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Holiday Cottages in Norfolk

As a rural county, Norfolk has many things to offer in terms of outdoor activities. From the historical sites in the city of Norwich to the beautiful rivers and waterways of The Norfolk Broads, it is an ideal place for those seeking both picturesque countryside views and city culture. As well as this, North Norfolk boasts a fantastic coastline for those wishing to experience a classic British seaside break.

Where is Norfolk?

Norfolk is a county situated in the East of England and is a popular tourist destination whether you're looking for a weekend away in one of our holiday homes, or a more extended family holiday in our unique Norfolk cottages. Read more

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Crosswaye

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 19th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £995"Enjoy Brancaster beach this summer with it's golden sand, a short walk or drive away! Playground and Pub in the village."
52.964836, 0.645820

The Norfolk coastline is stunning, with golden sandy beaches that stretch for miles in both directions. Brancaster is a fantastic example that you can easily enjoy when you stay at Crosswaye. The comfortable bungalow has recently been updated to provide a high standard of self-catering accommodation for up to four people. It is very popular with couples, families and friends who like that it is in a quiet location yet close to places like Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham, Holme, Hunstanton, the Titchwell RSPB Reserve and The Wash Nature Reserve. It is a five-minute walk to The Ship Inn village pub, and a mile to Brancaster beach and dunes (twenty minutes or less on foot or bike).

Weekly guide price:
£485 to £1056
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.866545, 1.238486

Chestnut Barn welcomes big families and groups of friends for relaxing self-catering holidays in Norfolk all year round. The spacious holiday home sleeps ten people in four bedrooms, potentially accommodating two more guests in folding beds and two infants in cots. Beautifully furnished interiors and landscaped gardens with games, bike storage, and a hot tub are perfect for your family holiday, hen-do, or catching up with friends over a long weekend. You're within a few miles of Cromer and other beaches and within walking distance of the village shop, green, and pub in Aldborough. 

Weekly guide price:
£1450 to £3100
Short breaks from £300 per night

10+2  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

The Felbrigg

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 31st May 2024 for 2 nights, £595"End of half term! 2 nights £595, 3 nights for £675 - come and jump in the pool!"
52.907919, 1.295028

A holiday on the Norfolk coast has a timeless appeal. With space for four guests (plus an additional two for occasional use), The Felbrigg is the perfect holiday home for couples or families who want to be close to beaches like Cromer but who want to retreat to a home-away-from-home where they can enjoy peace and privacy at the end of a fun day. The barn conversion is part of Jonas Farm Barns and benefits from the shared heated indoor swimming pool and children's play area. It is a mile from the train station at Roughton, and 2 miles from Cromer's fantastic Grade II listed pier, Blue Flag beach and superb restaurants and pubs. As well as being convenient for beaches like Cromer, Sheringham and all of the North Norfolk coast, The Felbrigg is only a short drive from the heart of the Norfolk Broads National Park and just half an hour from Norwich. Staying in this beautiful barn conversion means you can spend a day on the beach, another bird watching or on forest adventures and another enjoying the city of Norwich. Great reviews from our guests - Don't miss out!

Weekly guide price:
£590 to £1180
Short breaks from £160 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.783471, 0.784938

Imagine being able to swim in privacy no matter what the weather. Lavender Lodge is a beautifully furnished holiday home with a heated indoor swimming pool and an outdoor hot tub. It sleeps six people in three ensuite bedrooms, one of which has a wheelchair accessible wetroom and a super-kingsized bed. Decorated in December for Christmas breaks.

Weekly guide price:
£1450 to £2500

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.932606, 1.245660

A cosy welcoming holiday cottage sitting in the Norfolk coastal village of West Runton within fifteen minutes walk of the Heritage beach. A tranquil spot opposite National Trust woodland and heath, and a great base for exploring the areas many attractions including some of the country's finest golden beaches. A haven for bird and wildlife, wonderful walks and bike rides and less than an hour from the Norfolk Broads and Norwich City for a day trip out.

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £995

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.917176, 1.180629

Teddy's Retreat is just the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage. Pretty as a picture, this two bedroom cosy cottage sleeps 4 guests and warmly welcomes up to 5 dogs. With a sunny garden, games barn in the converted dairy, Sky Sports/WiFi and an open fire, it has everything you could wish for in a holiday cottage. Surrounded by glorious North Norfolk countryside there are lovely walks from the front door (including around Sheringham Park which is 5-minutes walk) and has the beaches just two miles away. A true gem of a dog-friendly retreat!

