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Valentine Cottage

(Ref. 20132)

Aylsham, Norfolk Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very comfortable and cosy stay at Valentine Cottage, loved the decor and it suited us perfectly."

    It is very well equipped - hoover is brilliant :) It was very peaceful and is situated on a quiet little lane, with very little traffic, the entrance at the top is quite narrow and easily missed when first arriving in the car, fortunately our car is small so not a problem. We enjoyed being able to walk into town (a change for us as we live in a very rural cottage) and it was a good base for travelling to NT properties and surrounding areas of interest. We tended to use the back door when coming and going, weather was bad during our stay so it was wellies and raincoats - would be useful to have a couple of hooks in the little lobby by the back door for hanging wet coats. Also found the locks on the front door a bit tricky, hence making use of back door. Lovely back garden is a real bonus if bringing a dog, couldn't truly appreciate it due to the rain, but good for dog's early morning ablutions. We didn't really have a problem with parking, managed to get a space just down the lane whenever we returned from a jaunt. We had a lovely relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "On the whole we enjoyed our week and loved the area."

    However, we found the stairs rather steep so having the bathroom downstairs was more of an issue than we had anticipated. The cottage was disappointingly dark inside due to an overgrown hedge opposite so it did not feel very welcoming. It is on a very narrow lane and we had to move our car during both loading and unloading to allow a vehicle to pass, even though we were in the lane for only a few minutes. Unfortunately the neighbour next door was renovating his property and for much of the weekend he was drilling the adjacent wall. Thankfully the weather was good and we could escape! Although plenty of cleaning products had been left we couldn't find any washing up liquid or dishwasher tabs which seemed unusual.

    Thank you for your feedback, I shall contact the local council with regards the hedge opposite as it does block the light. But may I suggest you read the full Wright up on a property before booking. There was washing up liquid in the cupboard under the skin as I used it myself when I came to do the change over. There is no need to leave dishwasher tablets as there is no dishwasher. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.8Oct 2023

  • "We enjoyed our week in Aylsham, the cottage was very convenient for exploring the area and the town was lovely with great shops and places to eat."

    We were able to walk to the nearby National Trust property, went on the steam train to Wroxham and had an enjoyable boat trip whilst there. Lots of lovely towns to visit, aircraft museum and horse sanctuary, we ran out of time to go to everything on our list, there was so much choice. The cottage was a good size and well equipped, the lane was quiet and neighbours friendly, we were able to park in the lane for quite a few days and very close by for the rest of the week. The only couple of criticisms we have which would have made our stay even more comfortable would be to provide a shelf next to the bed in the back bedroom for the side light, as I like to read sometimes before going to sleep. Also the shelf would be handy for a glass of water for during the night as had to put it on the floor. Also the lights in the back bedroom are too low, kept hitting our head on them and if the mirror leaning on the drawers was put up on the wall as kept having to duck to see in it (and we are not very tall). Overall we had a great week and would return to Norfolk again in future as lots more we would like to see and do.

    Thank you for your feedback, I have an electrician coming to shorten the cable to the ceiling lights. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey4.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage in the quaint village of Aylsham."

    Very handy for exploring the village and surrounding area. Host Hayley was very helpful and I would be happy to recommend this property to anyone looking to stay in the North Norfolk area.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovley homely cottage."

    Spotlessly clean and tastefully renovated. Excellent location near the town

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had a great stay at Valentine Cottage."

    It is very well-equipped (loads of cutlery and crockery) and close to the centre of the delightful little town of Aylsham. Highly recommend the Black Boys Inn for food - we went there 3 times! Downstairs bathroom was not a problem though it might be if you have old or infirm people in the group. We had no problem with parking; the slots near the cottage are very tight but we were able to park there every day. There is more parking nearby at the top of the very quiet lane. Blicklingly Hall (NT) is only 1.5 miles away with 4600 acres of parkland and woods for dog walking. Felbrigg Hall (again NT is 15 mins away. The garden is a good size and beautifully maintained and the neighbours are very friendly and all have dogs (as we do!). Norwich 8 miles away and there is a good bus service that will take you there from the centre of Aylsham. The Norfolk coast is about 20 mins drive with coastal path walks abounding. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was ideally located in a very quiet spot yet within easy walking distance of the town and its facilities It has a really lovely garden, and the trees at the back mean that you get plenty of birds."

