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Delightful, peaceful, pet-friendly accommodation for two with off-road parking



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
One bedroom, ground floor annexe, rural location, just inland from the North Norfolk coast.

Swallows' Nest is situated in the thriving village of Briston, near the pretty Georgian town of Holt. You can buy all your groceries and meat in the village and there is a wider range of shops and eateries in Holt, including a locally owned Budgens store selling produce grown in the area. The Nest has a kitchen/living room, wet room, utility room leading out to an enclosed container garden, and double bedroom. WiFi, dishwasher, good selection of movies, books and local maps.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

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About the Owner

When we first set eyes on Devonshire House in the summer of 2006, swallows were swooping noisily in and out of the porch. Five years later, we converted the annexe attached to our home into a holiday let and named it after them, Swallows' Nest. We love having guests to stay, many of whom now return every year. Working from home as we do, it's a joy to be able to share this beautiful part of North Norfolk with our guests, and our friendly, two-year-old Labrador, Rosie, loves it too.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

12th-19th July 2014

I have been coming to Swallows' Nest for about three years usually 3-4 times a year. There is always a warm and friendly welcome (that includes Rosie) and the cakes! When visiting Norfolk I would never dream of staying anywhere else.

Georgina, Essex.

21st-22nd November 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our Swallows' Nest experience from the initial fun and helpful emails, the warm welcome, the scrumptious homemade cake and the delightful accommodation, bright, cheerful, warm and cosy. Who could ask for anything more?

Ken and Jayne

18th-22nd August 2014

We can only reiterate what everyone else has said, gorgeous in every way. So pleased we discovered Swallows' Nest, thank you, can't wait to come back.

Bob and Vicki and Perry the Greyhound
Mar 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Swallows' Nest is a great base for exploring North Norfolk, about 5 miles from Holt and 10 miles to the lovely North Norfolk coast.

It is clean and very comfortable, there are lots of touches of luxury, super fluffy towels, delicious home made cake and flowers on arrival. Lots of up to date magazines, books and films are provided, everything you could need (dishwasher, washing machine etc).

I really enjoyed my stay and hope to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming - it was lovely to meet you!
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From the Owner

Briston is great because it provides the best of both worlds: a thriving, friendly North Norfolk village with a shop, pubs, bakery, butcher, post office and greengrocer - and yet only a 10-minute drive along the coast road and you'll find yourself at the nearest beach (Salthouse) or in the pretty Georgian town of Holt. Many of our guests have told us they really like the fact that we are close to the tourist 'hot spots' but far enough away to enjoy a peaceful evening sitting in the Nest garden with nothing but the birds for company.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Norwich at 15 Miles Nearest Train : Sheringham at 9 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Holt at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Salthouse at 8 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Golf, boating, walking, cycling, canoeing, horse-riding, beaches and the Broads. Adventure parks, zoos, dinosaur parks, museums, steam railways, shire horses and nature reserves.


The nearest beach is Salthouse (8 miles), a 10-minute drive. Sheringham and Cromer are only 20-30 minutes' drive.


Norwich airport 20 miles. Car recommended.


Holt is our closest town and is only three miles away. It has many small independent shops including a marvellous bookshop and a locally owned Budgens supermarket. Fakenham (15-minute drive) has a Tesco, Lidl and a Morrisons. Aylsham (15-minute drive) is a small and friendly market town and the northern terminus of the Bure Valley Railway that runs to Wroxham. Blickling Hall (National Trust) is down the road and provides excellent dog-walking opportunities and bluebell woods in the spring.

Further Details:

Within the local area you can explore the Norfolk broads, visit the medieval city of Norwich, walk across salt marshes, see pretty seaside and market villages, rolling fens, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves (Pensthorpe is only a 10-minute drive). Thursford is 15 minutes away - explore the steam museum and book in for the unmissable Christmas Spectacular held every year.


Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay
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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Central heating is included (from October 1st–April 1st)
One well-behaved dog welcome, no charge (see our dog policy)
Non-refundable deposit of £150.00 is payable for weekly bookings. Balance due four weeks before arrival.
Short breaks are payable in full.
(2 nights £160, 3 nights £230, 4 nights £280, 5 nights £320, 6 nights £360)
Cheques/BACS: yes

Changeover Day:
Open all year round
We don't have fixed days for change-over. Mid-week stays, weekend stays and full week stays are all welcome.
(Available from 4.00pm on the first day of your stay, until 10.00am on the final morning.)

Short breaks are payable in full in advance (cheque or BACS). Stays of one week or longer - £150 deposit to be paid by cheque/BACS upon booking, balance payment due six weeks before arrival.

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From the Owner

The property is just two minutes' walk from the nearest pub (although there are two to choose from in the village). If you are looking for great food to eat in the comfort of the Nest, we can also recommend local foodie places where you can get delicious takeaways at reasonable prices. Fresh crab, lobster and fish are all available (in season) from the 'Norfolk Larder' in the village which is a short walk from Swallows' Nest. We are very dog-friendly and do not charge for our four-legged guests (see our dog policy). There are many dog-friendly pubs in the surrounding villages and lots of excellent dog-friendly walks, two of which are provided by the Stody Estate locally - especially for dog walkers, so the areas are fully enclosed and safe to let your dog run free.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • village


  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Wet room which has electric shower, washbasin, heated towel rail and w.c


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (one double bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Double bed with wisteria-clad window affording view across patio area and enclosed cottage garden. Tallboy with hanging space and three-drawer storage.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Garden: Utility opens on to patio area and leads to enclosed, secluded shingle container garden with leafy seating area, coffee table and chairs to relax in. Parking: Shared gravel driveway with owners. Garden access for dog owners with muddy paws. Utility Room: Hallway/utility: With coat hooks leading into utility room. Boot tray for wellies/walking boots, washing machine, steam iron and ironing board provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, T. towel and towels are provided (but not beach towels).

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