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Hawthorn House

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Warham, near Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets 2
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Description

Discover the Norfolk coast from here, just 2 miles from Wells-next-the-Sea beach - awarded ’Best British Beach’ by The Times newspaper in 2016.

Hawthorn House is a dog friendly, family sized, semi-detached property built on former Holkham Estate farm land in a village still mostly owned by the Earl of Leicester. Its classic local yellow brick build and sturdy design perfectly complements the arable landscape as well as the famous gault bricks used in the construction of Holkham Hall.
The house enjoys a peaceful and secluded end of road position, with the private woodland of two listed village properties on its borders; it is ideal for children and pets. The large rear garden of Hawthorn House is divided into two sections; a pretty patio area for entertaining and a ’wild garden’ where dogs may play. The property is situated in a quaint, edge of village hamlet made up of private and rented residential accommodation. The area enjoys plenty of birds and wildlife but as it is also close to Holkham Estate farmland you will see agricultural activity and hear pheasant shoots in season.
The dog friendly village pub and restaurant is just a 5-minute walk from Hawthorn House and was owned by Holkham Estate up until 1966. The village is also home to East Anglia’s best preserved Iron Age hill fort and the beautiful River Stiffkey valley. In spite of its very rural location, Warham is literally a 3-minute drive from the sailing harbour of Wells-next-the-Sea, with its narrow gauge railway, picturesque quay and lovely mix of traditional and artisan cafés, shops and restaurants. The whole coastline, both east and west, offer a collection of quays, marshes and breathtaking beaches, and whether you are relaxing on the beach in the sun (Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea both feature award-winning beaches), crabbing at Blakeney, walking at Brancaster or birdwatching on one of the many marshes, you will be spoilt for choice. Called ‘Royal Norfolk’, as this area is the country retreat for the Royal Family, and The Sandringham Estate, Holkham Hall and the Blickling Estate are all within easy reach, as is Pensthorpe Nature Reserve.
History lovers should plan in a visit to the medieval city of Norwich or the Hanseatic old quarter of Kings Lynn, and those seeking all the traditional seaside attractions, including a Sealife Centre and a small fun fair, should head to Hunstanton. With numerous walks and cycle routes available, and lots of great places to eat, you really will be spoilt for choice. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility/boot room. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with 24" Freeview TV with built in DVD player, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, (baby/toddler bath available on request).

Woodburner in living room. Economy 10 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stairgate. 48" Freeview TV. DVD player. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned gardens with patio and furniture. Barbecue. 2 medium dogs welcome. Parking (1 car); additional on road parking. No smoking. NB: Step from lawn to patio.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
    Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Ground Floor Wet Room
    Ground Floor Wet Room
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site


Customer Comments

  • 9

    13/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    Would recommend to anyone, good location, excellent amenities within walking distance. House very clean with everything you need and secure garden for the dog Owner very helpful Would definitely book again

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your recommendation and high scores; it was nice to meet you and your family. We always feel grateful when a guest points out that amenities are just a short walk or drive away as some reviews have implied that there are none which always puzzles us given how popular the village pub is and how close to Wells-next-Sea the location. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday.

  • 10

    30/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Comfortable, well equipped house in a quiet rural location with friendly neighbours. First time ever that ALL of us were happy with our beds (we’re fussy that way) and no rushing to a particular spot in the living room because sofa and chairs were all equally comfy (with 3 bad backs, an important consideration). Quality of food and welcome in the Three Horseshoes (a short walk down a country lane) were excellent: daughter raved over vegetarian options, others over meat pies/fish. Sheltered front garden was a blessing for our dog in the extreme heat. House is 10 minute drive from Wells, and on a quiet cul de sac. No light pollution and clear night skies allowed us to enjoy spotting constellations. Very quiet and peaceful, enjoyed the bird song. A nasty review appeared just before we set off, and raised concerns - having seen for ourselves, can only assume person did not look at photos or read description, as house is honestly portrayed. Normal people live in normal houses, even in the vicinity of landed gentry.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; This is probably the nicest review we've ever had and it is so helpful that a guest has acknowledged the accuracy of the property description and photographs. We've had about three reviews over the past two years which have made scathing references to 'council houses' with obvious intent to insult the property and neighbourhood but we think they show the reviewer up more than the location so your comments are spot on. It is also rewarding for us when guests stay who are appreciative of nature and mention things like the lack of light pollution because this is very much a property for people who want something more natural than a commercial holiday experience.

  • 9

    03/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2018
    Well appointed house in very quiet area. Short walk to excellent local pub with food. Many good tourist attractions within a short drive.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for this lovely review and the high scores; thank you too for the nice card you gave me on the day of your departure complimenting the house. You even watered our patio plants. Appreciative guests make it all worthwhile; it was good to meet you all and hear about your holiday experience.