    The only negative comment I could make is that it doesn't have its own parking although we managed to park on Town Lane all week.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peggy5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay!"

    Off street parking seemed to be a concern before we booked but wasn’t a problem at all. If we can find any fault it would be a filtered coffee pot would have been nice. The coffee press did work ok though once we figured it out. A bigger mirror in the bathroom. Maybe a couple more wine glasses. Other than that it’s a great place in a nice setting and Village. We will definitely stay again!! Thank you.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Cottage in good location to explore the area."

    Nice rear garden. As identified parking not possible outside the cottage with public car park a few minutes walk, so not a problem for us. Do not think that the cottage is big enough for 4 adults as only 2 rooms downstairs, very small sitting room and even smaller kitchen. Michael

    18th century terrace cottages are small! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael3.1Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in Valentine cottage."

    Everything was clean and tidy, and it had all the facilities we needed for a week with young children. The couches were a little uncomfortable and wouldn't have been good for older people, but were OK for us. The beds were very comfortable though! Great location, lovely village, really enjoyed our visit and would happily return / recommend.

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Apr 2023

  • "Valentine cottage is a lovely little cottage, that you can hide away !"

    . With lovely neighbours, Very friendly town and loads of lovely shops . We packed on Gashill ,Because you can not park out front of the cottage. But never had parking problems nearby Lovely warm and cosy with a wood burner stove

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Loved the new bathroom and shower"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely village Warm and cosy in November !"

    Great places to visit Parking a little challenging but always found somewhere reasonably close by Recommended

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Nov 2022

  • "A cosy, comfortable and charming historic cottage in a quiet lane only 2 minutes walk into the centre of a fascinating historic market town."

    Easy access to the coast and Norwich by car and bus. Plenty of town and country walks and cycles. New kitchen and bathroom is a big plus for the cottage.

    Reviewed by Pauline3.8Oct 2022

  • "We had a very nice stay here."

    The village is lovely - very quaint with some great tea rooms. The cottage was small but functional and had everything we needed. The parking is down the end of the lane the cottage is on but we always found a space. The bathroom Light is on a sensor so don’t waste time looking for the switch like we did!!!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed our week at Valentine cottage."

    The cottage is comfortable, well appointed and clean. The garden is lovely and we enjoyed sitting out there to eat. We parked in Bure Road, only a few minutes walk away with no problem. Aylsham is a gorgeous little town with lots of lovely shops and places to eat, it’s also a good base for exploring the area.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. Much appreciated. Hayly Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was delightful and ideal for 2 adults, a teenager and a lively Labrador."

    The enclosed garden was private and super for relaxing in the evening. Our initial concerns about parking were unfounded and we would certainly return again. Haley was a great host Sally

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jul 2022

  • "Valentine Cottage was lovely and comfortable."

    Everything we needed was there. Very handy for the local shops also. A great holiday.

    Thank you so much for you lovely positive feedback. Very much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Loraine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very quaint cottage and full of character, very quiet."

    Has an open fire place in the lounge which was very nice, and a welcome pack. Amazing kitchen and extensive utensils and cups. The front bedroom takes you back in time to when the cottage was probably built and was very authentic and rustic with the furniture. The back bedroom overlooks the garden, and was a pleasant nights sleep. Would highly recommend for a very peaceful rest and a few local village shops and restaurants.

    Reviewed by Marie4.7Jun 2022

  • "A quiet and wonderful little cottage in Aylsham."

    A great base for touring Norfolk and had everything we needed. The new shower and kitchen were wonderful - I particularly loved the smeg fridge/freezer! Would definitely recommend staying here.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Apr 2022

  • "We've just had 3 nights at Valentine Cottage."

    It was the perfect base for us and our Jack Russell to stay whilst visiting our daughter who is at UEA. There are so many places to visit and the cottage was delightful. The personal touches were most thoughtful...thank you!

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Feb 2022

  • "Had everything we needed for a lovely stay."

