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Delightful Traditional Brick and Flint North Norfolk Holiday Cottage with Piano, Parking and Pub 3 mins walk! Lovingly restored, this delightful, quiet and secluded cosy one bedroom character cottage, probably dates back to the early 1800s. It is situated in the heart of Holt. Walk through the secret gate and you will see 8 Carpenters Cottage in an idyllic private courtyard setting. You will be taken back 100 years in time with all the comfort of home. Walk into Holt (2 minutes) and you will go back in time 40 years. Enjoy free wi-fi or sitting out in the courtyard garden with a glass of white wine from the wine cooler! There is private off-road parking at the back of the cottage.
Open plan sitting room and kitchen with wooden floor, persian rugs and original local artwork. Luxurious ...Delightful Traditional Brick and Flint North Norfolk Holiday Cottage with Piano, Parking and Pub 3 mins walk! Lovingly restored, this delightful, quiet and secluded cosy one bedroom character cottage, probably dates back to the early 1800s. It is situated in the heart of Holt. Walk through the secret gate and you will see 8 Carpenters Cottage in an idyllic private courtyard setting. You will be taken back 100 years in time with all the comfort of home. Walk into Holt (2 minutes) and you will go back in time 40 years. Enjoy free wi-fi or sitting out in the courtyard garden with a glass of white wine from the wine cooler! There is private off-road parking at the back of the cottage.
Open plan sitting room and kitchen with wooden floor, persian rugs and original local artwork. Luxurious Vintage Colefax and Fowler fully lined curtains, wool carpets and oak beams and worktops.
Neff Electric cooker and Gas Hob. Even a separate Wine Cooler!
Sony Smart TV & DVD in Sitting room.
Staircase wide and easy to use for older folk! Not the usual tiny staircase in traditional Norfolk cottages!
Upstairs next to the bedroom - Double size shower easy access.
Comfortable handmade Harrison mattress and oak bedstead.
TV/DVD in Bedroom.
Electric blanket with dual controls (in the Winter months).
Linen and towels supplied.
8 Carpenters Cottages is centrally situated in the pretty Georgian town of Holt which has a charm and character all of its own. Holt has many interesting independent shops, local fishmongers, green grocer, galleries, bookshops, antique shops and the famous Bakers and Larners department store with a separate food hall and wine merchant which celebrated its 249th year in 2019! You can enjoy the cafe life and watch the world pass by at the popular Byford's cafe. Coffee shops abound! You can relax, no need for a car, just walk everywhere and enjoy North Norfolk at its best. The King's Head Pub and Steak Bar is a 2 minute walk! Feathers Hotel 3 mins away is a must for the Carvery on Sunday! Susan Gillis Brownes gorgeous silk dress shop is irresistible!
Things to see and do around 8 Carpenters Cottage, Holt:
Visit Spout Hills/Spout Common
Spout Hills, just yards off Georgian Holt's bustling High Street, is a special place of streams, ponds, marsh orchids and mint. Comprising of 14 acres of registered common land, maintained by Holt Town Council and an enthusiastic band of volunteers, the area consists of varying habitats and a spring which sprouts out of a gravel hill. '
HOLT Country Park is about a 10 minute walk from the cottage.
Holt Country Park is situated on the edge of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a Green Flag award winner. When you walk in to the tranquil woodland, dominated with Scots pines and native broadleaves, it's easy to understand why.
With the change in seasons come changes in the wonderful displays of flowers that you can find, from orchids in the summer to snowdrops in the winter. Holt Country Park is home to many varieties of butterflies who share their airspace with dragonflies and damselflies. The rich ground flora supports an abundant display of wildlife including goldcrests, greater spotted woodpeckers and deer.
Lots of events and activities take place throughout the year at Holt Country Park
Holt is an ideal location for Wildlife and Bird Watchers - Blakeney National Nature Reserve - 6 miles. Blakeney Point, within Blakeney National Nature Reserve, is a four-mile-long sand and shingle spit. Sand dunes have formed over hundreds of years on the shingle ridge and form a rare habitat valuable for unusual plants, insects, birds and seals.
NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve
The NWT Cley Marshes comprises 400 acres with reclaimed marshes, lagoons, pools, hides, board walks, walks along risen banks and the shingle beach at Cley, and a state of the art visitor centre with spectacular views over the marshes towards the sea.
Arrive at the visitor centre and you'll be greeted by very friendly staff who will answer any questions you may have. If you want to visit the hides, you do need to pay, but if you want to just take a walk along the board walks, or up to the beach, then that's free. Don't forget your binoculars though, as you will definitely need binoculars for bird watching!
It's worth going into the visitor centre just for the view across the marshes. It is stunning coastal landscape that you won't get anywhere else in the UK.
Lovely at all times of year there is always something to do in Norfolk: How about ....
