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Situated in a stunning and convenient location just off the North Norfolk Coastal path, Wigeon Cottage enjoys far reaching views across the marshes. Close to the centre of the delightful village of Thornham and within easy walking distance of all its amenities, the cottage sits on the plot of the former Sea Holly, which for a number of years was one of our most popular properties, particularly with walkers and bird watchers.

Wigeon cottage has been carefully designed to maximise the light from the south facing aspect and has a lovely spacious and roomy feel throughout. The cottage is a perfect blend of contemporary and traditional styling and has been thoughtfully decorated with keen attention to detail. The ground floor of the property is open plan and is light and airy with wooden floors throughout and a contemporary log burner. There is a spacious seating area, a dining area and a well-equipped kitchen and is ideal for families or groups of friends. A custom made staircase leads to the first floor where there are three double rooms all with vaulted ceilings, maximising light and space, having both recessed and decorative pendant lighting. The master bedroom has a large shower room and there is a family bathroom.
Outside the property there is plenty of parking and a fully enclosed rear garden with garden furniture and a terrace. There is a lovely corner pagoda to enjoy the evening sunshine and perhaps a barbecue.

Adjoining Wigeon cottage is its sister property, Sea Holly Cottage, and the owners also own and manage Albert's Cottage and Kipling House in Wells-next-the-Sea.


Underfloor Heating Garden/Courtyard (Enclosed)BBQBed LinenCentral Heating Close to coast Close to pubDishwasherDog-friendlyDVDFreezerGarden FurnitureGarden/CourtyardHigh ChairMicrowaveTowels providedTravel Cot / CotTumble DryerTV Washing MachineLog Burner/Open FireWiFiParking 15 mins walking distance to beach10 mins walking distance to shop5 mins walking distance to pub



Open-plan living area
The ground floor of the property is largely open plan with wooden floors and under floor heating throughout. The sitting area has superb views over the marshes and is stylishly decorated with comfy sofas and chairs around the contemporary Wood burning stove.There is a coffee table and side tables, a flat screen TV with Freeview, and a DVD player. A sideboard contains a good selection of books, games and DVDs and there is unlimited Wifi.
The kitchen area is particularly attractive and well equipped and has a comprehensive range of units with Earthstone worktops, a ceramic sink and hand made shelving on the walls. It benefits from a range cooker with extractor hood and there is an integrated dishwasher, separate fridge and freezer, microwave oven , four person toaster and a kettle. The kitchen is extremely well equipped and there is sufficient crockery for two extra visitors and even some cookery books should you feel inspired! The seating area has attractive pew seating and painted chairs around a stripped pine table.

Rear Lobby
This has a door to the rear garden and has plenty of hooks for coats and room for boots and muddy dogs.

Integrated washer/dryer, WC and counter top basin.

Master Bedroom
This a really pretty room with vaulted ceiling, beautiful chandelier lighting, tongue and groove panelled walls and twin aspect with lovely views stretching from the village, across the marshes to the coal barn. There is a French style double bed and plenty of storage with a chest of drawers, wardrobe and cane chair. A door leads directly into the spacious en suite shower room which has a large shower enclosure with rain shower and hand held wand, WC and vanity basin with storage below.

Double Bedroom
Another pretty double bedroom which over looks the rear garden and again has a vaulted ceiling and tongue and groove panelling. It has a brass style double bed, a chest of drawers and ample hanging space.

Twin Bedroom
This again has a vaulted ceiling and tongue and groove panelling but has twin beds, a chest of drawers and hanging space.

Family Bathroom
This has a double ended bath with waterfall tap and shower attachment, WC and wash hand basin. There is an illuminated mirror and heated towel rail and space for toiletries.


Front Garden and Parking
To the front of the property there is ample off road parking for up to three cars.

Rear Garden
A full height hand gate leads to the rear garden which is fully enclosed by willow fencing and a wall and is safe for children and pets. There is a terrace with large garden table and chairs, a BBQ and outdoor lighting. Also a lovely corner pagoda, an ideal place to enjoy the evening sunshine and a relaxing drink In the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful area.

Wigeon Cottage holiday cottage location

Surrounding local area

Thornham is an old smuggling village right on the North Norfolk Coast. Wide expanses of salt marsh separate the village from the sea and it is a paradise for walkers and bird watchers. There are several great places to eat including The Village Deli,selling all manner of local produce and great coffee, The Lifeboat Inn, an old smuggling haunt complete with heavy beams and roaring fires, The Orange Tree a gastro pub and The Coach House selling pizza and pasta. The beach, reached by a walk over the sea defence over the salt marshes, is stunning and you will be rewarded by peace and quiet!

