Norfolk Holiday Cottages by the Sea

The North Norfolk Coast

Finding accommodation near Norfolk’s sandy beaches is a top priority for most tourists visiting East Anglia. Fortunately Norfolk’s bulbous shape means there is plenty of coastline to go around with lots of different villages offering holiday homes near the Norfolk coast. This page will not only help you find accommodation in the most popular seaside towns like Wells-Next-the-Sea and Sheringham (click on individual village links below), but also includes information on how to find holiday cottages near the beach in Norfolk but outside the most well known towns.

Most popular coastal villages for holiday homes

A holiday cottage with a boat in Norfolk favourite, Hunstanton.

The Norfolk Coast from West to East

With so many holiday cottages and apartments to rent in Hunstanton and is far from being the underdog of the Norfolk coast. And while Cromer and Sheringham may catch most of the limelight, many return visitors to Norfolk know that some of the county’s best accommodation lies in the northwestern quarter. Even with so many fantastic sandy beaches to choose from, Brancaster remains a local favourite that’s great for windsurfing, swimming and even has a dedicated area for power-kiting.

Holiday cottages in the area around Burnham Market and Burnham Overy Staithe are in high demand. Often thought of as the ‘posh part’ of north Norfolk, the Burnhams still retain a lot of genuine norfolk charm with muddy dogs and dinghy sailing much more common than sunbathing.

A view out to sea from Blakeney.
Cley beach in Norfolk

Further east, the old port of Wells-Next-the-Sea and nearby villages are home to some lovely holiday cottages and traditional Norfolk flint barn conversions. Further inland away from the bustling coast you can really relax and enjoy the beautiful Norfolk countryside in one of the many holiday cottages and barn conversions in beautiful Norfolk villages

The villages close to Blakeney offer some great places to stay for a holiday in Norfolk. Walks through the flowering gauss bushes and salt marshes lead to the less explored villages of Stiffkey and Morston.

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Holiday Homes in Norfolk’s Seaside Towns

Cromer has it’s traditional pier, Sheringham an independant theatre and Hunstanton a Seal and Sea Life Centre - the battle of the seaside towns begins! Choosing the best town on the Norfolk coast to spend your holiday can be a tricky decision.

Renting a holiday cottage in Cromer or Sheringham can not only give you an en suite beach but also put you in a great central location from which to explore the rest of Norfolk. To your west the distinctive marshes and twisting creaks of Cley and Blakeney offer some of Norfolk’s finest beach walks. To your east, as you explore the cliff tops towards Happisburgh the quantity of holiday homes eases off to later be replaced with the static caravans and holiday chalets that surround the Hemsby.

Coastal delicacies to cook in your cottage

Delia Smith (and her share in Norwich City Football Club) may be the most famous chef based in in Norfolk, but there are cheaper ways to sample Norfolk’s cuisine than visiting Delia’s restaurant! There are lots of well-known local ingredients that you can turn into exceptional cuisine in the comfort of your holiday cottages. Picking samphire is easy and fun, head to Norfolk’s muddy marshes like Stiffkey, Morston and Burnham Overy-Staithe and make sure you ask some locals that it’s an ok time of year before harvesting. Cromer is another great place to pick up fresh ingredients that come from the Norfolk coast and the North Sea. In addition to the infamous Cromer crab you can also buy locals cockles on the seafront. For fresh smoked fish be sure to check out the traditional smokehouse in Cley but be careful not to stink out your holiday home!