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Emily's Retreat at the Great Barn

(Ref. 967834)

Great Dunham, Litcham, Norfolk Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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70 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, very clean and tidy."

    No interference from the property owners. Very peaceful and comfortable stay.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay & I hope you found everything comfy & cosy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brett5.0Feb 2024

  • "Very homely accommodation."

    Superbly equipped, facilities update as required. Best welcome pack we have had anywhere. Wonderful location for exploring Norfolk. Third visit so that says it all.

    So glad you enjoyed, lovely to welcome returning guests...thankyou. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Jan 2024

  • "Great place to be for a nice get away."

    The cottage had absolutely everything we needed which made the holiday perfect.

    Thank you so much. My aim is that the Retreat is cosy, comfy & has everything guests could need...so glad you enjoyed your stay. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Nov 2023

  • "Staying at Emily’s Retreat was thoroughly delightful."

    It is a cozy cottage that provides every last thing one could imagine needing or wanting. It is SO thoughtfully put together, & it’s packed with personality & charm. I have stayed in a great many self-catering cottages over the years, & this one really is something special.

    I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for your very kind comments. My main aim is that Emily's Retreat should feel homely, comfy & have everything a guest might need...so it always makes me happy when guests enjoy their holiday. Hope to greet you again in the future...should you wish to return. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just back from a lovely week stay at Emily's Retreat, very clean, has everything you need and much more,a very thoughtful welcome pack that was much appreciated, great bathroom, comfortable lounge, good kitchen and comfy bed, it was very quiet and lovely to watch the birds in the morning."

    This property is handy for Kings Lynn, Hunstanton, Wells and Sheringham the Little Chippy in Litcham is very good and there are plenty of supermarket around, very enjoyable

    So glad that you enjoyed your stay & found the Retreat to be a comfy base for exploring. Thank you for your kind comments & recommendations for future guests Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "A really comfortable place to stay."

    We spent 2 weeks at Emily's Retreat, and it felt home from home. Vicki the owner is a fountain of knowledge about the area and very helpful at getting WiFi to work! A really lovely person.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay & thankyou so much for your very kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Jul 2023

  • "A bit out of the way but it was a lovely cottage nice and peaceful and was ..."

    A bit out of the way but it was a lovely cottage nice and peaceful and was lovely watching the birds and squirrels in the garden like home from home everything you needed

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind comments. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "Is a little dark not much light coming and had to have the fire on in the evening."

    Otherwise everything you could think of was provided, with many extras.

    So glad that you felt the retreat was well equipped & sorry you found it a bit dark. Each room has windows & there are light tubes in 3 areas...but as the windows are all along one side (plus shrubs), it can be shady once the sun is no longer facing that way...sorry. N. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was our second visit to Emilys retreat."

    Its lovely, everything you could need and more. Excellent spot to explore Norfolk from.

    Thank you for your kind comments & return visit...hope to greet you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Having visited many cottages over the years, this cottage proved to be far too personal, it appeared cluttered with personal items that need not be on show."

    Also, there was an inordinate number of small information notices in each room that, although informative and amusing, could also be covered within the information file. At the time we visited, the garden area was quite wild and in our opinion could not be used, It had been redesigned from the information online, it showed a small lawned area, this lawn however, had been changed for large ornamental pebbles. In our opinion there was far too much plant growth around the door ways and windows which forced us to keep doors and windows closed, although it was lovely weather, just to keep insects, squirrel's and pigeon's from entering the cottage. To highlight the positives, The owner "Nici" who lives close by, was lovely and a total privilege to meet and talk with. During our stay we were totally left to our own devices the facilities were great, a cottage with everything you could possibly need for your stay, well layed out, super clean and comfortable. The bed was certainly big enough and thoroughly comfortable, and we enjoyed a great nights sleep. There were many superb hospitality touches, such as welcome treats, which were very generous indeed, they certainly stood out from other cottages we have visited. The parking facilities were fine and the cottage location was, in our opinion, central to Norfolk within easy reach of the coast and other inland location's. Finally, We would certainly recommend this cottage if you like a rural location with oodles of peace and quiet.

