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The Tower


nr Aylsham, Norfolk

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Experience life in this ‘mini castle’ complete with a Rapunzel tower and rooftop terrace offering panoramic views across rolling fields and woodlands, stretching to the coast. Set on the impressive Blickling Estate it was previously used as the second Earl of Buckinghamshire's race stand. It is now converted to offer luxurious holiday accommodation with beautiful, modern and comfortable interiors. It really is something special - you won't want to leave!

The grand, Jacobean, Blickling Hall with its extensive network of hiking and cycling trails and traditional pub, the Buckinghamshire Arms, is just fifteen minutes’ walk away. During the fishing season there is excellent, free, coarse fishing available on nearby Blickling lake.

The excellent beaches of the Norfolk coast and popular coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham are a 20 minute drive. We have several properties to visit within easy reach of Blickling, many offering activities and events throughout the year, for inspiration click on the ‘Nearby’ tab above.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, steps up to sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove. Spiral staircase leading to bedrooms.
First floor
one twin bedroom (can also be a 6' double on request).
Other floor
Second floor: one double (5' half tester bed) with en-suite shower room. Third floor: roof terrace with outdoor seating.
Visitor notes

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Parking: Available for two cars.

Garden: There is a fenced garden area.

Offers: Free access to Blickling Hall and Gardens during normal opening hours.

Please note: We do not consider this cottage suitable for children under the age of 6 due to the twin bedroom being on a different floor to the master bedroom and access to both being via the spiral stairwell. No stair-gates are provided due to the design of this building.

The main staircase in this cottage is a spiral staircase.

Farm vehicles sometimes use the drive for access to surrounding farmland.

There is a footpath passing the boundary of the property.

Hazards for children
Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Unique
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • 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
  • weekly markets and auctions
  • seal trips.
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Bird watching
  • Golf
  • Nature Trails
  • Segways
National Trust places to visit
The Textile Conservation Studio
The Textile Conservation Studio
Blickling Estate
Blickling Estate Magnificent Jacobean house with gardens and park
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

  • Ms Hancock
    • June 2016
    • Hertfordshire
    Quirky property

    Made enjoyable...The quirky property and beautiful surroundings. Ease of booking and the clear and friendly communications much appreciated.

  • Ms Foster
    • June 2016
    • Australia
    Loved location

    We loved the location of The Tower overlooking the pastoral land and near the woods, we loved watching the rabbits caper at dusk, the deer that grazed nearby on occasions and watching the cows move around the fields, we loved the walks on the Estate and being there when the bluebells were out, we loved the uniqueness of the Tower itself and the beautiful Blickling Hall close by with free admission. We also enjoyed its proximity to many interesting places to visit, eg Cromer, the Broads, Norwich, and good places close by to eat, eg, Walpole Arms, Buckingshire Arms. Unfortunately, we live in Australia so, whilst we would love to stay at National Trust properties regularly if they are all as good as and as well situated as the Tower, it isn't practical

  • Mrs Bowers
    • April 2016
    • Bedford

    We loved the quirkiness of the property, and it's remote setting, in acres of beautiful countryside. It was however within walking distance of the big house and the local pub. Perfect.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2015
    • Unknown

    We have been to a lot of NT cottages - they are all special, but The Tower is made more special by its uniqueness. We feel very privileged to have been able to stay there, and we will definitely go again. It manages to be both imposing and cosy, and it is also gloriously romantic and private.

  • Anomymous
    • September 2015
    • Unknown
    Well appointed, clean and tidy

    The location of the property and its unique appearance made our stay enjoyable. The Tower was very well appointed, clean and tidy. There was a lovely welcome pack with flowers waiting for us and a fire laid ready to be lit. The location was fantastic with easy walking to Blickling with a great pub. Walking home in the dark was fun - take a torch. There were miles of paths to explore and we visited Blickling Hall three times it was that good. All in all a great holiday.

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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.
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