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Visit Norfolk, a region with an extensive history and stunning beauty

The history of Norfolk stretches back millennia, with the first settlements appearing in pre-Roman times. It was first inhabited by a group of people known as the Iceni, who set up quarries for flint. The Iceni held onto the region for about 200 years until 60 AD, when the Romans defeated them and began to settle the area. From that point on, control of Norfolk became a flash point between various cultures.

Given its location on the eastern coast of England, it was incredibly important in the various attempts made to control Norfolk and branch out into England . Scandinavians took advantage of its strategic position and invaded several times. Eventually the Angles - after whom East Anglia and England are named - colonized the area and later split into two groups of people, the north folk and the south folk. From these two peoples were derived the names we know today: Norfolk and Suffolk.

Names can be a useful tool when looking at the history of a place; cities and towns with names ending in "-by" and "-thorpe" - such as Ashby, Rollsby, Saxthorpe, and Baconsthorpe - are evidence of the influence the Danes had on the Norfolk region. In fact, the Danes began to seek control of Norfolk around the 9th century, eventually killing the king, Edmund the Martyr.

Initially Norfolk was a place of wetlands, but in the period leading up to the Norman Conquest, the people inhabiting Norfolk began to convert the wetlands into farmland. With the onset of agriculture, more and more settlements began to pop up and migration to the area soared. In fact, in this period of Norfolk's past it was one of the most densely populated area throughout all of the British Isles. The level of prosperity seen in Norfolk is evidenced in the many mediaeval churches spread across Norfolk, with approximate 660 such churches surviving today and evidence of even more having once existed.

In the 20th century, long after the area had fallen into decline, Norfolk once again saw a resurgence, this time in the form of aviation. The development of Norfolk as an aviation stronghold was crucial during the world wars, and this was accompanied by intense revitalization in the agricultural sector, which remains strong even today.

The natural beauty of Norfolk

In addition to its rich history, Norfolk is replete with breath-taking landscapes. The coast is lined with chalk and clay cliffs, and their battle with the sea has left many beautiful sights up and down the Norfolk coast. More inland one finds the Broads, an area rich with rivers and lakes that spread across Norfolk and Suffolk. Today the Broads are a protected area and many tourists flock to Norfolk to spend time breathing in the fresh air and taking in the many picturesque landscapes.

Those who enjoy the outdoors will love renting a boat or yacht to explore the Broads. Many people who come to Norfolk also take advantage of the many fishing opportunities. Bird watchers who rent Norfolk cottages will not be disappointed by the diversity of winged creatures found here throughout the year. There are also numerous walking and hiking paths all around Norfolk, so if you prefer to spend your time outdoors, you will find plenty of marvellous routes in every corner of Norfolk.

Try the local cuisine

Given its location on the coast, a lot of the traditional Norfolk food comes from the sea. Cromer crabs are distinctly Norfolk and abound off the coast in the unique chalk reef. This speciality is meaty and very sweet; add a bit of black pepper and just a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and your taste buds will thank you immensely. The Brancaster mussels are equally delicious, as are the local cockles, which are still caught in the traditional manner using rakes and nets. Enjoy them in a soup or pie, or try them with vinegar and pepper.

Of course, seafood is not the only delicious treat you'll find when you stay in a cottage in Norfolk. Norfolk is the birthplace of Colman's Mustard, and the swathes of yellow fields are a beauty to behold in the springtime. You can even learn more about this famous mustard in Norwich and purchase as much mustard as you can carry if you visit the Mustard Shop while in the county's capital. Yet another culinary highlight is the regional cheese. From the soft Binham Blue to the hard Walsingham, cheese lovers will delight in what they find in Norfolk.

Things to do in Norfolk

Booking a coastal cottage in Norfolk means the sea and the beach are just around the corner, or even right outside your door. Whether you stay right on the coast or not, a holiday in Norfolk would be incomplete without spending time on the beach, soaking up the sun or swimming in the sea. In addition to the beach, be sure to check out Great Yarmouth, a seaside town with plenty to do. Every member of the family will enjoy the donkey rides, trampolines, and the variety of rides and attractions.

If you are a fan of architecture, there are several places worth visiting. Be sure to check out the Blickling Estate in Blickling. Take a tour of the house and get a glimpse of life in the 1930s, and be sure to enjoy the view of the gardens before going for a stroll in the 950 acres of woodland and parkland. Norwich Cathedral is another a must see. Construction began at the end of the 11th century and was finished 50 years later. It has been rebuilt several times due to damage, but it is as majestic today as it was when it was first completed.

Likewise, Norwich Castle is a step back in history, and a tour of the castle also gives you a chance to enjoy the hilltop view of the city centre below. The castle also boasts a museum and art gallery where you can see ancient Egyptian mummies, the famous Norwich Snapdragon, and exhibitions on the history of the people and cultures that have lived in and influenced Norfolk.

Strangers' Hall is a fascinating building in its own right and gives you a glimpse into how furniture and its design has changed throughout history. There is a Tudor great hall, a Georgian dining room, and much, much more that is as educational as it is entertaining and awe-inspiring. You can also see a range of toys and musical instruments from various centuries, making this a great place for children and adults alike.

Many people have heard of Stonehenge, but Norfolk is where you'll discover Seahenge. Archaeologists believe Seahenge was built as far back as the 21st century BC, making it ancient in the truest sense of the word. Like its stone cousin, Seahenge is circular, though rather than being made of stone, the circle is formed by split oak trunks.