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £1195

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.673433, 1.580501

A choice of holiday accommodation in a great location for exploring the Norfolk Broads with its network of lakes and waterways. The beautiful Norfolk coastline with its lovely beaches is also nearby. Superb on-site facilities including tennis, mini golf, cycle hire and restaurant make this a perfect self-catering choice for families.

Weekly guide price:
£545 to £1315

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.700427, 1.467055

In an enviable position, this large waterside holiday retreat is located in the beautiful Broadland village of Horning on the Norfolk Broads and is just a stones throw from the river's edge. Tracara affords lovely views over the river and is an ideal place for getting friends and family together for a relaxing break, celebratory weekend or just to use as a base for exploring the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £2195
Short breaks from £200 per night

4-12  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Whispering Reeds Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 31st May 2024 for 7 nights, £1239"Sleep 6 in 3 double rooms, Hot tub, River access, 50MB WiFi, 2 well behaved dogs (free), 4 Smart TV's, EV charger, Wood burner free logs, Onsite fishing Day boat for hire"
52.700735, 1.466458

You won't want to go home after holidaying in this gorgeous waterfront property in the delightful village of Horning. With a private hot tub, outdoor kitchen, and a large garden that leads down to the river, Whispering Reeds Cottage is the perfect retreat for couples and families looking to explore the Norfolk Broads. Whether you are looking for a new adventure each day, or you simply want to relax in beautiful surroundings, the Norfolk Broads is a fantastic location for a holiday at any time of the year. This impressive self-catering holiday home sleeps six guests in three bedrooms and two well behaved dogs are welcome too. 

Weekly guide price:
£999 to £2200

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.769885, 1.122115

BimbleBox Barn oozes style and traditional charm and is the perfect choice for families and friends looking to explore Norfolk and its many attractions. Sleeping up to 10 guests in comfort and style, this fabulous barn conversion has a 6 seater hot tub, two log burners, an incredibly social kitchen/diner and a good range of modern conveniences to ensure guest comfort at any time of the year. A mile from the market town of Reepham, there is a pub within walking distance and the Broads and Coast within easy reach by car. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£900 to £4300
Short breaks from £450 per night

6-10  |   5  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

52.696660, 1.469645

Orchid Lodge is steps from the River Bure with fantastic views of the marina. The self-catering holiday cottage in Horning is ideal for couples and families who want to experience the best of the Broads, including from the water. There is loads of scope for walks and bike rides beside the river and through beautiful countryside and boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The waterfront Ferry Inn pub is within a short walk, as are shops, cafes and other amenities. Despite its conveniently central location, guests will enjoy the peace and tranquillity that can only come from being beside the water. 

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £1000
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.869784, 1.019684

A self-catering holiday in North Norfolk is something everyone deserves at least once, especially if you're staying somewhere as lovely as Wisteria. The holiday cottage sleeps four people in two ensuite bedrooms in the rural village of Briningham, close to Holt and beautiful beaches. You're ideally based to enjoy everything from coastal walks to seal-spotting boat tours and a wander around Norwich's narrow medieval lanes. Stately homes, RSPB and nature reserves, family-friendly attractions, country parks, specialist museums, and farmers' markets are just a few of many things to add to your itinerary. Holiday bookings are available all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £840
Short breaks from £125 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.704299, 1.463699

Sleeps 8 - A delightful cottage in the heart of the quaint riverside village of Horning, known as the Jewel of The Broads. Perfect base to explore the village and surrounding Broads. Deceivingly spacious inside with a great family feel.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.883659, 1.425951

The Whim is a wonderful seafront holiday home on the Norfolk Coast. Sleeping 14 people in seven bedrooms, it suits extended families who want to stay close to the beach but not at one of the louder, more touristy spots like Cromer. The house enjoys incredible views, a big enclosed garden with a deck, and lots of space for everyone. You can walk to the Blue Flag beach, shops and pub in around ten minutes, or stay at the house and use the indoor swimming pool and sauna. The self-catering facilities are excellent. 

Weekly guide price:
£1957 to £3817
Short breaks from £280 per night

14  |   7  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.757793, 1.077969

Impress your guests with a stay at Hackford Hall. Dating from the 17th Century, this Georgian gem sleeps 28 people in 13 bedrooms and features an indoor swimming pool, gym, games room, and 32 acres of grounds, including a tennis court. It's ideal for your self-catering holiday with friends, family reunion, celebration, or retreat, with lots of space and a flexible layout that suits different activities. The big holiday home is in Norfolk, at the end of a private driveway on the edge of Reepham, with beautiful views and easy access to the countryside. 

