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2 Laburnum Cottage

Welney near Ely, Norfolk (Ref. 921765)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage was lovely and as described."

    Extra details that was given for parking were spot on. We were very happy and only have a couple of points. The oven and hobs could have had a how to use guide. Not experienced one like this and it was confusing. Only just getting to get to grips with it by the end of our week. More space for clothes upstairs but guess that this is hard. We would definitely recommend this to others

    Reviewed by ErikaJul 2021

  • "There is no freezer or even freezer compartment in fridge which was really needed with hot weather as it was and little hanging space for clothes."

    both these problems have been mentioned by previous guests numerous times without a reaction Otherwise the cottage was perfect in position,cleanliness and amenities and I may consider returning in the future

    Reviewed by RoyJun 2021

  • "We had a great time exploring the area despite the covid restrictions - yes had to queue a bit longer maybe, but with some preplanning of our days we did everything we intended and more besides."

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2021

  • "Excellent host."

    So much useful information. We would definitely come back so much to see and do. Or total relaxation if preferred.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2021

  • "There is a track to the cottage which is severely rutted so much so that the car's bottom got scraped."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a small village , only facility locally was the pub across the road, which had limited opening/takeaway during our stay due to COVID regulations at the time."

    Cottage was well equipped , but could benefit from an in fridge freezer as others have said. Was warm and cosy , and found heating easy to adjust when needed. Our only issue was the Wi-Fi being very intermittent , and dropping connection constantly, and as there was limited phone coverage , using wifi had been recommended by owner. This may of course be due to the location. Owners kept in contact about anything which might affect our stay, overall a very enjoyable place to stay .

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2021

  • "You advertise the cottage as 2 bathrooms."

    It has 1 downstairs bathroom with a WC in the main bedroom, which is tight for room. The cottage was spotlessly clean and well equipped. We did very little cooking, toast. The pub opposite does superb food but be wary of the Covid opening hours. Currently Wednesday Friday Saturday and Sunday, with booking advised and limited to a 2 hr slot. Sunday evening there is an informal music evening. Norwich just over an hour away as is Kings Lynn.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this well-decorated cottage in a different part of the country for us."

    We felt a good effort to clean through had been made before our arrival, which gave us confidence in these difficult times. Seating and beds were comfortable and the cottage was generally well-equipped. The large bed(s) chosen for Bedroom 1 was presumably for flexibility of sleeping arrangements, but meant that storage space was minimal. The lack of a freezer was clearly mentioned in the particulars, but a fridge with an icebox would allow storage of an icecream or two or ice cubes for those G&Ts, which would add a little extra. Altough the address is 'Main Road' the cottage lies back from this behind a layby and we were not disturbed by traffic noise.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2020

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and very well equipped - virtually everything had been thought off + it was nice to have a decent television - good size etc."

    Would like to go back again sometime maybe when the isn't suffering from the floods. Another bonus was the pub Lamb & Flag just opposite - delicious food and friendly atmosphere.

    Reviewed by JudyFeb 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, our team were very happy!"

    Thanks again!

    Reviewed by EllieOct 2019

  • "The cottage was well equipped and had most that was needed."

    The heating system wasn't accurate! as it said that the heating was on and you just needed to turn individual radiators up or down as you wished, not true! as the heating was on a timer and went off all day and came on in the evening and early morning, so if we spent time in the cottage during the day, then we were cold! I did text the owner and she apologised and said it was sorted! But it never was!! We took our dog too, with instructions they couldn't go upstairs or on the furniture, fair enough! but there was no way of shutting her away from the upstairs or shutting her in the kitchen, so while we were in bed, we didn't know where she was! So worrying that the owner was going to 'send me a bill' as she put it, didn't help me relax really!! I wouldn't return to the cottage!! On a lighter note the pub across the road was amazing, warm, inviting, friendly and brilliant food, highly recommended!

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2019

  • "Cosy, comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by JoyAug 2019

  • "Regarding accuracy of the listing, there were no lovely lawned gardens as described."

    The front garden had overgrown grass and the back 'so called' patio area had two rusty chairs and table on a bit of gravel in view of the rat trap by the back door. The outhouse containing the washing machine and tumble dryer was dirty with ivy growing along the inside wall. The access into the property was a narrow and overgrown dirt track full of pot holes and if there was a car parked in cottage number 1, it was extremely tight turning the car into the allocated parking position. Paint was peeling off around back door frame and property in general was very tired. Kitchen was very small with lack of worktop for preparing food. From the time we arrived there was a very strong smell of kerosene from the oil fired boiler situated in the bathroom. We complained to the owner about this and they organised an engineer to visit. Unfortunately the smell did not diminish much. The wardrobes in the bedrooms appeared to be home made with extremely limited space and no drawer space in the rear bedroom necessitating living out of a suitcase all week.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2019

  • "Lovely quiet location, with the advatage of a pub serving good food across the road."

    Reviewed by HamishMay 2019

  • "Just not a nice cottage, very very cramped absolutely nowhere to unpack, we lived out of suitcases."

