The cottage comprises two rooms and a bathroom: to the right of the front door there is a beamed living room with vaulted ceiling, two comfy settees, freeview TV and DVD player whilst at one end is a kitchenette offering full-size fan oven, dishwasher, sink, small under-counter fridge with separate freezer compartment, microwave and toaster, and table and chairs. To the right of the hallway is a large double-bedded room with an adjacent bathroom offering bath with electric shower over, basin and toilet. The washing machine is housed in a laundry room to the rear of the cottage. The property is centrally heated outside the summer months, and an electric fire is provided in the living room for cooler summer evenings. Garden Cottage is south-facing and visitors enjoy sitting in the peaceful garden, reading, eating or just watching the wildlife. A garden table and chairs are provided, as well as two sun-loungers and a BBQ. A well-behaved dog is welcome - however, although gated and surrounded by thick hedges, I cannot guarantee that the garden should be considered totally dog-proof if your dog was determined to escape!
Country Cottage in Hindolveston, Holt, Norfolk - Peaceful Rural Setting
- english, french, german
- Calendar last updated:
- 15 Jan 2019
About Val Tansley
I am a retired school teacher, and live just across the field from Swallow Barn with my two dogs - Pippa, a very friendly Jack Russell, and Harley, a re-homed Border Terrier - and Sunny, my retired horse. I live in the house adjoining Garden Cottage and though you will rarely see me unless you want to, being so close to the holiday accommodation means I am always on hand if help or information is needed - whilst my son cheerfully deals with any maintenance issues!
Val Tansley purchased this Cottage in 1987
Why Val Tansley chose Hindolveston
Garden Cottage is an annexe to my farmhouse which is sited on a 4 acre smallholding. I bought the house and land in 1987, and could not believe my luck in finding such an idyllic place to live. Garden Cottage was formally the dormitory accommodation for the horse-mad teenagers who came to me on fun riding holidays during the summer months, whilst the stables were sited in a detached barn on my top field - converted in 2000 to my other holiday cottage, Swallow Barn. This cottage is accessed down the lane and often booked by families in conjunction with Garden Cottage. This is such an amazingly peaceful area for those like myself who like to be away from the noise and bustle of the town and enjoy, instead, listening to the joyful sound of the thrush in full song and the hooting of the barn owls.
What makes this Cottage unique
Garden Cottage makes an excellent base for accessing numerous places of interest and enjoyment within a half hour journey, from Sheringham to Norwich, from Blakeney to the Norfolk Broads, and with a great deal in between. It would be hard to find a more peaceful and private holiday home, disturbed only by a few neighbouring sheep and some pipistrelle bats. What could be more pleasant than to relax in this tranquil setting at the end of an exhausting day?
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful rural setting
My partner and I were looking forward to our Christmas break. We were greeted warmly by Val the owner who looked after us well. The cottage lived up to our expectations. It was warm, very comfortable and clean. Everything was at hand when needed.
The cottage was in a good position in exploring rural Norfolk and the North coast. We will definitely be back in the near future.
Thank you for your kind review. It was lovely meeting you and Simon, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas holiday here. I look forward to welcoming you both again in the future.
Just the right size
The cottage was perfect for our needs, just the right size for the two of us. Everything we needed was there and Val was extremely efficient with her meet and greet. Lovely, peaceful setting.
Relaxing week in 'Garden Cottage'.
We have just returned from a relaxing week in 'Garden Cottage'. From Val's warm welcome to the unusually warm April weather we were able to have a great holiday.
Centrally placed in peaceful countryside we were easily able to visit the Broads and the North and East coasts along quiet roads and lanes. We would return to sit in the delightful garden with clumps of daffodils round apple trees and swathes of primroses. Our dog loved lying in the sun.
We know where to come if we need to unwind and recharge our batteries.
We will recommend this cottage to friends and hope to return.
Sonia, Derek and Millie dog
Thank you for your kind review. I’m so glad the weather was kind so you were able to enjoy sitting in the garden – the spring flowers and blossom are so uplifting after the winter months aren’t they. I look forward to seeing you both and Millie again in the future.
Back again for our 4th visit, love this cottage, and val's hospitality, lovely and relaxing - booking again for next year, very dog friendly - always made to feel very welcome. Val is always around but not intrusive, willing to share her knowledge of the area. Just love it.
Thank you - Janet, Ray and Annie Brace.
Thank you so much - it’s lovely to have such loyal guests as yourselves. A summer without the Braces would be like a summer without the swallows! Looking forward to seeing you again next year – bring your usual good weather please!
A Warm Welcoming Home from Home
The Property was the perfect home from home to explore the wonders and delights of Norfolk. Nestled in the countryside but only a 15 min drive from a main shopping area
Val was the perfect Hostess always on hand if needed. The cottage had all that you would need in a well maintained lovely spacious cosy setting the garden was spacious with enough room for the dog to run around in.
the wild life was lovely to see and hear from Woodpeckers, Rabbits and Owls.
So thankyou Val for 2 wonderful weeks looking forward to returning again next year.
Keith , Georgina , Vince the Dog
Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed you stay and look forward to seeing you both and Vince again next year.
We must have chosen one of the worst weeks this summer to take our summer break, but despite that we had one of the best holidays ever. Garden Cottage was cosy and warm with all the facilities needed for a home from home feel. It is situated in beautiful countryside with easy access to city, towns, villages and the coast. Each day we returned from our explorations and relaxed in Garden Cottage with a glass of wine and the peace of the countryside all around us. This was all made even more satisfying by the care given by Val, a really lovely lady, who while not at all intrusive, was concerned for our comfort and enjoyment (particularly as she was unable to control the weather for our stay). Thank you Val for the use of your lovely cottage and your company and chats. We enjoyed sharing your little piece of heaven for our holiday week.
Di & Mick Gallagher
Thank you both so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you have taken back some happy memories despite the weather, though coming back to a glass or two of wine does help! Such a shame as we are usually known for being a low rainfall area!
Set amongst lawns and fruit trees, where abundant wildlife includes swallows and pipistrelle bats, Garden Cottage offers visitors peace and tranquillity.
The cottage comprises two rooms and a bathroom: to the right of the front door there is a beamed living room with vaulted ceiling, two comfy settees, freeview TV and DVD player whilst at one end is a kitchenette offering full-size fan oven, dishwasher, sink, small under-counter fridge with separate freezer compartment, microwave and toaster, and table and chairs. To the right of the hallway is a large double-bedded room with an adjacent bathroom offering bath with electric shower over, basin and toilet. The washing machine is housed in a laundry room to the rear of the cottage. The property is centrally heated outside the summer months, and an electric fire is provided for cooler summer evenings. Garden Cottage is south-facing and visitors enjoy sitting in the peaceful garden, reading, eating or just watching the wildlife. A well-behaved dog is welcome - however, although surrounded by thick hedges, the garden cannot be considered totally dog-proof. (My other cottage, E3258, offers a dog-proof garden!)
The cottage is located 6 miles from the Georgian town of Holt, with its excellent range of shops and restaurants. The many quiet lanes and off-road tracks are ideal for cycling and walking, while bird watchers will enjoy the local Raptor Point, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve and the Blakeney and Cley marshes. Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall – both National Trust properties – are about 15 and 20 minutes distance respectively, and Sandringham, too, is easily accessed. Explore the North Norfolk Coast, with its clean, sandy beaches, as well as the Norfolk Broads and Norwich (30 mins), with its castle, theatres, shops and night-life. Within 3 miles you will find an excellent family-run butchery and bakery, 2 open-late general stores and PO, 2 takeaways and good pub food.