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Secluded Country Farmhouse

Downham Market, Norfolk, UK
  • Farmhouse430 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps13
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Farmhouse in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England-Close to Cambridge, Ely and Norfolk Coast

Located in the heart of the Fenlands, accessed by private road, the farmhouse sits in a 1/3 acre of a fully landscaped garden. Ample parking is available. The house has a large patio area with BBQ. Entrance to the house is through a porch, which leads to the main hall. Off the main hall sits a large living room. On the other side there is a large modern kitchen with dining room. There is also a separate utility room. Completing the ground floor there is a shower room and toilet. On the the first floor, there is a large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, plus two other double bedrooms and an additional bathroom. From this floor there is a access to balcony. On the 2nd floor there are two bedrooms which cater for 5 people. There is an additional toilet at this level. The property is fully central heated.


David Alderton

Member Since 2010
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About David Alderton

Kirsty & David are a London based couple with a large family of teenagers. We inherited the property from Kirsty's parents and embarked upon a rebuild project which was completed in August 2009. We have tried to recreate the character of the old house and add touches of our own style to create a family home. It's our 2nd home, as we still have our family to raise in London. So, as you use the house you'll find panelling that was restored from the old house, you'll find furniture made by Kirsty's father in many of the rooms and you'll find family artefact's throughout. To help support our dream and to ensure that it is used, we have decided to let Scotland Farmhouse. We hope anyone booking the house will fall in love with the place as we have.

David Alderton purchased this Farmhouse in 1970

Why David Alderton chose Hilgay

In its previous state, Scotland Farmhouse was a working smallholding, where Kirsty's parents grew their own fruit & vegetables, bred chickens, rabbits and goats. As the years passed, being self sufficient became more of a challenge and they came back to London to be closer to their family. The farmhouse started to deteriorate and subsidence took its toll forcing us to demolish the farmhouse. However, by reusing all the bricks, slate and some internal artifacts Scotland Farmhouse was rebuilt. The only new modern design feature was the inclusion of a balcony allowing visitors to view the Littleport Riviera, as at night you can see the distant twinkling of the “Lights of Littleport” across the flat fenlands that was once the sea.

What makes this Farmhouse unique

Scotland Farmhouse is a large, secluded, fully facilitated country house, which is perfect for a family, group of friends or just a cosy couple. It has easy access to the Norfolk coast, Thetford Forest, The Broads, Cambridge and Ely. London is only an hour away by train. Being in the heart of the Fenland means access to many nature reserves, such as Welney Wetlands. Sandringham (Queen Elizabeth's country house) and Newmarket racecourse are a short drive away. Should you choose to put the car keys away, there garden games and fishing all available at the house.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
      • Aerobed in Living Room
        2 queen
      • Blue Bedroom
        1 queen, 1 baby crib
      • Yellow Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (5 Bedrooms) can add extra 2 on Aerobed Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with antique French double bed with Sofa and TV Yellow Bedroom with double bed, TV and armchair Blue Bedroom with double bed (and cot), TV and sofa Bedroom 4 with 2 single beds and TV Bedroom 5 with 3 single beds, large leather bean bag and TV


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom (en-suite)
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Ground Floor
        toilet, shower
      • Main Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Top Floor
      • En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with bath, shower and WC. Main bathroom with bath, shower and WC. Top floor bathroom with wash basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with basin and WC.

      Location Type

        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Fireplace
                      There is a fireplace but it is rarely used as the house is so warm. Logs are not provided. For further information, please ask owner.
                    • Heating
                      Central heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Living Room
                      One triple sofa, two double sofas and two armchairs. Piano. Open fireplace - not to used by guests, TV, DVD, video and Freeview box. Hifi system with CD available.
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Free standing airie
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Large 5 ring ceramic hob, double oven, microwave, fridge freezer and dishwasher. Kitchen leads to a dining room with a 12 seater oak dining table. High-chair available.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Ample equipment to cater for 13
                        • Oven
                          Double oven with separate microwave
                        • Pantry Items
                          Small welcome basket plus tea, coffee, sugar and condiments provided.
                        • Refrigerator
                          In kitchen there is a large fridge-freezer. In utility room there are a further two fridges for large parties.
                        • Stove
                          Large 5 ring ceramic hob
                        • Toaster
                          Large toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Large table seats twelve, but can squeeze in a thirteenth.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 13 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Large selection of family games
                                • Stereo
                                  CD Player with Tuner
                                • Television
                                  TV's with Freeview in main living room and in all bedrooms
                                • Video Library
                                  Large DVD Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      Table with 4 chairs
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Patio area with large table and chairs
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large garden with garden games provided
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Has wheelchair access.


