Our Cottages

Welcome to Oxnead House Holiday Cottages

Having moved around the country due to work over the past 30 years and offspring have flown the nest, we felt it was time to return to Ian’s home county in 2010, and a quieter pace of life.

We spent months travelling throughout Norfolk searching for the perfect place, but nothing was quite right; until we arrived at Oxnead House. We felt at home the very first time we drove through the gates, and knew instantly that we had found what we were looking for.

Although there was a lot of work ahead for us to realise our vision, we could immediately see the potential, and loved the peace and beauty of the place.

Many man-hours later, we have now realised our dream, and love to share it with our guests.

We feel so lucky to have found Oxnead, and although there is always a door to paint or a fence to mend, we have achieved what we set out to do: Somewhere to sit and listen to the birds and let the stresses of daily life wash away.

We are sure you will enjoy it too.

Oxnead House Holiday Cottages stand on the edge of the village of Rockland St Mary, bounded by New Inn Hill and Green Lane, overlooking meadows that lead to Rockland Staithe and the Broad. As far as we can ascertain, Oxnead (meaning river meadow) House was originally built in the mid nineteenth century, and when sold in 1856 consisted of a dwelling house, a dairy, a piggery, a slaughter house, stables and barns. During the next 150 years the farm evolved into it’s present form. The land was divided and some of the farm buildings were sold off, others extended or converted to new uses.

The Lodge was added to the farmhouse in the 1970s originally a single storey extension, which was then added to again in the 1990s when the second storey was constructed. The Stables still housed a donkey in the 1960s and we know that the boy who lived here then, used to do the “school run” on it’s back to the other end of the village! The Barn housed the farm equipment until finally all the buildings were converted into holiday accommodation some fifteen years ago.

We purchased the house and cottages in 2010 and spent the next 15 months renewing, renovating, extending and improving in order to bring the accommodation up to date in form and function, and then furnishing and equipping them to the standard expected for a modern holiday. The Dairy was added in 2013, converting existing workshops and garages, with the addition of a large extension overlooking the marshes. It is not only the largest but also the most luxurious of the single storey cottages and incorporates the best features of the others.


Although each of the three cottages has its’ own individual style and charm, you can be sure that we will provide the same level of comfort and facilities whichever cottage you choose to stay in.

In addition to full week letting, all cottages are available for weekdays only, or weekend only lets, outside the high season, and at short notice throughout the year.

We have worked hard to make our cottages the sort of place we would want to stay in ourselves. They now all feature:

  • Clean, tidy and newly renovated rooms created with your comfort in mind.
  • Private fenced garden for each cottage with garden furniture, barbeque and outdoor drying facilities.
  • Parking for up to two cars available for each cottage.

Full central heating and modern bathroom facilities. Towels and bedding provided plus bathrobes and slippers for all adults. All season quilts are available from 4.5 to 13 tog to ensure a comfortable sleep depending on time of year and your preference.

Free wi-fi and tv with freeview and DVD player, Ipod docking station.

A welcome basket of essentials and a bottle of wine to start your holiday off. Please let us know if you would prefer chocolates instead of wine.

We will be happy to answer any queries you may have both before and during your stay, so feel free to ask.

For information about each of our cottages, please use the links below:

The Lodge - Patio Lodge tree in bloom The Stable - Patio Stable duck ornament The Barn - Patio Frequent visitor to the garden The Dairy - Patio The Dairy - Bench