the front, (north-west
side) from the lane. The flints,
and pantiles echo traditional Norfolk houses. There is room for
two cars to park in front.
||View of the south-east side from the big field. The house nestles in the trees and fits in with the old farm buildings beyond but the all-glass east gable says 'contemporary'.|
The cottage is down a lane called 'The Driftway' which is a dead end for cars so there is no through traffic. There are a few cars going down the lane to neighbouring houses and sometimes hikers and horse-riders pass by, but it is quiet and peaceful. It is possible to walk along the lane and across the fields to Cromer but you definitely need a car or bicycles for convenience. The cottage overlooks open fields which grow arable crops. Farm machinery works in the fields at times such as ploughing, harrowing or harvesting but there are no farm animals (nor their smells) close to the cottage. There is a patio and a small garden around the cottage where you can sit and enjoy the peace of the Norfolk countryside, and of course, the occasional country noises. There are no street-lights and the stars are brilliant on a clear night.
Cromer is a small seaside town on the north Norfolk coast. It offers a variety of beaches which are a mixture of sand and pebbles, depending where you are, an old-fashioned pier with a theatre at the end, a cinema, plenty of activities for children and all the facilities of a seaside town. Seafood, especially crab, is a speciality of Cromer and small fishing boats still go out crab fishing daily. There are some good restaurants in the area and there are a number of historic houses, National Trust properties and estates within easy reach: Felbrigg Hall Blickling Hall Sherringham Park Houghton Hall Royal Sandringham Estate Holkham Hall
Hobby Cottage is close
wonderful coastal areas for seeing birds and wild life: Birds
Blakeney Point is especially interesting and it is a National Trust nature reserve and on the migration paths of many birds. You can walk out over the mud flats (low tide only!) and see the wild seals or you can take a boat from Blakeney to see them close to. Pensthorpe (BBC Springwatch), Norwich and the Norfolk Broads are within easy reach. Norfolk is very rich in picturesque villages and small towns and is wonderfully unspoiled.
The Interior of Hobby Cottage
The rest of this page shows photos of the interior of the new house. It is fully furnished and equipped. There are three good-sized bedrooms, two with double beds and one with two single beds. There is a cot if required. As it is so new we are still adding pictures and other small items.
On opening the front door you enter a small lobby which has double glass doors into the rest of the house.
The ground floor is open-plan with a large sitting-dining area which links to the kitchen. The end-wall of the sitting-dining area is all-glass and it also has large double doors that open out to the patio and the side-wall has french windows too. So the garden feels very close.
|Dining area with wood-burning stove, evening. The double doors to the entrance lobby are on the left of this photo||.|
view of the
sitting area, late afternoon on a sunny day
the patio. Photo taken from the garden in July 2008
|The kitchen is all-electric. The fridge-freezer & microwave oven are out of view, on the left. The dishwasher is at the bottom right. Photo taken at night so the windows are dark.||The spiral
Note the kitchen beyond to the right.
Also on the ground floor there is a shower room which has a walk-in shower ('wet room'), a toilet and a wash-basin. This room also serves as a utility room and the central heating boiler and the washing machine are there.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The rooms have sloping ceilings but the ceiling goes right up to the apex and the structural wooden ridge beam is visible so it feels very spacious.
bedroom. The curtains roll up.
bedroom. A beautiful morning in early Spring .
|The front bedroom has twin beds and looks over the Lane.||The north-east bedroom. It has a big triangular window and looks over the big field and down the bridleway to the woods beyond.|
has a large bath with a shower-end, a wash-basin and a toilet. It has a
roof-light which can be opened.
at night. Su-Nak, our dog, is looking out (middle, bottom)
The kitchen is
cooker, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, microwave, all cooking tools,
pots, pans, and
cutlery and crockery.
There is a washing machine in the utility room and a TV with freeview and DVD-player in the sitting area. There is wood for the wood-burning stove.
contacts: E Raggatt,
Ferns, Berkley St, Eynesbury, St Neots PE19 2NE
firstname.lastname@example.org 01480 213884
Just in case you are interested in music as well as holidays in Norfolk, may we point you to the photos and music created by young Raggatts.Fiona Raggatt, our second daughter, has a website together with her music partner Miranda Swift and friends Sabai on 'Myspace' and they are also at Sabai's webpages These sites have clips of the music they perform, pictures and other information about their band 'Sabai' . Recently they have been performing mostly in Edinburgh but they have also performed in Thailand and all over Europe and in Canada.