Exploring Norfolk on holiday

Accommodation, Family

If you are thinking of coming to Norfolk for your holidays you might be unsure what part of the county to pick to stay in. Norfolk has been popular with tourists for a long time and there are plenty of chances to explore the rich history and friendly culture.

The Norfolk Broads

For those with a love of the outdoors and miles of peaceful countryside, a stay at one of our Norfolk Broads cottages will be just what you need.

The gorgeous waterways of the Norfolk Broads

Wonderful waterways

The Broads is a special area of Norfolk covering 116 square miles with over 125 miles of lock-free waterways winding their way through beautiful countryside, charming towns and picturesque villages.

The best way to explore this National Park is by boat, especially the Broads motor cruisers, which has been a popular holiday activity since the 1930s. This is a great experience all year round and the waters are especially peaceful at night, with clear skies you will be witness to a beautiful star filled sky.

The famous windmills can be seen throughout the Broads

Protected wetlands and a myriad of landscapes

The UK’s largest protected wetland boasts a quarter of the countries rarest species and an abundance of wildlife. The shallows lakes are all man-made, dug for peat in the medieval times, over time the water levels rose and the landscape became flooded and abandoned leaving the perfect opportunity for nature to settle back in.

The Broads offer visitors the chance to explore a breath-taking landscape of marshland, wild woodlands, banks of reeds and plenty of wildlife. One of our cottages in this area will provide you with an opportunity for adventure and relaxation.

The Norfolk Coast

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Norfolk Coast doesn’t need to boast about its spectacular countryside, views and coastline. It's home to several pretty coastal towns and villages, each with something different to offer. For a memorable holiday by the sea, our Norfolk Coast cottages definitely deliver.

Hunstanton

Locally known as Hunston, Hunstanton is known for its very unique striped cliffs, a coastline you won’t witness anywhere else, this is perfect for walks along the beach and watching the sun set on the horizon. The town has retained its Victorian charm and character through architecture and is a long time popular holiday destination for families.

Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea is a pretty harbour town with a history of fishing and smuggling. In the summer the harbour is filled with visiting yachts and local crabbing boats. A range of independent shops means the perfect day shopping and plenty of eateries to have a taste of the locally caught fresh crab. The breath-taking coast of Hunstanton

Cromer

Another town popular for fans of seafood is Cromer; enjoy fresh Cromer crab on the pier and walk around the streets for local treasures. This town has been popular with tourists since the Victorians started flooding here on railway, and there is a lot to see and do for all ages.

Mundesley

Lastly, one of Norfolk’s best-kept secrets is the small seaside village of Mundesley. Wide stretches of sandy beach and shallow pools meets the small but busy seaside village. A delight to visit all year round, the village has a lovely charm, with flowers and hanging baskets down every street and its own 9-hole golf course.

Norfolk Country

Beautiful rural countryside

Home to miles of rolling countryside, scenic woodland and many historical and cultural sites to explore, our Norfolk Country cottages are the perfect place for a peaceful and laid-back retreat.

Country estates

Norfolk has some of the grandest estates in the country, from historical halls to homes of royalty. Below are just a few you can visit across the region:

  • Houghton Hall, King's Lynn
  • Sandringham Estate, Sandringham
  • Oxburgh Hall, Swaffham
  • Bradenham Hall, Thetford
Oxburgh Hall

Discover and explore

There's plenty of places across Norfolk Country to get lost in, including geological marvels such as Lynford and Grimes Graves. Thetford Forest Park, at the heart of the county, meanwhile offers a wide choice of trails to be enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike.

Thetford Forest in autumn

Where to stay

Norfolk has a long and surprising history, from Pocahontas to James Bond, there is a lot to learn about this county. Visiting one of the many museums is a great way to learn about the surroundings and with lots of other fantastic days out, there is a lot to entertain the whole family. Whether you enjoy the countryside, coastline or staying indoors, a Norfolk cottage is the perfect choice.

Posted by Emma on 16th April 2017