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Holly Cottage

(Ref. 955157)

Swaffham, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Holly Cottage was a delight Jane the owner welcomed us and let us know she was just a few minutes away if we had any problems She had left us a welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread, butter, biscuits and wine."

    She had also supplied soap in the kitchen and bathroom. Toilet paper and kitchen roll. All little extras that make a big difference. The cottage was like home from home so tastefully decorated with exquisite furniture and wonderful ornaments and paintings on the wall The seating was comfortable as was the bed. The bathroom had a large corner bath with shower over a sink and toilet. There was limited space but not a problem. We didn’t use the log fire as the cottage was warm but there was a basket of logs and kindling available Off road parking space in front of the house which is always a bonus The bus to Kings Lynn ran right past the house which you could use to go into Swaffham if needed but it was only a twenty minute walk You could also get the bus to Norwich on the opposite side of the road Plenty of shops, pubs cafes etc in Swaffham and ample parking A large Tesco supermarket just outside the town centre The location was good nice and quiet with a lovely enclosed garden for our dog to use. We would highly recommend Holly Cottage and hope to visit again in the future

    Reviewed by Nuala5.0Dec 2023

  • "Comfortable well equipped relaxing stay."

    Easy walk into town. Would be ideal for anyone with a dog as there is a good dog friendly garden although we didn’t have a dog. Steps were a challenge but that was because we are 80\84 and live in a bungalow but we did manage ok. Very good welcome package so you could have a tea or coffee & biscuit on arrival or even a glass of wine if that’s your preference. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Mollie5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a fabulous few days staying at Holly Cotage for my partners 60."

    Jane the owner was absolutely lovely, so warm & friendly and couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. She had left a little welcome pack and a bottle of wine in the fridge. She and her husband lived next door but one and were on hand should we require anything. Holly Cottage its self was delightful, when you entered it felt like it was giving you 'a hug'. It was true to it's description and photos and was absolutely immaculate. It had all you needed and a lovely, safe fully enclosed garden to the rear for our 4 legged Diva, Tilly! LOL! There was safe off road parking to the front of the cottage, easily accessed down a short shingle drive way. Jane has produced loads of useful info about doggie friendly places to eat and drink & places to visit, and lovely Swaffham town its self is just down the road and has all you need with eateries etc and a Tesco and Waitrose. We would difinately recomend a stay at Holly Cottage & will return in the future. Thank you Jane for your fab hospitallty & Holly Cotage is one of the best we have stayed in, both in the Uk and Ireland 10 outta 10 ....Cheers Gary & Terry...& Tilly

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Nov 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our time at Holly Cottage, it was clean, had all the facilities that we needed."

    The owner was on hand and very welcoming, but not intrusive. It is a nice walk into Swaffham, and there are bus stops next to the cottage which are very handy. We would happily stay here again, the only observation I would make is the bathroom is a bit of a challenge and the stairs steep, this is not a complaint, just an observation, as it could be an issue if you are less mobile. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Bernice5.0Oct 2023

  • "Holly Cottage is lovely, well equipped, clean, comfortable, nicely decorated, great dog friendly garden."

    We had a fantastic stay and the weather was lovely so we could enjoy the garden. Swaffham is a lovely town, great pubs, takeaways and places to eat. Shelley's Bistro fabulous breakfast, Greyhound pub friendly locals and staff. I am sure we be back as it so close to family who live in Dereham. Jane was lovely very friendly and supplied a lovely welcome pack on arrival.

    Reviewed by Danielle4.7Oct 2023

  • "Another great Sykes holiday destination."

    Beautiful well appointed cottage in a great location, centrally located for visiting the coast and nearby towns and villages . We were greeted by the very pleasant owner and lovely and appreciated welcome pack. The cottage was everything we expected and more .

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2023

  • "Difficult to add to the comments of the other people who have stayed here."

    Its a lovely little cottage, in a good location for exploring Norfolk. A short walk into Swaffham. Lots of lanes nearby for walking the dog. The house and garden were great with everything you need supplied. Jane was friendly, helpful and accommodating. Our daughter lives nearby which is why we came to Norfolk. I have no hesitation in recommending or returning.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jun 2023

  • "Such a lovely cottage."

    It was well equipped and the host was more than helpful. Our dog loved the garden which was a plus. We would definitely return and recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by Tatiana5.0May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Holly cottage, we had everything that we could possibly need and Jane was an excellent host ( owner) we only had one issue and it was solved by the next morning."

