Sometimes the simplest luxuries are the best – stunning views, plenty of space and hopefully some sunshine! North Norfolk provides two out of three on a regular basis and is somewhere I have fallen in love with over the past 20 years. I proposed to my wife on Holkham Beach and our day trips have extended into weekend trips and last year we took a week’s holiday on the North Norfolk Coast.
In my professional life I work with The National Trust Holidays and I have come to know about their wide range of properties across the country. They don’t have a huge range of properties, compared to the major cottage providers, but what they have is truly unique, like this converted mill on the Blakeney Estate.
Our Norfolk Cottage for the week was Mrs Preedy’s Cottage, part of a converted watermill (buildings) between the coast and the chichi Norfolk town of Burnham Market.
This delightful cottage sat across the road from an old Mill pond with views out the back to the Tower Windmill at Brancaster Staithe.
Cross over the road and you would be out onto Marshland for miles of uninterrupted walks making it an ideal place to bring the crazy gang of three whippets.
The cottage itself was very well appointed with a cosy kitchen, snug living room with log burner and three bedrooms upstairs. There was plenty of space to cook dinner or you could sneak out to the Hero pub, just a few minutes walk away.
Dogs weren’t allowed upstairs or on the furniture (try telling them that!) but otherwise welcome.
The beds were a little springy and squeaky for my liking but the rest of the cottage was very comfortable. I expect it would be lovely and snug in the winter but for us, in Late August it was a base to explore wider parts of North Norfolk.
A trip to the Beach
A visit to Holkham Beach is always on the cards, just 5 minutes drive along the coast. There is no better place to tire three whippets than on this vast sandy beach. A walk round the grounds of Holkham Hall was more sedate with dogs on leads but no less enjoyable for the beautiful scenery.
A longer trip was down to Blicking Hall, a stunning 1600’s Stately Home that was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, and the first house donated to become the National Trust.
I have to admit, that on the journey down I wasn’t too keen to visit. As the distance for Norwich got less and less, I feared we’d be leaving North Norfolk and returning to reality. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This place was beautiful! The weather was on our side to make the whole visit an absolute pleasure. No dogs meant we could enjoy the gardens without worry about errant hounds which was lucky as there were plenty of spots to stretch out and chill.
Back at the cottage, we were treated to some amazing sunsets. The positioning of the Windmill on the crest of a hill made a wonderful photo opportunity.
There are plenty of other Norfolk Holiday Cottages with the National Trust. I wasn’t paid to write this.