Relaxing retreat in a rural setting, pet friendly, 15 minute walk to beach
Diane Le Grice
About Diane Le Grice
The White House has been my family home since 1979. Since retiring from 29 years of running my own Nursery School I decided to convert the wash house and the adjacent Nursery school buildings into three unique holiday homes. I love this location and wanted to share it so that others might enjoy the birds, wildlife, peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside and nearby unspoilt beaches. My family are grown up now, but still can't wait to get back to East Somerton and revisit familiar haunts, cycling through the farm estate to wonderful sandy beaches in summer or walks to see the seals on Horsey beach, with a pub lunch to follow in winter. I manage the lettings myself and take pride in what we have to offer. I love to welcome visitors to this area of Norfolk and am happy to provide any help or information you might need to ensure you have the best possible time while you are here.
Diane Le Grice purchased this Cottage in 1979
Why Diane Le Grice chose Somerton
We love the peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside and it's coast. Here we have the best of both worlds. The house and adjoining holiday accommodation is set amongst fields, yet the village of Winterton-on-Sea with it's well known dog friendly pub, beach cafe, P.O, fish and chip shop and wide sandy beaches is only a 15 minute walk along the bridle path that runs beside the garden. As a family we enjoy the fact that the beach, bird-watching, walks and cycling trails are on our doorstep. Although our home and holiday cottages are situated in an idyllic rural location, Norwich, National Trust properties, The Broads, The Norfolk coastline, tourist attractions and countless pretty Norfolk villages are easily reached by car.
What makes this Cottage unique
Big Sky at Big Sky Cottages overlooks a SSSI where many native and migratory birds can be seen - ideal for bird watchers and country lovers. The views from the mezzanine level and balcony are amazing. Our rural setting offers a rural respite yet guests are well based to travel and explore the whole of East and North Norfolk. Big Sky is perfect for couples and for bigger family groups when Martin’s Nest and Ladybird can be used to offer separate sleeping accommodation. This seems to work particularly well for grandparents! Each property has it’s own entrance and outside seating area as well as access to the large shared garden. Our guests return again and again.
Well behaved pets welcome. Max 3 on site.
Large safe grassed garden with sand pit.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
Pets must not sleep on bed. Thank you.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Nice and secluded
Nice location if you want to get away from it all
Yes, we can’t offer excitement and lots of entertainment here but we can provide a lovely location and hopefully a relaxing retreat from the hurly burly of modern life with good food at the local pub.
Glad you gave us a visit, hope to see you again.
The perfect weekend getaway!
Easy to book and prompt responses to any questions I had regarding facilities at the property. Diane is very welcoming and the property itself is in a fantastic location and we were lucky to have sunny weather the whole time- this meant some amazing sunrises and sunsets from the upper bedroom terrace. Altogether a wonderful location, host and property 10/10 will be recommending to friends and family.
Beautiful Peaceful Holiday
It was a beautiful property with wonderful views from the bedroom balcony. Lovely garden , loved the living space downstairs. Wonderfully unspoilt countryside , beach and walks. Highly recommend it . Diane gave us a great welcome and always there if we needed her. . We had a brilliant holiday and staying at Big Skye cottage was the main reason why we did .
Thank you Sue for your glowing review. When upgrading Big Sky we wanted to create a stylish and comfortable retreat to enable our guests to relax and feel at home.
It was very rewarding to see you both enjoy our peaceful surroundings, take walks to the beach, appreciate local pub and beach cafe food and visit the many interesting places nearby.
We look forward to seeing you both again.
Beautiful setting for a memorable break in Norfolk!
Diane was there when we arrived to show us around. Big Sky has beautiful views across wheat fields and towards the sand dunes. It was a great house with good access to explore Norfolk. Beaches are close by, we went for off road bike rides with kids, saw the seals basking on the beach, ate fish and chips from the local chippy, plus there’s a great pub walking distance. Couldn’t have asked for more. Diane is a great host. Nothing was too much trouble and she is so friendly!
It was lovely to see parents and children exploring the local area on bikes. I was told by the children that the cycle rides down to the beach in the evening and seeing the seals at Horsey was their favourite activity.
Good to see simple pleasures and doing things as a family is still valued.
