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Stable Cottage

(Ref. 3505)

Necton near Swaffham, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely looking cottage and the host is friendly and helpful."

    The only downside is the steep stairs - it was made clear in the description that there would be steep stairs, however you don’t realise just how steep until you’re actually at the property. The upstairs bedrooms are not suited to very young children despite having a stair gate at the top of the stairs. It is not suited to old people either. My 2yr old and 7 month old had to stay in my room downstairs - luckily the bedroom is more than big enough to accommodate us all but it was still far from ideal. I just simply couldn’t carry my baby up and down the stairs and my 2 year old is too scared to go up and down by herself. I myself had to walk backwards to get down the stairs, and it was difficult getting up and down without holding the stair rail. My in-laws are in their 70s and they also struggled staying in the twin bedroom due to the stairs. Other than that we had a nice stay. The property is in need of a deep clean though. I have a habit of wiping everything down (chairs, tables, handles etc) when I stay somewhere due to my 2 year old touching everything in sight. The wipes were absolutely filthy by the time I was done wiping. There was a substantial amount of dust on shelves, wall art, ornaments etc. Cobwebs on bathroom ceiling. Overall not a bad place to stay, but requires a deep clean and only recommended for couples or families with older children.

    Reviewed by Tina3.4Apr 2024

  • "The cooking facilities is perfect, kitchen perfect, living area cosy, comfortable, perfect."

    Bathroom perfect. Bedrooms perfect The whole place was just perfect

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Dec 2023

  • "A very well laid out cottage, with plenty of room for everyone to relax."

    The kitchen was well equipped, and the beds were comfortable. Although tucked away, the cottage was a great base to explore the area from, and after slightly chilly days out, it was warm and cosy.

    Reviewed by Ghislaine5.0Nov 2023

  • "Thank you for a fantastic stay - thoroughly clever use of the available space ..."

    Thank you for a fantastic stay - thoroughly clever use of the available space Only thing to be aware of is that there appears to be a wasp nest above the porch, we noticed them entering in the corner between the cottage garden and the first kitchen window :)

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Sep 2023

  • "Thankyou we had a lovely holiday."

    Great dog friendly location . Good location with lovely country walks about 50 mins drive to the beach . The kitchen was well equiped for cooking and socialising , the lounge was very cosy. The stairs were a little steep but overall the barn was charming .

    Reviewed by Paula3.8Mar 2023

  • "Thank you, we had a lovely stay."

    The cottage is beautiful, warm and cosy. The milk and tea and coffee on arrival was welcome before we unpacked. The surroundings are quite and peaceful, we thoroughly enjoyed our morning walks round the country lanes. The stairs took a bit of getting used to, banged my head a few times

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Oct 2022

  • "Nicely kept rural cottage in a very nice setting."

    very curious owner/care taker. we enjoyed walks with extended family. the collection of cars in varying stages of restoration was an additional attraction. everything was perfect. The smallest of the beddings is worth mentioning in the listing, as it is extraordinarily constrained.

    Reviewed by Jay4.4Oct 2022

  • "Stable Cottage is a Beautiful holiday let in gorgeous countryside."

    The owner was very lovely and helpful. It is however in need of a little updating. The bathroom particularly. There is also a dreadful problem with flies, which really should be addressed, and lots of fly spray provided until the problem resolved. Other than that , it honestly is a lovely place and we enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Vivienne4.7Oct 2022

  • "Location really remote thou relaxed."

    Main lounge good thou sofa badly torn.Kitchen excellent as was main bedroom.Bathroom brick floor not acceptable should be tiled.Upstairs access stairs debatable as to legality, especially with no light switch at lower hallway.

    Reviewed by Paul2.8Sep 2022

  • "Genuinely beautiful building, but the stairs to the two bedrooms upstairs are challenging to manage, and I imagine not compliant with building regulations."

