Oak beam extension with floor to ceiling windowsLarge farmhouse kitchen
Charming cottage with beautiful garden, near sea

Entire home/apt

9 guests

4 bedrooms

6 beds
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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 space

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.

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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.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
1 sofa bed

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 6
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises

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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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!


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay.
From Jul 23 - Aug 19, 2018 the minimum stay is 7 nights.

20 Reviews

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Ian User Profile
September 2017
Lovely house and garden. Loved playing table tennis. Burnham Market and Wells next the sea very worth a visit.

James User Profile
August 2017
This is a fantastic place to stay - the house and gardens are even better than shown in the photos and the moment you arrive you somehow feel relaxed. We travelled with our 2 daughters aged 3 and 5, who loved finding the many varied things to do - games, books and lego in the house, endless hide and seek in the garden and lots of varied spaces to be. We loved watching the birds and wildlife, and picking endless brambles on walks down the many surrounding lanes. The house is gorgeous homely and lived in. There is now a microwave and cafetiere in the kitchen, in addition to everything else you could possibly want to use. The bedrooms are as described - the downstairs double is small, but the upstairs rooms are great with a fab bathroom for star gazing. The location is remote, so you need a car, but there are lots of places to visit close by. There is a local shop/deli close by, Bircham Windmill 5 mins by car (amazing bakery, open 7 days) and around 25 mins to Holkham Beach. Pub in the village is ok, but the Lifeboat Inn at Thornham is great, as is the Rose and Crown at Snettisham. All in all we had a brilliant week and hope to return.
Jane User ProfileJane is a superhost.
Response from Jane:
Thanks James, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay.
August 2017

Muneera User Profile
July 2017
Lovely place, great hosts, gorgeous scenery but the house could do with some tlc as far as cleanliness goes.
Jane User ProfileJane is a superhost.
Response from Jane:
Thanks for your feedback Muneera. We do care enormously about cleanliness and I am sorry you found some spider webs. We will do our best to keep the cottage web free.
July 2017

Jackie User Profile
June 2017
We had a gloriously sunny long weekend in this fabulous house which has a huge and beautiful garden. It is well equipped and feels like a lovely family home. The beds are all very comfy. We played a lot of table tennis in the garden which was great fun. The garden is amazing and so spacious and it's such a quiet and peaceful area. We sat outside every evening listening to the bird sounds. It's easy access to lots of interesting places to visit.

Emily User Profile
June 2017
Lovely quiet, peaceful rural setting and a gorgeous garden and fantastic living area, especially the open plan kitchen, dining room and big sitting room with wood burner. One of the double bedrooms is v small but comfy enough.

Susan User Profile
May 2017
We had a lovely long weekend at Quail cottage. The house is lovely - really warm and comfortable. The children (and adults!) loved the beautiful garden. The location was good, easy to drive to Burnham Market, Holkam etc. Would definitely return!

Sarah User Profile
May 2017
What a beautiful cottage in a fantastic location. Bircham is such a wonderful spot. The accommodation was perfect for us. The views enhanced by hares and other wildlife. Jane was extremely helpful as was Lorraine. Thank you!

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