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Norfolk

Norfolk has all the ingredients that make it one of the most ideal self-catering break destinations in the UK. Situated in the east of England it has a long coastline of clean sandy beaches and lovely seaside resorts, a rural countryside of heathland, forests and nature reserves extending across a gentle landscape which is just perfect of walkers and cyclists.

Norfolk is probably most famous for its Broads; which covers some 125 miles of lock-free man-made waterways that meander through the most beautiful countryside. The Broads is in fact a National Park of rivers and lakes, quiet walking paths and cycle trails, so you don’t need a boat to enjoy this lovely part of the county. It’s also the site of internationally important wetlands, which provide a vital habitat to many creatures.

North Norfolk has a spectacular coastline with long stretches of pristine sandy beaches, coastal villages and an interior of rolling hills, wildlife and pretty towns and villages. Much of the coastal area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town of Cromer became a place where the Victorians and Edwardians came to holiday and the town’s architecture reflects this with grand pier.

The historical city of Norwich is well worth a place on your holiday agenda; this modern city has strong links to the past with a Norman Cathedral, city castle, clock tower and medieval cobbled streets. It’s easy to get around the city centre which has all the modern facilities you would expect including Europe’s largest undercover market. Here there are also museums and theatres, old pubs and delightful riverside walks.

To the west visitors will find the wetlands of The Fens and more lovely sandy beaches. Kings Lynn is the principal town here and has a rich maritime history as a trading port due to its position on The Great River Ouse which flows into The Wash Estuary. The town’s medieval heritage is portrayed by its cobbled streets and stunning buildings. Just along the coast is Hunstanton, a lovely seaside resort that’s perfect for family seaside holidays.

The vast forest of The Brecks lie in the south of the region includes Thetford Forest; 20,000 acres forest with cycling, walking and horse riding trials – just perfect for great days out! Moving slightly east the country becomes one of quiet country lanes and sleepy villages, ancient abbeys, cosy tea rooms and old inns.

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  • Portland Cottage

    Helhoughton, nr. Fakenham

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    Ref: CDDL


    Built around 1550 with a flint and brick extension added in Victorian times, Portland Cottage has been carefully renovated to ensure that it offers everything a discerning guest could need without losing any of its charm. Beautifully presented, it has been lovingly restored by an interior designer who has added lots of wonderful bespoke touches, while creating a light and airy getaway. The cottage was originally built as a private dwelling, which was actually used as the local brew house where the tenant sold home brewed ales to the passing farm workers. You can just picture them calling in to have their jugs filled with ale after a long day ploughing and harvesting the surrounding fields, which look the same today as they did over 400 years ago. The adjoining cottage was the local bakery, so the air would have been filled with the most wonderful aromas of beer brewing and bread baking. Portland Cottage was originally part of the Townshend Estate and has strong links to the agricultural revolution as it was Turnip Townshend who invented the 4 crop rotation system that is still used today. Located within the pretty hamlet of Helhoughton, the links to history are all still there, with a beautiful church dating back to the 14th century, and the surrounding meadows and woodlands which are still privately owned by the Townshend family. Locally, you will find beautiful beaches and coastal towns and villages including Wells-next-the-Sea, with its beautiful quay, Blakeney and Hunstanton, with its long stretch of sandy beach. Those looking for stately homes and National Trust properties will find the Sandringham Estate, Holkham Hall and Blickling Hall all within easy reach. With Norfolk being described as ‘the bird watching capital of England’, it is also needless to say there are wildlife watching opportunities galore to be had. Add in great cycle routes and walks and lots of local attractions and places to eat, and you will see why this is such a popular part of Norfolk to visit. Thanks to Portland Cottage and its traditional wood-burning stove, high quality beds and Egyptian cotton sheets, you will be able to relax and unwind after a busy day. Beach 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3½ miles.

    Beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Single bedroom with 4ft bed. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, ’Econ 7’ NSH, electric underfloor heating (kitchen/bathroom), bed linen and towels included
    • 22" satellite TV (entertainment package)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden at end of lane with patio, summerhouse and furniture
    • Attached garden courtyard with patio area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Gordon Cottage

    Geldeston

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4854

    Once a railwayman’s cottage, one of a little row set in the pretty village of Geldeston, this delightful traditional property is just the place in which to relax and unwind. A 0.25 mile stroll leads to the inn on the banks of the River Waveney, a lovely spot for fishing or simply watching the waterborne world go by, and the surrounding country lanes are ideal for walking and cycling. The charming market towns of Beccles and Bungay (both 4 miles) offer good shopping (lots of vintage) and restaurants, and RSPB Minsmere, great fish and chips on Dunwich beach, Southwold’s shops, galleries, summer theatre and restored pier, and the cathedral and castle in medieval Norwich are all an easy drive. Farm shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/Kitchen. Conservatory. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Steep winding stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March poa). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Fenced patio with garden. On road parking. No smoking. Unsuitable for the infirm. NB: Low doorways throughout.

