The Norfolk Summerhouse
Have you ever seen those old photographs of holidaymakers, chaps in cardigans mixing drinks while a bobbed wifey tended to dinner and the kids played in the background? There's lots you wouldn't want to go back to, but there is also a simplicity and nostalgia to those scenes that is enticing, a vintage period of holidays in Britain when the sun always shone and there was always lashings of ginger beer and cake for tea. The fab Norfolk Summerhouse, a two-bedroom chalet that has been decorated in an inspired, slightly retro style, is a great place to recreate both those Blytonesque adventures and Mad-Men cocktail hours on a budget. It's situated on a site of permanent holiday dwellings, but is wonderfully peaceful, and is regularly visited by a host of wildlife, including hedgehogs, rabbits and even the occasional deer. One bedroom is a double, with a large brass bed, while the other has bunk beds, so it's perfect for a family with young children. There's a galley kitchen and sitting room with Freeview TV and a small bathroom with shower – all very recently kitted out and supremely stylish as well as cosy. Heacham's broad and sandy beach is a five-minute walk away, and is one of the few north Norfolk beaches that doesn't actually face north. You really couldn't be better placed for all the different delights this part of the North Norfolk Coast offers. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy Snettisham RSPB to the south, or you can follow the seaside path north to the more kiss-me-quick charms of Hunstanton – beyond which there is more nature on offer at Titchwell RSPB and the Holme Dunes Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve. A great low-cost place to dump the car, unwind and make the most of what is a supremely peaceful location.
From £250 to £440 a week.
Available all year.
The Norfolk Summerhouse, 38 Cedar Springs Heacham Norfolk PE31 7AR
From the main A149 between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton, take the turnoff into Heacham and follow the road through the village; follow Station Road to the sea and Cedar Springs is a right-turn down Bankside, about 300m before you reach the beach.
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