Quail Cottage has a spacious open-plan kitchen-diner and oak beamed living room, overlooking a large, beautiful garden with swings, bbq and seating. It is ideal for summer holidays and cosy winter breaks - try out the"warmest wood burner ever". Located near North Norfolk’s beaches and wildlife reserves, it is the perfect space to spend time with family and friends.
The 200-year-old cottage is located in Bircham Tofts, a 15-minute drive from the sandy beaches and wetlands of the North Norfolk Coastline, with a pub and village shop within a ¼ mile.
The main space is an open-plan kitchen-diner and living room, furnished with a Morso wood-burner. There are floor to ceiling windows and a Green Oak wooden beam extension that creates a very relaxed and spacious environment.
Situated in a south-facing large garden with pond, flowerbeds, patio with outdoor eating area, BBQ, swings and table tennis, you have access to all garden facilities as well as lovely countryside views and amazing walks from the door.
Quail Cottage is located away from main roads, at the end of a country lane; the area is very safe for children to cycle and explore.
Woodpeckers, finches, swallows, swifts, mallards and thrushes are among the many birds you regularly see from the house. In season, bats and v-shaped formations of geese fly overhead at teatime. You may even spot a falcon swoop in or a heron land on the pond.
On local walks you can see owls, skylarks, deer and hare, while bird reserves and AONB at Snettisham, Holm, Titchwell and Cley are very close and offer birdwatchers glimpses of rare birds such as marsh harriers, bearded tits, bitterns and waders.
The cottage is well equipped for families: there is broadband, a selection of books and films, Lego, plenty of board games and a TV, with table tennis and a seating area around a fire pit overlooking fields at the rear of the garden. The beach and Brancaster and traditional seaside resorts of Wells- Next-To-The-Sea and Hunstanton (with a pier and fair) are nearby.
The cottage offers an excellent location for exploring North Norfolk’s heritage: the castles, gardens and country houses, including the Royal Sandringham Estate, Houghton and Holkham Halls, with attractions for all ages, are within a 20-minute drive.
Nearby are Blakeney and Morston harbours from where boat trips depart to visit the basking seals at Blakeney Point. The historic market towns of Burnham Market, Holt and Kings Lynn have an array of shops, cafés and inns.
The house is our home and we are delighted to share it with you.
Accommodation - it is all for you!
Ground floor: oak and beam living room with garden doors and large wood burner. Large south facing garden with swings and table tennis. Dining area. Kitchen. Study with a sofa bed and curtain for privacy. Second sitting room with Freeview TV, small wood burner and views over garden. Small double bedroom. Family bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Original Norfolk staircase winds up to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 queen sized over-looking gardens. One with a bunk bed and a single bed (3 total) with sloping ceiling, suitable for children and teenagers. Bathroom with free standing roll-top bath and toilet.
Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. TV. DVD, books, games. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge, Microwave. Wi-fi. 1/3-acre lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. NB: unfenced garden pond – please watch children.
Interaction with guests
We are always available by phone and you will be met by our key holder.
Other things to note
This corner of Norfolk offers some of the best bird watching, sailing, beaches, walking, wildlife shops and entertainment for the children.
Beaches: Brancaster beach is a fantastic sandy beach with good access and kiosk, good for bathing and making sandcastles. Burnham Overy Staithe where there is access to Scolt Head Island. Holkham Beach with fine sand a nd pine forsests, and then on to Wells-next-the-Sea with picturesque beach huts and miles of sandy beach and dunes. At Stiffkey the tidal marshes and creeks are beautiful for walking at low tide.
Boat trips: Boats also go out to Blakeney Point to see seals from Morston at high tide. Seals breed on the sandbanks off the spit and it is a summer home and nesting place for terns. Trips often include a stop off on the point to walk and look at the birds. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, golf and riding are available locally.
Inland the pilgrimage sites of Walsingham and the Georgian market towns of Burnham Market, Holt and Kings Lynn are well worth visiting. Walsinghm has a great steam railway to Wells (check). There are cinemas at Fakenham and Kings Lynn.
Oxborough Hall, Blickling Hall, Sheringham Park and Felbrigg are all National Trust Properties. They are close by, as are Castle Rising and Castle Acre, managed by English Heritage.
Other Things to Note
No smoking in the house please. One well behaved dog welcome down stairs. This is a family home, a place for a relaxed break, please treat with care. You are welcome to use the spices and dry goods in kitchen - please replace anything you finish! We provide sheets and towels and beds will be ready and waiting on your arrival. Please leave shoes down stairs in the kitchen. The house is suitable for up to 6 adults plus 3 children/teenagers or more children and fewer adults! This is because we have 1 set of bunk beds and a single bed in one of the bedrooms. Families with toddlers please note there is an unfenced garden pond and a log burner, which can get hot. We look forward to welcoming you!
From Jul 23 - Aug 19, 2018 the minimum stay is 7 nights.