About the property
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- Minimum Stay0 - 3 nights
Min 3 nights. Set in 6 acres of landscaped gardens with outdoor pool and tennis
For a house party Jane Austen-style you can’t go far wrong with Vicarage House & Pool House. Tucked in the heart of the Norfolk Brecks, this luxury eleven-bed property is very 'Pride and Prejudice', although the Bennets wouldn’t have got to splash around in a heated outdoor pool.
A Georgian gem for families and groups of friends, there’s also a tennis court on top of many other activities such as croquet and table tennis, plus cycling in Thetford Forest Park on the doorstep.
Vicarage House & Pool House is dog-friendly and the ultimate luxury base to comb the expansive North Norfolk beaches and nearby family attractions.
Vicarage House sleeps nine in comfort in the main house, with room for a further six in the Pool House.
A six acre slice of Norfolk envelopes this rather special holiday home with huge front lawn and magnificent landscaped gardens. The spacious interiors provide an ideal setting for families and groups of friends, whether for a special celebration or just for a wonderful holiday.
Take advantage of the fantastic facilities including a heated outdoor pool (1 April – 30 October) and private hard tennis court, as well as football, badminton, croquet and boules. A vast games room is situated in the adjacent Pool House, with a table tennis table, sofas, armchairs, a TV and DVD player and other games. Plenty to keep you on site!
The focal property is the beautiful Vicarage House. Alive with light, the house drips elegant Regency charm with classic country-style soft furnishings and antique furniture. The huge, light hall embraces you from the moment you set foot in the door. Airy rooms with high ceilings open up around you, while the classic farmhouse breakfasting kitchen gives a warm heart to the house.
Life is easy here. Celebrate together in the large dining room. Enjoy an after meal get-together in the sumptuous formal drawing room, the comfy sofas perfect for a catch up with family or old friends. Then there's the snug family sitting room for cosying up in front of the open fire and watching a classic family movie to bring everyone together. Or just curl up with a squishy cushion and a good book.
The five beautifully designed bedrooms can sleep nine guests in comfort and style. Three modern roomy bathrooms and flexible sleeping accommodation make it ideal for different combinations of guests and all have wonderful views...
And, if the weather’s kind, spill out onto one of four terraces wrapped around the house. With rattan furniture and two barbecues, you can capture the sunshine any time of the day and catch a classic Norfolk sunset.
The Pool House has its own distinct character providing ground floor accommodation for six. Ideal for any less mobile members in your party. A vast living room with 20ft vaulted ceiling, chunky oak beams and high windows frame the sky and a wall of windows open west onto the swimming pool and walled garden. Three comfortable bedrooms with double or triple aspects offer flexibility, and one of the two shower rooms has direct access to post pool showers.
Nestled in six acres of beautiful gardens, each step you take outside brings new surprises. From the old roses in the front garden to the deep blue delphiniums in the topiary garden and the classic borders of the walled garden. Children will love exploring the arboretum through the enchanting wooden door and playing games on the acres of lawn. Hunt for the local wildlife - deer, pheasants, rabbits, song birds, owls and woodpeckers -and see how many animals you can spot.
IN A NUTSHELL
Eight bedrooms: four super king/twins (one with an additional single bed), two super kings, one double and one single
One bathroom, four shower rooms, three of which are en suite
Four spacious reception rooms
Suitable for children and baby (cot, travel cot and highchair provided)
One well-behaved dog welcome by request
Private all-weather tennis court
Heated outdoor pool (1 April to 30 October)
Large games room with table tennis
Set in extensive landscaped grounds with four terraces
Six ring gas barbecue
Ten adult and various children’s bicycles for guests’ use
A chef and butler service is available by arrangement
A range of beauty and therapeutic treatments are available by arrangement
Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
Main House Ground floor:
Entrance hallway with boot room and separate cloakroom with wc.
Drawing Room: Opens west through large French windows onto a generous stone terrace with the walled garden beyond. Sofas & arm chairs will seat your whole party comfortably in front of the open fire.
Sitting Room: Floor to ceiling windows overlook the front lawns and the walled garden. With an open fire, large flat screen TV & DVD library.
Dining Room: Conveniently adjacent to the kitchen and overlooking the front lawns, it has a huge table seating 15.
Modern fitted kitchen area: Open plan kitchen seating 12, perfect for jolly breakfasts. Fully equipped with granite work surfaces and a 42 inch plasma flat screen. French windows open onto a stone terrace with a table to seat 15, and the topiary garden beyond.
A large walk in larder and large utility/laundry room lead off the kitchen.
