Sleepover: Bunker's Hill Cottage

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The location

In a cottage in a wood, a little old man at the window stood ... Oh how this little gem on the edge of a clearing calls to mind that silly old Brownie ditty. We're in Norfolk, near King's Lynn, on the Houghton Hall estate. The main house was built in 1720 by Sir Robert Walpole and is the seat of the seventh Marquess of Cholmondeley. Bunker's Hill, a mile or so down the road and into the fields, is a more modest affair that once provided shelter for the gamekeeper. A cosy one-storey cottage made of the local dark Carr stone, with cream brick quoins, it stands in its own garden on the edge of an 18th-century wood.


Splendid isolation. Your neighbours are shy deer and hares racing for cover.

The comfort factor

Two bedrooms, two lounges (both with open fires), two bathrooms and a kitchen, all comfortably furnished, make it perfect for two couples or a family of four. There's a TV and video, but this is a place for parlour games.

The bathroom

Two bathrooms give a touch of luxury. Towels provided but bring your own toiletries.

The food and drink

Stores at nearby East Rudham and a supermarket at King's Lynn. For eating out, try the Rose & Crown at Harpley (01485 520577) or the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market (01382 738777).

The people

Beware of passing ramblers - pull the bathroom curtains when doing your ablutions.

The area

Take a walk on the vast beach at Holkham. Explore the quaint seaside towns of the north Norfolk coast. Visit the big house (free entrance for Bunker's Hill guests).

The access

There is one step inside. Children and pets welcome.

The damage

From £420 to £695 per week. Short breaks in low season from £294 for three nights.

The address

Bunker's Hill Cottage, Houghton Estate, King's Lynn, Norfolk. Book through Stately Holiday Homes (01638 674749; www.stately

Kate Simon travelled courtesy of Guy Salmon (0870-600 7006;, which offers luxury rental and chauffeur-driven cars. Weekend hire of a BMW 5 series costs £375