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Stunning coastal cottage, close to Horsey beach & iconic National Trust Windpump

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

An ideal coastal escape for families or couples. This stunning semi-detached cottage has just been newly decorated for its first year's guests. Within easy walking distance of both the beautiful sandy stretch of coastline at Horsey and also 'Horsey Mere' on the Norfolk Broads with its National Trust wind pump. Seal Cottage is the perfect place to relax, explore the local beaches and enjoy this very special part of Norfolk on the Norfolk Broads. Take a wildlife boat trip from Horsey Staithe (May to end Sept) or hire a Day Boat available from several staithes in the surrounding villages.

The cottage has been completely refurbished, and much thought has gone into transforming it into a cosy and beautiful holiday let. On the ground floor its comfortable and sociable layout provides space for the whole family. The open-plan kitchen and dining area has a warm yet modern feel with its beautiful amtico floor and soft grey blue cupboards. The kitchen is well set up for cooking, which comes highly recommended if you venture out to pick up some seafood/catch of the day from the fishmongers in nearby Scratby. The cottage has a spacious yet cosy sitting room with a woodburner, plenty of logs and shelves full of games, DVDs and books. In both the sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room there is a freeview TV with a built in DVD player. Downstairs there is also a shower room with w/c. Upstairs there are 2 double bedrooms with king size beds, both with good quality mattresses and built in cupboards. The twin bedroom with matching single beds has a chest of drawers. There is also a newly fitted bathroom with overhead shower attachment.

As well as having a woodburner stove, the cottage is central heated and double glazed throughout so very cosy all year round. It has a large enclosed patio area with lawn. There is also a spacious 'walk in' open covered area ideal for bicycles. At the front there is ample off-street parking for 2 cars.

Horsey is a unique and special place, a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As well as being close to the beautiful sandy beach at Horsey Gap, the cottage is also within walking distance of Horsey Mere, on the Norfolk Broads. The area is renowned world wide for its diverse wildlife, conservation and rare birds. This is where the European Crane first settled after 400 years of absence in the UK. As well as being popular for bird watchers, Horsey also has one of the largest and most accessible seal colonies. This season there was a record numbers of seals (over 1,800 pups) born on or close to Horsey Gap beach.

From the cottage garden there are wonderful views of the surrounding low level countryside and the cranes are often heard or seen flying over, as are a number of other rare birds.

Also from the cottage, there are various footpaths perfect for dog walking - and it's just a short walk to Horsey Gap beach and its seals. There is a fabulous longer circular walk (1hr45) (right next to the cottage) taking you past the infamous Brograve Mill, Horsey Mere, the iconic National Trust Horsey Windpump with its Tea Room and then the beautiful sandy beach/dunes of Horsey beach.

As well as the wildlife, Horsey has a highly sought after pub, The Nelson Head - (just featured as a top 10 in Norfolk in both the Norfolk Magazine - 4th best cosy pub and in The Eastern Daily Press for being one of the most dog friendly). There is also a popular café, Poppylands, a short walk from the cottage. Winterton-on-Sea, another coastal holiday destination is a short drive away with its beach café, local fish & chip shop and corner shop.

Great for a beach holiday, for keen wildlife enthusiasts, cyclists and walkers.

TRAVEL DISTANCES : Norwich Airport 24 miles away (47mins)

Norwich station 24 miles (45 mins)

Acle station 12 miles (27 mins)

Great Yarmouth 13 miles (28 mins)

Winterton-on sea 5 miles

Sea Palling 3 miles

Cromer 25 miles

Norfolk Broads - Horsey Mere, Horsey ;

Hickling Broad 7.5 miles.

More Details

Member since: 2018
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Suzanna

Having lived locally in Norfolk for over 20 years I am able to offer invaluable advice and local knowledge to all guests. Please feel free to ask any questions or seek suggestions for activities or destinations to visit during your stay.

Why Suzanna chose Horsey

Spacious, calm and relaxed yet only a short walk from the beach, Poppylands and Brograve Mill.

What makes this cottage unique

Brand newly furnished - a great holiday home for families or couples.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Horsey in Broadland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Upstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Master Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Stunning coastal cottage, close to Horsey beach & iconic National Trust Windpump
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Wonderful Countryside and Coastal home

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived at Seal cottage we felt instantly relaxed and at home . Set in a small hamlet it is an idyllic spot where the only sound you hear most of the time is Birdsong. We didn't want for anything in this beautiful cottage , except perhaps another week ! The kitchen had everything we needed to make snacks or a full meal and it was lovely to have the doors that open onto the garden. The lounge was so cosy and it was tempting to light the log burner even though we had lovely weather. The bedrooms are light with loads of wardrobe space and we all slept very well in the great quality beds. We spent a lot of time in the enclosed garden (ideal for the dog too), it had great views and we saw deer on many occasions as well as a variety of bird species.

