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  • Burnham Overy Staithe
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • 10
  • 5
  • 4

from £ 1,625 to £ 3,995 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Gillies is an award winning detached coastal house designed by a local architect, situated in a prime position in Burnham Overy Staithe with stunning marsh, creek and sea views. The house has a nautical feel with its curved blue walls and contemporary glass and steel staircase, cleverly designed with an upstairs sitting room to take advantage of the lovely views. Upstairs is perfect for three couples with three lovely en-suite bedrooms, with a further two twin bedrooms and a shower room on the ground floor. There is a large enclosed garden with ample car and boat parking and access to the harbour for sailing or a 30 minute walk along the coastal path out to the beautiful unspoilt sandy beach. Gillies is unrivalled for bird-watching with many rare species seen from the house. Within 4 minutes walking distance is The Hero gastro pub.


  • Fabulous position overlooking the picturesque staithe.
  • Direct access onto the coastal path
  • Large enclosed garden with plenty of car and boat parking
  • Nautical feel with curved walls and contemporary steel staircase


  • There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor and 2 on the ground floor
  • The sitting room is upstairs to enjoy the stunning sea views - comfortably seats 6 people
  • 2 of the upstairs bedrooms can be configured as doubles or twin beds
  • Only a few minutes walk to the excellent Hero pub

Ground Floor

Large entrance hall with stone floor.

Kitchen/Dining area: Light and airy fitted kitchen well-equipped with built-in electric double oven, gas hob, dishwasher, American style fridge/freezer and cafetiere. There is a spacious dining area with a long wooden table table and chairs seating twelve, leather sofa, leather armchair and garden views.

Utility Room: With washing machine, tumble dryer, sink.

Shower Room: fitted walk-in shower, WC and hand basin.

Bedroom 4: has twin beds, bedside table and lamps, chest of drawers, TV.

Bedroom 5: has twin beds, bedside table and lamp, chest of drawers and a TV.

Two folding beds suitable for children can be used in the downstairs bedrooms on request.The bedding is hypo-allergenic.

First Floor

Bespoke staircase with open tread lead up to door to balcony with stunning views across the marsh, creek and sea.

Bedrooms 1 and 2 may be made up as doubles or twin beds - please advise at time of booking.

Bedroom 1: has stunning uninterrupted views across the staithe. Contains a king-size bed (which may be separated into twin beds), bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers, TV. En-suite: bath with shower over, hand basin, WC.

Bedroom 2: a spacious room at the back of the house overlooking the garden. Has a a king-size bed (which may be separated into twin beds), bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and a TV. En-suite bathroom: spacious bathroom which may be accessed via the bedroom or from the landing containing a bath with shower over, hand basin, WC.

Bedroom 3: has a double bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and a TV. En-suite: bath with shower over, hand basin and WC.

Sitting Room: High ceilinged room with stunning creak and marsh views, leather sofas and chairs providing comfortable seating for six, with additional chairs and pouffes, TV/DVD, LPG gas coal effect fire with club fender.

Gillies has extremely efficient oil-fired central heating with radiators upstairs and underfloor heating downstairs - all included in the rental price.

There is one travel cot, a high-chair which fixes onto a dining chair and stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.


There is a large enclosed lawned garden with terrace, garden furniture and barbecue, with a gate leading directly onto the staithe.
Ample car and boat parking.


A picturesque fishing and sailing harbour with multiple winding tidal creeks and salt marshes stretching from the harbour side and leading to sand dunes: the biggest known as Gun Hill. From Burnham Overy Staithe you can take a scenic walk to Gun Hill which takes about half an hour. In the summer there is lovely wildlife to be spotted including wading birds and beautiful butterflies. A gap in the dunes, locally known as Burnham Harbour, opens up and there are miles of golden sandy beaches stretching out towards Holkham and Wells to be admired. During the summer there is a ferry out to the nature reserve of Scolt Head Island which is a lovely trip for bird watchers and seal spotters.


