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Escape to the Country; Spinks Nest, Hunworth, Norfolk, UK

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

If I think of my perfect weekend retreat away there is very little I desire other than comfort, warmth and a little bit of luxury. I’d want somewhere nice to cook, comfy to sit, even comfier to sleep and somewhere fabulous to enjoy a long comfortable soak.

Table for Two.

When I was asked to photograph lifestyle shots for Spinks Nest Cottage in Hunworth, Norfolk I couldn’t believe my luck. I’d been eagerly following the renovation of Spinks Cottage on Instagram with keen interest. Ana and her partner Alan bought Spinks Nest as an empty shell and they have sympathetically restored and redesigned it to create a gardener’s cottage style cosy dwelling.

Hunworth is a picturesque historic village just 3.5 miles from Holt and 11.5 miles from Fakenham. As soon as I arrived in Hunworth I felt a pang of excitement - the village has all the hallmarks of a beautiful traditional Norfolk village with brick and flint houses everywhere I looked and a thriving country pub too; The Hunworth Bell is only a couple of minutes walk from Spinks Nest and I’m reliably informed that the food is delicious. It looks great from the outside and I will definitely be trying it out for myself very soon. What a bonus to have a fabulous pub right on your doorstep.

Time for a drink?

Spinks Cottage is on a pretty, quiet village lane with easy roadside parking. The cottage itself looks small, cute and unassuming. I wondered how it was possible to fit in all that was promised in the online blurb. Leaving my shoes at the front door I entered into a welcoming kitchen dining area with open shelving and a lovely worn pine scrub top table. Immediately I was hit by the dark warm autumnal hues used throughout the cottage; wide brown tongue and groove on the walls with green and burnt orange accents. The cottage has a comfortable estate cottage aesthetic with modern twists such as a zinc kitchen work surface, polished concrete sunken bath and galvanised curtain poles. Ana and Alan, with the help of interior designer Elle Kemp, Ridge and Furrow have cleverly used a simple country rustic colour scheme with texture and good lighting to achieve a punchy wow factor in a small space. I for one want to stay here, in fact I have persuaded my friend to stay a Spinks Cottage for her birthday and I am going to keep her company. I can’t wait!

Beautiful old door leading into the bathroom

Ana and Alan’s attention to details shows throughout the cottage from beautiful vintage inspired kitchenware to soft wool blankets on the bed. There’s even candles and a bottle of gin left out on a tray in the living room. After a day in the countryside what more could you ask for than a glass of something soothing, in an comfy armchair with the heat of a log burner warming your feet?

Best seat in the house

The biggest surprise was in the bathroom. I was delighted to find a polished concrete sunken bath amongst a multitude of green leafed plants such ferns and string of hearts. I can envisage most guests sampling the delights of this Japanese Onsen bath inspired creation. It really is quite special and totally unexpected.

The bathroom - an unexpected surprise

Throughout the cottage are lovely luxury quality touches to enhance their guests stay such as a Sonos speaker, Smeg oven, Aesop Skincare products and an Ian McIntryre designed Cauldron Ceramics Brown Betty teapot.

Luxury touches - Aesop Skincare products

If you want to escape to the country for two I think you may have found just the place!

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Spinks Nest is available to rent through Airbnb. To find out more about Spinks Nest please follow this link.

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