Big Sky and Martin's Nest are housed side by side in a converted wash house and annexe. Ladybird provides adjoining new studio accommodation.The properties are stylish and comfortable. Big Sky, is perfect for families. It sleeps 4 + people in flexible accommodation. It is a light, airy, open plan property containing a mezzanine sleeping gallery with balcony. At ground level are two built in adult size bunk beds, a spacious living/ dining area, wet room and garden room ( with day bed ) leading to an enclosed decked terrace. Martin's Nest and Ladybird provide well equipped studio accommodation - just right for 2. The tranquil location is ideal for walking, bird watching, fishing and sailing on the Norfolk Broads or just lazing on the nearby quiet, sandy beaches of Winterton, a safe 15 min walk using the bridle path adjacent to the garden. Gt. Yarmouth, the medieval city of Norwich, NT properties and many tourist attractions are only a short drive away. Our aim is to help you rest and relax under the big skies of Norfolk and we will prepare a tea tray ready for your arrival to welcome you. Our properties have flooring suitable for dogs and we welcome well behaved pets in Big Sky and Martin's Nest. Big Sky has a gated decked terrace leading to the shared large enclosed grassed garden area - ideal for guests with a pet or young child.
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Diane Le Grice
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- Jul 18, 2018
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 District
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
The adjacent holiday cottages overlook a SSSI where many native and migratory birds can be seen - ideal for bird watchers and walkers. All have their own entrance and outside terrace as well as access to the large shared garden. Martin's Nest and Ladybird both sleep 2 and offer brilliantly designed studio accommodation all on one level. Big Sky sleeps 4 + and is light, airy and spacious. The large open plan area has comfortable dining/seating for 6. Two bunk beds, a garden room with day bed and a mezzanine sleeping gallery with queen size double bed offer flexible accommodation to suit a family or a group of friends. All properties are stylish and comfortable. 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.
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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. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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.
Had an awesome experience. Diane was such a great host! So kind and so accomadating. It was a nice walk to the beach and to the cute town! Would definitely recommend!
Arriving in deep snow and then walking to the village for provisions - you were an amazing bunch of students, even the grid power cut didn't daunt you!
You certainly had an adventure and it was a good job I had so many candles! Hope to see you again in sunnier days. Diane
Fantastic Christmas Holiday
We've spent Christmas Holiday with the extended family. It is spacious, clean accommodation with lovely garden and very relaxing atmosphere. We all had a delightful experience and would definitely visit again.
So glad you enjoyed your Christmas stay. Using Martin's Nest and Ladybird, the two adjacent smaller properties, for family members private space and all gathering in Big Sky to celebrate Christmas together is ideal.
Best wishes for the New Year.
We hope to see you again.
Special interest holidays: The location is ideal for observing wildlife, good local fishing, bird watching, painting, cycling, sailing and walking. Historic buildings, such as Blickling Hall, Sandringham and the medieval city of Norwich with it's 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. Coast/Beach: 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 can be seen in the sea most of the year. There are plenty of other quiet beaches all the way along the Norfolk coast, most have a pub or tea room nearby. Travel: Norwich Airport 22 miles Norwich Railway Station 19 miles There are connections to Norwich Railway Station from Gt. Yarmouth (8 .8 miles) and Acle (8.5 miles) Limited bus services are available at Somerton and Winterton to Gt. Yarmouth, Norwich and surrounding villages. A car is essential to make the most of this holiday location. Distances: 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 Further Details: The Fisherman's Return at Winterton is a 10 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 if you want a special gourmet meal at a realistic price. 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 new website and is also available in the Information File provided 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. Previously this quirky property was my nursery school. There is one mezzanine sleeping area with double bed plus the two bunk beds next to the wet room and a day bed in the garden room. A Trundle bed, 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 and Martin's Nest more suitable. ( 10% reduction when booking more than one property ). Big Sky has a lovely open plan living/ dining area with plenty of room for 6 to dine and relax together using Martin's Nest when required. 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, min 2 nights. On departure we ask that guests leave by 10.30am with arrivals after 3pm. Please contact us if you have different requirements and we will do our best to help. If your arrival date is within 6 weeks full payment is required on booking. Dogs are welcome, 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. Prices shown for Big Sky and Martin's Nest include 7 day rental Saturday to Saturday. Ladybird is available all year round at a nightly rate ( min 2 nights ). Reduced rentals offered for booking 2 properties for the same period and longer rentals in low season. Rental rates include gas, electricity, central heating, towels, bedroom and kitchen linen. A well behaved dog is welcomed at £15 per pet stay in Big Sky and Martin's Nest.