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fab time, cosy accommodation, Hayley was very prompt and could not to enough, very happy to commend Valentine Cottage as a great base for exploring North Norfolk."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2021

  • "Met expectations because we've stayed there before, comfortable cottage in a good position in the town, no parking at the cottage but you can park for free a minute or two away and the owner will let you know where."

    I'd recommend it to anybody.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2021

  • "Family of four had a great week, exploring beaches the Broads and saw Dippy the dinosaur in Norwich Cathedral."

    Perfect base to explore north Norfolk. We would recommend the local Indian restaurant and fish and chip shop. Cute shops in Aylsham to wonder around. Tesco's few minute drive away and co-op 5min walk. We parked down another near by road with no problems. The cottage is lovely and had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean and tidy and it is in the middle of everywhere I'm going to book for next year"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week."

    Valentine cottage was comfortable and the owner left us some essentials, which was nice. Neighbour found a parking space for us on the Lane, which we used for the week. Aylsham itself, is a small town with plenty of character, that probably hasn't changed in the last 50years. Nice pace of life. Very relaxing. Jewel in the crown. the Black Boys pub. Delicious food, good portions and good beer.

    Reviewed by Maurice4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lack of bedside tables in the bedrooms was a disadvantage - a narrow, rather wobbly bookshelf on one side and nothing else on the other is not really enough."

    The back bedroom has no room at all for bedside tables, and it would be difficult for two people to get in and out of bed easily without disturbance. Could not see how to open the tumble dryer (I think that’s what it was!) so unable to use it. Parking: recommend the public park in Oakfield Road, only a few minutes walk and safe at night. It says ‘short stay’ but many locals use it all the time. Or at the top of Town Lane on White Hart Road, where cars are left at night and seem safe. It really isn’t fair to suggest parking ag the bottom of Town Lane, where residents clearly don’t like it. Otherwise, all fine and Hayley was very kind to me regarding my two dogs.

    Dear Mrs Barker, So sorry and disappointed to read your negative feedback this morning, especially considering I was obliging in making exceptions to your change of dates and to your dog(s) which in turn enabled you to visit your friend. Privileges that I don't normally allow but did given the circumstances. Sorry you found your stay a negative experience but thank you for your feedback as it has highlighted areas for improvements which I will be addressing immediately. The cottage is due a refurbishment in September which includes a new kitchen and bathroom. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna3.1Jun 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, lovely and peaceful, had everything we needed."

    Only drawback is the parking which we were warned about so we knew what to expect. Wish we could have stayed for longer! Thanks again!

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Jun 2021

  • "Perfectly placed for visiting the area."

    Lovely house with everything you could need. Helpful owner. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2021

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Valentine Cottage."

    I was there with my dog and despite the weather we did some amazing walks. Coming back and lighting the wood burning fire was the perfect end to the day. Hayly was a great host and I would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7May 2021

  • "Valentine cottage is very cosy and comfortable."

    It is well equipped and very much home from home. It is well situated for shops and amenities and Aylsham has everything you could need. Ideally situated to visit surrounding area. Although parking as forewarned can be a bit tricky we had no problems. We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great little cottage with all the facilities you need."

    Good spot for touring the surrounding area

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2020

  • "Valentine cottage was very comfortable and suitable for our needs."

    It was well positioned for local shops, pubs, tearooms, etc., and close to visiting family and a variety of beaches/towns. The cottage is situated on a narrow one way road and at times was tricky to navigate through the parked cars to parking on the next road. Even though the owner advised us to ignore the ‘illegal’ no parking signs outside some of the houses on the road she recommended us to park on, we did feel uncomfortable if we did park there but we were always able to park elsewhere along that road. I thought that due to Covid-19 soft furnishings, books/games, rugs, decorative pieces. etc would have been removed. Saying that, the cottage was very homely. We enjoyed staying in Hayley’s cottage and she was very helpful and always available if required.

    Reviewed by Helena5.0Aug 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage in a lovely village with all amenities close to hand."

    Parking close to cottage is a bit hit and miss but we were happy to park overnight in a car park close to the Market Place which is 5 mins walk from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Sue3.8Feb 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Feb 2020

  • "Really beautiful cottage in a great location hayley was a really lovely landlady!"

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    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Dec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, super clean, cosy and comfortable in a great location for a relaxing break."

