3 (off peak)
White House has a character that elevates it above and beyond the average holiday cottage in Norfolk. The owners have taken their love of mixing upcycled items with modern luxuries to transform this 17th-Century farmhouse into a stylish and welcoming home-away-from-home that sleeps up to 12 people in four bedrooms, catering for families and friends, including those with children and dogs. The large private garden matches the quality of the interior with its outdoor hot tub and seating areas designed for relaxed socialising. All of this loveliness is on Wortham Ling, just two miles from the village of Wortham on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and within easy reach of Diss.
Wortham is a friendly rural community in the Waveney Valley. The region is a favourite spot with walkers for the scenic footpaths looping around arable fields, heather-covered moors, and marshes. Local walks include going north from the cottage, through Wortham Ling to the River Waveney to the steam train museum and beautiful gardens at Bressingham. Alternatively, go south through Wortham village, past the village shop with a post office and a tea room, to Burgate Wood. The landscape would still be recognisable to the original inhabitants of White House, with more than 200 acres of common grazing land and a village church with a substantial 10-metre round tower dating from the 12th Century.
The medieval market town of Diss is less than three miles away. You can easily walk or cycle there if you'd rather not drive to go shopping. In addition to a big Tesco, Morrison's and Aldi, it has a regular weekly market every Friday with local producers selling fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and other goodies. It doesn't matter if you miss a market day - Diss has a superb independent deli and a good choice of places to eat and drink. Make time to visit the Diss Museum and follow the self-guided Town Trail to learn more about the town's history.
Activities and day trips can include sailing along the River Waveney, discovering the beautiful Norfolk Broads at places like Beccles, following the long-distance Boudicca Way and Angles Way footpath, cycling and playing golf. The mountain bike trails in Thetford Forest are just over a 20-minute drive from the cottage, or you could spend a happy day shopping and sightseeing in Norwich. Spectacular beaches such as Aldeburgh, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth are easily within an hour's drive, so load up the car and explore the Suffolk and Norfolk coastline. The only downside to staying at White House will be tearing yourself away when it's time to go home. With bookings available all year round, you won't have to stay away for long.
Miss Sarah Pattison joined Independent Cottages in September 2021
White House is a 17th Century farmhouse that has been sympathetically extended and beautifully renovated to provide modern comforts with period features and lots of space over two levels.
Outside: Glazed bi-fold doors open from the kitchen extension to the private garden with a patio, fire pit, barbecue and seating area. A separate deck with a pergola houses the hot tub, and there's also a lawn for relaxing and playing games. The cottage has off-street parking out the front.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are included. A cot is available but guests will need to provide cot bedding. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement. Short breaks are possible outside of peak season. Please note that the pillows are made of feather. Please let the owner know at the time of booking if you would prefer non feather pillows. White House is located in a quiet area and parties and music outside are not permitted. Smoking is also not permitted.
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