Norfolk is a haven for holiday makers, whether you like to stroll on the beach, explore tiny villages and magnificent manor houses inland, or mess about in boats. The North Norfolk coast gives you a feeling of freedom and unlimited space.
And having been a holiday destination for so long, there are enough holiday cottages in Norfolk to suit the most varied tastes and needs. A tiny, restored fisherman's cottage makes the perfect romantic hideaway. Large manor houses have been converted into the perfect holiday home for a large family or party of friends.
Here I've picked cottages in some of my favourite places...
With easy access to both the beaches and the Broads, North Walsham is an ideal location if you love to mess around on the water.
This charming thatched cottage is only 1 mile from the long sandy beach at Bacton. Sheringham and Cromer with their beaches and many cafes and restaurants are close. And the Broads are virtually next door. A cycle path runs right past the cottage and opportunities for fishing, sailing and golf can all be found in the vicinity.
If you don't feel like going out, this lovingly restored cottage makes an ideal retreat. The garden faces south-west, ideal for long lazy afternoons and dinners outside. And wood-burner makes a cosy focal point if you choose to come in winter or if you just want to turn the scene a tad romantic.
It's hard to believe - when you stand on the village green in Wiveton - that this was once a thriving port, with trading ships from all over the world docking at its quay. It was a rather long time ago, in the Middle Ages, but once the sea did come this far down. And the peaceful little village was a place heaving with men and goods. Now Wiveton is gloriously serene, and only about a mile from the marshes at Cley and Blakeney, with walking, bird watching or sailing only some of the activities on offer.
The cottage dates from the 17th century and sleeps 5-6. The sitting room is beamed and has a multi-fuel stove to keep things cosy in winter. There's a fully equipped kitchen, too, and a dining room with doors to the garden. And if you don't fancy cooking, you can always check out The Bell, Wiveton's very pretty and welcoming local.
Holiday cottages in Norfolk come in all sizes, especially on the gorgeous North Norfolk Coast. So whether you want a romantic hideaway for two or a property grand enough for a wedding party... North Norfolk has it all.
You can find a selection of holiday cottages in the Norfolk Broads by clicking here.
And cottages in southern Norfolk and along the border with Suffolk can be found here.
For ideas on what to do and see and what not to miss in Norfolk once you're there... please check out our Norfolk page.