"Thank you for a fabulous week, a fantastic home, perfect for spending my 60th birthday with my family. Loved the local pub, great food, lovely beach nearby and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the seal colony. Great memories and would love to come back. Life is for making cherished memories - we have so many to take away from our stay. Thank you."
"A beautiful house in a perfect location. A great place for the children to play 'hide and seek'! Spacious and comfortable with every amenity. Loved everything about it!"
Best holiday in Norfolk so far!
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Thatchers is the Matriarch of the East Ruston Cottages properties; a stunning Arts and Crafts house (sleeps 10) in a peaceful and beautiful location in the popular coastal village of Happisburgh which is sleepy enough to be truly relaxing but interesting enough to give you plenty to explore on a holiday. The iconic red and white striped lighthouse dominates the area as does the famous and historically interesting church. The village has a pub, The Hill House, and a shop as well as a couple of tea rooms, a small cafe/carvery, The Happisburgh Halt, and a very good wet fish shop, all within very short walking distance.
Just opposite the house is a playing field with cricket pitch, bowling green and small play area. There is a great play area near the beach car park with a zip wire and climbing frame. The beach is a short walk away and very easily accessible. From here you can walk for miles either up or down the coast or do circular walks inland. Or just stay on the flat, clean sands and have a paddle or swim.
When you get here: The gate to the house is just off a quiet, single track lane. The long gravel drive runs alongside a high evergreen hedge, not really giving any idea of what is on the other side. As you get to the end of the drive the stunning house can be seen with plenty of parking on the gravel in front of the house; once the main gate is closed the garden is secure.
Entrance: The main entrance is through the large enclosed porch with tiled floor and coat hooks into the tiled hall way but there is another rear entrance near to the garage (see Backdoor lobby).
Sitting room: An elegant room with plenty of modern and period style seating, lovely antique furniture, ornaments and prints. There is a stunning fireplace with electric fire, beautiful and original fire screen and a flat screen 40" TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/Diner: Large open plan area. Huge sash windows run the full length of the dining area and French doors at the end, opening out into the garden, let in lots of light and are screened with louvered shutters. The floor throughout is tiled and has underfloor heating. There are a plenty of fitted units, a built in fridge and dishwasher, deep kitchen sink looking out into a secluded part of the garden and the Rangemaster oven is very easy to use and has two ovens, a grill and halogen hob and there is also a microwave.
The dark wood table easily seats 8 – 10 with plenty of lovely crockery and cutlery and tableware in the cupboards for formal or casual dining.
Snug: The snug certainly lives up to its name with the underfloor heating. The leather sofas (one of them a double recliner) and leather bean bags are perfect for lounging about with the dogs and children to watch the fully internet enabled flat screen TV with Freeview (inc radio).
Backdoor lobby: There is a utility room off this lobby with a toilet and sink, washer /dryer, additional fridge and a small freezer (there is a larger chest freezer in the garage) plus ironing board, iron and lots of cleaning materials. There is more hanging space in this lobby and plenty of room on the tiled floors for boots, dog beds etc. The door leads out into a little courtyard area with the old steps now decorated with planted pots and from here you can go into the main garden or back out onto the gravel drive.
Bedroom one with ensuite wet room: Lovely big room with twin beds which can be made into a king size double. A gentle slope rather than a step leads down into the huge wet room which is fully tiled with a double shower, toilet and sink unit. The underfloor heating keeps this room warm and the floor itself is textured to make it non slip. This room is ideal for those with impaired mobility and can include, on request, a shower seat, shower hand rails and a raised seat for the toilet.
Bathroom: The original dark wood fittings and units have been carefully cleaned and restored in this bathroom with brass taps to match and a wonderfully deep bath.
Bedroom two: Double bed and an antique shabby chic painted chest of drawers, floral curtains in front of the original sash windows and views down into the garden and across the top of the lower part of the thatched roof.
Bedroom three: A big room at the front of the house with a gorgeous view across the thatched roof to the church. Double zip and link bed (which can be made into two single beds), antique chest of drawers and a sink unit with free standing wooden towel rail. Laura Ashley peony curtains and sash windows. Bedside tables and lamps.
Bath/shower room: Modern full size corner shower cubicle with dual shower heads and sliding doors. Beautiful modern art Deco style tiles, low line cistern, storage, full size deep bath and wall mounted heater/towel rail.
Bedroom four: King size bed, plenty of hanging space, fantastic view across the garden, antique dark wood chest of drawers and a lovely antique chair.
Bedroom five: Stunning half tester bed (double) to sleep in and views over the churchyard or into the garden to enjoy from it. There is a charming window seat, some built in cupboards, antique chest of drawers and other delightful furniture, pictures and ornaments.
Outside: The garden is over a acre in size and very mature with beds, paved areas, plenty of lawn, a ‘secret’ tunnel through the trees, flowers, pots, climbers – all very beautiful The boundary is a mixture of very mature high hedging with fencing within and without and a 6ft high slatted fence at the back. Once the gate is closed children and dogs can play safely The majority of the fencing/hedging is over 5ft and in many places well over 6ft and much of it has dense planting in front. The main gate is a substantial barred gate over 4ft and the lowest point of the fence is on the drive, away from the main garden, where there is a chicken wire mesh and some young hedge plants, approx 3ft.
All bed linen, hand towels and tea towels but please bring your own bath towels
No smoking in Thatchers please.
Over-occupancy is possible by prior agreement and with a surcharge of £25/person/booking
How to find us: Blacksmiths Lane, Happisburgh, NR12 0QT
Or - From Stalham take the B1159 signposted towards Walcott and Happisburgh. At the T-junction turn left and follow this road, ignoring the first turn towards Happisburgh. Passing East Ruston Church on the right, continue towards Walcott and turn right at the crossroads, signed Happisburgh 1 1/2 miles. Before entering the village where the road bears sharply to the right, turn left into Blacksmiths Lane. Follow this road to the right and the drive to Thatchers will be found on the left hand side. (The great 14th Century tower of Happisburgh Church is clearly visible as a backdrop).