Kingsley Cottage is a lovely 3 bedroom cottage in the perfect location for discovering the popular Norfolk Broads, be it boating, sailing, nature reserves or beaches, but it's just far enough away from the middle of the busy towns which very much come to life in the summer months.
Located right in the middle of Hickling Green, Kingsley cottage is a light and airy end of terrace cottage and has a wonderfully secure dog friendly garden, so no worrying about whether your dog will escape on this holiday!
If you don’t know the Broads and wonder whether this is the place for you, let me just very quickly give you the briefest overview of the area:
This end of terrace cottage has been well decorated and most importantly, has a lovely secure garden with grass and decking, perfect for your dog.
If you visit in the winter months, (and this is a fantastic place to base yourself to see the seals at Horsey or visit some of the fantastic nature reserves in the area) there is a lovely open fire which you’re welcome to light, the house does central heating as well!
This is a lovely comfortable room with enough seating for 6 people.
It has French doors opening up onto the decking, wonderful in the summer months when you can just wander in and out. As to be expected, it has a TV and DVD along with plenty of games, CD’s and books to keep all generations amused! The open fire is in the kitchen, but this sitting room has a radiator.
This is a lovely airy kitchen and big enough to have a kitchen table where you can eat all your meals. There are windows on either side of the room, two of the windows look out onto the road and the main larger window looks out onto the garden.
As mentioned above, this room has the open fire which can be lit when needed. If you’ve been on the nature reserves or long blustery walks in the winter, then coming home to light the fire and have a chat over something to eat is the perfect end to the day. A starter pack of logs and kindling is provided which at least starts you on the right leg.
There is no shortage of cutlery, pans etc and Kingsley Cottage has everything you need from a kitchen! And if you don’t feel like cooking, why not stagger on down to the pub, literally a few minutes’ walk away!
With ample space for six people, Kingsley Cottage has 1 double room and 2 twin rooms, all coming off from the landing. All very comfortable rooms; one looks out to the garden and the other two onto the quiet road.
The bathroom is downstairs. It has a shower attachment on the bath as you can see from the photo above. Other than that, its a perfectly good serviceable bathroom!
This is a great little garden with lawn and decking. The garden furniture is for your use, as is the BBQ. In the summer months you can enjoy having your meals out in the garden, knowing the dogs/children are safe!
Towels and linen are provided, always a huge plus as it means you don’t have to fill up your car with these extras.
There is car parking space for 2 cars outside the house.
Kingsley Cottage has been awarded 4 stars from the Visit England, always a good accolade to have
One thing to note is that mobile coverage can be a bit intermittent. If you live in Norfolk you get used to this, but maybe this is the holiday where you can forget about your mobile and just enjoy your surroundings!
My personal thoughts on this holiday cottage are:
The owners of Kingsley Cottage provide a booklet with lots of information on activities to do in the area, but here are some suggestions:
This property is a 5 minute drive from the large Norfolk Wildlife Trust Hickling Broad where you can spend hours enjoying yourselves, taking boat trips and just generally walking in the area. It has ample board walks and trails. There is also Ranworth Broad that you could visit too, or maybe take a day trip on a boat to discover the area.
The seals and seal pups at Horsey are a huge draw to visitors in the winter months, and cottage is a perfect place to base yourself to see these incredible animals.
In the summer months, it will take you 10 minutes to arrive at the wonderfully sandy beach of Sea Palling. Or maybe you’d prefer Waxham beach as this is dog friendly. Horsey beach is also dog friendly (apart from when the seals are pupping – Nov-Feb).
You’re also very close to maram grass covered Winterton Dunes and the beach, another dog friendly beach with a lovely circular walk on the dunes. This one is covered in my book (16 Norfolk Coastal Dog Walks), as is Mautby Marshes (not far away, near Caister) and Honing Lock and the Potter Heigham walks – a perfect book for this holiday cottage!!
The cottage is right on the Weaver’s Way, a Norfolk Trail, which you could follow to the Broad and have a wonderful walk along the quiet reed beds of this amazing part of Norfolk