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Lilac Cottage

  • Burnham Overy Town
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2

from £ 870 to £ 1,560 per week

Arrival from 4pm and Departure by 10am


Lilac Cottage is a period Norfolk brick and flint cottage, set well back from the road in the popular village of Burnham Overy Town. Believed to have once been the village smithy, it is under new ownership and has been refurbished throughout with new bathrooms, updated kitchen and completely redecorated with all new furniture to provide comfortable spacious holiday accommodation for up to six guests. Downstairs there's a beamed dining/sitting room, a separate second sitting room, kitchen and traditional shower room. A spiral staircase leads to the four bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. There's the advantage of a fully enclosed lawned rear garden which overlooks open farmland towards the coast, with a new patio area at the far end to capture the evening sun. To the front is a shingled gated secure parking area for several cars. The stunning coast and the Georgian villlage of Burnham Market are both easily reached within 10 minutes walk.

A message from the owner: We love welcoming guests to our family holiday cottage. It has been much loved by generations of fun loving children, dogs and adults alike. We hope the relaxed, homely atmosphere will make our guests feel at ease here and that they’ll take back as many happy memories of their holiday as we have!


  • Under new ownership and refurbished throughout in 2022
  • Within 10 minutes walk of Burnham Market and beautiful coast
  • Fully enclosed long garden overlooking farmland towards the coast


  • The spiral staircase is fairly steep but has a hand rail
  • It's set well back from the road with plenty of private parking space at the front
  • Has a useful back lobby for muddy boots and dogs

Ground Floor

Sitting/Dining room: a lovely spacious room welcomes you as you enter the cottage with a whitewashed beamed ceiling. There's a dining table with six chairs, leather sofa and a spiral staircase to the first floor.

Sitting room: charming room with two comfy sofas, a new Smart TV, electric flame-effect stove to add a cosy feel, coffee table and lamps.

There's the advantage of free Wifi throughout Lilac Cottage.

Kitchen: refurbished with a new electric oven, microwave, fridge, Nespresso coffee machine and dishwasher.

Shower room: newly fitted with a contemporary walk-in shower, hand basin and WC.

Lean to back lobby: with an under counter washing machine and freezer, clothes airer and useful area for dogs, muddy boots etc.

First Floor

There's a fairly steep wooden spiral staircase (with hand rail) leading up from the dining room.

Bedroom 1: light and spacious dual aspect room with a king-size bed, bedside tables and lamps, built-in wardrobes with plenty of shelving and hanging space, a dressing table and chair.

Bedroom 2: with a wrought iron double bed, bedside tables and lamps and a built-in cupboard with hanging space and shelving.

Bedroom 3: overlooks the back garden with a single bed, bedside table and lamp, dressing table and a built-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 4: cosy room with a single bed and a clothes hanging rail.

Bathroom: newly fitted and has a bath with a shower over, hand basin, WC.

There is a travel cot available.


Lilac Cottage is set well back from the road with a large shingled front drive with gated secure parking space for several cars.

At the back is a fully enclosed (fenced) garden which overlooks open farmland. It is mainly lawn and has a new patio area at the far end to catch the evening sunshine.

There is a footpath literally steps away which leads to the beautiful coast at Burnham Overy Staithe and the popular Hero pub. Burnham Market may be reached on foot too.



Burnham Overy Town is an attractive unspoilt small hamlet, situated next to its sister village Burnham Overy Staithe, only a mile from the largest of The Burnham’s, Burnham Market. The main feature of the village is not just the great location on the stunning North Norfolk Coast, but also the lovely St Clement's Church with its unusual central tower, one of only 14 mediaeval churches in the country with this layout. The church sits proudly on the hill overlooking the river Burn.


The original village of all the seven sisters known as The Burnhams. The village name means 'over the water', meaning it was across the river from the other Burnhams. The church was begun in the Norman period and was granted to the canons of Walsingham Priory in the early 12th century. Burnham Overy was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.


The nearby larger village of Burnham Market is the stylish go to destination with many small independent and boutique shops from lifestyle and clothing to traditional butcher and bakers to delis and galleries. There are also some great eateries and bars to cater for all tastes.

For family fun the beaches of Brancaster and Wells are superb. The North Norfolk Coast has a lot of wildlife and nature reserves including Cley, Holme, Titchwell and Snetttisham. The grand estates of Holkham, Houghton and Sandringham make wonderful days out for all to enjoy. The Norfolk Coast and country has many local farm shops and farmers markets. Creake Abbey in North Creake is just 3 miles from Burnham Market and has a range of homemade produce, meats and vegetables in two barns along with a farmers market held on the first Saturday of each month. There are nearby farm shops in Thornham, Walsingham, Wiveton and Heacham.