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  • Old Queen’s Head Cottage

    Thrandeston, nr. Diss

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29923


    This charming, Grade II listed, thatched holiday cottage, once part of the 17th century village pub, has been thoughtfully refurbished and is located in an attractive, quiet setting close to Thrandeston village green. It is equidistant between the market towns of Diss and Eye, which both have an interesting range of individual shops, restaurants and pubs. Diss also has a leisure centre and direct train links to London, as well as more listed buildings than any other Norfolk town. The area is good for bird watching, cycling, golf, fishing and walking – a central location for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk, midway between Bury St Edmunds, Norwich, Ipswich and the lovely Suffolk Heritage Coast. The cottage is well placed for visits to Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum, Thetford Forest, South Lopham nature reserve and the internationally important Redgrave Fen. Shop/tea rooms 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single, both with beamed vaulted ceiling.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Church Hill Cottage

    Billingford, nr. Dereham

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W613

    Easy access to the coast

    In a peaceful position with lovely views across to the village church and fields beyond. This neat holiday cottage is centrally placed for many interesting excursions. It offers good walks and easy access to the coast. There are historic houses and many attractive market towns in this part of Norfolk, and the historic city of Norwich is 15 miles. Nearby Fakenham is a traditional, quiet, attractively-built North Norfolk town, with a Thursday market where the town centre absolutely bustles with market life. Shop 2 miles, restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Beams throughout.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Electric oven. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car).

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  • Bluebell Cottage

    Denton, nr. Harleston

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30240


    Set in the heart of an unspoilt stretch of the Waveney Valley, Bluebell Cottage adjoins the owners’ 18th century farmhouse located on a working dairy farm. The river Waveney is only 220 yards to the south with the north side of the valley rising gently up behind the farm to give marvellous views for miles both east and west. Equidistant between the historic market towns of Bungay and Harleston, 3 miles, both offer numerous pubs, restaurants and independent shops. With other attractions such as Norwich, the Suffolk coast including Southwold and Aldeburgh, and the Broads all within easy reach, Bluebell Cottage is the perfect holiday base to explore both Norfolk and Suffolk. An ideal area for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers, there are many footpaths and bridleways easily accessible from the cottage including the well known Angles Way. Golf and fishing also available within a 10 minute drive. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owners washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack.

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  • Church Hill Cottage

    Billingford, nr. Dereham

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 1594

    Good touring area

    This middle terraced holiday cottage is set above a quiet road and looks across to the church and rolling farmland. Comfortably furnished and fitted with a lovely kitchen and bathroom. Good touring area with several local market towns, historic houses, museums and a wildlife park, all a few minutes drive. Good walks locally. Easy access to coast (18 miles) with good beaches and pretty villages. The historic cathedral city of Norwich with cobbled streets, restaurants, shops and theatres is 15 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (accessed from one side only), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No children under 2 years.

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  • The Stables

    Moulton St Mary, nr. Acle

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29411

    This charming single-storey stable conversion is full of character with birdwatching and walking locally. The property also benefits from having high speed, fibre optic broadband wi-fi, and there are swings and a slide in the garden for children. Adjacent to the owners’ home, it is situated in a courtyard and is an easy drive to the neighbouring village of Acle where you can hire a boat and explore the beauty of the Norfolk Broads, or the villages of Reedham and Brundall for waterside inns. Visit the RSPB bird sanctuary at Strumpshaw Fenn, for the children, there is Petits Animal and Adventure Park and lovely sandy beaches all along the coastline. Alternatively visit the fine city of Norwich, 12 miles, with its cathedral, museum, castle and array of shops and cafes. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 800 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Step to kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden and courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Car port (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • Malvern House

