Kempstone Manor Farm
Litcham • Sleeps 15 • Dogs welcome • Swimming pool
Introducing the magnificent Kempstone Manor Farm! Offering a completely unique experience, you will be privileged to enjoy a stay at this picturesque country estate. The attractive Georgian farmhouse accommodates up to 15 guests in 7 bedrooms within the main house, with an additional 2-bedroom cottage within the grounds, available to rent for an additional supplement. Set in grounds of 40 acres, surrounded by 800 acres of farmlands, here you are afforded space, privacy and tranquillity in the heart of the Norfolk Countryside. In addition to this, there is also an indoor swimming pool complex, outdoor tennis court, and a well-equipped gym, all available for your use. What’s more, your dogs can come along too!
Kempstone Manor Farm is a picturesque estate where the property is set centrally in grounds of 40 acres, surrounded by 800 acres of farmland. The farmhouse is a particularly attractive Georgian property dating from 1794 with later alterations and additions in the 19th century and most recently by the current owners. There are fine views over the surrounding farmland in an area of Norfolk that remains particularly unspoilt and rural.
When arriving at Kempstone Manor Farm up the long private drive, you really do feel as though you are in a private domain. The house sits so well, centrally in the middle of its land and the property has everything with a separate cottage, beautifully restored farm buildings, formal gardens, pasture, woodland, tennis court, gym, and indoor swimming pool complex. Please note that due to the rural nature of this property, inclement weather can affect the efficiency and availability of WiFi at the property. While this very rarely occurs, if it does happen then there is a good 4G signal to use instead.
Situated in an unspoilt rural position surrounded by farmland you are located about a mile from the village of Litcham, a picturesque and traditional village, which still retains many amenities including a pub, butcher’s shop, Post Office/village stores and a school. The market towns of Swaffham, Dereham and Fakenham are each about 9 miles whilst the coast at Wells-next-the Sea is about 19 miles to the North.
The property is very well-appointed, and you will not want for anything while you are staying here! With interesting furnishings throughout paying homage to the owners’ African heritage and artwork aplenty, this property is full of charm and character. There really is no better place in which to bring your family and friends together for a truly unforgettable experience!
Immediate entry to the property is on the west side of the property where you will step into the porch before moving through into the spacious entrance hall, where you will find plenty of coat storage and a ground floor WC.
At the end of the entrance hall there is a large boot room offering ample space to store your boots and shoes as well as any extra coats and jackets. There is also an additional fridge/freezer here for you to use.
Also known as “The Blue Room” for obvious reasons! This cosy room is perfect for anyone wanting to break away and enjoy some quiet reading time or watch an epic film on the large smart TV with soundbar. There is also a desk with a chair and Mac computer available for you to use on a guest profile for anyone who must conduct any work during their stay.
The African themed snug/TV room is a lovely place to relax whatever the season. In the warmer months you can open the French doors onto the paved terrace, or in the cooler months you can sink into the sofa and snuggle in front of the roaring woodburner while enjoying your favourite Netflix series on the large Smart TV. There is also a DVD player and selection of DVDs available.
Kitchen & Breakfast Room
The traditional farmhouse style kitchen is in keeping with the property and its surroundings. It is very well-equipped with everything you will need during your stay, including an AGA, separate electric oven and ceramic hob, double ceramic sink, dishwasher, a large fridge, and a Nespresso machine.
Adjoining the kitchen there is a breakfast room complete with an informal dining table seating up to 10 guests. With stunning views over the manicured garden this is the ideal place to enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast! In the warmer months you can also open the French doors onto the rear patio and al fresco dining area to unify the two spaces.
There is also a separate utility/laundry room where you will find an additional integrated fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer and a ceramic butler sink.
With dual aspect views to the front and side of the property, the lovely light drawing room is a great place to kick back and relax in style. Furnished with 2 large sofas and 2 armchairs, here you can gather your party in comfort and spend some quality time together. There is also an open fireplace which you are welcome to use in the winter months that really adds to the ambience of this room.
The formal dining room overlooks the beautifully manicured front garden and is the perfect place to entertain with a dinner party and come together for a family celebration. The grand marble fireplace surround is a real feature in this room while the large wooden dining table can comfortably seat 12 guests and more if required.
The stunning south facing conservatory is certainly the warmest room in the house and likely to be where you will spend a lot of your time while staying here – and why not! With panoramic views of the beautiful, manicured grounds you can just sink into the sofas and while away the hours enjoying the peace and tranquillity afforded by this country retreat. If you are lucky, you might even get to see the resident sparrowhawk swooping across the garden as well as an abundance of other wildlife and birds of prey.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Head up to the first floor where you will find 7 traditional farmhouse bedrooms.
Bedroom 1: The master bedroom offers an abundance of space and views over the manicured gardens and surrounding grounds. Furnished with a super king size bed, plenty of storage in the built-in wardrobes and drawers, a large full-length mirror and relaxed seating options. This room also has its own en suite with a large walk-in shower, twin sinks, WC and a heated towel radiator.
Bedroom 2: Overlooking the front garden and surrounding meadows, this room is furnished with a double bed and a large freestanding chest of drawers.
Bedroom 3: With views over the front garden and surrounding meadows, this spacious bedroom offers a super king size bed, built-in wardrobes and drawers and relaxed seating.
Family Bathroom: With eye-catching pink floral wallpaper, this bathroom really stands out! With a traditional roll-top bath, separate corner shower, hand basin, WC and heated towel radiator.