The cottage is close to a really good pub (in walking distance) and in the tiny church of Horsey there are pictures of Horsey Corner from over 100 years ago . Don't forget your binoculars , seal watching is a must and the beaches are a short walk across the fields from the cottage. . Suzanna is a great host and her attention to detail makes for a great holiday . Already discussing our next visit !

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely clean well equipped cottage in fab location

  • 5 of 5

Seal cottage has been tastefully renovated to a very high standard. The kitchen is well equipped with lots of crockery & glasses etc. The beds & sofa were comfortable & plenty of hot water with decent pressure. Large fluffy bath sheets, hand towels, plenty of hangers & there’s even a USB socket. The cottage is lovely & warm & we even enjoyed the wood burner so ideal any time of year. We didn’t have great weather but did the circular walk on the doorstep to Horsey Mere & went on a boat trip, highly recommend it as had the boat & place to ourselves to enjoy the tranquility. The Nelson is a great pub with friendly locals a short walk around the fields. We would also recommend the Star in Lessingham for great food. The cottage is in a good location to explore the area & all it has to offer,. Thanks for the welcome pack we would love to stay again. The Rubery’s

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning location, beautiful and well-equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Seal Cottage - it was both beautiful and practical, and perfectly suited to our big family. Welcomed by some lovely Easter chocolates, we found everything we needed for cooking big meals in the well equipped kitchen. The bedrooms and bathrooms were spotless, with lots of clever storage space, fresh towels and bedding. We loved the sitting room, with its very comfortable sofa, bean bag and armchair, where we could all comfortably gather around the cosy logburner.

The sea is an easy ten minute walk away, where sandy beaches and seals can be found in abundance, and a footpath running just to the side of the cottage takes you into the marshlands of Horsey Mere, with wonderful birdlife (hawks, owls!) just on your doorstep. There were lots of other places close by along the coast to explore, like Waxham with its renovated barn and lovely beaches. Within walking distance in Horsey village are two cafes, a pub, the Horsey Windpump (with sails newly on), and a beautiful little church well worth visiting. We look forward to returning another time!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so thrilled to have received your wonderful review. I think you have covered everything far better than I did on the website! We're so pleased that you enjoyed staying at Seal Cottage and found lots to do in and around Horsey. Thank you so much! You are welcome back any time.
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Wonderful location, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, warm, well equipped cottage.

Good location, wonderful scenery.

Suzanne was a conciderate host.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Seal Cottage and also enjoyed being at Horsey. You were wonderful guests and the cottage was so clean and tidy when you left. Come again!
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Seal Cottage , Horsey. A lovely holiday cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We were 3 80 year old ladies on holiday and we had a lovely time.

The cottage was warm and very well furnished. The beds were very

comfortable and plenty of cupboard space in the bedrooms.

The cottage is in walking distance of the the beach where we saw the

Seals and there are wonderful walks and footpaths nearby.A very good

and amusing tea shop restaurant very close by which has a Dad's Army

theme and is well worth a visit.We loved our stay and thoroughly

recommend the cottage to anyone wanting to holiday in that part

of Norfolk.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Norwich Airport
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Cafe = Poppylands - very close by
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
pub food = Nelson Head & National Trust Tea Room
Nearest Beach
1250 Metres
Horsey Gap, Horsey
Car: recommended

The seals are a must-see on Horsey Gap!

From early summer take a memorable wildlife trip from the Horsey Staithe on Ross' boat on Horsey Mere.

Enjoy the wonderful sandy beaches at Horsey, Waxham and Winterton. Pop along to see the very nearly restored Horsey wind pump and have a cup of Tea and cake / ice cream at Horsey Staithe Tea room.

Lots of nearby activities to keep the children busy too. Bewilderwood, near Wroxham, is within half an hours drive and a perfect family day out. Thrigby Zoo (Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens) is also close by and is a fantastic place to visit. Enjoy Great Yarmouth, again within half an hour, and bursting with fun things to do, so many activities, with attractions and shows stretching along the Golden Mile and the long sandy beach. Horsey is one of the closest coastal villages to Norwich too. The city is well worth a visit with its Cathedral - one of the finest in England with its beautiful cloisters and Cathedral Close. Lots of good restaurants and great shopping too.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Horsey, East of England

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
11th - 24th May
11 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
May Half Term
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early holidays 13th - 19 July
13 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
20 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays 24th - 30 Aug
24 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early September
31 Aug 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late September
14 Sep 2018 - 4 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early Oct
5 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
half term oct
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £20

There is free wifi at the cottage, but we cannot guarantee its speed. Horsey is in a very rural spot and 'infinity' wifi is not available in the village.

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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