    Impossible with an infant in arms. The bathroom needs to be updated, old, tired, wonky loo seat, and unsuitable for the number of guests. The living and kitchen area are superb (and downstairs bedroom good) but creaky doors, floors, and stairs throughout. Kitchen equipment could do with deep cleaning. We battled with plagues of house flies, hundreds of them every day, every night, a real problem, windows and doors could do with fly screens, and other methods of control being made available (Fly tapes, sprays etc) it really was unpleasant. There is no way this property could accommodate 7 people as advertised, I booked for five, thankfully one could not make it, It was full at three adults and one infant

    Reviewed by Sally2.8Sep 2022

  • "It was a shame about the plaque of flies inside the cottage."

    Ariel on radio was missing, which made it useless. The inside of the cottage was very nice and spacious downstairs.

    Reviewed by Mick4.1Jul 2022

  • "It is a lovely place to stay."

    We enjoyed ourselves a lot at Stable Cottage and we will come back. The owner ist a warm hearted person, we will not forget. Thanks a lot for a nice holiday!

    Reviewed by Angele5.0Jul 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay and Tony was a lovely, helpful host."

    Fresh eggs from the hens was a surprise bonus. The only drawback was the intermittent Wi-Fi and tv signal, but we understand that if you are living in the remote countryside with lots of tall trees, that’s to be expected. We would definitely recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4May 2022

  • "We were there last weekend and it is a really nice quiet place."

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Apr 2022

  • "Stable Cottage was perfect for us, four adults and our dog Milo."

    We loved the barn conversion and it’s beautiful setting and great location. The kitchen was also well equipped. Would love to return, thank you :)

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely stay in a lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Feb 2022

  • "Best holiday rental to date, great location, fabulous property, very well presented and kept to a high standard."

    The owners have thought of everything, couldn’t want for more! A++

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jan 2022

  • "The setting was lovely & quiet."

    The converted barn was really lovely. The 3rd bedroom was tiny - more suitable for little children & not my teens who kept bumping their heads. The stairs up was steep & narrow. The kitchen was well equipped & there were fresh eggs to buy every day from the free roaming hens which was lovely. There was plenty of jot water but it was hot, & the shower mixer tap was tricky to use in order to get the temp right. We didn't expect to be so close to other rental cottages & hope our kids n dogs weren't you noisy for them. The location was v rural & we did lots of driving every day (50-60 mins each way) to reach places of interest: beaches, country estates etc that were also suitable for dogs. The local supermarkets are large & about 10mins away in Swaffham. We had a really lovely time & a welcome break away from the craziness of our normal busy lives.

    Reviewed by Marita4.1Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at stable cottage and was central to all the places we wanted to visit."

    Lovely setting and the kids loved visiting the horse and chickens each morning. The owner was friendly when we saw him and very much left us to our holiday. The cottage was lovely and as described, however it could really benefit from a second lavatory or an en-suite in the main bedroom as with 5 of us staying, one bathroom/toilet wasn't enough at times. The upstairs kids bedrooms would really benefit from some sort of blinds for the skylights as evenings and early mornings can be very bright. However these are just suggestions and didn't get in the way of enjoying our stay.

    Reviewed by Greg4.1Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week at stable cottage."

    Dog friendly. A good base to go and visit the surrounding villages/towns and holkham beach a very dog friendly beach.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2021

  • "Amazing break away, lovely accommodation, everything we wanted."

    friendly, helpful owners made us feel very welcome. Will certainly be returning one day.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great cottage!"

    The taxidermy owl was creepy though!

    Reviewed by Nuttinee5.0Jun 2021

  • "Difficult access to location with single lane roads and few passing places - particularly at night."

    Once had to back up over 200 metres to let a van through. Can't fault the property itself, lovely setting easy parking and great for dogs.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Jun 2021

  • "The house was very clean but lots of cobwebs and dust etc under the kitchen Radiator."

    Kitchen equipment was great had everything you needed. Could have done with some blinds in the up stairs bedrooms so as to block out sunlight which woke children early. Also, no animals to feed as stated in some of the reviews. Very remote so car is essential. Over all a good holiday but will not be re-visiting.

    Reviewed by Susan2.5May 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely!"

