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Hawthorn House

Warham, near Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk
Grade 4 Star rating
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Pets 2
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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.

The picturesque village of Warham, just 4 miles from the sailing harbour of Wells-next-the-Sea, is famous for its award-winning real ale pub (The Guardian October 2018 – best 50 historic pubs in the UK) and its connections to Holkham Estate and the Earl of Leicester.

Hawthorn House is a semi-detached, family-sized property built in 1948 from local yellow brick. It has a unique end of road position, with the private woodland of two listed village properties on its borders; it is ideal for pets and children.

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, works vehicles and hear pheasant shoots in season.

The listed village pub and restaurant is dog friendly 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 5-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. Dimplex Quantum storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Doggy extras. 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.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • 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
  • More Than Dog Friendly
    More Than Dog Friendly

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/01/2019
    We booked the property for a New Year and 60th birthday family celebration and enjoyed every minute. The house is lovely and well furnished, we needed nothing more. Safely catered for adults and a10 month old baby. The dog had plenty of room and interest in the garden. Handy position for Wells and easy to access other places. Plenty of walks round and about. The owner was very helpful and local people are lovely, the neighbours we met were friendly. Do not understand the parking issues previous reviews referred to. We had three cars outside with no problems over the New year holiday. Certainly somewhere we would look to go to again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for this lovely, detailed and very helpful review; it’s always so refreshing when a guest who has enjoyed their stay contradicts the one or two negative reviews that have made false claims about parking, location or something else. We hope you also enjoyed our famous village pub 'The Three Horseshoes' which was named by The Guardian this October as one of the best 50 historic pubs in the UK - the award has certainly put Warham on the map and made a strong case for preserving more of the real Norfolk. We are pleased your dog found the garden interesting – pets have four separate garden areas to play in and many trees to shelter under in the summer heat.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/11/2018
    We had a lovely stay and even managed to get some November sun. Hawthorn Cottage is cosy, clean and very comfortable. It’s a handy location, we walked into Wells (1hr) and a short drive to areas of the north Norfolk coast. Elizabeth was very helpful, left us some goodies and even posted something on to us that we left behind. Not that we had our children or dogs with us but it’s very family and doggie friendly.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for all the nice, helpful comments about Hawthorn House and its location; really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with the unseasonably good weather for November. We are booked solidly now until January so will take this opportunity to wish all our guests past and present a Very Happy Christmas and New Year 2019.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2018
    Hawthorn House is a home from home, has everything you could possibly want. As a base it’s an easy drive to Wells-next-the-sea and Holkham, just perfect.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for the great review and high scores you have given us; it was nice to welcome back our second lot of returning guests this month - October seems to be a favourite time with the geese arriving in their thousands and the trees so colourful. Thank you too for describing Hawthorn House as a home from home - this is exactly how we intended it to be; a proper family home in a road where local people live - the real Norfolk.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2018
    Lovely week. House very comfortable and very well equipped. Very handy for Wells , and great to be able to walk the dogs on the marshes. Great local pub in easy walking distance.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for the high scores you have given us and for mentioning that the house is close to Wells and Warham marshes. Access to the marshes is only a 5-10 minute walk from Hawthorn House along a quiet lane past farmland and then over the Stiffkey road; perfect for dog walking. The other route into Warham village and uphill will take you on another peaceful walk along a straight Roman road past the iron age hill fort all the way to Wighton with beautiful scenery and the River Stiffkey. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2018
    A recent return week's stay confirmed that Hawthorn House is up with the best we've ever stayed at in 23 years of visiting the area. So well-located in a lovely quiet street and so clean, cosy, well-equipped and dog-friendly. Owner Liz really does go above and beyond for guests.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for this lovely review; it was a pleasure to welcome you both back. It's the best compliment ever that when guests and their pets have been visiting the area for so many years they describe our holiday accommodation as one of the best. The only negative reviews we've ever had have been from guests who've not read the property description or researched the location then expect something completely different from what we offer so we greatly value your honest approach.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    We loved our stay here it was so peaceful and so near to the coast everything we needed was in the house for us and our dog loved the surrounding fields we could not of asked for better

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for the high scores you have given us; we are pleased you enjoyed the house and location. The word peaceful has cropped up in so many reviews that we know it must be a top priority for many people when choosing a holiday. The safety aspect and space also seem to appeal where children and pets are concerned. Your 10 score for comfort and equipment is much appreciated.

  • 9

    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

    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.

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8.2 out of 10 – based on 27 reviews collected by Reevoo
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