    We will certainly try to rent this property again on our next visit to Norfolk.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a nice location."

    Owners were lovely. Welcome pack is a generous little extra and much appreciated. Log fire was wonderful on chilli evenings. Lovely inclosed garden which kept our dog in however hard she tried. The furniture could do with updating as is a little uncomfortable if there for more than a couple of days and the bathroom is very small. But overall we had a wonderful holiday, we are likely to go back and would recommend

    Reviewed by Sheree4.7Apr 2023

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Very pleasant and peaceful garden for relaxing if weather allows and would be very good if you had a dog. Very well equipped and very good welcome pack to get you started on arrival without having to rush to the shops. Helpful and friendly host but not intrusive but on hand if needed. As mentioned by previous guests the bathroom is very tiny but it is adequate/manageable.Would definitely recommend, we have already booked to return later in the year.

    Reviewed by Mollie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Charming cottage and a very friendly welcome from the owner"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Mar 2023

  • "Extremely clean cottage with almost everything you could need."

    Great position for walks/dog walks and only a 10 minute walk from Swaffham with several supermarkets, cafes and pubs plus excellent bus links to Norwich, King's Lynn and Peterborough. The welcome pack was a great touch and most welcome. Lounge was comfortable with a lovely log burner and kitchen well equipped. Slight noise from neighbours on both sides but apart from that quiet. The only issue we had was with the tiny bathroom which in my opinion was almost unusable with very limited headroom over shower and no room in front of toilet with door closed. Such a shame as a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.1Feb 2023

  • "This was a lovely cosy cottage, very clean and well equipped for a very wonderful stay."

    The bathroom is a little on the small size but has a nice size bath with over head shower.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jan 2023

  • "This property is set off a main road but you hardly hear traffic noise which is great."

    There is parking for one car right outside the door and off road parking nearby for more cars. The owners live on site so were there if we needed them but also gave us our privacy. The owner did meet us with a few house rules but nothing crazy and was very welcoming to us. They kindly left some essentials in the fridge and a loaf of bread which was helpful. The kitchen is small but was fine for our needs. The property was generally really clean throughout. The living and dining room are nicely decorated and a good size. It was great to have the log burner. It was ideal to have the enclosed garden for the dog, I am sure in the summer its even better. The main bedroom looks out to the garden and fields which was lovely. The bathroom is really tiny however. I managed but it wouldn't be easy for everyone. Also it has a bath which was great but I wasn't able to use it as the water was not hot enough in the bathtub for some reason which was a shame. All in all this is a nice property with many nice places to visit nearby like Kings Lynn, Norwich and some nice beaches all a short drive away. Also bear in mind as it is a mid terraced house you can sometimes hear the neighbours but this didn't bother us too much as they were fairly quiet anyway. Jane and Brod the owners were friendly and on hand if we had any problems. Thank you for a lovely stay at this nice little cottage, it offered great value for money for the Norfolk area as it was a better price than many of the others we considered. Very glad we chose to stay here as we had a lovely holiday and a relaxing time at Holly Cottage.

    Reviewed by Leila3.8Jan 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage very well furnished with all home comforts ."

    Bathroom is tiny but the owners have cleverly managed to fit in a bath with a shower and it does state this in the description along with the very steep stairs so we were expecting them . Property was spotlessly clean and only an 8 minute walk into the town would definitely stay again .

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and a very friendly owner and a few basic provisions, bottle of wine."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2022

  • "Holly cottage, was perfect for us location wise close to family, very well ..."

    Holly cottage, was perfect for us location wise close to family, very well equipped kitchen wise you could cook stews, buns, cakes if you wanted,walking distance to Swaffham very easy, loads of local walks printed off by owners, all pictures are correct what you see is was you get, bathroom is small (but don't spend much time in there personally)you can bath/shower go to toilet easily,welcome pack was a nice touch we are planning to go back next year,our dog loved the decking and the garden,many thanks to jane

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Oct 2022

  • "Perfect cottage, as expected some areas are small but that's what makes a cottage quaint."

    Contains everything you could need for self contained stay. Make sure you check in drawers for literature, hosts have provided a lot of useful information about the area, places to go and walks.

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely holiday in a very comfortable cottage."

