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Willow Cottage

(Ref. 1011379)

Watton, Norfolk Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely little cottage!"

    everything there you’d need to have a comfortable stay. Our dogs loved the little garden :) The welcome pack was very nice indeed and much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Ashlee4.7Apr 2024

  • "Willow Cottage is a fairly small cottage but it was lovely and warm and cosy."

    The kitchen was very well equipped including a fridge freezer and washing machine. Linda the owner left a generous welcome pack which was appreciated. There are 2 toilets for the property, one within the bathroom inside the cottage and the other is an outside toilet near the back door. Handy having 2 toilets but I found the outside one rather cold so only went in there once. Good shower over the bath. Linda is try

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you needed."

    The welcome pack was lovely to, even managed to sit and have tea and cake in the sheltered courtyard garden. Had a great break with plenty of easy walking from the door, Linda the owner kept us upto date over the short power cut which wasn't an inconvenience. Overall a lovely break and cottage.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Oct 2023

  • "This is the second time we have been to Willow Cottage."

    What it lacks in size it makes up in comfort. It has the most comfortable bed we have ever had in a rented cottage. Very nice to have a smart tv and gas fire in the lounge. Extra loo downstairs is handy. Helpful and friendly owner.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Oct 2023

  • "What a welcoming, comfortable cottage."

    Perfectly positioned for exploring. We even had decent weather. There was a lovely addition of local goodies and a bag of treats for our dog. The only downside is we now have to buy a coffee machine like the one provided as one of us is no longer satisfied with instant.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, with fantastic fittings ie the kitchen had everything you needed to make a four course meal if needed."

    Unfortunately, due to my husband being 6"5 the low doors and short double bed proved to be tricky. He hit his head on the kitchen door and at night struggled to get comfy on the bed. Other than that it was set in a brilliant setting close to pubs, shops and gorgeous walks.

    Reviewed by Sharron4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great stay lovely unexpected welcome pack nice location perfect for a stay in Norfolk"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jul 2023

  • "The welcome pack was the best we have experienced in over 20 different cottages booked through Sykes."

    The next door neighbour was useful point of contact.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely quiet location."

    Gorgeous private secure garden. Modern kitchen and appliances. WIFI very good. Off road parking. The owner was very helpful and friendly when contacted. Would return again if property available. Welcome package on arrival including milk and teabags very thoughtful. Thanks for a making it a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, with even the surprise of an extra toilet."

    Good location for exploring the surrounding area and generous welcome pack. Would highly recommend and return again.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2023

  • "This was my second holiday at Willow cottage and I cannot fault my stay there hope to return soon."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2023

  • "Fabulous very clean and comfortable, would definitely stay there again."

    Reviewed by Kay5.0May 2023

  • "A really lovely, dog friendly cottage which has everything you could wish for."

    Owner Linda is very kind and thoughtful. There were even dog treats waiting for our Setters..The location is excellent for exploring Norfolk as it sits midway between north and south - we visited the north coast and Sutton Hoo in Suffolk from there. The cottage is warm, very well-equipped, with comfortable beds and a pretty, enclosed garden, safe for dogs. It is on a leafy road in a village outside Watton. Cannot recommend Willow Cottage enough. We would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely wonderful."

    Best cottage stayed in over the years. Very clean, tidy, cosy and superbly thought out for comfort and needs. Excellent communication and help from the owner. Definitely returning! Well done!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Willow Cottage."

    Linda is such a kind and lovely person. When she found out I was Coeliac she left many gluten free treats for me along with the non gluten free ones for my husband. There was also treats for Oscar our little dog. Willow Cottage is well presented, spotlessly clean with top of the range appliances in the kitchen which is very important to me being Coeliac as we self cater all the time. Its cosy and warm with a gas burner in the sitting room. There are plenty of fluffy towels and even towels for the dogs , Linda seems to think of everything . It's definitely a home from home . The back garden is completely enclosed so very safe and secure for your 4 legged little treasures. There are some lovely walks from the door step and a pub within walking distance which is dog friendly. Watton is around 2 miles away and has many shops plus a large Tesco stores. We booked this lovely cottage as it is close to relatives . There are many places of interest to travel to within a relatively short distance. All in all we loved Wilow Cottage and would thoroughly recommend it, it's a little gem .Anne and Martin and Oscar our little shih tzu

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Willow cottage, it was very clean and comfortable with everything we needed, the heating was good, the beds comfy with quality linens and appliances in the modern kitchen."

