With beautiful rural landscape inland, miles and miles of invigorating coast and plenty of lakes and rivers to enjoy, it is no wonder that Norfolk holiday cottages are popular all year round.Around every bend, you will find exquisite neighbourhoods of historic Norfolk cottages, miles of unblemished shores, and rivers brimming with flora and fauna. The main city of Norwich is one of the best-presented towns in the UK and is filled with unique architectural treasures.
The North Norfolk coast offers breath-taking vistas over the North Sea and the Wash, enabling holidaymakers to enjoy sea views towards both the North and the East and Web Cottages offering a fantastic range of Norfolk cottages with sea views. With so much to see and do in this beautiful county, your Norfolk cottage holiday will leave you wanting more!
Why Rent a Holiday Cottage in Norfolk?
Choosing a self catering cottage in Norfolk can offer you the best of both worlds. With the freedom to come and go as you please but still enjoying the highest accommodation standards, Norfolk cottages offer flexibility to all types of holidaymakers.
Web Cottages offers everything from Norwich’s choice of luxury self catering cottages if you want to be in or near the city to rural cottages in Norfolk’s peaceful countryside. The old Norfolk holiday homes are made from ancient flint, while some are sumptuous modern barn conversions set in the Norfolk rural landscape and splendid Broads of Norfolk.
Cosy holiday cottages, chalets, and apartments are all on offer. We have a variety of options for couples, families, and large groups to suit all budgets. Whatever your break requirements, the choice of cottages in Norfolk is broad and varied.
Much of Norfolk’s coast is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the coastline stretches out over forty miles with crumbling cliffs, lengthy sandy shores, salt marshes, and flint pebble banks. The variation of seaside landscapes – ranging from ancient windswept sand and pebble shorelines, through some of the very best examples of salt marsh and lagoons, and on to cliffs of varying hues means that the region has much to offer an extensive range of holidaymakers.
From the most committed birdwatcher to the general holidaymaker who is simply in pursuit of leisurely days out, cottage holidays in Norfolk have something to suit all tastes.A cottage holiday in Norfolk promises to be as action-packed as you want it to be. Our self-catering properties place you right in the middle of the action with a variety of sights to see and things to do, and all the while being surrounded by some of the most picturesque vistas in the UK.
When you hear ‘Norfolk,’ the first thing that springs to mind may be the ‘Norfolk Broads.’ These are found in the triangle of Norwich, Sea Palling, and Lowestoft. Web Cottages’ holiday homes in Norfolk are perfectly located to experience the Broads of Norfolk, which are now the country’s largest protected wetland area.
Initially formed in ancient times when locals dug for peat (and hence giving the name to the hamlet of Barton Turf), the channels were flooded later on and used by the Victorians as a transport network. With 200km of navigable waterways, seven rivers, the Norfolk Broads are among the best (and most calming!) ways to discover East Anglia.
These days their use is purely for pleasure, and nearby Norfolk self catering properties offer a great base from which to explore the inlets. You can use the search bar on the left-hand side to find your ideal holiday cottage in Norfolk and view the properties on the map to find the cottages near the Norfolk Broads.
There are a range of authentic vessels – from sailing boats to cruisers available to those staying in local holiday cottages, so everyone can find their sea legs on their holiday should they wish! If you prefer the sea, then why not choose your vacation property near Norfolk’s superb coastlines.
Exploring Norfolk’s Attractions During your Holiday Stay
Cyclists, walkers, nature-lovers, and those searching for the ultimate family vacation will all find plenty of attractions on offer on the North Norfolk Coast.The Norfolk Coastal Path runs for more than forty five miles along the varying paths, and stretches from the end of the old Peddars Way near Hunstanton in the west, through one of the largest seaside nature reserves in England and Wales.
The Snettisham reserve faces the Wash, where the estuary is fed by four rivers – the Nene, the Ouse, the Witham, and the Welland. As a result, the town of Snettisham, which has a variety of cottages nearby, is regularly visited by Bar-Tailed Godwits, Shelducks, Knots, and Pink-footed Geese.There is no doubt that cottages in Snettisham (or just cottages in Norfolk for that matter!) are an excellent nest for birdwatchers to come home to after a day out in the marshes.
