Relaxing retreat in a rural setting, pet friendly, 15 minute walk to beach
Diane Le Grice
About Diane Le Grice
The White House has been my family home since 1979. Big Sky, Martin’s Nest and Ladybird, collectively known as Big Sky Cottages, were created when I retired in 2013. Prior to that date the premises were a successful Nursery School which I ran for 29 years. On retiring I decided to convert the Nursery School adjacent to my house into three unique holiday homes in order that others might enjoy the birds, wildlife, peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside and nearby unspoilt beaches. My family are grown up now, but still can't wait to get back to East Somerton and revisit familiar haunts, cycling to isolated sandy beaches in summer and walking in winter to see the seals on Horsey beach, with a pub lunch to follow. I manage the lettings myself and take pride in what we have to offer. I love to welcome visitors to this area of Norfolk and am happy to provide any help or information guests might need to ensure they have the best possible time while staying at Big Sky Cottages.
Diane Le Grice purchased this Cottage in 1979
Why Diane Le Grice chose Somerton
We love the peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside and it's coast. Here we have the best of both worlds. The house and adjoining holiday cottages are set amongst fields, yet the village of Winterton-on-Sea with it's well known dog friendly pub, beach cafe, P.O, fish and chip shop and wide sandy beach is only a 10/15 minute walk along the bridle path that runs beside the garden. As a family we enjoy the fact that the beach, bird-watching, walks and cycle trails are on our doorstep. Although our home and holiday cottages are situated in an idyllic rural location, Norwich, National Trust properties, The Broads, tourist attractions and countless pretty Norfolk villages are easily reached by car.
What makes this Cottage unique
Big Sky Cottages overlook a SSSI where many native and migratory birds can be seen - ideal for bird watchers and walkers. Although a rural setting with lots of country walks from the door, being near the sea is very special. Early morning walks along a deserted stretch of sandy coastline, hearing the sea in the quiet of the evening and at night, seeing the stars shine so brightly, these are special moments I hope my guests will enjoy too.
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
No additional guests other than booked.
No smoking allowed within property.
Please note £15 payable per pet stay.
Futon sofa bed available for use of child.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:3 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Please respect other guests and keep quiet hours between 10pm and 9am. Pets to be under control and garden area kept clean.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect accommodation in a lovely location
Lovely property with everything we could have wanted for our short break. Location was perfect for our requirements with several amenities in short walking distance including the beach . We had a lovely stay in very quiet location, it very much was what we were looking for and had hoped to find, a place that we are sure to visit again in the near future.
Thank you for your kind review, so glad Martin’s Nest met your expectations for a restful weekend by the coast. Your dog certainly had some good country walks!
I look forward to welcoming you both back.
Lovely property in a great location!
Really enjoyed our stay at "Martin's nest".
Diane was really helpful and managed to make sure the property was ready for us at very short notice.
Great location for exploring the broads and many beaches in the area. Property was very clean and had everything we needed.
Be sure to check out the nearby ruins of st Mary's church, a short walk up the road from the property.
So glad I was able to arrange your stay with such short notice and while away myself .
Well done for spotting the nearby ruined church it is often missed but well worth a look.
Good to know you found Martin’s Nest a great location for exploring both the Norfolk Broads and the East coast. Hope you’ll visit us again .
The accommodation was lovely . The setting was equally fantastic . A really excellent break
So glad you enjoyed your stay. I look forward hopefully to meeting you on a future visit.
Exceptionally clean studio accommodation
My husband, baby and I had an enjoyable 2 nights in this accommodation. The property was exceptionally clean and it was comfortable. Diane even had a baby bath to hand for us to borrow. Whilst our baby slept in the evening, my husband and I were able to sit at the small table in the kitchen to have dinner and play games as this area was separate to the main living area which was very helpful to us! The kitchen was well equipped for us to be able to cook there. All in all an enjoyable stay.
Bank holiday catch up with family
Excellent accommodation, great location for walks and exploring the area.
Diane was so helpful and attentive to ensure we enjoyed our stay.
Thank you for choosing to stay at Martin’s Nest while visiting family nearby. I hope our location and accommodation enabled you both to take a breather and rest between family events over the Bank Holiday. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
Beautiful location. And wow property. Diane was welcoming and nothing to much trouble. Will definite
Brilliant what more can I say.
Thank you Mark, good to know you had a relaxing time at Martin’s Nest.
Hope to see you both again.
The location of Martin’s Nest at Big Sky Cottages is ideal for observing wildlife, good local fishing, bird watching, painting, cycling, sailing, running and walking.
Historic buildings, such as Blickling Hall, Sandringham and the medieval city of Norwich with it's 7 day market, castle and cathedral are a great focus for a day out.
BeWILDerwood, one of the country's top 10 children's attractions is at Horning, a 25 min drive away.
The rural location of Martin’s Nest at Big Sky Cottages on the edge of the Norfolk Broads offers an ideal base for day sailing or cruising on the rivers. Boats can be hired from local small boatyards or the larger villages such as Wroxham, known as the centre of The Broads.
We provide lots of information leaflets in each of the cottages.
The unspoilt sandy beach of Winterton-on-Sea is a 15 min walk away along the bridle path that runs beside the property. A 2 min drive takes you to the car park and Beach Cafe on the dunes right beside the beach.
Winterton Dunes are a nature reserve and popular with bird watchers and walkers. The ever growing seal colony can be viewed during the pupping season, Nov - Jan, on the beach at Horsey and seals can be seen in the sea all year long
. There are plenty of quiet beaches all the way along the Norfolk coast, most have a pub or tea room nearby.
If you wish for a more traditional seaside resort Gt Yarmouth is a 20 minute drive away and the northern resorts of Cromer, Hunstanton and Sheringham offer a perfect day trip.
Norwich is a 30 minute drive away and offers medieval streets, two cathedrals, a castle, 7 day market and is one of the top ten shopping destinations in the U.K.
Winterton-on-Sea: pub, fish and chips, P.O/groceries. beach and nature reserve/half a mile
Horsey: NT mill/pub/beach/seals 2.6 m
Waxham Barn: 5.9m
Martham: Broads sailing and bigger village for provisions 2.1 m
Thrigby: Wildlife Park 7.6 m
BeWILDerwood: one of the Observer Top 50 Attractions
Gt. Yarmouth: traditional sea side town 9.8 m
Norwich: medieval city with cathedral, 7 day market and shops! 21.2 m
Wroxham: centre of the Norfolk Broads 14.3 m
Local eating places.
The Fisherman's Return at Winterton is a 15 min walk along the bridle path, good food with seating outside - a popular local haunt. A very dog friendly pub.
The Dunes Cafe is situated right next to the beach and car park. This is highly recommended for its bacon rolls, full English breakfasts, light lunches and home made cakes. Open every day in high season and and at weekends during winter months.
The Horsey Nelson, also recommended is near the N.T. property Horsey Mill
Winterton, the beach, pub and cafe were noted as one of the world's top 30 destinations by an author of The Rough Guide.
Martham is the nearest village for grocery shopping having 2 Co op shops, a butchers, bakery and take away Chinese. Larger supermarkets can be found at Stalham and Caister.
We are happy to receive a pre-ordered grocery delivery on the day of your arrival.