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The Old Stables

Mileham, Norfolk (Ref. 1081683)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
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  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Review(s)

  • “Excellent cottage very welcoming owner has thought of everything warm and cosy ...”

    Excellent cottage very welcoming owner has thought of everything warm and cosy yard enclosed so dog can roam and not get out

    Excellent cottage very welcoming owner has thought of everything warm and cosy yard enclosed so dog can roam and not get out I would definitely recommend and go again

    - Michael, November 2021

The property

Litcham 2.1 miles.

In the heart of the small village of Mileham in rural Mid-Norfolk is this superb one-bedroom annexe, The Old Stables.

The Old Stables is an idyllic setting for a couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

It lies within easy reach of three historic market towns and is the perfect base to explore Norfolk’s many attractions.

Adjoining the owner’s home, The Old Oak, formerly an inn dating back more than 200 years, The Old Stables, as the names suggest, is a former stable, boasting an open-plan layout and a sunny private courtyard.

Pass through the secure gates and park-up on the drive with convenient space available for one or two cars.

After unloading your bags, relax and soak up your charming surroundings.

Your only distractions will be the country sounds of wild birds and maybe the odd ‘moo’ from the farm behind the property.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a welcome basket of basic supplies to get you started; bread, butter, milk, teas & coffee, and (if the hens are laying!) eggs from the owner’s garden.

Vegan butter and milk alternatives can also be arranged by request.

Once inside The Old Stables, discover the open-plan living space, where you can look forward to your own lovingly prepared meals in the fully-functioning kitchen, with handy dishwasher and washing machine to assist with the chores.

Settle down at the fold-up dining table to savour a tasty meal, or if the weather is nice, why not enjoy an alfresco dinner out on the private patio as you revel in the last of the day’s sunshine.

Snuggle up on the plush sofa with a glass of wine and select the evening's entertainment, courtesy of the TV with Freeview, or make use of the WiFi available and bring your own devices.

There is a collection of books, well-loved board games and DVDs that you are welcome to borrow from if you are still stuck for indoor entertainment.

As your eyes grow heavy, retire to the bedroom, traditionally-decorated with an original wooden lintel and recess from the former stable, where you will find a sumptuous king-size with an en-suite shower room, perfect for washing away the day before catching your rest.

Set out to explore the local village, where you will find the fascinating remains of Mileham Castle, as well as the friendly Village Shop & Post Office for picking up any last-minute essentials.

If you’ve brought a dog, there’s an easy circular village walk to enjoy, or alternatively, the Castle grounds would be great for a canine romp.

For a local meal and/or drink, there’s a surprisingly good selection within a few short miles.

The Bull Inn at Litcham, The Brisley Bell at Brisley, a local favourite, and the Old Dairy at Stanfield (breakfasts and lunches only) are all worth a visit.

The nearby historic village of North Elmham, worth a visit in its own right, also offers two pubs, the Kings Head Hotel and the Railway Arms, if you are lucky you might even catch a music night at the Railway Arms.

While you are here, don’t miss a visit to the Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Museum in nearby Beetley, where you can learn much about bygone rural life and sometimes hard times, in the workhouse museum.

Walkers will delight at the easy access to Pensthorpe Natural Park, where you can explore over 770 acres of woodland, wetland and vibrant gardens whilst trying to spot the local wildlife, or pick up the Nar Valley Way walking trail in either direction.

If you are feeling more adventurous, head up to the coast and join the Norfolk Coast Path – almost anywhere along the route offers superb walking, birdwatching, beautiful views and fresh sea breezes.

Visit Wells-Next-The-Sea and exercise along the endless sandy beaches and woodland, which is great for dogs, and afterwards, treat yourselves to Wells’ famous fish and chips!

Other great places to visit include: Holt, with its art galleries, shops and restaurants, including Byfords, famed as the best place to indulge in a bite to eat in Holt, the historic and magnificent Holkham House, Sandringham royal residence and grounds, Fakenham, with its lively open market and auction every Thursday morning for antiques, bric-a-brac and furniture, Swaffham, especially on Saturday mornings when the market is in full swing, with great food and local produce on sale and South Creake artisan market, held on the first Saturday of the month.

For memories you will cherish forever, choose The Old Stables as your base.


  • All-ground-floor
  • One king-size bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with patio and seating
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 2.8 miles
  • Note: This property does not permit the use of indoor candles
  • Note: Brochures are provided for many local attractions, for any further information/advice, please do not hesitate to contact the owners directly during your stay
  • Note: The owners keep guinea fowl and chickens, please be aware that there may be some noise
  • Note: The owners provide a basic range of cleaning supplies as well as a welcome basket including teas and coffee
  • Note: An additional plug-in heater is stored in the wardrobe and is available for use in the cooler months

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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

Note: The owners keep guinea fowl and chickens, please be aware that there may be some noise.

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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