Make a holiday cottage in Scratby your home away from home
Located on the Norfolk coast, Scratby lies six miles north of Great Yarmouth and less than 25 miles east of Norwich. Visitors flock to Scratby for a rural seaside retreat, but with a post office, mini-market, and a seasonal bistro, the village offers a lot in terms of modern conveniences too. The beach is the main attraction here and is accessible throughout the year. Wildlife watching, walking, and other outdoor activities also make the list of the most popular Things to do in Scratby and the Norfolk Broads area.
HomeAway has a wonderful selection of holiday cottages in Scratby suitable for a weekend retreat or long-stay holiday. The cottages range from two to four bedrooms and all come fully furnished with everything holidaymakers need to feel right at home. Many offer excellent sea and cliff views, whilst others are pet friendly and come with other convenient amenities such as internet access and a pool. Most holiday cottages in Scratby are available on a weekly basis, starting from around £300/week. In addition to Scratby, similar scenery and holiday rentals at comparable prices can be found a little further north in the lovely village of Winterton-on-Sea.
Things to do
-Beaches: Scratby Beach is the star attraction of Scratby. The ochre-coloured beach takes the shape of a gentle crescent and is a tranquil place to visit no matter what the season. In the summers families flock here for swimming and lazy beach days, and by the time autumn comes around the beach is a favourite place for dog walkers. In the winter the beach is chilly, but wave conditions make it popular with surfers.
-Family attractions: A Scratby holiday cottage is a great place to stay with children, as there are a multitude of excellent family attractions just a short drive away. Kids of all ages will love visiting Lost World Adventure Golf, two miles away in Hemsby. The 9-hole dinosaur-themed attraction is full of quirky water and light features. There’s even a chance to pan for gold and receive a souvenir medallion. Over in Great Yarmouth, there is the Louis Tussauds House of Wax Museum and Joyland adventure park, which offers kid-friendly roller coasters and other thrill rides.
-Golf: There are several major golf courses within the vicinity of Scratby. Caldecott Hall Golf and Leisure in Fritton is a favourite with visitors with its stunning 18-hole course, as is Gorleston Golf Club, which boasts a clifftop location. All the major golf courses around Scratby welcome visitors and offer additional club and leisure amenities. Green fees vary per venue and golf attire is required.
-Outdoor activities: The Norfolk Broads is a beautiful region of the UK that is full of stunning scenery and a wide array of wildlife. Hiking, cycling, and rock climbing can all be part of a holiday itinerary in Scratby, and some Scratby holiday cottages even offer horse-riding facilities. There are also holiday homes in Hemsby, less than three miles away from Scratby, which offer a good place to start on a cycling route. The village runs along the 19-kilometre Ormseby & Stokesby biking route that takes cyclists through the heart of the Norfolk Broads in a mostly car-free experience.
Weather in Scratby
Scratby enjoys mild but mostly sunny weather throughout the year. August and September are the warmest months and see high temperatures averaging out at 17°C. This gives way to a chilly autumn and winter. High temperatures do not reach the double-digits again until May. Scratby receives a light amount of rain by UK standards and summer visitors can expect 10 hours of sunshine per day. Winter is the wettest season with an average of 12 days of rainfall per month from November to January.
Travel to Scratby
The easiest way to reach Scratby is by car. The village is less than a three hours' drive from London and about 45 minutes from Norwich. The closest airport and major rail station to Scratby are both in Norwich. Norwich International Airport receives flights from all over the UK, including Aberdeen, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Car hire is available at the airport and near the Norwich rail station.