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Rectory Cottage

Old Buckenham, Norfolk (Ref. 1605)

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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
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71 Customer Reviews

  • "It was a wonderful, quirky cottage in the most peaceful of surroundings."

    The owners couldn’t have been more pleasant or helpful. The use of the swimming pool was a real highlight of the week for the children! We’d love to go back.

    Reviewed by NathalieJul 2019

  • "Lovely stay, relaxed and comfortable."

    Thank you for your hospitality and beautiful surroundings

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2019

  • "Second time of staying at the Old Rectory."

    Large cottage in lovely setting. The owners, Mr and Mrs Salisbury, are a lovely couple and will help with anything that is required.

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2019

  • "This quirky property is in a beautiful location and we mainly cycled and walked through deserted lanes and byways."

    Mrs Salisbury was very helpful and accommodating and fixed hot water problems the next day. Have no hesitation recommending it for a family group of six.

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2019

  • "Exterior and garden good."

    Interior was shabby and dated and very drab apart from the kitchen area. Armchairs very old with loose covers which looked as if they came from several decades ago. Heating still on GMT and "tripped" one evening. Owners didn't seem to have a clue how to remedy situation. Did, however, come to switch immersion heater on for water. The towels supplied were old, thin, rough and not bath towels. A "welcome" tray, with milk, tea/coffee etc would have been good for those like us travelling a long distance. We've had this sort of thing in previous houses. Noise from the racetrack when sitting in the garden very noticeable and spoiled the otherwise lovely ambience.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2019

  • "It was generally to high standard, but little things let it down."

    Towels were small and a bit tatty. Some ceiling light bulbs needed replacing.

    Reviewed by MichaelMar 2019

  • "Had a great time, lovely people, will return!"


    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2018

  • "A great cottage that was transformed from a church hall."

    Very clean and tidy. Fantastic host. Will definitely come back

    Reviewed by SlawomirOct 2018

  • "So peaceful and quite,"

    Reviewed by TerenceJul 2018

  • "Had 2 dogs they loved the enclosed garden."

    we were made welcome and loved the cottage

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2017

  • "Lovely, comfortable quirky cottage in nice rural location."

    Only drawback was that there was no pub or shop in the village so we had to drive everywhere.

    Reviewed by JudyMar 2017

  • "Excellent place to stay."

    Norfolk, Suffolk border is steeped in history . Ely was of particular interest to us. Norwich is a beautiful city, we recommend the park and ride. If you are interested in art the sainsbury center at Norwich university is a must. Rectory cottage it self was a perfect place to stay. Cosy and worm, lots of hot water. There is a pretty little garden with a gas barbaque ,huge TV , lots of books and games for all the family.in the summer mouths there is a lovely swimming pool too. Our hosts Mr and Mrs Salisbury were charming and very helpful. We will be staying there again.

    Mrs PoppOct 2016

  • "Need to list that there is a £5 charge per person to use the pool"

    Mrs BellingerAug 2016

  • "Lovely relaxing cottage, beautiful location."

    The use of the swimming pool was an added bonus. The owners were very hospitable and helpful. We will definitely return to Rectory Cottage.

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2016

  • "The owners Mr & Mrs Salisbury were very friendly and helpful."

    We had use of their pool, which the children enjoyed. Our family had a lovely time there and would like to revisit in the near future.

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2016

  • "Rectory Cottage was very homely and the under floor heating was fantastic after a cold day out."

    We found it easy to travel to and from on day trips.

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2016

  • "A great retreat in a quiet village."

    The cottage is like a home from home with a lovely garden perfect for our dog and sitting out.

    Reviewed by AndreaJun 2015

  • "The cottage had a very welcoming atmosphere and far surpassed our expectations."

    The owners were very friendly and very helpful. It was very quiet and peaceful, we really enjoyed the countryside. There was plenty of living and bedroom space, even if there were 6 people there it would not be crowded. We would very much like to return one day and will recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2015

  • "We found the owners of the cottage very helpful but not intrusive."

    A lovely relaxing holiday within easy reach of places to go. A lovely cottage with plenty of room for 6 people and 2 dogs without getting under each others feet, and a garden for children and dogs which was enclosed.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2015

  • "We were all very pleased with our choice of cottage and hope to stay again."

    The owners were lovely.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2014

  • "A charming cottage set in peaceful countryside on the edge of a very quiet village."

    Reviewed by JosefAug 2014

  • "This was an excellent and spacious property in a very quiet situation."

    The owners were very hospitable and helpful.

    Reviewed by RonaldMay 2014

  • "This was my 4th visit to Rectory Cottage with family, friends and dogs."

    We all love the peace, tranquillity and quietness of this property. The cottage is quirky and has lots of history but is very well equipped, cosy, well-heated and comfortable. I have already recommended it to my sister and brother-in-law who have 3 children and a dog. They would love it!

