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4 Park Gates

Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk

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Two former estate workers' cottages have been combined to create one spacious, airy detached cottage that is ideal for a relaxed holiday with family and friends. It is at the heart of the Blickling estate and is set in a large enclosed private garden making it popular with our visitors and their dogs.

Spend days exploring the numerous trails that crisscross this impressive estate, ideal for long dog walks, stopping off at the estates Muddy Boots' café for refreshments along the way. During the fishing season there is excellent, free, coarse fishing available on nearby Blickling lake. The cottage has two fires to curl up in front of but if you can drag yourself away round off an evening Blickling's traditional pub, The Buckinghamshire Arms, just minutes’ walk away.

The sandy beaches and cliff top paths of the Norfolk coast are within 20 minutes drive, the Georgian market town of Aylsham is less than 3 miles away and the cathedral city of Norwich only half an hour by car. If you are looking for other ways to entertain your family during your stay we run events and activities at many of our Norfolk properties throughout the year. For inspiration click on the ‘Nearby’ tab above.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, utility room, dining room, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, second sitting room with small open fire, door to garden and boot room, shower room.
First floor
3 doubles (1 with 5' bed, 1 with 6' bed which can be a twin on request, 1 with 4'6" bed) and 1 twin. Two bathrooms - 1 with shower over bath and 1 with mixer tap attachment.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Parking: There is ample parking for four cars within the enclosed garden.

Garden: The cottage is close to the gates to Blickling Park which is popular with walkers, however, the large lawned garden is hedged along this side to provide privacy, the seating area is on the opposite side of the cottage.

Accessibility: Stairs are straight but steep with narrow treads and there are steps between the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Please Note: August Bank Holiday Monday Aylsham agricultural show is held on the park and the area will be busy all day/evening and possibly over the weekend before for preparation.

Storage: Cycle storage provided.

Offers: Holiday guests have free access to the house and gardens during normal opening hours and selected

local National Trust places during their stay.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia
A beautiful day at Kings Marsh, at Orford Ness. A former salt-marsh, it is now enclosed by river walls and provides habitat for both waders and wildfowl. © Joe Cornish

The ancient kingdom of East Anglia has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions with attractions ranging from the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely, to glorious, often deserted, sandy beaches, lots of seaside fun, outdoor pursuits and the unspoilt waterways of The Broads. National Trust places in East Anglia are equally varied, ranging from the magnificent Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the impressive rotunda at Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, the elegant Anglesey Abbey, to the dramatic coastline at Dunwich Heath, with its neighbouring RSPB sanctuary and the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo.

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place to visit
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  • Norwich city
  • Norfolk Broads
  • North Norfolk coast
  • weekly markets and auctions
  • seal trips.
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Bird watching
  • Golf
  • Nature Trails
  • Segways
National Trust places to visit
Blickling Estate
Blickling Estate Magnificent Jacobean house with gardens and park
The Textile Conservation Studio
The Textile Conservation Studio
Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate
Felbrigg Hall, Gardens and Estate One of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia
Sheringham Park
Sheringham Park Spectacular landscape park and woodland garden with miles of footpaths and stunning coastal views
Blakeney National Nature Reserve
Blakeney National Nature Reserve An extensive area of saltmarsh, vegetated shingle, dunes and grazing marsh
Heigham Holmes
Heigham Holmes A delicate and unique island in the Norfolk Broads

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Dr Heidi James-Dunbar
    • January 2015
    • Surrey
    Brilliant from start to finish!

    Brilliant from start to finish - will be back! Loved how close we were to parkland, how our dogs were welcomed. The cottage was glorious and beautifully appointed.

  • Mrs Youngman
    • January 2015
    • Norfolk
    Perfect cottage

    Blickling is a very special place,the house was at the entrance to park itself and so safe for the children. Wonderful walk just outside your front door,great pub at the end of the lane.welcomed children and dogs. Great woods to play hide and seek. The cottage was perfect for all my family holiday,big enough to have extra family over for Christmas day,for lunch. The xmas hampers went down a treat,and very thoughtful.

  • Suzanne Griggs
    • November 2014
    • Essex
    Dream cottage!

    We all had a wonderful stay. Love the wood burner. Standard was extremely high throughout the cottage. Our dream cottage - everything to our personal taste.

  • Colin Letch
    • November 2014
    • Essex
    Lovely place to stay

    Excellent location and condition. a lovely place to stay.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2014
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    Perfect place to celebrate

    We had an amazing time at the cottage- everything was beautiful and cozy, like a home away from home (only nicer!). Loved that there were bits and pieces to accomodate for the dog, it was very thoughtful and much appreciated. There was plenty of space for us to spread out and do our own thing and everyone loved exploring the area. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend- thank you so so much. The perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

  • Colin Letch
    • December 2013
    • Essex

    What made this place special...............Location and overall condition. Easy access to Hall grounds and to coastal locations.

  • Tony Gannon
    • October 2013
    • Greater Manchester

    The cottage was very clean and tide upon our arrival. No need for instant shopping as we could avail ourselves of the welcoming tea and biscuits and warm ourselves in front of one of the two open fires “ready for use” should we need them. Thank you Tony and Margaret.

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