Norfolk - which village?

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snowydrops Sat 09-Apr-16 18:45:20

We are looking for a cottage in Norfolk this summer, I've seen loads available but don't really know where is nice?

Been to sheringham and Cromer before but tbh the only requirements are:

- less than 15 mins drive from coast and decent child friendly beaches (not bothered about being actually on the coast as all booked up!
- a shop and at least one pub that serves food
- maybe a park for the kids in the village
- nice village feel, don't want to be in a town really so would prefer something smaller
- fish n chip shop?!
- maybe somewhere we could hire bikes for a day not too far away?

Any tips on nice places to look? We will be driving from the North west so I suppose north Norfolk might be easier to get to.


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hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sat 09-Apr-16 18:53:28

Sea Palling

Lamu Sat 09-Apr-16 18:54:35

Thornham ticks all the boxes Apart from bike hire. We've been going for several years now and love it. The Orange tree is brilliant, award winning Castro pub food. Theres a few other pubs which are equally as good. There's a lovely deli/cafe for breakfasts, lunches, teas etc. There's a collection of farm cafe/shops/boutiques just outside the village which do the most amazingly fresh fish and chips I've ever had. Several beaches, a nature reserve are easily accessible. It's small enough to not be rammed but also big enough iykwim.

Vajazzler Sat 09-Apr-16 18:54:50

When I was growing up my grandparents lived in Potter Heigham. Its not to far from Yarmouth, and close-ish to Walcott beach which I prefer as its a wet beach rather than a dry sand beach. Also has a great chippy there!

usual Sat 09-Apr-16 18:56:36

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Lamu Sat 09-Apr-16 18:57:00

YY to Brancaster, Holme, Wells, Burnham market too but It's a bit pricy though!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sat 09-Apr-16 19:05:12

We stayed at Walcott recently and can recommend the chippy, beach access was difficult though.

Happisburgh is another nice place.

lljkk Sat 09-Apr-16 19:09:01

Walcott, Hemsby, Mundesley, East Runton, Holt, Stiffkey. Mundesley has a great children's park.

usual Sat 09-Apr-16 19:27:33

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lljkk Sat 09-Apr-16 19:31:22

Bike hire still possible at Bewilderwood, too?

lljkk Sat 09-Apr-16 19:32:59

Sea Palling has a nicer beach, mind.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sat 09-Apr-16 19:40:02


Though technically a town but only a little one.

lljkk Sat 09-Apr-16 19:58:48

Wells, Blakeney, salthouse.

Aftershock15 Sat 09-Apr-16 21:27:34

I stayed here last summer

In Winterton. Still has one week in August. Pub, small shops, chip shop and walking distance to the beach.

justdontevenfuckingstart Sat 09-Apr-16 21:32:24

Try Lowestoft, Suffolk not Norfolk and clearly not as good but not a hooj way farther grin

justdontevenfuckingstart Sat 09-Apr-16 21:34:39

Burnham market is called Chelsea on Sea round here, not for family holidays really, London boltholes and pricey.

justdontevenfuckingstart Sat 09-Apr-16 21:38:09

Kelling Heath is mobile homes not cottages but really lovely, well set out and secluded. Shop and restaurant on site, no wifi unless in the restaurant so you really get away from it all. Lots of lovely villages near and close to Cromer too.

snowydrops Sun 10-Apr-16 08:33:13

Great suggestions! Thank you very much, off to hunt down a cottage with availability now smile

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Misty9 Sun 10-Apr-16 08:36:17

Another vote for Thornham. We stayed last year and Orchard groves had great fish n chips and yurt cafe. And the orange tree was amazing for food.

Lamu Sun 10-Apr-16 11:09:24

Misty, that's it! I couldn't for the life of me think what it was called.

If you go to The Orange Tree you must have the TFC, Thornham Fried Chicken. Absolutely delicious.

snowydrops Sun 10-Apr-16 20:23:36

Sadly I can't find anything in quite a few of these for the dates we are after. The places I can find are:

Burnham Market

I am guessing these are all slightly bigger than some of the smaller villages. Anyone any tips for which of those might suit best?

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fruitpastille Sun 10-Apr-16 20:31:29

Burnham Market is a village. Lovely but these days very busy in summer - quite a bit of traffic unfortunately. Bakery, butcher, nice pub etc but also now Joules/Jack Wills/boutiques! Still love it though. You are quite near Holkham/Brancaster beaches and Burnham Overy Staithe is lovely with lots of boats etc and a great walk along the sea wall.

SummerHouse Tue 12-Apr-16 12:44:06

Try hermanus in winterton.

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