Cottage in Stiffkey, North Norfolk - 2 Minutes Max Walk To The Marsh, Sea views
About Patrick Hickey
The owner Patrick is married to Marelle and has 2 daughters Madeleine and Alexandra and one dog an English Springer Spaniel. We live in Freckenham Suffolk so it does not take us long to get to Stiffkey. We go every weekend to ensure the cottage is up to standard. We do not just leave it for someone else..
Why Patrick Hickey chose Stiffkey
Mulberry Cottage was bought by my father in 1963 when the Anti Aircraft Training Camp was de-commissioned and sold. This building was part of the camp and was used as our family's holiday home so I have known it all my life. He gave this part to me in 2007 at which time it was renovated. We all loved going there as children and now my family enjoy it. It is in an amazing location next to the marshes so we could just carry kayaks down to the creek and paddle off. The cottage is down a private road together with 3 others. It is about 100 yards from the Stiffkey marshes accessed by a public path that runs past the back of the cottage. It is a very quiet peaceful location in sight of the marsh and the sea.
What makes this Cottage unique
There is a large driveway with space for several cars. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation on 2 floors with modern kitchen and bathrooms and all homely comforts. 4 bedrooms. There are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor which is ideal for those who find stairs a problem. This bathroom has a bath and a separate shower enclosure. There is a large back garden enclosed with small mesh stock proof wire to keep children. Veranda at the front providing outside covered space with lighting
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
☆☆☆☆☆ all round
A fantastic property. So clean , well maintained and decorated. Superbly equipped - everything we needed, and more. Nice interior layout and good sized rooms with wonderful views. The garden is securely fenced so very safe if you have children, or in our case, a dog. There's a gate opening straight on to farm land with the salt marshes only yards away. We had many wonderful walks here watching the birds and some stunning sunsets. The property is in such a beautiful setting, so peaceful and relaxing with many amazing beaches and walks not so far away. This was our second visit to a perfect holiday home in a perfect location and we definitely hope to return soon.
Thank you Rachel it is so nice to have someone stay who appreciates the cottage and the surroundings. Also a guest who respects it and leaves it as clean and tidy as when they arrived, even after staying for a fortnight. The perfect guest. Welcome back anytime.
Home from home
Mulberry was an ideal location for our new year family break, its sits comfortably and quietly on edge of the marsh within easy walking distance of the village and the pub. It has ample parking and is easy to find. The cottage is well decorated and tastefully furnished. Definitely one to remember.
Lovely spacious house it's our second Christmas spent there and has everything we need
We love it at Stiffkey at Christmas very relaxing and quiet love walking on the marshes and even took an Alpaca for a walk in Wells!
I would definitely go again the house is lovely bright and finished to a high specification. Heating is lovely and warm and the Christmas decorations and tree are provided and saves us taking our own ! Will be going back again !
Great place, great location
We had a really good pre-christmas family weekend here. North Norfolk is still an unspoiled, special place and if you appreciate that you will enjoy this place, which is spacious, well-appointed and well-organised for family groups including children and dogs. Wells and Holkham are a few minutes drive west and Blakeney and Holt are also not far away. The garden gate is just 100 yards from the coastal path, so you have instant access to walks in great scenery with special birdlife. Hoping to re-book next year…
Very shabby cottage in need of refubishment
Arrived on the Saturday to find a dark & dingy cottage nothing like the pictures on Homeaway. The light in the bathroom did not work & the shower fittings were hanging off the wall. The chairs in the kitchen were worn through & the springs coming through the covering. The Hob looked like it had not been cleaned for weeks. Also the veneer on the kitchen cabinets was peeling off. It advertised a sea view which it would have had if there was not a row of 80ft trees in the way. The garden was also in a poor state covered in rotting apples as well as pieces of broken bricks laying around. Having spoken to the owner I was told it was a holiday let & not a 5* Hotel. He also told me I was the problem & not the cottage. It was so bad we left & came home after 3 nights. I would not recommend this property to anyone particularly with the owners attitude.
LOL. This comment goes against the grain & experience of every other visitor so that says a lot about its author. It is not a credible complaint and has no foundation and is frankly pathetic. They arrived at night to find a spacious comfortable cottage.
