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Holly Tree Cottage

Front of the cottage with the clematis in full bloom, and the wisteria on its way!
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Front of the cottage with the clematis in full bloom, and the wisteria on its way!
Main view of the lounge with direct access to the garden The rear of the lounge looking towards the kitchen and staircase
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5.0 of 5 stars
16 reviews
Front of the cottage with the clematis in full bloom, and the wisteria on its way!
Main view of the lounge with direct access to the garden
The rear of the lounge looking towards the kitchen and staircase
The fully fitted kitchen with gas cooker and view over the garden
Looking through from the kitchen to the lounge
The small but beautifully formed dining room
The shower room downstairs
The main bedroom upstairs, with original Victorian bed and modern mattress
Second bedroom with low beech bed
The recently installed upstairs cloakroom
View of the garden and gazebo from the lounge
The gazebo, with lights and power, lovely to sit and chill as the light fades ..
..although of course, you're welcome to move the furniture into the garden if it's sunny!
The garden to the east, past the big holly tree and heading towards the pond
The wildflower garden in June last year, different every year!
Chickenland, just over the pond - they're well fenced in so should be no trouble
Looking through the side gate into the garden
Howe Hill Nature Reserve study centre, home of the Electric Eel boat trip
Cyn and our dog Lucy at Waxham, our nearest beach, just 5 miles away
Our previous dog Lucy in Bacton Wood, also a few miles from us
Swallowtail butterfly at Hickling (thanks to Anne & Rodney!)
The beautiful gardens at Hoveton Hall
The Pleasure Boat pub, right on Hickling Broad
Horsey Wind Pump, beautifully restored and open to the public
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Catfield, Norfolk, East Anglia, England
Holly Tree Cottage is situated midway between the National Nature Reserves of Hickling and Barton Broads in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, close to beautiful locations like How Hill Nature Reserve, Blickling Hall and Horsey Mill (all National Trust), and miles of clean, sandy beaches. Within easy cycling distance you can hire anything from a canoe to an electric day boat to a river cruiser to explore the Norfolk broads, or take a ride with one of a number of passenger boats. There is independent parking for one car (plus additional space in our courtyard), all behind electric gates, and there are bus routes to Wroxham, Norwich and Great Yarmouth which pass by the house.

This is an ideal base for nature lovers, with many RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and other reserves within a short drive, one of the main reasons why we moved here in 2...
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About the owner, Cynthia & Mike I
Languages spoken: English, Italian
Calendar Updated: 26 days ago
Listed since : Aug 2009
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 16 reviews and 1 property
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Listing #HL97812 by: Holiday Lettings
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English first
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We have just spent a week at this clean cosy cottage with the lovely garden and covered seating area. Perfectly placed to explore the broads and the coast, nowhere seemed to far to travel on quiet roads. The hosts were very welcoming and could not do enough to make your stay perfect. The log burner was wonderful on chilly evenings... more

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It's a lovely first for us that we read a glowing message left in our guestbook, then receive a lovely personalised email, and cap it off with a super TripAdvisor review, all within a few hours of you leaving!!! So thank you so much K and B (& E the D), it's guests like you that make this so enjoyable,... more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We stayed here last week and it was an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. The cottage has everything you need for a holiday with French windows opening out onto an inviting lawn.The weather and the welcoming hosts Mike and Cynthia made for a lovely week.The cottage was well equipped a shame we didn't get chance to... more

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Thanks for the super review David (and unprompted too!), if you find your way back here again we'll be happy to arrange for some colder weather so you can try the stove .... Cynth and Mike more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Our second holiday at Holly Tree Cottage and we enjoyed it as much as last year. The cottage is situated in a perfect, quiet village with no noise around, but close enough to the beaches, local amenities and the Norfolk tourist areas. The cottage is very well equipped also has a woodburner which we used one evening (in June). When... more

Management response:

Hi Gingycat (we know who you are!), thanks for your (second) great review of Holly Tree Cottage, and without us needing to ask too! We hate asking for reviews, but we also know they're very important for those looking for somewhere to stay, so when we receive one without even asking it's ..... what's the modern word .... oh yes... more

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  • Books
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (4)
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Playground
  • Refrigerator
  • Secure Parking
  • Shared Yard
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Swingset
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
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Additional amenities & feature info
Holly Tree Cottage is a completely separate part of a Victorian house in a pretty village, less than 100 yards from the local pub (with excellent food!) and the Post Office/shop.

There is a fully fitted kitchen with gas cooker, microwave, washing machine and everything you are likely to need. The living room has a stereo (easily attachable to your own MP3 player!), 32' LCD TV, DVD/CD player and digital TV recorder, with a comfortable leather suite and an extensive selection of books, DVDs and CDs. WiFi internet access is included, and this was recently upgraded to fibre so is pretty fast for the countryside!

The kitchen, living and dining rooms, and shower room are all on the ground floor, at the same level, and so if you have a member of your party who prefers not to use stairs, t...
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Per week
Mar 24, 2016 -
Apr 1, 2016
Easter 2016 inc Good Friday
7 nights
Apr 2, 2016 -
Apr 15, 2016
Early Spring 2016
7 nights
Apr 16, 2016 -
May 27, 2016
Spring 2016
7 nights
May 28, 2016 -
Jul 1, 2016
Early summer 2016
7 nights
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to U.S. Dollars and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Bookings will be confirmed following payment of a non-returnable 25% deposit, preferably by direct transfer into our UK bank account, with the balance payable at least 4 weeks before you are due to arrive. The keys to the cottage will not be released until full payment has been received. Please note, however, that we cannot take payments by credit or debit cards. Once your stay is confirmed, we'll be in touch by email a week or two before you are due to arrive, to make sure that all is well, and to answer any final queries you may have. We're happy to be able to keep our tariffs in 2016 to the same as in 2015, and still offer a £20 discount if you only require one bedroom as preparation of the cottage is much easier. Smaller parties will then pay virtually the same as when we started in 2009, although we decided last year to close the cottage over the coldest months, unless specifically requested. As mentioned elsewhere, we've installed a Worcester-Bosch boiler, and o... more
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How to get there
Airport: Norwich: 9.3 mi
Railway: Hoveton & Wroxham: 6.2 mi
Ferry: Harwich: 87.0 mi
There are hourly train services from London to Norwich, the major city and centre of Norfolk, from which frequent local train services run to our local station Hoveton and Wroxham, just 8 miles away. From here you can easily take a taxi, or we would be happy to collect you from Wroxham if we can. Whilst a car will enable you to travel further affield, there are several bus routes which pass by our house, and we have four bicycles for those wishing to explore the area on muscle power alone!

For visitors flying to the UK, Norwich has a busy airport, but the nearest major airport is London Stansted, about 2 drive hours from us, but also well connected by train and bus to Norwich.

For those arriving by car, note that Catfield is just off the main A149, midway between Stalham and Potter Hei...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 5.0 mi.
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