Sitting quietly in the pretty little Norfolk village of Aylmerton, Hollybrook cottage is a 5-star Gold tourist board award winning property which has all the appeal you’d expect from a country home. A short crazy paving path leads across the immaculately kept front lawn, with its neat flower borders, to the front door which, in turn, opens into a spacious entrance hall with its wide oak staircase to the first floor.
3 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 5 + Cot
The owners have made every effort to maintain an air of rustic charm throughout this wonderful property. Pastoral rough wooden doors with Victorian latches and some beautiful examples of exposed wooden beams can be found all through Hollybrook cottage – giving it a calm, tranquil ambience and feeling of quiet timelessness.
Downstairs you’ll find that the living room is a light and welcoming space with the added character of a traditional wood burner in a flagged hearth – begging to be lit on even mild evenings it is perfect for evoking a cosy atmosphere. The furnishings are comfortable, including two large sofas with a warm rug thrown in front of the fireplace. Modern entertainment is amply provided for with the addition on a smart digital television and DVD player.
The kitchen/diner is large, excellently equipped and attractively furnished in an almost new England style with hand-painted sage green woodwork, black granite worktops and pammented floor. Cooking is adequately catered for by the expansive modern range with its gargantuan oven space and full overhead extractor. A hefty American-style fridge freezer is also provided together with the convenience of a spacious dishwasher. Access to the pretty cottage garden to the rear, with its patio set & BBQ, is also through the kitchen. Secure lockup and bike washing facilities, for those who are looking to cycle the country lanes and cycle routes of Norfolk.
Also leading off from the entrance hall is the downstairs shower room & toilet. Again, attractively decorated in the same style and colours as the kitchen this features a roomy shower cabinet & WC.
Upstairs boasts warm, all wool carpets throughout the three good sized bedrooms and the landing, together with cottage style sealed unit double-glazed windows. The smallest of the bedrooms has a comfortable, plump single bed and is decorated in a modern but homely fashion whilst the Master bedroom is attractively fitted out with a King-size bed, double wardrobe and chrome light fittings.
The third bedroom is a spacious and welcoming twin (where the two single beds can be pushed together to form a cosy double) with an elegant mix of a Victorian fireplace with Edwardian style wardrobe, dresser and bedside tables. The owners have also thoughtfully provided a comfy armchair in case guests feel the need to just sit and enjoy the peace for a little while. The window of this room affords a view straight down the village’s sleepy main street.
Finally the large upstairs modern bathroom again mirrors the maritime New England style with hand painted light sage green woodwork and is flooded with light thanks to the two skylights. As well as an upstairs WC the room has both a beautiful standalone bath and an exceptionally large shower enclosure – giving lucky guests the perfect choice between a long, luxurious soak or the invigorating warm spray of the power shower!
- Full central heating
- Unlimited hot water
- A bath/shower in every cottage, no shower in Gardeners.
- Colour TV /Free view
- WIFI in all cottages.
- CD player
- IPod docking station.
- Real fire (except in Hardys)
- Free fuel for fire on request.
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Tea towels, washing up liquid.
- Dish washer .
- Iron, ironing board, kettle, toaster etc.
- king-size double beds.
- Garden furniture
- Secure cycle lockup and washing facilities at Hollybrook and Swallow cottages.
Beds will be made up and bath and hand towels provided.
For Children & Babies
Being parents ourselves or four children we appreciate the logistics of packing when going on holiday. To try and make your holiday and journey a little easier we are able to provide a few extra items at no extra cost.
The following can be provided on request:
Cots (please note you will need to bring your own cot linen).
Childs toilet seat
Toy and books
Aylmerton, north Norfolk
Whilst it is true that parts of the village of Aylmerton were built in the 1920’s to house estate workers employed by the nearby Felbrigg hall, the southern area can trace its origins back to well before its first mention in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Situated in the breathtaking North Norfolk countryside Aylmerton is only a scant 2.5 miles from the popular coastal resorts of Cromer & Sheringham – quite within an easy distance for cyclists or enthusiastic walkers. Both are very pleasant seaside towns with great beaches to enjoy and a range of restaurants to try. Golfers may also be interested to hear that neighbouring West Runton has a terrific golf course, if you happen to have brought your clubs, of course!
Those looking to venture further afield may find distraction in any number of pretty villages and hamlets for which this part of the world is famous. Families can spend an entertaining day out trying their hands at crabbing in Blakeney or venturing further afield to visit the beautiful Norfolk Broads or enjoy a spot of sightseeing &/or shopping in the magnificent medieval city of Norwich.
Norfolk has several stately homes and historical sites for those interested in seeing them – The magnificent National Trust property of Felbrigg Hall, complete with it’s wonderful gardens and parks is just a stone’s throw away – guests have only to stroll down the road and pass through the quaint ‘Kissing gate’ to arrive at this breathtaking large English county house.
It’s sister stately home, Blickling Hall, is located a little further away near Aylsham but is well within an easy driving distance. Both offer a magnificent day’s distraction at any time of year: taking a tour through the opulence & architecture of the main houses, learning about the previous occupants & those who served them or simply taking a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous parklands before stopping at the teashop for some light refreshments and a taste of their delicious pastries!
For those not wanting to venture so far afield you’ll be delighted with a walk through and around the village of Aylmerton itself which is surrounded by quiet country lanes. The country church with its distinctive round tower dates back to the 15th century whilst The Lions Mouth is a local beauty spot popular with ramblers. Nearby is also the reputedly haunted ‘Shrieking pits’ which are actually medieval flint workings.
Aylmerton also boasts a fine village pub in the shape of ‘The Roman camp’, which offers friendly hospitality, excellent food and ales. Guests won’t be disappointed to enjoy an evening meal here before wandering back to the comfort of Hollybrook cottage.