    So glad you found the cottage comfy...& sorry that you felt my decor & the planting/nature outside was a bit too much. There are shrubs and plants throughout the small gardens that have matured and been expanded since the retreat was listed back in 2018. I fully gravelled the grass area this February (with some cobbles as edging etc)..as the grass had become too mossy. Also, a 2nd flower bed was created at the back of the garden (near fence/facing let doors) in 2020....to compliment the original pre-existing raised bed at the side. Garden furniture has been slightly changed since 2018. There are still x2 low level plastic chairs + a plastic side table. The wooden table/2 chairs for dining has been replaced by a metal diner/metal framed chairs. I encourage wildlife with a variety of bird feeders...and yes...there are a fair few cheeky squirrels as well. Insects cannot be avoided in the countryside...but both doors have decorative string screens & I leave fly spray in the under-sink cupboard...just in case. Some of the shrubs are quite "bushy"...as birds do nest in them spring-summer (I currently have at least 3 wood pigeons nesting around the back garden...15/6/23). Windows can be opened...and net curtains (bedroom) should keep most bugs at bay...hopefully. Emily's retreat opens onto & is accessed via a walled garden...but it is on the outer edge of a village, surrounded by farmland, so all manner of creatures can access the garden...and any of my 5 cats will also appear at times. I am a primary teacher...so slightly addicted to my laminator & helpful signs...oops! Finally...the retreat is part of my home, not simply a basic holiday let... & is often used by friends/family during off peak weeks...hence the various decorative items that i hope give it a homely feel. Some items in the retreat also relate to my mother (much loved & much missed since her death in 2017), after whom the retreat is named (ps..I admit that I am also a bit of a "collector" of many things... yikes!). I realise my "style" may not be to everyones taste (cat items are a bit of a theme ...along with pictures of East Anglia to name but two)... but my main aim is comfort, so I apologise if anything made you feel uncomfortable & hope that any issues with my outdoor space will not deter you from future trips to the lovely county of Norfolk N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phillip4.1Jun 2023

  • "A nice cottage for two, with the bits to help with ambulatory disability, including the reclining chairs, made it nearly perfect."

    It was clean and tidy and had all you could possibly want in the way of equipment. The only slight downside was the access which was gravel and presented difficulties to me with a walking problem, but no problem for anyone who is in average condition. I would recommend it and use it again myself

    Thank you for your very kind comments...hope to greet you again soon. Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0May 2023

  • "Second time we have been there will be going back again"

    So glad you like the retreat & Norfolk...hope to see you again soon. Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0May 2023

  • "Splendid place."

    Very clean and comfortable. Bigger than it looks from the photos. No problems or gripes. Will definitely consider again.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

  • "My second stay at The Retreat which is a clean, cosy and comfortable home from home in a peaceful and rural location."

    Everything has been thought of and a lovely, comprehensive welcome pack was waiting upon arrival. The owner is very friendly, approachable and on hand should any help be needed, but isn’t at all intrusive. I look forward to returning.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your very kind comments. Was nice chatting & hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jan 2023

  • "Immaculately described and prepared holiday cottage."

    Very comfortable and had everything we required. A good central location from which to explore a relatively "non-touristy" area of Norfolk, but still with plenty to do within a 12 mile radius. We enjoyed days out at Oxburgh Hall (very cheap admission fee for a National Trust property), Swaffham (nice market town with very good museum), Dereham (good charity shops and cheap cinema) and Downham Market. Castle Acre, Fakenham and Thetford also easily-accessible by car. Overall, an excellent location and cottage from which to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing and gentle break.

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay & that you found the "Retreat" a good base for exploration Property Owner

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Excellent property."

    very comfortable and spacious with everything, and more, that one needs for a week away.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank.you for your kind comments. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2022

  • "This cottage is more like a home than a holiday let."

    The welcome pack was comprehensive and much appreciated. This is a regular spot for us to stay.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay & thanks for your lovely comments....hope to welcome you back soon. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Oct 2022

  • "Have stayed at property quite a few times allways spotless a nice welcome pack ..."

