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Hollyhedge Cottage

Briston near Holt, Norfolk (Ref. 12091)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage, full of character and atmosphere with a comfy sitting room, well stocked kitchen and lovely log fire in the evenings and were lucky enough to enjoy the well kept gardens in the sunny mornings."

    Briston is a quiet village full or birdsong and ideally placed midway just inside the north Norfolk coast, so we were able to explore at our ease. An ideal getaway for a couple and we wouldn't hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by JamieMar 2022

  • "We found the road outside the cottage very busy and noisy."

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear the road was problematic for you during your stay. This is very unusual as it's not a busy main road and usually associated sounds are limited to the usual countryside noises like tractors or low level traffic. Hopefully, it was a one off occurrence as we've not had it raised in any other feedback, but I'm sorry for any disruption caused. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful and very well-equipped."

    The village had everything you need even a shop selling fresh lobster and crab

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Very disappointed with the cleanliness of the cottage when we arrived."

    Hoover was full to the brim, crumbs still in the fridge, food still left in cupboards. Someones empty pop bottle and tissues under my bed. The kitchen is very dated and the kettle and toaster really need replacing, the toaster is just full of burnt crumbs and the cooker/hob isnt good either. The lounge is full of really dark old furniture, and ornaments everywhere, collecting dust, we put our own throws down on the sofa as we really didn't want to sit on it! I appreciate it's an old cottage but the kitchen and lounge really need looking at, and modernising. It didn't feel like a holiday let, it was like we were living in another person's house with all their items and remnants there still. The sofa was uncomfortable and sunken in. The bathroom had been redone and that was perfectly fine. There are newspapers in the lounge that are years old! Surely this isn't acceptable in a holiday let? It all seemed very strange and not welcoming at all! We left 2 days early and came home. Very disappointed.

    I am sorry that we have had a complaint for the guests staying on the above date. Our property is a typical 300 year old Norfolk Cottage and we have always wanted to keep the interior to be in keeping with the culture of its period. With regards to the cleaning, my cleaning company have looked after our property for 3-4 years and we have never had a review like this. We have left a note in the property that if a guest has a problem with the cleanliness or other issues with the property to contact the owner of the cleaning company who would deal with any issues. Whilst staying the full week, there was no contact with the cleaning company. This type of review is extremely hurtful to us as we pride ourselves with having such an idilic property. We have not changed the toaster and the kettle, as we have only had them 12 months and they have been pat tested. Newspapers are left in a basket ready for the open fire we have in the property and I really don’t see why this was even mentioned? All our other reviews have been wonderful and feel that this particular comment is unjustified. Regards Sue lovell Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeonaAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, wonderful area."

    Really enjoyed it. Thanks

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, comfortable enough for the 2 of us."

    It probably needs to come with a height warning for anyone over 5'11" as it has very low ceilings.

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "The cottage is well situated and comfortable."

    The kitchen is well stocked with cooking implements. There is plenty of room for 5 people and as long as you don’t mind that the second, (twin) bedroom is only accessible through the first, (double) bedroom, then it’s a wonderful place to stay. My only criticism is that the holder for the shower is broken, (this seems to be a long term issue as it’s mentioned in a review from 2018), however we used some twine to tie it up and it was fine. I’d be more than happy to stay there again.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2021

  • "The cottage is warm and cosy, clean very well appointed and with plenty of equipment in tge kitchen (except for no dishwasher, but this is no real problem)."

    Plenty of hot water in the taps and the electric shower is fair to good. Fireplace works well and is lovely on cold evenings (keep the damper open to ensure good airflow). Lots of dvds and board games for those rainy days. As noted by others, the stairs are a slight challenge, not recommended for those with mobility problems. Be aware the second bedroom is reached through the main bedroom. Garden is well kept and safe. All in all highly recommended for a couple or with a young child. Location is great, village has shops and a pubs not far away, and easy distances to all coast towns/beaches.

    Reviewed by FrancisMay 2021

  • "Loved the cottage, weather was not great but made uo for by a lovely place."

    Only fault is stairs are steep. Great for dogs with plenty of places to walk.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a very friendly village."

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2020

  • "Cottage was comfortable, cosy and clean."

    The kitchen was well equipped and the open fire was lovely.

    Reviewed by JackieJan 2020

  • "Cosy and welcome cottage."

    Fantastic stay, look forward to returning in the future

    Reviewed by HollyJan 2020

  • "I think More emphasis should be made of the extremely vertical and tight stairs."

    As there is no bathroom upstairs, going downstairs in the night is a precarious event. The floor in one upstairs bedroom is very slopey. Everything else about the cottage is excellent.

    Reviewed by FrankNov 2019

  • "Internet failed on the Thursday."

    So couldn't look up the weather for journey home. Accidently left my radio in the kitchen and my two dog bowls and a phone charging cable. Could I have them sent to my home please.

    Reviewed by BobOct 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage - would have been happy to have stayed longer."

