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Compass Cottage Pretty Thatched Cottage, close to sandy beach

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

2 bedroom cottage, sleeps 4 - pets welcome & free WIFI

Situated in the quiet and picturesque village of Winterton on Sea, Compass Cottage is detached and has been refurbished to a very high standard including a luxury fitted kitchen, with double and twin bedrooms. Only ten minutes walk to the sandy beach (with children and buckets and spades), shop, fish and chips and local pub nearby (families & dogs welcome). Close to broadland villages offering boat hire or Hemsby and Great Yarmouth for more lively entertainment for all the family.

Compass Cottage & its sister cottages, Admiral Cottage and Beachside Cottage are all in the heart of Winterton on Sea old village and are within a short walk of the beach, pub & shop. See them all at www.WintertonHolidayCottages.com

Set in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, Winterton on Sea offers a base to explore wildlife, is ideal for cyclists and walkers, and is well situated for visits to many historical sites including National Trust and privately owned estates. There is also a wealth of family entertainment in the surrounding areas including theme parks, outdoor activity centres, steam trains and country parks as well as many things to see and do inside as well as out.

A pretty thatched detached cottage comprising hallway, living room with 2 large sofa's, dining room, kitchen, conservatory, bathroom with electric shower over bath. Upstairs are two bedrooms – master with king size bed and freeview colour television and twin bedded room with en-suite toilet and basin and freeview colour television.

Services include oil-fired central heating all year, double glazing, bedding, bed linen, duvets, bath robes and fluffy white bath sheets are provided. Parking for two cars on drive (note - no access to the garage for guests). Electric cooker with ceramic hob and extractor fan. Washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave. Televisions - 46'' SMART TV in lounge, Digital TV also in both bedrooms, DVD player (with selected DVD's), CD player/radio, WIFI, hairdryer. Secluded garden with furniture. Selection of toys and games, high chair, cot & stairgate. Welcome pack on arrival. Pets welcome at no extra charge, no smoking.

Winterton on Sea is ideally placed to explore the Norfolk coastline with its quiet sandy beaches, picturesque villages, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves. Nature lovers will find the Norfolk Broads a great attraction, as will walkers and cyclists. Above all, Winterton provides an opportunity to get away from it all as its beaches and tranquillity are what make it so special. Compass Cottage lies in the heart of the village and is nearby the local pub, The Fisherman’s Return, a 300 year old establishment offering local ales, good food and facilities for families, including a large safe garden. Historic Norwich lies 20 miles to the West with its fine cathedral, ancient cobbled streets and great shops. Only 25 miles north is the North Norfolk Coast and the well known towns of Cromer, Sheringham and Wells next the Sea and ten miles south lies Great Yarmouth for family entertainment, amusements and all that is traditional for a lively English seaside resort.

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Miss Samantha White
Member since: 2003
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Calendar last updated:
15 January, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

starWe have just enjoyed a wonderful stay at Compass Cottage, 5 mins from dunes and gorgeous Winterton beach and 30 seconds from the fabulous pub! The cottage has everything you could hope for and more with a lovely complimentary goodie bags and fluffy dressing gowns to wear for the stay, and every other thing to make it an amazing home from home. Great location too, we enjoyed crabbing at Walberswick and lovely days at Southwold, Thetford Forest and Dinosaur Adventure! Great fish and chip shop in the village too we will be back!
Aug 2015
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)

Compass Cottage Pretty Thatched Cottage, close to sandy beach
average rating of 4.909091 based on 35 reviews

Total relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Deceptively spacious very well equipped cosy cottage in beautiful unspoilt village.

Secure garden for the dogs.

Everything we needed was provided and in an enviable position close to amazing beach. We

will return .

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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As always, an excellent autumnal break for the fourth year in succession

  • 5 of 5

We have always enjoyed our stay at Compass Cottage and have never found it lacking in anything. It is always clean and fresh smelling, comfortable seating with plenty of towels and the comfortable beds all made up ready for the weary traveller to snuggle into.

The welcome pack is always much appreciated, especially with the tea, coffee and fresh milk waiting for us to put the kettle on when we arrive.

The garden is fully enclosed and with our two dogs being Jack Russell's they usually stay dry even if it is raining, always a bonus!

The cottage makes a great base if you are wanting to be out exploring every day, but is well equipped and comfortable enough to stay in all day if that is your choice. Wifi, television and a selection of videos, as well as books to read and many different board games to play, even the odd jigsaw puzzle are all provided.

It is set back from the road, so not much traffic noise, in a quiet and very pretty village. We were actually told by a lady with a camera who saw us leaving the cottage how lucky we were to live there!

A short walk takes you to the road to to the dunes and the beach, with a good little cafe there, which understandably only opens at weekends out of season. There is also a post office and a "corner shop" in the centre of the village. The fish and chip shop again opens seasonally and so their very tasty food is only on offer a few days during our stay, but the local pub, The Fishermans Return also cooks food and welcomes dogs.