    Have stayed at property quite a few times allways spotless a nice welcome pack nici very helpfull as usual home from home looking forward to going back again next year all going well thanks first class john

    Always lovely to see you...thanks again for your very kind comments. Take care & hope to welcome you back in 2023 Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Emily,s retreat is a lovely comfortable cottage with everything you could need ..."

    Emily,s retreat is a lovely comfortable cottage with everything you could need for a lovely stay, plenty of information everywhere and a nice enclosed garden to relax in after a long day out, we had a nice welcome basket of goodies and a bottle of wine, cheers

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind comments...hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was well equipped and clean, central for exploring the North of Norfolk."

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jw5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great restful stay."

    Garden very private and secluded. The host is lovely - helpful and approachable. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend.

    So glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2022

  • "I know the gravel drive is on your todo list but wheeling a case along it is not easy ."

    Although pretty we are not lovers of metal bed heads .reading in bed is uncomfortable . The little extras were way above expected and much appreciated.

    I am so glad that you liked my little "extras" and sorry that you did not find the bed frame comfortable . It is visible in the pictures as a metal frame, as are the gravel paths etc. I am hoping to upgrade the bed at some point....but size (to a KS) is my main focus. as I tend to like metal or wooden frames - being easier to keep clean. However, I will now look into some spare pillows/cushions etc for those that like to sit up in bed - I might be able to store them on the top of the wardrobe. - so thank you for the comments, as I always aim to provide what my client's want/need to make their stay as comfy as possible. Unfortunately, I am not planning to change the gravel, as it is a more environmentally sound option, re water drainage etc. That said, I am always willing to help client's with cases. if I am in , you can ring as you arrive : or better still, just send me a text in advance and I will try to make sure I am home (which is the case most weekends after cleaning/chores etc.). Hope all that makes sense and that you enjoyed Norfolk. Take care.... N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenis4.7Jul 2022

  • "Very clean and well-equipped property in a quiet setting but with easy access to places of interest to visit."

    Thank you for your kind comments here (& in the guest book)... glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2022

  • "We enjoyed our holiday."

    The property was very clean and provided all we needed. It is well-situated, though a bit tricky to find and to access. We do not regret staying in it. That is what you should remember from this review. However, there are four factors, as far as we are concerned, which may not be an issue for most people but, taken together, could be summed up as eccentric. They may even be an attraction to some people. The first is the inordinate number of little notices placed everywhere, telling the occupant what is what, what to do, what not to do, where to go, you name it, it is on a notice. Literally dozens of them, including, I counted, about a dozen in the garden, 26 in the kitchen, 13 in the lounge, 11 in the bedroom, 11 in the bathroom. And these numbers do not include the notices inside the cupboards. Irritating. And odd. One notice that no longer applies has simply been turned over and left as a blank notice. The second is the number of mats on the floor. I counted 34, including four doormats. A potential hazard to some. Four rooms, one corridor, one doorstep, 34 mats. The third is the gloominess, despite sun tunnels, with small windows and large bushes growing in front of most, so the garden is invisible, at least in June. Finally, every surface is covered with either coasters and placemats or ornaments, often both. Not very practical and yet, strangely, an attempt to be very practical. I didn't count these; I was counted out. There was so much stuff that it was difficult to find a place to put our own bits. The pictures do not reflect any of this. It all amused our family, who received more photos of this property than any other we have stayed in.

