A traditional Norfolk Cottage, sympathetically renovated
Well Cottage is tucked away in a secluded spot down a narrow hollyhock-lined path off the green at Cley. The magnificent 13th century church of St Margaret of Antioch, towers over the completely private cottage and its walled garden. The cottage has been recently gently renovated in such a way as to respect its history: new Norfolk pamments tiles have been laid and the many historical architectural features, such as the oak spice cupboard, ancient beams, doors and fittings are retained. The furniture and decoration chosen reflect the development of the cottage, incorporating antiques as well as “design classics” from the 50s and the whole effect is of a cottage of great age and gentleness.
The 17th century cottage’s front door leads from the small porch directly into the lovely beamed sitting room which has a huge inglenook fireplace complete with wood burning stove as its focal point. There is a flat screen TV with DVD built in, a stereo system and free wifi.
Well equipped and spacious
To the left of the inglenook is the kitchen/breakfast room which is very bright and light with patio doors leading to the garden.The owners have retained the 50s feel of the kitchen, with its original shelving and stainless steel sink unit, by using Lucienne Day fabric, designed for the Festival of Britain, and replacing the old lino with squares of new marmoleum flooring in 50s blue and cream. A contemporary cupboard houses the daily crockery and new electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, toaster and microwave as well as a Nespresso coffee machine (please bring your own pods) ensure that modern standards are well catered for.
To the right of the front door is the “map room” or study where the drop leaf table can be extended to spread out your maps, plan your walks and study the books from the carefully chosen selection. If you wish, you may even use the table with its associated Georgian chairs for formal dining or a game of chess, backgammon or monopoly! Off this room is the large utility/boot room with deep belfast sink, washing machine, and oil fired boiler. Plenty of hanging space makes this ideal for leaving coats and boots. The back door leads directly outside and a further door leads to the shower room with WC.
Upstairs are two double bedrooms, one with a cast iron kingsize bed and the other with a wooden framed double bed. Both are simply but comfortably furnished and use original cottage cupboards for hanging and storage space. There is a bathroom at the end of the corridor with wc, bath, washbasin and heated towel rail. Original art works by the owners’ daughter add to the charm of these rooms.
A pretty garden and separate orchard
Outside, the pretty cottage garden is a real sun trap and provides numerous places to sit and enjoy the peace. There is a shady bower formed from an upturned boat, plenty of seating and a barbecue for guests to use for alfresco meals.
Across the green there is also a delightful orchard (through the five bar gate directly opposite the entrance path) looking over the Glaven estuary which provides a wonderful place to catch the last dying rays of the sun, watch a barn owl swoop over the meadows, or simply to sit and delight in the wonderful North Norfolk countryside.Please help yourselves to apples, plums, damsons and quinces when in season.
We are certain that our discerning guests will enjoy the simple pleasures Well Cottage has to offer and will appreciate the owners’ hard work in restoring this charming rustic Norfolk dwelling.
Note: 7 day bookings for this cottage start on a Friday
Number of nights:
Fri 18th Aug
Fri 25th AugUnavailable as a start date
Sat 19th Aug
Sat 26th AugUnavailable as a start date
Sun 20th Aug
Sun 27th AugStays cannot start on a Sunday
Mon 21st Aug
Mon 28th AugUnavailable as a start date
Tue 22nd Aug
Tue 29th AugUnavailable as a start date
Wed 23rd Aug
Wed 30th AugUnavailable as a start date
Thu 24th Aug
Thu 31st AugUnavailable as a start date
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