    Plenty of sockets and the WiFi was very good. A nice little back garden and a small park close by for walkies, although we went into the forest most days which our dog absolutely loved. Our host Linda was lovely with nothing too much trouble and she left us some great goodies and was extremely accommodating, as was her lovely neighbour who let us park on her drive. Would highly recommend, a great base, especially for those who love Thetford Forest.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Feb 2023

  • "Our week at willow cottage was great."

    A very good welcome pack on arrival the cottage is very well equipped.thank you Linda. Steve,Catherine and Luke.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Feb 2023

  • "Absolutely wonderful Old School Cottage in Saham Toney."

    Extremely clean, cosy and well equipped. The owner is incredibly friendly and had clearly spent a lot of time thinking of everything guests may need during their stay. We particularly enjoyed the welcome pack left for us, a very sweet treat :-) There is a little but very pretty garden at back which is totally secure. Comfy beds, great hot water for showers and a parking space. Absolutely perfect in our view. Thank you very much!

    Reviewed by Thiago5.0Jan 2023

  • "It was a lovely place and we very much appreciated the welcome cookies, and other goodies, thank you."

    Reviewed by Jay5.0Jan 2023

  • "Everything about Willow Cottage was excellent."

    It was comfortable, warm and furnished to a high standard. The kitchen appliances were of high quality and a joy to use. The welcome pack left by the owner was a lovely surprise on arrival and much appreciated. We have booked again for March and are looking forward to another welcome break.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Lovely cosy cottage. Very well equipped with all you could need. Really enjoyed the little extras/treats provided for our stay. Secure garden was a bonus for our small dog. The only downside was the weather!

    Reviewed by Gloria5.0Nov 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage and garden."

    Very comfortable and clean. It had a real "cottagy" feel and made me feel relaxed. Friendly neighbours both sides. I would love to stay there again and will try to bring better weather with me!! My 2 big dogs enjoyed our stay too.

    Reviewed by G5.0Nov 2022

  • "A delightful cottage tastefully decorated and very comfortable."

    Well equipped kitchen and central heating throughout. Situated in a quiet village a half hour stroll from local town. Pub 5 minute walk away. Lovely countryside.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Oct 2022

  • "Willow Cottage is a lovely place to stay to explore Norfolk, it is well ..."

    Willow Cottage is a lovely place to stay to explore Norfolk, it is well equipped, clean and very quaint, the back garden was a lot smaller than we thought but lovely to sit out on fine day, would certainly recommend it

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable and cosy cottage with good facilities and very clean and a good location centrally for visiting various directions."

    parking only just big enough for a standard size car and the mobile signal zero.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Sep 2022

  • "Lovely and comfortable cottage."

    Very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Immaculate and clean. Beautiful garden too. Can’t fault it!

    Thank you so much for the lovely words. So pleased you enjoyed your visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Charming, well maintained, super clean, everything you could ever need provided, lovely little courtyard garden, with different places to sit, washing line, BBQ."

    Lovely welcome gifts. Thanks for a lovely stay. Could’ve easily stayed longer!

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Willow cottage is a lovely little cottage needs a little bit updating but really ..."

    Willow cottage is a lovely little cottage needs a little bit updating but really lovely area to explore Norfolk little bit to far to walk into watton but there is a nice little pub at the end of the road called the old bell the lady’ next door to us was really nice and helpful very friendly people it was a very pleasant holiday

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2022

  • "The property was very comfortable and well equipped and both my wife and I found the quietness very relaxing."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "This Cottage is exceptional and suited my purpose for a week in Norfolk"

    I am so pleased you liked the cottage. I look forward to welcoming you and Archie back next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage we stayed in during our visit to the Norfolk coast."

