Saturday, 17 October 2015

Holiday Cottage in North Norfolk

Well let's start holiday postings where we began, and that was our cottage. Only two and a half hours from home and such a quiet and peaceful place.

We arrived late afternoon having made various stops on the way. We were only just over a mile from the small market town of Aylsham where we could stock up on anything we wanted, yet in a place of complete silence and stillness. 

The river opposite was a constant source of interest as Swans and Geese and many birds came to visit.
One evening a lone fisherman sat fishing for Trout.

View from the sitting room

and my bedroom

Mother Swan became nervous if I ventured too close and it is fascinating to see how she herded her signets away driving them into formation

watching them from the rear

Then came the Geese who could easily be coaxed out of the river if they knew they were going to be fed

They were still a little nervous though as some kept watch while others pecked away at the seed I had supplied them with

This cottage had everything one could need and more and was very modern and comfortable without losing it's 17th century cosiness. 
Notice the beautiful handmade Afghan rug

We were very blessed with warm sunny weather for October so never needed to light the log burner (shame!)
as there were storage heaters in all the other rooms.

My bathroom had this wonderful antique dresser, the kind that would have held a large china jug and bowl in centuries past
I just loved the idea of having all my toiletries, make-up, and bits and pieces right where I needed them.
There were blue tooth radios in every room so having my favourite Classics on Classic FM was a bonus.  

On arriving back to the cottage early one evening I just sat by the river listening to the sound of silence

on this old rustic bench

with the cottage behind us

The hospitality was good too. 
We were greeted with a bowl of fruit, fabulous cookies, bottle of wine, milk and a pack of my favourite 'Taylors of Harrogate' filter coffee.
Not to mention a 6ft wide bed to myself with a memory foam mattress topping and Egyptian cotton bedding.
I guess you got the message - I loved this cottage.

To come - lots of photos from some of the many good places to visit nearby.


Patsy said...

What a lovely place to be. Looking forward to seeing more.
Hoping all is well!

Elizabethd said...

What a perfect place for a peaceful holiday. You do find nice cottages!

Vee said...

Oh my! A little slice of heaven. Your hosts sound very thoughtful and hospitable.

Lorrie said...

Your cottage looks wonderful. The river views would keep me sitting just staring at the wildfowl and peaceful water.

La Petite Gallery said...

That is such a lovely place. Wish we had swans in our rivers.
I loved that about England. Wondering if this winter is
going to be as bad as last year. It is 28 degrees in MidCoast,. Maine.
This is only Oct 18th. ??? What's coming? Enjoy your holiday
the cottage looks wonderful. yvonne

Elizabeth said...

You do pick the most delightful spots for your holidays!
But where did you put Alan?
Yes, the wood burning stove looks lovely - but what bliss to have such good weather that you didn't need to use it.
Warm greetings from a chilly New York.

Merisi said...

Beautiful, like a fairytale!

ellen b said...

It really looks lovely and peaceful! Glad you enjoyed the getaway!

Lilly's Mom said...

Hello. I just discovered your lovely blog. I loved seeing the beautiful photos from your holiday; such a lovely setting. Sounds like you had a great time in the well equipped cottage. I just posted about our mini vacation and the problems we encountered with the courage we rented. I look forward to visiting your wonderful blog again. Have a great day.

Winifred said...

What a delightful place. So restful.

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely holiday with us, Barbara. I enjoyed it vicariously :)

Annie Jeffries said...

So lovely. What is it about the countryside that makes everything look like a fairy tale setting?

a woman who is said...

Sounds and looks absolutely wonderful ! I so glad you heard and enjoyed the sound of silence.

bristowmom said...

It does look peaceful and lovely.

Anonymous said...

Such a peaceful cottage setting. A perfect spot to just sit and stare at the serine surrounding.
It's lovely Barbara.

Adrienne said...

This cottage seemed to be such a relaxing place where you could rest after all the calamities of the days before. It's a wonderful cottage in a blissful setting. I'm so glad you could get away and enjoy it.