Grassmere was originally Boughton’s village shop and post office. Boughton is a small village in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated east of the small town of Downham Market, south-east of the larger town of King’s Lynn, and west of the city of Norwich. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

From early times Boughton consisted of two Manors, Overhall and Netherhall. The two manors already existed in the 10th and 11th centuries and there would certainly have been two manor houses or home farms. However, no trace of the original survive but it is, perhaps possible, to guess at their original position. As older manor houses became ruined or dilapidated it was usual to rebuild the new buildings on the existing site and this would happen several times over the centuries. It is therefore likely that the manor of Overhall is, today, represented by the buildings of Hall House and Hall Farm, which were originally one property, to the south-west of the pond and the manor of Netherhall represented by Manor Farm House and the farm buildings of Church Farm to the north-east. It is significant that both of these buildings and their farmlands were owned by the Lord of the Manor, until 1919. Boughton was mentioned in the Domesday book under the old heading Buchetuna.

Knowing the village very well as we have lived in the area for over twenty years and attracted by Grassmere’s unique rural setting, overlooking the village pond, my husband and I jumped at the chance to buy it when it came up for sale. 

Owned and built by the Sowerby family in 1957, Grassmere became the Village post office and shop for a number of years. After Mr Sowerby died the business closed down. Years later, Mrs Sowerby in her eighties decided to sell it to us.

The house was in need of refurbishment so we used our experience in this field to redesign the house for modern living. To maintain and complement the character of the property we chose an attractive Mid-Century Modern Decor. Original furnishings were mixed with modern ones so the property inspires memories and tells its own story. The house was equipped to make guests feel at home. 

To add interest to the property the outside buildings, overlooking the garden were converted into a Spa – a Steam Room/shower was built and a hot tub installed leaving enough space to relax.

A website was designed and we were live and ready for guests in Aug 2014.

A year later we were awarded 4star Gold (exceptional quality and customer service) by VisitEngland 2015 / 16 /17 and were approved for having met the criteria of the Walkers Welcome Scheme, Cyclist Welcome Scheme and Mobility 1. We scored 100% on Cleaning.

We have been awarded the TripAdvisor 2017 /  2018 Certificate of Excellence. An award given  to hotels, B&Bs and now holiday rentals that show continued excellence in hospitality. The award is given to rentals not only with the best reviews, but with the best owners, too!

Grassmere accommodates 8 people. It has a good sized garden with a BBQ area and enough off road parking for three cars. The property also benefits from a children’s play area situated in the village.

Bookings can be made directly through this website.


Press Release Editor: Maxime Thorne / 2018



Norfolk is justly famous for its unique buildings, slower pace and peace. Nowhere represents all this beautiful county has to offer than Victoria McDonell’s stylish creation – the Grassmere Holiday Home & Spa, in the quiet village of Boughton. What makes Grassmere so very special is not just the comfortable, top quality furnishing, fittings and décor but a truly unique feature – a private Spa retreat in the secluded garden. Add to Grassmere’s charms its location in a Conservation Area and a recognised SSSI, and the perfect leisure idyll is complete.


After three years of delighting holiday-makers looking for somewhere special to escape from their daily hustle-and-bustle lives, Victoria is now inviting people to hold family events and ceremonies such as Baby Naming, Marriage Blessings and Wedding Vow Renewal in this large but intimate house and garden. And with 2018 and 2019 enquiries from people looking for a retreat in which to pursue their favourite past-times with friends or family, Grassmere is set to have painting groups, well-being weekends, meditation & mindfulness retreats, and more added to the long list of reasons why guests love Grassmere so much.

Since opening in 2014 Grassmere has received national awards from organisations people turn to when selecting their holiday destinations to read reviews before deciding. Most recently Trip Advisor awarded Grassmere a 5* Certificate of Excellence and for the past four years Grassmere has been awarded 4* and GOLD in recognition of exceptional quality within the star rating bands by VisitEngland Self Catering Accommodation quality rating.

In addition, this beautiful house and garden is accredited by the Mobility Welcome Scheme for older and less mobile guests, plus the Cyclists Welcome Scheme and by Walkers Welcome. This is a perfect holiday home whatever your needs, hobbies or sport may be.

Victoria’s vision was to renoIMG_8404vate this large, mid-20th century house, a quiet, peaceful and high quality home where up to eight people can enjoy Norfolk at its best. The house is a blend of comfort with beautiful things collected and loved over the years by owner Victoria. An environment that is glamorous, yet she hopes will put people immediately at ease. Just yards outside the garden gate is a typically English duck pond, a children’s play area is adjacent to the driveway and the large back garden is surrounded by trees and shrubs that have made Grassmere popular with bird watchers and water-colour artists since the beginning. 

If there is one phrase that applies to this open plan, light and welcoming house it surely must be, “Welcome – come in, exhale, then relax, rest and restore yourself. One visitor in January added to this by saying the last ‘R’ word should be Return because that is what she and her family plan to do often!

With a clear view in her mind that Grassmere should be suitable for whole families across the generations, Victoria designed one large, en-suite bedroom down-stairs with no discernible difference in floor levels throughout the whole ground floor.  This has made it ideal for people with mobility issues thanks to the very large wet-room and easy access around the dining table and kitchen.  On the upper floor are three more generous bedrooms, featuring luxury beds and linens plus additional bathrooms.  Stairs are gate protected for the benefit of Grassmere’s youngest guests.

There is nothing that hasnIMG_E8401’t been very thoroughly planned so that Grassmere is a haven of perfection whether it is used for a quiet week away, a long-weekend for friends or even as the ‘base’ from which wedding guests can get ready in comfort. In fact, Grassmere is so generously proportioned that it would be ideal for any bride and her entourage before or after the wedding.

With so much to offer from the beautifully decorated house with top notch fittings and furniture, free wifi and ample parking to the Spa Retreat with its inviting jacuzzi, lounging area and steam room, the pricing is uniquely affordable.

The Grassmere Holiday Home & Spa OPEN ALL YEAR can be viewed on its website at