Norfolk Holiday Cottages
Considering a holiday in Norfolk? We have the finest selection of Norfolk holiday cottages within our portfolio.
You can choose properties such as traditional coastal Norfolk cottages, romantic Norfolk countryside cottages for couples and large Norfolk holiday accommodation for families and groups with swimming pools and games rooms. Browse our selection below and book online.
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Norfolk is suitable for holidays all year round and has something to suit every member of the family. There are so many things to do in Norfolk, from exploring over 90 miles of coastline, the stunning countryside, heathland and forests, to visiting picturesque market towns or the unique Broads National park.
There are seven regions of Norfolk that each offer their own attractions:
1. Brecks and Thetford Forest
This area comprises of vast areas of native woodland, along with patches of heathland that were created thousands of years ago by the felling and burning of forests for agricultural land. The ancient town of Thetford is the gateway to Breckland and is the birthplace of Thomas Paine, the 19th century radical who encouraged American independence and the abolition of slavery. It was also the main filming location for the tv show Dad’s Army.
Further north, the market town of Swaffham is beautifully preserved and birthplace to the famous archaeologist Howard Carter. There is also the historic Oxburgh Hall and Castle Acre, along with Gooderstone Water Gardens that are worth a visit.
To the east is the town of Dereham, where you can take a ride on the Mid-Norfolk Railway to Wymondham Abbey. In the south of this region is St George’s Distillery, the first whisky distillery in England in 100 years and Banham Zoo, where you can see snow leopards, tigers, giraffes, apes and monkeys to name but a few!
2. Broadland and the Broads
The Norfolk Broads is the perfect area for both relaxation and adventure, with more miles of waterways than Venice or Amsterdam! Of course, the best way to explore the Broads is by boat, but there are many miles of cycle and pathways to also enjoy.
The famous motor cruisers of the Broads have been popular since the 1930s and perfect for finding the places that cannot be reached by road. There are also many pretty villages, market towns and welcoming pubs to stop at along the way!
3. Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth is known as East Anglia’s premier beach resort and has a long-standing maritime heritage and port that was once the centre of the UK’s herring industry.
The Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth offers a host of seaside entertainment both indoors and outdoors. Play in the amusement arcades, take in a show or visit the Pleasure Beach and it’s variety of rides.
There are over 15 miles of sandy beaches within the Great Yarmouth area, including Winterton-on-Sea, Hemsby and Hopton-on-Sea.
4. Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
West Norfolk is around 550 square miles in area and includes nature reserves, waterlands of the Fens, beautiful sandy beaches and country homes including the royal retreat of Sandringham.
The medieval port of King’s Lynn has a wealth of historic buildings to visit, including the largest and best preserved medieval guildhall in England. Outside of the town, take a trip to visit one of two significant Norman sites Castle Rising or Castle Acre. Probably the most popular visitor attraction in West Norfolk is the Sandringham Estate, Queen Elizabeth’s rural retreat.
For nature lovers, West Norfolk’s natural coastline offers an ideal habitat for many species of both native and visiting bird and wildlife. There a several nature reserves including RSPB Snettisham and WWT Welney Wetland Centre.
5. North Norfolk
North Norfolk is extremely popular with both local and visitors and we’re sure you’ll see why! Between the seaside towns of Hunstanton and Sheringham is a stretch of coast which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along this coastline, you’ll find stunning sandy beaches, marshes and shingle spits, all backed by pine forests that can also be explored.
Further east, the traditional seaside town of Cromer has an impressive Victorian Pier which both is home to the Pavilion Theatre and Cromer Lifeboat Station. Following the coastline southwards from here you’ll find more secluded beaches at Mundesley and Happisburgh, which also has a traditional striped lighthouse.
Take a ride on the North Norfolk Railway which runs from Sheringham to Holt, an extremely attractive market town inland. The railway regularly runs steam trains, adding a fun and historic element for both young and old.
If you would like to rent a cottage in North Norfolk, get in touch with us.
Norwich is the only English city within a National Park, but that’s not all that makes it unique! It is the most complete medieval city in the UK, with a thriving arts, music and cultural scene, along with many modern independent shops, restaurants, bars and historic buildings to explore.
The city’s Norman Cathedral and medieval castle are the two significant landmarks, but there are many more sights and attractions that will suit every member of the family. Norwich is home to Europe’s largest permanent undercover market and many museums and theatres. It is also a shopper’s heaven, with two shopping centres, four department stores and many independent boutiques and stores for all fashion tastes.
7. South Norfolk and Waveney Valley
Between the Waveney Valley and city of Norwich is the area known as South Norfolk. This area has some of the most scenic countryside, with meandering lanes, country pubs, thatched cottages and charming villages and market towns.
South Norfolk is popular with cyclists, along with anglers and nature-lovers. For the speed lovers amongst you, Snetterton Circuit regularly hosts both car and motorbike races. The circuit itself was built using part of the runway of a wartime USAF airbase, just one of many dotted around Norfolk.
The market towns of Wymondham, Diss, Harleston and Loddon all have their own attractions, but you’ll always find a great selection of local produce and welcoming pubs, tea shops or restaurants.
There are 51 conservation areas in South Norfolk ensuring that many areas of countryside, woodland and historic buildings are protected for the future. The countryside here is very rural, and you can find many meadows of wildflowers, woodland and farmland.