Guest reviews

Great location for all the family. We all enjoyed our stay. Grandad and Grandma, Mum and Dad and Arthur who celebrated his eighth birthday while we were there. There were things to do close at hand for all of us. The cottage was also ideal.

Ruth Meredith, August 2018
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We love it here. We come to Thornham a lot. Widgeon is perfectly placed for us to enjoy Thornham: close to the beach; close to the pub; dog friendly and with plenty of parking for bikes and so forth.
The quality of the house is excellent and has everything needed in order to feel at home. My only (small) frurstration is the size of the fridge - it was a challenge keeping everything needed for a family of 5 stocked and cold for a week - especially the wine!!! But we love it and will come back - again and again.

Ford Family, August 2018
2 of 51

Our family stayed in both Sea Holly & Wigeon Cottage as there were 11 of us. The majority of the children were in Wigeon due to the lawned garden. House is amazing, had everything we needed. Love Thornham and it's pubs, deli and Drove Orchard. Can't wait to come back.

The Grayson Family , August 2018
3 of 51

Another lovely stay at Wigeon, we love it so much - the scenery, the walks, the food and of course the house! It’s so easy, we unwind as soon as we unpack. We are always invaded by our children (almost in their 40’s!) but they love coming here as well! Thank you.

Jenny and Bob, June 2018
4 of 51

Amazing Cottage. We had an amazing stay in Wigeon cottage. The cottage was plenty big enough to accommodate 4 adults and 2 dogs, the enclosed garden was ideal for the dogs and a great place to sit in the sun after a day out walking. The cottage was clean and decorated lovely throughout, nice and bright and the sun streamed through the windows morning and evening. Its location opposite Thornham Marsh is amazing, we saw Barn Owls and Marsh Harriers hunting from the cottage windows. Perfect for walks straight from the front door. Definitely recommend and hope to visit again.

Lynne Simons, May 2018
5 of 51

Lovely cottage in an even lovelier setting! Nearly brand new with every creature comfort. Well fitted kitchen with very appliance you could ask for, and all functioning. Beds extremely comfortable and an absolutely cracking shower in the en-suite. Private and extremely secure garden, an essential for our dog Henry, who thought the pigeons good sport. Lovely walk round the reed beds. The entrance to this is a lane on other side of the road just to right of property. Lovely views over the beds to the sea. Adequate footpath to next hamlet, just right for first walk of morning and last at night. Good area for bird spotting with seats at intervals. Restaurants in area that offer good food at reasonable prices. The Lifeboat in Thornham. The Lodge on outskirts of Old Hunstanton. Exceptionally good food here. Need to book at both.

Linda Hutcheon, April 2018
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After a delayed start to our holiday due to the ‘beast from the East’ we made our way from Essex without a problem. Thanks you for the welcoming flowers and cake, we look forward to them each time we come! We are looking forward to our June visit, two weeks - lovely!

Liz and Bob, March 2018
7 of 51

This was our first stay in Wigeon Cottage, we have rented next-door Sea Holly cottage several times. They are both excellent with very little to choose between. We chose Wigeon this time because the garden is grassed not paved and I think cooler in hot weather , not that made much difference this time with the Beast from the East snapping at our tails . If I had to choose I would make Wigeon my cottage of choice in the future, don't really know why because they are almost identical, it might be that Wigeon has a smaller coffee table and dining table making the room feel less cluttered, On the down side it has a smaller TV, not important in the summer but out of season in a room of this size I think that a 40'' should be entry level; that's the moan over. The house is fantastic and very comfortable, with two large leather sofas a great modern kitchen and dining area. The three bedrooms and bathrooms are great,large en suite and family bathroom, can't really praise it enough. We have stayed in Sea Holly three times and Wigeon now once but have booked it again two weeks in June this year. We would have booked again for November but couldn't get in, they are very popular .
The area is fantastic with access almost at the front door to the costal path.The walk to Thornham beach along the top of the dyke and boardwalk across the dunes is a must. The whole area is very dog friendly. The three pubs and Shucks the Yurt, all allow dogs in. The food in all of them is amazing: but for me Shucks is the stand out venue. The Coast Hopper bus stops at the top of the road very handy and dogs are allowed on the bus so take your bus pass if you have one. I could not recommend the house or the area more.

Bob Burchell, March 2018
8 of 51

A wonderful cottage and probably the best we have stayed in in Norfolk and we have been coming to the area for more than 25 years!!
Thank you for the extra touches, it really makes it feel like home.

