North Norfolk is surely one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Britain. With no hills to get in the way of the view, some of the best beaches in the country, fantastic medieval churches at every turn of the winding lanes, and an abundance of seafood – Cromer Crabs and Stiffkey Blues (cockles) included - it is a brilliant place to escape to for a June weekend.
There is characterful accommodation to match the high expectations of the discerning visitors who have discovered the area, places that tell their own part of North Norfolk’s story. Take Elderton Lodge Hotel in Cromer, once a gentlemanly shooting box, its transition to an elegant country house hotel a seamless one. Or by contrast Burnham Market’s Hoste Arms, now a comfortable inn, but previously a courthouse, livestock market, and even a brothel.
Comfortable and stylish inns are the thing now in North Norfolk, places like The Saracen’s Head near Aylsham, echoing Tuscan building when it was constructed in 1806, yet still in keeping with the medieval splendour of Aylsham itself, and the Jacobean Blickling Hall nearby.
But it is the seaside that draws most to the area, with the rugged beauty of Blakeney Point, the fine beaches at Hunstanton, Sheringham, Cromer, and Overstrand to name but four. The Blakeney Hotel is known nationally, a wonderful place to enjoy locally sourced food after a hike to see the migrant birds on the nature reserve here. Overstrand offers rather gentler country, and the Sea Marge Hotel there, the epitome of Edwardian elegance, suits and sets the atmosphere.
Hotels and inn don’t have the monopoly on fine architecture in North Norfolk. The rather quirky design of Arch House in Wells-next-the-Sea was to provide the revenue men with a good lookout, as it does for guests at this B&B today. And to journey back mentally to those seafaring and smuggling days, the typical Norfolk flint walled Pitt Cottage in Salthouse will help fire the imagination.
With a mild dry climate, and the wildflowers of late spring still prominent June is a good time to visit North Norfolk. There is plenty going on too: the Brancaster Music Festival, Hunstanton Arts Festival, the Lavender Festival at Heacham, and an easy drive away the Royal Norfolk Show in Norwich
For more information contact:
East of England Tourism - 0871 572 2361
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