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • pond
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing


                                                            • Notes on accommodation: Suitable for all ages. Outside: Fully landscaped gardens with flowered borders. Working vegetable and herb garden. Large patio area with table and chairs. BBQ, recliners available. A collection of outside garden games. Fishing available at the bottom of the garden. Utility Room: Butler sink, washing machine and ironing facilities. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. Property is cleaned throughout prior to arrival. Additional cleaning services can be provided. Other: All bedrooms have TV/DVD. Portable MP3 Speakers available. Upon request we can provide a king size 'aerobed' and bedding. Large collection of family games, videos, DVDs and books.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              14 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Old-world charm with all mod cons

                                                              Matthew C.

                                                              Everything in place as described. The only (slight) difficulty was getting to grips with the hot water - but the Nest controller is easy to use.

                                                              Lovely house in a fabulous location

                                                              Sharon D.

                                                              Everything you need here - plenty of room for a big family gathering .

                                                              10 of us spent a great weekend here - could of stayed longer!!


                                                              Carys R.

                                                              Such a gorgeous place - quite remote, but so pretty - the photos don't do it justice! And lots of space, a lovely garden and we were blessed with boiling hot sunshine this weekend- I would definitely return - we might plan another family do there as everyone loved it so much!

                                                              A nice house in need of some TLC.

                                                              Trudy W.Oxford

                                                              The house is located in a beautiful spot and perfect if you wish for peace and quiet. We were a party of 7 children and 3 adults so it slept us all very well. There was plenty of space for everyone but it was helped with the fact that we had superb weather.

                                                              The house is cluttered, lots of old furniture and bedrooms with stuff in draws so although it had plenty of bed space it was cluttered too.

                                                              I would recommend the house, although I think it needs a proper clean, when we arrived it smelt and needed all doors opened to rid of the musty smell. On closer inspection it felt like it needed to be throughly cleaned, stains on the bed covers when we stripped the bedding at the end of the day, cobwebs under beds, kitchen units with food marks on them and a freezer full of food, which was a nightmare as we have ordered food that needed to be in the freezer.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              A disappointing review which we feel is a reaction to the fact that we had to charge the customer for additional cleaning after the house was left in such a poor state. The description of a cluttered house has never been commented on by any of our previous guests and the furniture is purposely eclectic to give the house a warm, homely feeling as can be seen in our photographs.

                                                              Lovely property in a gorgeous spot

                                                              Helen K.

                                                              A group of us stayed at Scotland Farmhouse for a lovely relaxing weekend. What a gorgeous property and a beautiful location! The house has everything you need, and there is plenty of space. David was very helpful and answered any questions we had very quickly. Would definitely like to visit again! Thank you :)

                                                              Lovely house, everything you need!

                                                              Lisa H.

                                                              Our group rented the house for a quiet hen weekend. The house was absolutely beautiful and great for our group. We had plenty of room, the kitchen/dining area is a great social space (we didn't even use the lounge) and we had everything we needed provided. We enjoyed sitting outside in the evenings and the garden was lovely (although take some bug spray for the evenings!)

                                                              The location is remote so perfect for a relaxing weekend, the big supermarkets is about 20 minute drive.

                                                              David was great to deal with and very responsive to questions etc.

                                                              Will definitely look to come back!


                                                              Downham Market, Norfolk, UK

                                                              Coast/Beach: 30 miles away from a collection of Norfolk beaches, ranging from Hunstanton (classic English resort) to Wells next the Sea (beach huts and dunes). Travel: Closest station Littleport is 4 miles away on the main line between London Kings Cross and Kings Lynn. Local cab service is available to the house. Closest international airport is London Stansted, which is 50 miles away. Easy access from London via M11. Distances: Littleport -closest village situated on the Great Ouse river. Has a collection of village shops, pubs, restaurants and a convenience store open 7am-10pm 7 days/week. Ely - large cathedral city (10 miles away) with daily market and a plethora of charity shops, gift shops and tea rooms. Ely is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in the country and Oliver Cromwell’s house. Cambridge; Home to one of the leading universities in the world (25 miles away). A city bursting with history and academia Further Details: Shops - Littleport: collection of small shops; convenience store open 8am-10pm, 7 days a week, general DIY store and chemist. Ely: Large supermarkets, high street shops, farmers market, charity shops, tea shops and excellent antiques warehouse. Cambridge: everything you would expect with 2 shopping centres. Restaurants: Littleport - last count 5 Indians, 4 fish and chips, a pizza place and at least 1 Chinese The Swan is a popular pub/restaurant on the river. The Fen House (just by Littleport Station) – Top rated cuisine, suitable for couples. Ely – Many restaurants and tea shops. The Cutter, riverside pub. The Old Fire Engine House; Opposite Cromwell's house, trad English food, nice for lunches and evening. Petrou Brothers fish and chips – In the market square. Been around for at least 30 years. Pubs - Littleport - The Swan – bottom of Main Street, next to the river. Ely – The Cutter - by the river and definitely the most famous pub. Does food all day.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              1. Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is 10am (we can be flexible depending on other bookings). 2. In the summer period only our preferred change over day is Saturday.

                                                              14 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.7/5
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