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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
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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
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

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
    • -----------
    Relaxing short break

    Our first visit to a National Trust Property, as a family we really enjoyed our stay, we were looking for a relaxing short break after Christmas and this was perfect we loved it, and found a short break was not long enough. the whole setting made it perfect for us, the property was in ideal settings, it was perfect for a winter break, it was so warm and cosy and had all the modern requirements to make the stay relaxing, it will remain in our thoughts for a long time, and we will definitely look forward to staying in a National Trust Cottage again in the not so far distant future. thank you for making a perfect short break.

  • Ian Williams
    • November 2014
    • Herts
    Cosy cottage

    Clean and cosy cottage

  • Piggots
    • West Sussex
    Very friendly atmosphere

    Tranquillity peace and very friendly atmosphere. The gardens at Blickling Hall well worth a visit.

  • Collins
    • Manchester
    The cottage made for a delightful Easter break

    First stay in an NT property and certainly not our last! The cottage made for a delightful Easter break despite the blustery wintery weather… lit a roaring fire and drank hot chocolate.

  • Ashtons
    • Seattle
    A very special time.

    Our first NT cottage experience and first time in Norfolk. Truly a pleasant surprise. A very special time.

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  • 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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