Weekly guide price:
£6417 to £10390
Short breaks from £916 per night

28  |   13  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.909332, 0.849200

With its gracious proportions, lovely furnishings and features that include an acre of walled gardens, an indoor pool and a tennis court, it's no wonder that Edgar Farmhouse is a favourite for family reunions and holidays with friends. Whether you're a group of hens celebrating before a wedding or hosting your family for Christmas, this holiday home is ideal for a self-catering break. The farmhouse is in Walsingham, 14 miles from Norwich, within easy reach of the North Norfolk coast and popular attractions like Sandringham and beWILDerwood. 

Weekly guide price:
£3953 to £4028
Short breaks from £564 per night

20  |   8  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.882095, 0.859487

Families, extended families and friends are all welcome at Houghton Farmhouse. The period holiday home is in a lovely location on the edge of Walsingham and within easy reach of the coast. The acre-sized grounds include a heated swimming pool and a games room, while the main house accommodates up to 18 people in 7 bedrooms and has excellent self-catering facilities. You can happily spend all your time at home or explore the coast and attractions like the royal Sandringham estate and beWILDerwood. 

Weekly guide price:
£2438 to £5597
Short breaks from £681 per night

18  |   7  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.820565, 1.291636

The Coach House embodies the quintessential Norfolk holiday home of which you've always dreamed. Constructed from local red brick, this beautifully refurbished cottage offers a genuine retreat for families and friends. With three stylish bedrooms accommodating up to six guests, it boasts classic features like a log burner, oak beams, and charming pitched ceilings. Child and pet-friendly, it's conveniently located just a short walk from the Crown Inn in Banningham. Norfolk's countryside is a haven for relaxation and bonding, offering scenic walks and local watering holes. Spectacular coastlines and beautiful beaches like Holt and Cromer are only 20 minutes away and perfect for day trips and lazy afternoons. Nearby attractions include Cromer Pier, Blickling Estate, and Norwich's historic buildings, ensuring a delightful stay in Norfolk's idyllic setting.

Weekly guide price:
£1282 to £2721
Short breaks from £184 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.716539, 1.689440

This spacious Georgian holiday rental is in the lovely village of Winterton-on-Sea, one of North Norfolk's hidden gems, only a few miles from Yarmouth and about half an hour from Norwich. Church House sleeps 16 people in seven bedrooms and is only a moment's walk from the beach, pub, and village shop. Two of the rooms are perfect for families, and there is a games room and an outdoor hot tub to keep everyone happy in all weathers. It's an excellent place to host a self-catering holiday with friends and multi-generational families. 

Weekly guide price:
£3500 to £5875
Short breaks from £800 per night

16  |   7  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.874313, 1.433181

Hilltop is a sizeable Edwardian holiday home a short walk from the colourful beach huts and the sandy shore at Mundesley. The owners have protected period features and the wonderful "family home" atmosphere, updating it with modern appliances for easy self-catering and decorating in a relaxed coastal style that suits the location. It is ideal for a getaway with extended family or friends as it sleeps 16 people in seven bedrooms with multiple reception rooms and a big garden with a hot tub. Children and dogs are welcome. 

Weekly guide price:
£4195 to £5875
Short breaks from £800 per night

16  |   7  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Cottage Holidays in Norfolk

Where to Stay in Norfolk

Norfolk is the perfect choice for those craving culture and heritage, nature, adventure, wildlife and the tranquillity of water, whether by the sea or on the river. With its fantastic architecture, picturesque countryside and some of the country's finest beaches, Norfolk is a county that has something for everyone.

One of the most popular places to stay in Norfolk for culture is Norwich, where the ancient city offers plenty of history, great pubs and multiple shopping places. In addition, Norwich is one of the UK’s best-preserved mediaeval cities, so it’s a great place for those seeking history.

Cromer is an excellent option for holidays in Norfolk with the whole family. The seaside resort offers great beaches and many visitor attractions, providing you with lots to do with the kids.

There are also several excellent restaurants, shops and boutiques in Cromer, perfect for those who want to spend the day wandering through the town.

For those visiting Norfolk with their four-legged friends, Hunstanton is the place to be for its great unrestricted beach. The elegant seaside town provides views over The Wash and has an array of seaside activities like crazy golf, pleasure gardens, and an extensive sandy stretch.

Norfolk Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in Norfolk, you can find all the information you need for your trip.

Check out our complete guide to Eastern England & East Anglia for more tips.

When to Visit Norfolk

The spring in Norfolk is lovely as the landscape bursts into life with lots of flora and fauna, lambs are springing through the countryside, and bluebells litter the woodlands. Spring is a great time to visit for those seeking days walking along the coast or following other trails through the county as the weather is mild and comfortable, with average temperatures of around 17°C.

Summer is a great month to relax on the many beaches in Norfolk as the temperature averages around 21°C, usually accompanied by bright blue skies and lovely sunshine. The pleasant temperatures also provide an excellent climate for those who aim to wander through the cobbled streets of Norfolk’s towns and villages.

