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Cosy Beamed Cottage Near To Sandy Beaches And Broadland. Private And Peaceful I

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Happisburgh, Nr. Stalham, North Norfolk, England - A Great And Easy Location To Visit Many Local Attractions,whatever Your Interest.Private Parking

This quaint and cosy 18c Fisherman's Cottage is situated at the back of the owner's home and is tucked away in a large mature garden. It is in the heart of North Norfolk in the pleasant coastal village of Happisburgh [always pronounced Haisbro'] famous for its distinctive red and white lighthouse in the centre of the village, the beautiful Norman church of St Mary's, and very near the church, the Hill House Hotel, a 17c Coaching Inn where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used to stay. In close vicinity there is also a coffee shop and a very good fishmongers selling very fresh locally caught fish and crabs. A small Post Office too.


The Cottage is beamed throughout and retains all the original features of the period, dating back to 1780.

The Property is personally prepared with special care by the owner giving those extra little touches to make guests feel at home and welcome, providing a friendly and personal service at all times to cater for all your holiday requirements. It is comfortably furnished and well equipped providing accommodation for 2 to 5 guests. It is in a great location for either a 'stay at home' holiday with the beach, local cafe and Inns, country walks to explore the village, local fishmongers with freshly cooked Cromer crabs, and Village events, or day trips to local attractions by car.

Broadland and the river is only 4mls away for hire boats and a unique day out in the beautiful scenery of the Norfolk Broads.The city of Norwich is approximately 20 miles away, with train station and airport, the Norman Castle and museum, theatres and restaurants etc. The broadland market town of Stalham is 4 miles away for all grocery needs,Post Office, Chinese and Indian take-aways, cafes and shops, library, Medical Centre and Veterinary Surgery. Market every Tuesday.

There is a large selection of brochures available in the cottage so guests are able to plan their holiday adventures. Within 2 miles of the cottage are the beautiful gardens of East Ruston Old Vicarage, open to the public in summer - a 20 acre area with plant stalls, teashop etc., well worth a look. There is a public Right of Way near to the property and it is only a ten minute walk through the fields to the beach, alternatively it is a 5 minute drive by car to either 'Gap' where there is car parking and public conveniences. There is also a very good family friendly Barn Cafe/Restaurant at Cart Gap "Smallstix". There are car parks and public conveniences at both 'Gaps' (ie: access to the beach).

This is a very good place for a 'Get away from it all' holiday. Either a WEEKLY stay or a SHORT BREAK HOLIDAY. [Please ask owner for details and rates for SHORT BREAKS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME BY TELEPHONE +44 (0) 1692 650331. SIMPLE AND QUICK!

You can initially SECURE YOUR DATES with a phone call, message, or email.

Pets are accepted at owner's discretion, please enquire. There is a small charge of £20 for this service. We ask please that pets are not left in the property unattended, or shut in the kitchen at night. We love animals but have to consider the guests who may not, or have allergies etc. Please do not allow them on furniture or upstairs.

We ask for approx: 1/3 of total rental amount please as a Holding Deposit ( exact amount given on booking) , which makes for a much lighter Balance Payment one month before your holiday start date!, and fully secures your booking. Please note - we ask for NO BOOKING FEE. For guests in the UK PREFERRED PAYMENT is by CHEQUE please. Details given on booking. There is also the option to pay online but this will incur a Booking Fee from Owners Direct, and not the owner. Weekly rentals are as shown on this listing under Rental Rates, ( and sometimes cheaper!! ).

SIMPLE AND EASY TO CONTACT OWNER: +44 (0)1692 650331 , occasionally answerphone - please leave message and will quickly return.

REQUIRE IMPORTANT DATES? - Reserve at once with a phone call, message, or email.

More Details

Naomi Francis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Naomi Francis

My late father bought this property shortly after the second world war when he came out of the army. It was to be the family home for his wife and new baby [me!], and has been in the family ever since. It has seen many, many visitors over the years and I think that is why it has a nice and happy atmosphere. Some of the visitors here have loved Norfolk so much they have decided to live here permanently.

The property dates back to the 18c and was once a village brewery, later being converted to three small fishermens' cottages and a shop overlooking the road, but now two dwellings.

It gives me a lot of pleasure to be able to contribute to the happy memories of a really good holiday [ often very much needed], and to meet so many nice and interesting people.

Why Naomi Francis chose Norwich

This property always has memories for me. It adjoins the main building - the home where I grew up, and where I live now, after returning to it after thirty six years. I have fond memories of the old fisherman and his wife ( Ben and Minnie) who used to live in the cottage in the early 50's before it was a holiday home, and their daughter Pauline who would kindly amuse and play with me when I was around six years old and she was fifteen or so!