    I am glad you enjoyed your holiday and that the retreat was clean and comfortable. In relation to your concerns, please allow me to try and clarify: 1. Yes...I do add lots of little notices, to enable guests to identify key items etc without having to read through the property manual = as many of my older guests find it helpful and a time saver (& yes...I have notes in my own house re work, deadlines & all sorts...so tis a "habit"). 2. A lot of the "notices" are simple labels (re switches in the kitchen etc)....Many also include an element of humour...as I realise my addiction to my laminator ...primary teacher habit!. Others have been added if 2 or more guests have raised the same query. 3. I admit....There are lots of rugs, I have loads myself, love them...there are 7 alone under pieces of furniture, several are for safety/cleanliness (by doors , sinks etc)...but many can be easily removed/put aside if needed/wanted (as is suggested in another sign ....yikes)....ps...I counted a "mere" 26 ...Oops! 4. The retreat only has windows on one side.. so on grey days it can get a little dark...hence multiple lighting options in each room. The bedroom windows are also obscure glazed for mutual privacy - as they look onto my garden. The retreat garden is visible via the French doors in the kitchen/sitting room (both rooms have no other windows...hence light tubes...this is visible on website pictures). The best view of the retreat garden is whilst sitting in it (4 chairs/2 tables for this)...I would recommend it on a sunny evening. 5.The retreat will never be "minimalist" & I appreciate that my idea of sweet & quirky might not appeal to all. It is not simply a retreat, but literally part of my home...and is decorated as such. Family and friends often stay when it is not being used by guests and many elements relate to my much loved mother, after whom it was named. 6.No notices are on the website pictures as they have to be removed for photos. 7. Since the retreat opened in 2018, only one larger item of furniture has changed - a blanket box in the bedroom was damaged and replaced by a black 4 cube display cabinet (sorry...more cats!)....The other 3 display cabinets are all in the original photos....oh...& one small Indian coffee table in the sitting room was replaced by 2 new ones (one for by the sofa & the other by the 2nd recliner near the entertainment unit). 8. Since covid a LOT of new plants have appeared everywhere...I love a shrub & a tub! Plus...most are only trimmed during the autumn due to nesting birds etc. .... I hope this all makes sense & is of use to guests going forward. However....I will also see about getting some new pictures taken...as whilst the internal layout/facilities are 99% unchanged (apart from notices, extra coasters/books/games/dvds & rugs etc.).... the more mature gardens in/around the retreat do now look very different. Thanks N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cliff3.8Jun 2022

  • "Emily's Retreat proved to be one of the best holiday properties we have ever been to."

    Everything was perfect in every respect, the owner has thought of everything. Finding the property was sometimes a problem as it is tucked away amongst a maze of small lanes, it took a few days to get used to the best route. But a superb stay in a lovely rural area.

    Thank you so much for your very kind/thoughtful comments. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay & hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2022

  • "The owner is very friendly and helpful."

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for your kind words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Raymond John Clay5.0May 2022

  • "Emily`s Retreat is very generously equiped with absolutely everything you could possibly need."

    Welcome pack is more than generous! The standard of everthing is exceptional...a beautiful quilt on the bed, for instance. Highly recomended.

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments...glad everything was good for you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Apr 2022

  • "Made so welcome, only short stay 4 days but lovely welcome pack and everything you could ask for, and excellent host, will be back top notch."

    Thanks so much...glad you enjoyed your stay & was lovely to chat Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "We have stayed here a number of times it is always spotless and a very nice ..."

    We have stayed here a number of times it is always spotless and a very nice welcome pack nici is fantastic easy to contact this time was the same a really nice relaxing stay 5 star thank you will be back again john and norma

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. As ever, it was lovely to see you and have a nice chat. Always so good to know that clients want to return. Take care... N Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Emily's Retreat and hopefully won't be our last."

    Nici, the owner, has thought of and provided everything you could need for a comfortable relaxing holiday. The cottage is spotless and so welcoming and homely. It was a pleasure to get back there after a busy day. The welcome pack was excellent and the thoughtful extras ( including lovely Christmas decorations) made for a superb pre- Christmas break.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for your very kind comments. Hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2021

  • "Thank you Nici for a wonderful week at Emily's Retreat."

    The accommodation was warm, cosy, comfortable and spotlessly clean. It was also extremely well equipped, and the welcome pack was much appreciated. Perfection!

    Thanks so much for your kind comments... If you are ever in Norfolk again, hopefully you will consider staying at the retreat.... Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2021

  • "Superbly equipped warm and cosy winter retreat."

    Handy for The Brecks ,coast and fens. Every detail addressed. Excellent directions to and at the property.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Nov 2021

  • "First class in every aspect"

    Wow...so kind Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Emily's Retreat was very comfortable and was exceptionally well equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. Nici Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage very well equipped and more, lovely cosy comfortable cottage."

    The owner new how to provide eveverything you needed. The directions were superb we found very easy. Very Clean, loved all the quirky notes that were left which made life a lot easier, without any dramas. Loved the garden and watching all the birds.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is our 3rd stay at Emily's Retreat."