At Titchwell Marsh, to the east of Hunstanton, the marshes and lagoons manage to attract magnificent numbers of migrating birds. WebCottages also offer plenty of cottages in Titchwell Marsh and Hunstanton too.Nicknamed the ‘Poppy Line’, the North Norfolk Steam Railway beginning in Sheringham, traverses through Weybourne before terminating in Holt – the exceptional Georgian market village.
There are many ideal cycle routes in North Norfolk, and the Norfolk Coast Cycleway takes in some of the best landscapes in the region, running adjacent to the coastline for over ninety two miles, from King’s Lynn, via Cromer, and eventually to Great Yarmouth. Cycling gives a cheaper alternative for discovering the Broads, and there are a number of lease companies around consisting of Huff and Puff Cycle Hire in Wells-next-to-the-sea, Broadland Cycle Hire in Hoveton and Bike Art in Brandon.
The best destinations in Norfolk for self catering cottage holidays include Great Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth gives all that is best for the classic British family break: With enormous expanses of sandy coastlines, ‘The Golden Mile,’ two magnificent piers, a racecourse, there is continually something to entertain holidaymakers.
The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club is placed on the edge of the salt marsh and coastline and is recommended for golfers staying in a Norfolk cottage.
While staying in a Norfolk cottage, should you wish, you can lease a boat and explore miles of serene waterways that are teeming with flora and fauna. Boats can be rented from numerous towns such as Wroxham, Norwich, and Horning. Some of the best include Barnes Brinkcraft, Broads Tours and Scenic Broads.
The coast is magnificent for spotting nature, and you can even take an exhilarating boat trip to see colonies of seals. Being flat, the Norfolk Broads are additionally brilliant for ambling, and you can also lease bicycles complete with free route maps that will help you to investigate the region along quiet country lanes.
Many of the self-catering properties in Norfolk on Web Cottages are placed near the attractive coast, with miles of pristine sea fronts, gently sloping dunes, and safe, shallow water. While some shorelines are tranquil and intact, others are livelier with funfairs, donkey rides, and water sports, so there is something to suit everyone.
And with all that seawater, Norfolk is a seafood lover’s charm. Many holidaymakers return to a cottage in Norfolk year after year just because of the seafood on offer at the local restaurants. You can choose from oysters grown in salt marsh creeks, kippers smoked in oak sawdust, pate produced at close smokehouses, Morston mussels, Cromer crab, Sheringham lobsters, and shrimps straight off the boat.
Lavender House Restaurant is among the leading restaurants in the Norfolk Broads. Located in Brundall and part of a 16th century rental cottage, The Lavender has an original interior that has been complemented by recent refurbishment. It specializes in state-of-the-art British cuisine, sourced from nearby suppliers. Brummels Seafood Restaurant in Norwich is additionally noteworthy and mixes English and International styles to form a varied menu.
Good taverns to choose from, including the Fisherman’s Return (Winterton-on-Sea), the Butchers Arms (East Ruston), which comes recommended, and the Fur and Feather Inn (Woodbastwick).If you are missing the hustle and bustle of the city, then Norwich is a selected place to discover. If staying in a holiday cottage in Norwich, the city is best seen by taking a tour on an open-top bus.
When you stay in a rental cottage in Norfolk, take the opportunity to stroll around the Sandringham Estate, which was constructed in 1870 by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. It has since been home to four generations of British Monarchs and is currently a well-desired country hideaway of Her Majesty, the Queen. The House’s ground floor rooms are open to the public, as is the museum with various regal artifacts, and there are nature tracks and a visitor heart in the Estate’s Country Park.
There’s additionally a choice of activity centres such as Banham Zoo with its lions and tigers, the tree-top adventure playground Bewilderwood and a Dinosaur Adventure Park, lately voted Top Norfolk Attraction. For the more adventurous, the Anglia Karting Centre features a 1km long go-karting track.