Shirley and Greg, March 2018
9 of 51

Just a beautiful property in a fantastic location. We had the best time celebrating my father's 80th at Wigeon Cottage. The location in Thornham is perfect, with views across the fields frequented by lots of birds and wildlife - we saw a Barn Owl and Muntjac deer amongst many others. The house is beautifully decorated and with the underfloor heating, we were nice and warm. Can't praise it highly enough.

Katherine Lawson, February 2018
10 of 51

Just a beautiful property in a fantastic location. We had the best time celebrating my father's 80th at Wigeon Cottage. The location in Thornham is perfect, with views across the fields frequented by lots of birds and wildlife - we saw a Barn Owl and Muntjac deer amongst many others. The house is beautifully decorated and with the underfloor heating, we were nice and warm. Can't praise it highly enough.

Katherine Lawson, February 2018
11 of 51

Despite the weathers best attempt to spoil our break, (cold, wet and windy!) we have had a fabulous time. It’s lovely to return to this cosy warm house after braving the elements. Many thanks for the cake, much appreciated And we hope to return very soon.

Nicola and Edwin, February 2018
12 of 51

One of the best! - We are one of the many guests who stayed at, and loved, the original Sea Holly bungalow so we expected Wigeon Cottage to be lovely and it was! The location is super. The new cottage is tasteful, cosy, elegant and very well equipped. Only problem is getting a booking! It's so popular that next year is already quite full. We didn't want to leave. I could move in permanently tomorrow! Expect to return soon - if there are any weeks available that is!

Ann Shorter, December 2017
13 of 51

What an amazing place! Thanks so much for letting us stay in your lovely house, so well thought out with some lovely touches to make our stay special. Our best stay in Norfolk yet!

Martin and V, Archie and Amber, November 2017
14 of 51

An amazing break. Wigeon cottage is in a perfect location for amazing beaches and pubs and we stayed during Norfolk Restaurant Week which topped the holiday off with lovely food at great prices. The cottage itself is beautifully presented and the owners have paid great attention to details so it has everything you would need for your holiday and more. We also got to meet the owner, Jenny as we were leaving - her and her black lab were both lovely. We've already booked to go again!

Virginia Bakersville, November 2017
15 of 51

Fantastic cottage in Thornham
Have stayed in cottages in North Norfolk for 25 years and this was one of the best. We could not fault the interior which was decorated to a very high standard throughout with excellent pictures and wall art. The open plan kitchen, dining & living room was really light and airy with comfortable settees and every utensil you would need in the kitchen.
Upstairs was equally well decorated with comfortable beds and great views across the marshes out to sea. location was outstanding with 3 quality pubs only yards away and one of the best walks in the area, straight out of the cottage along Thornham staith and onto a long sandy beach.
Overall great place to stay in a cracking location.

Trevor Kloten, November 2017
16 of 51

Our fifth Norfolk house and the best!

Roger & Melanie, October 2017
17 of 51

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Wigeon Cottage. An absolute pleasure to call it home for a week. The marsh walks were greatly appreciated by the dogs. Hopefully we will be back again next year, we will gaze across the water tonight with jealousy!

Liz, Richard & Clan, October 2017
18 of 51

My son, myself and his girlfriend really enjoyed our stay at Wigeon Cottage. Convenient for beaches at Thornham, Titchwell and Holme and we walked from the cottage on several occasions without using the car.. Views over the marshes were quite spectacular and we saw several wonderful sunsets from the cottage as well as a lovely barn owl. The cottage was very comfortable, well equipped and quiet with a back garden where one could enjoy eating outside. The weather was mostly hot and sunny which added to the enjoyment of our holiday as did the closeness of "The Lifeboat" for evening meals ! We stayed over the Bank Holiday weekend so the cottage was expensive but well worth it. We would definitely recommend this cottage to other visitors

Brenda Werrett, September 2017
19 of 51

Set in the perfect location for exploring the North Norfolk Coast. The cottage is very well equipped, exceptionally clean and dectorated beautifully. It is the perfect place to take your pups! The owner, Jenny was so friendly and helpful. Will definitely be returning!

Feely Family, August 2017
20 of 51

We have had a wonderful stay at Wigeon Cottage , it is a beautiful place to retreat to! We have loved the marsh walks with our dogs and thoroughly enjoyed watching the barn owl come out at dusk. We will be booking again for next year!

The Durno's, August 2017
21 of 51

Our first stay on Thornham and we had a brilliant week. Wigeon Cottage is the perfect spot, well equipped and well presented. Thank you very much, we will be back here again!

Shaugh, Alison, Laura, Jamie and Flossy, August 2017
22 of 51

We have stayed in Thornham many times over the years in houses both large and small but Wigeon Cottage is certainly the best! It is extremely well equipped and very homely. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we will be back!