Thank you for choosing Big Sky, I hope to welcome you all back again.
Fantastic cottage, ideal location
Had an amazing stay. Diane was very welcoming and the property was perfect. We all had a wonderful time, dogs especially
Wonderful property with large, spacious gardens in a fantastic location, and as if that isn`t enough, the owner lives next door and is an absolute gem of a lady who goes the extra mile for her guests without being intrusive. The kids and our dog especially, loved every minute of our stay. Faultless!!!
Wow, that’s quite a review to live up too! We try to do our best for our guests, it’s their special holiday and we want them to have the best time possible.
So pleased all, including the dog, had such a good experience at Big Sky Cottages.
Hope to see you all again.
Big Sky is situated in a perfect rural garden setting near the sea.
It is the ideal base ideal observing wildlife, good local fishing, bird watching, painting, cycling, sailing, running and walking.
Historic buildings, such as Blickling Hall, Sandringham and the medieval city of Norwich with it's 7 day market, castle and cathedral are a great focus for a day out.
BeWILDerwood, one of the country's top 10 children's attractions is at Horning, a 25 min drive away.
The rural location of Big Sky on the edge of the Norfolk Broads offers an ideal base for day sailing or cruising on the rivers. Boats can be hired from local small boatyards or the larger villages such as Wroxham, known as the centre of the Broads.
The unspoilt sandy beach of Winterton-on-Sea is a 15 min walk away along the bridle path that runs beside the property. A 2 min drive takes you to the car park and Beach Cafe on the dunes right beside the beach. Winterton Dunes are a nature reserve and popular with bird watchers and walkers.
The ever growing seal colony at nearby Horsey can be viewed during the pupping season, Nov - Jan, and seals can be seen in the sea all year long.
There are plenty of quiet beaches all the way along the Norfolk coast, most have a pub or tea room nearby. If you wish for a more traditional seaside resort Gt Yarmouth is a 20 minute drive away and the northern resorts of Cromer, Hunstanton and Sheringham offer a perfect day trip.
Winterton-on-Sea: pub, fish and chips, P.O/groceries. beach and nature reserve/half a mile
Horsey: NT mill/pub/beach/seals 2.6 m
Waxham Barn: 5.9m
Martham: Broads sailing and bigger village for provisions 2.1 m
Thrigby: Wildlife Park 7.6 m
BeWILDerwood: one of the Observer Top 50 Attractions 11.5 m
Gt. Yarmouth: traditional sea side town 9.8 m
Norwich: medieval city with cathedral, 7 day market and shops! 21.2 m
Wroxham: centre of the Norfolk Broads 14.3 m
Further Local Details:
The Fisherman's Return at Winterton is a 15 min walk along the bridle path, good food with seating outside - a popular local haunt. A very dog friendly pub.
The Dunes Cafe is situated right next to the beach and car park. This is highly recommended for its bacon rolls, full English breakfasts, light lunches and home made cakes. Open every day in high season and and at weekends during winter months.
The Horsey Nelson, also recommended is near the N.T. property Horsey Mill.
The Swan at Ingham is a 20 min drive away reopens again in 2019 for gourmet dining.
The beach and dunes at Winterton are a National Nature Reserve and well worth a visit at any time of the year, a fantastic walking/bird watching area. In summer the unspoilt beach has all you need - a beach cafe, car park and toilets.
Winterton, the beach, pub and cafe were noted as one of the world's top 30 destinations by an author of The Rough Guide.
Good fishing is to be found locally, links given on our website.
Martham is the nearest village for grocery shopping having 2 Co op shops, a butchers, bakery and take away Chinese.
Larger supermarkets can be found at Stalham and Caister.
We are happy to receive a pre-ordered grocery delivery on the day of your arrival.
Norwich is a fascinating medieval city with a Norman castle, two cathedrals and a six day market. It is recognised as one of the top ten shopping destinations in the U.K. It not only has the usual large department stores and shopping malls but also winding streets and alleys of small boutiques and shops, known as 'The Lanes'.
If you prefer a traditional seaside atmosphere the resort of Great Yarmouth, with it's funfair, pier and circus is a 20 min drive away.
More information regarding places of interest, local events and leisure activities can be found in the property.