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Gorgeous newly renovated cottage oozing character & charm. North Norfolk coast.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Pretty village of Ringstead, with fantastic pub & local shop, close to beaches

A pretty character cottage decorated in a relaxed style in the heart of the small village of Ringstead. The village has a fantastic pub and local shop and is 1.75 mile inland from both Old Hunstanton and Holme next the Sea, & 3 miles from popular Thornham, so a perfect base to explore North Norfolk. It is in a conservation area and designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Take a look at the village website for local photos and updates etc :


* Central village location

* 2 mins walk to the acclaimed Gin Trap Inn & restaurant & cute village shop

* 3/4 mins drive or est 30 mins walk to sandy beach

* Recently renovated ( May 2017)

* Three storey

* Many original features such as exposed floorboards, stripped pine doors, original sash windows. New shutters. Natural rugs

* Professionally laundered bed linen

* White walls and Farrow and Ball colours which give it a calm, restful feel

* Two ensuite bedrooms, on separate floors-top master king with small but functional shower space, and middle twin with bath & shower room

* Pretty enclosed courtyard back garden

* Roadside parking

* Suitable for a getaway for four adults or for a family of 4 (children over 4 years only please because of its Norfolk winder stairs-see below)

* One well behaved small dog accepted


Ground floor - entrance from road to:

Sitting room-new wood burner, 2 new sofas, natural jute rug, smart freeview TV, coffee table, beanbag & 2 footstools

Door to Kitchen- rustic/contemporary kitchen/diner all brand new, including appliances; old pine table, antique Hungarian settle, wooden bench, Eames style chairs and french doors to the garden.

Door from sitting room to fairly steep stairs to:

First floor bedroom 1 - twin room with comfy new beds with new pocket sprung mattresses, en suite bath and shower room. Stripped pine floorboards. Natural rug. Old pine chest of drawers and hanging rail. Bedside stools, lamps and Roberts DAB radio.

Landing and steep Norfolk winding stairs to:

Second floor, bedroom 2- new king size bed & new pocket sprung mattress in this original attic room, and a new ensuite rainfall shower room and loo.. Painted floorboards. Natural rug. Old pine chest of drawers, hanging rail, chair and mini sofa. Bedside tables with lamps. Roberts DAB radio.

Please note: this top bedroom has sloping ceilings on two sides with a vaulted ceiling and a shower height of 6'2 ( really tall people please be aware!). Note also: This ensuite is very small but functional.


Back: Pretty partly walled courtyard garden which is fully enclosed (so ideal for dogs and young children) with contemporary outdoor sofas, glass topped dining table, egg chair, arbour and BBQ-perfect for reading, lounging, and drinking in the sun. Accessed from the kitchen via stable door and french doors.

Front: The cottage fronts on to the High Street with roadside parking directly outside

The cottage is unsuitable for children under 4 particularly toddlers, and the elderly because of the steep winder stairs and different floor levels inside and outside.

To note: Ringstead is a small, pretty, traditional village just inland from Old Hunstanton in a conservation area full of pretty cottages and houses, surrounded by farmland. It is a fairly quiet village in winter but there can be a fair amount of traffic through the village in the summer months because of tourists due to the proximity to the beach, but it has the advantage of being just inland enough from the Coast not to be as busy as the Coast road (which passes through the busy villages of Old Hunstanton, Thornham and Brancaster) and has its own great pub and village shop. It is a working village and, as such, there will be tractors, horses and usual daily traffic passing through. As with many Norfolk cottages, parking is roadside ( or if you prefer there is off road parking at the little village hall 2 mins away). We are in the old High Street, next to the original butchers shop and opposite the old bakery and the front door of the cottage enters the sitting room straight from the road so care would need to be taken with very small children and lively dogs. If you have any questions in advance of booking about any of the above, please feel free to ask.

The village has the acclaimed Gin Trap Inn just up from the cottage ( a dog and child friendly 17th Century coaching inn, with log fires and a great menu and large range of gins -117 flavours!). There is a locally stocked village shop with antiques, a plant nursery, and a grassed playground and church, all within a couple of minutes walk.

The cottage is perfectly located for visiting the beautiful sandy beaches of Old Hunstanton and Holme Next the Sea, (3/4 mins drive) Thornham (3 miles/5 mins drive) Brancaster,(10 mins) and Holkham (15) and Wells. Walkers will also love the walks from the cottage in Ringstead Downs and Peddars way. The cottage is an ideal getaway for beach, walking, bird watching and golf. Close by are the large private houses, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, and Sandringham Palace and if you fancy boutique shopping or a drink at The Hoste Arms, the reknowned trendy and vibrant Georgian village of Burnham Market is a 15 minute drive away.

