Rockland St Mary itself is located approximate 7 miles south of Norwich with good road connection to the surrounding area. Although quiet and laid back, it is very popular with walkers, birdwatchers*, fishermen, boaters and visitors who simply want to get away from the crowds. The relatively undiscovered Rockland Broad hosts a wide variety of migrating birds as well as year round residents such as marsh harriers, barn owls, herons and waterfowl.
Local shop/Post Office – 1 mile in Rockland St Mary.
Shopping at Loddon, 6 miles by car with Co-op supermarket, two butchers and greengrocers, ATM, pharmacy.
Norwich 7 miles.
- New Inn, Rockland St Mary, 200 yards, at Rockland Staith;
- Coldham Hall, Surlingham, 1.5miles by foot, 2.5 miles by car;
- The Ferry Inn, Surlingham, 2 miles by foot, 3 miles by car;
- The Beauchamp Arms, Claxton, 1.75 miles by foot, 2 miles by car;
- The White Horse, Chedgrave. 5 miles by car.
Rockland Staithe and Rockland Broad
The proximity of Rockland Staithe is one of the great features of a holiday at Oxnead House Holiday Cottages. Only 200 metres away, the Broads are literally on your doorstep. Fishing at the Staithe for roach and perch is a favourite activity during the season for experienced anglers and beginners alike and Rockland Broad is famous for it’s pike! Boats can be hired from Norwich, Chedgrave or Burgh St Peter, Beccles (see links below) and can be moored at the Staithe overnight if one day on the water is not enough.
For walkers the Staithe is the start of two of the circular walks on the Wherrymans way; the first takes you around the marshland and reed beds to the Beauchamps Arms and then back through the village of Claxton, the other through the farmland and past woodland to Surlingham, home of two pubs, and then back to Rockland.(see link below)
Nature lovers are also well catered for with RSPB Nature reserves at Rockland Broad and Surlingham Broad and the Ted Ellis reserve at Wheatfen, all within easy walking distance. Famed not only the birdlife but also the variety of rare dragonflies and butterflies, chinese water deer and muntjaks, natural history photographers are in for a treat.
Oxnead House Holiday Cottages are located in the one acre gardens of the owners’ house just outside the main village approximately 200 yards from Rockland Staithe with level footpath leading to Rockland Broad itself. The Barn and The Stable are tucked away at the opposite end of the gardens to the main house, the Dairy is attached to the back and the Lodge to the side of the main house, and the Lodge is joined to the main house. As well as each cottage having their own garden, guests are welcome to enjoy the main gardens and pick fruit from the trees in season. Benches, loungers and a hammock are provided for you to use.
The main gardens consist of a lawned area where games can be played such as football, volleyball, badminton, and there is an area for the younger children to play on small swings and slides and in the playhouse. For older children the village playpark is only 100 metres away on a quiet lane and has a football field, and adventure play equipment.
We regularly have a great variety of birdlife in our garden. Around thirty species are easily spotted, even by the untrained eye! In the last year we have seen Avocet, Cuckoo, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Thrush, Fieldfare, Grey Heron, Barn Owl, Little Owl, Tawny Owl, Sparrow-hawk, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Rook (from where the village gets its name)Crow , Magpie, Jay, Gulls (various), Dunnock, House Sparrow, Wren, Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Pheasant, Partridge, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, oh and of course chickens!
We know that your stay with us is likely to be the precious time you get to spend doing what you want to do, how you want to do it. If there is anything we can do to make your stay more pleasant, we will be happy to do so – just ask. For instance, we can arrange:
- Flowers/champagne on arrival;
- Beauty treatments with local beautician;
- Table reservation in local restaurants;
- Groceries delivered;
- Airport/Railway transfer.
The main areas of the gardens are relatively level ground, mainly laid to lawn with gravel or paved paths.
The Barn, The Stables and The Dairy
Access is via five bar gate set back from New Inn Hill. Parking is provided on gravelled area between the cottages and at the back of The Stables. Gates are kept closed at all times to ensure children and dogs do not wander onto the road. PIR lighting is provided in the general parking area and by the front door of each Cottage.
There is a small step up into each of the cottages. All flooring in the living areas in the Barn is engineered wood with rugs by beds and in seating area. Flooring in the Stable is a mixture of tiles and carpets, and wooden flooring and carpets in the Dairy. The bathrooms/shower rooms in all cottages have tiled floors.
Access is via Green Lane. Parking for two cars is provided in pull-in by the gable end of The Lodge. Steps lead down into the garden from the pull-in. There is a further step up into The Lodge
This property is not suitable for guests with impaired mobility.
Downstairs flooring is mixed with fully fitted carpet in the lounge and tiled flooring in the kitchen, dining area, hall and bathroom. Upstairs flooring is fully fitted carpets on stairs,landing and bedrooms. Both en-suites have tiled floor.
Your children must be supervised at all times and must always be accompanied by an adult in the common areas. Any play or sports equipment used is at your own risk, and whilst we don’t mind children climbing the trees in the garden, they do so at your own risk.
As far as practical, lighting is low energy. This does mean that the lights take a little while to reach full illumination. Automatic courtesy lighting is provided by the front door of each cottage. A wind-up torch is provided for each unit.
The cottages are heated during the colder months. We do not believe in charging extra for heating, but ask that guests ensure that heating is not left on unnecessarily for the sake of the environment, and our pockets. All radiators have individual thermostats.
Bedding, towels, bath robes and bath mats are changed on a weekly basis. Slippers are complimentary – please take them home if you like. For extra hygiene, pillows and mattresses have protectors fitted. Comfortable waterproof mattress protectors are available on request. Please do ask if you have children prone to accidents, and let us know if you need an unexpected change of bedding.
Instructions for equipment
Instruction booklets are enclosed for the various electrical equipment provided in your cottage. We will run through the basic operations when you book in, but feel free to ask any questions.
Refuse and waste
The cottages are all connected to a septic tank. Guests are requested not to flush items such as sanitary towels, nappies, cotton wool or cotton buds down the toilet. A lidded bin is provided for these items in each bathroom. Please do not use bleach or other strong chemicals as this can kill the bacteria in the septic tank. Please also restrict use of the washing machine to no more than two washes per day.
We try to recycle as much as possible. We would ask that our guests co-operate with our recycling facilities. Cardboard, tins and plastic bottles should be deposited in the Green wheelie bins, general rubbish in the black wheelie bins, and glass in the plastic boxes. All are located at the rear of The Stable or the rear of The Cottage.
Five parking spaces are provided in the main driveway and behind the Stable for use of the Barn, Stable and Dairy.
Two parking spaces are provided in the pull-in at the gable end of The Lodge.
Mobile reception depends on network and phone used. There is a telephone at the main house which is available for emergency use. Guests are welcome to receive incoming calls on this number (01508 538295).
All guests are welcome to enjoy the main gardens. Benches, loungers and a hammock are provided.
If there is anything we have forgotten, please feel to let us know. We want you to have a great time here and hope you like the place as much as we do. If something is wrong, or could be improved, we need to know.