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Rose Farm is a gorgeous early Victorian cottage, situated in the heart of Hickling village, and within walking distance of Hickling Broad. It is a stunning, spacious cottage with a truly beautiful large cottage garden to enjoy.
It was initially two individual cottages and our lovely owners have spent much love, time, soul, heart and effort converting it into one large and gorgeous farmhouse cottage to be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who steps inside its welcoming doors.
It is a 5-10 min drive to Sea Palling (Blue Flag) beach and the village boasts 2 dog friendly pubs, both within short walking distance.
There are some wonderful circular and coastal walks to enjoy with your dogs (http://maps.norfolk.gov.uk/trails/) and the area is fantastic for getting out and about on your bike. If you fancy a bit of town shopping the seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are a short drive away, and more locally, why don’t you explore some of the lovely little villages we have nearby such as Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Horsey, East Ruston (famous for its Vicarage Gardens!) or head up to Mundesley and catch a bit of crazy golf! Lots of dog friendly places to explore and quite a few National Trust bases to visit (my favourite is Felbrigg…..Lots of super walks) With the historic city of Norwich just 20 miles away, there is a lot to do from this marvellous base in Hickling.
Hickling Broad is the largest of the Broads and a year-round haven for wildlife. Hickling is situated on the Upper Thurne river system, which holds a significant percentage of the UK population of common crane as well as important breeding numbers of bittern, marsh harrier bearded tit and Cetti’s warbler. Hickling Broad Nature Reserve is at the end of Stubb Road, and in winter, large numbers of marsh harriers roost in the reedbed north east of Stubb Mill; merlin and hen harrier are also regulars. Barn owls are almost guaranteed and you may see kingfisher if you are lucky. Interesting mammals include the introduced Chinese water deer, red deer and hard-to-see otters.
There are lots of walks from the door, including to the Nature Reserve, the Weavers Way and many bridle paths. It’s a great place for cycling too.
Two dogs very welcome (do contact Gail if more)
Bedrooms all upstairs
Smoke Free Property
Broadband & WiFi
Off road parking for one car and on road parking for another two.
When you arrive:
There is one space in the driveway just outside the front door of Rose Farm, and there is space on the road for two more cars to park with plenty of room
Open the front door into the
This stunning entrance with tiled floors, original beams, flint feature wall, original feature fireplace, with uplighters and spotlights makes for a smashing introduction to this amazing cottage.
Straight ahead of you is the entrance to the dining room and conservatory, however, turn left into the:
The fully fitted and well-proportioned cream and wood kitchen has lots of storage space, fitted electric cooker and ceramic hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and seating for 8.
Take the exit to the left hand side of the kitchen to the rear door and the
Rose Farm’s large garden is laid mainly to lawn and is enclosed with native hedging and some wiring on the surround. The bottom of the garden has a paddock gate. Beautiful trees provide lots of shade with gorgeous shrubs, flowers and plants throughout, and apple, plum and pear trees. There is dog-proof fencing on all the gates, and we have made the hedge as secure as we can, but we wouldn’t like to guarantee that your dog couldn’t find a hole that we haven’t!
Come back in via the rear door and turn left to the
Utility Room and Shower Room:
On returning back inside the house, on the left there is a downstairs shower, toilet and sink. This is particularly handy if you have spent time on Hickling Broad, doing a lot of fab and fun sailing, paddling or swimming and want to have a good old shower before coming back in.
Beyond the shower is the utility room which houses the combi-boiler.
This room has extra storage, washing machine/dryer, ironing board and iron, sink and plenty of room for drying, and for crates/dog food.
Return through the shower room and corridor to the kitchen then and take the left-hand exit into the:
This light and airy room is furnished with comfy sofas (enough for 6-8) and has the benefit of a lovely woodburner. There is a TV, and CD player. (You can plug a laptop in via a VGA cable or use the HDMI input). There are books and games to use whilst you are here and the room has lovely views across the stunning garden. There are some lovely local photos and pictures on the wall – all telling a local story and part of Hickling Village history.
