The Willows Cottage

Southrepps, Norfolk
+44 (0)1608 686351
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Escape to this cosy, restful cottage - a stroll from the village pub, close to the coast - for birders, walkers and loafers, and their dogs


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Pack binoculars and take to the boardwalk through the acres of reed beds and woodland of the Nature Reserve – orchids a speciality – just beyond the garden gate. Bring walking gear and explore little-changed countryside and the wild north Norfolk coast: seemingly endless empty beaches blending with the sky. Coastal villages, some now chic, like Holkham and Stiffkey, have good pub food and bistros; No 1 Cromer’s fish and chips are renowned. 

Come with the children, they’ll love the sloping ceilings, the low windows and the jaunty twin bedroom up its own (gated) flight of stairs. Come with your bike on the train to nearby Gunton and pedal to stately homes like Blickling and Felbrigg Hall. 

However you fill your days the cottage has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere; pick a book from the shelf, settle by the wood-burning stove, perhaps with a well-run dog at your feet.

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We think you'll love

  • Hunkering down in this attractive, north Norfolk village getaway
  • Having a Nature Reserve to explore, just across the way
  • The dog-friendliness of the place
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You should know

  • Not for people with limited mobility; stairs are steep and narrow
  • Ceilings are very low in places


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • 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

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
10am on Fridays
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Tasty biscuits, bowls for feeding, blankets for snuggling, throws for furniture.

Dogs £15 per stay.

Dogs free to roam in secure garden, walks from the front door, splashy river and dog-friendly beach nearby.


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £575
Short breaks: 3 nights £315-£455.
1 Cottage for 4
From £903 beds2 bedrooms


We had a magical half term holiday at The Willows. It was basically a week of beaches, books, log fires and good food. The cottage is well equipped and welcoming (thank you for the wine) and comfortable enough to relax in. David was extremely helpful and recommended nearby pubs and beach walks. We had a huge walk along the beach at Mundesley and a wonderful Sunday lunch at the pub and a beautiful day at Holkham. After months trapped in the house after lockdown this was exactly what our family of four needed.

Sarah, Isleworth

We enjoyed our stay at this comfortable quirky cottage. The rooms are spacious and the bed very comfortable. We enjoyed the large wood burner which kept the cottage very warm. It is well situated adjacent to a nature reserve and we explored Blakeney (which we know well) and Horsey and Winterton-by-Sea for delicious crab sandwiches, and lovely beach walks. We have booked again for May (covid restrictions willing) and look forward to spending time here in a different season.

Richard, Blindley Heath

Our first experience of renting a property in the UK was an unqualified success. The cottage was very clean and tidy on arrival. Almost everything that one could wish for was supplied - from luxurious bedlinen on a very comfortable bed to salt, pepper, olive oil etc. - and a bottle of very good Argentinian Malbec to welcome us. Despite the quirky layout, everything had been carefully thought out so as to provide us with the perfect home from home for a very happy stay. Our 2 year old French Bulldog loved it too. Glorious country and seaside walks all round. Wonderful. We'll be back!

Jeremy, Newbury

We had a great peaceful stay in this lovely old cottage. It is well appointed and equipped (bed was huge and marvellous) and very well situated with lots of lovely nearby walks, and plenty not too far away. A great place for exploring Norfolk . A good friendly pub in Southrepps - you need to book.

Lesley, Winslow

The Willows is just lovely - in a glorious part of North Norfolk. The main bedroom is fantastic and surprisingly spacious, while our son loved having his own bedroom down the corridor (and his own set of stairs!). The kitchen was well-stocked with good quality kit (a rare treat in a rental property) and David went above and beyond when part of that kit needed replacing - doing so with minimal delay, and excellent comms. The real beauty of this house is its location: just across the road is Southrepps Common, with boardwalk walks across and around, ideal for early morning (or dusk) walks.

Joe, London

We loved our stay at The Willows. It's much more spacious than many traditional cottages in this part of the world, and the quirky layout allowed for many games of hide and seek! The garden, nature reserve and nearby train station are big pluses, and the location in general is perfect for exploring north Norfolk. Lots of great tips in the visitor book led us to discover new beaches and villages. Don't miss seal-spotting at Horsey.