People still visit me now and again ( and ask to have a walk around!) to see and remember the place they stayed at on holiday as a child,some who came back year after year when I was growing up.

What makes this cottage unique

The Cottage is a very old property, originally a small village brewery both here and the main building dating back to around 1780, and I think the atmosphere matches it! Many guests tell me they always sleep well here and they can relax, and It's quiet. - well away from the normal pace of life.

It is also a very good location for a holiday. Plenty of country walks available ( with brochures to help you choose a route) very near to the beach, and many attractions, whatever your interest, only a short trip in the car away. The beautiful Norfolk Broads and the river and all it has to offer only four miles away.

Feedback from talking to guests tells me that many families and couples, although they have complete privacy like the fact that someone is always available should they have any questions, or if there is a problem. They are not 'out on a limb' so to speak, in an area that may be totally unfamiliar to them.

We take pride in giving a personal and tailored service to make guests' stays very happy and memorable, and to keep rental rates as low as possible.

Guests may contact owner at any time if there is anything they would like to discuss about their holiday, or any special requirements they may have.

We are pleased to be of help to you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I have been coming to stay at The Cottage for many years and always have a great time. It is nicely presented, very clean and comfortable, and there is always a warm welcome. Dominic, Sue and Joe [11], Norwich. We rediscovered our childhood holiday village more than 15 years ago and have stayed at The Cottage every year since [until his death in 2011] with our beloved father Harry. We love the peace and tranquility of The Cottage and the way Naomi makes us so welcome. Even though Dad was 91 on our last visit and getting frail he didn't want to go home at the end of the week - as usual. Ruth and Naomi Wills, Coventry.
Jul 2014
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Norwich Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Wash hand basin, 3 drawer unit, small cupboard and Hairdryer
  • One bathroom with bath and shower spray attachment, WC, wash hand basin. Three drawer unit and cupboard unit. Towels, Soap, Shower gel and essential toiletries, and bathroom tissue [plenty for week] supplied free of charge. New hairdryer for guests' use. Bathroom is downstairs. Appropriate, new, powerful fan heater installed. Sorry, we do not have a shower. We have a shower spray attachment to fix on the taps.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, Bedroom 2 has 1 double bed and 1 full size single bed. Both open separately onto the landing. There is ample drawer space in both rooms. Both have bedside units and lamps. Electric blankets on both doubles. All newly carpeted.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • water skiing
Just outside the cottage there is a little brick and tiled Summer House, newly decorated with a nautical theme and new comfy chairs and table and candles. Maybe for a romantic meal for two. [near enough to the front door to take out food!] or dining set can be moved into garden if wished.


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Cosy Beamed Cottage Near To Sandy Beaches And Broadland. Private And Peaceful I
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

Lovely Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

I, my Wife, Daughter, two young Grandsons and our Yorkie, stayed at Mrs Francis's beautiful period cottage in early August 2017. The cottage was extremely clean, comfortable, cheerful and cosy and we wanted for nothing. We didn't expect it but we were met with a welcome pack of fruit, chocs and wine and in the kitchen was tea, coffee, milk and sugar and some delicious cakes. Should you need her, Mrs Francis is always available. When on holiday your accommodation needs to be right and in this case was beyond our expectations - truly a home from home. Thank you so much Mrs Francis.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter and Family, Thank you so much for your kind and helpful review. I'm so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday (and little Tyke the Dog!) and had everything you needed. Norfolk is a beautiful county and I hope you have taken back many happy memories of it and Happisburgh. Lovely to meet you all - (I have happy memories of guests' holidays too!!). Kind Regards, Naomi
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Just Perfect!

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautifully appointed cottage, a real home from home. There is not a single thing that you could possibly imagine missing from the kitchen, and in general everything that you could possibly want or need is provided.

The owner is charming, and cannot do enough for you either, without being intrusive. The arrival tray was fit for a King, the fire was burning brightly, the electric blankets on the bed were on, and a bottle of wine or 2 to boot - how incredibly thoughtful. The only negative would be that the shower needs updating as it isn't effective, but other than that, I would heartily recommend this cottage for a couple with/without a dog. It is cosy, very olde worlde, and we had a very pleasant and relaxing stay. I will have no hesitation in going back to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Chris and Rachel for your kind review and so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It's quite sad when really nice people have to go home- and the dogs too! this one in particular 'Ludo' is a real young charmer!! Hope you took back some lovely memories of Norfolk after a 25yr gap. Re: shower ( we don't have an actual shower, just a spray attachment to put on the taps, as with many very old properties it is not practicable) but will get this inspected/replaced to be more efficient. Thanks for bringing it to light. Naomi
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charming escape, hidden away but not far ...

