Superbly stylish little cottage for two in a pretty Norfolk village; amazing value
It’ll come as no surprise that the owner of this gorgeous little hideaway is a lifestyle photographer. Nor that she’s half Danish. Her Victorian cottage absolutely radiates style and hygge, all cosy corners, woollen blankets and liberal use of Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue (fun fact: the paint’s hue was inspired by a North Norfolk beach). The bedroom is particularly beautiful – papered with a dramatic William Morris print – and vintage rugs and sheepskins warm the floors. It may be a small house, but every corner is filled with personality and quirk. She and her English partner live abroad and this is their home when they’re in the UK – they’ll share all their local tips with you. Magical beach walks, secret cafes, and the recommendation that when it’s super-hot you just chill out in the garden, shaded by the apple tree. Sounds good to us.
- Explore Castle Acre: it’s such a pretty and peaceful village, with a 12thC castle and crumbling ruins of a priory. Both are reached by a lovely walk along the river and you can finish up in The Ostrich for a well-earned pint or two.
- West Acre Gardens (10 mins’ drive) is a fantastic Victorian walled garden on the Anthony Gormley estate. The cafe is a secret gem with salads for lunch, homemade cakes and good coffee. Open every day from Easter-October.
- The owners’ favourite walk is at Holkham Beach (30 mins’ drive). You park in the car park and walk along the sand dunes to the beach huts on Wells Beach, then walk back through the forest. Best followed by lunch or dinner at The Victoria pub (you’ll need to book if it’s for dinner).
- Houghton Hall is a privately run stately home (20 minutes drive) with a stunning walled garden and world-class contemporary art installations in the grounds.
- In the summer months, you can go blueberry picking at Middleton.
- There’s a Saturday market in Swaffham and a monthly farmers’ market at North Creake, ideal for buying local and seasonal produce to cook back at the cottage.