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Country Cottage Set In The Rural Village Of Hickling

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Hickling, Norfolk Broads, England - Walking Distance From Hickling Broad, 2 Local Pubs And The Hickling Nature Reserve.

Our cottage is the perfect base for exploring the Norfolk Broads or as a quiet escape to unwind. The cottage is walking distance from Hickling Broad, 2 local pubs and the Hickling Nature Reserve and the quiet lanes and pathways are perfect for cycling and walking. The cottage, pubs and local beaches are family and dog friendly. We welcome well behaved dogs and have a safe enclosed garden to the front of the property. The cottage is homely and comfortable combining old with modern day comforts including underfloor heating.

There are 2 bedrooms, one double and one twin. The kitchen is very well equipped and the adjoining lounge is comfortable and cosy. There is free WIFI and phone available. We also supply a free starter pack of wood and coal to use on the woodburner for our autumn and winter guests.

More Details

Jo and Phil Keenan
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Jo and Phil Keenan

Goleby's Cottage is owned by Jo and Phil Keenan.

Jo and Phil Keenan purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Jo and Phil Keenan chose Norfolk & The Broads

The have always loved the village of Hickling and when we saw the cottage we fell in love with it straight away. The locals are warm and welcoming and the broads, beaches and wildlife re-charge you. Norfolk is a beautiful county to visit with stunning landscapes and famous broads with a rich history. One visit is never enough!

What makes this cottage unique

Goleby's Cottage is set back from the lane and has an enclosed garden to welcome you. The property is over 250 years old and has been described as a 'Proper English Country Cottage'. Whether you are sitting on the patio enjoying the garden in the summer or snuggling up with the underfloor heating and woodburner in the winter, the cottage is cosy and comfortable all year round.

Just a 2 minute stroll, The Greyhound pub welcomes all, including children and dogs. They serve a range of food and local ales. A 15 minute stroll will take you to Hickling Broad, the largest of the broads. You will also pass the Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve with a wealth of wildlife. The Pleasure Boat Inn provides great views over the broad and has a small shop for provisions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow! What a perfect, comfortable, inviting, quaint cottage set in a beautiful village amongst the Broads. There is absolutely everything you could possibly need to make this cottage what it is, exceptional!

We have stayed in many cottages across the country for Christmas but Goleby's cottage is by far, the best. The owners (who were most helpful throughout, providing lots of information about everything in the area) had very kindly laid on little Christmas presents for us and our dog and decorated the cottage beautifully, the roaring fire and underfloor heating made it just that little bit more special too. The local pub (Greyhound) about 100m away was also very welcoming and a traditional country pub with great staff and food. We will be returning to the cottage this year hopefully and can not wait to get back there.

Angie P Welling UK

Due to having family in Norwich and also loving Norfolk we have had many visits to Nelsons county.This is the only cottage we would want to return to. Golebys is very tranquil and peaceful which allowed us to completely unwind over our 2 week stay.Because of the location we were able to pop to local beaches for dog walks as well as Broadland walks.We were also able to visit Norwich frequently to see my family and watch my beloved Norwich City.We also took in Blakeney,Cromer and Southwold.After long days out walking it was wonderful to return to by far the best equipped cottage we have stayed in .The attention to detail was second to none. We would like to thank Annie and Sean for their hospitality and also helpful communications both before and during our stay.

Dunstone C Devon UK

Golby's cottage was the perfect location for exploring the Broads and beyond. We were able to come back and relax and enjoy the comforts of the cottage after a day out. The cottage is exceptionally well equipped with everything you need for a self catering break, but also with some excellent extras such as iPod decks and WiFi. The owners Annie and Sean have clearly thought through everything to make it a relaxing stay, including a welcome pack for us and our wee dog! They really went the extra mile. We would thoroughly recommend Golby's and Hickling and we hope to return again.

FDC Dundee UK
Jan 2015
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Norwich Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, washbasin and wc
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with an antique victorian brass and iron double bed, radio with iPod docking station Bedroom 2 with twin beds, small TV/DVD player and iPod docking station
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
Outside: Fully enclosed cottage garden, with furnished patio, garden bench and barbecue. Area for bicycles and cover provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels, bedding and tea towels are provided. The cottage is cleaned and prepared for each stay.


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Close to the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk coast. Less than 10 minutes drive to the nearest beach of Sea Palling, just 3 miles away. Beautiful stretches of golden sand, family and dog friendly. A seal colony can be seen at Horsey beach. Hickling Broad is a 10 minute walk away.


A car is recommended to explore the area but not essential due to the local bus service.


Essentials can be purchased in a local village pub and Stalham is 2.5 miles away with its high street shops, butchers, takeaways and a Tesco store.

Further Details:

Hickling Broad is the largest of the broads which can be explored by boat or pathways. The Nature Reserve run by Norfolk Wildlife Trust provides the perfect location for bird watching. Birds you can expect to see are the common crane, bittern, march harrier, bearded tit, cetti's warbler, barn owls and king fisher. The reserve is also home to the chinese water deer, red deer, otters and local specialities - the swallow tail butterfly and Norfolk hawker dragonfly.

Other local activities include horse riding in the village, cycling, walking and fishing.

The areas best childrens attraction, BeWILDerwood is just 10 miles away. Set in a treetop world, BeWILDerwood is a perfect day out for not only children but parents too!


Rates & Availability

Norwich Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Fun
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
September sun
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Explore
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter Welcome
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Year Fun
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please refer to the booking calendar for availability.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday from April to November. Flexible where possible between November and March.

A deposit of £100.00 will secure a booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before your stay. If booking within the 8 weeks, full payment is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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