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Emily's Retreat at the Great Barn

Great Dunham, Litcham, Norfolk (Ref. 967834)



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Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Superbly equipped warm and cosy winter retreat."

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

    Reviewed by GordonNov 2021

  • "First class in every aspect"

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

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

    Reviewed by DeniseSep 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.

    Reviewed by DoreenAug 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.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful place."

    Very comfortable and clean. A home from home.

    Reviewed by PatriciaJul 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 It was impossible to contact you by phone (I tried) and you had withdrawn your email account.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!

    Reviewed by CarolJun 2021

  • "Found the cottage quite easily."

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

    Reviewed by LeslieJun 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.

    Reviewed by HarryJun 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.

    Reviewed by GillianMay 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.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 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!

    Reviewed by KeithOct 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.

    Reviewed by IanAug 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.

    Reviewed by SueAug 2020

  • "Accommodation was extremely well equipped."

    Reviewed by KevinAug 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 ."

    Reviewed by FredJul 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.

    Reviewed by LesleyJul 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!

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 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.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 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

    Reviewed by JohnOct 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

    Reviewed by CharlieSep 2019

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

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

    Reviewed by BryanSep 2019

  • "Wonderful hideaway, deep in rural Norfolk."

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

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 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!

    Reviewed by SteveJul 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!

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2019

  • "Extremely well-equipped cottage."

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

    Reviewed by DavidJul 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"."

    Reviewed by ArthurJun 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.

    Reviewed by FredricMay 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

    Reviewed by JohnApr 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 KarenMar 2019

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

    Reviewed by PeterMar 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.

    Reviewed by AngelaMar 2019

  • "Apart from the weather everything was just right"

    Reviewed by JmMar 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.

    Reviewed by RupertFeb 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

    Reviewed by JulieFeb 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.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 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

    Reviewed by COct 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.

    Reviewed by ValerieSep 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 .

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2018

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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.


  • 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.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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