    The photos online are a true representation of the cottage itself. The bathroom is bijou (tiny) but adequate for what we needed. The cottage is equipped with everything you could possibly need for a great stay and the items left on arrival (bread, milk, tea, coffee etc) were a lovely touch and something every owner should do as it makes it possible to get a cuppa before unpacking cases. I would highly recommend this cottage and the location is great to enable travel to everywhere we needed in Norfolk/Suffolk. We reported a small problem to the owners whilst we were there and they came and sorted this out the same day and really appreciated us letting them know about it. Lovely cottage with friendly, helpful owners. Thank you so much for allowing us to use your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Gwen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Nice cottage and enjoyable stay."

    We particularly liked the extension and garden. Convenient location. I was less than impressed with the Sykes booking system and the threatening messages that I received when the final payment did not get made due to some problem with the card payment which was not clear to me. Sending messages saying that the booking has been cancelled within a few hours of the payment deadline ( which was weeks ahead of the planned stay ) without checking with the client first is not good customer service!

    Reviewed by James4.4Jun 2022

  • "All was good."

    Good central area for exploring Norfolk. Well appointed, well equipped and comfortable cottage.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautifully clean and comfortable cottage with everything we could need."

    Gorgeous enclosed garden. We had a slight problem with the hot water and the lovely owners sorted it out immediately.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely and has a homely feel."

    Hosts are very welcoming and friendly. The welcome pack with wine, biscuits, milk, bread, preserves and box of sanitising products was an unexpected but thoughtful addition. We had a fantastic time and hope to go back.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our week in Norfolk the owners were lovely and very accommodating would definitely use again"

    Reviewed by William4.4Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful stunning cottage."

    Hosts are lovely people who will do anything to help you enjoy your holiday.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage had a great weeks break."

    Owners nice and friendly. Would highly recommend . Would love to visit in summer so we could take advantage of the rear garden. As always it went far to quickly.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2020

  • "Holly cottage is one of the best cottages that we have ever rented and a lovely place to stay in."

    Great facilities, short walk to the town, spotlessly clean, and friendly and informative hosts who were not intrusive. Would stay here again and fully recommend it.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2020

  • "Super facilities and beautiful garden with owners that allowed us privacy."

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Jul 2020

  • "This cottage was booked for my son and his family."

    It suited their purposes exactly and was close to where I live. The owner was most welcoming, helpful and on hand for ironing out any problems. The various contacts from Sykes Holiday Cottages was also timely and I had no concerns about the booking. I would definitely use you again to book a holiday cottage as I feel that you handle the cottages you present for rental in order to make the holiday as easy and comfortable as possible.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Dec 2019

  • "The house is very clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    The owners live locally and are welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by Dilys5.0Oct 2019

  • "A lovely clean, cosy, comfortable cottage in a location equally accessible to Swaffham town centre, and the wider Norfolk area."

    Our hosts, Jane & Brod. were friendly, helpful, and accommodating. We would recommend Holly Cottage unreservedly!!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful location."

    cottage beautifully furnished and very comfortable. owners very friendly and knowledgeable of places to visit. location cottage and facilities highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Sep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage set within walking distance of town."

    Initially we had wanted to stay in Kings Lynn but I am so glad we didn’t otherwise we would never have found this little gem of a cottage with such friendly hosts who went out of their way with help and advice.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2019

  • "Excellent property."

    The owners were very friendly and Jane welcomed us on arrival. Welcome pack on arrival was unexpected, but a really nice touch. The owners live on site, do not intrude, but they are available if you need them for anything. Holly Cottage has a really cosy feel, is very peaceful and quiet and has a lovely dog friendly back garden. Plenty of space, even for our ball of energy Welsh Springer Spaniel, to run around in. Would highly recommend this cottage as a lovely place to stay, relax and unwind in.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely very comfortable the bathroom was small but we managed would definitely go back again."

    Reviewed by J5.0Jun 2019

  • "Swaffham is a charming market town and only a relatively short walk away."

    The cottage was in a very convenient location for exploring the area with 3 National Trust properties in fairly easy reach. Has a very cosy feel and so warm we did not light the woodburner! Lovely garden with decking which could be used in warmer weather. The onsite owner was very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in excellent position with everything you could need to have a great holiday."

    Nice to sit in front of the Log burner at night. Owners couldn't do enough to help and wine , butter ,jam , bread and milk in the fridge . Hunstanton and Holbrook fabulous beaches for dog walking Sandringham park wonderful walking and free to get in ! Shel lets in Swaffham dog friendly and fabulous food a must go to place .