    The cottage is perfect. The facilities are second to none. The owner, Nici is always available if there are any problems (we haven't had any problems on any of our stays, but have had some lovely chats with her). I have deteriorating mobility conditions and this cottage has everything I need to be able to enjoy my stay. It is very well kitted out for the disabled. Thankyou for another great holiday.

    Was lovely to see you again. So glad you enjoyed. Thankyou so much for kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful place."

    Very comfortable and clean. A home from home.

    So glad you found it comfy - thanks. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2021

  • "My only complaint is that after I had settled the balance of the holiday, I found it impossible to contact you which I would like to have done as I had a few queries I wished to raise with the owner."

    I know Covid made things diffiult but I think you should have been contactable. It was impossible to contact you by phone (I tried) and you had withdrawn your email account. Not helpful!

    I am so sorry that you had issues contacting Sykes regarding booking issues. If in doubt it is always worth contacting the "owner" - as we have our own dedicated email access to Sykes as well as an owner helpline. Plus - I am always willing to answer a quick call/text. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2021

  • "Found the cottage quite easily."

    Super clean, welcome pack including a bottle of wine. Could not find fault at all.

    Thank you so much - always good to hear. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jun 2021

  • "This property was really well equipped and comfortable."

    We felt really at home with all the ornaments left insitue rather than the stark interiors of some properties. The welcome pack was really good and much appreciated. We'll certainly stay at Emily's retreat again.

    look forward to seeing you again. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cosy annex to owner's home."

    Absolutely everything one could need (and more). Spotlessly clean - nice and warm in the unseasonal cold May weather. Beautiful birds always on the feeders - even a baby rabbit hopping about on the grass. One of the best cottages we have stayed in over the years.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay - and thankyou for your kind comments. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7May 2021

  • "This was the best equipped and most comfortable cottage in our price range that we have ever stayed in."

    (been staying in self catering cottages for more than 20 years). We are hoping to return soon.

    Wow - thanks for your comments - so kind. Hope to see you soon. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2021

  • "In 20 years of self-catering experience, Emily's Retreat was the best by some distance."

    The attention to detail given to make our autumn break as comfortable as possible was exceptional. This was 'home-from-home' even down to the welcome items of wine, biscuits, tea and coffee etc. We expect to book here again next autumn if circumstances allow. Well done Nici!

    Wow...so kind of you. Thsnkyou...looking forward to seeing you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2020

  • "The owner has a significant number of cats which wouldn't be an problem for most, however many people like myself do have issues with cats."

    Emily's Retreat would have been in my top 3 Sykes stays were I not unable to use the outdoor space or have to run the gauntlet of cats to access/egress the property. Had the property description forewarned me of the presence of all those cats I would have booked an alternative property. All property listings should advise if the owners have pets of any kind which may intrude on the property and or access to it. Apart from the cats issue, this was one of the most comfortable and best equipped properties we've stayed in.

    I'm so sorry that you were upset/inconvenienced by my cats. They are now detailed upon the letting information, so that others will kniw what to expect . Kitties aside, I would like to thank you for your very kind comments regarding the retreat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Aug 2020

  • "What a gem of a holiday cottage!"

    Everything you could possibly need was provided in this very comfortable cottage. Nici the owner was a lovely lady who was available for any queries without being invasive. The use of our own private garden complete with bbq was very welcome. We would definitely recommend Emily's Retreat and hope to visit again.

    So very kind...thankyou & hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2020

  • "Accommodation was extremely well equipped."

    Glad you had all you needed. Thankyou. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2020

  • "We were surprised and pleased that the owner Nici had thought of everything ,and I mean absolutely everything that was needed, plus extras, we needn't have taken as much with us as everything was there, a true home from home, we thought that it was the best equipped holiday let that we have experienced, so peaceful and quiet ,lives up to it's name a real retreat ' it was nice to have the owner nearby if needed anything ,the furnishings are top grade and a really comfy bed , we shall be returning again and would recommend it ,but not to too many people in case we can't get booked in ."

    Thanks so much for such a kind review. Hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alva5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had an email to say that because of covid a lot of things in the cottage would not be available."

