Big Sky offers light, airy accommodation. A spacious, double aspect, open plan fitted kitchen/dining/living area opens into the sunny garden room. The mezzanine sleeping gallery (king size bed) has a balcony overlooking fields and the coastline. On the ground floor we have built two fantastic adult bunk beds adjacent to the wet room. The garden room has a day bed which can be used as a single bed at night. In the living area there is a comfy sofa bed and ample seating for 4+ also Freeview TV/Playstation 2/books and games. Two sets of French doors lead to the private decked terrace - garden furniture makes it perfect for barbecues and 'al fresco' dining. The terrace is enclosed making it safe for young children and pets. There is access to shared laundry facilities and on-site parking and secure bicycle storage. A welcome tray is prepared for your arrival. As owner on site, I am happy to provide any help you need to make your stay enjoyable.
Big Sky sleeps 4 +
Rural setting by the sea.
Martin’s Nest is perfect for two, or parents with a young child.There is a high chair, travel cot and young child’s ready bed available free on request. The futon sofa opens into a sofa bed so there is room for an additional older child(ren) if parents don’t mind children sleeping in the same large studio accomodation.
Extended families often use Big Sky with it’s spacious open plan living/dining area with Martin's Nest and Ladybird to provide well equipped one level accommodation for other family members.
All our properties have flooring suitable for dogs and we welcome well behaved pets. There is a shared large enclosed grassed garden area - ideal for guests with a pet or young child.
Our aim is to help you rest and relax under the big skies of Norfolk. The owner Diane LeGrice lives on site and as well as providing lots of local information in the properties is happy to offer advice and answer any queries.
Diane Le Grice
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 25, 2019
About Diane Le Grice
The White House has been my family home since 1979. Since retiring from nursery education I decided to convert the wash house and annexe adjacent to the house into 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, especially winter walks 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 you might need to ensure you have the best possible time while you are here.
Diane Le Grice purchased this Cottage in 1970
Why Diane Le Grice chose Great Yarmouth
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 ten 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 cycling 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. Each property has it’s own entrance and outside seating area as well as access to the large shared garden. Big Sky is particularly suited to a family of 4 + and is light, airy and spacious. Together with Martin’s Nest and/or Ladybird it is an ideal space for an extended family group.There is ample room for parking and secure bicycle storage. A small child's ready bed, a travel cot and high chair are available free on request and a welcome tray is provided for guests on arrival.
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Amazing Cottage and location
We had such an amazing time. My kids love it and we are definitely coming back this year!
Glad all the family had such a good time in Big Sky, children love the curtained built in bunk beds!
Look forward to welcoming you back later in 2019.
Diane Le Grice. Big Sky Cottages
Lovely cottage - very clean - nicely decorated - all crockery, etc. provided - comfy bed - great garden - nice, quiet location - very welcoming (brownies & apples provided). Thank you!
So glad you enjoyed your stay. Big Sky is perfect for a family of two adults and two children. The girls seemed very happy about the bunk beds!
We do our best to make our properties feel like a home from home. Hope to see you all again.
Beautiful home in lovely surroundings.
We had a lovely weekend stay here, the children loved the house, the bunk beds and the garden.
The brownies were amazing!
It was lovely to see how excited the children were when you arrived. The bunk beds definitely looked to be a hit!
I like to make the accommodation attractive, cosy and warm for guest's arrival, I am glad you appreciated the welcome tea tray.
Hope to see you again ...perhaps to enjoy the garden and barbecue in the summer.
Great bday break away
Had a great weekend away.
Just what the Doctor Ordered
Loved it from start to finish. First class quality accommodation and a great location for dog walking, running, and Seal watching. The open plan accommodation enabled us to all interact as a family which is sometimes lost in the busy everyday lives we lead. Thank you Diane.
So pleased the open plan accommodation suited you and the family. Big Sky Cottages offers an ideal quiet retreat with lots of places to explore by car. However Winterton on Sea and the surrounding area also offers great opportunities for walking, cycling and running. The coastal dunes are heaven for runners and dog walking and it would seem your family was able to take full advantage of the locality.
Hope to see you again.
Very clean beautiful cottage with lovely surroundings
10 out of 10
Thank you for your 5/5 rating. Guests often comment on the high standard of cleanliness and presentation. Your remarks are appreciated.
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 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.
Many special interest courses are available in the area, we will do our best to source information for you on request.
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.
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 11.5 m
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
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.
The Swan at Ingham is a 20 min drive away reopens again in 2019 for gourmet dining.
The beach and dunes at Winterton are a National Nature Reserve and well worth a visit at any time of the year, a fantastic walking/bird watching area. In summer the unspoilt beach has all you need - a beach cafe, car park and toilets.
Winterton, the beach, pub and cafe were noted as one of the world's top 30 destinations by an author of The Rough Guide.
Good fishing is to be found locally, links given on our website.
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.
Nearest bank and railway station are in Acle, or Great Yarmouth.
Norwich itself is a fascinating medieval city with a Norman castle, two cathedrals and a six day market. It is recognised as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the U.K. It not only has the usual large department stores and shopping malls but also winding streets and alleys of small boutiques and shops, known as 'The Lanes'.
If you prefer a traditional seaside atmosphere the resort of Great Yarmouth, with it's funfair, pier and circus is a 20 min drive away.
More information regarding places of interest and leisure activities can be found on our website and in each property.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Please note the flexible sleeping arrangements in our family cottage, Big Sky. Look carefully at the provision of beds to check it is suitable for your requirements. This quirky holiday property was not built as residential, Previously it was my nursery school. There is one mezzanine sleeping area with a king size bed plus the two bunk beds at ground floor level next to the wet room. A. day bed in the garden room (full blinds) can be used for sleeping. A travel cot and ready bed are also available on request at no extra charge. An extended family group or friends holidaying together may find booking Big Sky plus Martin’s Nest and/or Ladybird more suitable. Big Sky has a lovely open plan living/ dining area with plenty of room for the group to dine and relax together using Martin's Nest and/or Ladybird for extra sleeping accommodation. This arrangement is especially suitable for families including grandparents. Changeover Day. Usually changeover for weekly bookings is on a Saturday. Shorter lets are possible outside July and August see calendar and rates information. Try us for late notice bookings. On departure we ask that guests leave by 10.30am with arrivals after 3.30pm.. Please contact us if you have different requirements and we will do our best to help. Dogs. Well behaved dogs are welcomed in all three properties, please discuss with the Owner Diane as we limit dogs to three on site at any one time. There is an additional charge of £20 per pet stay. Notes on prices: We welcome guests all year round. Short breaks available out of season. Ladybird is available all year round at a nightly rate ( min 2 nights ). Rental rates include gas (gas cooker in Big Sky), electricity, central heating, towels, bedroom and kitchen linen.