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Are you planning a trip to the East of England, and are looking for somewhere to stay along the coast? Then why not choose a holiday home from our collection of coastal cottages in the East of England? Enjoy a getaway to the seaside in the East of England, where you will find unspoilt nature reserves, beautiful sand and pebble beaches, and a number of charming seaside towns.
Norfolk’s coastline has three aspects, east, north, and west, with seaside resorts and sleepy fishing villages all along its length. There are also long stretches of the Norfolk Coast that are protected nature reserves or simply undeveloped for you to discover. Starting in the west, the Victorian era resort of Hunstanton offers a long promenade, arcades, relaxing eateries, and geological anomalies. Being west facing, this is where to go for wonderful sunsets too. It’s also within driving distance of Sandringham Estate which is one of the royal residences. Round the coast to the north are the coastal villages of Holme-next-the-Sea, the Burnhams, Stiffkey, and Brancaster Staithe. The latter is the gateway to the stunning Scolt Head Island Nature Reserve. The Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is reached by visiting the quaint town of Wells-next-the-Sea with its access to Holkham National Nature Reserve, its sensational beaches and picturesque harbour. Blakeney Point is another beauty spot, it’s where seals haul out en masse each winter, also nearby is the RSPB bird reserve at Cley-next-the-Sea, a world-class destination for twitchers. Cromer is home to a few unique features like its pier which is where you’ll find the UK’s sole surviving ‘end of the pier’ variety show, a coral reef where the famous Cromer crab is caught, and lastly, a wealth of jigsaw shops! Other places along the coast, as its line bends into the east, are the coastal resorts of Mundesley, Sea Palling, Caister-on-Sea, and the infinitely famous Great Yarmouth, which still holds its position as one of the UK’s best-loved traditional English seaside destinations. If you need a break from the coast the Norfolk Broads isn’t too far inland, and it’s one of the best reasons for a holiday to Norfolk if you are looking for beautiful landscapes to gaze at and lose yourself within.
Coastal Suffolk is home to some lovely seaside villages and towns at its edge. It’s one of the closest parts of the UK to mainland Europe, this is why there are some large ports like Felixstowe and Harwich on the coast. Just over the border into Suffolk but still close to Great Yarmouth is Pleasurewood Family Theme Park, which is great for a family day out. One of the nicest days out in Suffolk is a day at Orford Ness; book a boat across to this curious National Trust nature reserve that used to be a top-secret army base where missile and radar tests were regularly performed throughout the mid-20th century. It’s a great place for bird spotting and marvelling at unusual structures. Close to the coast in Woodbridge is Sutton Hoo, which is the site of the UK’s largest treasure haul, where a Saxon burial site, complete with evidence of a longboat was found. Further south is Felixstowe, which is a large town with a pier and long promenade with winter gardens to enjoy. You can visit Landguard Fort at the estuary or watch gargantuan cargo ships being loaded from the viewing platform at the docks, there’s even a café with a view there too.
Our coastal cottages in the East of England are great for making the most of what this stretch of shoreline has to offer and be found just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. Many of our coastal holiday homes also enjoy their own enviable sea views, meaning you can soak up the sights of the sea without setting a foot outside. Discover your perfect break by browsing through our collection of self-catering accommodation in the East of England.