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Swallow Cottage

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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Swallow Cottage is located in the peaceful and picturesque grounds of Itteringham Mill, 2 minutes from The Walpole Arms, a much awarded gastro-pub and 6 minutes from possibly the oldest continuously operated village shop in the country (now run as a community shop). Only 10 miles from the coast (Sheringham) and about 12 miles from the Broads (Wroxham) it is conveniently close to both but far enough away to avoid the crowds. Our guests come here to enjoy the peace and quiet and the abundant wildlife. We have seen nearly 60 species of birds in the garden, including kingfishers and little egrets. The river is a magnet for wildlife and it is always a great buzz to see a visiting otter. If you're planning on visiting with young children please remember the river is unfenced. North Norfolk i...Swallow Cottage is located in the peaceful and picturesque grounds of Itteringham Mill, 2 minutes from The Walpole Arms, a much awarded gastro-pub and 6 minutes from possibly the oldest continuously operated village shop in the country (now run as a community shop). Only 10 miles from the coast (Sheringham) and about 12 miles from the Broads (Wroxham) it is conveniently close to both but far enough away to avoid the crowds. Our guests come here to enjoy the peace and quiet and the abundant wildlife. We have seen nearly 60 species of birds in the garden, including kingfishers and little egrets. The river is a magnet for wildlife and it is always a great buzz to see a visiting otter. If you're planning on visiting with young children please remember the river is unfenced. North Norfolk is a real gem offering a fantastic variety of things to do and places to visit. Blickling Hall is a pleasant walk away. There is a range of other stately homes within a short drive. Seal watching trips are offered at the coast. Sheringham is a pleasant seaside town with the usual seaside attractions and Cromer with its pier is about 12 miles away. Nearest town Aylsham with its pleasant Georgian market square offers several small supermarkets as well as a range of traditional butchers, artisan bread shops, market stalls a couple of days a week and a farmer's market monthly. The town also has a miniature railway providing trips to Wroxham and the attractions of the Broads. A fun thing to do on a Monday is to visit Keys general auction sales. Keys also host two-day antique auctions most months. There are a good number of great pubs with great food nearby. There are plenty of footpaths nearby. For serious shoppers Holt has a range of classy art galleries, boutiques and antique shops, while Norwich, with its castle, museums, pubs, galleries, churches and shops is about a 30 minute drive away. Fishing is possible on the river subject to licence, but is mostly trout, and made difficult by silt, aquatic vegetation and overhanging trees.More
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Peter D
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2013
Reviews (9)

1 - 5 of 9 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a beautiful quiet place with little more than the water flowing through the mill and the sound of birds to hear. It is well placed for visits to the Broads, Blickling Hall, Mannington Gardens and lots of heritage railways. The cottage was well...More

Date of stay: May 2019
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I've just returned from a fantastic week here exploring north Norfolk with my two children. This cottage is set in the beautiful grounds of a lovely old watermill, where you can completely get away from everyday life. The cottage was spotless and is very well...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Peter D, VR Owner at Swallow Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi Sarah Thanks for your great review. Glad you enjoyed the cottage, grounds and local amenities. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you as I’m in Japan. But Lis has told me she really enjoyed meeting you and the family.

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Reviewed 17 August 2018

The location of and the accommodation in the cottage were what we wanted i.e. a 2-bedroom cottage in a rural position near Aylsham and the coast. We liked the fact that all the rooms were a really good size - all too often in holiday...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Peter D, VR Owner at Swallow Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Hi Hugo Thanks for your kind review and your suggestion regarding crockery. Hope you had a good journey home. Best regards Peter and Lis

Reviewed 26 June 2018

Attending a family gathering in Weybourne we chose Swallow Cottage just 10 miles or so inland as somewhere we could relax away from the hussle and bussle of the coastal resort . We were not disappointed. The cottage,which sits in the lovely extensive 4+acres grounds...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Peter D, VR Owner at Swallow Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Hi Nairn Many thanks for your kind review. We very much enjoyed chatting to you and the family and so glad you were able to relax in Itteringham after your very long journey. We look forward to hosting you again should you have another occasion...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Date of stay: October 2017
Peter D, VR Owner at Swallow Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
TV
Parking
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
North Norfolk is a hidden gem, and our part of it is particularly attractive, with gently rolling hills, fields, woodland and unspoilt coast, some of which is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The woods around us are full of bluebells early in the year, and May is the rhododendron season with Sheringham Park particularly famous for its display. The River Bure, which flows through our grounds is a spring-fed chalk stream bordered with willow, ash and alder and supporting stands of natural watercress. Otters have become a more common sight over the last few years. There are many fine churches and stately homes within a short drive as well as some more unusual places to visit such as the Amazonia Zoo just outside Cromer. Our area is crossed by many public footpaths allow...
How to get there
From London: take M11 then A11 (there are currently road works outside Thetford to add an additional carriageway to the only part of the A11 that had not been dual-carriageway). Nearing Norwich take the outer ring road following signs to Airport and Cromer A140. Try to avoid the ring road at rush hour. Come off the ring road at signs for Cromer and Airport. Pass the airport and continue on A140 to Aylsham. Leave A140 to drive through Aylsham, passing through the centre of the town and continuing on the Blickling Road. Look out for Blickling Hall on your right. Two miles on from Blickling Hall take right turn, signed Itteringham (you may also see a sign for the Village Shop and the Walpole Arms). Just before the village at a junction with the Walpole Arms on your right, cross the ju...
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