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Hawthorn House

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

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. This property has a security deposit of £50.

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  • 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
  • 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

  • 6

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/11/2017
    We had the most perfect weekend,hawthorn house is so homely and in a good location for exploring north Norfolk.we went to the local pub a few times and were made welcome.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are pleased that 'Hawthorn House' and its location made your weekend perfect. When we bought it (some twenty years ago) it was the location and the very 'Old English' feel of the village in general that appealed. Although the popular sailing harbour of Wells with its lovely beaches is only 'just down the road' we did not want the traffic noise and congestion on our doorstep so this quiet and safe rural residential neighbourhood offered us the best of both worlds. We are more than happy to share it with others in search of a peaceful holiday on the North Norfolk coast.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/10/2017
    From a human point of view, Hawthorn House was excellent, it was a real home from home, warm, cosy, comfortable. We have stayed in self carering accommodation many, many times and it ranks as one of the best. From a canine point of view, our labrador enjoyed the freedom of being let out into the enclosed garden to explore. An added bonus was The Three Horseshoes, just a short walk down into the village, great food, a real old english pub.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. Thank you for reviewing us; it was great to have a dog's point of view too! They do love the garden because it's not manicured and they can just run wild, having a great time. Everyone loves the village pub; it's quite rare nowadays to find a real old English pub that has farm vehicles rumbling past and country lanes where horse and rider feel safe from fast moving traffic. There is so much wildlife too; muntjacs, pheasants, owls, a fox, birds of prey. A few guests have found the location not to their liking but we always stress that 'Hawthorn House' is for nature lovers and that it is situated in a rural residential road overlooking farmland. It is a family sized house with neighbours, not a typical seaside cottage makeover in a touristy area.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2017
    A beautiful cottage in a lovely peaceful area. The owner is very helpful and the guest info book is incredibly detailed. We were welcomed with wine, chocolates, juice and dog treats which was a very special touch! The neighbours are all nice and are very helpful. It's close to all amenities and the pub up the road sells gorgeous food. Everywhere is really dog friendly to which was great. There are loads of great beaches nearby a and Wells town centre is only 5 mins away by car. We loved staying at Hawthorn House and would highly recommend!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your kind comments and appreciation of our neighbours. ‘Hawthorn House’ has always been a local family owned property (this factor I am sure contributed to our Green Award for sustainable tourism) and everything about it has a genuine connection to Norfolk including the paintings and photographs on the walls. Guests who show an interest in the history of the area and are gracious toward the resident population are always welcome back. A few rather negative and prejudiced reviews made earlier in the year were not helpful so when a guest comments on the detailed information folder, it is a credit to them that they have taken the trouble to digest the facts and submit an objective review.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    Lovely holiday home, very well equipped, lovely furnishings especially the very comfortable beds. Garden amazing and brilliant for my dogs. Welcome basket very much appreciated even the dogs had a treat in it. House situated in lovely quiet road and the neighbours were very friendly. Also close to some amazing beaches and places to eat. The local village pub was particularly good and welcomes dogs. I would definitely like to return one day.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for being so appreciative of our efforts and for the courtesy you afforded our neighbours. Objective, positive and polite reviews such as this are always so helpful and encourage good relations between visitors and the resident population. The village pub has always been dog friendly but the recent change of ownership has really put Warham on the map when it comes to good food and Real Ale. It's a proper Norfolk pub of the kind that has all but disappeared elsewhere and is the perfect local for a village beloved of Holkham Estate. We certainly hope to see you again.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/09/2017
    This is our own personal review of our first experience of renting a cottage. If this is your first visit to Hawthorn House, please do not be disappointed or put off on arrival. Yes the street does resemble a collection of what appear to be affordable living properties however they are not and the properties history is quite interesting. Don't expect a cottage exterior though, it is a three bed semi-detached house. The house itself is spacious and sympathetically designed internally to replicate a cottage. Quirky in places which adds to the fun of finding your way around. A welcome basket of goodies on arrival, which was a lovely touch. The kitchen has everything you would want for preparing and cooking food. The lounge is comfortable, with good size TV which offers Freeview (some of the channels don't get a great reception.) Contrary to the online description, there is a working DVD player and a selection of DVD's. There is also a selection of board games in the entrance hall. The bedrooms and beds are very comfortable, all though the quilts were a little tog heavy for the season. Towels are provided too. A lovely rear garden split into two halves first half for outside entertaining with a BBQ the second half is fenced off and ideal for your pets if you take them with you (these are equally accommodated for also) Maybe we didn't do enough research as we did feel a little isolated to begin with. There are no immediate amenities within walking distance apart from the pub in the adjoining village. There is however a decent Co-Op which is about a ten minute drive away located in Wells Next To The Sea and supermarkets such as Tesco do deliver to the property. In the main, Hawthorn House offers a good, clean standard of accommodation. For us, a little too isolated but this is just our own personal opinion.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your review which provided a fair and factual appraisal of the property. We are sorry you thought the location isolated but the property description does clearly state that Warham is a farming village a few minutes drive from Wells-next-Sea. It personifies rural Norfolk and is best suited to people who have a real interest in nature such as ramblers, cyclists, bird watchers, dog owners and families who want a safer location for their children than the more congested coastal towns.. Another great advantage Warham has is the lack of light pollution at night so stars are very visible. The village is actually one of the few places left in Norfolk completely untouched by gentrification; the game shoots together with agricultural activity and the gem of a local pub make it unique. All the yellow brick houses have lovely interiors; they were constructed with comfortable living accommodation originally and have just been modernized with central heating, double glazing and other improvements. Some have been extended and painted but none of them fall into the ‘affordable housing’ category and as the road is in a designated conservation area further development is very unlikely.

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8.4 out of 10 – based on 25 reviews collected by Reevoo
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