    We can only say thank you to Linda, our holiday cottage host, who really made us feel at home. So clean, all facilities you need plus extras like coffee, tea and local biscuits and cake to enjoy when you arrive at the cottage. Lovely little garden terrace at the back for us to enjoy and for our dog to have a little play. Rooms were prestine and beds really comfortable. Great communication prior to our stay - Linda warned us that there is a fuel shortage in Norfolk which really helped us to plan ahead and top up our tank before we arrived in Norfolk. We can highly recommend Watton cottage and love to come back again. Many thanks, Linda!

    I am so pleased you had a good visit to Norfolk and hopefully you managed to catch up with old friends. I do hope to welcome you to Willow Cottage again in the future. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie-luise5.0Apr 2022

  • "We enjoyed the cottage so much my wife wished she could take it home with us."

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage home from home with the facilities all mod cons , I keep in touch with the owner through text to say we were enjoying ourselves, we were told she was available if we needed anything, the neighbour was helpful , it went very slow which was nice , the pub is 10 minutes away they were friendly, highly recommend this cottage ."

    ... We liked the area so much we are planning to move up there by the end of the year x

    Reviewed by Sarahlouise5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent stay really enjoyed the location only a few minutes drive to Watton which had all you need for local shops."

    Friendly neighbour would definitely stay again in the future

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful and of a very high standard in all aspects , it was a lovely little home from home and we would love to go back and definitely will later in the year , we will also recommend to our friends …."

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Mar 2022

  • "A delightful cottage in a charming village location."

    The property is well maintained and in superb condition, tastefully decorated and with lots of 'nick-nacks' which give an instant feeling of homeliness and welcome. All of the equipment in the cottage is of the very highest quality and all fully functional and spotlessly clean. The furnishings are similarly clean and very comfortable. The proprietor was very helpful and friendly whilst being completely inobtrusive. She runs the let at an arms distance but I was always confident that she was just a phone call away and would respond positively and quickly to any request or problem (for me there were no problems!) The quiet village location was but a short walk away from a dog friendly pub serving good ale and good, simple and inexpensive food. There is also a handy dog walking area just a few minutes walk away. Whilst being in a village it is nonetheless close to good roads for access to most of the interesting locations in the area. To summarise, a superb, very well equipped and presented cottage in a great location.

    Thank you very much for your lovely comments. I am so pleased you had a good visit and glad you managed to catch up with your family after the enforced break. I hope to welcome you back sometime. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Feb 2022

  • "Just a very big thank you for a very pleasant stay,we were very comfortable for the duration of our visit."

    And would highly recommend. ( As long as there is a slot for our next break) many thanks.

    Reviewed by Dorothy5.0Dec 2021

  • "We cannot fault this lovely cottage."

    It has to be the cleanest cottage we have ever rented. Absolutely spotless. Very comfortable bed and armchairs. The 'extras' left for us were very much appreciated. The outside toilet was a great surprise and worth a visit! We will definitely be back.

    Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I do hope to welcome you back again. Keep well and best wishes for the holidays. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Dec 2021

  • "The location is good as it is possible to drive to the North Norfolk or Suffolk Coasts as well as Thetford, King's Lynn, Norwich and Ely."

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect for our week away."

    It had everything we needed and more! Hoping to visit again next year

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Ownet was extremely kind and helpful as were the neighbours."

    Everything you could possibly need was available even sanitised,gloves etc for Covid protection. No hesitation in recommending this property.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very central if you like to explore around"

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Sep 2020

  • "Willow cottage was without doubt the best cottage we have stayed at during the time we have been booking with Sykes."

    The cottage was spotless, the owner was amazing and ensured we had everything we needed and even gave our daughter as extra special surprise when she got to the cottage. The neighbour's were lovely and very kind and helpful. We would highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate in booking again. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really comfortable, very well equipped cottage."

    Contacts with the owner were excellent, including an e-mail introduction prior to the visit. This was comprehensive and reassuring, particularly in the current covid situation. Lovely little garden became an extra room during the good weather. The neighbours were also very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend a break at Willow Cottage.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was every thing I wanted and more, well Situated, to go to the major towns, clean and in am ideal place, would go back anytime."

    Reviewed by Max5.0Jul 2020

  • "This is a well cared for cottage, spotlessly clean, a lot of thought has gone into the presentation of both the cottage and garden."

