About the property
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Cottage in Thornage, near Holt and Blakeney. South facing sunny orchard and garden
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Sexton's Cottage is a charming artist's cottage, originally two cottages, in traditional flint, brick and pantile construction, with a number of unusual features. It is not a 'standard issue' holiday cottage but a personal home, with several individual touches and a library of good literature and collection of DVDs.
It retains its traditional character and is decorated in sympathetic style, with period furniture and a working Victorian harmonium.
It has a sunny terrace garden with fruiting vines and a large mixed orchard with apples, pears, cherries, plums and peaches, which visitors are welcome to enjoy.
Thornage is an attractive conservation flint village in rolling farmland, only four miles from the sea at Blakeney and two miles from the lively market town of Holt. The village scenes from the film "The Go-Between" were shot on the village green. The church is particularly fine and sheep graze in the churchyard.
Mrs Patricia Bird
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- Apr 29, 2018
About Mrs Patricia Bird
The owner is a well-known professional landscape artist (previously a barrister) who restored the property from a ruinous state during the 1970s with the intention of retaining its authentic character. It was the unspoilt beauty of the surroundings, and the wonderful bird life (he is a keen bird-watcher) which first attracted him. At present he sometimes uses the property as a base from which to paint; he is also a musician, and, when in residence, enjoys playing chamber music with local friends. It is available for rent at all other times of year.
Mrs Patricia Bird purchased this Cottage in 1972
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Sexton`s cottage is individual and unspoilt by over standardisation found in some holiday cottages.
The description is good, though a larger car/SUV might struggle to get in and out past the brick shed to park in the (small ) orchard.
The inside of the cottage is charming and just right for relaxing after a day`s exploring around North Norfolk, birdwatcher`s and historic church lover`s paradise.
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Nearby Holt is excellent for food, books and art galleries.
Thornage itself is full of interesting houses but isn`t the easiest place to wander around, there being a slight shortage of pavements near the cottage.
I would definitely recommend Sexton`s Cottage to friends.
Fabulous old property full of character and warmth in a very quiet picturesque village
I shared the cottage with my daughter and grandchildren and we had an excellent time. The cottage has excellent character and has all the creature comforts one would expect. The beds were particularly comfortable and we slept so well and were really refreshed the next day to go out and visit coastal towns not too far away..
A charming, hidden gem
A really delightful cottage ; it is perfectly situated, spotlessly clean, full of quaint character, and the best equipped cottage we have ever been to, reflecting the fact that it is a genuine home. We felt that we were privileged guests rather than renting a holiday cottage. The garden and orchard are well maintained by a wonderfully eccentric gardener (with such a broad Norfolk accent as to be almost incomprehensible !)
The sun pours into all the rooms, and we had our meals on the terrace, with the vines, hollyhocks and roses as a background. The cottage is in a real rural village , and it was good to have Holt, with its excellent shops, only a couple of miles away.
There were files in the cottage with enough suggestions for activities to keep us happy for a year, as well as a library of good books and DVDs, although we were content mainly just to drive or cycle to one of the many beaches or splendid walks , or go to Cley for some great birdwatching, or simply to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the cottage and garden .
We can thoroughly recommend this lovely cottage, and we certainly intend to return next year - and the year after.
Delightful cottage in a beautiful setting
This is a real country cottage, full of character, in a lovely, peaceful situation.
It has been sympathetically converted by joining two cottages together, and faces south onto a pretty terraced garden, with a very secluded orchard beyond. It is well away from the (quiet) road so there is no noise whatsoever, and we found it a haven of tranquility, both inside and outside.
The decoration and furnishings are all traditional, but in very good condition, with some quaint little alcoves and a Victorian harmonium ; somehow it conveys a true sense of peace.
The rooms are all bright and sun-lit and the kitchen modern and well equipped, whilst still in traditional style, and there are original oil and watercolour paintings in all the rooms.
The village itself is very attractive, with a large village green, the cottages being constructed in flint and brick, giving it a real 'Norfolk' feeling. We were fortunate to to find this property, which is very different from the 'standard' holiday cottage, and can strongly recommend it.