An area of outstanding natural beauty, the village is a large hamlet and a great destination for your stay. The views across the harbour are lovely whatever time of year you decide to visit. There is a great little gastro pub in the centre of the village called The Hero (in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson) which has a great menu of tasty dishes. Also, in the centre of the village there is a large playing field with hard tennis courts and basketball area and a children’s playground. Just outside the village is the noticeable landmark of the stunning six-storey Burnham Overy Windmill and neighbouring watermill, although neither are open to the public, they stand proud on the edge of the village, a beautiful sight when the sun catches the sails against Norfolk's big blue skies. In June Burnham Overy Staithe hosts the popular Norfolk Superhero Challenge, a quadraphonic event where teams of 2 work together to swim, kayak, cycle and run across the beaches and through the creeks. A lovely charity event to spectate. To pop to one of the other coastal villages you can catch the Coasthopper Bus which runs along the coast through many of the delightful villages and seaside towns - a great green way to explore the coast and without the worry of where to park!


Part of Burnham Overy was the original port for The Burnhams and set on the river Burn. Trading ships once reached the village by the river until the end of the Middle Ages when the river silted up and along with it the commercial trade. Until the end of the First World War the trading ships used the Staithe. This made a distinction between the two villages Burnham Overy Town and Burnham Overy Staithe that exist a mile apart from one another today. The most notable resident of Burnham Overy Staithe is Richard Woodget who resided at one of our cottages Flagstaff East/West and was the captain of the Cutty Sark. Horatio, Admiral Lord Nelson according to letters learned to row and sail a dinghy at Burnham Overy Staithe at the age of 10 just two years before joining the Navy.


A great central location on the north Norfolk Coast right on the coastal path ideal for popping on your walking books and walking for about 30 minutes to reach the glorious wide open beach. If you are looking for family days out there are the beaches of Wells and Brancaster where you can park nearby and reach the beaches within a few steps.

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Guest reviews

Fabulous week!
Fabulous house!
Fabulous weather!
Thank you

Chapman, 18th of September 2020

We like everything about Gillies the Kitchen, garden, views, bedrooms and the location. The house was spotlessly clean. Stayed here many times - we love it.

The Slack Family, 4th of September 2020

Fantastic time as always. Love our stays here. Many thanks :)

Mansell/Flemings, 28th of August 2020

Once again a lovely weekend with family. Thank you so much for a fun weekend of sailing, swimming and walking with boys

Green, 7th of August 2020

We were the first families in since the COVID-19 lockdown: very reassuring to see that all the COVID-19 compliance regulations had been followed. We love this house. Back in September and next year too. BEST HOUSE EVER!

Slack, 9th of July 2020

We've stayed here before and the standard was perfect as always. Well equipped kitchen and lovely breakfast area. Very comfortable beds. Garden is ideal if you have a dog.

Slack Party, 26th of July 2019

Better than Expected A lot of space, extremely well equipped and larger garden than expected. 10 out of 10 for cleanliness We loved the space and lay-out, location and personal details.

Pelly, 7th of June 2018

Generally very nice property, well maintained and very comfortable. Well-equipped kitchen, good bathrooms, plenty of hot water, views of creek, location. Would stay again.

The Scaddings, 11th of May 2018

Gillies is a fantastic property for a large family, everyone can have space.

Thorp Party, 22nd of December 2017

Just to confirm that we have now vacated "Gillies" after a wonderful stay, the house was lovely & set within a fantastic location.

The Bedini's, 20th of March 2017
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£3995 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£2750 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 24 Oct 2024£1625 / week
Fri 25 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£2560 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£1625 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Thu 2 Jan 2025£3995 / week

Prices shown includes a £30 booking fee.

Booking information

If your required start date is not the usual changeover day, then please call us on 01328 730880 or email.

Please also read our Booking Conditions.

The changeover day for this property is Friday.

Deposit Payable - 33% of total rent

Balance payable 28 days prior to arrival

Please note that smoking is not permitted in any of our cottages

All Sowerbys holiday cottages are supplied with bed linen and towels and the cost of heating is included in the rental price.

Electric Vehicle charging

Cars may only be charged if there is an EV charging point fitted at the property. The cost of electricity is NOT included in the rental price and Sowerbys Holiday Cottages must be notified if the charger is used and an additional surcharge will be made. Due to insurance purposes, guests must never charge their car using a standard outdoor plug or an extension cable linking to a domestic plug. This is not permitted because of fire regulations regarding wiring, earthing rods and voltage restrictions; it poses a serious fire risk to standard 13 amp sockets and there is a real danger that the body of the vehicle could become live.

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