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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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52.933766, 1.245394

The Old Stables is a great holiday cottage for families and extended families, as it sleeps five people in two bedrooms with a garden that backs straight onto the village common. It's in West Runton, across the road from the golf course, a short stroll from a pub, and a relaxed ten-minute walk to a busy village shop and the beach. Sheringham and Cromer are two and three miles respectively - you can take the train from West Runton if you don't want to drive. The cottage is child and dog friendly and available for holiday bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £950

5  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.869784, 1.019684

Myrtle’s Barn, named after the owner’s grandmother, is in rural Norfolk a few miles from Holt and within easy reach of Wells, Cromer and Holkham beaches. The barn, once used as a potato store on the owner’s farm has been recently converted. It is now a self-catering holiday home furnished to a very high level. It is well suited to families and friends, sleeping six people in three ensuite bedrooms with a private garden. Harold’s barn is adjacent to Myrtle’s Barn and they can be booked together for extended families or holidays with friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£950 to £1400
Short breaks from £250 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.901782, 0.890225

Don't wait to plan your self-catering escape to North Norfolk. Half Moon House is a lovely brick and flint holiday home in Great Walsingham, sleeping eight people in four bedrooms, two with ensuite bathrooms. It's child-friendly, dog-friendly, and a leisurely pretty 15-minute walk from a village shop and two pubs. There is even a great cafe literally over the road, which is serves breakfast from 8am! Beautiful dog friendly beaches are only a short drive away, and you're close to Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham, Holt, Burnham Market and Fakenham. Beach excursions, coastal walks, boat trips, steam trains, lazy bike rides through the countryside, historic houses, family-friendly attractions and excellent restaurants can all be on your itinerary when you stay at Half Moon House. 

Weekly guide price:
£1000 to £2000

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

52.383097, 1.336566

Golden Cross is a stylish and comfortable holiday home on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders, ideally placed in the picturesque Waveney Valley providing an ideal self-catering base from which to explore the many attractions of these two beautiful counties including the heritage coastline, historic market towns and Broadland villages.

Weekly guide price:
£520 to £620
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (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

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

52.866545, 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

52.704299, 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

52.768169, 1.517009

Sleeps 6 - George house is nestled away on the Northern tip of the Norfolk Broads network in Stalham, the perfect base for your Norfolk river, country and coast holiday.A short walk from Stalham staithe for those who wish to while away the hours by the river, with a rod in hand (in season of course). Or hop in the car and see where you fancy. A 10 minute drive will take you to the coast and the family-friendly sandy beach of Sea Palling with nearby restaurants, shops, doughnut stalls and ice cream - a real mini Great Yarmouth. A little further down the coast you can visit the seals at Horsey, they tend to be around all year, however winter is the pupping season where you can see hundreds of seals on the beaches. Great Yarmouth with its famous Golden Mile of slot machines, ice cream, doughnuts, bars and restaurants is still only a 25 minute drive also. Coming inland a little a 30 minute drive or the historical city of Norwich with its lanes, market and abundance of shops for those that

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Whispering Reeds Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 7th Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £1433"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

52.383097, 1.336566

The Kiln is a comfy welcoming retreat providing stylish self-catering enhanced by original features, ideally placed on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders. An excellent base for exploring the many attractions of both counties including the city of Norwich.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £520
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.535558, 1.482389

Sitting on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders, this cosy welcoming holiday cottage is located in the small market town of Loddon on the Southern edge of the Norfolk Broads. Guests can enjoy a great range of amenities on the doorstep (including pubs, cafes, shops and boat hire) and the many attractions of both Norfolk and Suffolk (including the coast) within easy driving distance.

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £480

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

8 Carpenters Cottages

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 20th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £676"Perfect break for two, cosy cottage, Holt centre, parking, wi-fi and 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

52.573765, 0.816198

Providing a warm welcome at any time of the year, Meadow Grove bungalow is the ideal holiday home for guests wanting to explore the unspoilt countryside of Wayland in Norfolk. Sleeping two guests and providing a comfortable living space and outside patio, it is perfect for couples looking for a cosy self-catering base to enjoy this unspoilt area. Located in the market town of Watton, you will find fantastic walking and cycling on your doorstep, with ancient sites, pretty towns and cities and a picturesque Heritage Coastline just a short drive away. 

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £410
Short breaks from £50 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

52.883659, 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.

Learn More About the Region

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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