Gordon rang me on Saturday morning trying to cancel his booking saying it was raining too hard for them to get there and wanted a refund. So were looking for an excuse not to go. One of the 2 bathroom light bulbs had blown and so he wanted a refund. He could not figure out how to turn the bedside lamp on and was too feeble to get another from one of the other bedrooms. He could not use the second bathroom as it solved the problem. A blown light bulb is a mild inconvenience not a valid reason to leave. The shower riser rail was not 'hanging off' it just needed tightening up (by hand) which any normal person would have done.The North Sea is tidal and is certainly visible through the thin line of trees when the tide is in. It is not Malibu. I clearly state it is next to a salt marsh not the ocean. He Is a liar.There is a charming apple tree in the large garden. Apples are not poisonous, they are a healthy snack so what is to complain about? This is his mentality. I would rather apples than the dog poo he left behind. The garden is safe, secure and maintained weekly. 2 kitchen cupboard doors are heat damaged by the old oven which was replace earlier this year with a large capacity AEG oven. The ceramic hob is cleaned weekly along with everything else. I am sure Gordy would throw his kitchen out because 2 doors are slightly damaged. Some kitchen chairs were damaged and all have been replaced as part of my continual improvement.The 2 of them soiled my (Sandersons) bed linen. Left dog poo in the garden, put the dishwasher on with 2 cups and 4 glasses in. Left dog hair everywhere in the 3 days they were there. Left dog paws on a mattress protector in a room they did not need to go in. My cottage is far from shabby and dingy. The pictures are a true and accurate representation. It is continually improved. I regularly get comments from customers saying that the pictures do not do it justice. I take holiday letting very seriously. People have little holiday time and if they choose to spend it at my cottage I want them to enjoy it and not be disappointed so it is accurately described & very well maintained. I do not accept this comment by a vindictive individual just lying because I didn’t dance to his tune.
Wonderfull stay at Stiffkey
We had a wonderful stay at this cottage which is in a superb location very close to the Stiffkey Marshes. Good for walking, nature and the spectacular environment of the salt marshes and the proximity of Blakeney point. The cottage itself is very peaceful, yet not a long drive from the main road through Stiffkey.
The marsh is a couple of minutes walk away from the cottage, after the marsh are the saltings, a huge expanse of sand then the sea. For those wanting a closer beach Wells (3m) and Holkham (5m) have very good ones especially Holkam. There is beach fishing at Cley. 'Crabbing' is popular with children in the creeks. It is very easy to catch small green crabs (inedible) in the creeks with a piece of bacon rind as bait. They get put back afterwards. It is easy to catch shrimp with a net on the marsh.
There are lovely walks to be had along the coastal path which is close to the cottage as it runs along the top of the marsh. Weybourne to Cromer is a great walk along the sand cliffs.
A car or motorbike is best way to make the most of the area but I would recommend taking bicycles if you can.
The village has a good freehouse pub & PO/cafe this can be walked to by the path running by the back of the cottage 10mins. There are several large houses / stately homes in the area like Holkham Hall (5m), Felbrigg Hall (15m) & Sandringham (20m). Georgian town of Holt is 10m away. Morston (3m) Blakeney (4m) can get a boat to Blakeney Point & see the seals. Hire a dingy for sailing. If you have your own boat it can be launched from Blakeney slipway for free.
Several good pubs & restaurants, Wiveton Bell, Morston Anchor, Morston Hall.
There is the Holy Shrine at Little Walsingham.
The Greek Orthodox chapel at Great Walsingham.
Muckleburgh Collection at the former Anti Aircraft Training Camp at Weybourne. WW2 museum.
Sea life aquarium at Hunstanton.
Major supermkts deliver & plenty of shops about in Wells and late night store in Wells & Blakeney. There is plenty to see & do all year round on this remote part of the North Norfolk coast ideal for 'getting away from it all'. The Red Lion is the 16 century freehouse Stiffkey village pub is a charming Norfolk hostelry with its inglenook fireplace, beams & red pamment floor, serves good pub food & a selection of real ales. This is child & dog friendly.
There are lots of places to eat & drink to suit all budgets. From high end dining at Morston Hall, Blakeney Hotel, The Crown Hotel Wells, The Host Arms Burnham Mrkt. The King's Head Leatheringsett, The Honeybell Hunworth to fish & chips on Wells Quay. There are lots of tea rooms and pubs in the area.
There are lots of public footpaths in the area as well as the coast path. The coastal hopper runs a frequent service so you can walk a long way then get the bus back.
Why stay in a cramped B&B when you can rent a spacious cottage with a sea view and garden.