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Quaint old cottage with log fire in Norfolk UK
Quaint old cottage with log fire in Norfolk UK
8 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
8 guests
4 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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Our lovely quaint cottage is in Downham Market, Norfolk, UK, with large pretty garden to the front of the house. It is a few minutes walk to centre of town. Good for chilling out in, cosy for couples, families, groups who like old + quirky things + don't mind a little shabby! It is quiet, relaxing with not many mod cons, a tech free retreat with no TV / wifi! There's a fridge, baby Belling cooker + microwave. The bathroom is just outside the back door, across a small private covered courtyard.

The space

The Cottage is a lovely old 4 bedroomed house, in fact it is 2 terraced cottages that have been knocked through downstairs. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs - 2 doubles one side with one set of stairs, and 1 double and a twin the other side. Downstairs there is a cosy lounge one side and a dining room the other. It is in a great location, away from the main road but easy walking distance into the town. It is a great base for exploring Norfolk. There is a leafy big garden in front of the cottage. It has a "blast from the past" vibe, it is fun + is very relaxing + will appeal to people who need some down time. It is full of charm but is a little on the shabby side ( hence the low price) so not good if you prefer clean and shiny. It is an easy 30 min drive to beaches, also Sandringham, is near Ely and Kings Lynn.

Guest access

You will be able to access all parts of the cottage, which is 4 bedrooms upstairs, a lounge and a dining room downstairs, a small galley type kitchen with small cooker, fridge, microwave; and a bathroom and toilet. The bathroom which is literally a step outside the back door has a bath not a shower, there is a basic shower hose you can fit on bath taps eg for washing hair. Don't worry about this, our guests do not find this a problem!

Interaction with guests

There will be some maps and local information available as well as the guidebook ideas on this listing, and guests are welcome to ring us to ask for advice. You can help yourself to tea or coffee when you arrive, we will leave longlife milk for this. There is also some basic things like toilet roll for when you arrive, ( you may need to top up!) and washing up liquid, salt and pepper.

Other things to note

This is an old property, please treat it respectfully! There are steep stairs up both sides, so guests need to be careful when going up or down stairs ( and be fit enough). There is a log fire or electric heaters if required, and an immersion heater for hot water. There is no central heating, no TV ( or TV licence), no telephone or wifi!! However there are tech free games such as cards, Scrabble etc, our guests find it gives a taste of yesteryear! You can bring a laptop and DVDs if you feel you might like to do that. Note the bathroom and toilet is accessed through a very small enclosed private courtyard outside the back door. You are welcome to use spades etc if you go to the beach, you will find them outside the bathroom! As mentioned the cottage is charming and comfortable but basic and a little tatty around the edges so don't expect it to be pristine, just enjoy the friendly and relaxing environment.

Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee ₹2657
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 2PM

Please bring your own towels. Please treat our old cottage gently and be careful that the fire is used safely and fire guard is used. Just strip the beds that have been used at the end of your stay, and put the bins at the front edge of the garden so they get emptied. The cleaning fee is mainly to cover the laundry and remaking of beds so please put things that you use back the way they were, and leave the cottage so it is in a nice condition for the next guests. If you accidentally break something please try to replace - there are lots of charity shops in Downham Market! Lost keys will be chargeable at £15 per set. Note information re parking - don't park outside the other cottages up the chase it is not communal! If you are eg travelling from abroad and there is a problem bringing towels then it is possible to arrange with our cleaner for £5 per towel.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Fairly steep narrow stairs - typical for a cottage
Amenity limitations - No wifi or TV - go tech free; bathroom through a small covered courtyard - all adds to the fun!
Safety features
Smoke detector
2 nights minimum stay

18 Reviews

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Beth User Profile
October 2017
I had a lovely stay in Jonathan and Sally's cottage. Everything was exactly as described, the cottage was as cosy and charming as it looks - we really enjoyed the log fire in the evening! Jonathan and Sally were very friendly helpful hosts. Really recommend it if you want to get away from wifi and TV for a while!

Monika User Profile
September 2017
Worst Airbnb experience ever. I suggest to everyone read carefully house rules ect. before booking and take pictures on arrival and when leaving, as a proof to avoid extra charges from host. It is very old house and when we arrived it wasn't really clean.Everyone complained about conditions and unpleasant smell. We didn't want to stay, but couldn't find different accommodation, as everything in the area was fully booked. Lack of facilities and not usable kitchen area, not convenient separate bathroom, no TV no internet and massive issue with Parking. It was extremely cold and every morning everything was wet. Never came across host requesting extra £5 for a towel and putting extra charges for not stripping beds. Three days after we left I received a message from host requesting £30 extra, as apparently we left place in mess and we left in the same condition as on arrival. Very unpleasant experience.
Jonathan User Profile
Response from Jonathan:
Hi sorry you did not find our old cottage to your taste. Yes we do ask people to read our descriptions thoroughly before they book, so they understand how the place will be. We ask guests to bring towels and leave the place tidy to keep the cleaning charges down.
September 2017

Dwynwen User Profile
August 2017
We really enjoyed staying at Jonathan's cottage! The cottage was lovely and very cosy. It's in a great location to discover Norfolk. Communication with Jonathan was also very easy.

Colin User Profile
August 2017
Jon's house is exactly as described and served as an excellent base for our extended family for a few days while attending a wedding. If you are prepared for the delights of an old cottage, then this is great value for money.

Zoë User Profile
July 2017
Was a good trip the house is small and a everything inside is old. It we slept really well. The bathroom needs to be renoved to my mind ...

Mark User Profile
June 2017
Lovely place to stay and explore the local area. Hassle free arrangements, and clear as to what you get and expect. We had a lovely, hassle free and relaxed time - thanks

William User Profile
May 2017
Lovely quaint cottage in a peaceful neighbourhood with a helpful host. We had a great stay.

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Jonathan User Profile

I am an easy going person whose main love is sailing! I am a website designer and work with many local businesses. My wife Sally and I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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