- Bedrooms: 3
- Sleeps: 5
- Approximate Pricing: £700 - £950 per week
1 super-king double, 1 twin room and 1 single bedroom
This lovely brick and flint cottage is one of a terrace of three cottages, on a quiet country lane at the mid-point between the four villages of Great Walsingham, Wighton, Binham and Hindringham. It looks onto rolling fields in all directions and has a beautiful large wild garden of about half an acre, full of flowers. You cannot beat it for a rural retreat, about ten minutes' drive from the North Norfolk coast, with its glorious beaches. Downstairs is a newly-fitted kitchen, with electric twin oven, microwave, induction hob and dishwasher, and a separate pantry with fridge and freezer. The kitchen is open to the dining-room, which has a working fireplace and gives onto a paved south-facing terrace, with a table and benches for outdoor meals, all looking across the fields. Next to the dining room is a spacious sitting room with a new TV (can play Catch-up TV) and DVD player, wood-burning stove and i-pod dock.
Upstairs is a large bedroom with a superking-sized bed, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom. The two double bedrooms have incredible views over the fields behind the cottage, while the single bedroom looks out on the front garden. All the beds have electric blankets. The bathroom has a walk-in shower as well as a bath.
The brick outhouse behind the cottage has a garden room with a second fridge and a washing machine, as well as a wet-room which provides a useful second loo as well as another shower (great for washing children straight from the beach or muddy dogs).
The cottage is very much a family home and is furnished as such: it has a personal feel to it, and a stay here will feel like going to a friend's house. There are family paintings on the walls, and some of the furniture is antique, as are the Turkish kilims, but some things are more shabby.
There is wifi, and pets are welcome by arrangement, but no smoking inside the cottage please.
Bed linen and towels are provided, but please bring your own beach towels. Firewood will be provided for visitors staying between October and April.
If you would like to see more photos, including the back and front of the cottage and the bathroom, please go to TripAdvisor and look under Walsingham Holiday Rentals. (But don't book through them as it will cost you more!)
Kate, June 2017:
"We have just returned from the most wonderful rural family retreat.
This is a very cosy rustic cottage(you get the home away from home feeling instantly) which sits perched on a beautiful property with fabulous vistas across the countryside. You are surrounded by beautiful rambling gardens, a great grassy area for children to play in and a hilltop swing for morning coffee and evening drinks. Henrietta has an amazing art collection throughout the house!
The house is nestled in a very quiet rural location but nearby is the beautiful coast (we visited the beach at, Wells Next the Sea, Brancaster and Cley Next the Sea; all offering a different vibe but with beautiful sea views and huge beaches!
The farm shop in little Waslingham was brilliant for food, wine and treats.
Great little shops in Burnham market, Thornham deli and shop, Drove orchards with boutique shops and great fish and chips at Eric's (outdoor seating and kids play area adjacent)
We visited the seals at Blakeney with Bishops boats, a great boat ride and insight into that area of the coast.
Also spent a morning on the Holkham Estate which has a great wooden adventure playground the kids loved.
Two children (boys 2,4) a birdwatcher, and two moms who love outdoors were all very delighted with what North Norfolk has to offer and 1 Field House Cottage is the perfect spot to stay!
On our last night we had a show from Barnaby the Owl who soared up and down the neighbouring fields hunting for dinner!
We would definitely recommend this cottage to friends who are looking to discover this beautiful neck of the woods.
Thank you Henrietta for all your emails and helpfulness!
Kate and family"
Saskia, March 2017:
"We had a lovely long weekend in this gorgeous cottage. The interior is delightful and feels like you are visiting someone's lovely home rather than renting a commercial property. While being completely practical and well-equipped, it is also full of original art, oriental rugs and unique pieces of furniture that make you feel you are somewhere rather special. Set among gentle hills, there are undisturbed views over the countryside for miles, the birdlife is abundant and we even saw hares leaping through the flowers in the front garden in the early morning! The pretty back garden backs directly onto a paddock and is large, with several different seating areas perfect for catching the sun at different times of the day. There are good walks across the fields accessible from the lane and there is almost no passing traffic, which is perfect for children and dogs and anyone seeking a change from the bustle of everyday life. It's an easy drive to the north Norfolk coast where beach walks abound, and the villages and towns nearby offer all the usual amenities plus a good selection of specialist food and antique shops. The owner, Henrietta, was very helpful and keen to make sure that our stay was perfect. It's the perfect location for a relaxing and inspiring break and writing this review is making me long to return before too long."
