Keeper's Cottage

Hemblington, Norfolk Broads

  • 5 Star
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats
  • A beautiful thatched cottage in a stunning location - watch the seasons as they change by the tranquil lake - this is a true get away from it all holiday

You can book this property from:

  • £1,118 per week
  • £160 per night
  • 5 Star
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king/super-king beds
  • 2 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 3 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Wet room


  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 2 miles
  • Shop 1 mile

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Swimming pool
  • Welcome pack
  • Lake views


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Wet room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


A picture-perfect, restored thatched cottage overlooking a private lake and woodlands.  Formerly gamekeeper’s lodgings, the cottage has been beautifully renovated with a modern, contemporary edge and is equipped to a high standard.  There are views over the lake from the sitting room, dining room and two of the bedrooms, so you can laze in bed in the mornings and watch nature unfold in front of you.  The owners have also set aside some marked trails in the woods to explore and there is access to an indoor swimming pool too, making this a fabulous holiday retreat.  If you can bear to tear yourselves away, the cottage is close to The Broads network, the cultural city of Norwich and a short drive to the wide, open sandy beaches of the east coast. Shop: 1 mile Pub: 2 miles 

Ground Floor:
Entrance Hall with hanging cupboard
Sitting Room with comfortable seating and lake views, Smart TV, Blueray DVD player, WiFi and woodburner.  Bi-fold doors to patio, garden and lake. Doorway through to 
Dining Room with wood burner, bi-fold doors to the garden and lake, dining table and chairs. Archway through to 
Kitchen with eye level built-in electric oven, eye-level combination microwave oven, electric induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, walk-in larder cupboard, central island unit with barstools. Doorway through to 
Utility Room with washing machine and tumble dryer 
Walk-in Wet Room with shower with rainfall head and hand-held shower attachment, heated towel rail, washbasin and wc

First Floor:
Bedroom 1 with a king-size bed, TV and steps down to En-Suite Shower Room with shower cubicle, heated towel rail, washbasin and wc
Bedroom 2 with a king-size bed and TV
Bedroom 3 with twin beds
Family Bathroom with bath, over-bath shower, heated towel rail, washbasin and wc

Unfenced garden with lawned area leading down to the lake. Patio with table and chairs and gas barbeque. The garden area sits directly next to the lake and is unfenced. 
The Lake: Guests are invited to enjoy the lake views and its wildlife. Please note the Lake is not for swimming, fishing or boating.
Woodland: There is a working woodland next to the property, which guests are welcome to visit using the marked trails only. As the woods are a haven for wildlife, dogs must be kept on a lead in the woods at all times.   
Swimming Pool: Guests enjoy use of the owner's indoor heated pool, which is also shared with Peaty Cottage (ref: 2134) and guests can book daily sessions within the time slot for their exclusive use. Daily sessions will alternate between 10-1pm then 1pm-4 pm for each cottage, bookable in the pool area. You are requested to bring your own swimming towels. There is no lifeguard, children must be supervised by an adult at all times. 
Parking: Designated parking for 3 medium cars. 
Heating: Underfloor heating via air source heat pump on the ground floor. Radiators on the first floor.  Woodburners with starter pack, further on-site supply available, payable locally.
Pets: Two small/medium dogs welcome, please be aware of our booking information regarding pets.
Also provided:  Towels. Books and games. Hairdryer. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.  Lockable bike storage. Welcome pack. 
Notes:  This is a non smoking property.  There is game shooting in the locality in season from October - February annually.  Children should be supervised near water at all times. Mobile reception – variable.  