    Trimingham

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30459


    One of a row, this brick and flint holiday cottage with an enclosed courtyard garden is tucked away in the seaside village of Trimingham, with its secluded beach which is popular with surfers, dog walkers and night fishermen. Excellent walking and cycle routes are located direct from door. Paston Way, Coastal Path and Circular Path are some of the walks available locally. There is a quiet network of lanes, which offer excellent cycle routes to visit neighbouring villages and enjoy the unspoilt Norfolk countryside. The sandy beach is accessible locally by a one-mile drive. In the village there is a clubhouse and swimming pool which is open to non-residents. The traditional seaside town of Mundesley, 3 miles, offers shops, amusements, cafés and pubs. Visit the popular seaside town of Cromer, 5 miles, with its pier, promenade, working RNLI and museum, beach, amusements, Amazona Zoo, shops, cafés and restaurants. Wroxham, capital of the Norfolk Broads, 19 miles, has daily boat hire, river trips, waterside restaurants, café and shops. The city of Norwich, 26 miles, has excellent shopping centres, a cathedral, market square, castle museum, theatre, restaurants and cafés. Guests are within touring distance of NT stately homes and parks of Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Hall and Sheringham Park. Fishing, bird watching, sailing and several golf courses are available nearby. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, ladder-style stairs to second floor: Second living room.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pippin Cottage

    Ormesby, nr. Great Yarmouth

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27013

    Pippin Cottage is a charming semi–detached holiday cottage situated in the village of Ormesby, adjacent to a public footpath with quiet walks across open countryside. Walk to Scratby beach or the traditional seaside resorts of Caister-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth are just a short drive away. Visit the coastal village of Winterton-on-Sea with its unspoilt beaches and dunes and see the sea colony or alternatively spend a day exploring the Broads or hire a day boat from Potter Heigham. Walking, cycling and bird watching locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Galleried area with single bed, leading to 1 double bedroom.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Meadow Cottage

    Guestwick

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CUZ

    A more peaceful setting is hard to imagine, set amidst woodland and open countryside; a natural habitat with plentiful wildlife and excellent opportunities for bird-watching. A network of quiet lanes and footpaths surround the property, offering excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep. This pretty cottage neighbours the owner’s home, with its own enclosed garden, equipped and furnished to offer a warm welcome at any time of year. Within easy reach of Norfolk’s coastline (10 miles) with excellent sandy beaches, RSPB nature reserves and coastal paths. The pretty market town of Holt is
    6 miles for shops, cafes and restaurants. Neighbouring village of Briston for pub/restaurant. Shops 2½ miles, farm shop within 1 mile for local produce.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and patio doors to garden. Kitchen/dining room. First floor: Two bedrooms; one double and one single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • LCD TV (Freeview)
    • DVD (with library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Natural spring water supply (borehole)
    • No smoking

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  • West Cottage

    Lessingham, near Norwich

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CXV

    West Cottage is one of pair in a tranquil village location, with lovely views from both bedrooms to the striped lighthouse 3 miles away at Happisburgh. The village is ideal for both coastal and country walks or days at the beach, with miles of unspoilt sandy beaches like Sea Palling and Horsey Nature Reserve, home to a colony of grey seals and their pups. Close by is beautiful Hickling Broad; here visitors can follow walking trails, take guided wildlife boat rides or hire a day boat to explore the beauty of the Broads and their wildlife. Just 2 miles inland is East Ruston Vicarage Gardens, with over 32 acres of outstanding gardens. An ideal rural holiday base for bird-watching and fishing, for exploring Norfolk’s historic houses and National Trust parks, or for visiting the fine city of Norwich with its cathedrals, theatre, museums, shops, cosmopolitan cafés and restaurants. Shops 3 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Step to...
    Living/dining room: With open fire, Freeview TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, iPod dock and CD player.
    Step to...
    Kitchen: With cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 2: With single (4ft) bed.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Enclosed garden with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Old Blacksmiths

    Burnham Market

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CHD

    This small single-storey holiday cottage is pleasantly set on a back road and boasts its own small, enclosed garden with patio, shingle garden and picnic bench. Standing at the end of a row of cottages converted from an old maltings, it is just a short walk away from the heart of the village with its range of specialist shops, pubs and restaurants. Within the immediate area are Holkham Hall, Burnham Thorpe (with its Admiral Lord Nelson connections), the small town of Wells-next-the-Sea and several fine, open sandy beaches. Sailing at Burnham Overy and Brancaster Staithes. Leisure centre and swimming pool at Hunstanton. Shops 100 yards.

    Entrance into living room with dining area. Swing doors to small galley-style kitchen. Double bedroom. Small single bedroom (2ft 6in bed for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity fire
    • Electricity, ‘Economy 7’ NSH and bed linen included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio
    • Microwave
    • Freezer
    • Small enclosed shingled garden with patio area and wooden picnic bench
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No children under 5 years
    • No smoking

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