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The Garden Cottage

Hilgay, Norfolk (Ref. 940718)


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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Peaceful surroundings comfortable Cottage beautiful gardens very friendly host"

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2021

  • "Lovely Owners ( Home baked cake waiting for us when we arrived) ..."

    Lovely Owners ( Home baked cake waiting for us when we arrived) Great Quiet Peaceful Place Swimming in the outdoor pool in September was amazing Will most definitely be returning Highly Recommend

    Reviewed by WendySep 2021

  • "Comfortable cottage surrounded by beautiful grounds."

    Very quiet and peaceful - well placed for access to all the places we wanted to visit Catherine the owner was helpful and friendly - we were welcomed with a lovely home made lemon cake Clean and well equipped property all that we needed

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "What a delightful place."

    Loved it there. Felt really looked after and our dog loved it as well.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2021

  • "The place is amazing and was very clean."

    Host was very welcoming and helpful. Highly recommended if you want to stayin that area.

    Reviewed by KshitijApr 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for what we wanted which was a week away whilst being able to social distance."

    We had a fabulous stay and left feeling very relaxed. The bedrooms were a good size as was the sitting room. The grounds were beautiful and extremely well maintained and we were able to enjoy them to the full. The swimming pool was a bonus, and a great way to cool down. Catherine made us feel very welcome and was very helpful. The location was great for days out and only a very short drive to Downham Market.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "The grounds are really beautiful with a lovely swimming pool, glad we picked this cottage."

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2020

  • "Gate Cottage is a charming, well decorated cottage set in a beautiful, rural setting which is peaceful and relaxing but within reach of the famous Norfolk beaches and attractions."

    Our kids loved the outdoor pool and Catherine, the owner, brought round a delicious homemade lemon drizzle cake! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AmyAug 2020

  • "The cottage was a beautiful retreat set in huge landscaped gardens and outside pool."

    Catherine and George made us feel right at home.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2020

  • "Very comfortable and the grounds are beautiful, the children enjoyed the pool."

    We adored the dog Sweet Pea who gave us regular visits, and there's lots to see & do if you don't mind a drive. Would highly recommend the Garden Cottage. Bonus home-baked cake on arrival which was lovely, thanks again Catherine.

    Reviewed by MohamedJul 2020

  • "The owner,Catherine greeted us on arrival."

    She had baked a cake for our party of 12 ( We also booked Modeney Hall) both the cottage and Hall were very clean and comfortable. Beds extremely comfortable and bed linen laundered as if we were in a 5 star hotel. The grounds are stunning, and extremely well maintained. Access to the out door swimming pool a bonus. We would certainly return to this fabulous house.

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2019

  • "As a retired couple interested in widlife, this was the ideal location for us."

    A comfortable, well equipped cottage set in large grounds away from built up areas. It is very close to Welney WWT and handy for the North Norfolk coast an hours drive away. We were also very pleased that the cottage had free wifi.

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2019

  • "We were literally surprised and delighted at the sheer beauty of this historical house, land and surroundings."

    Catherine and her family were wonderful hosts who had prepared a fire for us and brought over a delicious home made cake that was devoured in seconds. They are interesting and witty and we had the best family Christmas to date. The beds were super comfy and the heating timed to perfection. We would definitely re book again.

    Reviewed by AlexanderDec 2018

  • "A very nice cottage in loverly grounds we had a very good time."

    property could do with an iron and iorning board.

    Reviewed by KeithNov 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage in beautiful grounds owned by a lovely family."

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2018

  • "This cottage is comfortable and is set in wonderful grounds."

    The swimming pool is lovely too.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2018

  • "Had a great week at Garden cottage which was very comfortable with lovely grounds and surroundings."

    Catherine and her family made us very welcome. What a lovely lady, kind, friendly and the cake she baked for us was delicious. Our dog, Millie loved running around the orchard. Would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by KayAug 2018

  • "Modney Hall Farm was really more than we expected."

    We rented the garden cottage and found it just perfect with honeysuckle and clematis growing all around it. It was just right with it being all on one level and as one of us being disabled found it so easy. A proper seat was placed in the wet room bathroom and rail fitted. The Hall which can be rented too is a lovely building with everything you would need with its extensive rooms and facilities. Then we have the grounds, absolutely beautiful, it was so nice to stroll or use our disabled scooter to enjoy it's peacefulness. Another bonus was the heated swimming pool with pool house. This was a truly relaxing and lovely holiday and everyone went the extra mile to make sure we were looked after. Looking forward to going back.

    Reviewed by JuneJun 2018

  • "A beautiful location with fabulous grounds."

    Perfect for the dog. The swimming pool was the icing on the cake. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by LorraineJun 2018

  • "Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming."

    The chocolate cake on our arrival was a very pleasant and welcome surprise. The beds were very comfortable and the cottage was very peaceful during our stay. Our dogs were made welcome and enjoying their access to the grounds. We would definitely consider staying at this cottage again

    Reviewed by AndyMay 2018

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Modney Hall Farm Cottages

A pair of fantastically traditional properties just outside the village of Hilgay in West Norfolk, East Anglia. Modney Hall Farm comes on a mile long driveway and flaunts enormous, tremendously-kept gardens and a shared outdoor pool to make it an incredible stay for the whole group. These cottages of both quirky and unique with many traditional features exposed throughout the properties. They are both detached and next to the owners' property, they have traditional tiled flooring, rustic wooden features, characterful feature fireplaces, regency dining, old-style kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms as well as the shared gardens being the biggest asset of the house with a swimming pool, furniture and a BBQ. The Garden Cottage is a bungalow with fantastic sloping ceilings and exposed wooden beams to add some great character along with the quirky fixtures and fittings. Modney Hall has a playroom perfect for children and two sitting rooms to add some relaxation to your break. Modney Hall Cottages come in a fantastic West Norfolk location, with Downham Market just a few miles north, a quaint town offering weekly markets and some stunning buildings. The popular location of Thetford is also within driving distance, a town offering shops, castles, museum the the Thetford Forest Park offering some fantastic scenery, walking and the Go Ape high ropes course. A couple of quaint, characterful cottages based on some amazing grounds in a lovely rural location.

The property

A delightful barn converted bungalow on Modney Hall Farm near Hilgay in Norfolk.

An open plan living area, exposed wooden beams, sloping ceiling and some tremendous gardens with an outodoor pool make this cottage ideal for a small family to come and enjoy a relaxing break away.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Ref. 940402, together they can sleep 12.


  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawn to front with shared outdoor swimming pool and lawn to rear with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well behaved and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There are three large unfenced ponds in the grounds, children to be supervised
  • Note: The dining room in 940402 will accommodate both properties if booked together
  • Please note; Swimming pool available between May and October and dependent on the weather. PLEASE NOTE: This property has a good housekeeping bond of £200.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Downham Market 3.5 miles; Thetford 25 miles

A fantastic little civil parish just south of Downham Market in the district of King's Lynn in West Norfolk, East Anglia. Hilgay is in an elevated position above the surrounding fenland. A village known for its fishing, available in the meandering River Wissey. It offers a highly rated food pub, shop and a popular farm shop offering a fishery, garden shop and a cafe, a great visitor attraction. Downham Market is a stunning town nearby offering fantastic weekly markets as well as a good range of amenities. Thetford is also nearby, a delightful town with the neighbouring Thetford Forest Park that offers natural beauty and a Go Ape high ropes course.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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