The Old Rectory Catfield

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1692 580453

Elegant house in the Norfolk Broads just six miles from the coast. Flower-filled gardens, swimming, tennis and an easy-going host


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Penny’s ivy-clad rectory dates from 1825 and is tasteful, airy and bright. She loves to share her home with others and you’ll feel more like a friend than a guest. The beautiful garden opens for the NGS and there are 20 acres to roam.

Breakfast usually includes fruit, yogurt, homemade granola and a full English, enjoyed around the kitchen table or in the more traditional dining room – Penny lets you choose. She doesn’t usually cook for guests otherwise but can order in crab or lobster and you can make arrangements to use her well-equipped kitchen. Or head out for dinner – there are some good pubs and restaurants within three or four miles.

Settle next to the fire in the comfy sitting room and choose from piles of books and games, or watch a DVD in the TV room. In summer, there’s a bell tent you can sleep in with the stars peeping through the panels. The swimming pool is heated and there’s a field of friendly animals to meet, including pigs, goats, two horses and a donkey.

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We think you'll love

  • Generous-spirited Penny and having the freedom of the house
  • The peace and quiet, playing tennis, swimming (by arrangement)
  • Making friends with the animals
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You should know

  • The local restaurants get full even on weekday evenings so you'll need to book in advance
  • When Penny is away you'll be greeted and looked after by somebody else


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Singles, £100 per night.
Christmas & New Year.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub, 4 miles.


Nightly price
from £150
Singles £100.
2 Doubles
From £150



Special places to stay well this is truly one of them. We have just had a very relaxed 4 night stay in a beautiful home and treated like house guests. Accommodation, hearty cooked breakfasts, information on where to go exploring all outstanding. You are asked by Penny’s to treat her home like you are a friend coming to stay which creates a very happy experience, Already recommended to a friend as a place to go and chill and have fun. Her many animals add an element of surprise with the 2 large pigs , chickens , horses , dogs and more all living within the very large and beautiful grounds.

Helen and Nicholas, Northamptonshire

Penny welcomed us as if we were old friends and this was the ongoing feeling during our stay.The Old Rectory is elegant and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the drawing room by the woodburning stove in the evening enjoying conversations with Penny over a glass of wine. The breakfasts were first class and kept us going all day. Penny’s advice about places to visit and where to eat really helped us get the most out of our first visit to Norfolk. We are looking forward to visiting again.

Josephine and Chris, London

My husband and I stayed at Penny’s with our 2 year old son and my mother-in-law for a long weekend. We absolutely loved every minute. Penny is so warm and welcoming and was always making sure we had everything we needed. Our son had the best time running around the grounds and making friends with animals. We swam in the pool, played tennis and drank wine around the fire pit in the evening. It was a restful break in a beautiful setting. Just good for the soul. Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again. Thank you Penny!

Helen, London

We can’t recommend the Old Rectory highly enough having just returned from a 4 night stay in this beautiful and elegant home. Penny is the perfect hostess. Nothing was too much trouble and her breakfasts have to be seen and eaten to be believed! Penny’s attention to detail is wonderful and far exceeded our expectations as did all the extras! We were made to feel so welcome and at home and came away feeling totally relaxed but wishing we had booked for longer. We plan to return again. Thank you Penny for such a wonderful time.

Dev and Alison, North Bedfordshire

We arrived at this wonderful B&B to be greeted by Penny and enjoyed wine in the garden by the swimming pool in the beautiful garden. We loved our room and all the lovely extra things, a bowl of cherries, port, and various sweets. Penny is very helpful and keen to help in any way she can. Breakfast was lovely and it was a wholly restful experience, we would thoroughly recommend and would like to return at some point.

Anne & Alan, Westcliff on Sea

This has been a very important weekend for us and even if the weather wasn't the best, Penny made it so special! The house is beautiful and we stayed in one of the lovely bedroom ensuite. Penny is a wonderful host —she made us feel at home the instant we arrived - she cooked the best breakfast and she was always available for us! We will surely come back! Thank you Penny!

Luana, London

We booked a short beak to see the Norfolk Broads wildlife and National Trust properties. We wanted somewhere that was in the middle of the Broads and an escape. Penny's Old Rectory was perfect! Penny was very friendly and welcoming, extremely helpful, guided us to the best spots and always provided an excellent breakfast. We couldn't have asked for more! I would highly recommend this B&B and we'll definitely be back to explore the Broads more.