Winter is also a good time for Norfolk holidays. Compared to many other counties in the UK, Norfolk isn’t as cold, although the weather still drops drastically from the warm summer temperatures to around 8°C from December to February.

What to Do in Norfolk

With the beautiful countryside such a prominent attraction in Norfolk, there are numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy both inland and on the water. The extensive waterways of the Broads are ideal places for nature lovers, with rivers branching out in every direction, providing a haven for sailors, canoeists, wildlife enthusiasts and those who simply like to relax by the water.

For those seeking the sea, head towards the Norfolk coast, which offers an impressive ninety miles of coastline so there are plenty of opportunities for great days out by the sea. Great Yarmouth and Cromer should top your list for traditional seaside fun, as well as Holkham and Wells beaches, which allow quiet spots for a picnic.

Norfolk also offers relaxing outdoor activities. A trip on heritage railway lines provides an effortless way of seeing the countryside. Fishing and bird watching are popular in many nature reserves, such as Cley Marshes.

If you happen to only be visiting Norfolk for the weekend, there is still plenty to do! Check out our Norfolk holiday guide to help you in the right direction.

How to Travel to Norfolk

When travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance from there to Norfolk holiday cottages on the border, so you know what to expect when visiting by car.

London: 106 miles
Birmingham: 148 miles
Glasgow: 359 miles
Liverpool: 243 miles
Bristol: 228 miles
Manchester: 176 miles
Leeds: 156 miles
Edinburgh: 358 miles
Newcastle: 239 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Norfolk; with its excellent public transport, you can journey by train or coach from many major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip and alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

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The City of Norwich is the ideal stop for art and culture. Famous for its festivals, the themes range from art and film to food and drink.

Norwich Cathedral is also awe-inspiring. If you prefer to venture through the city streets, The Lanes are part of the historic quarter of Norwich. With cobbled streets and Georgian architecture, The Lanes offer a plethora of independent shops and boutiques.

Thinking about architecture in Norfolk would not be complete without the castles and stately homes of the countryside. Holkham Hall, with its nature reserve, is a beautiful site close to the Norfolk coastline. In addition, the royal Sandringham Estate is situated in Norfolk, with its museum exhibition of gifts to the Queen a 'must-see' on any visitor's itinerary.

Norfolk FAQs

  • Which part of Norfolk is the best?

Norfolk has seven distinct areas, all of which make great holiday destinations. Therefore the choice primarily comes down to what you want to do whilst visiting.

Great Yarmouth is perfect for those seeking a traditional holiday by the sea in a coastal cottage; its family-friendly amusements and entertainment help keep the whole clan happy. There is so much to do in Great Yarmouth, a holiday here will be jam-packed with fun at the Pleasure Beach to uncover history at the Tide & Time Museum.

Broads National Park is an excellent place for those seeking a tranquil trip to Norfolk. The 125 miles of lock-free waterways provide great excursions atop the water, whilst the quaint villages are perfect for strolling along the cobbled streets.

Sheringham is home to colourful beach huts and a heritage line along the steam railway. For those who enjoy a trip to the theatre, a range of watersports and significant annual events like the Viking Festival, Sheringham is a fantastic option.

There are many more towns and villages in Norfolk that all have exceptional scenery and activities to make for a great holiday, it is difficult to narrow it down to just one, but whatever your holiday itinerary, Norfolk won’t disappoint.

  • Why is Norfolk famous?

Norfolk is famous for its spectacular coastline, miles of sandy beaches, quaint seaside towns and rolling countryside. Perhaps the most famous feature of the county is the Norfolk Broads; one of the largest series of waterways routes in the UK.

  • Is Norfolk expensive?

There are so many outdoor activities in Norfolk, such as relaxing on the beach, walking the coastline, wildlife spotting, and wandering through the many towns and villages; these activities are free of charge. Your trip to Norfolk can be as expensive or as budget-friendly as you choose, with frequenting restaurants and bars raising the price of your holiday overall. We also have Norfolk cottages to suit every budget, so make sure to use the filter to find your perfect one.

  • Which is the prettiest town in Norfolk?

Wells-next-the-Sea is one of the prettiest places to visit in Norfolk. Salt marshes cover the harbour and the town displays a large Georgian Square, making it a beautiful spot.

There are many other pretty towns to visit in Norfolk, with places like Wroxham sitting on the bank of the River Bure and Horning with its waterside location or even Cley, which presents visitors with its charming 18th-century windmill. Whatever town you choose to visit, you will be taken aback by the beauty throughout the county.

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