A gorgeously eclectic bolthole-for-2, within easy distance of beaches, marshes and gastro pubs
Sleep 2 + baby
This amazing cottage caused us to double take when we discovered it. Over 2 years in the making, it is the very definition of rustic luxe, combining ancient flint walls and heavy oak beams with Aesop toiletries, a high-spec kitchen, and, surely, the most beautiful bathroom in Norfolk, with a sunken bath-for-2. It was once a gardener’s cottage to the main house where the owners live, and they’ve paid tribute to this by filling the open-plan space with a variety of gorgeous plants. A woodburner keeps things cosy in the colder months; in spring you can throw open the top half of the stable door and listen to owls hooting as you relax.
The surrounding hamlet dates back to the Domesday Book, but thankfully the local pub – a quick wander up the road – is a modern gastro affair. And you’re within easy distance of North Norfolk’s highlights for day trips: vast sandy dunes, shingle beaches, and the famous marshes for circular walks amongst postcard-perfect views.
Getting here: you’ll need to drive.
- You’re 5 miles from the coast. There are some stunning walks and bike rides along the Norfolk Coastal Path, which take in vast sandy dunes, shingle beaches and quaint coastal villages.
- Or explore the famous marshes at Cley and Salthouse; brilliant for bird watching. You can walk or take boat trips along the creeks.
- Blakeney Point is home to England’s largest grey seal colony. Take a boat trip from Morston Harbour to see them in their thousands. The best time is mid-winter, when the baby pups are being born.
- There are some amazing vintage and antique shops nearby – ask Ana for tips.
- Go crabbing at Blakeney habour to catch your supper!
- Wiveton Hall (Normal for Norfolk) is a 17thC manor house, flint faced and Dutch gabled. Its fabulous cafe overlooks the marshes, and is brilliant for lunch or coffee and cake. You can pick your own fruit here, too.