    Lovely tea rooms and restaurant close by to enjoy gorgeous food.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and comfortable."

    It had everything I needed and was so close to the town. It's a perfect holiday cottage and location.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, well maintained inside and out."

    One of the most relaxing UK holidays I have ever had. It is on a side street and it is so quiet, we spent many evenings in the garden and you would occasionally get the church bells ringing, it was just so relaxing. We didn't venture far as Aylsham is within 30 minutes of beautiful beaches and the North Norfolk Railway where you can aboard a steam engine in Holt and go through the country to Sheringham. The local amenities are perfect for a week away, a few shops and good quality pub serving excellent food. We would definitely return and recommend this beautiful cottage. Also the lady who we spoke to on collecting keys gave lots of helpful information on parking, directions and local places to visit.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage had a lovely outlook onto several gardens."

    Aylsham was a very attractive market town within very easy reach of many activities. I expected the cottage to be on a busy road but it was down a quiet and pretty lane.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2019

  • "This is our second holiday at this cottage."

    It is very cosy and well equipped. The wi-fi works, beds comfortable and a good shower. The garden is lovely to while away a sunny afternoon in. Short walk to local shops and pubs - The Black Boys is excellent and best to book - especially for Sunday lunch.

    Reviewed by Shelagh5.0May 2019

  • "A well-appointed cottage, clean and comfortable and good to have essentials provided."

    Lovely garden. Aylesham is a great little town with good facilities but once you are in the cottage it feels like the countryside. Excellent walks and places of interest. Very well-maintained footpaths which are great for dogs and people alike. Two good pubs and food available. Only downside was having to go downstairs to the toilet in the night if we'd had a drink!

    Reviewed by William4.7Apr 2019

  • "A beautiful snug, cosy cottage in the beautiful small town of Aylsham."

    There is everything you need to make it a home from home experience. From the pretty decor to the comfy beds, this is a great cottage.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is the perfect little holiday cottage to stay in Elsa!"

    This is my third time staying I will most definitely be back! The wood burner is so soothing on cold days after long walks in the woods and having the bath to soak in on those days is also perfect! There’s a washer, dryer, everything you could need in the kitchen. And the two beds upstairs are very comfortable. That location and close proximity to town is just perfect with very convenient walks on your doorstep! I really never wanted to leave! You won’t have regrets if you stay here! Thank you!!

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic cosy cottage with all the comforts of home and more!"

    We don't have the comfort and luxury of a wood burner at home and we certainly made full use of the one in Valentine Cottage. The location of the property was perfect in every respect for exploring Aylsham and everything it had to offer. The town itself can proudly boast numerous independent shops and businesses as well as the choice of food stores. The church is in the centre and stands very majestically surrounded by centuries of history. We really enjoyed our week long stay in both the cottage and the town of Aylsham and certainly hope to return when the days are warmer and longer to enable us to explore further afield without having to use the car!

    Reviewed by Valerie4.4Dec 2018

  • "We will return and hopefully Valentine cottage will be available for our use."

    Only one negative to mention - a water filter is needed as tap water used to boil kettle leaves an unpleasant scum in the mug. The Kettle needs replacing or de-scaling. We used bottled water after our first cup of tea. Meanwhile a bottle of water on arrival to use instead would be a good idea.

    Reviewed by Betty3.8Nov 2018

  • "Great place to stay and so handy for all local amenities"

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage was well equipped furniture and beds were comfy."

    However, it would have been good to know that the bathroom was downstairs as it was difficult if you needed to use facilities at night. The kitchen appliances were not easy to operate and there was only instructions on how to use the cooker and no operating manuals to be found to help navigate use of the electric hob. Managed to get the microwave working by trial and error. The owner was difficult to get hold of and did not return our calls which was disappointing. Wifi was switched off so couldn't connect till we worked it out. Again no instructions left for guests use. It would have been nice to have had a basic welcome pack, at least, to tide one over. Garden was a bonus and the seating was comfy. It was close by the local shops which was very handy. Parking would have been a nightmare if not for a kindly neighbour at the top end of Town Lane who let us park there for the majority of our stay. Aylsham Town is a lovely place to stay and Norwich, Cromer and Blickling Hall were close by. Enjoyed our stay in Norfolk and will definitely visit the area again.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Aug 2018

  • "Being in the town the cottage was well placed to enjoy aylshaam."

    the kitchen and bathroom are well fitted and the garden was a bonus

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2018

  • "Valentines cottage is a perfectly located and very cozy place to stay close to the town center of Aylsham."