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 2014

  • "Plenty of room in Rectory Cottage with lots of character."

    Good dog proof garden. Situated in a lovely rural spot. Friendly owners and good value.

    Mrs RobinsonMar 2014

  • "Had a lovely time."

    This cottage has underfloor heating, which at this time of year was lovely. Very relaxed owners.

    Reviewed by JanNov 2013

  • "Very beautiful house."

    Reviewed by ChristopherJul 2013

  • "As a group, it was a thoroughly enjoyable week with special thanks going to the owners, they made us feel more than welcome and were lovely hosts showing upmost hospitality, and flexibility to our group."

    A fantastic introduction to that part of the country and no doubt will be visiting again and telling as many people as possible.

    Reviewed by JoanneJun 2013

  • "The cottage was lovely, it had all the requirements needed."

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2013

  • "We were made to feel very welcome by our hosts, and would like to return there."

    The children enjoyed the space and freedom there, wandering into the paddock to see the horse and into the gardens. The pool was perfect for the sunny week that we have just had. A relaxing location, perfect for getting away from it all.

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2012

  • "The cottage suited our needs and had better space than expected."

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2012

  • "So peaceful and beautiful surroundings."

    Owners were very friendly and helpful. Would recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to get away from it all. Beautiful garden and quiet lane.

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2012

  • "We appreciated the peace and quiet of the location and the design, spaciousness and character of the cottage itself."

    The owner was very pleasant.

    Reviewed by AdrianOct 2011

  • "Very peaceful, picturesque and cosy."

    The owners could not have been better in both their welcome and helpfulness.

    Mr ChapmanSep 2011

  • "The friendly hosts and the atmosphere of the house with tranquil grounds and the quality of the gardens."

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2011

  • "An extraordinary cottage and the owners are very friendly and helpful!"

    Reviewed by HeikeJul 2011

  • "The cottage was perfect, in a tranquil and peaceful setting."

    The garden was lovely and fully enclosed for our dog. The owners were lovely people and very helpful. There wasn't anything that we would change.

    Reviewed by HazelJul 2011

  • "Quiet location, countryside walks and characterful cottage."

    Reviewed by DerekJun 2011

  • "Excellent, sunny, secluded, enclosed garden great for sunbathing."

    Owners very helpful and kind.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2010

  • "The owners were extremely friendly, helpful and welcoming."

    The area was very quiet and there were plenty of stars visible at night! The building is a delight. Full of character!

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2010

  • "We had a very warm welcome from the owners and the cottage was beautifully renovated and very cosy."

    We wished we could have stayed for ever!

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2009

  • "Comfortable, ideal for a Christmas break."

    Friendly and helpful owner.

    Reviewed by JaniceDec 2009

  • "The cottage has been beautifully renovated and the owners were so kind and helpful."

    Nothing was too much trouble. This is definitely a home from home and a hideaway I cannot wait to go back to.

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2009

  • "Hospitable owners."

    Generous amount of wood for the burner and the general warmth, cosiness and charm of the cottage. Facilities were all excellent. Lovely quiet location.

    Mrs GloverNov 2009

  • "We had such a warm welcome at Rectory Cottage from the owners."

    The cottage was very well equipped and very tastefully decorated. It was very clean and tidy. It is the ideal place to stay if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing break.

    Reviewed by PetulaSep 2009

  • "This holiday cottage was a welcoming and comfortable place to have as a base."

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2009

  • "Lovely hideaway cottage, the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    The conversion had been done to a very high standard. Had a wonderful relaxing holiday.

    Mrs McCaffertyAug 2009

  • "The best hosts we could ever wish for."

    They were delightful, helpful and very friendly. A delightful cottage with a beautiful secure garden. A nice area for walks straight from the cottage door.

    Reviewed by KarliAug 2009

  • "Quiet location but near to the A14 for easy access to Norwich and surrounding area, friendly owners who gave excellent advice on local places to eat."

    Could not fault it.

    Mr WilsonJul 2009

  • "The cottage far exceeded the brochure."

    Excellent time was had by all. Neighbours were very helpful and friendly.Will definitely recommend to friends and family

    Mr RickmanApr 2009

  • "The cottage was delightful, the owners had thought of everything, and were very hospitable."

    We would highly recommend a visit to Rectory Cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulaApr 2009

  • "Owners were very friendly, helpful and made our short stay a real pleasure."

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2009

  • "Real fires, remote location and relaxed attitude of the owners."

    Reviewed by AbigailDec 2008

  • "The cottage was comfortable, warm and spacious."

    Probably the best we have ever stayed in over the last 10 years.

    Reviewed by JackyOct 2008

  • "Garden perfect for dogs."