Guests from Yorkshire, August 2017
23 of 51

Excellent new property, great for walks,nature and peace and quiet. Good outside space for the dogs. Close to local amenities

Jon Hodson, July 2017
24 of 51

I have had a wonderful time celebrating my 70th Birthday with all my family which was made all the better by staying in such beautiful cottages a superb location, thank you so much!

Eyles Family, June 2017
25 of 51

Everything excellent! We have stayed in many self catering cottages all over the country and I can safely say Wigeon cottage is the best!! Thank you to Jenny for making such a wonderful home!

Jane Brigden, June 2017
26 of 51

What can we say? amazing house in wonderful location, we have had a wonderful week and don't want to go home! We will definitely book again for next year.

Jane, martin & Izzie, June 2017
27 of 51

What a wonderful week! Hot, hot weather, lovely walks and visited all our local favourite haunts. It was lovely to stay at Wigeon Cottage having had previous holidays at the old 'Sea Holly'. Beautifully thought out and equipped Cottage, thank you.

Roz & Ian , June 2017
28 of 51

Wigeon is a wonderful cottage. We holiday in Norfolk every year and this is our first time in Wigeon Cottage but we will definitely be back, it is our new favourite place! The location is superb for walks with the children and Douglas the labrador. We were blessed with warm weather and so enjoyed the area in all its glory. Thornham, Holkham and Brancaster are our preferred beaches,empty, vast and dog friendly. The playing field next tot he deli was well used for football practice and then coffee and cake at the Deli. Eric's fish & Chip's at Drove Orchard is the best fish and chips. We will really miss the peace and views from this lovely place but batteries are fully re-charged. The cottage was so cosy and had everything we needed and more. Thank you!

kirsty, Paul, Jonny, Henry & Douglas, May 2017
29 of 51

Perfect in every way. Words can not explain!

The Kings, May 2017
30 of 51

What a wonderful week we have all had during our stay in Thornham. Wigeon Cottage is perfect, a great location for walks right from the doorstep, we have walked for miles! We love returning to North Norfolk and very much hope we have the pleasure of returning to Wigeon Cottage soon.

Lynn, Gary, Jessica, Zara, Neve and Nancy, April 2017
31 of 51

A wonderful stay in this fabulous cottage, a great location for walking to the beach, shops and pubs. Don't change a thing, we have enjoyed being here immensely!

Peter, Muriel and Helen, March 2017
32 of 51

We have had the most wonderful stay in this beautiful home. We came with my parents and two girls aged 4 and 7 who loved sharing the twin room. Most days have been spent exploring the beaches close by, thank you for such a wonderful time!

Jay, Graham Felicity, Amelie, Janet Martin and the dogs, February 2017
33 of 51

We have had a great long weekend in Thornham. The accommodation was superb and in a fantastic location , we wish we could have stayed longer.

Della Family, February 2017
34 of 51

What a fantastic weekend we have had in such a wonderful place to celebrate our friend's special birthday. Lovely company, great food and walks particularly given the weather but we were very smug by the wood burner. A real treat all round, looking forward to our next visit already!

Laurie Family, February 2017
35 of 51

We have had the most perfect break here. The weather has been fairly kind to us however always a wonderful warm, cosy home to come back to which was well stocked with everything one could need.

We saw lots of amazing wildlife from the walks right on the doorstep. We will be back!

Aldridge family, January 2017
36 of 51

Thank you for a fantastic Christmas and for the love,y gifts. We think Wigeon Cottage is simply perfect, the decor and layout are stunning. We have stayed in many cottages in Thornham village and find yours to be our favourite, we are gutted to find out the week we wanted in the summer is already booked! (Have already booked for next Christmas!)

Johnson-Biddles Family, December 2016
37 of 51

“We stayed at the cottage during a very wet and cold weekend and the cottage was a lovely warm, welcoming place to come back to . The cottage is beautiful inside and out , well equipped and clean. Most welcome were the log burner and the underfloor heating which meant we could soon warm up. Plenty of hot water for showers and a washing machine/tumble dryer. The location is excellent and, as other visitors have mentioned, the village has excellent pubs for evening meals within walking distance. Great views from the cottage front and plenty of space to park off the road. The phone signal was not good ( we found it to be unreliable in many areas) but the wifi was excellent . Would like to visit again in summer to enjoy the garden. Highly recommended.”