A real discovery . We loved it
We were lucky to pick Sexton's Cottage from the many on offer, and we were delighted by what we found. When we arrived it was basking in sunshine, the wonderfully eccentric gardener was mowing the orchard, and there were vases of flowers on the tables - we felt immediately at home. The cottage is full of character, very clean and bright, and generously equipped. We asked the cheerful cleaner for a larger cafetiere and she was back with a new one within the hour. We were fortunate to have a week of perfect weather , but even if we had not, the cottage was so cosy and homely that we would have been content to stay in and browse through the interesting books in the sitting room. We certainly recommend it for a peaceful, trouble-free stay in an unspoilt Norfolk village. (Remember to bring your binoculars to view the range of birds, many seen from the windows).
Highly recommended ; we loved it.
It is rare to discover a cottage which not only lives up to its descrition but exceeds it. From the vases of fresh flowers and the individual character to the cheerful helpfulness of the cleaner who called in on our arrival to check to that we were completely happy, everything was just as we had hoped. Above all, the peaceful setting with its charming, sunny garden and ochard, well away from the (quiet) road, provided a perfect place to withdraw and just relax.
Unlike some holiday cottages, it felt like our own home, with lots of interesting books, a choice of pretty porcelain tea service or simple country-style earthenwear, and various antiques and collectible items which the owner had been happy to trust guests with.
We enjoyed eating the plentiful fruit from all the different trees in the orchard, and were astonished to find how sweet they were, particularly the grapes on the vine, even finding a couple of peaches still on the tree.
The cottage is spotlessly clean, bright and cheerful, and very comfortable, with all the kitchen equipment we could have wanted.
We are keen birdwatchers and managed to visit a different location every day, seeing a great range of rare breeds.
We recommend it without reservation, and hope to return with our children next year.
Special interest holidays:
There are several art schools nearby (painting, pottery etc) offering short courses to visitors. The area is famous for its outstanding bird life and numerous organisations offer guided bird watching and sea fishing trips, also boat trips to Blakeney Point to watch the seals.
Cookery courses in Holt. Bicycles may be hired in Holt, Sheringham and Cromer for cycling on traffic-free lanes. Full details of these and many other local activities will be found in the files kept in the cottage. Holt Festival (music, art and literature) in the summer.
The delightful market town of Holt is 2 miles away, with excellent shops. The coastline offers a wide variety of scenery; long sandy beaches at Holkham, boat-yards at Wells, cliff-top walks at Weybourne and Sheringham, marshes (bird sanctuaries) at Morston , Siffkey and Salthouse, sailing and fishing at Blakeney and Cley. These are all within a few miles, while the Broads and the cathedral city of Norwich are within easy reach. The area is renowned for its superb bird watching and flora.
Norwich airport is about 40 minutes. The road access is good as the A148 passes nearby, although the quiet roads leading into the village itself are quite narrow and winding. Sheringham has a regular train service (with an extension to Holt) and there is a bus service to the village from Norwich, Kings Lynn, Fakenham and Holt, although a car is recommended to take full advantage of the wide variety of possibilities in the area.
Holt 2 Miles, Blakeney, Cley, Morston, Stiffkey all about 4 miles, Sheringham 8 miles, Cromer 10 miles, Fakenham 9 miles, Holkham 13 miles, Wells 12 miles, Norwich 22 miles, the Broads 20 miles. North Norfolk music festival in the summer.
No shop in the village, but villagers sell produce on stalls. Delightful gastro-pub in Hunwoth (1 mile) with traditional folk music and a real village atmosphere. There is a wide selection of excellent restaurants in Holt and the area , many specialising in fresh seafood. Holt and Sheringham have live theatre and the traditional end of the pier show at Cromer is nationally famous. There are shire horses, glass blowing (at Langham), windmills, steam organs ( at Thursford) several wild-life sanctuaries and regular chamber music recitals at Binham Priory.
Sea fishing is spectacular and boats can be hired to cruise in the inshore coastal waters, or a boat trip to see the huge seal colony on Blakeney Point.
There are celebrated golf courses at Cromer, Sheringham and Hunstanton, and several less famous ones within very easy reach, rarely busy.
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Pets, if accepted by specific agreement, £40 per pet per week.
Booking Notes: Booking is by telephone or e-mail (our website has a booking form with a direct link ). A deposit is required at the time of booking, the balance payable one month prior to the rental period. Changeover Day: Changeover day is normally Saturday and lettings are usually one or two weeks. Shorter lets will be considered out of season.