Go straight ahead into the
The dining room has formal seating for 6 with views into the conservatory and the garden. The original flint cobble wall is exposed here, part of the ancient structure that the farm was built around. There’s a stereo amplifier and speakers.
There are more comfy seats in front of the woodburner, and a formal dresser full of games and jigsaw puzzles. The low ceilings and mood uplighters give a sense of cosiness to enjoy while looking out though the wide folding glass doors to the:
This is a stunning room with gorgeous views across the whole of the garden. This is a lovely place to sit and read, watch the wildlife or simply pass an hour or two in quiet contemplation. There are 2 comfy armchairs.
Exit the conservatory and take the door straight ahead of you, out of the dining room.
Downstairs Shower Room:
Is found to the right hand side of the stairs. This is an ultra-modern shower room with a thermostatic shower fed by mains pressure and a hand basin.
Go up a few stairs to the landing and you will find another washroom with a toilet and a hand basin.
Up a few more stairs to the long, bright and airy upstairs hallway (almost long enough for a game of family ten pin bowling!
On your right is:
This room is equipped with two single beds, a wardrobe, a bedside cabinet and lights, with lovely views over the garden. Back in the hallway, take the next right to:
Equipped with a double bed, a wardrobe, 2 bedside units and side lights, again with a great view of the garden.
Back in the hallway, take the next right to:
A lovely bedroom with a double bed, side units, side lights and a garden view, framed by a wisteria.
Exit the bedroom and take the next right into
A large bedroom with a double bed, two fitted wardrobes and bedside units with more amazing views into the garden. As you exit the bedroom, on the right is the:
Which has a white suite comprising a bath, over-the-bath shower, a toilet and pedestal basin.
Things to Note:
- We have a Friday to Friday changeover – at the moment it is not available for short breaks.
- We provide all bed linen and towels.
- There is WiFi available everywhere in the house, with good broadband speeds (35mbps max).
- This is a much-loved family home, and the owners are all non-smokers, and would appreciate it if you didn’t smoke inside the house.
- The owners would prefer a maximum of 2 dogs – they know the garden is big enough for more, but it’s a quiet spot and they need to respect the neighbours. They would prefer dogs not to be on the beds or sofas unless the throws provided are used, or you bring your own favourite protective dog-blanket.
- Warning for tall people (anyone over 6ft / 1.85m):
Rose Farm is a very old house with some low ceilings, some sloping, especially in the upstairs hall, and low doorways, with steps up into all of the bedrooms – you will need to duck! Be careful with opening the veluxes in the upstairs hall and make sure they are fully closed again.
- The stairs are narrow, so with regret we don’t think them suitable for those with very restricted mobility. Please let us know if you need a stair gate for little ones or animals.
What we provide
Tea, coffee, milk and sugar
All bed linen and towels
Dog crate on request
Dog bowls, basket, towels/dog blankets, holiday collars, furniture throws
All major supermarkets deliver and groceries can be put away for you before you arrive if you want to arrange an online delivery. Just let us know.
Rose Farm has a refundable security deposit of £100
We will provide you with a welcome pack for your arrival (please let us know if you have any allergies) consisting of cake, milk, tea, coffee and sugar (and some treats for pooches).
Location & Directions
Rose Farm, Stubb Road, Hickling, Norfolk, NR12 0YS
Follow the A149 (from Norwich towards Stalham) and continue past Stalham for 2.8 miles. Turn left onto New Road (just past Catfield) and follow this for 0.6 of a mile.
Turn left at the junction and follow this road (Heath Road) into the village for about a mile. At The Greyhound (dog friendly) pub, turn right down Stubb Road. Follow this road for approximately 0.1 of a mile and Rose Farm is the last cottage just before the left hand turn.
Fantastic stay, thanks very much. A really nice friendly place. See you all again soon. Adrian