Evelyn in December 2016:
"Perfect for Christmas,
I can only agree with previous visitors that this is as good as holiday cottages come. It was spacious, warm and comfortable with everything we needed and far more besides, not just the standard five of everything normally found in a holiday cottage. We felt as if we were staying in a friend's house with the wonderful pictures and furniture that were obviously much-loved family possessions adding to the relaxed atmosphere. Henrietta went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed Christmas with beautiful decorations throughout the house and garden, and was extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with. She was particularly kind to let us take our dogs and they did appreciate the bonios on arrival, thank you!"
Reviewed by Sophie and Simon, October 2015
"Exceptional cottage in a beautiful ocation.
I don't think we've ever stayed in such a lovely cottage. It is spacious, comfortable and full of interesting artwork which made it feel much nicer than most holiday accommodation. Lovely views, extremely comfortable beds, a very pretty garden at the front and the back, wood burning stove, plenty of space to eat, cook and relax. It has been furnished with great care and we felt comfortable and well looked after. Henrietta was a pleasure to deal with. We would go back in an instant. It is also in a beautiful part of Norfolk with easy access to lots of great walks, bird watching opportunities not to mention restaurants and pubs. We felt very fortunate to have stayed here.
Reviewed by Colin and Gillian in September 2015:
"A gem amongst the Norfolk lanes.
Nestling amongst the numerous quiet country lanes in North Norfolk, 1 Field House Cottages is both an idyllic cottage and an excellent location to explore the beautiful villages, and coastal area of Norfolk. Internally, the cottage is extremely welcoming, very comfortable and especially well equipped with everything one might need provided by the generous owner. Externally the grounds and garden again have been carefully prepared and provide a very quiet and secluded place to enjoy. In our limited time we were unable to frequent the local restaurants and pubs but we're immensely impressed by the many fantastic farm shops, cafes and tea rooms we encountered on our cycling tours."
Reviewed in September 2015:
"A beautiful haven.
We have just returned from a fantastic break with the family. The cottage is truly idyllic and filled with character. Every room is decorated with quality furniture and original paintings.
The location is perfect to explore all the lovely North Norfolk towns and beaches in the area. Henrietta couldn't have been more helpful as a host, and they were really accommodating letting us bring both our dogs. We would definitely book this cottage again. Thank you!!"
Reviewed by Geraldine and Tom, September 2015:
"Great house, wonderful location!
What a wonderful house, clean, comfortable with beautiful artwork on the walls...our children picked a favourite painting every day...one could imagine every artefact has a story behind it! The garden is terrific and the views are lovely. The whole place has a very relaxing feel to it and a perfect place to get away from it all. The location is very good, great base for exploring the North Norfolk coast, particularly the spectacular beach at Wells next the Sea. We had a great week and hope to visit again. '
Reviewed by Sue and Andrew in August 2015:
"A delightful cottage, equally functional and comfortable, of intriguing interest in its paintings and furniture, and superbly converted, in keeping with the original style but with all modern facilities Set in idyllic country surroundings, far from busy roads, with its own garden, in a sea of wild flowers, and overlooking glorious rolling countryside this is a perfect family or group getaway. There is a shop and pub within reasonable reach. The cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the nearby magnificent N Norfolk coastline, as well as all other local attractions, and can easily be used for a larger group by also taking the next door cottage, no 3. We took both cottages as the base for ourselves and extended family attending our son’s local wedding; the sheer delight of the accommodation added significantly to our memories of a wonderful week. Henrietta made everything so easy. This is an idyllic base for the country lover wanting to explore the glories of North Norfolk."
