- Bedrooms: 4
- Sleeps: 8
- Approximate Pricing: £575 - £800 per week
2 downstairs b'rooms: twin/bunks. 2 upstairs: dble/singlen
The original 'building' on this site was a Victorian railway carriage! We believe it was put in place in the early 1930s, and is still at the heart of the house as it is today. You can see part of the carriage in the photo of the kitchen - it houses two narrow but comfortable bedrooms (twin beds and bunks) and the shower room/loo. These downstairs facilities are a useful feature for the elderly or those with limited mobility, although the carriage doors are too narrow for a wheelchair.
Upstairs are a double bedroom (king-size bed) with windows looking to back and front, and a single bedroom, with an additional folding bed if requested . We have a travel cot, stair gates, high chair and baby bath available too - no extra charge. All bedrooms have freestanding electric radiators, hanging space and drawers. There are also electric heaters in the kitchen and shower room.
Bring your own bed linen and towels, or these can be provided for £7 extra per person. (or £6 if you make up your own beds).
Out of school holidays we offer short breaks (minimum 3 nights) and discounts for four or fewer people. Please contact us for details.
Quiet, well-behaved dogs are accepted at £20 each extra per week. (Usual max. 2)
There is a large wood burner in the spacious sitting room/dining room, and plenty of books (adults and children's), local maps and guides, indoor and outdoor games and pastimes, plus a TV/video and DVD player with lots of family-friendly films, and radio/cassette/cd player. Basic Wi-Fi and landline phone.
The kitchen is large and has a full-sized electric cooker with double oven, plus the usual electricals (fridge, microwave, toaster etc) and also a slow cooker, hand blender and mixer. No dishwasher, sorry, due to plumbing complications. There is a freezer and a washing machine in an outhouse.
The rent includes the first £25 worth of electricity and basic internet access, good supply of fuel for the woodburner in the winter, and landline calls (all at standard rates with no markup).
The garden is large and mainly laid to lawn, with ample space for parking at the front. It's very private and well enclosed, and good for both children and dogs with plenty of room to run around. Parents should take note that there is a lake close to the house, across the lane. For added safety the gate can be secured with a cycle lock.
There's plenty of garden/beach furniture, a big barbecue, and a selection of bicycles for guests' use - handy for nipping up to the shop, and for exploring the local area..
NEARBY FACILITIES -
We provide lots of brochures and guides in the house, but here are a few important details..........
Between Easter and the end of October, there's a well stocked general store at the end of the lane nearest the road, about five minutes walk. A fab fish and chip shop/cafe, amusement arcade and other facilities are perhaps 15 minutes walk away, all operating during the summer months. The clubhouse near the beach road is open to the public (bar and entertainment in mid/high season), and the bar close to Diglea campsite does good homely food.
At other times of the year the nearest shops are in Snettisham village, a couple of miles inland. It offers a good range of facilities, including a Co-op with an indoor cashpoint, small general store, pharmacy, surgery, post office, quirky second hand bookshop, craft shop, gallery, hairdresser, charity shop, garden centre, a couple of good pubs and a restaurant. There are regular car boot sales in the summer which are very popular, and a fascinating general auction every Friday morning throughout the year (look up Cruso and Wilkin online)
Snettisham beach (a few minutes walk along rough footpaths) consists of a mixture of shingle, sand and shells. It's very quiet and often deserted apart from a few walkers, and activity around the sailing club (www.snetbeach.co.uk) during the summer months.
Swimming is good at high tide, but low tide reveals the vast mudflats of The Wash, beloved of myriad sea birds. Look online for tide tables showing when the tide is going to be in or out. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.
The world-renowned RSPB bird reserve is easily reached on foot or by bike - it's a place apart, wild and windswept and atmospheric. In the winter especially there are spectacular flocks of wild geese which fill the skies and attract lots of bird enthusiasts. It has been featured on the BBC's Coast and Winterwatch programmes, among others.
There are many attractions within a few miles, and The Patch is also a good base for walking, cycling, photography, water sports, fishing, golf, and even astronomy: - being far away from streetlights, we have beautiful clear starlit skies at night (weather permitting!
The cheerful Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton is about six miles away, and has a good range of shops and attractions, including a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool (The Oasis) and a Sea Life Centre. The Princess Theatre usually has shows or films to offer throughout the year.
The historic town of King's Lynn has much to recommend it, both for shopping and for attractions - several fascinating museums, theatres, markets, a wonderful Art Deco cinema,fine historic buildings, and so on.
Plenty to do round about - for instance, the Royal Family's own holiday home, Sandringham House, with huge free-entry grounds and large visitors centre.
Norfolk Lavender, with its extensive facilities including scented gardens, cafe, farm shop, plants, gifts, and lavender processing works.
Castle Rising - where there are spectacular battle re-enactments during summer weekends. Snettisham Farm Park is great for children, with baby animals to feed, horses to ride, an adventure playground, tea room and shop, etc.
Bircham Windmill is a memorable and fascinating place to visit, with fabulous views from the top to reward your climb. Regular art and craft displays in the tea shop, and sometimes special events. Cycle hire. Friendly animals, and regular sheep milking to watch.
Further afield, take an exhilarating trip in an open boat to see the seals at Blakeney Point. Visit the iconic beach huts on stilts at Wells Next The Sea by means of the miniature railway, and enjoy fish and chips on the quayside.
The self-styled 'fine city' of Norwich is about an hour and a quarter's drive - and you pass Pensthorpe nature reserve, made famous by BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch, on the way.
Golf and fishing are also available at various places locally.
For more information, have a look at our website, and do email or phone us if you have any questions.
Spring is coming! And so are the geese! .