Ken, Eastbourne

This B&B is a real gem. We heartily agree with all the previous comments and would only like to add that there are excellent walks, of various lengths, straight from the house. Our visit was in September but the walks would be lovely all year round. We can imagine returning from a bracing winter walk to sit by a blazing fire and feeling completely at home and welcome.

Kathy and Gerry, North Suffolk

As one cruises through life, one is increasingly aware of recognising a gem - which is what we have found We spent two nights at The Old Rectory with Penny. Our overall impression was of country casual meets five star quality. Penny’s welcome was all embracing as was the dare and attention she gave us. Thank you Penny- we will be back for a longer stay

Martin, Ringwood

We considered not reviewing this place because we wanted to keep it to ourselves! We spent a blissful 5 days with Penny & her gorgeous animals in sunny Catfield and cannot recommend it highly enough. It occupies a picture-perfect setting with all the elements of the quintessential English countryside, & the pool, hammocks, & terrace are idyllic. Everything has been thought of, and we loved the animals. The rooms are beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable, with lots of lovely touches too. Penny is an angel — thoughtful, warm, and respectful, with breakfasts and cakes out of a storybook

Katie, Nottingham

The Old Rectory is a wonderland for adults and children alike. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It provided our family with the perfect getaway. There is so much for children to do that ours (6 and 8) were kept entertained for hours giving us the chance to read and take long naps in the perfectly-placed hammock. As if a gorgeous period property and stunning grounds weren’t enough, there’s also Penny whose warmth and generosity make you feel at ease and at home the instant you arrive. We will certainly be returning! Thank you Penny and thank you Sawdays for another great find.

Beth, London

Wow! This place is the very definition of a special place to stay. It is worth going to Norfolk just to stay here. Penny has created a home that blends perfectly from house to garden. Grass paths lead from her beautifully scented English country garden to a lake where a swan silently glides. The swimming pool is perfect too; silky water just at the right temperature. Inside the house the rooms are large and airy, homely and elegant. Everything has been thought of and Penny did so much to ensure we had a wonderful holiday. Breakfasts to die for too. If she has availability, don’t hesitate!

Emma, Amersham

My husband and I have just had the loveliest long weekend staying at Penny's beautiful home. We were so lucky that the weather was great and could really make use of the home and all of its surroundings - the gardens and swimming pool were an absolute dream (as were her 3 dogs and animals!). Penny was a wonderful host who went above and beyond to make sure we felt comfortable and safe - no matter what time of day. We cannot wait to come back soon and thank you so much for a lovely weekend!

Michelle, London

One of the best properties we have stayed at with Sawdays! This is a fairly new property, so hurry before it is fully booked!. Penny is such a lovely host, breakfast was delicious and her home is a stylish and light-filled Georgian/Victorian vicarage. There are vases of flowers and books everywhere, a welcoming fire, and it is surrounded by the most gorgeous property with swans in the meadow. It is down a quiet lane, and through the garden gate is a beautiful Norman church with medieval panel paintings, set in a churchyard full of daffodils, with public footpath just over the fence

Chantry, London

We have had the most wonderful 2 night stay here. Penny literally makes you feel like you are staying as an old friend in her home. Beautiful room, gorgeous gardens, lovely food. Animals so cool too. Soooo many extras. We didn’t want to leave. Felt refreshed and relaxed. Loved it and cannot wait to return. Thank you Penny.❤️❤️❤️

Leigh & Grahame, Broxbourne

Come and enjoy the freedom in the utter peace and tranquillity of this beautiful house and garden – it’s not just a B&B – this is a total experience and you are bound to want to return again and again!

Diana, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

There are footpaths from the house that will take you for walks from 20 minutes to two hours long. The villages of Sea Palling and Waxham have unspoilt beaches and are 15 minutes down the road, as is Bewilderwood, a charming adventure park for children, and the outstanding East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden. Blickling Estate and Felbrigg Hall and Gardens are just over half an hour away.

Local points of interest from Penny Middleditch

  • East Ruston Old Vicarage is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable gardens made in recent years. Created by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, now over 20 years old and expanding at a rate of knots, it is a feast of formal design, and decorative exuberance
  • The How Hill Estate is a study centre with a fine large, thatched Edwardian house set in acres of reed, marsh, woodland and a small broad, together with a marshman's cottage and three restored drainage mills.
  • BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting day out for the whole family!


Penny Middleditch

This has been a wonderful home for Penny and her family for many years. Penny is relaxed and friendly, loves animals and is a brilliant self-taught gardener.