    Lovely location and central to most places.

    Reviewed by AndreaSep 2008

  • "Excellent property and location."

    Garden is very good and safe for children. The owners were very helpful indeed.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2008

  • "Lovely cottage situated in nice countryside; very peaceful and relaxing."

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2008

  • "The cottage was gorgeous and very well done."

    The owners were very nice and got us a Christmas tree installed before arrival. The woodburning stove and underfloor heating were lovely and much appreciated by everyone including Tyler the dog! Very peaceful location - would like to come again in the summer to experience the difference!

    Reviewed by JennyDec 2007

  • "Lovely location, quiet getaway, ideal spot for touring and especially walks in Thetford which is highly recommended."

    Cottage had been fantastically refurbished and redesigned from a church hall.

    Reviewed by JustineAug 2007

  • "Fantastic! We rent holiday cottages yearly, the owners were great."

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2007

  • "The cottage is ideally located to get around the main tourist areas, Suffolk as well as Norfolk."

    Lovely peaceful village location and rural setting.

    Reviewed by GordonMar 2007

  • "Owners so welcoming and available, they really added to the delight of staying in their barn conversion."

    Reviewed by DianaMar 2007

  • "We had a very relaxing time and couldn't have asked more."

    The owners were very helpful. The cottage has a very warm and homely atmosphere and we would definitely go back there again. A most enjoyable break!!

    Reviewed by Steve & CherylFeb 2007

  • "This was a beautiful and very comfortable cottage."

    The owners were particularly hospitable.

    Reviewed by KathrynOct 2006

  • "A lovely property, very well kitted out and designed which proved an excellent base for our week's holiday."

    The owners were very welcoming and friendly to us.

    Mr CrawfurdOct 2006

  • "Beautiful property, very peaceful, perfect setting, our hosts were charming, helpful and very welcoming."

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2006

  • "The property was excellent and the owners extremely warm and friendly."

    Superb location.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2006

  • "The cottage was beautifully decorated and the power shower was amazing."

    The owners were very hospitable.

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2006

  • "Ideal for less mobile people."

    Excellent owners - very friendly also dog friendly. Peaceful, quiet location. Ideal spot for relaxing.

    Mrs PowellJun 2006

  • "The owners were friendly and helpful and full of useful local knowledge."

    All the little thoughtful touches to the cottage were very appreciated. We hope to be visiting there again.

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2006

  • "Very friendly people."

    Quiet countryside. Easy reach of towns and villages.

    Reviewed by MaryMay 2006

  • "Superb under floor heating."

    Owners service impeccable, catered to every need would recommend to everyone. Banham Zoo well worth a visit, quiet countryside surroundings. Quiet countryside surroundings.

    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2006

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The property

Old Buckenham 2.5 miles.

A beautifully-renovated old church hall of unique architectural design, in an idyllic location in the grounds of the owner's home at the end of a quiet lane next to the church, in the hamlet of Wilby.

With a south-facing garden and views over open Norfolk countryside, Rectory Cottage has immense character, with exposed beams, a stone spiral staircase with original carved oak boss, and an open gallery above the sitting room.

The property offers high-quality, well-equipped accommodation with attention to detail, and guests have seasonal use of the owners' swimming pool.

Wilby is well placed for exploring Norwich and Bury St Edmunds, whilst country pubs, pretty villages and local amenities, including Thetford Forest, the Broads and the coast, are all within an easy drive.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x galleried double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Utility
  • Oil underfloor heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, wifi, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio
  • Fuel, power and fuel for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Shared off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned rear garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: Spiral staircase with rope banister, may be unsuitable for less mobile guests and children to be supervised
  • Note: Double bedroom is a gallery room and partly overlooks living area below
  • Note: Guests may be able to use the owners' outdoor swimming pool during the summer ( first week of June to first week in September at a weekly charge of £25 payable directly to the owner) purely by arrangement with the owners

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About the location


Kenninghall 4 miles; Banham 4 miles; Attleborough 5 miles.

Old Buckenham is a delightful rural village with its own shopping facilities and a traditional 17th Century pub, The Gamekeeper. Claiming to have the largest village green and widest tower windmill in the country, Old Buckenham is also home to an impressive airfield, which is an ideal place to watch both modern and vintage aircraft. The surrounding villages of New Buckenham, Kenninghall and Banham offer good places to eat, while the zoo at Banham offers a great day out and also holds regular Sunday car boot sales. The local town of Attleborough offers a wide variety of shops, whilst Wymondham and Diss, both about 12 miles away, boast some impressive buildings plus galleries and antique shops.

Region Information

Note: Guests may be able to use the owners' outdoor swimming pool during the summer ( first week of June to first week in September at a weekly charge of £25 payable directly to the owner) purely by arrangement with the owners

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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