4 Star Norfolk holiday cottages in lovely locations on the North Norfolk coast 

Fun for the Children

There is endless fun for the children on the beaches and in the many other places you can find together but if you want something a little less rural you can head off to "Sunny Hunny" to the Rainbow Amusement Park with the dodgems and a host of other attractions that can keem the liveliest of children happy, even when the sun isn't shining.  Try logging onto Hunstanton's own website where you will find things as diverse as the aquarium at the Sea Life Centre, Bircham's Windmill, Blackbeard's Adventure, 10 Pin bowling, The Oasis Leisure Centre waterpark, and Searles Sea Tours to name but a few and all within easy reach of either of our Norfolk holiday cottages.

Other attractions within easy travel distance include the steam railway between WALSINGHAM & WELLS  Seal Trips at Blakeney from Beans Boats, or Norfolk Seal Trips or Seal Trips

Of all the plethora of fun things to do nothing seems to engage the young children (and older kids and adults too) than crabbing.  Who would have thought something so simple could generate such excitment and for those who are squeamish or environmentally conscious please don't worry, its a long standing tradition to put them all back (so they can be cuaght again the next day!)  We tend to use bacon as bait and it works really well, you can simply put the bacon inside the small net bag that comes with the crab line and most often the crabs just tend to hang on but be careful have your own net and bucket ready to land them!


If you are at Close Cottage you can't go far wrong with great pub grub at the JOLLY SAILORS.  It is really good food and with great ale to accompany your food you can't go far wrong.  In the day time you have a play area for your children and dogs outsdie and if you only want a takeaway pizza you can still order after 9:00 PM when the rest of the food service will stop.

A bit further up the road and a bit more upmarket is the WHITEHORSE  You pay a bit more and have to book (unlike the Jolly where you CANNOT book) but it is worth it at least once during your visit.  Both these pubs are good value and are managed by the same team.

If you are struggling to cook that full English then why not treat yourself to a fry up at the Deepdale Cafe which is next to Leftleys COSTCUTTERS (where you get your petrol at Burnham Deepdale)  This is less than I mile away on the road to Burnham Market and certainly Walkable.

Back up market is the HOSTE ARMS.  Not quite Michelin Star but not far off it and well worth a visit.  The LORD NELSON at Burnham Thorpe is a pub in the village of birth of the great Admiral and had food and a well stocked bar but more importantly, it has plenty of history and nostalgia.  Definitely worth a visit especially on BBQ nights in the summer where you can even catch the end of the local cricket matches.

If you are staying at Barnwell you are equally spoiled, as most of the places listed above are almost as accessible but the following are a bit closer to you:

We cannot recommend THE NEPTUNE restaurant highly enough.  It is Micheliin One Star and whilst not cheap, compared to London is fantastic value.  Kevin and Jacki only have 18 or so covers and they look after you personally as if you were dining in their own home.

Other places you may want to consider going to include, THE LIFEBOAT INN at Thornham, recently made over by Marco Pierre White, THE ORANGE TREE at Thornham which has won a few awards,  THE ANCIENT MARINER, just up the beach in Old Hunstanton, a perfect pit stop after a long walk along those huge beaches.

The local pub in Holme is the Whitehorse, no web site yet but worth a short walk for some lovely beers.  THE OLD COACH HOUSE in Thornham looks pleasant but we haven't been there ourselves yet so can't recommend with confidence yet.

One last place we haven't mentioned yet, just slightly closer to Barnwell than Close Cottage is The Yurt.  The concept is based on a Mogolian Tent.  We think they may have gone now from The Orchards which if true is a great shame as we had some lovely food there.  Whichever of our Norfolk holiday cottages you choose to stay in you will have great dining on our doorstep.