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2019

  • "Amazing holiday."

    Friendly owners. Cottage lovely.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2018

  • "The owners are very helpful."

    The cottage is beautifully comfortabe.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2018

  • "Owners were lovely"

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2018

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    Welcome pack provided with bread, milk, jam, biscuits and a bottle of wine! Warm welcome from host. Enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Aug 2018

  • "Extremely comfortable stay cottage very well equipped"

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great cottage in a fantastic area, close to everything we needed."

    Owners on hand for anything you wanted. A fabulous find!

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2018

  • "We had a great week's holiday in a lovely part of the world."

    There was a friendly welcome from the owner, and she even laid on fantastic weather for the week :). The bathroom for the cottage is a bit too twee (small), but as the owner said, once you're in the shower it's all fine....there just remains the challenge of getting in and out for those of us with a bit of girth! But that's just a minor inconvenience, offset by the rest of the cottage, which was perfect.

    Reviewed by Hew5.0Jun 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Holly Cottage."

    The listed remarks about the small bathroom and steep flight of stairs were accurate but not until you live in the cottage to you realise the problems. Our main concern was the distance from the nearest pub and shop - this was listed as being 8 minutes. This is way off the mark, the walk took nearer 20 minutes in fact.

    Reviewed by Norman4.7Jun 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week at Holly Cottage and Brod and Jane made us very welcome."

    In fact we think it was the nicest welcome we have ever had anywhere! It was lovely to have a Welcome Pack of wine, bread, butter, jam and milk on arrival which meant we did not have to immediately hit the supermarket after our long drive - very thoughtful. The cottage was beautifully decorated (not just functional) and was a joy to be in. We firmly believe in "why would we want to go away anywhere to a place less comfortable and attractive to live in than our own home" Brod and Jane's cottage definitely fitted the bill. We knew the bathroom was described as "compact". We found it manageable but a bit on the "snug" side and that was the only reason we didn't give Holly Cottage top marks across the board. We found the experience of booking straightforward and communications with directions etc very helpful. Also if you have a dog it's useful to know that there is quite a busy road before safe walking is possible.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4May 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with corner bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine
  • TV with Freeview, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Lawned garden with decked area, firepit and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome (if you are bringing a different animal other than a dog, please can you confirm before booking)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: There is a typical steep, narrow cottage staircase, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

The property

This lovely mid-terrace dwelling, Holly Cottage, is situated on the outskirts of the market town of Swaffham in Norfolk.

This delightful holiday home is an ideal base for couples sharing or small family of four with plenty of things to see and do within easy reach; one well-behaved dog is also welcomed.

Once you have parked your car at the front of the cottage, enter the small porch, where you can leave your shoes and coats before reaching the kitchen, well-equipped to rustle up delicious meals.

From the kitchen is a spacious sitting room with dining area, featuring a woodburning stove, and plush seating, along with enough dining space for all guests.

On a sunny day, let the outside in by opening the French doors that lead out onto the garden, complete with a lawn, decking, furniture, and a firepit, a great place to enjoy an alfresco meal at any time of the day.

Leading off the kitchen are stairs to the first floor, where you will find two bedrooms, a master double and a twin, together with a compact bathroom with corner bath and shower over.

Within walking distance is Swaffham, with its independent shops and pubs, and you're close to stately homes, coastlines, wildlife reserves, the wonderful Norfolk Broads, and the cathedral city of Norwich.

Experience all of this at Holly Cottage.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs: 931499 and 934591, together they sleep 14.

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About the location


Dereham 11.5 miles; King’s Lynn 16 miles.

Swaffham is a market town in Norfolk, with fine Georgian buildings housing shops, pubs and eateries, a bustling Saturday market and a twice-monthly farmers’ market. Swaffham lies on the edge of The Brecks, an area of countryside offering forest, heathland and agricultural landscapes. The Brecks is full of opportunities for walking, cycling, horseriding and more, and is dotted with towns and villages to explore. Thetford Forest offers the Go Ape high wire experience, while a trip to Norfolk’s beautiful coastline or stunning Broads can easily be enjoyed. With National Trust properties, maritime, farming and aviation museums, or zoos, nature reserves and adventure parks to visit, Swaffham and Norfolk make a wonderful year-round base for the whole family.