Bedroom 4: Overlooking the surrounding barns, this room offers ample space and provides a double bed, built-in wardrobe, freestanding chest of drawers and a built-in desk/dressing table with a chair and mirror. This room also has an adjoining door with bedroom 5.
Bedroom 5: Overlooking the surrounding barns, this spacious bedroom offers a super king size bed, built-in wardrobes, bench seating and a built-in desk/dressing table. This room also has an adjoining door with bedroom 4.
Bedroom 6: Perfect for the children in the party, this triple room is equipped with a bunk bed and a separate single bed. There is also a children’s desk with a selection of books and toys available.
Family Shower room: With contemporary grey styling this room offers a corner shower, hand basin, WC and a heated towel radiator.
Bedroom 7: This twin-bedded room offers 2 single beds and a built-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and shelving.
There are also 2 additional ground floor WC’s.
Indoor Swimming Pool Complex
Head through the boot room and you will find the amazing indoor swimming pool complex, all for your private use! On your way to the pool, you will pass a changing room, separate WC, and the steam room and walk-in shower.
The pool itself is heated and the room has a climate-controlled heating system, keeping it at an ambient temperature. The pool has stepped entry into the shallow end with rails around the inside edge of the pool. There is a selection of loungers and seating around the poolside where you can relax after a few lengths! There is also a selection of French doors around the pool that can be opened to access the adjacent paved courtyard with relaxed outdoor seating.
Set in 40 acres of land, the grounds are made up of a mixture of formal gardens, pasture and woodland. To the South of the house there is an area of parkland and meadow bordered by estate fencing and this area has been planted as a wildflower meadow. It is bounded by woodland to the West and hedged along the boundaries with fine views over the surrounding farmland.
The formal gardens are arranged as follows: immediately to the South of the house there is an area of walled garden laid to lawn with gravelled paths bordered by clipped box hedging. The main garden is situated to the East of the house and has large areas laid to lawn with mixed shrub and herbaceous beds and a variety of ornamental shrubs and trees. There is a South-facing conservatory and French windows from this and the breakfast room lead onto a large stone paved terrace, with shallow steps leading up to the formal lawned garden. On this terrace there is a BBQ and a large table and chairs providing al fresco dining on warm summer days.
Situated to the North there is an area of orchard and flowering cherries with a willow arch leading to the hard tennis court and pavilion. To the North West of the house there is an orchard with a great variety of productive fruit trees under planted with spring bulbs and box hedging. The gardens contain some magnificent mature trees including beech, lime and oak. To the West of the main formal gardens there is a further area of woodland garden with a pond and a variety of ornamental trees including a good selection of Japanese maples. This area is under planted with spring bulbs with a central wrought iron domed pergola trained with climbing roses. This area has an abundance of wildlife with resident nesting ducks so please keep any dogs out of this area and keep the gates shut at all times.
Also, to the South of the property there is an expansive wildflower meadow with pathways cut into it. On a fair day, you can stroll across here with your drinks and sit by the tree lined pond where you will have the best view of the stunning sunsets!
In the external restored barns, you will find the gym which is very well-equipped for the fitness fanatics! Complete with a mirrored wall, TV screen, rowing machine, cross trainer, and exercise bike, there is no excuse to fall out of shape on this holiday! There is also a selection of skipping ropes, resistance bands, gym balls and yoga mats available to use. Please note that the gym is only to be used by guests 18 years of age and over and the equipment is used at your own risk.
Please be aware that there are three open ponds on site so children and dogs must be supervised at all times.
The cottage is set away from the main residence and is surrounded by hedging ensuring seclusion and privacy. Sleeping up to 4 guests, this cosy cottage offers a fully equipped kitchen/diner, lounge with an open fireplace, two bedrooms each with king sized 4 poster beds and a bathroom complete with a shower over bath, hand basin and WC. Outside, the cottage has its own parking space, lawn garden and paved terrace. This quaint suntrap has a table and chairs for 4 guests to enjoy al fresco dining while watching the sun set, as well as 2 loungers for those who prefer to soak up the summer rays!
*Please note that Kempstone Manor Farm Terms & Conditions differ to our normal Terms in that guests are required to pay 50% deposit to confirm a booking, unless within 12 weeks, whereby they will be required to pay for the holiday in full*
At a glance
Sleeps 15 in the Main House (max 12 adults and 3 children)
Prices from £14,500 to £15,500
Dates by Prior Arrangement
1 En Suite
2 Family Bathrooms
3 Separate WC’s
Indoor Swimming Pool Complex
Panoramic Countryside Views
Al Fresco Dining Area
Ample Off-Road Parking
Additional 2 Bedroom Cottage Available as Extra
Wood Burner and Open Fire
Dogs Welcome (Max of 2)
No Hot Tubs
Complimentary Barefoot Welcome Pack
Bathrobes and Slippers
Towels and Linens
Arrival Day: Friday
Arrival Time: 4pm
Departure Time: 10am
7/14 night stays and 3 night short breaks start on a Friday 4 night short breaks start on a Monday
Short breaks are priced at 80% of full-week price. Alternative start days may be possible outside peak weeks.
|Dates||7 night price||Short breaks*|
|30th April 2022 → 1st October 2022||£14,500.00 (£138 pppn*)||†|
|2nd October 2022 → 22nd December 2022||£14,500.00 (£138 pppn*)||†|
|23rd December 2022 → 2nd January 2023||£15,500.00 (£147 pppn*)||†|
|† / Later dates||Please contact us for details|
|Rates shown do not include £20 booking fee.||*available outside peak weeks|
|* Per-person, per-night (pppn)|