    The wood burner is so fabulous to have in cold nights to cuddle up with family in front of. The owner, Hayley, very kindly supplied us with our first nights wood and offers to do so every night for the duration of your stay. The cottage is very well decorated with everything one needs for cooking. I was surprised to find a good sized bathroom with a fairly deep tub as I didn’t see that in the listing. The tub was perfect after days of long walks and it tucked the final boxes for all of our needs. Good sized beds, bedrooms and rooms. We will most definitely want to stay here again so much so that I would like to put in an offer should and Hayley want to consider selling it in the future! Thank you! Xx

    Reviewed by Jamie4.8Nov 2017

  • "The whole experience was excellent,We really enjoyed ourselves."

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage well located to explore North Norfolk."

    Excellent local amenities.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage and great to be in a small town."

    Really good to be able to walk to the Bure Valley Railway.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2017

  • "This is a very comfortable & cosy cottage in a convenient location, with good bike storage, though the downstairs bathroom may not suit everyone."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.8Oct 2016

  • "Holiday at Valentine Cottage was perfect."

    Extremely comfortable. Easy access to shops, cafes,pubs,supermarkets and take aways . Alot of lovely walks. Not too far from the coast. Facilities of cottage wonderful.

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Oct 2016

  • "This cottage is tucked away down a quiet narrow lane which is one way but don't be put off as once you find your way there are plenty of places to park the car."

    Perfect little cottage with 2 good sized double bedrooms, the garden is huge and would be perfect for families. It's 2 minutes into the gorgeous market place, plenty of shops old and new, delis, pubs, butchers, tea rooms, further on a Budgens and Tesco so everything is available. Beautiful churchyard. We were pleasantly surprised with the area.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2016

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Summary

  • Two double bedrooms with TV
  • Ground floor bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, Wii with games, selection of DVDs and children's toys
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Roadside parking close to cottage
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture and external building with woodburning stove
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 2 mins walk
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead and supervised when accessing the garden.

The property

This lovely mid-terrace cottage is located in the heart of the delightful Norfolk market town of Aylsham.

This cottage is centrally located and makes an ideal base for a couple or a small family to discover the vast array of activities close by.

The ground floor boasts a cosy sitting room and a feature fireplace with woodburning stove and a contemporary kitchen with a dining area.

Upstairs, are two delightful double bedrooms, whilst the bathroom is located downstairs next to the kitchen.

Set a couple of yards away from the rear of the cottage is a private, enclosed lawned garden with a surprise at the end.

A cosy, brick-built summerhouse complete with a woodburning stove will mean that you can sit outside with a drink, no matter what the weather is doing.

Just a two minute walk away is the stunning St. Michael's parish church of Aylsham whilst the town's amenities are all close at hand.

Just a mile away is Blickling Hall, one of many National Trust properties in the area, plus Aylsham is perfectly located for discovering this magnificent region.

Take a day boat on the Norfolk Broads or pop up to Cromer to sample its famous Cromer crabs.

The beach is just ten miles away, or you may wish to undertake some retail therapy in the cathedral city of Norwich.

Whatever you choose to do, this lovely cottage makes the perfect holiday base at any time of the year.

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About the location

AYLSHAM

North Walsham 6.9 miles; Cromer 10.7 miles; Holt 12.1 miles; Norwich 13.3 miles.

Aylsham is a pretty market town in the Bure Valley in the heart of Norfolk. It has a lovely selection of pubs, shops, restaurants and tea rooms and is just a mile from the wonderful NT Blickling Hall. There are a wide variety of small market towns and villages surrounding Aylsham and the coast is just 10 miles away. Spend a day in the historic cathedral city of Norwich, or take to the water with a boat on the world famous Norfolk Broads. Head to the coast which is just 20 minutes by car, or explore the Georgian town of Holt, awash with boutiques, galleries and antique shops. A superb destination all year round.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas