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The Hayloft

(Ref. 26163)

Saham Hills near Swaffham, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous cottage, extremely dog friendly, we were made to feel extremely welcome."

    The garden was a safe place for our 4 dogs, one of whom is an escape artist and had there been an escape route she would have found it! The cottage was beautifully presented. We all enjoyed the paddock, the grandchildren enjoyed the swings and the dogs the agility feature. Thanks Karen for the warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2024

  • "Had a fabulous relaxing 3 night break."

    The owner was so welcoming and helpful. Always on hand when you needed anything. Even had coffee, milk and cake in so you could have a relax when you got there. Perfectly dog friendly with throws for the furniture and a wash station for after muddy walks. Honestly could not have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Feb 2024

  • "A lovely warm, cosy cottage."

    The owners too were warm and welcoming. Use of the hot tub was a bonus on cold wet days. Kitchen was well equipped and beds comfortable. Dogs are made very welcome too. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Jan 2024

  • "A lovely festive stay at the Hayloft whilst we visited family, cottage was complete with tree and some decorations."

    Very peaceful location and superbly dog friendly. Throws for the sofas were provided so that our puppers could lounge next to us as they do at home, which we greatly appreciate as some places we've been have forbid it and we had to sit on the floor with them to snuggle! The lil enclosed garden was great and secure and the pups loved sniffing all the plants. Only thing we would have liked is if the paddock was secure because our gal Arwen is an escape artiste so we couldn't let them off in there unfortunately, but it was still great to walk them around on lead anyway. Many thanks, and hopefully we'll be back again next year! xx

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2023

  • "Nice warm cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely place convenient for all the natural attractions in Norfolk."

    The paddock is a real bonus for those with dogs.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is one of the best holiday lets I have stayed in with my dogs."

    It was perfect for them a safe enclosed garden then access to the large paddock for off lead exercise. Dogs were made very welcome including throws for the sofas and water bowl in kitchen. Karen was a great host and made sure we were ok and had everything we needed. We will definitely return and explore more of the surrounding areas. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Hayloft."

    The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed. The property is very dog friendly and our dog really enjoyed his stay too. Thanks to Karen and Stuart for being excellent hosts.We would definitely like to return again soon!

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were both over whelmed with the Hayloft , the greeting on arrival was so welcoming ."

    It was the perfect holiday so peaceful and just what I needed after loosing my dad 3 days before our holiday.The Hayloft was stunning , clean and there wasn’t one thing we needed . The paddock was perfect for our four dogs who just love to run and run . It was the first holiday away in taking all four rescue dogs but we really shouldn’t have worried as Karen and Stuart had thought of everything for them to have fun too . Even an outside shower with towels and shampoo which was amazing after muddy walks . We hope to revisit within the year with other family members and can’t wait to return. I couldn’t express enough if you are hesitating in booking this holiday you truly have no worries . Book now for a wonderful break and high standards of hospitality too . Thank you Karen and Stuart for everything hope to see you soon . Shelley and mark . May 2023

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "Karen the owner had thought of everything."

    The cottage was beautiful with lots of original features but was warm and cosy. The cottage had more than enough room for 4 people (we were two adults with two large dogs). The cottage was well equipped with everything you may need, especially within the kitchen. The paddock was just PERFECT!! The way that a path had been cut into the wildflowers became a race track for our male Dobbie! Was the perfect home from home. Will 100% be back.

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Oct 2022

  • "An absolutely beautiful cottage and every need catered for."

    Dogs had a great time as did their owners

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Thank you for a fabulous holiday, we loved everything about it and will be back for another stay , you have everything you want and more ."

    Reviewed by Carl5.0May 2022

  • "An excellent property."

    Karen is a great host. The property is clean and well equipped and lovely and warm too. The children and the dog loved the paddock. A great week away. I’d highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is by far the best accommodation we have stayed in, although all Syke's cottages are to a high standard."

    It was beautifully clean and well equipped. An indulgent chocolate cake to welcome us. Karen (the hostess) was always at hand if needed, but never a nuisance. A hot tub at the end of the day overlooking the paddocks, to ease the aching feet after lovely long walks. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Mar 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing stay."

    The owners have thought of every little detail to make you feel comfortable and at home. The cottage is beautifully appointed, dogs have every comfort and hot tub was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Nov 2021

  • "We loved the comfort and homeliness of the Hayloft."

    The accommodation was superb - big comfy beds and crisp white bed linen, instant piping hot water (huge freestanding bath filled in no time!) Kitchen had everything we needed utensil-wise, and three great sink-in sofas to relax in in the lounge. The location was excellent and the owner, Karen, was a genuinely lovely, friendly person. We were able to put the kitchen scraps to good use by feeding the ducks and hit on lucky with the time of year as there were loads of blackberries and sloes ripe for picking! We also made good use of the hot tub which was a real treat.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic welcome from Karen and Stuart."

    Beautiful cottage, well appointed and really dog friendly. They have thought of everything to make life comfortable. Thoroughly recommend the Hayloft, even the most difficult to please person would have problemsin finding something to complain about

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Sep 2021

  • "The Hayloft was exceptional."

    Ideally located to visit the local areas. Totally dog friendly. Our Max & Autumn loved the paddock. All cottages have there own enclosed garden for dog and child safety. Overall the best cottage we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jul 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage in idyllic location."

    Incredibly relaxing, we all had a wonderful time and would love to come back again!

    Reviewed by Abi5.0May 2021

  • "Mill Cottages are lovely and brilliantly well run by the owners."

    Reviewed by Annette5.0May 2021

  • "A really comfortable and cosy cottage with enormous and comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, spacious living room and very generous and helpful hosts who gave us some good ideas about what to do with our two small kids."

    Our kids enjoyed running around in the paddock. Hot tub was a treat as well.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Oct 2020

  • "Karen went out of her way to be friendly and helpful."

    Everything was very Covid secure and the dogs absolutely loved the paddock and agility set up. The hayloft is very cosy . My only comment would be that the cooker hood set at eye level is a bit of a hazard if you are self catering!!!

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Oct 2020

  • "Perfect set up for a holiday with multiple dogs"

    Reviewed by Alessia5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable, clean and everything we needed."

    The gardens and meadow were lovely to sit and stroll in. The dog loved the ducks. The hosts were lovely, always at hand for any help and ideas where to visit.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Aug 2020

  • "Nothing too much trouble from owner Karen, fresh eggs & looked after puppy whilst we enjoyed day at beach"

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic holiday and karren couldnt do enough for us."

    Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Aug 2020

  • "Karen is an amazing lady made us and our 4 dogs very welcome"

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jan 2020

  • "The cottage was just as described and advertised in the pictures."

    The hot tub is lovely and if you choose to go in it at night it has fairy lights and an outdoor heater which is a lovely touch - it is more than big enough for the four guests staying in the Hayloft so if you book it for private use, it is very spacious and makes for a lovely evening. The Hayloft lounge has three sofas which made for a really spacious and comfortable communal space - we were four adults and two dogs and we had lots of room to relax. The log burner is a lovely touch and gives it a really cosy feel. The owner had put up and decorated a real Christmas tree which was such a lovely surprise to walk in and see. The bedrooms are large - one is massive. Really comfy beds, plenty of storage, complete peace at night. The bathroom is spacious and clean with a great shower. Having our own fenced off paddock for the dogs was ideal and the dog agility space gave them plenty of space to run around and socialise with the other visiting dogs. There is a pub about a 20 min walk away - not all of this is paved so not that easy to walk in the dark but the cottage does provide a torch. There are other pubs within a short driving distance that we went to on the Sunday for food as the pub near the cottage stops serving food on a Sunday past 1.30pm. Would be great if bathrobes and slippers were provided for the walk to the hot tub - I think other cottages may offer this as the welcome book mentioned it but we could not find these in the Hayloft. But that is a tiny suggestion as otherwise everything was great - would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2019

  • "We have now been taking our dogs on holiday for the past 5 years and this has by far been the nicest cottage we have stayed in."

    From a spacious lounge with plenty of seating to unbelievably large and comfortable beds. Every room is tastefully decorated and has kept its cottage feel. A perfect place to take your dogs with a large paddock area for them to run loose in and outdoor washing facility’s for when they get mucky. Throw in the hot tub and log burner and what more could you possibly ask for? The owner Karen is extremely friendly and helpful and we certainly would recommend this cottage to our friends. The only thing we would have liked is walks on the doorstep or around the village, but there are so many places to visit to take our dogs walking within a 30 or 40 minute drive that even that wasn’t a huge negative.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great lovely cosy cottage, very nicely furnished and very comfortable ."

    Massive thumbs up from us.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic facilities and the most dog friendly holiday accommodation I have stayed in."

    Both family and dogs loved it - will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Aug 2019

  • "A very pleasant place to stay for a few days, the dog particularly enjoyed the ..."

    A very pleasant place to stay for a few days, the dog particularly enjoyed the safe paddock to run around in - location is excellent for forests and beaches are within an hours drive and well worth that drive

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is on a blind bend quite a busy road so have to be very careful when leaving to go out and as there is no gate to stop dogs running out in to road so."

    Keep dogs on lead. There is a place on site to let dogs play which was good

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2019

  • "A lovely cosy cottage great location ideal for the dogs, spotlessly clean."

    Owner very helpful it was a perfect break in a busy working schedule

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had a fantastic stay at this beautiful cottage which had everything you needed and more !"

    Literally everything had been thought about and the cottage was spotlessly clean even though it caters for dogs We would like to say a massive thank you fir making our stay most enjoyable

    Reviewed by Lea5.0Nov 2018

  • "Best dog friendly cottage yet!"

    With the dog paddock, hot tub and larger than life bed and bathroom this cottage was a treat for the entire family. Thanks again to Karen and Sykes Cottages.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Aug 2018

  • "The owners made us feel very welcome , although its a doggy friendly holiday the standard is very high and very clean."

    A beautiful cottage . We had a lovely week both kids and dog had a goid holiday. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Jul 2018

  • "Fantastic holiday at Mill House Cottages staying in the Hayloft."

    From the moment we arrived Karen was the perfect host to both us and our dogs. The paddocks at the back were perfect for a morning walk and letting the dogs run. The location was also perfect for Brandon and Thetford Forrest and a trip to the coast. We didn't really want to go out in the evening as with the wood fire burning and the lovely rooms we got so cosy. Great kitchen to be able to cook for ourself and then the use of the hot tub was fantastic. So relaxing. Both my teenage daughters visited for a day and loved the cottage. Can't wait to return, hopefully later this year. Many thanks Karen

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Feb 2018

  • "The photographs online do not do these beautiful cottages full justice."

    The owner is exceptionally helpful and her kindness when she knew I had lost my old dog the day before travelling was lovely. Yellow roses for me in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Oct 2017

  • "It was such a beautiful, comfortable cottage with easy access to a hot tub which we loved."

    The paddock was just right for walking our elderly dog-just a few steps away from our front door.We couldn't have wished for a nicer base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Apr 2017

  • "The owner Karen was very helpful and welcoming."

    She appreciated the needs of dogs and their owners and went out of her way to make the short break enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Nov 2016

  • "Very happy overall, would recommend putting chest of drawers in bedrooms if possible (even inside wardrobes)"

    Reviewed by Andrew4.8Oct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with ensuite bathroom (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x super king-size double
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Shared external utility.
  • Gas central heating with electric flame effect log burner
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, dishwasher
  • Large screen Smart TV, WiFi, a selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private, enclosed gravelled garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Shared use of lawned garden and large paddock with fun dog agility tests
  • Shared use of hot tub (private use can be booked)
  • Four well-behaved pets welcome first two dogs are in cost additional £25pp after
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The owner can arrange a dog sitting service by prior arrangement
  • Please note: This property only accepts Friday changeovers

The property

This delightful semi-detached cottage which dates from 1862 is located in the peaceful village of Saham Hills.

This Norfolk cottage is full of character with beams throughout and two comfortable bedrooms; ideal for a family or two couples who are looking for a country retreat.

Sit back and let your cares ebb away in the fabulous outdoor hot tub.

Note: This cottage is next to Refs. 26592 and 26593, together they sleep 10.

Mill House Holiday Cottages

These three superb holiday cottages are located in the grounds of the owners’ home in the village of Saham Hills near to the market town of Watton in the Norfolk countryside. Sleeping a total of ten people between them, these Norfolk country cottages are perfect for a group, small family holiday or for a romantic couple's retreat. Finished to a high standard, these Norfolk cottages all feature beamed ceilings, warming woodburning stoves and modern, well-equipped living accommodation. Ideal for pets, these Saham cottages share a large paddock where the children and your four-legged friends can run around whilst you prepare a sumptuous feast in the kitchen or on the barbecue. Take some time to reflect on your wonderful Norfolk holiday, by relaxing in the luxurious hot tub; a fabulous way to round off the day after exploring the surrounding countryside. The National Cycle Route 13 is situated adjacent to all three properties, and Saham Hills is well located for discovering some wonderful Norfolk attractions. The popular town of Swaffham is just eight miles away, or spend a day exploring Thetford Forest. The North Norfolk coast can be reached in under an hour from these Saham Hills cottages, or you may wish to indulge in some retail therapy in the cathedral city of Norwich, before sampling one of the city’s many restaurants and taking in a show at the theatre. These Saham Hills cottages are in a wonderful location for a holiday in the beautiful Norfolk countryside.

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About the location


Watton 2 miles; Swaffham 8 miles.

Saham Hills is a peaceful village on the edge of the historic market town of Watton in North Norfolk. Watton holds a market every Wednesday and is also home to a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. Swaffham is eight miles away with fine Georgian buildings housing shops, pubs and restaurants, a bustling Saturday market and a twice-monthly farmers’ market. Nearby Thetford Forest offers the Go Ape high wire experience, while a trip to Norfolk’s beautiful coastline or stunning Broads can easily be enjoyed, as can the magnificent cathedral city of Norwich. A wonderful year-round base for the whole family.

You can book private time for the hot tub, if you would like to do this, please write on the board provided.

The hot tub is at a temperature of 38 degrees and a professional spa, therefore any longer than an hour is not recommend for health and safety reasons.

Please note: This property only accepts Friday changeovers.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas