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).
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
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
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
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
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.
With a high degree of comfort and style throughout, this luxurious holiday cottage is ideally located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads in the village of Rockland St Mary with village pub and nature reserves within walking distance. A great holiday choice for those who enjoy walking, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking or exploring with plenty of attractions including Norwich City and also the Norfolk coast within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Sitting in the Broadland village of Rockland St Mary, this dog-friendly cottage is beautifully presented throughout and ideally placed just a short walk from the village pub serving food, and mooring area for leisure boats. Bring your kayak away to explore the waterways, or your bike to enjoy the country lanes. There are also lovely walks, excellent bird watching with a nature reserve within walking distance, and an abundance of attractions including Norwich City and the glorious beaches of the Norfolk Coast. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
With a high degree of comfort and style, this luxurious self-catering holiday cottage is ideally located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads in the village of Rockland St Mary, with village pub and nature reserves within walking distance. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Situated in the Southern Broads in the pretty Norfolk village of Rockland St Mary, The Barn is nicely presented throughout and ideally placed just a short stroll from the village pub and mooring area for leisure boats. With a nature reserve within walking distance, this is an ideal base for anyone who wants to explore the magical waterways of the Norfolk Broads as well as those who enjoy walking, cycling, bird watching and exploring. Norwich City and also the coast are within easy driving distance. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
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.
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.
Families and friends love Thatched Cottage, which sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and is within walking distance of a good country pub. It's spacious enough for friends but cosy so that families will also feel right at home. The period property features oak beams, an enclosed garden with fruit trees and a hot tub, and a Country Living design style. It is in the beautiful Waveney Valley on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, a few miles from Diss and 20 minutes from Thetford Forest. It's a fantastic area for walking, cycling and sailing. Norwich, Cambridge, Southwold and other beaches on the coast are within easy reach for fun-filled day trips.
Treat your family and friends to a holiday in the White House. This charming period holiday home is just minutes from Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, with lovely walks from the door and a location within easy reach of Norwich, Beccles and beaches like Aldeburgh and Great Yarmouth. The 17th-Century farmhouse has been lovingly restored and extended to sleep up to eight adults and four children in four bedrooms. Its garden includes a hot tub, and there is loads of space to spread out and relax or come together and socialise.
With a games room, large living room and three generously sized bedrooms, Seaford Holiday Cottage is ideal for families who like to spread out. There is room for six people to sleep in comfort, and the cottage has a 5-Star Gold rating from Visit England thanks to the high standard of accommodation. Weybourne beach and the Ship Inn pub are both within walking distance, and with attractions including Holkham Hall and Cley Marshes, as well as Sheringham and Cromer all within easy reach, why wouldn't you want to stay here? Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold
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.
You'll understand why so many people love holidaying at Canfers Barn as soon as you arrive. The former stable and cart shed is now a beautiful single-storey holiday cottage sleeping two people in one bedroom with a dog also welcome. It's on a quiet family-run farm with five other properties, a few miles from Holt and Blakeney and within easy reach of Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. This area blends the best of Norfolk's countryside and coast, putting you close to stately homes, nature reserves, National Trust properties and other fantastic attractions.
A peaceful rural retreat with tranquil views, no near neighbours (other than grazing sheep) and three beautifully presented ensuite bedrooms make Bayses Barn popular with families and friends for a self-catering holiday in North Norfolk. The former lambing barn is on the edge of Briningham village, a few miles from Holt and a short drive from beautiful beaches. It has been beautifully renovated with the help of an architect to make the most of its outlook over the valley. Country and coastal walks, stately homes, nature reserves, and family-friendly attractions are all within easy reach, as are local farmers' markets, excellent food shops, pubs and cafes.
Wonderful five star (Gold awarded) holiday cottage near Cromer on the North Norfolk Coast. Perfect for indulging yourself in luxurious surroundings with facilities such as private hot tub, beach, restaurants and glorious coastal walks accessible within a five minute walk. A great choice for those who like to surround themselves with luxury and sea air. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
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.
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With the beautiful countryside as such a prominent attraction in Norfolk, there are many outdoor pursuits to enjoy both inland and on water. The extensive waterways of the Broads are ideal places for water lovers with rivers branching out in every direction providing a haven for sailors, canoeists, wildlife enthusiasts and those who simply like to relax around water. Known as the capital of The Broads, Wroxham is a bustling town that will give you a true taste of Broadland life with plenty of places to hire a boat and explore the waterways under your own steam.
For those seeking the cry of the gull, head towards the stunning Norfolk coast. With an impressive ninety miles of coastline there are plenty of great days out by the sea. A walkers paradise, there are also over forty miles of coastal path to explore! For those wanting traditional seaside fun, Great Yarmouth and Cromer should be top of your list or alternatively, the never ending golden sands of Holkham and Wells beaches are sure to provide a quiet spot for a picnic.
Norfolk also offers relaxing outdoor activities. A trip on one of the heritage railway lines provides an effortless way of seeing the countryside. Fishing and bird watching are popular with visitors to Norfolk with many nature reserves to visit such as Cley Marshes (Norfolk's oldest and most popular), Hickling Broad and Snettisham to name just a few. For the possibility of seeing something a little more exotic, take a trip to Banham Zoo, voted one of the top zoos in England. Your choices are endless and our Norfolk Holiday Guide can help you plan your visit.
If art and culture appeal, the City of Norwich is the ideal stop. Famous for its festivals throughout the year, the themes range from art and film to food and drink. The Romanesque structure of the Norwich Cathedral is certainly worth visiting and both awe-inspiring and alluring. If you prefer to venture through the streets of the city, 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 to browse. Thinking about architecture in Norfolk would not be complete without the castles and stately homes of the countryside. Holkham Hall, with its very own nature reserve, is a beautiful site, situated close to the Norfolk coastline. The royal Sandringham Estate is also situated in Norfolk, with its museum exhibition of gifts to the Queen as a 'must-see' on any visitors itinerary.
Norfolk is the perfect choice for those craving culture and heritage, as well as nature, adventure, wildlife and the tranquility of water, be it by the sea or on river. With its fantastic architecture, picturesque countryside and some of the country's finest beaches, Norfolk really is a county that has something for everyone.