    It is exactly as described in the property details.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was brilliant, quaint but with all modern amenities nicely furnished and very clean."

    The location was excellent, very nice village next to a small town with all the necessary stores etc. We hope to repeat the experience next summer.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "Cottage made the stay for us as it was well appointed with everything we needed, it was comfortable and the owner was on call (if required) to help out if needed."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2019

  • "Everything was catered for and more."

    We thought the cottage was smaller than we originally thought from the descripition. Small for 4 adults. Road noisy in the early hours of the morning with traffic. We enjoyed the garden and ate outside most evenings. Owner very keen to help in any way. Parking is not easy for a large car at the front of the cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Dennis4.7Aug 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage, kept us cool in the sweltering heat."

    Had everything we needed for a short family break. Nice old country feel but with newly refurbed items such as kitchen and bathroom facilities. Ended up meeting the host who was lovely, and really wants everyone to enjoy the cottage. Great experience, thank you.

    Reviewed by Jenna5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage is delightful."

    It was beautifully clean when we arrived and had everything you could possibly need (and more). The owner was very helpful and welcoming. Willow cottage is a great base for exploring.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage - a real home from home and a perfect enclosed garden for my dog."

    Reviewed by Nadine5.0Jul 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x first-floor double
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with gas fire
  • External cloakroom with basin and WC.
  • Gas central heating, gas fire
  • SMEG gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, washing machine, Smeg Coffee/Espresso machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Roadside parking for other cars
  • Enclosed patio area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles and pub 0.4 miles.

The property

Situated on the outskirts of the bustling town of Watton, in Norfolk, is this well-presented semi-detached property, ideal for couples and small families.

Approaching Willow Cottage, you will notice the double glazed windows and driveway, suitable for parking one vehicle.

On entering the property, there is a lovely living/dining space with a sofa and 2 comfy arm chairs to relax and unwind and a modern gas fire with a table seating 6 for dining purposes.

There is a window bench in the bay windows with cushions adding to the property detail.

Moving through into the kitchen area is another table that can be used for dining, seating 2 people, as well as a storage cupboard to the right hand side, whilst the kitchen itself is well-equipped with new SMEG appliances including large cooker, and a convenient washing machine – ideal for those looking to self-cater.

There is a small area between the kitchen and garden area that houses a small cloakroom with WC and basin.

Heading up the stairs, just off the main hallway is the well-decorated main bedroom with a double bed and bedside tables with wardrobes for storage space and a large window affording plenty of light into the room.

Back out in the hallway and next to the main bedroom is a delightful family bathroom boasting an elegant bath and shower over so you can decide how best to prepare for your day.

Along the hallway is the second bedroom, which is slightly smaller containing a double bed, a large cupboard and chest of drawers, perfect for storage as well as a large wooden-framed window that shows off the outdoor greenery on the other side of the property.

Out in the garden is a small private space that is beautifully presented with flower beds and cobbles.

Willow Cottage is a short walk or drive from the Richmond Park Golf Club which makes it ideal for those who fancy a round of golf, with lovely greenery surrounding.

There are a number of nearby rivers and lakes, perfect for some fishing and sailing opportunities, whilst the centre of Watton provides exceptional eateries and pubs for some fine food options.

Your little ones will delight in the nearby Melsop Farm Park, a popular tourist attraction where you can explore the grounds and get close to the animals living there.

Use Willow Cottage as your base for exploring this picturesque area of Norfolk.

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About the location


Swaffham 10 miles; Thetford 15 miles; Norwich 23 miles.

The well-served market town of Watton is in the district of Breckland, just less than 25 miles from Norwich. Perfectly positioned for access to the whole of Norfolk and North Suffolk, this town is thought to be where the 'Babes in the Wood' were abandoned in Wayland Wood. You will see on the town sign that there are two babes, and a hare jumping over the barrel reflecting the town name; wat being the local dialect word for hare, and ton for barrel. There is a traditional market held every Wednesday morning with produce including freshly caught fish, and there are two supermarkets and a number of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs to enjoy. Within reach is the popular Thetford Forest Park, a number of golf courses, other market towns and not forgetting the cathedral city of Norwich. A convenient base for your Norfolk adventure.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas