Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of North Norfolk lies a hidden gem – a quaint country cottage brimming with history, character, and rustic charm. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, this idyllic retreat offers a glimpse of what life was like a long time ago. Thanks to Norfolk Cottage Agency we got the chance to stay in it too: Metton House.

As you approach the cottage, you are greeted by a picturesque gated entrance, straight out of a storybook. The building is amazing, it certainly is built to impress. Every corner of the cottage seems to whisper tales of days gone by, intertwined with modern life. We loved it. Discovering the servant bells was a delight, the kids couldn’t believe there was a bell in the living room and that it would have called for assistance. I did tell them to not get any ideas!

Stepping through the front door, you are welcomed into a practical space for wet wellies, dripping coats and a utility room. Perfect for after days at the beach (which is only 15 mins away) or long muddy walks. You can then walk into the kitchen / diner or the garden room. The crackling fireplace casts a soft glow across the living room, inviting you to curl up with a good book or simply bask in the tranquility of your surroundings. Time seems to stand still here, allowing you to escape the stresses of modern life and reconnect with the simple pleasures of the countryside. Looking out at the garden was just the perfect antidote to a busy year. But all this description cannot do it justice, the video below gives you a better idea:

The features of the kitchen / diner that we loved are the Aga, we had never used one before and so that was an adventure and also a very warm spot. It made me happy. The kitchen island was perfect for preparing food and all the gadgets we could want were present. Here, you can unleash your inner chef and whip up delicious meals using locally sourced ingredients, or simply enjoy a leisurely breakfast while gazing out at the vast garden beyond. It really is vast… Look at the dining light fixtures, I mean it is absolutely stunning.

Upstairs, the charm of the cottage continues to captivate with its cosy bedrooms and vintage furnishings. Each room tells its own story, with unique furniture and faded designs adorning the walls. As you sink into the soft embrace of the duvet, you can’t help but feel a sense of peace wash over you, as if the cottage itself is wrapping you in a warm embrace. I loved the roll top bath in the en suite, it was by far my most favourite part of the house and I made sure I used it. Sitting there in the hot bubbly bath with my laptop on the side (so I could catch up on my TV) meant I got an opportunity to relax and unwind, it’s my little escape.

Outside, the cottage is surrounded by a lush garden beaming with life. I bet it looks absolutely beautiful in the Spring and Summer sun. You can spend hours exploring the space and hidden nooks, or simply relax on a sun-dappled bench and listen to the gentle rustle of leaves in the breeze. There is a Summer House for those evenings where you just want to be in amongst the nature of the garden and a bench that overlooks the surrounding fields. It felt like I was in a completely different place just sitting there. The tree swing and huge trampoline were wonderful touches for families who are staying at the house.

But perhaps the most enchanting aspect of Metton house is its connection to the past. As you wander through its rooms and explore its hidden corners, you can’t help but wonder who has been here before. It took me on a little trip back in history and I found out that it used to be the Dowager house and part of the Felbrigg Estate. The Dowager built it when her husband passed away. It has now been split into multiple homes, but there are definitely hints of this past in the house still (like the bells) which I am so glad they left.

A few of the basics of this cottage: it’s listed as sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms. However, please note that one of those beds is not suitable for an adult. So it really sleeps 5 with a child etc. There is plenty of storage in the property, so much space for clothes and toys. There are books, games, movies and lots to keep you entertained in the living room cupboards too. The TV is Wi-Fi only, so you will need to log into apps to pick up your favourite shows.

There is a 10% discount on this property if you book between now and 30th April 2024!

Alex @ Norfolk Cottage Agency

Whilst staying here we explored Cromer, Overstrand, Sheringham, Blakeney and Cley Next the Sea. There are some beautiful North Norfolk locations within 15 minutes drive and you can also walk from the doorstep. It is the perfect location for a family break away. Thank you Norfolk Cottage Agency for finding such a beautiful property!

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