little retreat, ideal for North Norfolk, Ely, Cambridge and Peterborough. Our only regret was that we didn't have enough time! The Pub was brilliant, relaxed meal, good beer and entertaining clients!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

A charming cottage with a beautiful garden in a real village green setting. Well equipped and good quality kitchen and bedding. Our only issue was difficulty connecting to the wi-fi in the cottage, otherwise we had a relaxing holiday in peaceful surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well presented property in a lovely village

  • 5 of 5

The property is well situated in the heart of the village right opposite the village pub, the pub serves excellent food and I would recommend people eat there. The property is well presented with a full range of facilities, however I would not recommend the property to anyone with mobility problems as the stairs to the first floor are very steep, narrow and winding!

The double bed is probably one of the best that I have ever slept in as it was extremely comfortable.

I would highly recommend this property to couples who want to visit Norfolk and stay in a very comfortable property in an excellent village location.

  • Review Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Summer Holidays 2017 rate
22 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Friday preferred.

Notes on prices:
For pricing of shorter stays or dates not shown, please get in touch.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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