    The cottage had every thing we needed. It was comfortable and clean. Lots of videos and board games were available. I would really reccomend Emily's Retreat.

    So glad you were happy at the retreat. Thankyou for kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2020

  • "This is our second stay at Emily's Retreat and this stay was just as good as the last one, in the summer."

    The cottage is warm, cosy and has everything you could think of and more besides - a real home-from-home! Many thanks again to Nici for making our stay so enjoyable. We hope to return again!

    So glad you liked things enough to return - always great to see clients' again. Thank you. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had everything we needed for a cosy getaway from it all."

    The cottage was comfortable and relaxing. It was a perfect retreat. Everything was thought of and provided. We couldn't fault it in anyway.

    Thank you so very much. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "We stayed at emilys retreat in april which was excellent so we booked for ..."

    We stayed at emilys retreat in april which was excellent so we booked for october a little worried about the weather arrived sat lovely welcome pack every thing spotless sunday heavy rain all day so we watched one of nici s dvd s towards end of the film player went blank could not eject dvd or anything so we phoned nici she was soon round fiddled with it no luck she then went and brought a brand new dvd player and installed it and all so taken the old dvd player apart to get the disc so we could finish watching the film that is fantastic service 5 star thank you for alovely holiday rest of week great weather john

    So very kind - was lovely to see you again. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was great and had everything you could ask for and more the only ..."

    The cottage was great and had everything you could ask for and more the only down side was having to put the combination lock and the bolts on the gate every time you come in and out so standing out in the rain was a bit of a pain

    The bolts are now no longer needed. I have also got a 2nd padlock - with a simple key, that can replace the combination lock if wanted. Hope that helps and makes things easier. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlie3.8Sep 2019

  • "Excellent holiday home, you could not ask for more."

    It was difficult to find any facility that was not catered for.

    Wow - thanks! N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Sep 2019

  • "Wonderful hideaway, deep in rural Norfolk."

    Great for exploring the area. Everything you would ever need provided, comfortable and homely. It was lovely.

    Thank you - I love to know people find things comfy - as it is one of my main aims. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2019

  • "Location, directions, comfort, cleanliness and equipment all excellent."

    Even the weather was good despite a forecast that suggested we could expect a wet week!

    Wow - thanks! N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2019

  • "Our holiday at Emily's Retreat was amazing!"

    Nici has gone well above what you would expect to find in a holiday let. From the welcome pack, including wine, cans of pop, biscuits, cereal, coffee, teabags and milk to a first aid kit and paracetamol - just about anything you could want/need is provided. This is a proper home from home and by far the best place we've ever stayed in. The cottage was spotless and Nici was on hand all week for any problems and to suggest good eating places. It was wonderful to sit each morning and watch a wide variety of birds feeding in the garden. I would recommend Emily's Retreat to anyone, but especially people like me, with mobility problems. A perfect place to stay!

    So very kind - thank you for your lovely comments. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2019

  • "Extremely well-equipped cottage."

    Very comfortable and clean. Ideally situated for exploring the North Norfolk coast. Plenty of supermarkets within easy reach.

    Glad you found it comfy - thank you. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was an amazing retreat, good facilities , plus more than you get normally in most self catering accommodation , we have no difficulty in recommending "Emilys Retreat"."

    So very kind - thank you. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was in a quiet rural area and good for all weather with a secluded patio."

    There was plenty of room with all the comforts of home and kitchen equipment etc. Everything was provided (including paracetamol and plasters), and we initially only needed to get some bread. We would definitely recommend this retreat.

    Thank you so very much. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fredric5.0May 2019

  • "Very clear instructions on entry etc kept up to date by sykes on arrival found ..."

    Very clear instructions on entry etc kept up to date by sykes on arrival found welcome pack and a bottle of wine every thing you need is there nici was only a phone call away if there were any problems nice garden of your own to sit in very quiet and peaceful we were out and about a lot so a very good central base so all in all home from home 5 star thanks

    Wow - 5 star! Thank you. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely place to visit, very close to Swaffham which has all the facilities you need."