    Everything you needed. So quiet, wake up to the sound of horses was lovely. In the country so have to drive but not too far to go crabbing in wells. About 45 minute drive. The owners so welcoming. Would definitely recommend for a family.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2020

  • "This cottage is advertised as accommodating 6-7 people - it does not!"

    Sleeping arrangements are poor - there is one adequate double bedroom and one room with twin beds that are actually beds but the third bedroom is very poor indeed with 'beds' on the floor under the eves of the roof. The stair case to the mezzanine floor very steep and frankly quite frightening to use. The kitchen is overall well equipped but the toaster could be upgraded from 2 slice to at least a 4 slice toaster to accommodate 6-7 visitors. The lighting in the living room was either too bright (there are just too many ceiling lights) or not bright enough if the table lamp is used - another lamp in the living room would make some difference - but there are limited sockets in this room that may be the cause of this problem. The furniture is dated and the (leather look) plastic sofa's are damaged and could be upgraded also.

    Reviewed by Andrea2.5Aug 2020

  • "We had a great time at Stable Cottage."

    There is a great space downstairs with a large well equipped kitchen, lovely lounge and large main bedroom Our children enjoyed regular trips to the horses and chickens in the safe and secure garden. The things we did struggle with was the low headroom when climbing the stairs and the creakiness of the upstairs floors. We still had a wonderful time and it was easy to visit High Lodge Thetford on the way and Wells Next The Sea on day two.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Aug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    It was a lovely and peaceful place. Children enjoyed the outside space and the chickens and horses. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Aug 2020

  • "Stable cottage was a beautiful well equipped barn conversion."

    We had a great time meeting up with our Norfolk based family there.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage was a little more remote than we had anticipated with very narrow lanes around it but it had good access to A47 which took us pretty much everywhere we needed to go and a newly built Co-op with petrol forecourt were very useful."

    There were an additional 2 holiday apartments opposite stable cottage - both occupied but we heard nothing from them. The cottage itself was beautiful and really well-equipped with many additional features not listed - games, iron and ironing board, bakeware, barbecue and huge Amerucan-style fridge freezer.. There was ample storage throughout in genuine period furniture. The house"pet" was an unexpected addition - look up to the beautiful vaulted and beamed ceiling to see him. Don't worry, he won't cause any harm! As this was accomodation for 7 people, we would have appreciated a second bathroom /shower room or at least another toilet. This is really nit- picking, but the knives were pretty unusable - totally blunt and no vegetable, paring or serrated bread knife. We did struggle preparing meals with them! But as I said - nit picking. Watching our dogs skid like Bambi on the laminate floors gave us an inordinate amount of pleasure! The kitchen and stone floors were amazing _ with two sets of patio doors leading to the courtyard garden which is considerably more established than the photos imply (especially from the outside of the cottage.) The grounds were beautiful and we really enjoyed visiting the horses. This was our second Sykes holiday and we remain very impressed with the quality and personal touches of your cottages. Better than other companies we have used before and the Norfolk guide emailed by Sykes ahead of our holiday was very useful. Highly recommended. Thank you Sykes.

    Reviewed by N4.4Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice in a good area and the grounds were very nice."

    The owners of the cottage were very nice and helpful and overall a good place to have a break.

    Many thanks for your lovely positive feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Jun 2019

  • "Little bit more remote than we realised."

    But all good. Would go back. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Katrina4.4Apr 2019

  • "Nicely equipped house and toasty warm, which was lovely as we have frozen in others!"

    We were three adults, 4 yr old and a baby and I think that capacity was pretty good. The stairs are more of a ladder and there is not space for a stair gate so I would recommend it for older children.

    Reviewed by Charlotte3.8Mar 2019

  • "Stable Cottage is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing week."

    It is very isolated and has lovely walks around the property. Inside is warm and cosy with plenty of space to spread out.

    Reviewed by Una4.4Feb 2019

  • "A truly lovely cottage, beautifully and tastefully renovated with every thing we needed and more."