Euerby Family, November 2016
38 of 51

“A wonderful weekend in Thornham in one of the loveliest and comfortable holiday cottages we have ever stayed in. We have been spoilt for choice with all the wonderful pubs and places to eat - everywhere is so welcoming. We had wonderful walks but always a wonderful warm and cosy Wigeon cottage to come 'home' to! Do much thought and care has gone into furnishing it. We are really quite depressed and the thought of going back to our chilly house! Only one solution and that is to return as soon as possible. Many thanks ”

Bruce, Janie, Susannah, John & Mymbie, November 2016
39 of 51

“A wonderful week in your cottages having stayed at Sea Holly over the summer! We explored so much more this week both on foot and by bike and found some new favourite walks and beaches! Can't wait to come back again in the New Year or at Easter as holidays allow...... we look forward to returning soon!”

Clare, Ian, Ollie,Sam & Makelsa the dog, October 2016
40 of 51

“A lovely family week away with our two daughters, grandson and the family dog. Fabulous cottage in a wonderful location with fantastic views. Thank you for creating such a wonderful house! ”

Bowden Family, September 2016
41 of 51

“We have had a lovely week here, busy doing little! We have enjoyed the walks, beach and bird watching. A welcome retreat indeed! Many thanks”

Elaine & William, September 2016
42 of 51

“Extremely Satisfied Guests - Barry and Ursula from Suffolk, If you are looking for a peaceful, comfortable stay in a very clean and well appointed cottage then look no further. This cottage has been beautifully finished with a great deal of thought, care and attention. You will want for nothing. Situated in a small village with 3 very good hostelries, a renowned Deli and a small restaurant and Fish and Chip emporium, this cottage, set well away from the main road, looks out over the marshes and is only a few minutes walk from the beach. Two supermarkets are only 7-8 minutes drive away in Hunstanton and the information in the cottage provided by the owner will show that there are many places to visit nearby to enhance your stay. We will return.”

Austin Family, September 2016
43 of 51

“Thank you for a lovely stay, cottage perfect! We love Brancaster beach, Old Hunstanton and the lovely walks around Thornham. A truly wonderful stay!”

Carol, Jude & Kay, September 2016
44 of 51

“Cottage was well equipped and comfortable, had everything you could possibly need for a great week away. Lovely walks from the door, three great pubs/restaurants all within wandering distance as well as deli and Drove farm shops, just round the corner. Thank you for yet another relaxing break in Thornham.”

Marshall family, September 2016
45 of 51

Another lovely week in Thornham. Cottage fabulous - so cosy to come back to after walking the coastal paths and pubs a welcome site too! Thank you for a lovely stay and welcoming cakes and flowers on arrival.”

Julie & Bruce , September 2016
46 of 51

“Our 'normal' house in Thornham was no longer available so with apprehension we had to try somewhere 'new' and we were delighted we did! We have all loved Wigeon Cottage, fantastically appointed, great location and has everything we wanted with the view over the marshes a bonus! Things always change a little and this year the Chequers re-done was a good surprise and the sports facilities at the playing field get better for our children every year. Thanks for letting us stay in your lovely cottage.”

Natasha & Family, August 2016
47 of 51

“Wigeon cottage is a charming cottage in the lovely village of Thornham. It is in a perfect location, with easy access to the coastal path and salt marshes and 2 lovely pubs. The cottage has everything that you need and is lovely and clean and modern with a lot of character. The walk to the beach from outside the cottage is great and the meals that we had in the Lifeboat Inn and the Orange Tree were fantastic. The wildlife is also great and the clear sky at night was amazing, we have never seen so many stars. We will definitely go back again next year”

Shoesmith Family, August 2016
48 of 51

“Gorgeous cottage in a wonderfully peaceful setting! This is our third holiday in North Norfolk and our first stay in Thornham. Being able to access the coastal path at such close proximity to the cottage is a real bonus, we have walked to Hunstanton and Brancaster. All in all a great week made extra special by staying in such a beautiful and thoughtfully equipped cottage, thank you! ”

carolyn, Andy, Callum & Rory, August 2016
49 of 51

“A lovely cottage, very cosy, welcoming and comfortable. The cottage was well equipped and we all had a relaxing stay. We loved the location, looking out across the fields, the birds and watching the cows! Thornham is a lovely village, we had good food at all three pubs. We would love to come back soon, thank you!”

Martin Family, August 2016
50 of 51

“What an absolutely perfect house! We have stayed in lots of other places over the last few years but none of these are as comfortable, welcoming, stylish and well equipped as Wigeon. Thank you so much for thinking of everything! The weather has been pretty grey (!) but we can't wait to come back and see it in sunshine!”

Miranda, Ed, Johnie & Jakey, June 2016
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Welcome hamper included

A complimentary hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.

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