Reviewed by Iain and Georgia in July 2015:
“An idyllic place to stay.
We have been holidaying in North Norfolk for over 20 years and this is our favourite place. Peaceful, tranquil and beautiful location and very comfortable and beautifully furnished spacious cottage. The gardens are wonderful and it is close to all our favourite beaches and walks : Sheringham, Holkham, Fellbrigg to name but a few It was such a tonic and we have returned feeling revived after a busy year's teaching in London! It was also really nice that my brother rented the cottage next door at the same time so cousins could spend time together - just perfect, thank you!
Liked best: The stunning location
Liked least: Nothing!
Traveling group: Teenagers"
Reviewed by Victoria and Michael in June 2015 :
"An utterly charming cottage in a very peaceful, beautiful location overlooking rolling fields. If you want a quiet holiday in a truly beautiful location, this is perfect. Tastefully restored, with a very large garden, the cottage was ideal when the weather was good and it was very warm and cosy when it rained the next day. Well equipped, with good sized, comfortable beds. Half the garden is laid to lawn, the other half is the most stunningly beautiful wild garden. Had a really good holiday exploring the local area.".
Reviewed by Christine in June 2015:
“Quirky and comfortable.
My husband and I stayed at the cottage for a weekend with our two grandsons aged 9 and 10 and we loved our time there. The cottage is roomy and well equipped and every room has something interesting to look at with a wide range of paintings and artefacts. The boys slept well in their comfortable twin beds and we too slept comfortably in the large master bedroom. We visited Cromer one day, followed by a really good local event held by model makers which the boys really loved and then went on to the tank museum in Muckleburgh which although more a 'boys' thing was something I too found very interesting. On the Sunday we took a ride on the North Norfolk Railway which runs along the hills overlooking the sea on a day when the sky was a beautiful blue, the wind was ruffling the grasses and the sea looked wonderful - very spectacular. Dave's fish bar, down a side street in Sherringham serves wonderful fish and chips too, so all told a really great weekend. We would definitely recommend the cottage and the area to others."
Reviewed by Julie in May 2015:
“Beautiful Cottage in a fantastic part of North Norfolk.
This cottage is a little piece of magic and feels like home from home.... enjoyed the delights oft the wild and beautiful open beaches. Seal trips and shopping in Burnham Market followed by a lovely lunch in the very doggie friendly Halse Hotel.
The countryside is amazing with lovely pubs, farm shops, and royal Sandringham is only 20 mins away.
I can recommend this cottage 100% and will return again very soon."..
Off-lane parking in front of the garage as well as on the gravel courtyard behind a five-bar gate. There is space for a boat on this gravel courtyard as well.
A garden of about half an acre surrounds the cottage on three sides.
The stone paved south-facing terrace behind the cottage has uninterrupted views across the fields and meadows, towards Walsingham and Hindringham. The sunsets and huge skies are quite beautiful from these cottages.
This location is very secluded and rural - but only a couple of miles from both Binham with its petrol station, butcher and general store, and from Walsingham with its wonderful Farm Shop selling delicious fresh produce including sourdough bread, freshly made soups, quiches, pies and cakes, as well as the famous restaurant and fish and chip shop - the Norfolk Riddle.
You are only a few miles from the North Norfolk coast with the beautiful beaches of Wells, Holkham and Brancaster and the salt marshes at Stiffkey, as well as the endless coastal walks around Morston, Blakeney, Cley and Salthouse.
This is a bird watchers' paradise , with Barnaby the local barn owl living in empty wooden barns nearby, as well as buzzards and any number of more common birds, including innumerable pied wagtails, inhabiting both front and back gardens.
More committed twitchers can travel to the coast but you don't have to move from the terrace to enjoy the wildlife, and the sounds of the estuary birds in the water meadows behind the cottage at dusk are a joy.
With a large garden as well as a wood burner and an open fire, this is a perfect rural retreat all year round.
Ask the owner, Sophie Parsons a question...
Don't forget to mention Glaven Valley when calling.