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Heron Cottage

Castle Acre, Norfolk (Ref. 1050690)

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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/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


1 Customer Review

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with everything you could need for luxury stay vacation ..."

    Lovely cosy cottage with everything you could need for luxury stay vacation lovley open fire excellent internet connection also a prime location with the local pub meters away with great food very friendly and welcoming a local shop also meters away that stock absolutely everything you could with country goodies also to make your stay special the cottage itself is of high standered warm and comfortable with everything you could possibly need the kitchen facilities were impeccable with large dishwasher and a lovely touches like the coffee machine and more everything was spotlessly clean lastly the owner of this cottage is a lovley gentleman that will bend over backwards to make sure your stay is perfect very transparent and welcoming thank you for such a great stay we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the children enjoyed castle acre as much as it had to offer for us as much as it did for them running around enjoying the great outdoors with a cosy night in resting by the fire

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2021

The property

Settled in the heart of the historic village of Castle Acre, amongst the rolling countryside of west Norfolk, rests this contemporary two-bedroom holiday home, Heron Cottage.

Idyllically positioned alongside the 12th-century remains of one of the original Bailey Gate structures, whilst boasting a homely and inviting interior, Heron Cottage makes an excellent base for a small family seeking an adventure to Norfolk.

Park up in the off-road parking space provided in the communal car park at the rear of this lovely abode before climbing a handful of stone steps and discarding of any coats and shoes as you step inside your new home-from-home to begin your staycation.

A long journey calls for rest, so follow the corridor through to the snug sitting room, where you can look forward to flicking on the TV and cuddling up amongst the crackle of the woodburning stove.

When stomachs start to rumble, move through the property to discover the open-plan kitchen/diner, beautifully appointed with a bright and airy decor and equipped with a fabulous range of amenities.

Gather together with your loved ones to share bottle of wine at the dining table as the designated chef utilises the electric oven and hob to prepare a range of tasty dishes before heading outdoors to dine alfresco in the peaceful setting of your private courtyard; a lovely spot to soak in the last of the evening sun.

As the day draws to night, retreat indoors and relish a refreshing rinse under the shower head before retiring to one of two well-presented bedrooms, with the choice between a double and a twin, each framing spectacular views of the heritage architecture of the Norman flint-built Bailey Gate.

Get better acquainted with your surroundings and stroll alongside the red brick and flint faced cottages that decorate the quaint streets of Castle Acre, housing all of the essential amenities to ensure an enjoyable staycation, including the traditional pub, The Ostrich, serving fresh, locally sourced produce, whilst the village store is perfect for stocking up on ingredients to prepare a delicious meal from the comfort of your holiday home.

Soak in the wealth of history on your doorstep with a tour of the medieval remains of Castle Acre Castle, whilst the Castle Priory is renowned as one of the best-preserved monastic sites in the country.

The village additionally boasts the famed Castle Acre Circular Walk, where you can bring along a furry friend and admire the sights of River Nar and the flood meadows during your trek.

Immerse yourself in more of Norfolk’s fascinating history with a visit to Swaffham Museum, nestled in the heart of the nearby town of Swaffham, or if that's not your thing, head to Swaffham Golf Club to test your swing on the well-kept 18-hole course.

If you time it right, be sure to visit Dereham and Fakenham, where you can peruse the stalls of the weekly market in search of a keepsake to remind you of your fabulous staycation.

Jump in the car and journey to the historic city of Norwich, where you can discover the regions industrial heritage at The Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell, keep the little ones entertained with a live performance at the Norwich Puppet Theatre, or escape the hustle and bustle of city life with a leisurely stroll through the formal grounds of The Plantation Garden.

Whilst you're in the area, be sure to visit The Broads, a popular network of rivers and lakes offering paddling, kayaking walking and cycling opportunities, sure to be a haven for the avid outdoor adventurer.

Sandringham Estate is also a short drive away and home to the Sandringham Royal Parkland, a dog-friendly, 243 hectares with plenty of walking and cycling trails, along with The Courtyard, a place offering The Sandringham Shop and a fantastic restaurant.

Why not venture to Norfolk's coastline, with its gorgeous beaches offering days packed with fun in the sun and sand.

Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Heron Cottage makes an idyllic base.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi & Netflix
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car in rear car park
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture and bike storage
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: The front door is accessed via a small set of stone steps, please take care

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Swaffham 5 miles; King's Lynn 20 miles.

A large west Norfolk conservation village with pretty red brick and flint faced cottages, Castle Acre is set within rural landscape and boasts an historical past. The village retains the ruins of a Norman castle with earthworks, the beautiful church of St James and the ruins of a Cluniac Priory. The main entrance into this attractive village is through Bailey Gate, a 13th Century flint gateway, under which pilgrims have passed for hundreds of years on their way to the shrine at Little Walsingham, a pilgrimage which still takes place today. There is a large village green surrounded by lime trees, cottages, traditional tea rooms, two public houses serving meals and further along the road, a village store. The local market town of Swaffham, five miles away, offers shops, a Saturday market with auction and Eco Tec centre. King's Lynn, 20 miles away, has a shopping centre, restaurants, a Tuesday market, theatre, cinema, train station and out of town shopping facilities.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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