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Stable Cottage

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The Stable Cottage is a recently refurbished cottage and part of the award winning Watatunga Wildlife Reserve.  Reached through the historic stable archway and set in the stunning walled garden of the Watlington estate, the house offers a completely unique holiday experience. This comfortable get-away is a spacious and peaceful property with open fire, a triple aspect garden-room and comes with use of exclusive electric buggies to tour the wildlife reserve at your leisure.

What makes a stay at Stable Cottage unique?

From beyond the garden wall, guests can see some of Watatunga's critically endangered deer and antelope.  Imagine having breakfast overlooking the mountain bongo -  this is a magnificent antelope species of which less than 100 remain in the wild.  Watatunga Wildlife Reserve is committed to conservation and can provide guests with a unique guided wildlife tour allowing them to explore the reserve and all it has to offer, including deer, antelope, water buffalo, and the nationally extinct great bustard.

What is the capacity for Stable Cottage?

The Stable cottage sleeps up to 8 guests over 4 bedrooms with a ground floor bedroom suite, each with bathroom facilities and a luxury four poster in the master suite.  Children under two can also be accommodated and travel-cots, stair-gates and highchairs can be made available on request.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the King's Lynn area?

Once you've had your fill of the reserve, the historic town of King's Lynn is only a short drive or train trip away. Explore the cobblestone lanes lined with fine old merchant houses or pay a visit to the elegant Custom House, which overlooks the town's medieval harbour. Travel south to Ely, where the Cathedral, one of England's largest and most beautiful cathedrals, dominates the skyline. The town itself hosts weekly markets and has a lovely waterfront area with a variety of cafés, restaurants, and art galleries to visit.

The gorgeous north Norfolk coastline is only 30 minutes away by car, and the wide shoreline is popular with bikers and hikers due to the numerous country lanes and paths to follow. Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve at Snettisham Beach, which is ideal for bird watching, with lagoons teeming with birds and shingle beaches to discover. A fantastic array of water sports can be found at old Hunstanton and Sandringham estate is only 20 minutes away by car.  The owners are more than happy to send an extensive list of ideas tailored to your interests so please do enquire.

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

At the centre of the village, and a ten minute stroll from the house, lies the Angel pub serving food as well as boasting a Sunday carvery and a fish and nearby chip shop. Alternatively, there are plenty of fine eateries to enjoy nearby and a list of suggestions will be emailed to you in advance of your visit.

Other Information

Watatunga is a stunning new wildlife reserve in west Norfolk.  Voted Best New Tourism Business of 2021, the reserve is found in 170 acres of woodland, grassland and marsh and provides a unique environment for over twenty types of deer, antelope and rare bird species to roam at their will.  The reserve provides a perfect inter-generational activity and is brought to life by a guided tour from expert guides as soon as possible after your arrival.  

Top facilities

Award Winning

Free WiFi

Facilities & information


Parking (free)

No smoking

Child friendly

5 Star Official Rating


Free broadband access (wifi)

Private/enclosed garden

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Tennis court

Children's cots

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

5-9 People Capacity

Award Winning

Children's highchairs

Four Poster Beds

Sky Television

Book library

Fire Pit / BBQ

Corporate bookings welcome


Kitchen Facilities

Other TV, Audio, Tel, Fax

Parking Available

Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Hair dryers

DVD player

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Central heating

Open log fire

Bicycle storage


Bicycling, Cycling

Surfing, Windsurfing, Diving, Jet Skis

Other Activities (generally outdoor)

Wildlife, bird watching

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)


Electric oven

AGA (or equivalent)

Electric hob




Extra info

Nearest Airport: London Stansted

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 55

Nearest Train Station: Watlington

Nearest Railway Distance: 1

Star Rating: 5

Arrival information and directions

Address: Watatunga Wildlife Reserve, Chruch Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk, King's LynnPE33 0HE, United Kingdom

Watlington, where the Stable Cottage is located, is on the direct trainline from London King's Cross.  The journey time is approx. 1hr 45 minutes and the same line goes through Ely and Cambridge. The station is approximately a 15 minute walk from the cottage. The village can be found 7.5 miles south of King’s Lynn and 8 miles north of Downham Market.  It is also on the national cycling route which passes through the village. 

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