Jutting out into the North Sea, the distinctive hump of Norfolk is a two-hour drive from London yet retains its rural charm. A true escape from the city, Norfolk is dotted with small villages and traditional market towns where flint and thatched cottages dominate. There are few better ways to holiday here than to make your own home from home here, settling settle into a self-catered hideaway from where you can explore the numerous attractions Norfolk has to offer.
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Originally used as a radio intelligence hut during the First World War, this house bucks the Norfolk trend of quaint brick and flint, but its position in a secluded spot on the edge of Old Hunstanton is perfectly placed to make the most of the North Norfolk coast. It sleeps up to 11 people, including 7–8 adults, and there’s heaps of space outside for children to play. A short walk takes you to the beach or into Old Hunstanton, with its good pubs and restaurants.
A traditional brick and flint cottage, this is a real Norfolk gem. Sleeping up to 6 people, its modernized and well-furnished interior complements the seaside surroundings. And it really is on the seaside – Brancaster Staithe harbour is just around the corner and The Fish Shed is directly opposite for the freshest local seafood. Nicely positioned between the village’s two great pubs (both are a 2-minute walk from the door) it's also a short drive or long walk to Brancaster beach.
Sleeping up to 12 people in 5 spacious bedrooms, Wyndswept is a large house, newly built in a Georgian style. Just on the edge of Wells-next-the-Sea, it’s a short walk to the quayside, or a longer walk if you decide to stop at a good pub or two along the way. Inland, Houghton Hall and Sandringham are within driving distance, though if you take to the country lanes by bike you can enjoy pleasant cycle routes completely undisturbed.
For a large family get-together Home Farm House is a spacious place that sleeps up to 10 people, and, deep in the Norfolk countryside, it’s an ideal spot for kids to run wild. With a garden for the summer and an open fire in winter, this is a proper rural retreat. The coast is within easy reach each by car, while heading in the opposite direction takes you to the beautiful Broads, just 14 miles away.
Nestled in the picturesque coastal village of Thornham, this stylishly converted chapel is beautifully finished to house up to 8 people. Three pubs – The Lifeboat, Orange Tree and Old Coach Inn – vie for your attention, all serving fantastic food and real ales. From the village you can head into the marshland and follow a scenic walkway out to Thornham beach, a fantastic route through rolling dunes to the expansive sands beyond. With a car or bikes, Titchwell Marsh nature reserve is also close at hand, as are the villages of Brancaster and Old Hunstanton, each of which boasts a brilliant beach.