For those staying in a Norfolk cottage and wanting to appreciate some fine architecture Salthouse Church in North Norfolk is a fabulous example and is one of the most spectacular of its kind in the UK. St John the Baptist Cathedral is another historical site and is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture.
Other historical sites of note include the Waxham Great Barn and St Andrew’s and Blackfriars Hall in Norwich, which was made in the 14th century. Norwich is known for its splendid 900 year-historic Norman cathedral but is additionally an excellent retail therapy area and host to events such as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, a music festival held every May.
Rambling in Norfolk is simple and characterful. A series of twenty six circular paths (each around four to six miles) spans the whole region (see Eastern England resources), and landscapes include coastline, marshland, fens, rivers, and heathland. There are longer paths, too, such as Boudica’s Way – a forty mile footpath linking Norwich to the neighbourhood of Diss in the south of Norfolk.
So whether you are looking for a fun-packed shoreline break, some time to discover the nature of the peaceful outdoors, or to see the sights of a bubbly city, booking holiday lets in Norfolk promises to deliver it all.
Places To Rent A Holiday Cottage in Norfolk
Let us make a handful of suggestions to make your rental cottage break in Norfolk, one to remember! Web Cottages has the largest selection of holiday cottages in Norfolk on the web, so take your pick from the recommended areas below, which are well worth a staycation.
The availability of a number of holiday cottages and the closeness of the grand Holkham Hall estate, underline the careful balance that this neighbourhood treads – flanked by becoming a ‘full-on’ waterfront resort yet retaining its more select closeby ambience as a seaside angling village.Great Yarmouth is arguably the most in-demand of Norfolk’s seashore resorts and links the broads to the sea.
Just inland is Kings Lynn, once one of England’s most prosperous ports, which boasts a fine number of holiday cottages. This seaport and market village is perfectly positioned enclosed by the gently sloping tors of north-west Norfolk.
Walsingham’s community is a famous place of pilgrimage for those of multiple faiths even to this day. In the middle ages, it was known as the Nazareth of England and ranked alongside Rome and Jerusalem in importance as a place of pilgrimage. A little further inland is Swatham, another town with plenty of cottages to choose from and is the best-preserved Georgian neighbourhood in Norfolk.You can additionally find inviting smaller beach towns like Sheringham, Cromer, Wells-next-the-Sea, and Hunstanton. Sheringham and Cromer are two outstanding Victorian seashore towns that enjoy life in the slow lane, but are nonetheless trendy vacation spots, not least due to their railway connections with Norwich and beyond.
The Wash is a strange, square-shaped inlet where it’s difficult to see where the land ends, and the sea begins. It’s a mecca for naturists, while the close by royal hideaway of Sandringham always attracts plenty of holidaymakers.Wells-next-the-Sea was once a busy trading port.
The extensive sandy seashores and amusement arcades contrast sharply with the nearby peaceful salt marshes and the stunning undulating outdoors beyond the village.
Just three miles beyond Burnham Market, at the edge of the marshland of Scolt Head and Brancaster Bay, Brancaster itself is adjacent to the very old Roman settlement of Branodunum, even though the earthworks of the Saxon Shore fort are barely visible to walkers anymore. As with lots of places along this coastline, the district is associated with the childhood of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, who was born at the rectory close by Burnham Thorpe.
Facing west towards the Wash, Hunstanton is one of the very few towns on the east coastline of England, where the sunset can be viewed over the sea. To the east of the village, white and red striped cliffs lead round to the coasts of Old Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea. Because it is so close to the Wash, it is said that on a marvelous day, one is able to see across the estuary from Hunstanton and over into Lincolnshire and see the tall church tower known as ‘Boston Stump.’
With its sheer size, those staying in a Norfolk holiday cottage are presented with one of the most exquisite and expansive vacation destinations England has to offer. Because of this, Norfolk has a wealth of options on your cottage’s doorstep.Take some time to browse through the largest selection of Norfolk cottages on the web, and we’re sure you will find some brilliant vacation rental cottages in Norfolk that are perfect for you.