NORFOLK COAST, Cottage in Happisburgh Nr. Stalham. A Great and EASY LOCATION to Visit Many LOCAL ATTRACTIONS whatever your Interest. PRIVATE PARKING. GARDEN.
About Naomi Francis
My late father bought this property shortly after the second world war when he came out of the army. It was to be the family home for his wife and new baby [me!], and has been in the family ever since. It has seen many, many visitors over the years and I think that is why it has a nice and happy atmosphere. Some of the visitors here have loved Norfolk so much they have decided to live here permanently. The property dates back to the 18c and was once a village brewery, later being converted to three small fishermens' cottages and a shop overlooking the road, but now two dwellings. It gives me a lot of pleasure to be able to contribute to the happy memories of a really good holiday [ often very much needed], and to meet so many nice and interesting people.
Why Naomi Francis chose Happisburgh
This property always has memories for me. It adjoins the main building - the home where I grew up, and where I live now, after returning to it after thirty six years. I have fond memories of the old fisherman and his wife ( Ben and Minnie) who used to live in the cottage in the early 50's before it was a holiday home, and their daughter Pauline who would kindly amuse and play with me when I was around six years old and she was fifteen or so! People still visit me now and again ( and ask to have a walk around!) to see and remember the place they stayed at on holiday as a child,some who came back year after year when I was growing up.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Cottage is a very old property, originally a small village brewery both here and the main building dating back to around 1780, and I think the atmosphere matches it! Many guests tell me they always sleep well here and they can relax, and It's quiet. - well away from the normal pace of life. It is also a very good location for a holiday. Plenty of country walks available ( with brochures provided to help you choose a route) very near to the beach, and many attractions, whatever your interest, only a short trip in the car away. The beautiful Norfolk Broads and the river and all it has to offer only four miles away. A trip to see the seals at Horsey beach - 15 mins: by car, The fabulous East Ruston Gardens, 30 acres with tea shops and plant stalls, with the celebrity gardener Alan Grey only one mile away. Hickling nature reserve is only 15 mins: by car, and a lovely visit for nature lovers and bird watching. Wroxham Barns only 20mins: by car too. Feedback from talking to guests tells me that many families and couples, although they have complete privacy like the fact that someone is always available should they have any questions, or if there is a problem. We take pride in giving a personal and tailored service to make guests' stays very happy and memorable, and to keep rental rates as low as possible. Guests may contact owner at any time if there is anything they would like to discuss about their holiday, or any special requirements they may have. We are pleased to be of help to you.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Lovely relaxing holiday
Lovely quiet position. Quaint and authentic cottage although the stairs are quite interesting
Everything you could imagine is provided and the generous treats provided by Naomi were much appreciated
We enjoyed strolling along the beaches at cart gap and visiting Norfolk and the broads
A very enjoyable stay in an authentically old world setting. Would recommend.
Very pleased, a lovely area and lots to do in the immediate neighbourhood of the village
A very enjoyable stay in a cottage full of character and old world charm. This suited me fine, but was a challenge for my wife with limited mobility.
Thank you Ross for taking the time and trouble to post a helpful review and I'm very pleased you enjoyed your stay. It is difficult when one person in the party may have a slight mobility problem though may not be disabled. It is always best to have a chat with the owner first (which owner welcomes) prior to booking, so any queries/problems can be discussed and sorted out then.
(As stated on listing, this property is not recommended for anyone who is disabled, or has a a sight impairment).
wonderful cottage in peaceful location
Four of us and our dog stayed at the cottage for a long weekend.
Naomi was there greet us when we arrived and gave us a warm welcome.
She had provided a generous welcome package with lots of goodies.
The cottage is full of character and spotlessly clean. It is cosy but very well equipped.
The garden is beautiful.
Just a short stroll to the beach and to the centre of the village.
The cottage is very peaceful, set back from the road. The road itself is very quiet with little traffic.
We all had a very relaxing break.
Comfy and well equipped
Everything you could possibly need inside and a beautiful garden to sit in as the sun sets. The village is interesting and good pub food only a mile away
Thank you so much Barbara for your lovely and detailed review.
So pleased you had a relaxing stay and liked Happisburgh, and sitting in the garden! Half tamed and orderly, half slightly wild, but always friendly to the birds, bees and wildlife!
A pleasure having you both to stay at my home.
Old fashioned in the right way, peaceful and relaxing..
The cottage had everything one would need. Lots of extras thrown in too such as wine, chocolates, tea etc. Extremely quiet location, so slept really well. Loved the "summer house", a real sun trap where we had afternoon tea. Our dog loved the garden too. Convenient for unspoiled beaches, great for dog walking, and also within easy distance of Cromer and other local attractions. Definitely recommend for a peaceful, secluded break. Naomi, the owner was very nice and the property was super clean.
Thank you so much Andy for your great and helpful review. Yes, this is a lovely quiet and relaxing spot, and area. So pleased you both slept well here at The Cottage, the strong, very clean sea air helps!. It is quite an unspoiled area too.
My favourite things of being 'just right here' are the lovely open skies, the very starry nights and the sounds of the sea in the late evening!
A 15min walk to the local beach through a public 'right of way' approx: 100 metres from property. Alternately a five minute drive to either 'Gap' where there are car parks and public conveniences. Cart Gap also has a very good barn cafe and restaurant. The Blue Flag beach of Sea Palling is approx: 3mls away. Beaches safe and sandy. The Cottage is approx: three fields away from the nearest beach, and the Right of Way is through open arable land.
Norwich airport is approx: 20 miles away. Use of a car is recommended.
The city of Norwich is 20 miles away. The seaside resort of Gt Yarmouth is 18 miles to the south. The famous seaside town of Cromer is 16 miles north up the coast. The local market town of Stalham is 4mls away. The market town of North Walsham is 8mls away. Wroxham Barns Craft Centre is approx 8mls [on the way to Norwich] East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens less than 2mls away. Fabulous gardens designed by celebrity gardener Alan Gray. The Swan, Ingham, 3mls away, Thatched country Inn and very nice quality restaurant. Hickling Nature Reserve 7mls away. Broadland and river for boat hire Stalham, 4mls. Two farm shops/garden centres 2mls.
Within 1 mile of cottage:- Hill House Inn, St Mary's church, small P.O. and general store, Happisburgh Lighthouse which is open at certain times,Fair Maiden Shellfish - fresh locally caught crabs and fish. 'Smallstix' Barn Cafe at Cart Gap beach [recommended], East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens- 20 acres to enjoy with tea shop and plant stalls. 2mls north up the coast at Walcott opposite sea front promenade is large family run supermarket 'Walcott Stores' for food, gifts,newsagents, off licence [ sells just about everything!] and Kingfisher fish & chips close by. At Stalham there is a high street supermarket and also Tescos, shops and cafes, Indian and Chinese take-aways, Broadland and the river, Fish & chip shop [top of high street], Museum of the Broads [Stalham Staithe] Library, Veterinary Surgery and Medical Centre. Lighthouse Inn at Walcott- meals all day and evening, Wayford Bridge Hotel and Restaurant 1ml through Stalham towards Norwich is popular with visitors. National Trust properties such as Blickling and Felbrigg Halls are within an hours motoring distance. A large selection of brochures of all local attractions is always available at The Cottage, and, if you like walking there's information and maps on different 'walks' and routes to follow.
Guests recommend: A visit to see the seals, and boat trip at Horsey, a few miles down coast. Hire a boat for a super day on the broads.
Miniature World, Wroxham, nice for young children to see.