Stable Cottage

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A truly unique holiday experience awaits at the Stable Cottage. Set in the beautiful walled garden of the Watlington estate, the Stable Cottage is a newly renovated property approached through the old stable archway. Guests can view some of Watatunga’s highly endangered deer and antelope stock from across the garden wall or explore the reserve in their exclusive electric buggies. We are passionate about conservation and can offer a unique guided wildlife safari for guests, introducing them to the reserve and all it has to offer – deer, antelope, water buffalo and endangered birds including the great bustard that had become nationally extinct in 1832. NEW for 2022: guests will have access to two exclusive 4-seater electric buggies to use in Watatunga Wildlife Reserve during their stay. We will get in touch to arrange your briefing tour shortly after you book.

Offering year round comfort this cosy get-away is a spacious and relaxed home with open fire, a bright triple aspect garden room, perfect for dining with friends, four bedrooms with a ground floor bedroom suite, each with bathroom facilities and luxury four-poster in the master suite. It’s situated in the old walled garden of Watlington Estate and has a newly resurfaced tennis court overlooking the paddocks where exotic animals graze year round.

Watlington, where the Stable Cottage is located, is 7 miles south of King’s Lynn and 8 miles north of Downham Market and is also served by its railway station on the King’s Lynn to Cambridge and London line. Watlington is easily reached from London with a direct line accessible in 1hr 40mins. It is also on the national cycling route which passes through the village. At the centre of the village is the village green, there is a local Pub serving food as well as boasting a Sunday carvery, fish and chip shop and village store, perfect for those last-minute essentials.

The historic town of King’s Lynn is a short drive or train ride away; once one of the most important ports dating back to the 12th Century. Meander through the cobbled streets with fine old merchant houses or visit the elegant Custom House that overlooks the town’s medieval harbour. There are plenty of fine eateries to enjoy, perfect for a spot of lunch or supper by the riverside at The Bank House.

Travel south by car, or train, to the Cathedral city of Ely where the Cathedral dominates the skyline, one of England’s largest and most beautiful Cathedrals. The town itself offers weekly markets and boasts a beautiful waterside area with many cafés, restaurants and art galleries to explore. The stunning North Norfolk coastline is just 30 minutes’ drive, the vast coastline is popular with cyclists and walkers with many country lanes and tracks to follow. Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve at Snettisham beach, spectacular for bird watching with bird filled lagoons and shingle beaches to explore. Well worth a visit if the majestic Sandringham House, set in stunning grounds with pretty gardens and woodland trails to discover, the adventure playground is popular with the youngsters too.

Shop/Pub: all within walking distance

Beds & Bedrooms

  • Sleeps 8 – Bed linen provided
  • 1 super-king bed
  • 2 single Zip & Link beds (combine for 1 super king)
  • 4 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer


  • 4 bathrooms
  • 5 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

How far to…?

  • Beach 19 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • Shop 0.2 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Sky TV
  • Tennis court
  • Welcome pack

Nearby Activities

  • Watatunga Wildlife Reserve
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf


  • Walk-in shower
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room


Ground Floor:

Entrance hall

Kitchen with oil fired Aga and built in electric double oven with electric hob, fridge with icebox, dishwasher and microwave.

Utility room with fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer

Cloakroom with wash basin and WC

Sitting Room with comfortable seating, open fire, Smart TV with Sky basic package, CD player and DVD player. DAB radio

Garden/Dining Room with comfortable seating, large dining table with chairs

Bedroom 1 with zip and link super king-size bed which can be made up as full size twin beds (please request at time of booking how you would like the beds to be made up)

Shower room with wash basin, shower cubicle and WC

First Floor:

Bedroom 2 with twin beds 

Bathroom bath with overbath shower, wash basin and WC

Bedroom 3 with twin beds

Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, washbasin and WC

Master bedroom/family suite with king size four-poster bed and two single beds

En-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, wash basin and WC


Garden: Fully enclosed gardens with walled garden, patio and orchard, all set within a unique deer and antelope conservation area. Barbecue on request. Table and 8 chairs. 

Tennis Court: Tennis facilities are available with a hard court within the grounds of the cottage.

Parking: Driveway for 5 or more cars.


Heating: Oil fired central heating. Open fire 

Also provided: Towels. WiFi. Books and games. Radio. Tennis court. Wildlife safari exploring the deer, rare species or bird and water buffalo herd.

Notes: This is a non-smoking property. Mobile reception – variable




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