    Cottage very well equipped and comfortable, a real home from home.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Exceedingly quiet which we enjoyed, plus the birds and squirrels coming into the garden space."

    Glad you found it enjoyable. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Mar 2019

  • "The accommodation was beyond expectations, clean, with everything you can think of being supplied."

    Bed wasnt to our liking but overall was a lovely set up. The gravel path may not suit all. It's located for good access to Kings Lynn, Swaffham is 15 minutes away just watch out for narrow roads which seem to be typical in the more rural parts of Norfolk.

    I am sorry that you found the Retreat was not to your liking. I aim to make things as comfy as possible for guests. Narrow roads area feature of most Norfolk villages so I would always recommend checking locations upon google maps before booking, especially if you have a dislike. of driving along such routes. The gravel paths to the Retreat are visible in the pictures and indeed may not suit all guests, but I am available to help with bags etc if you send a text before arriving. Hope that all makes sense. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Mar 2019

  • "Apart from the weather everything was just right"

    Glad you liked the Retreat - sadly, I have no control over weather, if only I did, I could make a fortune! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Mar 2019

  • "This was a last minute booking and we were very lucky to pick Emily's Retreat."

    The accommodation was excellent and everything we could want was provided. The north Norfolk coast is an easy drive away and we were very lucky to enjoy the hottest February days on record by the sea! A great week away - thank you.

    You definitely picked a super week! Glad you enjoyed everything. Thanks N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rupert5.0Feb 2019

  • "What a lovely place to have a holiday."

    The cottage is very well equipped and the owner has gone to great lengths to ensure that you have a comfortable stay. The garden is full of birds that are great to watch on the feeders. It is very quiet so you get restful nights. Located within easy reach of a couple of towns and about 30 miles from the coast, you can enjoy a varied stay with the many quaint and ancient towns and villages to visit

    Thank you for your kind comments. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2019

  • "This is by far the best place we have ever stayed in."

    It's absolutely wonderful, and our host Nici has excelled in her hospitality. The standard of service is astounding and far exceeded our expectations. Everything you could ever want is right there for a comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable stay. This cottage is incredibly clean, tidy and well looked after with fantastic appliances including an amazing cooker, washing machine, television with a full complement of DVD's, fully functional Wi-Fi with excellent coverage and an impressive range of reading material. The cottage has ample heating and is warm, pleasant and cosy. The bedroom is elegant and tastefully laid out with surplus bedding and clean towels. A spacious living room is the epitome of comfort living. With two electric reclining chairs, a generous view of the garden, soft carpets, lovely décor and plenty traditional entertainment, it has all one could want. Access to the cottage is via a close, and two parking bays on a gravel driveway provide sufficient and secure storage, that is easy to navigate. The location is ideal for that truly rural experience, yet close enough for shopping (Swaffham is a ten-minute drive). All in all, a memorable experience we can recommend to friends and family alike. Thank you.

    Wow - what a lovely review, thank you so VERY much. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2018

  • "The retreat is appropriately named and by far exceeded what was expected."

    I wanted a romantic week away and it was achieved. Location was also ideal. We have already recommended this to family and friends and have every intention of returning in the not to distant future. Nici the landlady was helpful and attentive that we settled in ok!... Please note she and her neighbours are somewhat Off with their cats so be warned if you don't like the feline variety of pets

    Yes - I am a bit Kitty mad - and LOVE it....only 5 real ones...but plenty of kitty bits inside as well! So glad you had a good week, thank you for your kind words. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by C5.0Oct 2018

  • "Emily's Retreat was a real home from home."

    Everything you could possibly need was provided. Very tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished. Nici was really helpful and couldn't do enough to help if you needed it. It was a perfect location for travelling about or walking. We travelled about as my husband has had a stroke and so walking is not an option but sometimes because the weather was so good we just sat in the garden and listened to the birds. Couldn't fault it in any way and we enjoyed a lovely restful holiday.

    You are so very kind - thank you. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2018

  • "We have been to a number of syke cottages and this one was so peaceful and extremely well supplied with items that are usually forgotten."

    Niki was always available either in person or at the end of a phone. As mobile pensioners it was good to see that if we had needed a little help getting out of chair or in bathroom the aids were there. Hopefully we will keep in good health and able to drive so we can visit again .

