The Coign is one of three listed terraced farm cottages sitting on the grounds of the Wretham Park estate. The cottages date from around 1735 with the kitchen/bathroom extension dating from sometime in the 1800s. The cottages were almost certainly built for local farmworkers.Rich in country character and charm, this Breckland cottage provides an ideal holiday base for those wishing to discover the surrounding rural scenery and explore the nearby ancient towns and villages. Sympathetically refurbished, this cosy cottage near Thetford retains original beams, boarded doors and traditional cottage windows. Boasting two sitting rooms, this Breckland cottage has both an open fire set in a marble fireplace and a woodburner housed in a lovely, bricked inglenook. The spacious country-style kitchen is well-equipped with its large range cooker and comfortable dining area, an ideal spot to discuss the day's plans with a morning coffee. With a homely feel throughout, this Thetford cottage has steep, quirkily winding stairs that lead to a split landing with a pretty bedroom set on either side. Outside is a quintessential cottage garden with a lawned orchard to the rear, providing a wonderfully tranquil setting to relax or enjoy a summer's feast with friends. This charming Breckland cottage is perfectly placed as it lies a short distance from Thetford Forest, with its activity pursuits and enchanting, pine-lined pathways, plus the Peddars Way National Trail, which cuts through glorious countryside. The historic town of Thetford, just a short drive from this Norfolk cottage, offers a range of pubs, restaurants and interesting shops to discover. A charming cottage near Thetford, perfect for a peaceful and romantic break.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay4 - 5 nights
Two double bedrooms. Ground floor bathroom with bath and shower. Lawned garden
- english, french, spanish, swedish, arabic
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 7, 2018
About Christine Chamoun
Welcome to the Coign, a quiet little hideaway in a beautifully secluded corner of Breckland in rural Norfolk. My husband and I moved here because it proved the perfect remedy to our work life, which takes us to some fairly unstable regions of the world. We have worked and lived in Yemen, Syria, Cameroon, Lebanon and are currently working in Jordan. We very much hope that you will enjoy the cottage and the surrounding environment as much as we do whenever we are back here. Please treat it with the same consideration that you would treat your own home.
Christine Chamoun purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Christine Chamoun chose Thetford
When we visited the Coign during our search for a place to buy we immediately succumbed to its charms. It was exactly the kind of place we were looking for and we feel grateful to have such a magical place to go back to once or twice a year to recharge our batteries. The Coign is perfectly situated as it provides us with the quiet environment we need but at the same time we are at a close proximity to places such as Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and we're only an hour from the seaside. Thetford forest is next door and we spend a lot of time walking in the forest and collecting pine cones and flowers with our daughter Chloe. Our neighbours in our part of East Wretham have become good friends and keep an eye on our cottage when we are not there and are always ready to lend a helping hand to our guests when need be.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Coign was tastefully renovated by its previous owners and provides guests with all the comfort one would be looking for for a nice stay in a cottage. The Coign is secluded and far away from any main road, so the only noise that one might hear in the morning is the chirping of birds or the crowing of roosters nearby. The Coign is a farmer's cottage and is surrounded by fields. There's only a private dirt road leading up to it, which means that there's very little traffic, only used by the persons living next door, the postman, as well as the occasional tractor.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
As relaxing a stay as one can have with a spaniel!
The cottage was very easy to live in and had all the amenities we required. It was peaceful and very relaxing. The local people were very welcoming and happy to help with enquiries.
Dog walks were on the doorstep, although the signs preventing you from exploring the immediate surroundings were frustrating.
We enjoyed our meal at the local 'Dog and Partridge' where the interesting range of gins begged for a return visit!
If I was to be picky...a more comfortable sofa in the larger reception room would be a plus.
We would happily return to the cottage and highly recommend it.
A really charming cottage, rustic and characterful and with all the comforts you could wish for.
We spent a very happy week at 'the coign,' using it as a base for daily excursions into the brecklands and fens. We loved returning each evening to the quiet bliss of the cottage where we prepared dinner on the big gas cooker, lounged by the open fire then retired to our cosy bedrooms. We slept really well. The cottage is gorgeous, tastefully furnished with interesting things from faraway places. It’s cosy and comfortable and absolutely all we could have wished for. The neighbours were welcoming and the couple who caretake were friendly and accommodating when we called with the old small query. We enjoyed evening walks to the Dog and Partridge for a cider or two. We hope we'll have the chance to return one day. Thanks very much Christine and Ben.
Perfect Peaceful Getaway
We stayed here for a weekend and had a wonderful time. The cottage is beautifully decorated, very quaint and so cosy - especially when the woodburner is going! We had great day trips out to the beach (only an hour away) as well as lovely local walks in the forest just up the road. I would really recommend staying at this cottage - it has such a relaxing environment and is perfect for a weekend break. What a wonderful stay! We will definitely be returning!
Tranquil and cosy, a lovely place to stay
I have stayed at this cottage several times in the past and it is truly a lovely place to stay, very quiet and cosy with enormous old world character and great walking nearby. Thetford, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds are close and great to visit and the sea is not that far away. Breckland Forest is a fascinating area, full of history and pre-history! Neighbours are friendly and gentle, Ben and Christine will bend over backwards to be helpful and welcoming. I thoroughly recommend it!
You will find a wide variety of guide books, maps, walking books and activity leaflets covering the immediate and surrounding area. Several very nice walks are directly accessible from the house; notably Peddars Way and the Great Eastern Pingo Trail. Other smaller walks include a lovely one from Wretham to Illington (accessible from Pedars Way) and Hockham Wood trails (just off A1075 toward Watton) and the East Wretham Nature Reserve (off the A1075 towards Thetford). From Thetford you can access the Little Ouse riverside walk all the way to Brandon.
There are plenty of towns and villages nearby to explore, many of which have weekly markets and farmers stalls. The nearby town of Swaffham holds their market every Saturday, a tradition which has been going since the 1500's. Bury St Edmunds offers a striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares, a beautiful Cathedral and peaceful Abbey gardens. With an award-winning market and some superb restaurants, this is well worth a visit and only a 25 minute drive from the house.
If you are seeking a thrill, why not try the Go Ape course in the nearby High Lodge, based in Thetford Forest. Here you can experience 'tree-walking' at it's best or ride large Segway's throughout the forest in a race against time (and each other!).
Banham zoo is a must for any animal lovers of all ages where you can see Snow Leopards, walk through the giraffe safari and come face to face with some stunning Sumatran Tigers, all in a wonderfully laid out, conservation Zoo.
There are a lot of good pubs and restaurants in the area. The following are favourites of ours: The Chequers Inn, Thompson, The Angel Inn Freehouse and The Elveden Café.