  • 6

    19/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2018
    Semi detached house looked like it belonged on a council estate. Very comfortable inside but needed a good clean My husband believed birds were in the roof

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your '9' score for comfort and equipment. We were surprised to learn that there was an extra guest at the property from Thursday as neither myself nor the agency were informed. Your comment that 'Hawthorn House' 'looks like it belongs on a council estate' makes no sense to us as there is no such thing as a council estate nowadays and has not been since the early eighties when 'Right to Buy' came into effect. The appearance of 'Hawthorn House' is typical of 1948 style rural housing in that it is well built from quality local materials with ample gardens and a private situation. External photographs show it quite clearly to be made of yellow brick in a sheltered woodland cul-de-sac so we expect guests to look before they book not make inaccurate comments in their review afterwards if the property has not suited their tastes. Happily most reviewers have loved the location and appreciated the friendly community. The house was cleaned very thoroughly prior to your stay as is always the case and evident from other reviews. The window cleaner called during your stay and so did the gardener. There are no birds in the roof; the whole area is rich in bird life and sometimes swallows nest under the eaves but they cannot possibly enter the loft. Nesting birds are protected in any case so removal would be in breach of the law.

  • 6

    29/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 24/04/2018
    We had a great time and enjoyed the amenities of N. Norfolk. It is a very dog friendly area. The beds in the house we most comfortable.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for reviewing us but we are a little puzzled by the low scores as they contradict your comments and also the two mails you sent us after your departure both saying how much you had enjoyed your stay at 'Hawthorn House.' Usually a low score is accompanied by negative comments but yours were all positive so we are not sure how to respond. Many guests do not realize that rental prices are market driven so not getting value for money is highly unlikely. Similarly the comfort factor and equipment provided has already passed through the letting agency's grading system. The location is very clearly and accurately described (and photographed) as being rural residential near woodland and farmland but just five minutes’ drive from Wells-next-Sea so we must confess a difficulty in understanding why people choose this location then give it a low score.

  • 10

    05/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 26/03/2018
    We found our weekend experience at Hawthorne House met our requirements perfectly. We went as two couples each with a dog and the accommodation suited us perfectly the dogs had their space in the back garden to rummage about and we relaxed comfortably in the lounge and even had the patio doors open for a bit. The facilities were there if you needed them but mostly we ate out at the local pub or Wells which is very close. I would definitely recommend this accommodation for its location and close by facilities.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for this positive, helpful review and the all 10 score; it’s good to know that Hawthorn House suited you perfectly. We like to think we’ve got it right with the patio garden reserved for entertaining or a safe area for children to play and the rough garden beyond for pets to run wild. Both are visible from the lounge which is handy for parents and pet owners alike as it allows them to relax on holiday too.

  • 9

    24/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 21/03/2018
    Great break at Hawthorn cottage despite the weather! Cottage comfortable with extra touches such as wine, chocolates and even treats for the dog. Great to have enclosed garden for the dog. Very well equipped kitchen

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for reviewing us; we are pleased you liked Hawthorn House and the dog friendly grounds. We have certainly been challenged by the weather and sadly this is the one thing we can’t change or improve but in every other aspect, reviews are so useful in helping us to identify and meet guest’s expectations and requirements.

  • 10

    17/02/2018
    Confirmed guest, 10/02/2018
    We came home from a great week in Hawthorne House and immediately booked another stay later in the year. We have stayed in various holiday cottages in the area for the past 20+ years and this one is up there with the best. Brilliant location for the whole area ,spacious, warm, well equipped, clean and outstandingly dog-friendly. Owner Liz , who lives locally, was friendly and welcoming and promptly sorted a minor problem with the lighting. Ignore the rather snobby comments from some reviewers about the street, we didn't hear a peep from the neighbours and one helpfully pointed us in the right direction when one of our dogs took advantage of the gate being left open to explore the area alone!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; What a refreshingly down to earth review of the house and location. Warham is very much the real Norfolk and this is why we love it - it's not the 'Chelsea-on-Sea' or 'Norfolk Living' version which is mostly imported and very commercial but a proper farming village with a long standing connection to Holkham Hall and Estate. Many of the village houses are Holkham property and ‘Hawthorn House’ was built on former farmland in 1948 to house local families so the “snobbish” comments you refer to possibly demonstrate that those reviewers were expecting the more commercial version of Norfolk life promoted in glossy magazines. As streets go, we have always found this road very quiet, safe and private; rather quaint in many ways and we are really pleased that you obviously liked it so much. Thank you for booking another stay later in the year; we look forward to seeing you both again.

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