    Thank you and hope to see you again soon. N Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Sep 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with electric fire
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Electric storage heaters, 2 x electric fire, 1 x portable electric radiator
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV, DVD, WiFI, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Linen and towel inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed lawn and patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: This property has grab rails, rise and recline chairs for those with limited mobility, a shower stool or chair can be provided on request
  • Note: This property is not wheelchair accessible
  • Note: Parking for this property is in front of the main barn
  • To access Emily's retreat, you will need to walk down the side of the main property through a shared gate and then along a gravel path to the retreat
  • (As seen in photograph)
  • There is a 'Z' bed available for extra child on request
  • Please note the owner has 5 friendly cats and you may encounter them when walking through the gardens, also the retreat is surrounded by shrubs and these can get rather "bushy" during spring/summer due to nesting season - If any are causing you problems, the owner will trim lightly if you ask but the main cutting is left till after all birds have fledged/left by autumn
  • Anybody intending to book with an Assistance Dog should note that the garden is not enclosed and dogs must be kept on a lead
  • Note: All Monday - Wednesday arrivals have to be checked with the owner so please contact our office on 01244356666

The property

Litcham 3 miles.

This splendid annexe sits as part of a spacious ground floor barn conversion, situated in the village of Great Dunham three miles from the charming Norfolk village of Litcham.

All of the area's finest attractions rest within easy touring distance, making this a fine base for that much-needed getaway with your other half.

Enter this East Anglian hideaway and be instantly charmed by the painted wooden beams.

Next, discover the lovely double bedroom which benefits from a classy vanity unit.

Head further down the long and narrow corridor, entering into the bright white shower room, which offers a wonderfully large walk-in shower with grab rails for extra support for those with limited mobility.

This annexe also offers further support by the way of rise and recline arm chairs in the living room.

The property's delightful kitchen/diner comes well-equipped and offers access out onto the serene garden.

Put your feet up deservedly in the snug sitting room after a tiring day exploring the nearby Litcham Common - a haven for nature lovers and walkers.

This room also benefits from patio doors leading out to the back garden, it provides a fabulous spot to sit and enjoy the countryside air with a refreshing drink of choice.

The traditional village of Litcham rests just three miles away, offering essential amenities such as a pub serving fine food, a Post Office/shop, a butchers and a fish and chip shop.

A newly refurbished pub 'The George and Dragon' is also nearby in Newton - just over 2.5 miles from the barn, and easily accessed straight down the Castle Acre road.

Continue on from Newton to Castle Acre, a delightful village where you can find a further shop and café - why not take one of the many lovely walks to explore this part of Norfolk?

Famed for its priory, Castle Acre is home to one the largest preserved monastic sites in the UK, the beautiful gardens and priory are certainly worth a visit.

Easily accessible is the stunning seaport and market town of King's Lynn, which promises a memorable day out with its selection of amenities, fine architecture and activities.

Within driving distance also is the picturesque Norfolk Coast AONB, heavenly for you outdoor lovers.

Enjoy a stay at the Emily's Retreat at the Great Barn to get away from it all with your loved one.

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About the location


East Dereham 9 miles; Swaffham 9 miles; Fakenham 11 miles.

Litcham is a traditional, rural Norfolk village with one pub (The Bull Inn), a local butcher, a combined post office and convenience store, and a fish and chip shop. The beautiful village church, with its prominent square tower, dates back to the 12th century, though it was rebuilt to a great extent in the 15th. Litcham and the surrounding villages in the parish (particularly Beeston and Tittleshall) have a busy events calendar. Litcham Common, officially a Local Nature Reserve for over 20 years, is superb for nature lovers, bird-watchers and particularly walkers, as it sits on the Nar Valley Way, which runs all the way from East Dereham to King's Lynn. The three local towns of East Dereham, Swaffham and Fakenham are all about 10 miles away, providing access to a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

Note: All Monday - Wednesday arrivals have to be checked with the owner so please contact our office on 01244356666
Anybody intending to book with an Assistance Dog should note that the garden is not enclosed and dogs must be kept on a lead

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas