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The Retreat

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Dillington, near Dereham, Norfolk
Grade 5 Star rating
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A romantic retreat, this property is within easy reach of both the Norfolk Coast and Broad’s.

Aptly named, The Retreat offers detached, single-storey holiday accommodation, accessed 650 yards down a farm road, which is set adjacent to the owner’s home and lies within 30 acres of natural countryside on the edge of a SSSI (a conservation designation denoting a protected area). Rated ‘5 star’ by VisitEngland, the property features a private garden offering views across open countryside, this really is the perfect base for discerning guests wishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, and has wonderful walks that start literally at the front door. Centrally located, there is a great deal to discover in all directions, and guests will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning their day’s activities. Dillington is a small hamlet 2 miles away from the bustling market town of Dereham, which has a 9-hole golf course, cinema, bowling alley, leisure centre, restaurants and a market on Tuesdays and Fridays. The pretty, Georgian market town of Holt lies 4 miles inland from Blakeney, which is brimming with fabulous eating places, galleries, antiques and shops. It also has the famous ‘Poppy Line’, a heritage railway that runs from Holt to the coastal town of Sheringham. With beaches to the north west, the north and the east, there is a variety of seaside experiences to be had. There is picturesque Blakeney with its quay and nature reserve, Titchwell Marsh RSPB reserve, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Deepdale, Morston seal trips, Wells-next-the-Sea with its narrow gauge railway, beautiful quay and quaint mix of artisan and traditional seaside shops and cafés, and Cromer with its famous promenade pier and sandy beach. For all the fun of the fair, choose Great Yarmouth or Hunstanton, both of which offer amusements and sandy beaches. Making time to visit the Broad’s is a must, and its worth hiring a day boat or joining a trip out to see the wildlife and scenic views. Not to be missed is a visit to historical Norwich, with its Norman castle, museums, cobbled streets of Elm Hill, cathedral, theatres, shops and restaurants. Closer to home, lies Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and Gressenhall Rural Life Museum. Foodies will not be disappointed either, with lots of great places to eat out, many of which offer seasonal local produce. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Living room with multi-fuel burner. Open-plan dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with patio and furniture
  • Shared 30-acre landscaped grounds
  • Gas barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store by arrangement
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • No children or babies
  • NB: Six ponds in grounds

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    Perfect place for a couple to stay. Susan and Simon are warm and friendly and make sure that everything is just right. Away from noise, just birds singing, yet easy access to pubs, shops and coastal resorts.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    Fantastic week here, great hosts and house spotless. The kitchen was so well equipped and, as we really do self cater, was an absolute joy. Living room comfy but smart. Only downside for us personally was the memory foam bed which we really weren't fond of and the dining chairs were a bit low, hence the small deduction for comfort but we would definitely return and recommend to others.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2018
    Very well laid out cottage with really friendly and helpful owners, who allowed us to do our own thing with no interference but were available if needed. Very impressed with everything..

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2018
    This is a beautiful cottage with every thing you need for a relaxing break or holiday. Would definitely visit again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    This year was our third visit to the cottage , lovely tranquil location , will be booking it again for 2018

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    A lovely peaceful cottage in a wonderful surrounding

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    lovely cottage ,lovely hosts,splendid location. not a fan of memory mattress!,but hey what a super time we had, thanks.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    An excellent cottage, equipped with everything you need in a beautiful setting. The owner was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    The one word to describe the presentation of this cottage is impeccable. From the description to the reviews, everything met our expectations and we had a most enjoyable stay. We found the equipment, together with the size and layout of rooms on one level, excellent, and ideally suited to the needs of an adult couple who want a quiet retreat for a week with an emphasis on self-catering. It was so relaxing to have somewhere we could feel private away from urban rush and bustle. We can honestly say that this is one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017
    Quite possibly the best holiday we've had. The Retreat was everything we wanted in a holiday cottage and, as someone who loves to photograph wildlife, there was plenty of it. Would go and stay there again in a heart beat.

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