Norfolk Accommodation Guide
Norfolk is a county in the East of England that is famous for its flat arable landscapes, protected wetlands and its huge expanses of unspoilt sandy beaches. Norfolk has over 90 miles of pristine beaches and coastline and features many historic seaside resorts such as Hunstanton, Cromer and Great Yarmouth. There are many much smaller seaside resorts too which are arguably the nicest for a short break such as Mundesley. Read on to discover our guide to the best accommodation in Norfolk!
In 2018 there were over 12.5 million overnight stays in Norfolk. The total number of day visitors to Norfolk was estimated at 47.7 million which is not surprising given it is home to some of the best beaches in the UK. Norfolk really does represent the best of coastal England with its unique blend of typical seaside resorts, untouched sandy beaches, busy fishing harbours and serene marshland.
The name “Norfolk” descends from the ancient term “Northern Folk” or northern people. Norfolk is first mentioned in Anglo-Saxon literature dating back to 1043 AD. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle refers to Nordfolc in 1075 and this name was later included in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Norfolk is one of the principal counties of East Anglia region. Norfolk borders Lincolnshire to the northwest, Cambridgeshire to the southwest and Suffolk to the south. Norfolk meets the North Sea to the north and east. The county town is the historic city of Norwich.
Key Facts Of Norfolk
- County Town: Norwich
- Land Area: 5,372 km2 (2,074 square miles)
- Population: 907,760 (2019)
- Average Temperature: (Summer 22 °C)
- Days Of Rain: Dry for 162 days a year
Best Attractions In Norfolk
Norfolk Broads: The Norfolk Broads is the name given to the UK’s largest nationally protected wetland. It is an important area for wildlife and boating alike with 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways. Known internationally as the ‘Venice of the East’, the Norfolk Broads actually have more miles of waterways than the real Venice! Visitors can hire their own boats for either a day trip or a longer holiday or jump on-board a piloted boat or organised tour.
The Wash: The Wash is a rectangular bay and estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England. Known for its rough seas and strong currents, The Wash is a 62,046-hectare (153,320-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Nature Conservation Area. Furthermore, it is included within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part the Snettisham nature reserve for the protection of birds.
Cromer: Cromer is arguably the nicest seaside resort town in Norfolk and is famous for its crab fishing. Being smaller than Great Yarmouth, Cromer is much quieter and offers a more tranquil seaside experience. The cliffs to the east of Cromer extend to 70 metres (230 feet) in height and are rich in Pleistocene fossils. Cromer also has a traditional pier which was built in 1901 and a lighthouse which stands 81 metres (266 feet) above sea level.
Best Accommodation In Norfolk
Dunston Hall (Norwich): Dunston Hall is quite simply one of East Anglia’s finest hotels. Situated in 150 acres of woodland, Dunston Hall is famous for its 18 hole USA PGA championship golf course. The hotel also has an award winning spa and indoor swimming pool. Dunston Hall is just 4 miles from Norwich train station.
Lakeland Lodge (Pentney): One of the lovliest wooden lodges in Norfolk, Lakeland Lodge can accommodate 11 people across 4 bedrooms. Lakeland Lodge has two bathrooms and also an outside hot tub from which you can look across the nearby woodland park area. The views from the back terrace of the property are stunning!
Sunset View (Heacham): If you’re looking for a larger holiday home with a modern design near Heacham, King’s Lynne and Hunstanton, this is the pick of the bunch! Sleeping 10 people across 5 bedrooms, this amazing property has 3 bathrooms and a large lawn area which is perfect for children in the summer months. Situated on the edge of Heacham Manor Golf Club, nature lovers can quickly access the coastal paths with their abundance of wildlife including seals!
Stud Cottage (Hainford near Buxton): Consistently rated as ‘excellent’ this idyllic cottage makes for the perfect holiday home. Sleeping four people, Stud Cottage’s accommodation is arranged over the ground floor making it perfect for groups that require disabled access. The open-plan living space is superbly appointed and includes a woodburning stove for warming up in the colder months! Stud Cottage is just 2.5 miles from Buxton, the former home to Anna Sewell and author of the book “Black Beauty.”
Watermill Granary Barn (Harleston): This incredible cottage affording incredible views across the adjoining countryside is located on its own island, alongside a beautifully restored Mill House which dates back to 1750. With two bedrooms and three bathroom, this cottage sleeps four people comfortably. Located on the edge of the River Waveney, you can also indulge in some wild swimming – one of Roger Deakin’s favourite spots for a swim and the river features prominently in his well-known book, Waterlog.
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