    Village has two excellent shops for supplies and is well placed for exploring North Norfolk coastline. We were spoilt with perfect weather in the first week of October.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2018

  • "The cottage was in a delightful setting with beautiful gardens."

    The owners had thought of everything to make our stay so relaxing and enjoyable. It was a short stroll to the local pub where we were made very welcome. All in all we had a brilliant time.

    Jul 2018

  • "We found the holiday cottage really relaxing and gave us a great opportunity for some much needed family time together."

    The only downside with the cottage was that the shower was very poor.. the shower head kept falling off, if this was replaced would make a huge all round difference!

    Reviewed by RebeccaMar 2018

  • "Ideally situated for exploring coastline secure garden for dog will definitely be going back"

    Reviewed by MNov 2017

  • "Overall enjoyed our stay, was only let down by a couple of little issues such as the shower only dispensing either really cold or really hot water."

    We would consider this cottage again in warmer weather but it is located very well for country parks, beaches for those who enjoy walks.

    Reviewed by DarrenNov 2017

  • "Really well equipped cottage, had everything I needed to cook for and host a dinner for half a dozen old friends."

    Also perfect enclosed safe back garden, plus a dog friendly kitchen floor. Will certainly book again.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2017

  • "Very warm and comfortable cottage - everything provided you could wish for - ..."

    Very warm and comfortable cottage - everything provided you could wish for - village shops excellent and people very friendly - would recommend this very highly

    Reviewed by MarianOct 2017

  • "The property was very well equipped with everything you needed."

    Very clean and welcoming. Very dog friendly as garden was enclosed. It was a nice relaxing break.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2017

  • "Great cottage."

    Really well equipped. Within easy reach of Holt,Blakeney,wells & Cromer. Loved the open fire. Good selection of games,books and DVDs Lovely well kept garden We booked as a group of girlfriends so did not mind having to access the second room through the main bedroom but might be an issue for couples. We loved the fact that low season we could book Wednesday to Saturday and at £60 per person could not fault the value for money Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by SamanthaNov 2016

  • "If you do not know the area and you are relying on a Sat Nav (SN) the SN takes you the lanes way, which can be very narrow."

    We know Norfolk relatively wel,l but still got lost a couple of times.

    Reviewed by LynneSep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double (Does not have a bedroom door), 1 x twin (accessed via double bedroom), 1 x ground floor single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire.
  • Electric panel heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking.No stag/hen parties or similar
  • Shop 10 mins walk, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Steep cottage stairs
  • Note: no stag/hen parties or similar
  • Note: Property sleeps 4 and is unable to accommodate 5 people

The property

Centrally located in the rural Norfolk village of Briston is Hollyhedge Cottage, a charming detached 17th century cottage.

This cottage offers traditional accommodation, with a cosy sitting room with dining area, low original oak ceiling beams and a large fireplace with open fire, perfect for snuggling in front of.

On the ground floor is a well-equipped kitchen with brick floor, a cosy single bedroom and family bathroom.

Steep stairs lead you up to two further bedrooms.

Outside is an attractive enclosed garden offering two seating areas and a summerhouse, making this ideal for enjoying the Norfolk sunshine while reading a book or enjoying a family BBQ.

The village of Briston boasts good local amenities, with a bakery, butcher's, village store, Post Office and two pubs.

This area of Norfolk offers a wide selection of attractions including quaint coastal villages and towns.

Just 4 miles from Briston is the delightful Georgian market town of Holt with independent shops and good eateries.

Just a little further from this cottage, explore the picturesque North Norfolk coastal road, where you can enjoy boat trips to see the seals at Blakeney Point, go crabbing on the harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea or take the steam train from Holt to Sheringham.

Spend a day visiting the National Trust houses Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall, or one of the area's RSPB sites or wildlife centres.

An ideal cottage, with something for everyone at any time of the year.

No stag/hen parties or similar.

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About the location


Holt 4 miles; Fakenham 10 miles; Sheringham 10 miles; Dereham 16 miles, Norfolk Broads 20 miles.

The large village of Briston is situated in North Norfolk and offers an excellent local store, a village Post Office, a good bakery and a superb butcher's shop, in addition to a pub, a pub/cafe, a fish shop selling lobster and the famous Cromer crabs, a sports playing field and a large village green. Located in a wonderfully central position, the village provides a good base from which to explore the surrounding area. The historic Georgian market town of Holt, with its tempting tea rooms and enjoyable shops, is just a five-minute drive away, and Blakeney National Nature Reserve, with its fantastic bird spotting opportunities, just a 15-minute drive away. Whether it’s boat trips and seal spotting around the coast, a day exploring some of the many historic towns in the area, or a day at the seaside resort of Sheringham that you’re looking for, this lovely location has lots to see and do.

Region Information

Please note, no stag/hen parties or similar.
Note: this property has a £200 good housekeeping bond.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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