What Makes us Special
Here at Best of Suffolk, we’re proud to be a locally based agency. We’re a sister brand of award-winning holiday cottage agency Sykes, and all Norfolk and Suffolk experts. When you call us, you’ll speak directly to a friendly member of our team in our charming, converted barn office in rural Suffolk.
What’s more, we really do just love Norfolk and Suffolk! It’s hard for us to imagine why you’d want to go anywhere else. Our team all live and breathe this area, and it’s our expert knowledge that makes us different. We have all the recommendations you’ll need, from the best pubs or fish and chip shops to the most gorgeous dog-walks. We’re happy to let you into all the local secrets of our gorgeous counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and help you find your perfect holiday cottage. We just want to share it all with you!
Situated on the east coast of England, Suffolk is a county filled with natural beauty, bordered by 50 miles of glorious coastline and topped with breathtaking skies. Suffolk is the perfect family holiday destination, full of charming villages and medieval towns that draw in artists and writers. Moreover, its bounty of great produce and restaurants make it a special spot for foodies.
Norfolk has a diverse range of countryside, from its beaches along to coastline, to ancient woodlands, meadows and the heathland of the Brecks. A holiday in rural Norfolk promises peaceful moments and beauty. Explore the fields and woodland, or simply enjoy some time to yourself reading with the soundtrack of birdsong in the background. If it’s peace and relaxation you’re after, our self catering holiday cottages in the countryside have all you need.
Activities For All
Norfolk cottage holidays are perfect for nature lovers, providing the opportunity to either birdwatch in the gorgeous gardens of some of the properties, or being close to nature reserves and birdwatching spots. Norfolk has a number of nature reserves including Holkham, RSPB Titchwell, RSPB Snettisham, Pensthorpe Natural Park, NWT Cley Nature Reserve and NWT Foxley Wood to name just a few.
There are 42 golf courses in Norfolk, so you’ll be spoilt for choice! Whether you’re looking for a quick round of 9-holes or more of a challenge on the links courses of Royal Cromer and Sheringham, there’s something for every golfer. If you’d like advice on which golf course to choose, get in touch with us.
There are so many activities in Norfolk that children are completely spoilt for choice!
Enjoy seeing all the animals at Banham Zoo, Thrigby Hall, Pettits or one of the Sealife centres at Great Yarmouth or Hunstanton. There’s even Roarr, a dinosaur themed park that’s suitable for all ages.
For those that want more adventure, head to Bewilderwood or High Lodge at Thetford, where you can try a treetop obstacle course or even Segway rides.
Norfolk is also full of historic sites, many of which have activities and trails that are specifically tailored to children. If you’d like more advice on family friendly activities, get in touch with us.
Norfolk Cottage Holidays – Whatever the Weather
We’re confident that you’ll decide that you’d like to come to Norfolk, the next question is when? This beautiful county has something to offer throughout the seasons. Come rain or shine, Norfolk is a or the whole family!
Norfolk is the driest county in the UK and the Spring and Summer seasons provide the opportunity to make the most of the outdoors, especially the seaside and sandy beaches. Imagine a day sunbathing and making sandcastles, before heading back to your holiday cottage to cook something tasty on the BBQ in the glorious garden.
When the weather turns, Norfolk develops a beautiful windswept charm and provides spectacular ‘big sky’ views. We have some lovely cosy cottages in the heart of the Norfolk countryside that are perfect for the winter months, so wrap up warm and get ready to explore the outdoors. Just remember to bring your wellies!
In addition, many of our picturesque market towns have Christmas light displays that are a magical must-see.
Everyone is Welcome
Here at Best of Suffolk, we work hard to provide Norfolk holiday homes that are suitable for the whole family. The majority of our properties are entirely family-friendly and provide free travel cots and highchairs. Some properties can also provide additional baby/child equipment, please contact us for more information.
If mobility is an issue, take a look at our properties with ground floor bedroom and bathroom. These properties all have at least one bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor but may have stairs to other parts of the property. If you need a property that is all on one level and can’t find the right one, please contact us for further assistance.
As for the family dog, we encourage you to bring them on holiday! Best of Suffolk are one of the few agencies that do not charge an extra fee for your well-behaved pets to join you on holiday.
Norfolk is extremely dog-friendly, with a high percentage of pubs that welcome your four-legged friends, plus miles of beaches and countryside walks to enjoy. Need to bring more than one dog? No problem. Just give our friendly team a call letting us know how many and their breeds and we’ll recommend the perfect cottage for you, and your dogs!
Flexibility for you
We want to ensure that you have a fabulous Norfolk cottage holiday and therefore offer as much flexibility as possible.
If you see a property that you’d love to stay in, but it’s a little larger than you need, please talk to us. We offer low occupancy discounts on several properties and may be able to help on others that are not listed.
In addition, we can often let properties for less than 7 days. If there’s a property that interests you, but the dates online are not suitable, please contact us as we can often accommodate you, or suggest other similar properties that you may not have considered.
Don’t forget to check our last-minute deals and special offers too!
Are you a last minute planner? Don’t worry! On several properties we can allow you to book to arrive within the next 24 hours! Give us a call and we’ll be sure to have the ideal Norfolk holiday cottage for your stay. We can also arrange same-day arrivals with minimum fuss.
Not ready to book yet? You can hold a property for 24 hours at no charge, allowing you time to confirm with all guests.
If your holiday is still in the planning phase, sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with our latest news and offers. We have a number of area guides to help your planning, or please contact the Best of Suffolk team. We are all local to Norfolk and can provide advice on where to go and what to do for the whole family.