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The Dairy House


nr Aylsham, Norfolk

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This pretty seventeenth century cottage is in a wonderful setting at the heart of the Blickling Estate but nevertheless enjoys a peaceful location alongside the church. As the name suggests it was once the dairy for the estate with many of the original features remaining, especially in the master bedroom that is located in what was the parlour. The cottage is bright and cosy with enclosed garden, perfect for a family break.

Throughout your stay you have immediate access from the door to miles of walking and cycling trails through the parkland around the impressive Jacobean Blickling Hall. During the fishing season there is excellent, free, coarse fishing available on nearby Blickling lake. At the end of an active day you can reward yourself with a well-earned drink in the estate's traditional pub, the Buckinghamshire Arms, just minutes’ walk from your cottage.

The excellent beaches of the Norfolk coast and popular coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham are a 20 minute drive. 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 some inspiration click on the ‘Nearby’ tab above.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, lavatory, dining room, front lobby, panelled sitting room with multi-fuel stove, double bedroom (with 5' bed) with shower and lavatory.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 twin, which can be a 6' double bed on request and 1 single) and bathroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Approach to cottage: The access driveway is used by the general public on foot and is also the route to disabled parking and coach drop off.

Parking: There is parking for four cars within the garden

Garden: An enclosed garden to the rear.

Accessibility: Entrance to the cottage is through the rear of the building immediately into the kitchen.

The cottage is laid out on several levels, consequently there are various steps throughout the building.

Storage: There is an outside shed (lockable) available to use as a bicycle store.

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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • 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, 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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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


Comments from past visitors

  • Beattie
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    The unexpected total tranquility of location - especially given relative closeness to road.

  • Donaldson
    • February 2016
    • ...
    Perfect size for 5

    Made enjoyable: The comfort of the property and the in-keeping furnishings and decor; the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings; access to walks on our doorstep and a fantastic pub (doing great food) within a short walking distance. This all meant that we as a group of friends could relax and enjoy ourselves. The cottage was fantastically equipped with everything we could think of, and was a perfect size for 5 people (2 double bedrooms and 1 single; a bathroom, a shower-room, a downstairs toilet).

  • Woodbridge
    • December 2015
    • ...
    Immaculate property

    We loved the area and liked the cottage location within the group of farmhouses/cottages and to be able to meet other clients - but whilst still maintaining our own privacy. We were really impressed with 1. the conversion of the cottage. 2. The heating and other appliances. 3. the overall level of compfort and 4. the immaculate cleanliness and condition of the property!

  • Anonymous
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    The location, convenience and spaciousness of the property

  • Wilkins
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable....

    We contacted the call centre because the water in the shower was not draining away properly and to ask if the double bed upstairs could be put back into twin beds as our two year old did not fit into the travel cot. The staff member who took the call was very helpful and the lady who came to sort everything out was very efficient. There was a follow up phone call to check that we were happy which was nice My daughter and son-in-law took their 2 year old daughter to hire some bikes for an hour. They were helped by a really nice young chap who let them keep the bikes at the cottage for the duration of the holiday which was great - my granddaughter loved being on a bike for the first time so thank you to him!

  • Susan Benwell
    • May 2015
    • Buckinghamshire
    Made special by:

    So quiet and yet not completely cut off. All staff friendly and welcoming.

  • Tim Cook
    • May 2015
    • Sussex
    Lived up to expectations

    Excellent cottage in convinient setting within the Blickling Estate. As usual the cottage lived up to expectations.

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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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