The Walled Garden, Norfolk

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Idyllic romantic hideaway in a tranquil walled garden, 10 miles from Holkham Beach (sleeps 2)

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Close to a beach

Eco conscious

Parking

Private garden

WiFi

Space & setting.

Risen from the ruins of a Victorian workhouse is a suite of cabins within a secret garden that’s as enchanting as its storybook address in Great Snoring. It’s the dreamiest sanctuary for 2, for those weekends that demand something extra special. The owners were tempted to live in it themselves, but luckily for us, they built their own house next door instead, and filled this one with lovely touches like seasonal flowers, a table inlaid with a map of the area, tactile sheepskins and leather chairs, and Norfolk Natural Living toiletries with scents inspired by coastal walks and English country gardens.

The seasons dance through the 2 acres of tranquil walled garden, where you’ll feel hidden away from the world. Spring and summer stays are idyllic: sunshine, brimming flowerbeds, and watching kites, oystercatchers, wagtails and swallows swoop and sing overhead. But when the weather turns, you get to watch the rain through the endless panels of glass as the woodburning stove glows with warmth. The light streams in year-round, spotlighting furnishings by Birdie Fortescue and textiles by Weaver Green. Norfolk’s North Coast is famous for its sandy beaches, nature reserves, migratory birds and the largest seal colony on Blakeney Point, so build in time for day trips — or just hunker down and stay put. Who could blame you?

Getting here: you’ll need to drive

“Our house started life as a workhouse — built in 1836 to house 250 occupants. It was later used as a hospital, then by the military, before falling into total disrepair. We purchased the derelict site in 2013 and built a contemporary family home attached to the original chapel, where we now live. We gradually turned the walled enclosure into a garden, planted with beautiful borders and areas of wildflower, then added the cabins, which we lived in ourselves for a spell.” Owners, Mark and Sally

My Kip favourites

They love
“In the evenings, we love to light a campfire in the woodland area and cook up a paella.”

We love
The play of light through the planting as the sun lowers in golden hour. Take blankets out to the garden with a glass of something chilled to enjoy it.

You may not love
You’ll need a car to get here but can hire ebikes to explore. Sorry, no dogs as the owners have 2 dogs.

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  • "What a fabulous place! We had planned lots of things to do while we were here but in the end didn't want to leave this beautiful place, just chilled out and enjoyed the views and birdlife. Totally chilled now and don't want to go home. Will definitely be back again."

    Nigel & Sarah, April 2023

Sustainability.

Water is from their own borehole.

Surrounds.

  • Holkham © Holkham.co.uk
  • Holkham Beach is the sandy, cinematic star of the North Norfolk coastline; you can hire ebikes to reach it along beautiful quiet country lanes. Trendy Wells-next-the-Sea is also bikeable.
  • Fresh-from-the-boats fish and chips at The Carpenters Arms at Wighton or The Stiffkey Red Lion at Stiffkey are a must, or book ahead at Morston Hall Michelin-starred restaurant, if you’re coming here to celebrate.
  • The boutique shops in 17thC Burnham Market are great for browsing: beautiful fashion (including an incredible hat shop), handmade homewares and local art.
  • This corner of the world has plenty of grand estates to explore, including Holkham Estate with its own walled garden, and regular gigs by big names, Sandringham House and Blickling Hall.
  • The area is also famed for its nature reserves, migratory birds and and England’s largest seal colony on Blakeney Point – there are walks a’plenty, and skippered boat trips.

Specifics.

  • Romantic hideaway in a walled garden, spread between 2 cabins
  • Sleeping cabin: super-kingsize bed, ensuite shower bathroom with Norfolk Natural Living toiletries
  • Open-plan living cabin
  • Fully equipped kitchen (induction hob) with basic supplies
  • Dining tables
  • Sofa area with Smart TV, board games, Airplay music system, record player and vinyl and books
  • Various alfresco dining areas
  • Good WiFi
  • Ebike hire
  • Cycle/drive to a farm shop (2.4 miles), gastro pubs (3-10 miles), supermarkets (4.6 miles) and beaches (10 miles)
  • The owners live on-site, there if you need them
  • Sorry, no dogs
  • Booking conditions: min 2 nights
  • Remember to pack: beach towels

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