Monica, London

We had a lovely summer holiday at the Willows with our children (7 and 8). Well-situated for both the North Norfolk coast with its lovely beaches, and the Broads for boating, the cottage is a great base for exploring the area. Highlight of the cottage was the comfiest double bed we’d ever slept in (we bought a new bed to replicate it when we got home!), and while the children’s room was up its own staircase the two bedrooms are joined by a ‘secret passage’ upstairs which gave the children hours of fun (and an upstairs loo between the bedrooms). Nice walks out from the house too. A great find.

Anna, Oxford

We had a fantastic time at The Willows. After five months in lockdown this holiday was a real tonic. The cottage was reassuringly clean and is in a wonderful location. The nature reserve across the road became our daily routine. Beautiful sandy beaches and National Trust properties are all within a 20 minute drive so we were never short of things to do. The Rose and Crown pub is a short walk through the village and was welcoming, very Covid secure and served delicious food. We had several meals there. If we weren't taking my mother on holiday with us this year we'd be back like a shot!

Joanne, Middlesex

For anyone who knows and loves north Norfolk, this epitomises the character and cosy feel of the area – a warm and welcoming cottage amid huge skies and stretching beaches. For those who don't know the area, Willow Cottage would provide the perfect introduction. The guests' comments confirm that it's perfect for two couples or for families with kids and dogs.

Peter, Sawday's inspector

We booked the Willows Cottage for a last minute weekend trip and would highly reccomend it. The 180-year-old cottage is quirky and everything we needed was provided and in very good condition. The bed in the master bedroom was heaven. We loved the village Southrepps and the surrounding area and the beach isn't far either.

Rachel, London

The cottage is very cosy and the decor inside is lovely. It is in a good place to get to visit all the main areas. There a lot of good places near buy to have a meal.


The Willows is a lovely cottage, beautifully decorated and well equipped. It is in a nice quiet position but well located to explore the local area. Southrepps is a lovely village with a couple of good restaurants, in particular the Gunton Arms. The cottage is very dog friendly. We will return!

Nick, London

We enjoyed our stay in The Willows Cottage very much. It was cosy and comfortable yet large enough that we didn't feel cramped and in each other's way. It was clean and furnished to a good standard, with all the modern conveniences that you'd need. The location is convenient and central, with some pubs and restaurants within a short driving distance.

S., Gloucester

Lovely quaint cottage, very dog friendly. Everything you need and more in the cottage. It wouldn't suit someone who had difficulty getting upstairs as they are very steep but if that's not a problem for you a fantastic place to stay.

Lynne, Leeds

My husband and I stayed for a week at Willow Cottage and it was exactly as described in the details. Which was brilliant! The location was perfect, as we visited a different beach everyday and everything we needed for our stay was thoughtfully planned out and taken care of (including dog friendly information) as we had my mum’s Cairn Terrier Lucy with us on holiday. We would definitely recommend Willow Cottage to stay and we always use Sawdays as a guide when we’re booking for either a weekend or a weeks holiday staycation!

Cathy, Cambridge

Great cottage. Very comfortable and decorated to a very high standard with quirky touches that makes it feel a fun place. Beds very comfortable and all the equipment you could wish for. We really enjoyed our stay and chatting to the locals who came to bowl at the village hall.

Peter, Huddersfield

Excellent property, super owner, we loved it and have booked again for 2018.

Scott, Marlborough

We have stayed on three separate occasions at the Willows. It is a wonderful, quiet cottage, with all the space and facilities a family needs -- and fantastic beds! The location is also excellent.

Helena, Oxford

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The neighbourhood

Four miles from the North Norfolk coast, on a winding lane in the middle of leafy, sleepy Southrepps and next to the 12-hectare Common Nature Reserve. There’s a friendly pub - The Vernon Arms - and a small village shop; Waitrose in North Walsham is 10-minutes' drive. It’s 15-minutes to Cromer’s eateries, its sandy beach, pier, and the NT’s Felbrigg Hall. Less than a mile to Guntun station.

Local points of interest from David Sewell

  • Sheringham Country Park
  • Felbrigg Hall - National Trust
  • Poppyline Steam Railway
  • North Norfolk Coast
  • Beaches for dogs all year round


David Sewell

David now lives in Warwickshire but fell in love with Norfolk, its people and its wildlife a long time ago. In 2009 he and his wife bought and began renovating The Willows. It was a busy September – their daughter was born 6 days before completing on the cottage. Verity was an interior designer and her creation of their calm escape from everyday life is just what she wanted you to enjoy too.