The lush countryside in and around Hemblington is a joy to discover, with walks from the doorstep and in nearby Burlingham Woods. The area is also good cycling country and the RSPB nature reserve at Strumpshaw Fen is close at hand for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.  The Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden Trust at South Walsham makes for a lovely day out and The Broads network is on the doorstep for river trips, canoeing, kayaking and nature trails. Whilst here jump on the Bure Valley railway for a steam train journey that will take you from Wroxham to the lovely Georgian market town of Aylsham.  On your way to discover the cultural delights of Norwich, just 8.5 miles away, why not drop in to sample some award winning wine at the Winbirri Vineyards at Surlingham.  Norwich itself is a great city to explore with a castle, two cathedrals, the Norfolk Regimental Museum, historic riverside pubs, great restaurants and café culture and a little retail therapy is always on the cards here too! The east coast beaches are within easy reach and Winterton-on-Sea allows dogs on the beach year round if you are holidaying with your four-legged friends.  There is plenty to do in the area and one visit will probably turn in to the first of many more. 


An excellent house for a truly relaxing holiday. The setting is prefect and the private lake and woodland make this a must stay location. We will be back.

Mr B,

We have fallen in love with this little gem of a place. Even with three small children we have all relaxed.this is a very special place. The cottage makes you relax. The quality of the furnishings and decor are second to none. What a fabulous place. Jane Read and family.

Ms Jane R,

We have had a fabulous week enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the idyllic location of Keeper’s Cottage. The hosts very much want you to enjoy a piece of their world. Listening to the trees, watching the ducks ad all sorts of wildlife has been a wonderful week of discovery. Also the history and all the work involved with the cottages and lodge is fascinating. Keeper’s Cottage is a beautiful place to stay.

Mrs Gillian M,

A lovely property in an idyllic location. The owners made us most welcome. Would recommend this property to anyone wishing to have a peaceful, relaxing holiday.

Mr H,

The cottage is absolutely gorgeous. It is everything that we could have hoped for. Beautiful outlook over the lake ,just idyllic. Everything inside is so clean, it has been a pleasure to stay and recharge our batteries. Oh and the showers are amazing.

S W,

Gorgeous cottage in a fantastic setting

Mrs M,

Superb property in a truely idillic setting. The owner had prepared the house extremely well with everything you could possibly need, including a child stairgate and delicious lemon drizzle cake. We will definitely be coming back.

Mr W,

We had a lovely time and enjoyed every minute of our holiday. Children loved the pool (we all did!). Saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed waking up to a lake view, seeing deer in the garden with heron's flying over the lake every morning. Cottage fully equipped and lovely and clean. Jane and Andrew were very friendly and helpful. Five Stars!! Thanks for a great holiday.

Linda C,

Thank you for a wonderful week awat, the cottage is is a wonderful location, we enjoyed watching wildlife enormously. The cottage is well equipped and clean and felt 'Covid-safe' on our arrival. We visited several National Trust properties which we enjoyed and would recommend Overstrand and Winterton if you have a dog with you, Lottie enjoyed it! Thank you to Jane for a super-prompt response when we had a problem with the water. We will be returning next year!

Previous Customer,

A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. walking inthe woods, swimming in the pool and enjoying the local area. Lots of wildlife to see and we enjoyed seeing 'our regulars' in the garden, especially the Mother Coot and her chicks. Alex and Holly loved seeing the rabbits, squirrels but especially the deer. Rob, Siobhan, Alex and Holly

Mr Rob C,

We arrived in the dark in the middle of a howling gale, trees down everywhere and the power was off, it felt a bit like a rather spooky movie! Found the house due to having to do a detour drive due to blocked roads and found candles lit around the house and the woodburner glowing. Even better the kettle was burning on top of th ebirer, we couldn't have been made more welcome. When the ights came on again we were able to fully appreciate the beautiful house. When we awoke the next morning we could see the beautiful setting that was to be ours for the week. A week which had gone all too quickly we feel so rested, thank you for a lovely break. Tips: Fairhaven Gadens definitely worth a visit, walks from Ludham bridge were lovely, we went to St. Benet's Abbey. 'Fishermans Retrun' Pub at Winterton, very friendly and welcomes dogs, good vegetarian menu. Horsey Gap beach, lots of seals there at the moment.

Mr Greg T,