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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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8 Carpenters Cottages

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £295"Perfect of Two, North Norfolk, Cosy, Holt centre, parking, piano"
52.905024, 1.087516

Tucked away in a quiet spot in the heart of Holt with pretty courtyard garden, off-road parking and lovely piano, this characterful romantic holiday cottage provides the perfect base for a relaxing holiday and exploring Norfolk's many attractions. With cafes, pubs, independent shops and a train station within strolling distance, you don't need to have a car to enjoy a holiday in 8 Carpenters Cottage. However, if you do, the coast, country houses and Norfolk countryside peppered with pretty villages and towns are just waiting to be discovered.

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £695

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.831989, 1.334561

This elegant period farmhouse is perfectly located for guests to enjoy the best sights and attractions of North Norfolk. It is only 7 miles from Cromer and 8 miles from the Broads, with beautiful walks and cycling routes from the door thanks to Norfolk's excellent Quiet Lanes network. Norwich is also within easy reach for a day of shopping and sightseeing, proving that this quiet county is one of the most diverse and beautiful places for a self-catering holiday. Home Farm House sleeps up to 10 people in five bedrooms, so is ideal for big families and friends. It comes with two acres of grounds that include a courtyard, stream and pond.

Weekly guide price:
£1850 to £3200
Short breaks from £271 per night

10  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.935609, 1.271902

This charming Victorian holiday cottage in East Runton is perfect for couple's or a family self-catering holiday on the Norfolk coast. Melinda's Cottage is on a no-through road a stone's throw from the High Street and just a two-minute stroll from the Blue Flag beach and Norfolk Coastal Path. Cromer is a mile to the east, and Sheringham is 1.5 miles to the west, with many fantastic family-friendly attractions also within easy reach. The welcoming holiday rental is dog-friendly and available for bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £1200
Short breaks from £120 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.869784, 1.019684

The Pig House is a beautifully converted country holiday home in North Norfolk, a few miles from Holt and 10-15 minutes from spectacular beaches. It's enormous, sleeping eight people in four ensuite bedrooms, with two folding beds to increase accommodation to 10. There is also a large enclosed courtyard garden with a barbecue area and outdoor hot tub and a cinema room with surround sound. You're close to fantastic attractions like beWILDerwood, Blakeney Point, Cromer Pier and Museum, Norwich, Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, and Sandringham, with lots to keep everyone happy in all seasons. The Pig House is the perfect location for all generations to come together or for friends reuniting or celebrating special occasions. 

Weekly guide price:
£2000 to £3200
Short breaks from £500 per night

8+2  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.846195, 0.916690

Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the countryside, just a few miles from the coast. Cow Parsley Cottage is perfect for couples who want to enjoy the best sights of North Norfolk, including places like Wells-Next-the-Sea and Holt. The traditional cottage is in the peaceful village of Kettlestone, close to Fakenham and a short drive from the beach. There are miles of nearby footpaths and bicycle routes to enjoy, as well as National Trust properties, country parks and coastal walks. Historic Norwich is within easy reach so you can mix country, beach and city all in one incredible holiday.

Weekly guide price:
£945 to £1255

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.869942, 1.361957

Hollyhock is a spacious cottage in a beautiful location on the edge of Southrepps village, within walking distance of the Vernon Arms pub. The owners have transformed this countryside cottage into a chic but relaxed space where couples can unwind and enjoy spending time together, exploring the surrounding countryside and the stunning North Norfolk coast. Cromer and Sheringham are a short drive from the cottage, while Norwich and the Norfolk Broads are also within easy reach, and there are lovely walks and cycle routes that pass nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £855

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

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

52.429264, 1.400400

A delightful Four Star Gold holiday retreat sleeping two on the Suffolk/Norfolk borders in the village of Flixton with a village pub and the Aviation Museum a short stroll away. St Peter's Brewery is also within walking distance and Suffolk's coast is a short car ride away with beaches for lazy days and some of the country's top nature reserves. Short breaks offered all year round - an excellent choice for couples who enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching, exploring and relaxing. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £675
Short breaks from £68 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.429264, 1.400400

The Old Coach House has wide appeal, offering couples single level dog-friendly self-catering. Sitting on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in the village of Flixton (with village pub and Aviation Museum within strolling distance), this welcoming cottage for two provides the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of both Suffolk and Norfolk including the coast, nature reserves, Norwich and the nearby Norfolk Broads. Short breaks and longer holidays available all year round. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £675
Short breaks from £68 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.429264, 1.400400

Perfect for couples looking for a weekend away or a longer holiday exploring East Anglia, this romantic Four Star Gold holiday home sleeps two guests and sits in the village of Flixton on the Suffolk/Norfolk borders. There is a village pub a short walk away as well as the popular Aviation Museum. St Peter's Brewery is also within walking distance and the lovely beaches and nature reserves of the Suffolk coastline are within easy reach by car. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £675
Short breaks from £68 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.429264, 1.400400

Providing single storey self-catering, Sam's Stable offers Four Star Gold self-catering for couples and is conveniently located on the Suffolk/Norfolk border in the village of Flixton. There is a village pub and the Aviation Museum within easy strolling distance as well as St Peter's Brewery (a little further but still within walking distance for those who intend on sampling a pint or two of Suffolk's finest!). All the right ingredients for a relaxing break and within easy reach of the coast for days at the beach or visiting the nature reserves. Norwich city centre is also within easy reach. Short breaks available all year round (two night minimum). Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £675
Short breaks from £68 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

52.429264, 1.400400

Orchard View is a single-storey holiday cottage offering 4-Star Gold accommodation for couples with well-behaved dogs welcome. It's in the grounds of The Old Rectory in Flixton, two miles from Bungay and within easy reach of the Norfolk Broads, beaches like Southwold and Lowestoft, and the medieval city of Norwich. It's a wonderful location for walking, cycling, fishing, and boating, starting with the picturesque seven-acre grounds with gentle views of fields and countryside. Bookings are available all year round, with short breaks possible depending on availability. 

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £675
Short breaks from £68 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

East View

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 2nd Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £495Save £55"10% discount off normal price when only 2 people staying for any of the first 3 weeks in March (w/c 02 , 09 or 16/03)"
52.653062, 0.480550

East View is a comfortable cottage in the peaceful Norfolk countryside. Located in the quiet village of Shouldham near Kings Lynn in the Nar Valley, it is on a quiet road opposite a field, and an easy walk from the pretty village green and the award-winning Kings Arms pub and cafe. The area is ideal for leisurely country walks, cycling and horseriding. Half an hour away, the sandy beaches of the Norfolk Coast beckon, while the historic cities of Norwich and Cambridge, and attractions such as Sandringham House and Gardens are within easy reach for a day of shopping and sightseeing.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £669

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Crosswaye

Last Minute Offer:Wed, 6th Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £515"Enjoy Spring on the Norfolk Coast! Three (£330)and four (£440)night breaks available."
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

52.939725, 1.208500

Welcome to The Halt, Holiday Cottage, Sheringham. We offer 4 bedroom (max 8 persons) self catering holiday let accommodation which is both family friendly and dog friendly. We provide 2 off street parking spaces for two full sized cars. The Halt is walking distance from the Sheringham beach, Sheringham High St and the Heritage Steam Railway (North Norfolk Poppy Line) and close to the many activities surrounding. 

Weekly guide price:
£1050 to £1600
Short breaks from £150 per night

8  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 5 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.941551, 1.138563

Home Farm is only a ten-minute walk from Weybourne Beach and offers a variety of beautiful self-catering holiday cottages to accommodate between two and seven guests, all of whom enjoy access to a heated indoor swimming pool, games room and beauty salon. Situated in the North Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to attractions like Cromer, Titchwell, the Muckleburgh Military Museum, Holkham Hall and the royal Sandringham Estate, Home Farm is ideal for everyone from couples to families and groups of friends who yearn for somewhere they can relax and enjoy spending time together. Narroogal is a large detached house with three bedrooms.  On the ground floor is the king, lounge/diner, kitchen and utility.  the utility has a walk in shower with pull down stool.  W/c.  Upstairs is the main bathrooms, triple and double bedroom.  Outisde is an enclose patio with seating and BBQ.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1390

7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

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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