  • 5 of 5

The wonderful Naomi is a beautiful woman. Her heart is huge. She has lovingly created the safest of havens and we have returned a number of times. Quirky in a comfortable way. Fire lit by fairies for your arrival. Fabulous to mend my broken heart after losing my mum.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review Caron - It's all part of the service! We all need a quiet and happy place to retreat to sometimes, and I'm really pleased that you chose The Cottage. Naomi
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  • 5 of 5

Loved this little cottage. Quaint, clean, comfortable and a perfect base for our holiday. The cottage had everything we needed and the little welcome pack of essentials were a lovely touch. We will definitely return if only to sit beside the open fire and relax.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Mundesley Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Wroxham - 10mls. North Walsham 10mls.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Smallstix cafe/Restuarant, Hill House Inn. Star.
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Half ml walk - public footpath. By car 5mins away.
Car: recommended


A 15min walk to the local beach through a public 'right of way' approx: 100 metres from property. Alternately a five minute drive to either 'Gap' where there are car parks and public conveniences. Cart Gap also has a very good barn cafe and restaurant. The Blue Flag beach of Sea Palling is approx: 3mls away. Beaches safe and sandy. The Cottage is approx: three fields away from the nearest beach, and the Right of Way is through open arable land.


Norwich airport is approx: 20 miles away. Use of a car is recommended.


The city of Norwich is 20 miles away. The seaside resort of Gt Yarmouth is 18 miles to the south. The famous seaside town of Cromer is 16 miles north up the coast. The local market town of Stalham is 4mls away. The market town of North Walsham is 8mls away. Wroxham Barns Craft Centre is approx 8mls [on the way to Norwich] East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens less than 2mls away. Hickling Nature Reserve 7mls away. Broadland and river for boat hire Stalham, 4mls. Two farm shops/garden centres 2mls.

Further Details:

Within 1 mile of cottage:- Hill House Inn, St Mary's church, small P.O. and general store, Happisburgh Lighthouse which is open at certain times,Fair Maiden Shellfish - fresh locally caught crabs and fish. 'Smallstix' Barn Cafe at Cart Gap beach [recommended], East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens- 20 acres to enjoy with tea shop and plant stalls. 2mls north up the coast at Walcott opposite sea front promenade is large family run supermarket 'Walcott Stores' for food, gifts,newsagents, off licence [ sells just about everything!] and Kingfisher fish & chips close by. At Stalham there is a high street supermarket and also Tescos, shops and cafes, Banks, Indian and Chinese take-aways, Broadland and the river, Fish & chip shop [top of high street], Museum of the Broads [Stalham Staithe] Library, Veterinary Surgery and Medical Centre. Lighthouse Inn at Walcott- meals all day and evening, Wayford Bridge Hotel and Restaurant 1ml through Stalham towards Norwich is popular with visitors. National Trust properties such as Blickling and Felbrigg Halls are within an hours motoring distance. A large selection of brochures of all local attractions is always available at The Cottage, and, if you like walking there's information and maps on different 'walks' and routes to follow.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made by email or telephone. We require a DEPOSIT payment of 1/3 of total hire charge please [exact amount given on booking] and the BALANCE to be paid four weeks prior to holiday start date. For SHORT BREAK HOLIDAYS and SHORT NOTICE BOOKINGS, balance is due in full please to reach us within four working days.
Changeover Day: Saturday
During summer months changeover day is Saturday. Out of season and for SHORT BREAKS changeover times are very flexible. Arrival time is any time after 4pm on the Saturday, Departure Time is 10am the following Saturday.

Notes on prices:
PREFERRED PAYMENT METHOD for guests in the UK is by cheque please, this will incur NO booking fee.
For Short Notice bookings there may be a DISCOUNT on certain weeks. There may also be SPECIAL OFFERS too, please enquire. We require 1/3 Deposit payment please [exact amount given on booking] to be received within four working days, and full balance to be paid four weeks before holiday start date. For SHORT BREAK HOLIDAYS payment is due in full please. Short Break holidays are also available, the minimum being a three night stay, up to a stay of six nights. Short Breaks begin from September through to the following June. They can be more tailored to your needs as arrival and departure times can be very flexible. Very last minute short breaks can be booked other times if we are vacant. PLEASE ASK OWNER for details for SHORT BREAK HOLIDAYS.

Pets are considered but not automatically allowed. Please ask owner. We ask owners to please vacuum up after their pets on leaving.even though the property is thoroughly cleaned between lets. It is not pleasant for anyone to have to 'pre-clean' before the proper thorough clean starts. Please do not shut pets in the kitchen or bathroom. If they cannot be left safely in the living room then please choose another property more appropriate. We love animals, but do not expect to clean up after other peoples.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.