Norfolk cottages: your holiday home away from home

There are many reasons to opt for one of our Norfolk cottages over a traditional hotel, the primary one being the fact that it becomes your private residence for the duration of your stay. Our cottages come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from small, intimate cottages with a lovely view of the sea, to large, sprawling cottages and houses with plenty of bedrooms to sleep everyone in your group. Each cottage comes with the amenities you have come to expect in a modern home, ensuring a high level of comfort during your holiday.

Many of our cottages are pet-friendly, meaning your family's furry friends can travel with you. Each and every cottage is family-friendly, so you and your children will have not a care in the world. What's more, another advantage of booking a holiday in a cottage is that it helps you save money: instead of eating out all of the time, you can head to your local market to buy fresh local food, then return to your cottage to prepare your meals in the comfort of your own kitchen. As mentioned above, the coastal location of Norfolk means there is tons of great seafood at the markets, but there is without a doubt plenty of every type of food imaginable to satisfy even the most discerning holiday diner.

Whether you come to the land of the north folk with the entire family and the family pet or you prefer a romantic getaway or a weekend with the friends, our cottages are the perfect home base for an unforgettable experience. Browse through our selection of family-friendly and pet-friendly cottages today and start planning your next holiday!

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Norfolk cottages – Holiday cottages in Norfolk (300+)

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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (25 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Cottage #1068820
    25
    Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (14 reviews)
      avg/night
      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 5
      House #8164187
      14
      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
        Exceptional! 5.0/5
        (6 reviews)
        avg/night
        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 4
        Cottage #6806849
        6
        Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (73 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #859721
          73
          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.9/5
            (30 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 2
            Cottage #1803562
            30
            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (30 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Cottage #716884
              30
              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                • 10 BR
                • 10 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 22
                Multiple rentals Barn #8074886
                3
                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (8 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 7 BR
                  • 7 BA
                  • Separate Toilet
                  • Sleeps 14
                  Multiple rentals Barn #8074886
                  8
                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 3 BR
                    • 3 BA
                    • Sleeps 8
                    Multiple rentals Barn #8074886
                    1
                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                      (7 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 8 BR
                      • 5 BA
                      • Separate Toilet
                      • Sleeps 18
                      Chateau / Country House #1033947
                      7
                      Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                        (8 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 13 BR
                        • 5 BA
                        • Sleeps 28
                        Chateau / Country House #1173258
                        8
                        Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                          (11 reviews)
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                          • 7 BR
                          • 4 BA
                          • Sleeps 18
                          Farmhouse #1095094
                          11
                          Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                            avg/night
                            • 8 BR
                            • 6 BA
                            • Sleeps 20
                            Farmhouse #1610847
                            Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                              (33 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Separate Toilet
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Cottage #702080
                              33
                              Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                (8 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 3 BR
                                • 3 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                House #1785369
                                8
                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 2
                                  Chateau / Country House #1346041
                                  12
                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                    (21 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Cottage #6518975
                                    21
                                    Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (14 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 2
                                      Cottage #1874022
                                      14
                                      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                        (7 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 2
                                        Barn #6014799
                                        7
                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Cottage #6781605
                                          2
                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                            (11 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Cottage #6514066
                                            11
                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                              (7 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 2
                                              Cottage #8112555
                                              7
                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Apartment #1994267
                                                3
                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                  (7 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Cottage #722258
                                                  7
                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                    Apartment #1880395
                                                    2
                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cottage #8162096
                                                      11
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (15 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Caravan #6745517
                                                        15
                                                        Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (11 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Bungalow #1026987
                                                          11
                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                            (9 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 8 BR
                                                            • 3 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 18
                                                            #8059566
                                                            9
                                                            Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                              Cottage #6714282
                                                              3
                                                              Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                (10 reviews)
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #8167974
                                                                10
                                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                  (13 reviews)
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 7
                                                                  House #8174299
                                                                  13
                                                                  Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                    Cabin #6729511
                                                                    4
                                                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Apartment #1871427
                                                                      2
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                        (10 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                        • Sleeps 10
                                                                        House #707972
                                                                        10
                                                                        Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                          (20 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #8053532
                                                                          20
                                                                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Cottage #6522597
                                                                            9
                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Apartment #6774520
                                                                              2
                                                                              Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Chalet #6514182
                                                                                3
                                                                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                                  Chateau / Country House #1159644
                                                                                  2
                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    House #1684618
                                                                                    8
                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #8172764
                                                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                                        Multiple rentals Apartment #8172764
                                                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 8 BR
                                                                                          • 5 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 15
                                                                                          Chateau / Country House #6030605
                                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 7 BR
                                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                                            • Sleeps 14
                                                                                            House #445427
                                                                                            Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (10 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 5 BR
                                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 9
                                                                                              House #1891328
                                                                                              10
                                                                                              Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                                (16 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Cottage #1436991
                                                                                                16
                                                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                  (10 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                  Barn #8151193
                                                                                                  10
                                                                                                  Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #8164321
                                                                                                    2
                                                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                      House #6856138
                                                                                                      2
                                                                                                      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Modern country retreat.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      What a beautiful, modern cottage. It was clean, homely, quiet and friendly. The cottage had everything you could possibly need. There was so much information given we planned out weekend from the comfort of the cottage. The seals at horsey gap are something not to be missed, we took the short walk to the pub which was very friendly and went to Winterton on Sea for a lovely carvery. The views from the cottage are lovely especially the lake and I feel the owners have thought of everything. We will be visiting again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Fabulous break in a beautiful caravan

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Very homely caravan with that added extra personal touch!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage in lovely surroundings

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Had a excellent week at dairy cottage. It was a lovely house with every amenity. Very warm and cosie in November
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016