Norfolk cottages by Sawday's
Despite having stunning beaches, picturesque villages and the unique marshland and woodlands of The Broads, Norfolk still remains one of the UK’s hidden gems. In a single day you can experience a misty morning in the wetlands, the history and grandeur of Norwich cathedral and the sun setting on the sea, with none of the crowds of more famous destinations.
We choose our places to stay for the personality and passion they’ve been created with, inspecting every one to make sure it gives you a real feel for the diversity and character of Norfolk.
Popular property types in Norfolk
Self-catering cottages with flowers round the door, old manor houses and windmills turned into hotels, B&Bs where you get local tips over delicious breakfasts, and pubs where you can try the local ale and then wander up to bed.
- The vast open space and peacefulness of the place is infectious and instantly calming
- Lack of built-up areas mean you can sometimes see the Milky Way from either of two Dark Sky reserves, Kelling Heath and Wiveton Downs
- There are miles of walking trails, including the coastal path and Peddlar’s Way, popular but rarely crowded
- An independent spirit is evident in a network of farms, fishermen, growers, shops, cafés and restaurants all over the county
- Landscape as diverse as the peaceful Broads, scattered sandbars and the colourful cliffs of Hunstanton.
- Walk from Cley to Blakeney Point to see both grey and common seals (boat trips are available, but the walk offers the chance of a closer encounter)
- Drift past the windmills of The Broads in a canoe, from one of the many starting points all through the area
- Forage for wonderfully salty samphire (local pronunciation Sam-fur) at Stiffkey. Pinch off the tops rather than pulling the roots, to ensure regrowth
- Visit Oxburgh Hall, the 15th-century mansion squeezed perfectly onto its tiny moated island
- Go crabbing off the old pier at Cromer (or sample the catch at a local café).
Top destinations in Norfolk
Visit Norwich for its ancient streets and magnificent cathedral, Blakeney for the seals, Cromer for the crabs, Hunstanton for the incredible striped cliffs, and historic King’s Lynn for its 481 listed buildings.