Main House First floor
Red Bedroom: The largest bedroom is double-aspect, overlooking the walled garden and the Pool House and the garden beyond. With a pocket-sprung super king bed (which can convert to twin beds), arm chairs, linen press & wardrobe. En suite shower room with a large walk-in shower with chrome ladder towel rails.
Butterfly Bedroom: A suite of rooms. With an extremely comfortable pocket-sprung super king bed (which can convert to twin beds) & upholstered chairs. The adjacent bedroom, suitable for a child, has a pocket-sprung single bed. En suite shower room.
Teal Bedroom: This airy bedroom is en suite to the family bathroom. Gaze over the front lawns from the comfort of the pocket sprung super king bed or relax in the comfy armchairs.
Family Bathroom: En suite Family Bathroom to the Teal Bedroom, with separate access to the Cream and Lilac Bedrooms. Gaze over the front lawns from the comfort of your bath!
Cream Bedroom: A pocket-sprung super king bed (can convert to twin beds) guarantees a perfect nights’ sleep. Overlooking the topiary garden, the Cream Bedroom is furnished with a large chest of drawers and an arm chair for a chill-out moment. It shares the Family Bathroom.
Lilac Bedroom: A single bedroom with a pocket-sprung bed overlooking a terrace with flower borders, the Pool House and the fields beyond. It shares the Family Bathroom.
Pool House Ground Floor Accommodation:
Living Room: A vast room with a 20ft vaulted ceiling, chunky oak beams and high windows framing the sky. A wall of windows open west onto the swimming pool and walled garden. Contemporary sofas and upholstered cubes offer an opportunity for relaxation.
Checked Bedroom: Triple aspect room with a double-height vaulted ceiling, TV & pocket- sprung king size bed. The adjoining en suite has a large walk-in shower, a chrome ladder towel rail and overlooks the walled garden. Direct access from the Pool allows you to take a shower after your swim.
Taupe Bedroom: A cosy bedroom, perfect for couples, with a super comfy pocket-sprung bed and high padded headboard. Double aspect with floor to ceiling windows & TV/DVD, it shares a large shower room with the Tulip Bedroom.
Tulip Bedroom: A generous bedroom with a pocket-sprung super king or twin beds & TV/DVD. Double aspect with French windows leading to the new garden. It shares a large shower room next door with the Taupe Bedroom.
Games Room: With log burner, sofas, armchairs, bean bags, DVD Sony Wii and Game Cube all attached to the large screen TV. French windows open onto the New Garden and the room is triple-aspected with views over the arboretum and fields beyond. Lots of children’s board games and toys to keep them happy when they are not playing table tennis!
Garden and Grounds:
The gardens are very special.
There are old roses in the front garden, hot pink valerian and climbing roses around the house. Raspberry ripple roses and deep blue delphiniums fill the topiary garden. Lavenders, irises and lavender blossom around the Pool House. Centurion and alliums adorn the new garden with its apple trees and new beech hedge.
The Walled Garden has classic borders and a central circular bed full of peonies in June with lilacs and wisteria providing colour and scent in the Spring. The Arboretum contains bright yellow, crimson and variegated maples, flowering hawthorns, yellow flowering laburnum trees and the blue green salix. An enchanting wooden door leads from the Arboretum into the Walled Garden. Pots are full of seasonal planting and lots of blossom trees give Spring colour.
There are acres of lawn on which to play games and the garden is abundant with wildlife ; deer, pheasants, rabbits, song birds, owls and woodpeckers.
Also, you are spoilt for choice with outdoor eating areas: Close to the house beside the kitchen is a large 15-seater teak table with rattan dining chairs and two barbecues. This terrace captures the morning sun so is perfect for breakfast and lunch. There is a stunning rattan round table with circular rattan seats on the terrace in the Walled Garden, a beautiful dining area perfect for watching a classic Norfolk sunset. Seating 10, this terrace is bathed in sunshine from early afternoon.