There is also an excellent pub in Bacton, called The Poachers Pocket, extremely friendly and helpful staff, serves delicious salmon amongst a whole variety of food and also welcomes dogs. It has views overlooking the sea and you can walk through the car park and straight along the beach, if you have eaten too much or the dogs need an extra walk!!

I cannot recommend this cottage enough, it is our "home from home" for the week and we look forward to our "recharging" break there every year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your review it is much appreciated, hope you can stay again.
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Fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week in Winterton - pretty cottage with all the mod cons and a caring owner. Super location for our dog too - small enclosed rear garden, great beach down the road and so many dog friendly pubs and cafes in the area. You can walk for miles along the sandy beach or dune trails, plus long distance footpaths. Lots of places to explore in the area and if you've kids, some good family attractions. We hired a day boat (dogs welcome) on the Broads from Potter Heigham and loved it - would recommend one of the electric boats, rather than noise and vibration of diesel ones. The Fishermans Return pub near the cottage is perfect for meals and dogs welcome in and out. Ditto the Nelsons Head at Horsey 4 miles away - great food and beer garden 'field'. The Dunes beach cafe in Winterton is a delight (great menu and wonderful cakes) and popular, so pot luck on getting a table on sunny days. Seating indoors and lots more outside, some under a canopy. Dogs well catered for with a supply of bowls and bottles of water to serve yourself. The village has a post office/shop, grocery/newsagent and fish and chip shop. We'd come back in a heartbeat to this lovely location!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review, it's always good to know things are appreciated, hope to see you again soon. Samantha
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Pleased we were here

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we arrived our children (aged 9 and 5) were bursting to explore the cottage and to see their room. None of us were disappointed - from the welcome pack to the size and cleanliness of the property. Although we came prepared the outside store (I couldn't resist a peek) contained a treasure-trove of items you might require.

We find on reviews that people say many things and make out that properties are either super fantastic or pick at silly little things and I don't believe in doing either. The simple fact is that if we were to return to Winterton-on-Sea then this is the first property I would look at to see if it were free for our stay. This says it all - we took weeks looking at different properties until my wife stumbled across this one which ticked all of our boxes.

As an aside the local beach is so close, although we prefer to drive as it is easier to "hose down" the kids with water afterwards, the post office and chip shop you pass on the way as well as the other shop - all handy when returning from the beach, needing a paper and some extra items to make sandwiches.

Handy hint for Winterton beach : Don't follow everyone else who go down the slope by the side of the café - instead drive further (just say you want to do this when paying for parking) inside the car park over towards the black huts - there is an additional path there that takes you away from everyone else.

Hemsby (for the "slot machines") is a five minute (if that) drive away with a huge choice of arcades - "Mrs B's" suited us for all round family safety - go right in and use the beach car park followed by a round of crazy golf.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for you great review it is very much appreciated, hope to see you again in the future. Many thanks Samantha
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June sunshine

  • 5 of 5

I had a fantastic holiday close to the beach. It was exactly what I wanted. A spacious property in pretty surroundings. We will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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beautifull spotlessly clean feel lilikt its our home

  • 5 of 5

the person who owns this property must be so very caring from the minute we walked in the front door we were home cant explain we settled got there late at night after a long drive and just got in the lovely comfortable clean beds even the dog settled i would love to see the owner and hug her . compass cottage is fully booked for now, but will keep looking and go again sap. thank you

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Fisherman's Return two mins walk
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Great Yarmouth
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Fisherman's Return two mins walk
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Winterton on Sea

The area around Winterton provides a great variety of different activities to suit different tastes. From coarse fishing, sailing, golf, birdwatching, horseriding and walking for those seeking outdoor pursuits, to National Trust properties and historic Norwich or family entertainment, theatres, horse racing, grayhound race track, fun fairs and amusements in Great Yarmouth (ten miles south).


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rentals normally run from Saturday to Saturday. Short breaks not usually available during high season - (March to October & school holidays) Compass Cottage is available from 3pm on the day of arrival and should be vacated by 10am on the day of departure. Full terms and conditions will be sent on completion of booking. Pets welcome, No Smoking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Winterton-on-Sea in Norfolk & The Broads

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    En suite - Toilet , twin room en-suite
  • En suite toilet & sink to twin bedded room in addition to famility bathroom.(Bath with electric shower over). Note there is no separate shower cubicle.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Luxury monagrammed bathrobes available for the master bedroom guests during your stay at Compass Cottage. Fluffy white towels are provided for all guests; one hand towel and one bath sheet per person.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • 2 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
Pets are welcome and the rear garden is fully enclosed. We ask that pets are not allowed on furniture or upsatirs and are not left alone in the cottage. There is no extra charge for pets.

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