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Blacksmith's Cottage


Aylsham, Norfolk

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One of the few original thatched cottages remaining in the iconic setting of the Blickling estate, adjacent to the Hall. Once occupied by an estate working family the cottage has a surprisingly light and airy feel inside the 'chocolate box' exterior. Since the mid 1700s Park Gates has been a private road leading out to the lakeside and woodland walks and this cottage is just a stone's throw from the Estate's Muddy Boots' cafe, restaurant and traditional pub.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
exposed beams throughout, sitting room, kitchen/diner, bathroom with roll top bath and shower over bath.
First floor
two bedrooms (2 doubles, 1 with a 5' bed and 1 with a 6' bed which can be a twin on request).
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Parking: The is parking for two cars in the garden.

Garden: There is a lawned garden which is enclosed.

Accessibility: The staircase in the the cottage is quite steep and winding.

Please Note: August Bank Holiday Monday Aylsham agricultural show is also 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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Dogs allowed
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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point © 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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  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs Hopkins
    • January 2017
    • Wales
    Clean, well maintained cottage

    The cottage was clean, well maintained and comfortable. A good pub/restaurant (Buckinghamshire Arms) within close walking distance. Pleasant walks around the Blickling Estate. An easy drive to the North Norfolk coast.

  • Anonymous
    • July 2016
    • Unknown
    Lovely cottage

    Our stay was made enjoyable due to the lovely cottage and place with easy access to walks on the doorstep and the coast only a short drive away.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
    • Unknown
    Particularly enjoyed...

    We value tranquility as we want a relaxing and stress free holiday. We also value staying in unusual and character properties.

  • Mrs Seabrooke
    • December 2015
    • Wiltshire
    Made enjoyable...

    The Christmas decorations at Blickling, and 'winter proof' walks in the park. Closeness to other area of interest on the coast and a potter round Aylesham. More mugs :-)

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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