Oil-fired central heating
Main House: Open fires in both reception rooms
Pool House: Log burner in the sitting room
Main House: Six hob Smeg range cooker, combi-microwave, American fridge freezer, two dishwashers, warming drawers, coffee machine and blast chiller
Main House: Washing machine, tumble dryer and Sheila Maid
Pool House: Washing machine and tumble dryer
Main House: 42in plasma flat screen in kitchen, 40in plasma TV and DVD with surround sound and Blu-ray. PS3 with games, and a very wide selection of DVDs in sitting room
Pool House: Large screen TV with DVD Sony Wii and Game Cube attached in the games room, TV/DVD in the living room and in all three bedrooms
WiFi internet access*
Cot, travel cot and highchair provided
Outdoor furniture: Large 15-seater teak table with rattan dining chairs and two barbecues (including a six ring gas barbecue) on the terrace beside the kitchen, rattan round table with circular rattan seats seating 10 on the terrace in the Walled Garden
The house has a team of staff; a house manager who lives in the next door village, who welcomes guests on arrival and gives guests a tour of the house, explaining how everything works (there is also a manual for reminders). She will book restaurants and recommend visits. There is a house keeper who will clean the house during your stay. She lives in the lane and is constantly on hand to help and to suggest outings etc. The swimming pool man visits weekly, the lawns are mowed weekly and the gardener works one day a week. All these people are local and are happy to help.
*Internet access is offered for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.
The vast majority of holidays are a complete success but things can go wrong from time to time and it is essential to discuss any problems with us at the time of the occurrence. We are committed to ensuring the success of your holiday. Regrettably, we cannot accept any complaints, which have not been brought to our attention at the time of occurrence. Any complaints not resolved locally must be confirmed in writing within 28 days of your return.
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- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 27, 2018
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Amazing house, lovely gardens, very comfortable beds.
Our party of 12 loved our holiday. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time. House so spacious we were never on top of each other. Private chef gave us a meal to remember!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable stay and were so happy with The Vicarage - I'm sorry we couldnt do anything about the weather. Please do contact us again at staycation holidays if you would like to stay again here or one of our other 5 star properties
With very best
A great week
We were blessed with great weather and that served to enhance our stay. As Grandparents we occupied the pool house. This meant we had a peaceful haven at night away from the main house, but could join in the fun during the day time when family gathered around the Pool. We did do two day trips away from the house during the week, but to be honest we could just as easily stayed at the location all week, there was so much to do. The children loved the play room it felt so homely. The Welcome we received from the Darby's and the wonderful staff made the stay all the better, including the welcome pack and the too many to eat apples, plucked by ourselves from the abundant crop. We may well go again in the future
Thanks to all
Play ‘Pride and Prejudice’ in the complete peace, privacy and luxury of this rather special holiday home, fronted by a huge lawn and set in six acres of magnificent landscaped gardens. Surrounded by Norfolk countryside, the beautiful home is situated in the lovely Norfolk village of Great Hockham.
Guests can take advantage of the fantastic facilities including a heated outdoor pool (1 April – 30 October) and private hard tennis court, as well as football, badminton, croquet and boules. The Pool House incorporates a vast games room with a table tennis table, sofas, armchairs, a TV and DVD player and other games.
With so much to engage guests at home, they can be forgiven for not wanting to venture out into the beautiful Norfolk countryside!
The owners positively encourage guests to get out and about, providing nine adult bicycles and four children’s bicycles for use as well as printed cycling routes. On the doorstep is Thetford Forest Park which offers 50,000 acres of safe, prime cycling and walking trails. Within the Forest, guests will enjoy High Lodge with its excellent trails for all abilities and Squirrel Maze for the children. For the more adventurous, try the high rope course of Go Ape, or just relax in the café with gift shop.
Alternatively, walkers can explore the nearby Peddars Way, a Roman road consisting of leafy paths and tree-lined trails which joins the Norfolk Coastal Path providing 96.5 miles of walks through National Nature Trails.
Great Hockham village has a public house, The Eagle, and local shops can be found at Watton, a market town six miles away. Thetford (8.8 miles) is a large ancient market town with an interesting historical past, easily discovered by following the town’s many varied trails and museums. The Georgian town of Wymondham offers a variety of boutiques and gift shops.
Not to be missed is Lynford Arboretum and Lakes, which is wonderful at any time of the year. Also nearby are Grime’s Graves Prehistoric Flint Mines, English Heritage. Norwich is a 25 minute drive as is the Georgian town of Bury St Edmunds. Newmarket, with its two racecourses and busy racing calendar, is less than 40 minutes by car.
Families will enjoy a sunny day on the famous beaches at Brancaster and Holkham, about an hour’s drive. There is easy access to the gardens and famous historical houses of Norfolk and Suffolk such as Sandringham and Oxburgh Hall (The National Trust). And then there’s St George’s Distillery, vineyards, Banham Zoo and Bressingham Steam Museum to explore.
After all that action, it’s lucky that Tracey Mathison’s Balance Therapies offers a range of beauty and therapeutic treatments at the house!
Additional pricing information
Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent
Damage deposit: £500.00