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The Squire's Retreat

Cromer, Norfolk

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  • Occasionally, on busier event days, it may be necessary to restrict traffic exiting the estate on a one way system via the western drive across the park. The exit is beside Sexton’s Lodge and, turning right, you will join the A148 at Aylmerton. This is to improve the flow of traffic along the drive – entry will always be via the main Cromer Lodge gates. The next events are ‘Honey Fair’ on 26th August and the Green Build Event 5-6 Sept


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Experience the elegance of life at the heart of a grand country estate in this spacious apartment, furnished with original pieces from the Wyndham family collection, four posters and a bathroom for every bedroom. 'The Retreat' was created from a conversion of the former laundry wing for the last of the Felbrigg Squires when the austerity of winters in the Hall became too much. French doors lead directly out into the West Garden with its ornate brick summer house still referred to as 'Wyndham’s Necessary House'!

There are numerous way-marked walks across the parkland, through the woods and around the lake, yet the apartment is secluded in its corner setting within the Hall courtyard. Free entry to the Hall and Gardens during open hours and access to the West Garden at all times.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Large entrance hall with wide stairs to first floor, sitting room, dining room with French doors to garden, kitchen, boot room leading to utility and lavatory
First floor
4 bedrooms (2 doubles with 6' wide four poster beds, en-suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower cubicles, 1 double with 6' bed which can be a twin on request, 1 twin with an en-suite shower room), shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Garden: The West Garden is beside the gardens visitor route but screened and marked as private to the apartment.

Parking: Car parking for up to four cars in a shared private parking area close by.


There are 3 shallow steps leading up to the front door and 3 leading down from the French doors to the garden. Internally both floors are level.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free entry to Felbrigg Hall and selected local National Trust properties during their stay (listings in cottage welcome folder).

Cottage details
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  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


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
  • towns of Sheringham and Holt
  • weekly markets and auctions
  • Nature reserves
  • seal trips.
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Nature Trails
  • Walking
  • Golf
National Trust places to visit
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
Blickling Estate
Blickling Estate Magnificent Jacobean house with gardens and park
The Textile Conservation Studio
The Textile Conservation Studio
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
    • April 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    We liked being able to walk around the estate outside opening hours. We liked the welcome tea tray and flowers. Staff at the NT properties we visited were helpful and friendly.

  • Gill Judson
    • March 2015
    • London
    Made special by:

    Beautiful setting. Being able to wander at will. There were lots of delights in the garden in spite of being very early in the year. A wonderfully scented Daphne near the house was a particular pleasure not to mention the snowdrops. It was nice to get a card welcoming us. The property was perfect. Lots of space, wonderful bathrooms. In spite of the huge size of the place it was still homely and cosy for long chats over food and drink in the evenings.

  • Iris Bateson
    • January 2015
    • Kent
    Spacious and Comfortable

    The house was immaculate and beautifully clean. The furniture and standard of decoration was outstanding. The bathrooms were great and each couple loved having an en suite. The house was so spacious and comfortable. The cooking equipment was in wonderful condition and there was so much beautiful crockery and we really appreciated the cut glasses. The house was in an amazing setting. The park on our doorstep was so good to walk into--this made it so special for us.

  • Martin Sagar
    • February 2014
    • South Gloucestershire
    Exceeded expectations

    Exceeded our expectations and made me feel like the Squire with his wife and friends. As they say nowadays - BRILL!!

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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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