    The photos were real 'estate agent ' photos. We had been going to be joined by my adult daughter and husband we said not to come it was too small for 4 adults. Parking was impossible. It was advertised with two spaces there was only one and this was impossible to access when the people in the other cottage parked in their space. One day we were trapped in the space by the neighbours who then went out. An entire day lost, utterly infuriating. The information pack said a fire would be laid and ready to light, there was the remains of an old fire and no coal or kindling to make one up ourselves. We had been moved to this cottage after the cottage I originally booked which was advertised as two bathrooms and Sykes said it was a misprint. This also did not have 2 bathrooms as advertised, it had a downstairs bathroom and a toilet in an indescribably small cupboard in one of the bedrooms. Very very disappointing. -------------------------------------- Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. Your points will also be reviewed to ensure that our property descriptions are accurate and not misleading. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call on the details below. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm

    Reviewed by SoniaFeb 2019

  • "Could do with a small freezer and more sockets in living room or an extension plug Other than that a lovely place to stay and have booked again for next year at no 1 for a change ."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2018

  • "This cottage was bigger than we expected and very comfortable and well equipped."

    The traffic near some of the larger towns nearby was very busy and we would recommend using the station at Littleport for daytrips to other places. The actual village of Whelney only has one pub and no shops so you do need to travel to get any other supplies.

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 2018

  • "Very good property nice to return after days out exploring the area."

    lovely pub across the road very friendly and superb meals. would recommend.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2017

  • "A comfortable, well-appointed, clean cottage that was ideal for our holiday."

    Very quiet and had everything we needed, including being dog-friendly. The bed was very comfortable, the neighbours friendly and we were pleased with our choice.

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2017

  • "We love it when there is milk in the fridge, tea bags and washing up liquid."

    Lovely clean cottage with a fabulous pub over the road.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2017

  • "A warm and cosy cottage."

    February weather predictably mixed but we always had a comfortable home to return to, particularly after an afternoon watching Lent Bumps in Cambridge and getting thoroughly chilled! The upstairs loo is such a good idea too.

    Reviewed by MarionFeb 2017

  • "A lovely setting, ideal for bird watchers, anglers or anyone just wanting to get away from it all to relax and recharge."

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2016

  • "We did a lot of exploring."

    An interesting area of the country. I found an intersting book "Memoirs of a fen tiger' set in Welney.

    Reviewed by AlexandraSep 2016

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Laburnum Cottages

These fantastic semi-detached cottages are based in the heart of the village of Welney in Norfolk. They each offer comfortable accommodation for four guests, ideal for friends and families looking to get together in this part of East Anglia. Both cottages have an abundance of character with a modern twist. High quality furnishings and contemporary fixtures provide all that you will need for a relaxing holiday. Step outside into lovely lawned gardens, great for sitting out and planning the day's adventures in the morning sun. The Welney village pub serves food and drink and is the perfect place to relax in after a day out exploring. The River Delph and the Old Bedford River are close by, providing wonderful areas for walking and cycling. A little further is The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the RSPB Bird Reserve, a haven for birdwatchers, whilst the historic city of Ely is a short drive away. Why not marvel at its beautiful cathedral, try a spot of shopping or visit the Ely City Golf Club to practice your swing? These cottages are perfect for exploring Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The property

This lovely semi-detached cottage is located in the Norfolk village of Welney.

On the first floor are two bedrooms, one with an original feature fire and twin beds overlooking the front of the property and the other with a super king-size double.

Downstairs is a well-equipped kitchen which leads in to a sitting room with an open fire, ideal for relaxing in front of after a day out exploring.

From here you can access the lawned front garden where you can plan your day over a morning coffee.

This cottage offers an excellent base for exploring this delightful countryside.

Note: This property is next door to Ref. 29465, together they sleep 8.


  • Two bedrooms (zip/link, can be super king-size double or twin on request): 1 x super king-size double with en-suite basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (no freezer), washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front lawned garden with furniture, small rear seating area
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: There are steps down from parking area to the door
  • Note: There is a stream adjacent to the front garden.

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About the location


Downham Market 9 miles; Ely 10 miles; March 11 miles.

Welney is a small village on the border of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Welney sits on the edge of The Fens with an attractive local pub. The area surrounding Welney is low lying and is home to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) reserve in the Ouse Washes. The reserve is the winter home of thousands of swans and ducks from northern Europe and the Arctic. Also close by is the RSPB reserve at Ouse Washes which has walks across the wet grasslands. The historic city of Ely is just a short drive away and is home to Ely’s beautiful cathedral with its unique Octagonal tower. Visit Oliver Cromwell’s house where you can step back in time and see how his family would have lived in the mid 17th century, or visit Ely Museum, housed in the city’s old gaol. Ely also offers a beautiful waterside area on the River Great Ouse where you can enjoy relaxing boat trips, leisurely riverside walks, explore the antique shops, or visit the Babylon Art Gallery.

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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