Bears Cottage sits alone amongst 200 acres of private woodland in North Norfolk. It holds one of the most unique locations within the region and provides total peace, isolation and calm while being central to all the Norfolk coast and countryside has to offer. Surrounding the house are 200 acres of woodland containing many famous specimen trees planted in the 1850’s and harboring an abundance of flora and fauna.
The house is located 1 mile along its own driveway deep into the woodland (video below). Built in 1856 as a Woodsman’s house it was used by employees of the Holkham estate to manage and develop the surrounding woodland, which, due to the rarity and age of many of the tree species within it has the feel of living within an Arboretum.
The house was restored in 2016 when it was connected to mains water and electricity, having been self-sufficient since it was built. The old house has retained its individuality and charm while the stables have been converted to a large kitchen and beamed open living space.
The house sleeps 8 people across 4 rooms, details of which can be found below
Two King Bedrooms with sinks
One twin bedroom
Twin bedroom with ensuite bath.
Shower room and WC.
Sitting room with log burner, DVD Player, Games and Books.
Utility room with a Sink, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer.
Entrance Hall with large open fire and dog basket.
Large open plan kitchen with Rangemaster gas cooker, dining table and sofa area with Sky TV and DVD.
Kitchen bi - fold doors to south facing dining terrace with table and chairs
Plant room for drying and storage.
The woodland surrounding Bears Cottage contains some of the largest and oldest of their species in the country. The woodlands age and diversity gives it a huge array of flora and fauna. Guests have private access to the whole woodland by foot and bicycle (not provided) and can explore the 8 miles of tracks that intersect it.
Rare tree species include:
Greek Fir, White Fir, Fraser’s Fir, Grand Fir, Korean Fir, Causcasian Fir, Noble Fir, Monkey Puzzle or Chile Pine, Atlas Cedar, Cedar of Lebanon, Lawson Cypress, Nootka Cypress, Japanese Cedar, Colorado Spruce, Sitka Spruce, West Himalayan Spruce, Corsican Pine, Monteray Pine, Douglas Fir, Coast or Californian Redwood, Redwood or Wellingtonia, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock.
Species of bird at the last count include:
Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, ChiffChaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin.
The woodland is teeming with life from Deer to Frogs, Buzzards to Bees and we encourage guests to explore and discover the wonderful environment around them.
Bears Cottage is well situated for exploring the surrounding beauty of Norfolk. Within half an hour you have almost the entire North Norfolk coastline and beaches, with all the pubs and villages that make this part of England famous; Holt, Wells, Brancaster, Salthouse, Blakeney, Holkham, Burnham Market amongst others.
A large number of famous Nature Reserves are within easy reach such as Titchwell, Pensthorpe, Strubshaw Fen and Blakeney.
There are also many Stately Homes and Gardens all within 15 miles such as Felbrigg, Blickling, Holkham, Houghton and Oxborough. This area of Norfolk has something for everyone including of course the woodland you have surrounding you.
Below Are some links to useful websites in the area.
North Norfolk Council - Tourism
Eastern Daily Press - What's On
An absolutely amazing home in the middle of enchanting woodland. We feel incredibly lucky to have found such a unique and characterful place in a stunning part of Norfolk. Freddie had created a real gem, a faultless renovation that combines traditional country character with modern style. Everything is perfect, from the sumptuous memory foamed topped beds to the extensively stocked kitchen, everything is brand new so of course in fabulous condition. From the moment we arrived the peace, calm and feel of relaxation lasted until we left 4 days later. A very extensive welcome pack guided us around the delights of Norfolk with dog and child friendly recommendations. We walked in the woodland, the children played on the tree swing and ran around the tracks finding sticks and exploring, the dog was able to roam around. We all got lots of great fresh air. I can not recommend this place highly enough. We were sad to leave this truly unique little oasis, but will definitely be back very soon.Natalie
We spent a week at the gorgeous cottage and from the moment we arrived down the 1 mile driveway we were in our own little heaven. The woodland is spectacular, and being a huge fan of the outdoors, I noticed the amazing range of flora and fauna. THe house itself is immaculately renovated and we were delighted to arrive into lovely and warm house. The kitchen area is fantastic for communal meals and sitting room is incredibly cosy. Our dogs were charging around the garden having a whale of a time and our friends and their children spent the entire week exploring and playing in the woods. We had a splendid time and we cannot wait to return!Jolyon
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