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Marietta Cottage Apartment


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Hickling, near Stalham, Norfolk
Grade 3 Star rating
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Situated on the edge of a beautiful private nature reserve in the Norfolk Broads National Park, perfect for enjoying the surrounding landscape and wildlife.

Marietta Cottage Apartment is uniquely situated on the edge of a private nature reserve, in the grounds of the owner’s home near Hickling Broad. Surrounded by stunning botanical gardens, tended to and cared for by the descendants of Marietta Pallis, the famous botanist, this single-storey, semi-detached barn conversion is the perfect rural escape for couples looking to explore the area. This is truly a haven for those wanting to immerse themselves in the wildlife and wetland landscapes of this special National Park. Close to both Hickling Broad and Sea Palling, the property offers a fantastic base from which to explore, appreciate and absorb all that the Norfolk Broads National Park has to offer, including the surrounding marshes which can be accessed by prior arrangement with the owner.
The property has its own, mature beautiful garden including a secluded patio that can be accessed straight from the master bedroom. You can explore the surrounding 75 acres of marshes, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some rarer flora, fauna and wildlife that will surround you. Beach 1½ miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

Electric storage heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Small courtyard with garden furniture and barbecue. 75-acre natural unspoilt grounds with nature reserve (shared with owner, access by arrangement). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: No children. There is marshland within the grounds.

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  • Barbecue
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    The property was set in a quiet location within a few miles of both the coast and the broads, we had a wonderful week exploring what the region had to offer, before returning to relax in the private garden. We were delighted with this characterful cottage which had excellent facilities and offered visitors a truly relaxing experience, and when needed our friendly host was available to give the benefit of his local knowledge.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    Beautiful cottage far from the madding crowd yet within a very short distance of some beautiful beaches and the Broads. Really felt total peace and quiet at the cottage and thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts and dinners in the delightful gardens. Dominic was a wonderful host courteous and a wonderfully and quintessentially congenial gentleman. Sadly we did not have sufficient time to see all his hard work with a tour of his nature reserve but saw plenty of evidence of his loving care and diligence in the gardens surrounding our cottage, his and the neighbouring cottage gardens. A gem of a find we are just frustrated it is such a long way away from where we live but will just need to plan our holidays in advance to try and avoid the horrendous 9 hour journey to get to and from there. We wish Dominic very success in this wonderful business venture and know no one who status here will be in any way disappointed

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Quiet peaceful little gem set on the edge of Hickling & Long Gore Marsh. Close to many places of interest & the magnificent beaches of Sea Palling, Winterton & Horsey Gap. Charming host we would definitely return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/04/2018
    we spent hours looking for a Cottage for two which had quality, peace and a quiet location. Then we found this Gem, on the edge of a Private Nature Reserve. When we arrived we could not believe our luck, it was just so perfect with a beautiful tranquil garden. Midweek the owner gave us a conducted tour of the Marsh which was very informative, we had no idea it takes so much work and dedication to preserve and manage the marshland and protect the wildlife. We had a fantastic week and hope to make a return visit in the near future . Many thanks, Brian and Anna

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2018
    This cottage is situated in an idyllic peaceful location. The cottage garden is lovely and quiet to sit and relax. We enjoyed visiting Hickling Nature Reserve nearby and walked from Happisburgh to Sea Palling following the Norfolk Coast Path and beach. We also were lucky to see hundreds of seals on the beach at Horsey. The owner is very helpful and friendly.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/09/2017
    We enjoyed a fabulous few days at the cottage so comfortable in every respect. We will return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    We have had a great week, jam-packed with things we wanted to see and do. The cottage was lovely with a real welcoming feel the minute we walked through the door. It had everything we could possibly need. The colours and furnishings were just right for the cottage and the paintings were super, some by Marietta Pallis, the botanist who lived here. As the owner was away when we arrived we were greeted by his housekeeper who was very helpful and she and her husband offered to show us the way to the local Tesco in Stalham - about 10 minutes away - as they were going on their way home. We were able to do a good shop and fill up with petrol. It was very handy as there aren't any shops in Hickling. The owner took us on an interesting tour of his fenland property explainig how it needs to be kept open by the cattle, horses and sheep grazing, to encourage wildlife and wild flowers including orchids. We had lovely weather except for 1 day and highlights were seeing around 90 seals basking on the nearby beach of Horsey and visiting Cambridge to look around Kings College Chapel - wonderful - and walking by the Cam. Norwich and Ely cathedrals and a day out around Flatford Mill and the Munnings Museum. We also visited the east coast - a week just wasn't long enough. The cottage will be even more inviting when the garden is in full bloom. A lovely place to relax in the evenings.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Wonderfully secluded cottage on the edge of marshland with beautiful garden area to enjoy. Well equipped with everything you need to have a great break away from people. Owner is very helpful without being intrusive. Great location as base to visit this lovely area. Even in August the beaches were deserted, despite the lovely weather! Would highly recommend staying here.

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