HORSEY - Seal Cottage is an idyllic coastal escape for couples, nature lovers and families. In the winter months, watch the incredible spectacle of the Seal pup season on Horsey beach from the dunes; with more than 1,000 'seal pups' born here. And all year round seals can be spotted along the coast. Horsey is well known for its long sandy beach, its exceptional wildlife, rare birds (including the european crane, bittern and marsh harriers) and its large seal colony. This beautiful semi-detached house has been newly renovated for its first year's guests. It is within easy walking distance of both Horsey beach and also Horsey Mere on the Norfolk Broads with its iconic National Trust wind pump. It is the perfect place to relax, explore the local beaches and enjoy this special part of Norfolk. Day Boats can be hired from several staithes in the surrounding villages.
Horsey is a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. The area is renowned world wide for its diverse wildlife, conservation and rare birds. This is where the European Crane first settled after 400 years of absence in the UK. As well as being popular for bird watchers, remarkably Horsey also has one of the largest and most accessible seal colonies. Last season there was a record numbers of seals (over 1,800 pups) born on or close to Horsey Gap beach.
From the cottage garden there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and the cranes are often heard or seen flying over, as are a number of other rare birds.
Also from the cottage, there are various footpaths perfect for dog walking - and it's just a short walk to Horsey Gap beach and its seals. If you walk along the coast you are likely to have a wonderful close view of the seals. Please note that during the seal breeding season viewing is from the sand dunes. There is a great longer circular walk (1hr45) (right next to the cottage) taking you past the infamous Brograve Mill, Horsey Mere, the iconic National Trust Horsey Windpump and then the beautiful sandy beach/dunes of Horsey beach.
The cottage has been completely refurbished throughout. The open-plan kitchen and dining area has a warm yet modern feel with its beautiful amtico floor and soft grey blue cupboards. The kitchen is well set up for cooking, which comes highly recommended if you venture out to pick up some seafood/catch of the day from the fishmongers in nearby Scratby. The cottage has a spacious yet cosy sitting room with a woodburner, plenty of logs and shelves full of games, DVDs and books. In both the sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room there is a freeview TV with a built in DVD player. Downstairs there is also a shower room with w/c. Upstairs there are 2 double bedrooms with king size beds, both with good quality mattresses and built in cupboards. The twin bedroom with matching single beds has a chest of drawers. There is also a newly fitted bathroom with overhead shower attachment.
As well as having a woodburner stove, the cottage is central heated and double glazed throughout so very cosy all year round. It has a large enclosed garden. There is also a spacious 'walk in' open covered area ideal for bicycles. At the front there is ample off-street parking for 2 cars.
Horsey has a highly sought after pub, The Nelson Head - (just featured as a top 10 in Norfolk in both the Norfolk Magazine - 4th best cosy pub and in The Eastern Daily Press for being one of the most dog friendly). There is also a popular café, Poppylands, a short walk from the cottage. Winterton-on-Sea, another coastal holiday destination is a short drive away with its beach café, local fish & chip shop and corner shop.
Great for a beach holiday, for keen wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birdwatchers, cyclists and walkers. So many wonderful walks and good places to stop off for a bite to eat en-route.
TRAVEL DISTANCES : Norwich Airport 24 miles away
Norwich station 24 miles
Acle station 12 miles
Great Yarmouth 13 miles
Winterton-on sea 5 miles
Sea Palling 3 miles
Cromer 25 miles
Norfolk Broads - Horsey Mere - very close by.
Hickling Broad 7.5 miles.