Crabbing at Blakeney
Eating Fresh Crabs at Cookies Crab Shop, Salthouse
Birdwatching at Cley Marshes
Breakfast at Byfords Cafe, Holt
Steam train from Holt to Sheringham (Poppy Line)
Making sand castles at Wells on Sea
Fresh Fish and Chips at Alberts in Holt
Walking on Spouts Hill, Holt
Watching a seal bobbing along the shoreline at Cley
Walking through Sheringham Park in May and photographing the Rhododendrons
Pets not allowedNot suitable for childrenNo smoking
Kids - no, there is only one bedroom and lots of soft furnishings.
Pets - no, this is a pet free cottage so guests have peace of mind if they have any allergies to pets.
Smoking is not allowed as it is a fire risk. You can smoke outside in the garden courtyard.
Meet the host
Hosting since September 2011
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guests: Please contact me if you want anymore information about where to go and what to do in Holt. You have easy access to the cottage, arrive as late as you want as there is a key box with the front door key.
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Just come home after a brilliant stay at carpenters cottage, home from home great place to stay really relaxing, everything you could wish for. Holt is a place that has everything good shops fish and chips really good. Would recommend to anyone. Anne has a great cottage.
Visited May 2023
Written 20 May 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom1 contribution
Perfect place, perfect peace.
Lovely little cottage in the centre of an interesting bustling old town full of interesting shops, restaurants and places to suit all visitors. The cottage supplies everything needed to ensure a perfect place to stay, as well as a personal car parking place.
Visited June 2022
Written 3 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Gamlingay, United Kingdom4 contributions
We stayed for a week in December, and the cottage was cozy and warm despite the low temperatures outside! It had just been redecorated and a new shower installed which was lovely. The bed and sofa were both comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of pots and pans and utensils. There's a dishwasher and washing machine which is a big bonus! We worked remotely whilst at the cottage and the WiFi was strong enough for us both to be on a video call at the same time, no issues.
Anne had left some mince pies which were much appreciated, as well as some milk. Communication was great. Parking was easy with a clearly marked car parking space about 90 seconds away from the front door. Both Budgens and the town centre are just around the corner so it's a very convenient place to be. We loved our stay here and would stay again without hesitation.
Visited December 2021
Written 5 December 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Louise, thank you very much for leaving a lovely review of No.8. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found everything you needed to work remotely! It is such a cosy cottage. I do hope that you can stay again.
Written 28 December 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
A cosy enjoyable stay.
Our second visit - a very comfortable cosy warm cottage -much appreciated in poorer weather. One of the best equipped cottages we have stayed at - an excellent shower, and so convenient for stocking up at Budgens. We enjoyed exploring Holt, a lovely town, went birdwatching at Cley Marshes, and were rewarded with a sighting of three otters! The cottage is well positioned for visiting nearby National Trust properties, and this visit we enjoyed a lovely walk at Blickling
Visited October 2021
Written 24 October 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you Janette for your lovely 5* review about your stay this week. It's great to know that the location of the cottage in Holt, seems to tick all the boxes for sight-seeing in North Norfolk. Particularly bird watching and visiting local National Trust properties. I hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written 24 October 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Southampton, United Kingdom8 contributions
We have just returned from a delightful stay at Carpenters Cottage. This charming cottage is based in Holt, perfect for visiting the bars, shops and restaurants and conveniently located for the coastal areas. The cottage itself is cosy and very well equipped and even has a piano!!
Anne the owner is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. We arrived to milk in the fridge and the most yummy cream slices. A really nice touch.
Budgens is a 2 minute walk, ideal for picking up supplies.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be returning.
Visited August 2021
Written 12 August 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you so much for your 5* review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at 8 Carpenters Cottages and you enjoyed the cream slices! I look forward to see you again at the cottage.
Written 20 October 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
A delightful stay
The courtyard cottage on the edge of the town centre combines privacy, quiet and convenience. It is certainly the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in, and with Budgen's supermarket, 2 minutes away across a lane, ideal for topping up on forgotten items. Holt is a lovely Georgian town with many interesting nooks and crannies to explore, and the attractive town common is nearby. We also enjoyed visits to National Trust Properties at Blickling, Felbrigg and Shringham, and good bird watching at Cley marshes. all in all an excellent holiday
Visited April 2021
Written 30 April 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you Janette for taking the time to leave a lovely review for No.8. I am glad you enjoyed the cottage location. It sounds like you had a busy time visiting all the wonderful places that are within easy reach of Holt. You will be able to visit more of the North Norfolk coast in October when you return to the cottage. I look forward to seeing you again.
Written 2 May 2021. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Lovely cottage in North Norfolk
We really enjoyed a lovely stay at 8 Carpenters Cottage in the last week of October 2020. The cottage was well equipped, cosy and in a good location. Anne (the owner) was very helpful and quick to reply to our queries. We particularly enjoyed the piano and would highly recommend staying here for trips to North Norfolk.