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Guest reviews

Wonderful cottage, well equipped for a family of 4 generations. Gorgeous views across the fields. Lovely walks along to the Hero pub and into Burnham Market.

The Lane's, 17th of April 2024

Good location. Secure garden for our dogs. Local apple juice and ginger cookies on arrival, thank you. Weather much better than expected. Enjoyed lovely 3 mile return walk from Brancaster Overy Staithe to wonderful beach and ambling around Burnham Market.

The Evans, 8th of April 2024

The cottage is lovely typical Norfolk cottage & in a great location. The welcome pack was appreciated.

The Whelan's, 11th of January 2024

Good location right next to path down to the coast. Fab walks both inland and coastal right from the cottage to Holkham. Comfy warm bedrooms. Well equipped kitchen. Plenty of parking space.

The Naylor's, 5th of January 2024

Nice cottage, sweet spot.

The Peer's, 30th of October 2023

We has a lovely stay in North Norfolk made even better by the wonderful weather this time. Cottage worked well for us. The weather was fantastic and we had pre booked then restaurants (The White Horse,The Stiffkey Red Lion and the Kings Head at Letheringsett) as we know the area very well .All highly recommended. We had great walks at Brancaster Coastal path and visited the Seal colony every day when they were very relaxed about being watched.

The McMillan's, 12th of October 2023

A lovely coat cottage in a great location.

The Dunsterville's, 15th of September 2023

Lovely location. Very quiet and within walking distance of Burnham Overy Staithe. Chiminea made for lovely evenings outdoors. Good quality garden furniture.

The Bircham's, 1st of September 2023

Lovey area. Enjoyed sitting in the garden and watching the hares.

The McCubbin's, 21st of June 2023

We had a very enjoyable stay at Lilac Cottage. It was a warm and comfortable house with a lovely garden and views across the fields. It was in a great location with the Hero pub in walking distance as well as Burnham Market. We had a wonderful time. For us, having walks so close by and it being such a quiet area really made the holiday.

The Coupar-Evan's, 14th of April 2023

Very comfortable cottage. Sitting room very cosy in the evening! Great board games. Loved being next to Gong Lane for walks down to the coast.

The Beeton Family, 22nd of October 2022

Beautiful cottage, very comfortable and cosy. We enjoyed sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee looking out over the field.

The Carr's, 17th of October 2022
Key Booked Arrival date


Fri 12 Apr 2024Thu 23 May 2024£1020 / week
Fri 24 May 2024Thu 30 May 2024£1390 / week
Fri 31 May 2024Thu 20 Jun 2024£1110 / week
Fri 21 Jun 2024Thu 4 Jul 2024£1280 / week
Fri 5 Jul 2024Thu 29 Aug 2024£1560 / week
Fri 30 Aug 2024Thu 5 Sep 2024£1280 / week
Fri 6 Sep 2024Thu 19 Sep 2024£1110 / week
Fri 20 Sep 2024Thu 17 Oct 2024£1020 / week
Fri 18 Oct 2024Thu 31 Oct 2024£1200 / week
Fri 1 Nov 2024Thu 19 Dec 2024£870 / week
Fri 20 Dec 2024Sun 5 Jan 2025£1560 / week
Mon 6 Jan 2025Thu 3 Apr 2025£895 / week
Fri 4 Apr 2025Thu 24 Apr 2025£1235 / week
Fri 25 Apr 2025Thu 22 May 2025£1050 / week
Fri 23 May 2025Thu 29 May 2025£1430 / week
Fri 30 May 2025Thu 19 Jun 2025£1140 / week
Fri 20 Jun 2025Thu 3 Jul 2025£1315 / week
Fri 4 Jul 2025Thu 4 Sep 2025£1605 / week
Fri 5 Sep 2025Thu 11 Sep 2025£1315 / week
Fri 12 Sep 2025Thu 25 Sep 2025£1140 / week
Fri 26 Sep 2025Thu 16 Oct 2025£1050 / week
Fri 17 Oct 2025Thu 30 Oct 2025£1235 / week
Fri 31 Oct 2025Thu 18 Dec 2025£895 / week
Fri 19 Dec 2025Sun 4 Jan 2026£1605 / 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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