The Workers Cottage


Great Bircham, Norfolk

Sublime indoor/outdoor living for families and friends, in a pretty Norfolk village (sleeps 6)

3 Bedrooms

4 Bathrooms

Alfresco tub

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Private garden

Walk to a pub

Walk to a shop



Space & setting.

Alfresco aficionados will love the garden here, brilliantly designed as part of the living space. Its various nooks can be used all year round, whether luxuriating under bubbles in the alfresco tub, sluicing off beach sand under a hot shower, cooking up a feast in the outdoor kitchen or listening to early morning birdsong beneath the boughs of the apple tree. Smaller visitors will love racing around the lawn and getting their hands dirty in a mini mud kitchen. Inside, the 19thC double-fronted cottage is both cosy and exquisitely decorated — a sociable kitchen, double-aspect sitting room, and 3 lovely bedrooms decorated in chalky colours and natural textures. Every detail sings (it comes as no surprise that the owners are interior designers).

Just 15 minutes by car from Brancaster Beach (popular with kite surfers), this is the perfect launchpad for North Norfolk’s fashionable seaside towns and sandy beaches, but if you’d rather stay local there’s plenty on the doorstep. The picturesque village is just 2 minutes away on foot, and wildlife from the neighbouring Sandringham Estate can be glimpsed in the nearby fields — pheasants, hares, deer and owls.

Getting here: drive, or train to Kings Lyn and taxi (20 mins)

“Jason and I met through work, creating and delivering very high-end interior design projects for wealthy clients. Years later, we came on holiday with our young family to Norfolk and fell in love with the area. We found and renovated a house for ourselves, and relocated at the start of 2020 just as the world locked down! We then set about looking for the perfect rental project. This house was built in the mid 1880s as a workers cottage on the Sandringham estate. It was an epic restoration that took over a year.” Owner Jolene

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Golden hour, when the sun creates the most dramatics sunsets and pours through the front windows of the cottage.”

We love
The vintage dining bench and ancient beamed ceiling in the sitting room.

You may not love
Min stays; please enquire for your dates. Not ideal for pets but the owner will consider requests.

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  • "I just wanted to email to say a huge thank you for such a lovely stay at Bircham Cottage. The Cottage was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for all your attention to detail and making sure we had everything we needed right down to making a festive christmas table with serving platters and table linen! You have created a beautiful home from home and it was so clean, well thought through and amazingly presented. We also really enjoyed visiting Norfolk, and walking on the beaches nearby."

    Ellie & Family, December 2022
  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely village. It is without doubt the best place we have ever stayed and we have stayed in many cottages. We look forward to returning."

    Annette, September 2021


Renovated in an eco friendly way, reusing building materials and using lime plaster on walls and environmentally friendly paints. Many of the furnishings are vintage.


  • Stroll to pick up supplies at Bircham Stores and Café and treat yourself to an artisan coffee while you’re there.
  • Visit Bircham Windmill, one of the few working windmills remaining in the county, and see the sails and cogs turning on windy days. Pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread from its shop or hire a bike and head off on nearby cycle routes.
  • The Dabbling Duck is a go-to for dinner and prides itself on seasonal game dishes; lighter bites (pizza and street food) are available in the garden.
  • Watch the kitesurfers at Brancaster or book a beach hut at Wells Next The Sea and spend a day at the beach, gorgeous in all seasons.
  • Walk around Sandringham Estate’s parkland, and take kids to the play park.
  • Pay a weekend visit to the Tap Room at Duration, a hip, farm-based craft beer company that aims to brings the flavours of the countryside to its ales.
  • Rooted in local provenance and a ‘from scratch’ philosophy, the Rose & Crown in Harpley is the place to go for Norfolk flavours.
  • Houghton Hall is a 5-minute drive away, one of England’s finest Palladian houses.


  • Double-fronted 19thC cottage
  • 3 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, 1 twin
  • Master ensuite shower room; the other rooms share a family bathroom with shower/tub
  • Bathrobes provided
  • Well-equipped kitchen with Rangemaster and induction hob; basic supplies
  • Welcome hamper
  • Living area with woodburner and Smart TV
  • Board games and toys, plus a mud kitchen outside
  • Travel cot, highchair and kids’ crockery
  • Big garden with alfresco dining furniture
  • Outdoor kitchen and BBQ
  • Double-ended alfresco tub and rain shower in a cabin
  • Parking on the driveway
  • One dog on request
  • Walk to a local shop, cafe and deli, restaurant and hotel bar; drive to pubs (10 mins)
  • The owners live locally, available by phone
  • Booking conditions: minimum 2 nights, going up to 3 nights weekends and 4 nights midweek in peak periods – check the calendar for applicable minimum stays on your dates.
  • Remember to pack: walking shoes, swimmers and beach towels

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30% deposit on booking, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 12+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.


We have x2 dog bowls and a couple of blankets, but we do request you bring your own equipment and beds. Dogs are not allowed in beds or furniture.

We provide shampoo, body cleanser and conditioner. Plus bubble bath for the outdoor bath cabin.

In the months of October to April we provide you with a bag of logs and kindling. You can buy extra logs before arrival if you wish.

We can provide a toddler booster seat, cot, high chair and bed guard. We have two of each but these need to be requested following your booking and latest a few days prior to your arrival. In addition to this, we also have a Mud kitchen outside and inside some books and small toys for Children.

Brancaster is just under a 20 minute drive.

Unfortunately this is not something we can accomodate.

Whilst we do try to accommodate an earlier check in/late check out when requested, this is not guaranteed.

The garden is enclosed by a gate and fencing/heading, however, we cannot say the garden is dog secure. There are gaps in the hedge leading to neighbouring fields.

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