More Details

alison packer
Member since: 2016
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Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2018

About alison packer

I love North Norfolk and have spent many hours walking the beaches with my family and two black labs who are in their element in the open spaces and big skies. I enjoy being creative and have added lots of personal touches to the cottage which i hope give it a unique, yet homely, feel.

Why alison packer chose Norfolk

The cottage has more of a homely feel than a traditional soulless holiday, having been styled with great attention to detail. I have put all my favourite things in it which are a real pleasure to be around and to use and Its great to be able to share them. It is in a great location to explore North Norfolk, offering the country feel of a small village, yet still under 2 miles from stunning beaches and a stagger to a fantastic local pub or the local shop for the morning papers. It is also close to several amazing nature and wildlife reserves, the RSPB reserve at Titchwell, Snettisham wildlife park and Holme nature reserve to name but a few. We allow one well behaved dog with prior arrangement at the cottage, please ask; having always had dogs myself,and being a dog lover, I know how important it is to be able to take them on holiday with you as they are a big part of the family. The cottage is unsuitable for the elderly and children under 3 (due to steep stairs), and more than one dog due to limited ground floor space. I have described the cottage and it's location in as much detail as possible so you know exactly what to expect but please ask if there is anything else you need to know!

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage has been decorated simply in calming neutral tones. It has painted floorboards and rugs, with the use of luxury linen and as many natural fabrics as possible, whilst the enclosed garden has been made to feel like an outdoor room, so creating an extension to the living space, a perfect sunny spot to enjoy a coffee, cold crisp glass of wine or G &T. The cottage is new to Owners Direct April 2016 but has been a well loved holiday retreat for the last 4 years and so hopefully more than well equipped for all your needs. I am continually updating the towels, bedding and redecorating so that the cottage has a "good as new" feel about it every time it is used and I tailor the cottage individually for each set of guests so that it is special/ just right for them ( eg provide toys for young children etc)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your gorgeous cottage. We had a wonderful time- Archie loved the train track & his bed and we were all sad to leave.Hope to be back soon! Thank you also for the welcoming hamper-much needed after a long trip from London.
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Norfolk in England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We have a Sceptic tank so no bleach, dyes, antibacterial products or anything other than loo paper used please. Bins are provided for other waste
  • Please note front door opens from sitting room straight to road; take care of dogs and young children leaving and entering
  • Parking for one car is roadside. Please park infront of the window. If you have 2 cars extra parking is available opposite the shop or in Foundry Lane
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , ensuite to bedroom 1, with soap,towels,bathmat & loo rolls
    Ensuite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , this is ensuite to bedroom 2; it is tiny but functional !!
  • The bathroom is a good size for a cottage, with a bath and separate shower cubicle; white towels are provided plus hand soap; also loo rolls, bath mat etc. The top floor showerroom is small but functional with loo, hand baisin and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Note: Norfolk winder stairs, sloping ceilings to both sides
  • Please note access to the top floor 2nd bedroom is by original Norfolk winder stairs. The top floor is an original 1850 early Victorian attic which has sloping ceilings but partly vaulted ceiling. It has an ensuite shower which is small but functional! We have hypoallergenic duvets and pillows. We provide white towels and lovely bed linen. The floors are a mix of sanded and original painted boards with rugs.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Other local activities: grassed tennis courts at Hunstanton; sailing, kayaking and wind surfing at Brancaster Staithe (lessons can be booked in advance); kitesurfing at Old Hunstanton and Brancaster beaches; plenty of walks from the cottage (maps and books provided at the cottage), swimming pool at Hunstanton ( and the sea if you're brave enough!) Some great food delis nearby- Norfolk Lavender at Heacham (3/4 mins drive) Norfolk Deli at Hunstanton, Thornham Deli, ( 5 mins drive)Drove Orchards ( also at Thornham) & North Creake Abbey., all selling local produce and having lovely coffee shops/ tea rooms


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Gorgeous newly renovated cottage oozing character & charm. North Norfolk coast.
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Perfect cottage - Setting standards

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has set new standards by which we shall now judge all others! Beautiful in every detail, immaculate and stylish with nothing left to chance. All of your needs are catered for, through many thoughtful personal touches. Every item of equipment and all furnishings are of superior quality.

Ringstead is a charming and friendly village in a great location. The nearby inn (The Gin Trap) is good for eating and the General Store in the village is a treasure trove selling groceries plus antiques/curios/gifts/2nd hand books etc. A real treat!

