Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.
The nearby nature reserves at Winforton Dunes and Blakeney Point provide ample opportunities to observe a variety of birds and wildlife in addition to the amenities of the town. Our Holt holiday cottages are the ideal location to base yourself if you’re keen to experience the deep scenic beauty of the surrounding area.
The history of Holt
Holt likely takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon word for woodland, being sited close to the wooded Cromer-Holt ridge. The town is certainly mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is described as a market town and port.
The town thrived but was struck by disaster in 1708 when a great fire burned through its medieval buildings in the space of a few hours. The blaze was so fearsome that it melted the lead in the church windows. The town was rebuilt along Georgian lines and this is evidenced by the architecture that can be seen on the streets of Holt today.
Things to see and do around Holt
The Queen Victoria Jubilee Lantern in Obelisk Plain is known locally as Blind Sam. The name comes from the lantern having been powered by the town’s erratic gas supply which often left the townsfolk in the dark.
A short distance from the town is Holt Country Park which is made-up of a mixed woodland of Scots Pine and native broadleaved deciduous trees. The park supports a local population of deer along with a variety of other animals and is popular among families and school trips.
The oldest building in Holt is thought to be the café and delicatessen of Byfords. The cellar dates as far back as the 15th century and the whole structure was one of the few to survive the great fire.
The picturesque coastal village of Blakeney lies to the north of Holt and offers excellent opportunities for bird-watching, coastal walks, or simply the chance to enjoy some good food and real ale in a traditional Norfolk pub.
The Blakeney Nature Reserve is home to large colony of common and grey seals. Boat trips to watch the seals depart from the quay at Morston and travel up the estuary of the River Glaven to Blakeney Point.
Visitors to Holt in July may experience the Holt Summer Festival, a week long celebration of art, music, literature, performance, and film. And in November and December, the town’s Christmas lights provide a pretty backdrop to a series of festive attractions and events.