This post is a shameless plug for our holiday cottage in Norfolk. And why not? It’s fair to say that a lot of people are looking forward to booking a summer or autumn break once the lockdown is lifted next month. And a lot of folk will be choosing to holiday in the UK. Why risk crowds at airports, extra checks, and possibly reduced amenities at your destination abroad, when you can visit our own beautiful countryside instead?
About Our Cottage
We may be biased but we think our own lovely cottage is a piece of heaven on earth. It’s in the middle of a terrace of holiday cottages (all privately owned), and the back faces out on to a private lake. You can be sure of peace and quiet, but it’s also a lovely place for families to stay with swans and geese frequently visiting. All of this viewed from the private patio that is perfect for dining alfesco whilst watching the sun go down. Fishing is allowed on the lake all year round for family and recreational fishing (but not really for the enthusiast, I’d have to point out).
“This is a lovely cottage. It is homely, tastefully decorated and had everything we needed. It’s truly in the middle of nowhere but close to the coast and some nice foodie pubs. If you need a peaceful break this is perfect. We had a great stay and would love to return”. Peter, January 2019.
Inside, the ground floor is open-plan, with a well equipped kitchen, a dining area, and quite a spacious sitting room. It’s actually probably bigger than the photographs suggest. And wherever you are, you can see the lovely view through the patio doors. It was completely refurbished when we bought the cottage in 2015. And it now has a flagstone-effect floor thoughout the ground floor, a new kitchen, two comfy sofas and a lot of upcycled furniture painted by moi. I wanted the furnishings to be simple, as bifits a country cottage. It’s cosy without being cluttered. We know, because we get the most amazing reviews from our guests who seem to appreciate the decor.
“This was our second visit in less than a year. The cottage is still just as beautiful and peaceful as it was before. We went to Happisburgh this year and went up the lighthouse which our 5 year old loved. We also visited Fellbrigg Hall which we enjoyed. The cottage has everything you need and you will notice when you read the visitors book that everyone who goes absolutely loves it”. Aileen, April 2017.
Upstairs are two bedrooms. One double bedroom with a similar view of the lake, and one larger twin bedroom. The double bedroom was updated late last year with fresh wallpaper and we’re (that would be me) constantly tweeking accessories. Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes with plenty of hangers, plush carpet underfoot and luxury mattesses on all of the beds. The family bathroom has a shower over the bath, a heated towel rail and before we re-open next month the shower curtain will be replaced with a glass screen that will be easier to clean and keep disinfected.
“We had never been before to Norfolk and the whole holiday exceeded our expectations. The cottage was amazing, spotless the cleanest place I have ever stayed in. Totally loved the deco and style of the place. Was so helpful to have some tea bags , oil and cleaning stuff when we arrived and loved the coffee machine. It’s was the most beautiful setting with the lake and grounds , swans came to say hello and heard an owl one night. Our kids loved being in the country and going for walks and being so close to such lovely beaches. It was a dream holiday and loved love to return some time very soon. Couldn’t rate the cottage any higher, we didn’t want to leave“. Ellie, July 2019.
Covid-19 Extra Precautions
Which brings me on to that subject that’s on everyone’s mind at the minute. Covid-19. We’re implementing extra cleaning of course. Everything that is touched in the cottage will be washed and disinfected between guests. Light switches, door handles, pull-switches, the thermastat, keys, cutlery, kitchen utensils and equipment, chair backs, bathroom, stair rail, and visitors book, will all get special attention. And as we’re absent hosts, guest will let themselves in, and there’s little to no contact with anyone else if they so wish. There’s also two parking spaces directly in front of the cottage, so not far from car to front door either.
About Our Corner of Norfolk
We don’t know why you would, but maybe you’ll want to leave the cottage from time to time 🙂 The location of the cottage may seem remote at first, but you’ll be surprised how much is on the doorstep. The nearest supermarkets are only a short drive away and there is a pub that serves food within walking distance.
The sea is a mere 3 miles away, and you’ll be amazed at the uncrowded sandy beaches up and down the coast. A popular beach to visit is Horsey, where you can see seals at most times of the year, but Happisburgh is closest and probably our favourite. Cart Gap has a nice coffee shop, and a bit further away is Cromer with it’s seaside town and pier.
The Norfolk Broads are also close by (the cottage is actually on the northern edge of the broads), a sprawling national park known for its waterways, exotic wildlife and picturesque landscape. It’s there that you can book boat trips or hire your own boat.
While garden lovers will be pleased to know that The Old Vicarage Gardens are literally just around the corner. A beautiful 32 acre modern garden (privately owned) which contains many “garden rooms” including herbaceous borders, gravel gardens, sub-tropical gardens, a box parterre, a sunken rose garden, a Mediterranean garden, a Desert Wash, and a large woodland garden.
For walkers, there is the Weavers Way footpath that literally crosses the end of our lane. It’s a long distance path stretching 56 miles from Cromer to Yarmouth along a disused railway line. It can also be cycled if you’ve brought bikes and are feeling extra energetic.
And if you are craving some culture, shops and history, the city of Norwich is about a thirty minute drive away.
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