Walks of varying lengths and interest are available directly from the door of the cottage. We walked to and from the beach at Old Hunstanton and completed parts of the Peddars Way trail. Evening walks on nearby Brancaster beach were a particular delight. There are a number of beaches within a short drive.

There are numerous places of interest within an hour's drive. We visited a number of National Trust properties/stately homes, including Sandringham. Trips to nearby quaint villages and coastal resorts were also enjoyed. The owner kindly provides lots of useful information about walks and trips etc.

We got to enjoy all that this part of Norfolk has to offer and then return each evening to this majestic cottage to enjoy the tranquil outside space.

The owner Alison was the perfect host and a pleasure to deal with. She should consider a career in interior design as this property is a credit to her.

The number one reason we would return to North Norfolk? This cottage in Ringstead!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect holiday base to explore Norfolk. Beautifully and thoughtfully furnished and equipped cottage. Thank you Alison for making us feel so welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage packed with everything you need and more!

  • 5 of 5

We go to Norfolk every year and stay in lovely places but have never found one we a) didn't want to leave and b) decided to rebook for the following year within hours of arriving. The house is beautiful - every need catered for - soft sheets on comfy beds to toys for the kids, everything you need for a day at one of the beautiful little beaches to sharp knives (holiday rental rarity!) We will be back for years to come I am sure.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing cottage, great holiday

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was fabulous place to stay, renovated beautifully. The interior and garden were gorgeous and a really relaxing place to stay. Alison was really helpful, leaving an amazing welcome hamper that we very much enjoyed :-)

The village is a great base for visiting surrounding areas and beaches, handy to have a pub so close. Also an amazing nursery behind - bought some great plants and would have bought more if there had been space in the car!

Would definitely recommend to others and would certainly stay there again.

Thanks Alison for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ah thanks Louise. So glad you enjoyed the cottage and everything the local area has to offer. We love the nursery too ( our whole garden is from there 😊). Thanks for staying with us, you are welcome back any time, best wishes Alison
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Beautiful Accomodation.

  • 5 of 5

'The Cottage' was perfect in every way.

It was clean, comfortable, bright, modern and cozy with lots of seaside charm.

Everything was finished to a high standard

We loved the lighting and all the thoughtful generous touches.

Thank you Alison for sharing your beautiful cottage and for making it so welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Clare, absolute pleasure. Thanks so much, Alison
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Our spring break

  • 5 of 5

A very nice cottage very good location with village shop and pub both of which are excellent. The owner is extremely helpful and a pleasure to talk too.

Lovely area with great beaches and places to walk our mutt’s a truly lovely cottage can’t say enough about it.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Alan. Lovely to have your feedback, and so pleased you had a great holiday. You are welcome back any time? Best wishes, Alison
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Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
The Gin Trap
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Old Hunstanton links course
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
The Gin Trap Inn, Ringstead
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Old Hunstanton 3/4 minutes drive

There are lots of fantastic walks from the cottage along Peddars way (the old Roman Road), Ringstead Downs, and it's only 2 miles to blue flag sandy beach Old Hunstanton, and also sandy Holme Next The Sea. There are loads of great local pubs- In addition to The Gin TrapInn in the village- it is a short drive to Neptune in Old Hunny, and Titchwell Manor in Titchwell for posh food, Thornham is about 10 mins away and boasts The Orange Tree, The Lifeboat, a couple of fantastic delis & Eric's fish & chip restaurant or slightly further afield is The Ship at Brancaster, and The White Horse and also The Jolly Sailors at Brancaster Staithe ( still only about 10/15 mins drive). Some lovely interiors shops can be found at Thornham Deli and also at Drove Orchards - a lovely farm shop in between Holme and Thornham, only a few minutes drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Norfolk, England

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
7 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Sep 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
14 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
mid term
15 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Feb 2019 - 4 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
26 Apr 2019 - 2 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 May 2019 - 23 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 May 2019 - 27 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 Jun 2019 - 29 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

The Booking Deposit is 25% at the time of booking and is non refundable.

Rates are subject to change unless a reservation has been confirmed.

Changeover day is Friday preferably for weekly bookings and Friday or Monday for short breaks. The cottage is available from 4pm on arrival days and should be vacated by 10am on departure days please
One small well behaved dog only is permitted, by prior arrangement. We ask that they don't go upstairs or on the furniture please,thank you.
Please note the front door enters from the road straight into the living room and parking is right outside.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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