Norfolk presents an opportunity to get away from all of it in East Anglia

The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market

The Hoste Arms in Burnham Market, Norfolk


The full of life chirruping of a darting swallow and the mild rustle of leaves make for sheer nation bliss.

My spouse Lauren and I and our toddler youngsters Clara and Adam have come to Cranmer Nation Cottages in north Norfolk.

This working farm has been lovingly transformed into a contemporary household facility by Lynne and John Johnson.

The luxurious lodging is in a sequence of transformed barns with the previous threshing space remodeled into a phenomenal salt-dosed swimming pool.

It’s a sedate, rural location and we see loads of grandparents shepherding their grandchildren on the swings and slide within the farm’s fantastic grassy communal play space.

There may be additionally an excellent play barn kitted out for each the younger and not-so-young with desk tennis and snooker tables.

We’re simply a few miles from the market city of Fakenham and some extra from the coast and the limitless seashores of Holkham, Wells and Brancaster.

It’s no shock that the Johnsons, previously of Islington, North London, determined to up sticks and tackle the farm mission in 1998 with their 18-month-old daughter Emily and on the identical time take pleasure in some crusing.

“All our buddies mentioned we have been mad however we might see the superb potential within the place right away,” mentioned Lynne.

“It’s the good place to get away from all of it but additionally to make use of as a base to get out and benefit from the space.”

She is completely proper.

Soar within the automotive and inside 30 minutes you may discover a lot of the delights of north Norfolk, from main resorts similar to Hunstanton and Cromer to the royal property of Sandringham, quaint seaside cities similar to Wells-next-the-Sea and the pure fantastic thing about Blakeney Level and its seals. 

Holkham Hall

When you have the power you may stroll from the grounds of Holkham Corridor proper right down to the seaside


The Royals, who unsurprisingly wish to frequent these distant and tranquil components, are sometimes drawn to the fantastic expanse of Holkham seaside, together with many others.

Simply inland, Holkham Corridor is a powerful 18th-century nation home inbuilt Palladian model for Thomas Coke the primary Earl of Leicester.

We wandered by way of the luxurious grounds on a phenomenal sunny day, admiring the massive herd of fallow deer grazing on the lawns in entrance of the home.

A delightfully sedate boat journey on the lake beside the home was totally loved earlier than we headed to the youngsters’s journey playground.

This mighty wood playhouse edifice supplied tons of enjoyable for younger and outdated alike with Clara notably having fun with the kiddies’ zip-wire trip as Mum seemed on with consternation.

When you have the power you may stroll from the grounds of Holkham Corridor proper right down to the seaside.

You definitely received’t be disenchanted. Superbly unspoilt Holkham seaside appears to stretch for miles into the gap as you stroll out from the sand dunes. 

Brancaster beach

Households having fun with the spring sunshine on Brancaster seaside, Norfolk


Go for a bracing stroll at Brancaster seaside.

Not like most seashores within the space which require a hefty hike to achieve, you may drive virtually proper as much as this one.

Stroll previous the golfers on the gorgeous beach-side course and you’re rewarded with an incredible stretch of sand from which you’ll be able to take within the shipwrecked coaster vessel SS Vina on the horizon (however don’t attempt to attain it because it lies on the far facet of a fast-flowing tidal channel).

Go for a paddle if you happen to dare or take all of it in from the sand dunes – you may be glad you probably did. 


On a sunny afternoon there is no such thing as a higher place to whereas away an hour or so than sitting exterior the entrance of The Hoste in Burnham Market. 


Attempt The Victoria Inn at Holkham for a quality-but-affordable eating expertise.

It has sweeping views throughout the marshland, which butts towards Holkham seaside.

Meat eaters are properly catered for with recreation, beef, lamb and venison served up from the close by property.

We plumped for scrumptious venison sausages in colcannon mash and lobster thermidor. 

Swallow Cottage

Swallow Cottage from Cranmer Nation Cottages


Cranmer Nation Cottages (01328 823 135/ presents seven nights in Cranmer’s Swallow Cottage from £995 (sleeps 5).

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Examine the tide instances. Locals will let you know that that is an important a part of life within the space as seaside roads can simply develop into fl ooded at excessive tide.

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