    We loved the log fire and magestic beams throughout. It rained a lot, but this didn't worry us as we got the chance to enjoy the beautiful property. A shop and pub within walking distance, Comfy bedroom with 2 further bedrooms above a narrow slightly steep stairway. A grand showroom of a kitchen. And lovely hosts who made us feel welcome. Will return.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Oct 2018

  • "The Stable cottage was ideally suited to visit several National Trust and English Heritage place, which as members of both National Trust and English Heritage meant we got full use of our membership card."

    We have already recommended Sykes Cottages to several people, as we always get good accommodation through booking with you.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2018

  • "No, all very good."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2018

  • "We have had holidays at a number of cottages over the last 10 years and it was a slight disappointment that they was no welcome pack at the Stables, I know this may seem trivial, but you will no doubt agree, that the pack is not important, but the “ Welcome “ is."

    Reviewed by Bernard3.8Jun 2018

  • "Very enjoyable stay at this property."

    Would suggest that a little more detail on the steep steps (actually a metal ladder) and the second Child bedroom (floor level Beds) would be helpful.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7May 2018

  • "The cottage was well equipped and the location was beautiful."

    Despite extremely cold weather the cottage felt cosy and warm. The log burner was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Feb 2018

  • "Cottage was lovely, remote, quite and relaxing."

    Very clean and everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Carol4.8Sep 2017

  • "We loved everything about this accommodation a perfect relaxing holiday with ..."

    We loved everything about this accommodation a perfect relaxing holiday with everything we needed and owners so helpful and friendly

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage very central for all the places we needed to get to kids loved there little room"

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Feb 2017

  • "This holiday cottage was first class accommodation."

    It was really home from home they had thought of everything. I would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2016

  • "Well equipped accommodation, relaxing setting, good central location for north coast and mid Norfolk."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2016

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    The photos don't do it justice. Great place to take kids. They loved the horses and chickens. Roads so quiet we had no trouble taking the kids on bike rides. Very friendly and helpful owners. 100% recommend.

    Reviewed by Cindy5.0Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x eaves twin, 1 x 2'6" eaves twin (limited headroom, children only)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner in sitting room
  • Electric range-style oven & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, books/games
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot & highchair
  • Child's z-bed on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private courtyard garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome at £10 pppw (bring own bedding)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops & pub with restaurant 2 miles
  • Note: Steep paddle stairs to 1st floor rooms
  • Note: Unfenced stream/pond - children must be supervised
  • Note: Due to horses, ducks & chickens at property dogs must be kept on a lead
  • Note: Maximum 4 adults & 3 children
  • Note: This property has limited WiFi and is only suitable for Browsing not downloading.

The property

Necton 2 miles.

A cosy conversion of a former stable block in the rural hamlet of West End, 2 miles from Necton and close to Bradenham in the heart of Norfolk.

Providing country living with all modern amenities, this lovely Norfolk cottage has a traditional farmhouse kitchen, vaulted and beamed ceilings, country-style bedrooms and shared use of 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens with a stream.

Horses graze in paddocks while ducks and chickens roam freely - a true country retreat!

Local family attractions include adventure parks, extreme sports facilities, glass works, nature reserves and NT homes and gardens.

Visit the cathedral, shops and restaurants in Norwich, or spend a day by the seaside on the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

A lovely West End cottage for a relaxing break.

Note: This cottage is next to Refs 2059 and 4368 and together they accommodate 13.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Swaffham 5 miles; Dereham 6 miles; Norwich 22 miles.

The thriving village of Necton is situated at the heart of Norfolk, between the market towns of Swaffham and Dereham, and hosts a welcoming pub with restaurant, a village store with butcher’s and a post office, whilst an impressive Norman church dominates the village and boasts a beautiful carved oak communion table dating back to 1086 and a wonderful Jacobean pulpit. Visit Bradenham Hall, a fine Georgian house with over 27 acres of beautiful gardens and arboretum, reputed to have been visited by Lord Nelson, or enjoy the infamous Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal Path, offering 93 tranquil miles of picturesque Norfolk countryside close by, great for walking, cycling and horse riding. The pretty market town of Dereham is just 6 miles away offering a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants and a local farmers' market every fortnight. Plenty to see and do in this lovely location.

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