Visited October 2020
Written 22 November 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks very much for taking the time to send in a review .... and a 5* review is wonderful. So glad you loved the location for visiting North Norfolk. I agree Holt is perfect for exploring the coast. Thank you both for leaving the cottage clean, neat and tidy! This makes a big difference with all the extra covid cleaning that we have to do. I do hope that you can visit again and enjoy playing the piano.
Written 23 November 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Carpenters is a pretty cosy cottage 2 mins walk from the centre of Holt it has everything you could need for a self catering break . We stayed for a week and had a lovely time. Anne is a friendly lady and answered any queries very quickly.We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone wishing to visit the area. Thanks for the cake Anne.
Visited August 2020
Written 22 August 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you so much for your 5* review and glad you enjoyed your 7 day stay. I agree the cake did look delicious! I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Written 6 September 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Beautiful cottage in lovely town of Holt
This beautiful, quaint cottage is perfect for one or two visitors, and is situated right in the town centre of Holt. It is a short walk to the shops including pretty boutiques and cafes and restaurants, and is also right by Budgens supermarket. Close by are lovely unspoilt beaches, so beach and countryside walks aplenty around here! Parts of Norfolk feel like you’re stepping back in time. Due to the circumstances that unfolded while I was staying here, I spent my time indoors at the cottage, and it was so cosy and pretty. There are plenty of books, dvds, piano sheet music and a lovely piano to play, and I also loved cooking whilst here. Highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a Norfolk getaway, and I plan to return in future! Anne (the owner) was really friendly and helpful, and very quick to get back to my enquiries about booking.
Visited March 2020
Written 14 May 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Holly, thank you, it was a pleasure having you staying at the cottage, enjoying the piano and feeling at home so quickly. It is such a delightful place to stay. I am glad you had time to make music, cook and read - the library seems to be getting larger each year!! I look forward to welcoming you back at 8 Carpenters Cottages so you can visit those wonderful places in North Norfolk you mentioned. Many thanks Anne
Written 4 June 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Ludlow, United Kingdom7 contributions
We have stayed several times and it never disappoints.
We have stayed at 8 Carpenter's several times, usually at colder times of the year, and it never disappoints. Although anything that you might need in a town, such as cafes, pubs, restaurants and a supermarket, are on your doorstep it is completely quiet and very comfortable and warm. Great to come back to after a 'bracing' Norfolk day (the bird reserve at Cley is barely 10 minutes drive away).
The cottage is a real home from home for us, very well equipped and obviously caringly maintained by the owner.
Visited February 2020
Written 8 March 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Russ thank you very much for taking the time to write a lovely 5* review about the cottage and your stay. It is always such a pleasure to have guests returning again and again and still loving the surroundings and the cottage. I look forward to welcoming you back again in May - thank you so much.
Written 9 March 2020. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Holt Christmas Lights - November - January
Holt is now established in the collective memory as a town of excellence and uniqueness – never more so than during the festive season when the loveliness of the town is pointed up and framed by thousands of fairytale lights – along the gables, gutters and roofs of buildings throughout the town, around a myriad enticing windows and in both the live deciduous trees and the spectacular Christmas trees.
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular, NR21 0AS. Experience the Christmas Spectacular.
November - December. Usually two shows a day 2pm and 7pm.
The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the biggest and most exciting Christmas show of all time in Britain. Come and experience the popular blend of Christmas entertainment, with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes, Christmas songs, carols, including outstanding music and singing from our cast of over one hundred.
Each show is a pageant of spectacle and colour – the music a seamless transition from an up-beat dance routine to a choral rendition of a Christmas carol, a show which would not be out of place in any London's West End Theatres.
Refreshments and shops at Thursford:
Light refreshments are available from our Barn restaurant, Carousel tea bar, and bar area. Our four shops are also open prior to the shows and during the interval.
Booking is essential. Call the booking office NOW to find out availability!!!
Holt Summer Festival - North Norfolk's summer festival of the arts. July
GETTING AROUND NORTH NORFOLK
There are good local bus services including the Coasthopper.
Car not needed
How to get there
From Norwich its an easy car journey through lovely Norfolk villages and countryside. 25 minutes from Norwich Airport, where you can hire a car to drive to Holt. From Norwich Follow the B1149 North. From Kings Lynn Follow the A148 East.
TAKE THE TRAIN TO NORTH NORFOLK
Trains leave London Liverpool Street and King's Cross every hour, arriving in just under two hours into Norwich or King's Lynn. From Norwich you can catch a regular train to Cromer or Sheringham, and from there and King's Lynn, the Coasthopper bus can take you along the north Norfolk coast.
TAKE A COACH TO NORTH NORFOLK
Coaches travel daily into north Norfolk from the Midlands, London and the Southeast.
National Express information
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Rates include Welcome pack, Linen & Towels, Wi-Fi, Extra TV/DVD in Bedroom, Parking. Beautiful Piano, heating and constant hot water at the cottage, all year. Enjoy!
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